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University of Colorado System

Software Design as an Element of the Software Development Lifecycle

University of Colorado System via Coursera


This course talks about software development lifecycles a description/prescription for how we write software. Design is a step in this life cycle, and the course explores the implications of this. Design has a role in the life cycle; it is always there, regardless of the kind of life cycle we’re talking about. Why is that? Why was design considered as a step in this life cycle?


  • Design, is a Thoughtful Process
    • Design requires that you be much more than minimally knowledgeable about your project and how to accomplish it.
  • How Design fits into the flow of software development
    • How Design translates requirements into specifications which coders can understand and use.
  • Design in the Context of Different SDLC's
    • There are different ways to develop software, but design plays a similar set of roles regardless of why way is used.
  • How High-Level Design (or Architecture) handles Security Problems
    • The difference between high-level and detailed design and how high-level design is good at handling security issues.
  • Final Exam
    • A comprehensive course assessment comprising of 5 quizzes. Each assessment contains a randomized set of questions from different modules of the course.

Taught by

Albert Glock


4.6 rating at Coursera based on 244 ratings

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