Seminar: Software Quality

Module No: IN0014, IN2107 (Bachelor's, Master's)

Software Quality

Software with high quality is an overarching goal of software evolution. However, what constitutes software quality in concrete terms, and above all how it is determined and achieved, is a ongoing challenge. This seminar is dedicated to this topic. 

This year we want to put special emphasis on not only considering the quality of source code. Requirements and tests are integral parts of software and its quality as well. In the seminar we will cover techniques for evaluating and improving the quality of requirements, tests, source code and processes. We want to learn the techniques not only in theory but also try them out on practical examples.

Organizational Aspects

The seminar can be held in English as well as in German.
Seminar presentations take place bundled at the end of the semester as a block event. Regular meetings will be arranged individually with the respective supervisor. 

The information session will probably be held on July 14, 10:30 am (s.t.). You can attend via Zoom Client as well as your browser using this URL:  zoom
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After the meeting, you are cordially invited to apply using this form.  
Your application should include a letter of motivation and ideally a short cv or grade report. Deadline for the application is July 20th

Other dates:

  • August: Assignment of supervisor and topic, first coordination.
  • October: joint kick-off event with information on literature research, effective presentations and an introduction to common software quality challenges
  • Feb/Mar: seminar presentations as block event
  • Initial Thesis Submission: tba, presentation minus 2 weeks
  • Presentation Dry run: tba, presentation minus 1 week
  • Presentations: tba
  • final submission: tba, presentation plus 1 week

During the semester

Downloads and Deadlines

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  • Initial Submission: Feb 4
  • Presentation dry run: unti Feb 11
  • Presentation and Group Meeting: Feb 14-18 (tba)
  • final submission: Feb 25



Each participant learns to work independently on a scientific topic, to conduct literature research, to apply the knowledge gained and to write a paper on the given topic. Each participant gives a presentation on his or her topic to the other participants and supervisors and receives detailed feedback.

The topics for the winter semester have not yet been finalized, but will likely include: 

  • Code Smells and Smell Detection
  • Clone Detection
  • Testing Machine Learning Models
  • Test Impact Analyse
  • Regression Test Selection
  • Test Gap Analysis
  • Readability Analysis of Requirements
  • Ambiguity Detection and Disambiguation in Requirements