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Programming in C#: Introduction

If you are interested in a career in programming or software development this intensive, short ten-week MTA course will help you to prepare for Microsoft Technology Associate Exam 98-361, and will give you an understanding of the following topics:

  • Core programming
  • Object-oriented programming
  • General software development
  • Web applications
  • Desktop applications and database.

This course is ideal if you want to pursue a career path in IT infrastructure, web development, database design or software development using Microsoft technologies.

Dave Miles

“I’ve been really impressed by the expertise of the tutors at Bedford College and I had a good feeling about the atmosphere too – it’s informal and relaxed but with an expectation to get the work done and achieve.”

“Over the past few months I’ve enrolled on a number of courses to develop my skills, and I’ve really enjoyed all of them. We use industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite and the tutors put so much work in to the course.”

Dave Miles - Creating Database Driven Websites, Website Design, Programming in C#, CIW qualifications

Entry requirements

This is an entry level course and no previous competence or knowledge of programming or software development is required. However, basic programming skills would be an advantage.

Course content

During the course you will study the following units:

Understanding core programming

  • Understanding computer storage and data types
  • Understanding computer decision structures
  • Identifying the appropriate method for handling repetition
  • Understanding error handling.

Understanding object-oriented programming

  • Understanding the fundamentals of classes
  • Understanding inheritance
  • Understanding polymorphism
  • Understanding encapsulation.

Understanding general software development

  • Understanding application life cycle management
  • Interpreting application specifications
  • Understanding algorithms and data structures.

Understanding web applications

  • Understanding web page development
  • Understanding Microsoft ASP.NET web application development
  • Understanding web hosting
  • Understanding web services.

Understanding desktop applications

  • Understanding Windows forms applications
  • Understanding console-based applications
  • Understanding Windows services.

Understanding databases

  • Understanding relational database management systems
  • Understanding database query methods
  • Understanding database connection methods.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through online, web-based multiple choice exams. Bedford College is an Authorised Certiport Testing Centre.

Further study and career options

The course will provide you with the range of skills and knowledge required for a career in software development. Microsoft certifications represent a rich and varied spectrum of knowledge, job roles and responsibilities. Today’s IT recruitment managers are more often using professional credentials, such as Microsoft certification, to identify properly skilled IT candidates.

In addition, becoming MTA certified will help you to build a solid foundation to prepare for intermediate technology studies and for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications.

Additional information

You will be required to pay an additional £40.00 fee if you wish to sit the external Microsoft exam.

Enrolment on this course will give you access to a wide range of free resources, including the Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) Software Development Fundamentals (98-361) manual, exercise files, exam preparation guides, practice tests and web links.  In addition, Bedford College is a member of the MSDN Academic Alliance and, as such, Microsoft software – such as Visual Studio – can be freely downloaded for use by students on this course.

Course information & how to book

Select the 'Enrol' button to book on to this course online. Please note: after registering you will be taken to the payment page where you will need to pay for your course.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
10 week(s) 12/10/2016 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £240 Cauldwell Street F2139 Course in progress

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

Accessibility
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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