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Software Development Undergraduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology

In the Software Development undergraduate certificate program, learners develop increasingly complex computer programs and end-user applications using Agile methods as well as theories, concepts, and practices supported by the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK). The certificate includes software requirements definition, software design and modeling, database fundamentals, code testing, and application security methods. Learners who complete this certificate are prepared for entry level careers as software developers, software engineers, application analysts, or to seek associated software development industry certifications.

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Seven Required Courses



24 quarter credits

Introduction to Database Systems

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of databases and database management systems (DBMS). Learners demonstrate vocabulary, component requirements, sorting and querying, and maintenance of simple databases using the fundamentals of database manipulation. Learners also apply Structured Query Language (SQL) and relational database management systems (RDBMS).

3 quarter credits
Introduction to Programming with Java

This course introduces learners to the programming discipline and prepares them to serve as Java programmers. Learners study and apply the fundamentals of the Java programming language such as data types, variables, expressions, statements, and methods. Learners also examine and practice the Java-object-oriented features of classes and objects. The course offers numerous opportunities for analyzing, designing, coding, testing, debugging, and evaluating Java programs in an authentic Java development environment.

6 quarter credits
IT3301 *
User Experience and Interaction Design

In this course, learners explore the boundary between humans and technology with a focus on the human factors that influence the design of effective interfaces and engaging user experiences. Learners analyze designs for enterprise, mobile, and web interactive environments. Learners also define user characteristics, design for accessibility, and appraise usability. Prerequisite(s): IT2240 or IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3345 *
Software Architecture

In this course, learners demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the fundamentals of software engineering and architecture. During a course-long project, learners create a Software Development Plan (SDP) to use as a foundation for future software development projects within an organization. Other topics include software process models, project definition, project organization, validation plan and version control. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT3349 *
Intermediate Java Programming

This course focuses on beyond basic features and techniques of the Java programming language. Learners study and practice advanced object-oriented programming concepts like inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, and abstract classes. Learners also cover programming Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications with Java and the Java rich library of data structures like lists, stacks, and queues. Learners apply these features and techniques to develop applications of moderate complexity. Prerequisite(s): IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT4711 *
Software Requirements

In this course, learners engage in the four foundational steps of software requirements definition: elicitation, analysis, specification, and validation. Topics in this course also include managing stakeholder expectations and the requirements definition process. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT3345; IT3348 or IT3349.

3 quarter credits
IT4772 *
Software Design and Modeling

In this course, learners apply design strategies and methods to produce a series of models that depict the internal structure and behavior of a software solution. Learners also evaluate the quality of the design and apply the requirements tracing process. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT4711.

3 quarter credits






24 quarter credits

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