Online ExpertTrack in IT & Computer Science

Software Development Fundamentals

Develop the foundations of a digital technology career, from Agile project management to HTML basics.

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FutureLearnFutureLearn

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In collaboration with

MuleSoftMuleSoft

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Endorsed by

Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Build your skills and understanding of software development as a practice

Would you like to move into a career in software development? This ExpertTrack has been created to provide a broad introduction to software development.

If there’s one certainty about the future, it’s that it will be even more digital than it is now. All of the largest companies will be software companies at their core, like YouTube, Spotify and Uber. Now, banking, retail, education and telehealth are also set to become more digital. This means the demand for software development skills is going to continue to grow. This course is designed for those who want to start a career in software development, as well as those who want to improve their understanding of software development to enhance their job performance.

Understand why developers use Agile vs Waterfall processes

This ExpertTrack will guide you through the foundations of the software development process, so that you’re able to define it, and compare various project management methodologies.

You’ll be able to compare Agile and Waterfall frameworks, and understand the benefits and drawbacks of each approach when creating and refining software.

Define programming languages, HTML, and CSS

Programming languages like Python, Java, C#, R, and PHP are the building blocks of software development. You’ll learn about the most popular ones and understand the applications and differences between them. You’ll also understand the applications of HTML in programming and CSS styling elements, so that you can begin to build your development vocabulary.

Get ready for your digital technology career

Grow the practical knowledge you need for a career within the tech sector. You’ll be introduced to Agile project management methodologies, and commonly used development tools, including cloud service models so you know what to expect in your first job.

By the end of this ExpertTrack, you’ll be better equipped to participate in development conversations and you’ll have the foundational knowledge, understanding and experience you need to start your career in digital technology.

Industry statistics

  • Median base salary

    £35,000
  • UK job openings/month

    1,841

Key skills you will learn

  • Software Development
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Agile
  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Programming
  • Cloud computing

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Define the software development process
  • Compare various project management methodologies
  • Apply HTML and CSS markup to online page design
  • Compare testing methods
  • Investigate approaches for deployment and maintenance
  • Compare cloud service models

Experience required

This ExpertTrack will give you the confidence to understand and participate in development conversations and have the foundations to enter a digital technology career.

No prior is experience required to succeed in this ExpertTrack.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack will grow your confidence in working with development teams and understand the challenges they face. It’s suitable for:

  • someone aiming to enter the digital sector
  • anyone looking to change careers into an entry-level role as a developer, or to establish foundations for a development career
  • established technology professionals looking to better understand software development and round out their skill set
  • an entrepreneur with a business or product idea that needs some basic understanding of software development to assess the viability of their idea

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    An introduction to project management and its role within software development.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to software development fundamentals
      • Introduction to the course
      • What is software development?
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Project management and Agile in software development
      • Introduction
      • Managing software development projects
      • Agile in action
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Designing software solutions
      • Introduction
      • Scope and Customer Requirements Definition
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Requirements and planning
      • Introduction
      • Backlog, User Stories, Personas
      • Development team and sprint planning
      • Course Wrap-up
  • Course 2

    Learn about software architecture and programming languages in this software development course.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to the course and software development
      • Introduction
      • Designing applications
      • Programming languages
      • Weekly wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Setting up a development environment
      • Introduction
      • Frameworks and language choice
      • Setting up a development environment
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Introduction to HTML and designing for the web
      • Introduction
      • Designing for the web
      • Getting started with HTML
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Advanced HTML elements and building your first application
      • Introduction
      • Advanced HTML elements
      • Course Wrap-up
  • Course 3

    Explore web accessibility and CSS styling sheets in this course created in collaboration with MuleSoft.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Developing your application further
      • Introduction
      • Accessibility
      • Styling your app with CSS
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Styling text and CSS layouts
      • Introduction
      • Styling text and CSS layouts
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Software testing
      • Introduction
      • Testing
      • Weekly Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Deployment, maintenance, and working with the cloud
      • Introduction
      • Deployment and maintenance
      • Developing in the cloud
      • Course Wrap-up

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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This ExpertTrack is in collaboration with MuleSoft

With insights provided by leading industry technology partner MuleSoft, learn to drive business success through software development.

This ExpertTrack is endorsed by Coventry University

This ExpertTrack is endorsed by Coventry University and delivered by FutureLearn as a quality professional development programme.

Meet your instructor

Lewin delivers high quality, scalable software that behaves predictably and fails gracefully. He understands how to make effective tradeoffs between new features, system complexity and technical debt.

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