The aim of this course is to teach you the essentials of software development, so that you can work more effectively with developers.

What does this course include?

• High-quality, on-demand video lectures.

• Practical exercises to get hands-on experience with key software concepts.

• Dedicated support from our friendly student success team.

• Membership of a vibrant student community for peer advice and updates.

• ‘Ask Me Anything’ webinar hosted by a senior software developer.

• A globally recognised certificate on completion of an online exam.

How will this course be delivered?

Course learning format: this is an E-learning course that is self-paced

Estimated learning time required for the course: the estimated learning time for this course is 2 months (60 days)

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Delegates will learn how to

• Have more productive conversations with development teams, by understanding their language.

• Describe what happens at each stage of the software development process.

• Create better designs by knowing the technical constraints involved in bringing them to life.

• Apply techniques for more effective collaboration with developers.

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What you’ll learn

Over 6 weeks, you’ll learn about the key concepts and processes involved in software development. You'll understand how code works, so that you can collaborate more effectively with developers.

Module 1

The software landscape

In your first module, you’ll be introduced to the software landscape. You’ll understand the relationship between hardware and software and recognise

the roles of operating systems, applications and web browsers. This module will also walk you through the origins of the internet and the cloud to help you understand their importance to software development today.

• How computers work

• Different types of software

• The internet

• The cloud

Module 2

Layers of software

Modern software is made up of several layers: the front-end, the backend and databases. In this module, you’ll become familiar with the roles

that each layer plays in delivering the software experiences we interact with each day. You’ll also learn how developers use APIs, libraries and frameworks to make the software development process more efficient.

• The three layers of software

• The front-end

• The back-end

• Databases

• The stack

• APIs

• Libraries and frameworks

Module 3

Front-end technologies

Front-end development focuses on the parts of software that users can interact with. This module will introduce you to the three building blocks of the front-end: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You’ll learn the role of each of these languages in creating rich, interactive experiences. You’ll also get the opportunity to work with code yourself. With most web traffic now coming from mobile devices, you’ll become familiar with the differences between native applications, responsive websites and mobile websites. And, you’ll know the pros and cons of developing software for each.



• JavaScript

• Mobile

Module 4

Back-end technologies

In this module, you’ll broaden your understanding of back-end functionality through a series of examples. You’ll explore business logic,

databases and the main types of APIs that developers work with. You’ll get an overview of the most common programming languages and understand why developers choose one over another. Learning about these considerations will help you have more credible, productive conversations with your development team.

• Back-end case studies

• Types of databases

• Types of APIs

• Programming languages

Module 5

How developers work

In this module, you’ll gain a foundational understanding of the developer workflow, from the initial stages of a project through to launch and beyond. You’ll learn about development models like waterfall, agile and scrum. You’ll also find out about version control and the delivery pipeline. Becoming familiar with these concepts will enable you to speak confidently with developers and build better relationships as a result.

• Developer workflow

• Waterfall

• Agile

• Scrum

• Version control

• The delivery pipeline

• Testing

• Modes of development

Module 6

Effective collaboration

To understand the developer’s world, you need to recognise the effort involved in developing your design ideas. In this final module, you’ll deepen your understanding of the tradeoffs and compromises needed to work well with developers. You’ll also be introduced to a number of key techniques to help improve your collaboration.

• The cost of new features

• Estimating effort

• Guidelines for better collaboration

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Why the UX Design Institute?

They want to set the standard in UX education globally. They provide professionals and employers with a tangible, straightforward and objective measure by which to assess and prove UX skills and knowledge. All their courses are overseen by an Industry Advisory Council to ensure relevance. They’ve partnered with Glasgow Caledonian University to make sure they meet the highest educational standards.

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