Software Development Diploma

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Software Development Diploma


56 Weeks




On-site / Online / Combination



Software Development Diploma Summary

ABM College’s Software Development Diploma Program is a 56-week course designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and innovative training to have a successful career post‑graduation. Students learn industry standards and procedures, web development, network and design fundamentals, as well as scripting languages. The online Software Development Program ends with a 4-week practicum that enables students to apply their in-class learning to a real-world work environment in the software development industry.

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Software Development Diploma Highlights

The purpose of the Software Development Certification Program is to provide students with the foundational knowledge, innovative problem solving skills, experience and immersive training to fearlessly enter into one of the quickest-growing career paths in Canada. Software Developers are in particularly high demand due to the increasing number of tech businesses around the world.

Discover key features of the Software Development Diploma program:

  • Develop the skills necessary to create interactive, industry-standard software and applications, including dynamic web pages and CSS animation.
  • Learn core programming languages and become fluent in writing, editing, and debugging code such as Java, JavaScript, Python, C, C++, C#, and more.
  • Study the fundamentals of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI).
  • Explore database management to design optimized databases and SQL to effectively communicate and extract information from them.
  • Employ networking and cloud computing solutions such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services to manage applications.

Career Opportunities

  • Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Development Engineer
  • System Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Web Technician

Salary Range

A chart showing the average salary range of $63,377 to $105,000 for a Software Developer in Canada

Software Development Diploma Information Kit

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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria: 1 - Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with English 30-1 or 60% in English 30-2 on verified transcript. Credit in Math 30-2 or higher, verified by transcript. -OR- 2 - General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) 3 - Successful interview with ABM College Administration.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria: 1. At least 18 years of age prior to admission (BC residents must be 19 years of age) 2.Score of 20 or higher on Entrance Exam (Scholastic Wonderlic) 3. Completed English 20-1 or equivalent with minimum score of 50%. 4. Successful interview with ABM College Administration. If student's first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test (Accuplacer).

Detailed Requirements

Software Development Diploma at ABM College is a 56-week program to prepare students with the skills and knowledge to become a successful Software Developer
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Software developer employment is projected to grow 21% by 2028, which is faster than the average projected rate of growth for all occupations (5%).

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Course Curriculum

1 - Programming Fundamentals

Computer programming is crucial for software development. In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of programming. This course will also develop students’ mathematics and logic skills in relation to computer programming. Lastly, students will be introduced to the modern computer operating systems, such as Linux, and the challenges in modern information technology.

2 - Introduction to Team Communications

This course will develop team communication and project coordination skills in an IT setting. Students will also be introduced to roles within a typical IT project team, and how to communicate technical information effectively and accurately between team members. Real-world examples will be used to demonstrate to the students, how modern technology companies and IT teams function.

3 - Computer Programming with C, C++, C#

C, C++ and C# are some of the most widely adopted languages in coding. These codes and the logic they are based on will help students lay a solid foundation for coding. Students will learn the purpose and application of each language, while also having hands-on experience coding their own programs using these languages. Through the hands-on experience, students will be introduced to debugging and troubleshooting coding errors.

4 - .NET Framework

.NET is a software development framework that runs in the Microsoft Windows environment and is widely used in the industry. The .NET framework allows the integration of several programming languages to develop Windows forms and web applications. Building on the fundamental coding knowledge, students will be introduced to and gain experience with the .NET framework using Microsoft Visual Studio.

5 - UX and UI Design Fundamentals

This course introduces the fundamental theories behind user interface and design. Using real-world implementations of UX and UI designs, the course will provide students with knowledge about interface layouts, usability testing, navigation principles, and visual designs. Additionally, students will also be introduced to best UX and UI design practices for business success.

6 - Fundamentals of Object-Oriented software Design

Students will be introduced to object-oriented programming principles and an overview of object oriented languages in this course. Students will acquire knowledge on the methodology and class relationships within the object-oriented design, along its advantages and disadvantages. Additionally, this course will cover best practices in object-oriented syntax and workflow for modern businesses.

7 - Java, JavaScript and Jquery

Java, and its variations, are some of the most in-demand and versatile programming languages in the industry. This course will teach the students the programming concepts of all the variations of Java, and their relations with object-oriented design. The course will also demonstrate the application of Java in solving complex real-world problems. Students will be given hands-on opportunities for creating computer programs with Java and solve novel IT problems using the language

8 - Python

Python is a popular language in object-oriented programming, and is a must-have language for many software development positions today. This course will build on the syntax and logical foundation of Java and introduce students to the high-level programming language of Python. Students will also be provided with real-world examples on the applications of python and have hands-on experience coding this language.

9 - Introduction to Databases

Students in this course will be introduced to the different types of databases, their relations with information technology, and a variety of database management services and systems used in the industry. Special emphasis will be put on relational databases. Students will also learn to plan and build relational database structures through modern business scenarios.

10 - Structured Query Language

Structured Query Language (SQL) is the universal language for managing data held in a relational database management system. Students will learn how to manipulate and extract data within existing relational database systems. Students will also be challenged to plan, create and maintain their own relational database using SQL. Additionally, this course will introduce students to NoSQL variants such as Hadoop.

11 - Introduction to IoT and Networking

This course will explore the concepts of Internet of Things (IoT) by demonstrating relations between computer interfaces and the devices they control. This course will give insights into the functions of computer architecture, networking, and controlling device function within a network. Students will also learn about cloud computing and its applications in IoT and networking. Students will be introduced to industry-leading cloud computing services and the advantage and limitations of each service.

12 - Amazon Web Services

This course will help students further develop their cloud computing knowledge and familiarize students with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Students will learn the framework of AWS and common applications of AWS in a business setting. This course will introduce students to the different levels of AWS certifications and will help prepare them for the AWS certification exams.

13 - Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure, commonly referred to as Azure, is a cloud computing service commonly used in the industry along with AWS. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with Microsoft Azure and its applications in a business setting. This course will introduce students to the certification path for Microsoft Azure and help prepare students for the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exams.

14 - Introduction to Web Development

This course gives students an introduction to web programming. Students will develop an understanding of the communication between design, web, and script languages. Students will highlight the current tools and the various programming language used for web development. Building on the knowledge from previous courses, this course will demonstrate how web applications can be integrated into various IT sectors.

15 - HTML and CSS

Hypertext Markup Language(HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) are the default languages used for website pages. This course will enrich the students’ understanding of UI and UX design and web development by working with HTML and CSS. Students will receive hands-on experience, building their own websites using HTML and CSS in conjunction with previous knowledge of scripting languages such as Javascript and Python.

16 - PHP

PHP is a programming language that integrates well with HTML and databases and is widely used to build dynamic web applications. This course will expand upon the students’ understanding of web development, integrating previous course knowledge of database and SQL into web development. Students will have the opportunity to further develop upon their projects in previous courses and see how different codes can be integrated together.

17 - Practicum

Students will apply their knowledge in real-world work environments to finish the program. A 4-week practicum will provide the students with valuable project experience to add to their portfolio. The practicum will also give students the opportunity to network with industry professionals and explore various areas in IT software developers can work for.

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