The Software Architect Code: Building the Digital World is a course, offered by the University Carlos III of Madrid, available and accessible via the edx open learning platform. The aim of this course is to equip participants with a foundational understanding of software applications and innovations and the skills required to work in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
The course is instructor-led and takes place over the course of 8 weeks. Four experts, professors in the University Carlos III of Madrid, are responsible for facilitating an open learning environment in which participants are encourage to ask questions, debate issues and topics, and reflect on the recently gained knowledge. The course is a suitable introduction to anyone interested in the field of software, including managers and directors, founders of start-ups and business executives. It also targets software developers who want to upskill further and learn techniques on introducing innovation within software. Both aspiring software designers, start-up founders or even business managers willing to learn more about the software industry and its growing application in business ideas are welcome to audit the course free of charge, or pay to receive a certificate certifying their skills.
Topics covered by the course include: interaction paradigms, basic concepts and terminology related to software and innovative software applications, creativity and design methods, and others. By the end of the course, participants understand the main concepts and drivers of human-computer interaction (HCI) and get to know the basics of what a software engineer is familiar with. The course is ran bi-annually from May to July, and a second session from September.