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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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Purchase College, SUNY

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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
  • Learn how to brief coders on a project in a language that you'll both understand
  • Know how to build and empower great coding teams
  • Learn the key concepts and business opportunities of software development
  • Understand where, why, and when programming languages like Java, HTML, CSS, Python, C++ and more are used
  • Discover the importance of UI and UX focused design (mobile, responsive web design)
  • Learn 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.

  1. Course Introduction
    1. Coding Fundamentals for Business Professionals – an Introduction
  2. Front End Development
    1. Front End Development – Introduction
    2. World Wide Web
    3. Anatomy of an HTML Page
    4. Common HTML Elements
    5. HTML5 & the Semantic Web
    6. CSS Basics
    7. CSS Targeting an Individual
    8. CSS Targeting a Group
    9. Additional Targeted Styling
    10. Transitions & Transformations
    11. The Box Model
    12. Responsive Design
    13. JavaScript Basics
    14. Native Apps
    15. HTML Hello World Walkthrough
    16. HTML Semantic Walkthrough
    17. CSS Walkthrough
    18. Responsive Walkthrough
    19. User Experience Overview
    20. User Experience Strategy Plane
    21. User Experience Scope Plane
    22. User Experience Structure Plane
    23. User Experience Skeleton Plane
    24. User Experience Surface Plane
    25. Front End Development Module Quiz
  3. Programming Languages
    1. Programming Languages – Introduction
    2. Instructions
    3. Complexity
    4. Code
    5. Programming Languages
    6. Paradigms
    7. Object Oriented Programming
    8. Mutable State
    9. Functional Programming
    10. Compilers
    11. Interpreters
    12. Ecosystems
    13. Platforms
    14. Why Do Programmers Care?
    15. Considering Introducing a New Language
    16. Introducing a New Language
    17. Dealing with Data
    18. Language Debates
  4. Data Storage & Retrieval
    1. Data Storage & Retrieval – Introduction
    2. What is Data?
    3. Entities & Attributes
    4. Where Data is Stored
    5. Where Data Comes From
    6. How We Acquire New Data
    7. CRUD Operations & Data Export
    8. Data Access Patterns
    9. Data Store Types Overview
    10. File-based Data Stores
    11. JSON & XML
    12. An Introduction to Databases
    13. The Context of a Database in Your Software
    14. Introduction to Relational Databases
    15. NoSQL & Key-Value Databases
    16. Introduction to Document-oriented Databases
    17. Specialized Databases & Summary of Overview
    18. Relational Database Design Overview
    19. Conceptual Design Phase
    20. Logical Design Phase
    21. Null Values
    22. Physical Data Model & Indexes
    23. Normalization
    24. SQL
    25. Transactions & Concurrency
    26. MySQL Workbench Data Modeling
    27. AA. MySQL Workbench CRUD Operations
    28. BB. Document-oriented Database Design
    29. CC. Document-oriented Database Summary
    30. DD. Mongo Management Studio CRUD Operations
    31. EE. Security Introduction & DBMS Users
    32. FF. SQL Injection
    33. GG. Additional Security Recommendations
    34. HH. Backups Introduction
    35. Backups & Recovery Procedures
    36. JJ. Scalability & Availability Introduction
    37. KK. Replication & the CAP Theorem
    38. LL. Criteria for Choosing a Data Store
    39. MM. Choosing a Data Store & Module Summary
  5. Data Management
    1. Data Management – Introduction
    2. What is Data Management?
    3. Types of Data
    4. DMBOK Wheel
    5. Data as an Asset
    6. Data & Information
    7. Data Quality
    8. Data Quality Dimensions
    9. Data Governance
    10. Big Data
    11. Data Insight
    12. Data Visualization Part 1 & 2
    13. Reference Data
    14. Data Security
  6. Cloud Computing
    1. Cloud Computing – Introduction
    2. An Overview
    3. Where Did It Come From?
    4. Stack Model
    5. Benefits of Each Layer
    6. Deployment Models
    7. Risks of Cloud Computing
    8. Competitive Advantages
    9. Choosing a Provider
    10. Moving to The Cloud
  7. Application Programming Interfaces
    1. Application Programming Interfaces – Introduction
    2. Plugs & Sockets
    3. What is an API?
    4. The API Economy
    5. Why Build an API?
    6. API Types
    7. API Business Models
    8. API Competitive Advantages
    9. REST Architecture
    10. API Integration Platforms
    11. API Integration Platforms – IFTTT
    12. API Integration Platforms – Zapier
    13. Internet of Things
    14. Internet of Things – Be Smarter
  8. Frameworks
    1. Frameworks – Introduction
    2. Goals
    3. Good Development Principles
    4. MVC
    5. Client Side Frameworks – Bootstrap
    6. Client Side Frameworks – AngularJS Introduction
    7. Client Side Frameworks – Why AngularJS?
    8. Server Side Web Frameworks – Django
    9. Server Side Web Frameworks – Django Structure
    10. Django Primer
    11. Server Side Web Frameworks – ASP.Net
    12. Server Side Web Frameworks – Rails
    13. Server Side Web Frameworks – WordPress
    14. Server Side Web Frameworks – WordPress Usage
    15. WordPress Basics
    16. WordPress Simple Customization
    17. WordPress Dashboard
    18. Server Side Web Frameworks – Other Contributors
  9. Open Source Development
    1. Open Source – Introduction
    2. Characteristics of Open Source
    3. What is Open Source Software?
    4. What Is Licensing?
    5. Licensing Categories
    6. Copy-Left Licenses
    7. Open Source & Commerce
    8. Version Control
    9. Common Features of Version Control
    10. Git
    11. Git Commands
    12. Pros & Cons of Using Git
    13. GitHub
    14. Git & GitHub Primer
    15. GitHub Pages Primer
    16. Linux
    17. Linux Primer
  10. Software Development Process
    1. Software Crisis
    2. Software Development Process – Introduction
    3. The Construction Metaphor
    4. The Waterfall Process
    5. The Benefits of the Waterfall Model
    6. Problems with the Waterfall
    7. Rational Unified Process
    8. Product vs Project Mindset
    9. Agile
    10. Agile Principles
    11. Agile Problems
    12. Lean Software Development
    13. Lean Software Development – Part 2
    14. DevOps
    15. The Reality
    16. Scenarios 1-5
    17. Scenarios 1-5 Thoughts
    18. Impact on Developers
  11. Building & Empowering Great Teams
    1. Introduction to Building Teams
    2. Building Great Teams
    3. Hiring
    4. Engaging with Developers
    5. Engaging Through Branding
    6. Engaging via Social Media
    7. Engaging Through Open Source
    8. Interviews
    9. Problems with Interviews
    10. Targeted Interviews
    11. Technical Pre Screening
    12. The Interview Itself
    13. Why People Leave
    14. Remuneration
    15. The Real Issues
    16. Real World Scenarios
    17. Flexibility
    18. Leading for Success
    19. The Manager
    20. Communication
    21. Empowerment
    22. Protecting the Team
    23. Rewards
    24. Context Switching Exercise
    25. Working with Contractors
    26. 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.
  • 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 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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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

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 email) 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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