Software development is the practice of organising the design and construction of software, the beating heart of much technology fundamental to our personal and professional life.
This free introductory course, An introduction to software development, discusses the engineering nature of software development, its challenges and some fundamental practices which have developed to meet them.
Software development is a fast-moving discipline and as a software development professional you must be able to track its leading edge. The course also teaches you some fundamental skills to help you interact with the growing published academic and professional literature on the subject.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
appreciate the engineering nature of software development
describe key activities in software development and the role of modelling
explain key concepts in software development such as risk and quality
explain the basics of an object-oriented approach to software development
describe a simple workflow for interacting with the published literature on software development.