Software Testing Course Syllabus (with Downloadable PDF)

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The global market for software testing is about to rise from $40.9 billion in 2022 to $59.5 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 4.8% over the forecasting period 2022-2030. We are taking a chance to develop new-age software testers and engineers to excel in this domain.

From a fresh college graduate to any IT and non-IT professionals, you can join our software testing course. With teaching 30,000+ students and placing 1250+ of them at top MNCs, we believe our practical approach to software testing will help students land better jobs.

This guide gives you a brief overview of our software testing course syllabus that aims at building software testing professionals from zero.

Here’s the software testing course syllabus and curriculum at a glance:

Module 1Introduction to Manual Testing
Module 2SDLC
Module 3White Box Testing & Its Types
Module 4Black Box Testing & Its Types
Module 5Defect
Defect Life Cycle
Module 6AGILE Methodology
Module 7Test Plan
Module 8Test Case
Module 9STLC
Module 10Automation Testing (Selenium)
Introduction to Selenium
Maven Introduction
Web Driver Manager
X Path
CSS Selector
WebElement Methods in Selenium
Wait in Selenium
Module 11Core Java
JAVA Introduction
Java Basics & Introduction to Eclipse
Operators & Expressions
Control statements
Java Object Oriented programming
Exception handling
Multi Threaded programming
Predefined Libraries
Module 12MY SQL
Introduction to Database
Working with databases
SQL Sublanguages
MySQL Operators
Refining Selections and Working with MySQL Workbench
Working with Aggregate functions and SQL FILES
More on Data types
Module 13HTML
Introduction to HTML
Formatting Page Content
Creating Lists
Creating Links
HTML Forms
Form Controls, Attributes, and Elements
Module 14CSS
Getting Started
CSS Core
Advanced layout

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Module 1. Introduction to Manual Testing

Manual testing uses different test cases to ensure the application is working and it meets the end user’s perspective. This course curriculum starts with giving you an introduction on manual testing, what are the defects that mostly arise in an application, and different types of software testing techniques. 

  • Developers vs Test engineers
  • Defect
  • Types of Software Testing

Module 2. SDLC

Software goes through multiple phases before it is deployed into the market. There are multiple models (like the waterfall model, spiral model, verification & validation model, and prototype model) used in developing software for achieving different objectives.

  • Waterfall model
  • Spiral model
  • Verification & Validation model
  • Prototype model 
  • Derived model
  • Hybrid model

Module 3. White Box Testing & Its Types

White box testing or glass box testing is used to understand the internal workings of software or application. You will get an in-depth knowledge of white box testing from our curriculum and its types. The testing process starts with testing small units of a source code, known as unit testing, and then the entire product. Learners will know multiple types of testing that occur until a tester ensures that the product is bug-free.

  • Path testing
  • Conditional testing
  • Loop testing
  • Unit testing
  • Testing the code from memory point of view
  • Testing the code from performance point of view
  • White Box Testing vs Black Box Testing

Module 4. Black Box Testing & Its types

Unlike white box testing, which focuses on the internal workings of software, black box testing involves software engineers focusing on the software’s functionalities from the user’s perspective. This part of the course will define black box testing and its types. Each of these testing methods has a unique objective that ensures a software or application is of high quality and free from defects. 

  • Functional testing
  • Integration testing
  • System testing
  • Acceptance testing
  • Smoke testing
  • Globalization testing
  • Ad-hoc testing
  • Compatibility testing
  • Exploratory testing
  • Regression testing

Module 5. Defect

A defect is an error in software that occurs during its designing or development phase. You will learn what defects lead to what errors in software and understand their severity. This will help you, as a software engineer, detect these defects in the early stages and resolve them efficiently to build a high-quality product.

  • Blocker defect
  • Critical defect
  • Major defect

Defect Life Cycle 

The Defect Life Cycle is a step-by-step process from determining a defect in an application to closing it off by the tester. You will see a defect report template here that will give you an idea about how testers report defects and help developers resolve them. Additionally, we will introduce you to a popular defect tracking tool, JIRA Tool. 

  • Defect Report Template
  • Defect Tracking Tool: JIRA Tool

Module 6. AGILE Methodology 

Agile methodology is an iterative and incremental software development approach. In this section, you will learn about agile methodology and gain an understanding of Scrum and Sprint methodologies, Bug triaging meetings, and Product backlog grooming. 

