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Learner Career Outcomes

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

27%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
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Flexible deadlines
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 22 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

7 hours to complete

Introduction to Design Patterns: Creational & Structural Patterns

7 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 66 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
2.1.2 – Creational, Structural, and Behavioural Patterns6m
2.1.3 – Singleton Pattern5m
2.1.4 – Factory Method Pattern11m
2.1.5 – Facade Pattern6m
2.1.6 – Adapter Pattern4m
2.1.7 – Composite Pattern6m
2.1.8 – Proxy Pattern7m
2.1.9 – Decorator Pattern11m
8 readings
Meet Your Presenter – Sam Jeffery10m
Meet Your Facilitators10m
Discussion: Introduce Yourself10m
Discussion: Design Pattern Examples10m
Design Patterns Course Notes10m
Design Patterns Glossary10m
Ungraded Assignment - Adapter Pattern (Solution)10m
Ungraded Assignment - Composite Pattern (Solution)10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Review24m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

Behavioural Design Patterns

6 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 33 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
2.2.2 – Chain of Responsibility Pattern5m
2.2.3 – State Pattern6m
2.2.4 – Command Pattern8m
2.2.5 – Observer Pattern5m
5 readings
Discussion: Undo/Redo As a Pattern10m
Mediator Pattern10m
Peer Review Request Forum10m
Capstone Assignment 2.1 - Implement the Command Pattern (Solution)10m
Ungraded Assignment - Observer Pattern (Solution)10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Review24m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Working with Design Patterns & Anti-patterns

6 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 62 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
2.3.2 – Open/Closed Principle5m
2.3.3 – Dependency Inversion Principle6m
2.3.4 – Composing Objects Principle5m
2.3.5 – Interface Segregation Principle4m
2.3.6 – Principle of Least Knowledge7m
2.3.7 – Part 1 - Code Smells11m
2.3.7 – Part 2 - Code Smells12m
4 readings
Ungraded Assignment - MVC Pattern (Solution)10m
Capstone Assignment 2.2 - Implement MVC Pattern (Solution)10m
Liskov Substitution Principle10m
Discussion: Stories of Bad Coding10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Review24m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Capstone Challenge

4 hours to complete
4 readings
4 readings
Capstone Assignment 2.3 - Identify and Fix Code Smells (Solution)10m
Discussion: Last Word – Design Patterns10m
Acknowledgements10m
Credits10m
1 practice exercise
Final Exam1h

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About the Software Design and Architecture Specialization

In the Software Design and Architecture Specialization, you will learn how to apply design principles, patterns, and architectures to create reusable and flexible software applications and systems. You will learn how to express and document the design and architecture of a software system using a visual notation. Practical examples and opportunities to apply your knowledge will help you develop employable skills and relevant expertise in the software industry....
Software Design and Architecture

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