About this Specialization

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This specialization is intended for software engineers, development and product managers, testers, QA analysts, product analysts, tech writers, and security engineers. Even if you have experience in the requirements realm, this course will expand your knowledge to include new viewpoints, development styles, techniques and tools. For anyone seeking a graduate degree, certificate, or professional degree in computer science, these courses will additionally give you a broad understanding of how requirements engineering is performed and help you get a first foot forward into your upcoming careers. The Software Requirements specialization focuses on traditional software requirements elicitation and writing techniques, while also looking at requirements from a security standpoint. In traditional methods, non-functional requirements, such as security, are often ignored overall. In this specialization, students will be introduced to ways of eliciting requirements from stakeholders, how to analyze these requirements, conduct risk mitigation and analysis, prioritize requirements, document, and bring security concerns into the software lifecycle early on.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 7 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 7 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Requirements Gathering for Secure Software Development

4.6
stars
204 ratings
34 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Requirements Elicitation: Artifact and Stakeholder Analysis

4.7
stars
38 ratings
8 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Requirements Specifications: Goals and Conflict Analysis

4.6
stars
26 ratings
2 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Software Requirements Prioritization: Risk Analysis

4.7
stars
44 ratings
6 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Approximately 21 weeks

  • None although a vague knowledge of programming and the software development process is helpful.

  • No. Courses can be taken in any order according to your interests and needs.

  • At this point in time, university credit is not offered.

  • You will have the background knowledge necessary to work in product management and requirements engineering overall. You will also benefit as a developer, tester, QA analyst, and designer, as all these are closely tied to software requirements and often rely on the product created in this software development lifecycle phase. As this is a graduate level course, it's also a good preparation for graduate studies, especially those that focus in Software Engineering.

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