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Advanced Software Engineering


Covering both the basics and more advanced concepts, this MicroDegree will allow you learn the industry's most popular languages: Python, Java and C#.


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This course is designed for students who have taken one of Hyperion's intermediate courses, or have equivalent experience (1 year + programming experience)

Course Overview


This course delivers a thorough & foundational introduction to programming and usage of the main building problems of three popular languages - Python, Java, and C# - to create modern desktop and web applications.

The course will cover everything from thinking like a programmer, to practical usage of common software development tools and resources, to key concepts such as data & control structures, usage patterns, control flow, and object orientated programming.

You should exit this course as a confident programmer in the three languages above, understand conceptual programming concepts, and be able to easily pick up more languages (such as C++, Javascript etc). You’ll understand how to translate ideas into code in a logical and efficient manner.

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Access to all course content
Discussion forum

Get paired with a 1:1 mentor
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Career guidance and job
search support

Tailored marking on your
code within 6 hours

Hyperion certification

Weekly video calls with mentor

On-demand priority live chat
with your mentor

$399 per month
$899 3 months up-front

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Access to all course content

Discussion forum

Get paired with a 1:1 mentor
(learn how it works)

Career guidance and job
search support

Tailored marking on your
code within 6 hours

Hyperion certification

Weekly video calls with mentor

On-demand priority live chat
with your mentor

$599 per month
$1497 3 months up-front

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Course Syllabus

Our courses are designed to help you learn programming skills through practice. Here are the practical projects you'll complete with the help of a mentor as part of this course:


Get Ready for it All

This course will guide you through three of the most vital languages you'll need in your programming career. You'll be gaining experience in Python, Java and C-Sharp, giving you the tools and knowledge to handle an enormous range of tasks - and the ability to determine the best language and methods for the job.


The Very Beginning

We'll start off our extensive journey with the Python, an extensively used programming language around the world. We'll learn the important structures and concepts of coding using this highly advanced and easily understandable language, such as interacting with the user, data structures for storing information, important coding features and more.

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Not sure which course to take or have a question? Get in touch with our course consultant who are happy to advise.

Andrae Smith

Sobane Motlomelo

Part of our

Certified Software Engineer Learning Path

A combination of 3 courses, from beginner to advanced, getting you started on the type of career you want.

Complete the following three courses
to graduate from this Learning Path:

Complete this learning path in 9 months
part-time to fully prepare for job opportunities
such as:

Careers this will prepare you for:

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Why Take This Course?

This MicroDegree offers the introductory platform to programming offered by the Introduction to Programming course, but focuses on more advanced concepts and topics. If you’ve got basic programming skills and are ready to take a step further into more advanced concepts such as best practices for object-oriented programming, a deeper dive into data structures, and advanced IDE topics, this MicroDegree will allow you to flex your software development muscles.

You’ll progress through the content to build proficiency in the concepts you need to begin to develop software at a more professional level. Up to 80% of all current software development jobs in the South African and international markets require at least either Python, Java or C#. As a programmer working in the 21st century, you are almost guaranteed to have to use one of these languages at some point in your career - if not from day one.  There’s no doubt you’ll be in demand with this starting language package.  Just try out a search on our Careers website for one of these languages to get a feel for the jobs out there.

Handwritten feedback on your work within 6 hours of submission

24/7 online chat with your mentor and weekly 1:1 mentorship call

Full access to tailored course content and coding exercises

On-boarding guidance call with an expert mentor to check you're on the right course

Certificate and professional reference on completion

Post graduation career support
A MicroDegree is a innovative new concept which goes beyond simply taking an online course. This certification is designed to get you the skills that employers believe are integral to get a job in software development. It focuses on learning by doing, and is typically comprised of 8 to 15 practical programming projects with hundreds of additional programming exercises and course content to support the skills needed to complete these projects.

All our MicroDegrees connect you with a 1:1 mentor, to which your practical programming projects are submitted for feedback. Your mentor works with you in real time to improve your code, solve programming exercises, and craft your learning path to match your intended career. Mentor support is available 24/7 online with face-to-face support offered in selected areas.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Prior programming experience requirements

- It is required that you have had at least 12 months programming experience or have taken one of our intermediate-level courses in order to take this course.


- Motivation and dedication to learn, and apply your mind to more complex tasks in programming.

- Proficiency in both written and spoken English

Technical Proficiencies

- Basic computer skills, such as sending emails and saving files.

- Note that this is an intermediate course as you will cross over between both basic and complex concepts.​

Equipment and Technologies

- Access to a computer and a broadband internet connection *

- Ability to run a text editor (such as Notepad++) or an IDE such as Visual Studio or CodeBlocks - we will provide you with all installation files

- An email address where course content and other important course information can be delivered.

*The use of Dropbox means you’re not required to be always online while taking this MicroDegree. Even if you don’t have internet - perhaps due to some loadshedding - you can still access your Dropbox folder and continue to edit/update files. As soon as you have internet again, your Dropbox will sync with your trainer and he or she will see your changes. Dropbox and our own website is also available on everything from Blackberry to Apple tablets - so you will be able to learn while on the move.


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