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Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: Four weeks of study, 5 – 8 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

UML Architecture Diagrams

In this module you will learn about software architecture. You will learn why architecture is important, what perspectives need to be considered, and how to communicate architecture using UML....
Reading
6 videos (Total 42 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
3.1.2 – Kruchten's 4 + 1 Model View5m
3.1.3 – UML Component Diagram3m
3.1.4 – UML Package Diagram5m
3.1.5 – UML Deployment Diagram5m
3.1.6 – UML Activity Diagram4m
Reading7 readings
Meet Your Presenter – Sam Jeffery10m
Meet Your Facilitators10m
Software Architecture – Course Notes10m
Software Architecture Glossary10m
Discussion: Introduce Yourself10m
Capstone Assignment 3.1 - Draw a Component Diagram (Solution)10m
Capstone Assignment 3.2 - Draw a Deployment Diagram (Solution)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Review24m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Architectural Styles

Software comes in all shapes and sizes. The architecture you choose will affect every part of your software, from its security and efficiency, to its modularity and maintainability. In this module we will examine the different architectures that you have to choose from to shape your software....
Reading
9 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
3.2.2 – Main Program and Subroutine4m
3.2.3 – Databases9m
3.2.4 – Layered Systems8m
3.2.5 – Client Server n-Tier8m
3.2.6 – Interpreters5m
3.2.7 – Pipes and Filters5m
3.2.8 – Event Based10m
3.2.9 – Process Control7m
Reading3 readings
State Transition Systems10m
Publish–Subscribe10m
Discussions: Architectural Styles10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Review24m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Architecture in Practice

The architecture is the most fundamental aspect of software. You will learn how development teams describe architectures, plan successful architectures based on quality attributes, and evaluate the resulting architecture. You will also learn how architecture relates to organization structure and even product planning!...
Reading
4 videos (Total 43 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
3.3.2 – Analyzing and Evaluating an Architecture14m
3.3.3 – Relationship to Organizational Structure3m
3.3.4 – Product Lines and Product Families8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Review24m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Capstone Challenge

Now, in the final module of the course, you will evaluate the proposed architecture to extend the functionality of the example Android code base....
Reading
4 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading4 readings
Capstone Assignment 3.3 - Analyze and Evaluate an Architecture (Solution)10m
Discussion: Last Word – Software Architecture10m
Acknowledgements10m
Credits10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Exams
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Top Reviews

By AMJan 17th 2018

Great material, handy for any architect. Reference architectures, ATAM, ASR were particularily useful.

By DIJan 21st 2018

Good introduction, it helps to develop curiosity about the right topics

Instructor

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Kenny Wong

Associate Professor
Computing Science, Faculty of Science

About University of Alberta

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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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