Externship Course Syllabus

Externship Course Syllabus

Externship Course Syllabus



Our externship program offers students an opportunity to go beyond the  classroom to develop skills and gain meaningful hand on experience working as part  of a testing team with a world-class software product.

Additionally, students will have the ability to work on upcoming features, create  bugs, and work i n an agile driven environment. I n small teams, you will be i nstructed  by the founder of the company guiding you along the path to success.


We will be discussing things that are confidential and should not be discussed  with others outside of the classroom. Students will have access to our staging  environment where we prototype upcoming features. This privileged i nformation  should be used for educational purposes only.


  • Hand on experience testing upcoming features for upcoming deployments.
  • Opportunity to create detailed, comprehensive, and well-structured test plans and test cases.
  • Access staging environment, Jira, Confluence, and i nternal communication tool.
  • Learn to communicate with technical and non-technical stakeholders across all levels of the organization.
  • Gain Agile methodology practices.


Attendance i s crucial to this course. When you are i ll, please send me an slack  message / email and let me know that you will not be i n class (or send me an email  soon after you are well enough to do so). You may miss up to three classes for  illness or other emergencies. I f you are absent, you are still responsible for knowing  the material and for turning i n any assignments for the week. I recommend that you  create a group with several classmates so that you can keep up.


This will not be a lecture-based course. I ts success depends upon your  informed participation i n our class discussions. I expect you to come to class  prepared to seriously and respectfully engage with each other and each other’s  work. I expect you to come to class prepared to ask and respond to challenging  questions about the work at hand.

Perfect attendance and attentive listening will earn you a passing score, but a  better than passing score requires that you make valuable contributions to virtually  every class discussion. Articulate and i nsightful contributions will earn the most  credit, especially i f they emerge as part of an actual discussion i n which you are  listening to and responding to your classmates.

DO ALL THE ASSIGNED WORK for a given week as well as you can. Bring questions.  We will not be able to discuss all the work but you are responsible for all of i t.


Do not represent someone else’s work as your own. Bear i n mind that plagiarism,  even when unintentional, i s a serious offense with serious consequences.


  1. Classroom attendance i s a necessary part of this course. You are allowed no more than 3 number of unexcused absences.
  2. Classroom participation i s a part of your grade i n this course. To participate you must attend class having prepared the materials for the week. Questions and comments must be relevant to the topic at hand.
  3. You are expected to be on time. Class starts 5 minutes past the hour. You should be on your computer and ready to begin class at this time.
  4. Raise your hand to be recognized.
  5. Classroom discussion should be civilized and respectful to everyone and relevant to the topic we are discussing. Everyone i s entitled to their opinion. Classroom discussion i s meant to allow us to hear a variety of viewpoints. This can only happen if we respect each other and our differences.
  6. Any discussion from class that continues on any listserv or class discussion list, should adhere to these same rules and expectations.
  7. Any continued disruption of class will result i n removal from the program. After one warning, i f the disruption continues, you will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of class.
  8. You are expected to do your own work. Cheating, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
  9. What you can expect from me: I will be prepared for class, on time, I will not leave early, I will be respectful of you and your opinions.


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