About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
27%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
33%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
27%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Object-Oriented Design

4.7
stars
1,115 ratings
245 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Design Patterns

4.7
stars
712 ratings
138 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Software Architecture

4.5
stars
414 ratings
88 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Service-Oriented Architecture

4.5
stars
306 ratings
61 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • 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.

  • Each of the four courses in the Specialization are designed to be completed in 4 weeks; the entire Specialization can be completed in 16 weeks. On average there is one assignment per week for the first 8 weeks (occasionally a week without an assignment will be followed by a week with two assignments). The last 8 weeks average fewer than one assignment per week.

    Depending on capacity to complete assignments, we expect learners to finish any of the courses in 3 – 5 weeks.

  • Familiarity with object-oriented programming structures is essential. Basic Java programming knowledge is expected. Assignments and quizzes will require coding in Java. The capstone application will require you to use Android Studio, an integrated development environment.

  • If you are intending to complete the entire specialization, it is highly recommended to take the courses in order as material presented in early courses will be referred to in later courses. If you are interested in specific courses, each course can be taken as a standalone course, provided that you are familiar with the content of previous courses.

  • Software Design Architecture courses are not eligible for university credit.

  • You will be able to create better software applications and systems that are reusable, flexible, and maintainable, because your software will follow established design principles, patterns, and architectures. You will also be able to communicate to others your software designs and architectures through industry standard visual notations.

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