Software Design and Architecture (SDA)

Mindful Strategies for Quality Software

Think like an expert architect and create quality software using design patterns and principles.

In this specialization, you will learn how to apply design principles, patterns, and architectures to create reusable, flexible, and maintainable software applications and systems, as well as the expression and documentation of software systems 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.

Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?

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

How long does it take to complete the Specialization?

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.

What background knowledge is necessary?

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.

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