  • Scrum model
  • Sprint Planning Meeting
  • Scrum Master
  • Scrum meeting
  • Sprint Retrospective meeting
  • Bug triaging meeting
  • Product Backlog Grooming

Module 7. Test Plan

A test plan is a vital document in an SDLC process that outlines the strategy, goals, and scope of testing activities. It ensures a better approach to evaluate the quality of a software. You will learn how to create a test plan with our sample templates. 

  • Test Plan Template 

Module 8. Test Case

A test case describes a specific scenario to determine a particular functionality of a software or application. You will get to know it in detail with our test case template and also learn about the test case review process. Additionally, this section adds a special Black Box Test case design technique for learners. 

  • Test case template 
  • Test Case Review Process
  • Black Box Test Case Design Technique

Module 9. STLC

Learning the software testing life cycle is equally important as the software development life cycle. STLC identifies and resolves issues in the software and ensures that the software is of high quality. You will learn about the entire software testing life cycle in this part of the module.

  • Software Testing Life Cycle

Module 10. Automation Testing (Selenium)

Introduction to Selenium

Selenium is used by software testers and developers to test web applications across multiple platforms and browsers. In this section of the course, you will learn about the Selenium WebDriver architecture, installation of Java and Eclipse IDE on Windows, setup of Selenium in Eclipse IDE, and run tests on multiple browsers.

  • Selenium WebDriver Architecture
  • How to install Java on Windows OS
  • How to install Eclipse IDE on Windows
  • How to Setup Selenium WebDriver in Eclipse IDE
  • How to run Tests on Different Browsers

Maven Introduction 

Maven is a popular project management tool that automates the compilation of source code in Java and dependency management, assembles binary codes into packages, and executes test scripts. This section of the course will help you understand Maven, install it on your system, and manage dependencies with It.

  • Maven Introduction and Installation
  • How to Manage Dependencies with Maven

Web Driver Manager

This part of the course teaches students how to use WebDriver Manager in Selenium for web automation testing. You will learn how to write your first test case in Selenium, learn about the WebDriver Interface, and the basic methods in the WebDriver Interface.

  • How to use WebDriver Manager
  • How to Write First TestCase in Selenium
  • WebDriver Interface
  • Basic Methods in WebDriver Interface


Locators are the methods used in Selenium to locate and interact with multiple web elements on a web page. They are a powerful tool for automation testing that verifies the presence, absence, and visibility of an element on a web page. In this section of the course, you will learn about Locators in Selenium WebDriver and the different types of Locators that you can use for automation testing.

  • Locators in Selenium WebDriver
  • Different Types of Locators

X Path

XPath in Selenium is used to navigate through the HTML structure of a web page.  You will learn about XPath and its two types: Relative XPath and Absolute XPath, along with different other XPath functions, methods, and operators in this section of the software testing curriculum.

  • Introduction to XPath
  • Relative Vs. Absolute XPath
  • XPath Starts-with Function
  • XPath Contains Function
  • XPath text() Method
  • XPath AND Operator vs. XPath OR Operator
  • XPath Axes Methods: Parent, Child, Self
  • Axes Method descendant, descendant-or-self
  • XPath Axes following, following-sibling
  • XPath Axes preceding, preceding-sibling

CSS Selector

CSS Selector is used to identify and locate different web elements depending on their id, name, class, and attributes. We will cover the basic understanding of using CSS Selector in Selenium and its methods. 

  • Introduction to CSS and CSS Selector
  • CSS Selector using Class Attribute
  • CSS Selector with Multiple Attributes
  • Direct Child or Sub-child Elements
  • Next Sibling, Adjacent Sibling Combinator
  • First-Child, Last-Child, Nth-Child, Nth-Last-Child

WebElement Methods in Selenium

This part of the course introduces you to different WebElement Methods in Selenium for handling functions such as Drop-down menus, checkboxes, radio buttons, alert popups, and more. 

