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coding for business professionals

Professional Certificate in Tech Fundamentals

Coding Fundamentals for Business Professionals is a brand new course aimed at entrepreneurs and traditional practitioners in the areas of marketing, project management, HR and finance. This course will teach you how to speak the language of coding, without actually having to learn to code, in order to better communicate with I.T. staff. As a result, projects will be delivered on time and in budget thanks to having a greater understanding of the processes and requirements involved at the outset.

At the end of this course you will have the ability to effectively plan and communicate all of the digital elements of their projects. By knowing the capabilities and skills involved, you will be equipped to handle all of a client's queries at the outset of a project, plan accordingly, and then communicate the requirements to your development team in a language they can understand. You will learn how different programming languages interact, and the function of each. Utilizing this knowledge will allow you to become an innovator on the digital elements of projects and have a greater input. Finally, you will learn how to empower and build great digital teams.

6 Months / 50 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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UMA Brunswick Center

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES376

What You Will Learn
  • Understand the software development life-cycle that will empower you to contribute to the technology decision making within your role
  • Know how to brief coders into a project in a language you'll both understand
  • Know how to build and empower great coding teams
  • Know key concepts and business opportunities of software development
  • Know Where, Why and When programming languages including Java, HTML, CSS, Python, C++ and more are used
  • Know the importance UI and UX focused design. (Mobile, Responsive Web Design)
  • Know Core coding competencies: Front End, Back End, frameworks, software development, Cloud Computing, Data Management, and APIs
How the course is taught
  • Self paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 50 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Equip yourself to handle all of a client's queries at the onset of a project and plan accordingly
  • Become an innovator on the digital elements of projects and have a greater input
  • Effectively empower and build great digital teams


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Course Introduction and Front End Development

Learn the coding fundamentals for Business Professionals. Explore what Front End Development has to offer. Explore the World Wide Web by looking at the anatomy of an HTML page, common HTML elements, and HTML5 and the Semantic Web. Explore CSS Basics. Learn how you can target individuals and groups in addition to additional targeted styling. Learn about the Box Model. Explore responsive design, JavaScript Basics, and Native Apps. Discover HTML Hello World, HTML Semantic, CSS and Responsive Walkthroughs. Learn about User Experience strategy Plane, Scope Plane, Structure Plane Skeleton Plane, and Surface Plane.

Programming Languages

Begin with an introduction to programming languages by looking at the instructions, complexity and code. Discover the paradigms in programming languages. Explore Object Oriented programming and Functional Programming. Learn about introducing a new language and dealing with data.

Data Storage & Retrieval

Learn about how to store and retrieve data by looking at the entities and attributes of data, where data is stored, where data comes from, and how to acquire new data. Then look at CRUD Operations and how to export data. Gain and introduction to the different types of databases such as: Relational Databases, NoSQl & Key-Value Databases, Document-oriented Databases, and Specialized Databases. Gain all you need to know about data management as you learn what it is and the different types of data. End this session exploring data security

Cloud Computing

Learn all about cloud computing. Discover where cloud computing came from, the benefits of each layer, the risks of cloud computing, as well as the competitive advantages. Learn how to choose a provider and move to The Cloud.

Application Programming Interfaces and Frameworks

Gain knowledge of application and programming interfaces. Discover plugs & sockets. Discover what an API is, why to build and API and explore the different types of API's. Learn about the different API models and the advantages of each. Learn all about Frameworks and good development principles. Discover Client Side Frameworks, and Server Side Frameworks. Look at WordPress as a simple way to customize and become familiar with WordPress Dashboard.

Open Source Development and Software Development Process

Gain and understanding of Open Source Development by looking at the characteristics of Open Source, and Open Source Software available. Learn all about Licensing and Version Control. Become familiar with Git Commands and the pros and cons of using Git. Gain knowledge of software development by looking the Waterfall Process, Rational Unified Process, Agile principles and problems, Lean Software Development.

Building & Empowering Great Teams

Discover how to build great teams. Learn to engage through developers, branding, social media, and Open Source. Learn how to conduct interviews, the problems with interviews and technical pre screening. Discover why people leave as you look at real world scenarios. Learn how to communicate with your team and how to empower them. Discover ways to protect your team as well as how to reward them.


