Find Out How We Help You To Learn New Skills Quickly
Think you are ready for the course? Take a FREE practice test to assess your knowledge!
This accelerated Software Development Fundamentals course will provide you with a basic understanding of the software development lifecycle. As well as the decsisions that have to be made when selecting a software development methodology. You'll also develop an appreciation of how software developers need to work effectively in teams to produce software.
Your role as a software developer is to build and test high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. Typically you will work as part of a larger team, responsible for some of the straightforward tasks and deliverables of the overall project. You will interpret design documentation and specifications. Customer requirements will typically be defined and agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.
Upon completion of this course, you will have gained the knowledge and skills to fulfil the role of a Software Developer. These include carrying out the following:
This is a vendor-neutral IT developer course, aimed at anyone who is involved in any aspect of systems development. Ideal for someone looking to develop foundation knowledge in Software Development.
Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.
Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.
This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a Certification Guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.
Learners will understand that software development does not occur in isolation. Learners will gain an understanding of the stages in the lifecycle of software development and how these stages are likely to be performed by professionals in related disciplines. In particular learners will understand that core function of a software developer is to implement code to a given specification which will fulfil a set of functional requirements.
1.1 The role and scope of software development and its relationship to other associated disciplines
Learners will understand why it is important for software to be implemented using a structured software development methodology and the benefits of following the chosen method. Learners will be able to discuss why these benefits are important to other professionals such as project managers, and to the sponsors of the software development project, and for those who will support the software once it is has been deployed.
1.2 Explain the importance of the following in a procedural (Linear) /staged (Iterative) software development lifecycle, e.g.:
In this topic, learners will learn to describe the advantages and disadvantages of at least two software development methodologies in common use in industry. In comparing these methods, learners will be able to explain when a particular method would be preferable for a specific software implementation projects, and what the consequences of choosing the wrong method might be. The learner will also be able to describe the different team roles and responsibilities of at least two methods.
2.1 Summarise software development methodologies, application, advantages and disadvantages.
Learners will learn the specific differences between at least two common industry software development methodologies. Learners will learn that different methods related to wider business issues beyond the scope of software implementation such as the focus on working product (Agile) over completeness of process (Waterfall).
2.2 Compare and contrast software development methodologies
Learners will understand that software development typically takes place in a wider business which places constraints upon the software development process. The learner will be able to explain the types of constraints that may typically arise, and how they can be mitigated.
3.1 Describe the business environment related to software development
Learners will learn how to describe the business issues related to software development and how to mitigate them. In particular, learners will understand the importance of engaging with project management as business owners of the software development project.
3.2 Understand how to respond to the business environment and business issues related to software development
Learners will learn to explain a range of common roles found within an industry software development function. One person may hold multiple roles within an organisation. Core functions of business analysis, software design, software implementation, testing and architecture will be discussed.
4.1 Describe the roles and responsibilities within the software development and implementation lifecycle
Designers - Design a software model that fulfil the specifications:
Learners will learn that software development in industry is seldom an individual effort and that to be an effective software development professional, it is important to work as a member of a development team. This will require the learner to understand the wider business context and how they can engage with it through their peers and managers.
4.2 The importance of working as a member of an effective development team
Describe how key roles and responsibilities can be used to form teams. Key Roles e.g.
Describe factors that influence effective team working and their importance including internal and external factors e.g.:
You will be provided with comprehensive courseware and the following book:
Developing Information Systems: Practical Guidance for IT professionals, by James Cadle.
Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.
Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.
Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.
We’re currently migrating from printed to digital courseware. Some courseware is already available in digital, while other books remain in printed form. To find out if this course is digital, call us on 0-0-800-141-0033.
There are several benefits of easy-to-use digital courseware: downloads are immediate, and you’ll always have your courseware available wherever you are. You won’t need to wait for a printed book to be delivered before you start learning – and it’s better for the environment. You can choose to download the courseware to your own device, or borrow one of ours.
Considering a Microsoft course? Always have the most up-to-date Microsoft digital courseware with ‘Fresh Editions’. This gives you access to all versions of digital courseware – you’ll receive updates and revisions of your textbook, at no charge, for the life of that course.
Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year. Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.
There are no prerequisites for this course. It is suitable for beginners.
Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.
Just call us on 0-0-800-141-0033 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.
Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.
When do you want to sit your accelerated course?
Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 67.286 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.67% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations.
Read reviews from recent accelerated courses below or visit Firebrand Stories for written and video interviews from our alumni.
"Excellent location and facilities, the instructor's teaching was very engaging even though the class included both inexperienced and experienced developers. Despite coming in with experience I feel I am leaving with more; I will look forward to my next course here at Firebrand."
Thomas Mynott, Transport for London. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (10/5/2018 to 11/5/2018)
"The course was really informative and has given me a lot of insight for me to go back and continue on doing independent work myself."
Jamil Stewart, ISAAC Intelligence. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (10/5/2018 to 11/5/2018)
"I felt that the course was very well structured. Although the course is intensive, the mentor is very helpful and patient with every student to ensure we are confident with our knowledge. Regular breaks also ensure that we are not burning ourselves out too fast either. "
Ben Moat, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (26/2/2018 to 27/2/2018)
"The course was delivered really well, the instructor was clear at all times and ensured everything was understood."
