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Sampler: Understanding Software Development, Processes and Tools

Begin your journey into software development with this short course introduction to the processes, roles, tasks, tools and technologies that are used in the creation of software.

2 Weeks
100% online learning
Sampler Understanding Software Development Processes and Tools

Outcomes and Pathways

What this course offers and how you will benefit

Developing an understanding of the fundamentals of software development is critical, as more people are finding themselves interacting with software developers and technical projects. However, sometimes it is difficult to know where to start and it can feel like a whole other language is being spoken.

Through this two-week free sampler short course, dive into an introduction to key aspects of software development including different methodologies, coding languages and database structures. 

This short course was developed by Dr David Parsons, an innovative educator and published academic, who shares insights from over 20 years experience in software development through this course.

Become familiar with the key features of software systems and processes

Gain new experience of using software development tools

Understand how different software development processes and tools are applied in different contexts


What you will learn on this short course

Incorporate software technology into your world

Software development processes and roles

Software development methodologies and lifecycle

Introduction to computer programming languages

Databases and Structured Query Language


What you need to know

Our Sampler courses are punchy introductions to emerging areas of expertise. Delivered entirely online through articles, videos and case studies, you learn at your own pace. Completely free, you can start at any time but you need to complete the course within 3 weeks from the time you begin. There is approximately 2-3 hours of content for you to explore per week.

Sampler short courses are free to enrol in. We’re excited to encourage more people to explore key topics that are of critical relevance today and into the future.

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.

Our Sampler and Advancer short courses were developed in collaboration with industry experts. You will find interviews with industry experts in amongst the content for all the Sampler and Advancer courses as well as content from a range of sources.