  • Handle Dropdown in Selenium
  • Handle Checkbox in Selenium
  • Select Radio Button in Selenium
  • Handle Frames in Selenium
  • Handle Alert Popup in Selenium
  • Handle Multiple Windows in Selenium
  • Perform Mouse Hover in Selenium
  • Perform Drag and Drop in Selenium
  • Handle Resize Widget in Selenium
  • Automate Slider in Selenium
  • Perform Right Click in Selenium
  • Perform Keyboard Events in Selenium
  • Take Screenshot in Selenium
  • Handle Authentication Popup in Selenium

Wait in Selenium

Selenium Wait commands are used to wait for specific conditions to arise before proceeding forward in the code. It helps developers to write a robust automation script. You will learn about three types of Selenium Waits in this section, including Implicit Wait, Explicit Wait, and Fluent Wait.

  • Implicit Wait
  • Explicit Wait
  • Fluent Wait


It is a popular testing framework that simplifies selenium tests and the generation of proper test reports. This course will teach you how to install TestNG in Eclipse IDE, write your first test case using TestNG, and introduce you to its different methods and functionalities. 

  • Install TestNG in Eclipse IDE
  • Write Test Cases Using TestNG
  • TestNG Annotations, BeforeMethod vs BeforeTest
  • Use Assertion in Selenium TestNG
  • SoftAssert vs HardAssert
  • Group Test Cases in TestNG, Grouping
  • To Create Test Suite in TestNG
  • To Skip Test Cases in TestNG
  • TestNG Annonations, BeforeGroups, BeforeClass
  • TestNG Annotations, BeforeSuite and AfterSuite
  • DataProvider in TestNG, Data Driven Testing
  • Use DataProvider in TestNG Selenium
  • TestNG Listeners

Module 11. Core Java

You don’t have to be a master in Java development, but knowledge of core Java is essential for software testing, especially in automation. Selenium supports multiple languages, but developers prefer Java over them. This course starts with introducing you to Java and Eclipse, knowledge of operators & expressions, and control statements, and proceeds with advanced concepts like inheritance, exception handling, interfaces, multi-threaded programming, predefined libraries, and Java Object Oriented Programming.

JAVA Introduction 

  • History
  • Features

Java Basics & Introduction to Eclipse

  • Post install Configuration
  • Compiling and executing
  • Variables and arrays
  • Create packaged classes
  • Writing a simple program
  • Data types
  • Using Eclipse
  • Eclipse shortcuts

Operators & Expressions

  • Arithmetic operators
  • Boolean operators
  • Logical operators
  • Binary operators

Control statements

  • Branching statements
  • Iterative statements
  • Break & Continue with enhancements
  • While
  • For
  • Do..While
  • Goto Statement
  • Break and Continue Statement

Java Object Oriented programming

  • Basics of OOPs
  • Fundamentals of class & object
  • New keyword
  • Reference variables
  • Member methods of a class
  • Constructors
  • Finalize method
  • Overloading member methods
  • Overloading constructors
  • Passing and returning objects with methods
  • Access control
  • Static methods
  • Static variables
  • Static block
  • Using final keyword
  • Unit testing using Junit-5


  • Basics of inheritance
  • Members accessibility in inheritance
  • Using super keyword
  • Multilevel inheritance
  • The sequence of execution of constructors in inheritance
  • Method overriding
  • Dynamic method dispatch
  • Abstract classes
  • Preventing overriding
  • Preventing inheritance

Exception handling

  • Fundamentals of exceptions
  • Types of exceptions
  • Using try and catch keywords
  • Multiple catches
  • Nesting of try blocks
  • Using throw keyword
  • Using throws keyword
  • Finally block
  • Some predefined exceptions and their usage
  • User defined exceptions


  • Purpose of interface
  • Defining an interface
  • Implementing interfaces
  • Interface reference variables
  • Interface with variables
  • Extending interfaces

Multi Threaded programming

  • Basics of threads
  • Java threaded model
  • Defining threads using Runnable interface
  • Defining threads using Thread superclass
  • Multiple threads
  • Thread priority values
  • Thread synchronization using synchronized methods
  • Thread synchronization using synchronized blocks

Predefined Libraries

  • Using String class
  • Using java.lang package
  • Working with Data & Time
  • Utility framework
  • Collection framework
  • I/O framework

Module 12. MY SQL

Software testing requires you to ensure data integrity, and knowledge of SQL helps you directly query the database and verify the test data. SQL can also be used for understanding the database structure, analyzing database performance, design, and better test cases. In this course, you will learn about databases, DBMS, working with databases, MySQL operators, MySQL joins, and a few more essential concepts of MySQL.