D.M.. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (21/12/2017 to 22/12/2017)
"It was very good, I cant wait for my next course. "
Klaudio Leku, Lloyds Banking Group. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (19/12/2017 to 20/12/2017)
"The course was really good!"
Rhys Banton-laing, Schroders. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (19/12/2017 to 20/12/2017)
"Had a very good experience here, the instructor was great at getting the class motivated for our early starts.
I learned a lot and think this will put me in a good place for my apprenticeship, with the core knowledge in software dev fundamentals.
Sean Lally. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (19/12/2017 to 20/12/2017)
"Very informative course, trainer was very friendly and added examples to concepts to help understanding. I was able to learn a lot of information over a short period of time."
Anonymous - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (14/9/2017 to 15/9/2017)
"The course was good, staff at the training center go above and beyond to help with anything possible. Staff where giving out bottles of water due to the heat over the weekend!"
Simon Leyland, Prodo Digital. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (19/6/2017 to 20/6/2017)
"The course was really interesting and was explained in a very well structured manner which made it very easy to understand. There was a lot of content to cover and very long days followed by room reading was quite full on, however, the two exams went well and I do feel like I took a lot of the course content in and understood it well. The instructor was very good at explaining the course content in real-world scenarios and I felt it was a very good way to help us understand. The instructor was fun and informative and I really enjoyed the course"
Sacha Hill, North Norfolk District Council. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (10/4/2017 to 11/4/2017)
"I always have a great time at Firebrand, the courses are always informative and easy to relate to my daily work life. The instructors know their stuff and are very helpful and friendly."
Dan Bourne, Devtronix. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (24/11/2016 to 25/11/2016)
"Good course, good tutor and good food!"
Matt Thomas, Allpay ltd. - App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (15/9/2016 to 16/9/2016)
"The staff at firebrand have been absolutely fantastic and have been really great in organising the exam and making sure we following procedure. I will be returning for the CCNP and already have the CCDA booked in November. I would like to thank Firebrand for helping my learning aid and I will definitely be returning. In addition to this the stay has been an overall pleasure."
Jon Legg, NHS. - Cisco ICND2 (CCNA) (3 days) (15/6/2018 to 17/6/2018)
"Our tutor was very thorough, entertaining and funny."
Anonymous - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Installation, Storage and Compute (4 days) (14/6/2018 to 17/6/2018)
"Our tutor was very entertaining and funny."
Anonymous, Jolly IT Solutions - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Installation, Storage and Compute (4 days) (14/6/2018 to 17/6/2018)
"Great training, great instructor!"
Kyle Parsons, Fidelity. - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Installation, Storage and Compute (4 days) (14/6/2018 to 17/6/2018)
"Really good training, I was really happy with it."
Anonymous - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Installation, Storage and Compute (4 days) (14/6/2018 to 17/6/2018)
"I would recommend Firebrand Training - course was intense, well instructed and information rich. Compared to when I started the course, I feel so much more knowledgeable and confident about networking topics."
J.W., Dana Petroleum,=. - Cisco CCNA (Routing & Switching) Certification (7 days) (11/6/2018 to 17/6/2018)
"It is intense and certainly not for the feint hearted! We had a fantastic tutor who was dubbed "The Queen of SQL" forevermore. She made this course incredibly interesting and her enthusiasm was needed to push us through the course in its entirety! "
Jack Buchanan, NA. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Database Administration (6 days) (11/6/2018 to 16/6/2018)
"The instructor defiantly have excellent knowledge of the course subject.
She is also a natural trainer who can keep all skill levels in mind while training."
Izak Potgieter, Convergint technologies. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Database Administration (6 days) (11/6/2018 to 16/6/2018)
"Great facilities! Great instructors! Great material! They definitely prepare you for the exam. "
Caroline Walters, Atkins. - Cisco ICND1 (CCENT) (4 days) (11/6/2018 to 14/6/2018)
"Our teacher for this course was very friendly and taught all of us well making sure that we all understood a chapter before continuing onto the next one. We finished each chapter with a quiz so that we can put what we learnt to the test.
There was a slight mix up with exams, however Firebrand were very quick to make the correct changes so that all of us can take the exams we were meant to. Brilliant job on such short notice."
Anonymous - CIW Social Media Strategist (2 days) (11/6/2018 to 12/6/2018)
"The staff at Firebrand are great. Our trainer was very fun, informative, and kept the spirit of the class up during our course. He was happy to answer any questions the class had and didn't leave anybody behind. "
Liam Howlett, DABD. - CIW Social Media Strategist (2 days) (11/6/2018 to 12/6/2018)
"I recommend Firabrand Training to anyone who wants to extend their knowledge on any of the courses that they teach because it is fast track and it is well organised."
David Coleto, CityWest Homes. - Microsoft MTA Database Fundamentals (2 days) (11/6/2018 to 12/6/2018)
"The accelerated training provided good knowledge in able to obtain the certification."
