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MicroBachelors® Program in
Full Stack Application Development

What you will learn

  • Describe the core concepts of cloud computing, cloud models and architectures, components of cloud computing, and list the major cloud service providers.
  • Apply essential cloud application development concepts and languages including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, to create your first cloud-based applications.
  • Explain Cloud Native and apply DevOps practices with a CI/CD toolchain on IBM Cloud, and Git to continuously develop and update Cloud applications.
  • Describe and apply best practices in secure cloud computing, by adding authentication and encryption to your application.
  • Demonstrate your proficiency in applying various Cloud Native tools and technologies to develop, deploy, run, and update applications on a cloud platform.
  • Develop full-stack native cloud applications using Node.js framework for server-side and React for front-end.

The adoption of cloud technologies is driving enterprises, big and small, to be more agile, innovative, and competitive, and to create differentiated customer and user experiences. This MicroBachelors Program will provide you with a broad set of skills and the technical aptitude to launch your career as a Full Stack Developer.

The Full Stack Cloud Applications Development MicroBachelors Program from IBM will teach you the tools and technologies that successful software developers, and web developers use to build, deploy, test, run and manage Full Stack Cloud Native applications – putting you in an advantageous position to begin a new career in a fast-growing field.

You do not need any prior programming experience or Cloud background to begin this program. The courses in this program will help you develop the skills needed for developing web and SaaS applications that are in high demand, including:
Cloud infrastructure, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, GitHub, Node.js, React, Cloud Native practices, DevOps, CI/CD, Agile Software Development, Containers, Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, Istio, Python programming, Databases, NoSQL, SQL, Django, Bootstrap, Application Security, Microservices, Serverless Computing, and more.

Your program experience you will also cover foundational capabilities and in-demand topics areas including:

  • The fundamentals of Python, one of the most popular and beginner friendly programming languages and employ various Python programming constructs to create a Cloud application.
  • The ability to containerize applications and deploy containers in Cloud using Docker images, and orchestrate & scale applications using the Kubernetes and OpenShift ecosystem.
  • Compose SQL queries to insert, select, update, delete and join data in a relational database like PostgreSQL.
  • Explain Object Relational Model (ORM) and employ Django ORM to develop a database powered application.
  • Employ Microservices and Serverless Computing, in your Software Development Architecture. Develop SaaS applications composed of several microservices and deploy them on private, public or hybrid clouds.

In the Final Project for this program, you will demonstrate your proficiency in Software Engineering using various Cloud Native tool, technologies, languages, and frameworks. You will create a full stack cloud application consisting of multiple microservices, and build and deploy them using CI/CD on IBM Cloud. You will also gain experience building web applications using Node.JS, React, and implementing a chatbot feature through Watson AI (Artificial Intelligence) services.

After completing the IBM Full Stack Cloud Application Development MicroBachelors Program, you will have acquired the skills to develop, deploy, run and manage applications using front-end and back-end technologies and will be ready to embark on one of the fastest growing career paths.

"We're delighted that IBM is our first corporate partner to offer a MicroBachelors program on edX. Not only is IBM a longtime partner in delivering online education that equips learners with real skills for the workplace, but they are innovating with us as we meet the needs of learners without a college degree with our MicroBachelors programs. This particular program is incredible because it's for people with no prior programming or cloud experience, and prepares them for an entry-level role as a full stack developer with the option to get college credit from our university credit partner." - Anant Agarwal, edX Founder and CEO

Expert instruction
12 high-quality courses
Progress at your own speed
8 months
4 - 6 hours per week
Discounted price: $713.70
Pre-discounted price: $793USD
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Courses in this program

  1. IBM's Full Stack Application Development MicroBachelors® Program

  2. 2–4 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    Jumpstart your cloud expertise and explore offerings of AWS, Google, and IBM; delve into IaaS, PaaS, SaaS models, and cloud security. Experience IBM Cloud app deployment. Perfect for executives, students, and budding professionals.

  3. 2–4 hours per week, for 2 weeks

    Learn the key tools and programming languages to bootstrap your career as a Cloud Developer. Get started with web development using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and GitHub.

  4. 6–8 hours per week, for 2 weeks

    Learn to develop cloud-native applications from scratch in this comprehensive course. Covering key cloud concepts, tools, and techniques, you'll also explore DevOps culture, CI/CD practices, and MongoDB principles.

  5. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Develop hands-on skills with front-end applications using the React web framework user interface library.

  6. 4–6 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    In a recent Stack Overflow survey, Node.js was used by about 50% of the developers who answered the survey, making it the most used server-side technology. Express ranked as the fourth most popular web technology overall, making it the most popular server-side web framework.

  7. 2–3 hours per week, for 5 weeks

    This course introduces you to containers and its emerging ecosystem of related technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and Istio. You will not only understand the concepts but also practice hands-on in the cloud.

  8. 4–10 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    This Python course provides a beginner-friendly introduction to Python for Data Science. Practice through lab exercises, and you'll be ready to create your first Python scripts on your own!

  9. 3–4 hours per week, for 1 weeks

    This mini-course introduces you to the process for unit testing Python code, including building and running unit tests and packaging the Python application for distribution.

  10. 6–8 hours per week, for 2 weeks

    This course introduces you to the basics of SQL, Django and Bootstrap. You will gain hands-on practical experience developing and deploying a full-stack Django web application on the cloud.

  11. 6–8 hours per week, for 2 weeks

    Design, develop, deploy, manage and secure applications and solutions on public, private or hybrid cloud platforms

  12. 6–8 hours per week, for 2 weeks

    For this project you will apply your knowledge of front end and back end development gained from previous courses and build and deploy a full stack real-world web application on the cloud.

  13. 4–6 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    In this project you will sharpen your new full stack cloud application development skills. You will use modern tools and technologies to create a working cloud ecosystem. You will design and develop a comprehensive solution that reflects your mastery of key cloud native computing concepts and capabilities.

  14. Program Certificate Requirement

    In order to be eligible for credit and a program certificate, you must purchase, complete and pass with a 70% or higher in all Full Stack Cloud Application Development program courses.

    edX has partnered with Thomas Edison State University, a public university in New Jersey that specializes in adult education, to provide academic credit for MicroBachelors programs at no additional cost. This program is awarded three (3) academic credits at Thomas Edison State University towards the BA in Computer Science Degree.

    In order to redeem your credits please refer to these step-by-step directions. Learn more about credit.

    • Average salary for a Cloud Developer in the US is $127,353 (as of June 2020, source: ZipRecruiter)
    • Full Stack Developer was rated among the top 15 tech jobs for 2020 for jobs with skills that are in most demand (source: Indeed Tech Skills Explorer)
    • Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22% from 2019-2029, faster than the average for all occupations. (source: US Bureau Labor/Occupational Outlook Handbook)

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