Introduction to Database

  • What is a database?
  • Why use a database?
  • What is DBMS?
  • Types of DBMS
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Database vs. DBMS vs. SQL vs. MySQL
  • MySQL Installation

Working with databases

  • Creating database
  • Use and Drop database
  • Introduction to tables
  • Introduction to data types
  • Data types
  • Numeric data types
  • String data types
  • Date and time and other data types

SQL Sublanguages

  • Introduction to SQL sublanguages
  • Creating tables and describing its structure
  • DML: INSERT part-1
  • DML: INSERT part-2
  • Null and Not Null constraints, altering default behaviour
  • DQL: Select
  • DCL: Commit, Rollback, Savepoint
  • DML: Working with Update and Delete commands

MySQL Operators 

  • Where Clause
  • Introduction to MySQL Operators and their usage
  • MySQL Warnings vs Errors
  • Comparison Operators part-1
  • Logical AND and other comparison operators

Comparison Operators

  • BETWEEN AND and NOT BETWEEN AND, OR Operator in Logical Operators
  • IN and NOT IN Operator

Refining Selections and Working with MySQL Workbench

  • LIKE
  • MySQL workbench installation
  • Working with MySQL workbench 

Working with Aggregate functions and SQL FILES

  • Introduction to aggregate functions
  • Count
  • Group By
  • Min and Max
  • Group by with Min and Max
  • SUM And AVG
  • Group by with SUM and AVG
  • Subqueries
  • Exporting MySQL Databases
  • Importing MySQL Databases

More on Data types

  • Char vs Varchar
  • Integer data types (SMALLINT, TINYINT,..)
  • float vs Decimal
  • Working with Date and Time
  • Date functions
  • Time functions
  • Formatting dates
  • Operations on dates
  • Datetime vs Timestamp
  • Automatic initialisation and Updating for TIMESTAMP and DATETIME


  • Why JOINS?
  • Introduction to JOINS

Module 13. HTML

With the basic understanding of HTML, you will have a clear knowledge of how web pages are built. This helps a software tester to identify and debug errors related to incorrect HTML structure or missing web elements. This course covers the basic concepts of HTML including formatting page content, creating lists and links, HTML forms, and HTML form controls, attributes and elements.

Introduction to HTML

  • History and Importance of HTML
  • Basic HTML syntax
  • The current state of HTML
  • HTML resources
  • Choosing a code editor
  • Exploring an HTML document
  • DOCTYPE declarations
  • Document head
  • Understanding content models

Formatting Page Content

  • Formatting content with HTML
  • Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Whitespaces
  • Images

Creating Lists

  • Unordered lists
  • Ordered lists
  • Definition lists
  • Anchor element
  • Page internal linking
  • Linking to external pages
  • Linking to downloadable
  • Linking to page regions

HTML Forms

  • Introduction to forms and their importance
  • Form structure and basic form elements
  • Text inputs, textareas, and buttons

Form Controls, Attributes, and Elements

  • Radio buttons and Checkboxes
  • Select dropdowns and file uploads
  • Hidden inputs and labels

Module 14. CSS

Learning CSS helps software testers get a clear understanding of the visual presentation of web pages including its style, layouts, fonts, colours, and page responsiveness. It allows you to test for cross-browser compatibility, page responsiveness across different devices, and locate elements on a web page. This course curriculum gives you a basic overview of CSS  including its core concepts, typography, and layouts.

Getting Started

  • HTML overview
  • Default browser styles
  • Browser support and inconsistencies
  • Inline, internal and external CSS
  • Naming conventions

CSS Core

  • Syntax, terminology, and naming conventions
  • Type, class, and id selectors
  • Combinator selectors
  • Selectors: Best practices


  • Web-safe fonts and the font-family property
  • Web fonts and Google fonts
  • The font-size property
  • The font-style and font-weight properties
  • The color, line height, and text properties
  • Adjusting the font-weight property


  • Block vs. inline display
  • The box model
  • Margin and page layout
  • Padding
  • Floats
  • The box model fix
  • Box model review
  • Float and display review
  • Horizontal navs with the display property
  • Horizontal navs with the float property
  • Positioning
  • Float, display, and position
  • Layers and the z-index property

Advanced layout

  • CSS grid
  • CSS Flexbox 

Hands on project included in Codegnan’s Software Testing course syllabus

At Codegnan, we believe in a practical training approach to software testing that ensures students have real-life experiences. 