Michael Howard. - Microsoft MCSA: BI Reporting (4 days) (7/6/2018 to 10/6/2018)
"The course was well paced and was very informative and covered topics in an organised manner.
I was able to also do more practice questions and there were lots of discussions related to industry application and I look forward to applying them in real world.
I would definitely recommend and happy to give a 5* rating."
M.S., Freelance. - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification (3 days) (4/6/2018 to 6/6/2018)
"I have used Firebrand for my training needs several times over the last few years. The boot-camp style of delivery is so effective, and ensures you get all the knowledge required is a consolidated time frame. The quality of material and the knowledge of the trainers is first rate. Highly recommended all round!"
Shaun Laughton , Shaun Laughton Consulting Limited. - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand training for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and Professional certification (6 days) (4/6/2018 to 9/6/2018)
"Wasn't sure what to expect, but the training course was structured to ensure the information was retained."
Matt Gabbitas, Well Pharmacy. - Lean Six Sigma Training Green Belt (5 days) (4/6/2018 to 8/6/2018)
"Great instructor, who worked really hard to help us learn and develop after the course."
Andrew Moore, University of London. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (4/6/2018 to 8/6/2018)
"Now on my fifth course with Firebrand. Feeling tired now, but definitely worthwhile."
Jonathan Freedman , Howard Kennedy. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (4/6/2018 to 8/6/2018)
"The trainer has been a very good. He has managed to make the course very interesting, providing his experience and real use cases. I'd recommend taking a course with him."
Anonymous - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (4/6/2018 to 8/6/2018)
"Really enjoyed my second time here - really educational with lots of information, tools and help."
J.G.. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (4/6/2018 to 8/6/2018)
"Great training and additional extras, thanks very much."
Edward Williams, Lucid Partnership. - Microsoft MCSA: Web Applications (6 days) (1/6/2018 to 6/6/2018)
"I am pleased that I made the choice to train with Firebrand. The trainer has a deep industry-knowledge and makes sure that his students get the points that he communicates across to them. "
Olukemi Mackenzie-Gureje, Direct Line Group. - The Open Group TOGAF® 9 certified training (Level 1&2) (3 days) (1/6/2018 to 3/6/2018)
"Food and rooms were very good and provided everything we needed.
The instructor and staff gave us everything we needed to get the best learning possible!"
Harry Sturgeon, Lloyds Banking Group. - ITIL® Foundation Certification (2 days) (31/5/2018 to 1/6/2018)
"I gained more knowledge and improved my technical skills!"
"Good class - the instructor was great and I feel I have learned a lot from the way he taught."
"A highly enjoyable and thorough course, taught in a manner that made the subject both interesting and understandable."
"Really enjoyed the course and content from the instructor. Lots of little extras, which will help in the real world. Thanks!"
"Really enjoyed the course and content - lots of little extras which will help in the real world. "
"An intense week but completely worth it.
You will never be as prepared for an exam after sitting through this week.
Highly recommended and the Firebrand staff are amazing as always."
Kyle Williams, Win Technologies. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (6 days) (21/5/2018 to 26/5/2018)
"Brilliant tutor. Well laid out course.
Mark Sawyer, SLAUGHTER AND MAY 02. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (6 days) (21/5/2018 to 26/5/2018)
"Although the days were long, I found that the training was very useful and I learned a lot. Overall a great experience and couldn't fault my experience here!"
Regan Walsh , GB Railfreight. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 10 (6 days) (21/5/2018 to 26/5/2018)
"Great facilities, knowledgeable trainers and good value for money."
Mike Phillips, VISA. - ISACA CRISC Certification (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) (3 days) (21/5/2018 to 23/5/2018)
"A good course, delivered well. The learning is relevant to my current skill set & provided further knowledge to assist in my employment. The facilities were good and the food provided at a high standard. Thank you."
, Fujitsu Defence and Security. - ISACA CRISC Certification (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) (3 days) (21/5/2018 to 23/5/2018)
"Although the days were long, the instructor was very helpful, engaging and encouraged the class to take regular breaks. The workload is spread out very evenly throughout the day, ensuring you are absorbing all of the knowledge. "
Ben Moat, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue. - ISTQB Firebrand's Training for ISTQB's Foundation Software Tester Certification (2 days) (21/5/2018 to 22/5/2018)
"Ask for 007! If you know.. you know - Hes a fantastic trainer, thank you so much!"
Reece Isles. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (14/5/2018 to 19/5/2018)
"My personal experience at Firebrand has been good as I have learnt a lot about server, networking and security. "
K.H., VolkerWessels UK LTD. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (14/5/2018 to 19/5/2018)
"I had an enjoyable time considering the amount of content that was required to be learnt. Personally i found it frustrating that measure-up had not been updated to correspond with the exam, this was not the instructor's fault -he's a good trainer. "
Laurence chalk. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (14/5/2018 to 19/5/2018)
"My experience has been good, lot of learning and intense sessions to get you to know the fundamentals. "
Anonymous - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (14/5/2018 to 19/5/2018)