Fundamentals of Software Testing


Fundamentals of Software Testing Program Details


A six-week program focusing on web-based test automation

The software testing landscape is undergoing seismic changes due to the increasing availability of open-source tools, security threats, and the move towards shift left and shift right testing. This program will cover successful approaches to automated software testing for the web using such test tools as Python and its packages such as BeautifulSoup, Selenium, and Pytest as well as Postman and JMeter. It is ideally suited for technical professionals with some programming experience who wish to learn the skills to build and deliver automated testing solutions. Students will gain an understanding of how to use tools available for software testing as well as the underlying concepts of automated software testing. Students will also learn how to perform load testing, do visual testing, and how automated testing fits in with continuous integration.

Program content includes lectures, demos and hands-on exercises. Students are required to bring their laptop computers for hands-on coding to every class. In order to successfully install the various software packages used in the program, the student's laptop must have the following minimum specifications: operating system Windows 7 or later, Windows 10 is preferred; processor 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC; RAM 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit; hard disk space 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit; graphics card DirectX9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver. Students must have full administrator rights to their personal computers in order to successfully install and use the software. Unfortunately, we have found other operating systems (such as MAC OS) to be not compatible with the software used in the program.

For a complete program description, download the program's brochure.

The terms Python and Selenium may be registered or unregistered trademarks in the United States of America and/or other countries. The Fundamentals of Software Testing Program at DePaul University is an independent program of study and is not affiliated with, nor has it been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by any external entities.

Dates & Location

Winter Quarter 2020:

The winter session is closed. Spring quarter dates will be posted soon.

On-campus section: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings (5:45pm-9pm). Classes are held at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

Online section: Students may elect to register for an online section of the course. For more information about the online section, click here.


Winter Quarter 2020


  • $1,500.00

Regular DePaul University students are charged the above rates based on their degree program. The tuition fee for this program is not included in the university's tuition package for full-time undergraduate students.

Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program’s first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the Fundamentals of Software Testing Program by Jan. 27, 2020 (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Please note tuition fees incurred for the Fundamentals of Software Testing Program are not eligible for participation in DePaul's Employer Tuition Deferment Plan or In-Term Payment Plan.

Application Fee

  • $40.00non-refundable

Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:

DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Room 301
Chicago, IL 60604


Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

There are no textbooks for this session.


Admission Requirements

Applicants should have at least six months of IT-related work experience, along with experience programming in a modern language (for example, Java, Python, or C++). Basic experience with a personal computer running Windows is assumed. Students are required to bring their laptop computers to class.

Course Credit

The Fundamentals of Software Testing Program is catalogued as a non-credit course of DePaul University. A certificate of completion from DePaul University is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's requirements. Program requirements include in-class lab work as well as homework assignments and projects. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

  • Course #: IPD 233

The Fundamentals of Software Testing Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program completion.

Application & Registration Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with registration information and instructions.

Registration is restricted to admitted students. IPD staff will register students upon receipt of payment and registration form. Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system.