Some of the projects that learners will do at Codegnan’s  during their Software Testing course are:

  • Instagram Database Clone
  • Building your favorite blog
  • Resume building with HTML
  • Building Registration & Login page
  • Building a Paytm clone page
  • Building Portfolio page

Codegnan’s practical projects help you learn through practical learning approaches.  Enroll now in Codegnan’s software testing course and get placement assistance after course completion.

What topic comes under software testing?

Our Software Testing course covers topics across multiple subjects, as below

  • Manual testing
  • Automation Testing (Selenium)
  • Core Java fundamentals 
  • Web Technologies (HTML and CSS)

Is software testing difficult to learn?

No, software testing isn’t difficult to learn if you are starting with manual testing as we do at Codegnan. We start teaching our students with basic testing knowledge and then proceed to automation testing and other topics like core Java, MySQL, HTML and CSS.

When I searched for the same question on Quora, I found experts saying software testing can be challenging but it is rewarding as well. There are a couple of things that you need to master like manual testing, knowledge of a programming language, and basic computer skills. 

However, software testing may not be easy for professionals in the domain. See what they say:

Is software testing a good career?

Yes, software testing is a good career choice in 2024 and beyond based on the following factors such as industry demand, job availability, and high salary scope.

Industry demand 

If you are also following industry demands before enrolling in a course like we do, here’s the Testing Software Global Market Report 2024. It says the software testing market size will be seeing strong growth in the upcoming years and will become $76.98 billion in 2028, growing at a CAGR of 8.3% every year. 

I questioned Quora whether it is manual testing or automated testing that gains importance in the market. From a community post, I found that only 9% of businesses choose manual testing, while 66% of companies prefer a hybrid approach that combines human and automated testing skills. So,  our software training course will prepare you with manual and automation methods for landing a good job.

Job opportunities

It is obvious that you want to enter this domain to find a good job. To your surprise, if you search for ‘software testing jobs in India’ on LinkedIn, you will find 50,000+ opportunities for beginners and professionals. 

Salary scope

An early-stage software tester in India earns ₹1.5 LPA, but with experience and expertise in the domain, you can earn as high as ₹8.0 LPA. The average annual income of a software tester in India is ₹4.7 LPA, which is a good starting point for your career. 

What is the duration of the software testing course?

The duration of the software testing course is 100 days. It includes theoretical classes along with multiple practical sessions, working on live projects, and doubt-clearing sessions. 

The software testing course duration may vary for other institutions, primarily depending on the syllabus. We offer a comprehensive syllabus covering all essential concepts of software testing so that learners can work on real-world projects. 

What is the software testing course fee?

The software testing course fee is ₹50,000 at Codegnan (100-days course duration with placement support). We believe practical classes are more important than theory, so we have recruited top mentors in the domain to provide hands-on training to students on different software testing modules. 

You will have doubt clearance sessions where all your real-life challenges will be discussed. The course curriculum doesn’t only teach you manual testing, but we have covered Java, MySQL, HTML, and CSS with manual and automated testing concepts.

Why enroll in Codegnan’s Software Testing course?

Codegnan’s Software Testing course is especially designed for all from beginners with a basic college degree to IT professionals looking for a career shift. But why choose us?

  • We offer a 100-day course that covers multiple topics related to software testing
  • The entire course fee is ₹50,000 (comes with 100% placement support)
  • You will work on multiple live projects to gain real-life experiences
  • Our experts are alumni of top universities or are professionals working in the software testing domain
  • You will receive an industry-accredited certificate that holds global value
  • Add our projects to your resume and highlight your skills to land better jobs
  • We have placed more than 1250 students in top MNCs
  • Our offline software testing classes are available in Bangalore, Vijayawada, and Hyderabad.
  • Join our 100-day Job Accelerator Program to get a high-paying job immediately after course completion 
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