I. Course Introduction
A.  Coding Fundamentals for Business Professionals – an Introduction
II. Front End Development
A. Front End Development – Introduction
B. World Wide Web
C. Anatomy of an HTML Page
D. Common HTML Elements
E. HTML5 & the Semantic Web
F. CSS Basics
G. CSS Targeting an Individual
H. CSS Targeting a Group
I. Additional Targeted Styling
J. Transitions & Transformations
K. The Box Model
L. Responsive Design
M. JavaScript Basics
N. Native Apps
O. HTML Hello World Walkthrough
P. HTML Semantic Walkthrough
Q. CSS Walkthrough
R. Responsive Walkthrough
S. User Experience Overview
T. User Experience Strategy Plane
U. User Experience Scope Plane
V. User Experience Structure Plane
W. User Experience Skeleton Plane
X. User Experience Surface Plane
Y. Front End Development Module Quiz
III. Programming Languages
A. Programming Languages – Introduction
B. Instructions
C. Complexity
D. Code
E. Programming Languages
F. Paradigms
G. Object Oriented Programming
H. Mutable State
I. Functional Programming
J. Compilers
K. Interpreters
L. Ecosystems
M. Platforms
N. Why Do Programmers Care?
O. Considering Introducing a New Language
P. Introducing a New Language
Q. Dealing with Data
R. Language Debates
IV. Data Storage & Retrieval
A. Data Storage & Retrieval – Introduction
B. What is Data?
C. Entities & Attributes
D. Where Data is Stored
E. Where Data Comes From
F. How We Acquire New Data
G. CRUD Operations & Data Export
H. Data Access Patterns
I. Data Store Types Overview
J. File-based Data Stores
L. An Introduction to Databases
M. The Context of a Database in Your Software
N. Introduction to Relational Databases
O. NoSQL & Key-Value Databases
P. Introduction to Document-oriented Databases
Q. Specialized Databases & Summary of Overview
R. Relational Database Design Overview
S. Conceptual Design Phase
T. Logical Design Phase
U. Null Values
V. Physical Data Model & Indexes
W. Normalization
Y. Transactions & Concurrency
Z. MySQL Workbench Data Modeling
AA. MySQL Workbench CRUD Operations
BB. Document-oriented Database Design
CC. Document-oriented Database Summary
DD. Mongo Management Studio CRUD Operations
EE. Security Introduction & DBMS Users
FF. SQL Injection
GG. Additional Security Recommendations
HH. Backups Introduction
II. Backups & Recovery Procedures
JJ. Scalability & Availability Introduction
KK. Replication & the CAP Theorem
LL. Criteria for Choosing a Data Store
MM. Choosing a Data Store & Module Summary
V. Data Management
A. Data Management – Introduction
B. What is Data Management?
C. Types of Data
D. DMBOK Wheel
E. Data as an Asset
F. Data & Information
G. Data Quality
H. Data Quality Dimensions
I. Data Governance
J. Big Data
K. Data Insight
L. Data Visualization Part 1 & 2
M. Reference Data
N. Data Security
VI. Cloud Computing
A. Cloud Computing – Introduction
B. An Overview
C. Where Did It Come From?
D. Stack Model
E. Benefits of Each Layer
F. Deployment Models
G. Risks of Cloud Computing
H. Competitive Advantages
I. Choosing a Provider
J. Moving to The Cloud
VII. Application Programming Interfaces
A. Application Programming Interfaces – Introduction
B. Plugs & Sockets
C. What is an API?
D. The API Economy
E. Why Build an API?
F. API Types
G. API Business Models
H. API Competitive Advantages
I. REST Architecture
J. API Integration Platforms
K. API Integration Platforms – IFTTT
L. API Integration Platforms – Zapier
M. Internet of Things
N. Internet of Things – Be Smarter
VIII. Frameworks
A. Frameworks – Introduction
B. Goals
C. Good Development Principles
E. Client Side Frameworks – Bootstrap
F. Client Side Frameworks – AngularJS Introduction
G. Client Side Frameworks – Why AngularJS?
H. Server Side Web Frameworks – Django
I. Server Side Web Frameworks – Django Structure
J. Django Primer
K. Server Side Web Frameworks – ASP.Net
L. Server Side Web Frameworks – Rails
M. Server Side Web Frameworks – WordPress
N. Server Side Web Frameworks – WordPress Usage
O. WordPress Basics
P. WordPress Simple Customization
Q. WordPress Dashboard
R. Server Side Web Frameworks – Other Contributors
IX. Open Source Development
A. Open Source – Introduction
B. Characteristics of Open Source
C. What is Open Source Software?
D. What Is Licensing?
E. Licensing Categories
F. Copy-Left Licenses
G. Open Source & Commerce
H. Version Control
I. Common Features of Version Control
J. Git
K. Git Commands
L. Pros & Cons of Using Git
M. GitHub
N. Git & GitHub Primer
O. GitHub Pages Primer
P. Linux
Q. Linux Primer
X. Software Development Process
A. Software Crisis
B. Software Development Process – Introduction
C. The Construction Metaphor
D. The Waterfall Process
E. The Benefits of the Waterfall Model
F. Problems with the Waterfall
G. Rational Unified Process
H. Product vs Project Mindset
I. Agile
J. Agile Principles
K. Agile Problems
L. Lean Software Development
M. Lean Software Development – Part 2
N. DevOps
O. The Reality
P. Scenarios 1-5
Q. Scenarios 1-5 Thoughts
R. Impact on Developers
XI. Building & Empowering Great Teams
A. Introduction to Building Teams
B. Building Great Teams
C. Hiring
D. Engaging with Developers
E. Engaging Through Branding
F. Engaging via Social Media
G. Engaging Through Open Source
H. Interviews
I. Problems with Interviews
J. Targeted Interviews
K. Technical Pre Screening
L. The Interview Itself
M. Why People Leave
N. Remuneration
O. The Real Issues
P. Real World Scenarios
Q. Flexibility
R. Leading for Success
S. The Manager
T. Communication
U. Empowerment
V. Protecting the Team
W. Rewards
X. Context Switching Exercise
Y. Working with Contractors
Z. Remote Workers

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Instructors & Support

Brian O’Grady

Brian O'Grady has 17 years of professional industry and educational experience in the classroom. He was a Solution Architect on the Building Schools for the Future initiative across the UK. He has experience in analytics and program content creation.




There are no prerequisites for this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
  • At least 8GB of RAM

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

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