Agile Systems Development Cert

Agile Systems Development Cert
Our Agile Systems Development Certificate is aimed at those already working with or who have previously studied a structured software development method and wish to explore a more agile approach.

UCLan developed an agile systems development course to be delivered in a five day burst or by studying for four hours per week for two, 12 week semesters followed by an examination after either delivery method. Successful completion of all components is essential to gain the University Certificate.


Entry and Admissions

Award Type:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

24 weeks. Burst mode is available, this will take five days.


School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

CO1602 or experience deemed equivalent

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module has a strong practical bias. In part one you will practise talking to groups of people, to discover what information systems they require. We will be using the DSDM standard, which is quite different from SSADM. You may already know how to produce data flow diagrams (DFDs) and data models from the SSADM (or Yourdon or another structured approach to systems analysis) standard.

This course focuses on an Object Oriented approach using the UML standard to develop diagrams such as Use Case and Class. In part two in group sessions you will run a series of facilitated workshops that are electronically recorded. You look back at the recording to see how various methods are working in practice and what we can do to improve them. There are some feelings of self-consciousness during the recording sessions, but we establish ground rules that help you to focus on method. You MUST take part in this series of group meetings in order to attempt the Assessed coursework.

Course at a Glance

We operate a flexible approach to learning. However, typically the course is delivered as outlined below:

Year 1

  • Intro, Agile approaches, SSADM V DSDM
  • DSDM lifecycle and Principles
  • Facilitated Workshops, roles and processes
  • Data Modelling - UML
  • MoSCoW and Timeboxing
  • Process Analysis
  • Critical Success Factors
  • Risk Management
  • Deployment

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students learn mainly from taking part in facilitated workshops, where representatives of each stakeholder group meet to discuss prototypes and prioritise requirements. Students will experience modelling and analysis skills, learning how to define use-cases and object modelling. Lectures cover DSDM standards and other theories.

Coursework: 50 per cent

Exam: 5 per cent

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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