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Advancer: Understanding Software Development Processes and Tools

Explore the fundamentals of software development and how software is created to deliver highly effective solutions through this short course.

$400inc GST
6 Weeks
100% online learning
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Outcomes and Pathways

What this course offers and how you will benefit

Gain an understanding of software development through this engaging course, developing practical skills and confidence to engage with developers and the understanding to be part of delivering great technology initiatives.

This course is designed for anyone wanting an introduction to elements of the software development pipeline. You will develop knowledge, skills and most importantly, a critical awareness of the complexity of software development and the value of teamwork and process. 

Developed by Dr David Parsons, an innovative educator and published academic, he brings over 20 years in software development to his role developing content for this course. This short course is a taster for the Understanding Software Development Processes and Tools Micro-credential also offered by academyEX.

Analyse the key features of software systems and processes

Evaluate the role of software development processes and tools in addressing the changing requirements based upon changing customer needs 

Develop and apply knowledge of software development processes and the tools used to build effective development teams


What you will learn on this short course

Understand the foundations of software development

Software development processes, roles, methodologies

Computer Programming, Data and Databases

Software Testing, Security and Requirements

Client-side presentation and server-side coding


What you need to know

Our Advancer courses are perfect if you’ve got a need to know, now. Develop knowledge and practical skills that you can use straight away. You will join an online community of like minded learners and access monthly industry-led workshops and events. 

Advancer courses are delivered entirely online through articles, videos and case studies, you learn at your own pace. You can start at any time, but you need to complete the course within 8 weeks from the time you begin. There is approximately 6-8 hours of content to explore per week.

Once you have completed an Advancer course, you will be able to download a Digital Badge that you can share to demonstrate your achievement, as well as a Key Resources overview where we have captured some of the key links and details from the course. You won’t be able to access the content of the Advancer course after 8 weeks from the date you started.

Advancer short courses are NZ$400 (incl. GST. Payment will be made during the application process.

No, credits are not awarded for completion of the academyEX Sampler and Advancer courses as these are not accredited by NZQA. The Sampler and Advancer courses provide introductions, and you can build on your knowledge and skills through further study in our accredited programmes.

Yes, the content in the Advancer courses is a subset of the content delivered in our micro-credentials. Joining an intake for the micro-credential gives you an opportunity to further build on the knowledge and skills you have developed in the Advancer course, and apply your learning through the assessments and receive feedback from peers and facilitators. 

Certification Fee: To upgrade an Advancer course to earn micro-credential certification, a fee of NZD$150 must be paid.