DevOps

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DevOps Program Details

About

An 11-week program covering DevOps and continuous delivery, for IT professionals and software developers.

DePaul University's DevOps Program is designed for IT professionals and software developers who want to understand the fundamental principles of DevOps and continuous delivery and be able to apply them to their business. The program examines the DevOps movement through three lenses: business agility, supporting technologies, and software engineering disciplines. We look at the motivation for DevOps and continuous delivery and some of the considerations that are required to present a compelling business case for its adoption. The program also examines common tools that enable DevOps success including source code control, build automation, continuous integration, automated testing, cloud adoption, and containerization. Finally, the program looks at common changes that may be required in traditional software delivery and operations teams to allow DevOps to flourish. Throughout the program we look at DevOps as the logical extension of the fundamental principles of agile development and focus significant time and attention to the organizational and cultural changes that are often required for such initiatives to be successful.

Program content consists of lectures and demonstrations complemented with hands-on labs. Students will use a variety of tools and techniques such as Github, Jenkins/Travis CI, Maven, Gradle, Docker, AWS, and Chef. Reading assignments, case studies, group discussions, and projects will be assigned. Students are expected to have easy access to either a Windows or Linux desktop with a current version of Java and be able to install additional software as required.

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Understand the goals of DevOps and continuous delivery and how to continuously evaluate whether those goals have been met.
  • Develop build automation using Maven and Gradle.
  • Develop test automation in the style of behavior-driven development (BDD) using Spock.
  • Implement continuous integration using hosted solutions such as Travis CI.
  • Understand the role of virtualization and containerization as an enabler to DevOps.
  • Understand the role of cloud computing as it relates to DevOps.
  • Understand how DevOps and continuous delivery affect organization culture and team composition.

For a complete program description, download the program's brochure.

Dates

Winter Quarter 2021:

  • Application Deadline:Dec. 8, 2020
  • Tuition Deadline:Dec. 15, 2020
  • Classes Begin:Jan. 5, 2021
  • Classes End:Mar. 16, 2021

Meeting Pattern

Online: Sync Section

Days & Times:
Tuesdays, 5:45pm-9:00pm (Central Time)

These classes take place at a specific time on a specific day, with the instructor and all the students meeting online using a synchronous meeting tool like Zoom. Classes will be recorded, so any student who is not able to join at the specified time will be able to watch the recording of the class. Before selecting this option, please carefully consider your ability to actively participate in video and audio with a reliable internet connection.

What if I cannot make it to every online synchronous class meeting?
Joining the class meetings in real time is highly recommended, but is not required. You can still take this class by viewing the class recordings and keeping pace with the weekly topics and assignments.

Online: Async (Sync-Option) Section

These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. This class is paired with a class that takes place at a specific time on a specific day via Zoom (or similar tool). Students in this class may connect with the live classroom and instructor, if and when they are available, but they are not required to do so.

Students will have access to the recordings of the paired synchronous online classroom. They are expected to follow the same weekly agenda of topics and assignments as the class that meets synchronously, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing.

Fees

Winter Quarter 2021

Tuition

  • $2,665.00

Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program’s first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the DevOps Program by January 19, 2021 (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Notice for Current DePaul Students

  • Undergraduates: Please be aware that the tuition fee for this program is not included in the university's full-time term package pricing.

Application Fee

  • $40.00non-refundable

Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:

DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Room 301
Chicago, IL 60604

Textbooks

Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

Required Textbook
Title: Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases Through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation
Author(s): Jez Humble and David Farley
ISBN: 978-0321601919
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Signature Series 2010
List Price: $59.99

Optional Textbook
Title: DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations
Author(s): Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, and John Willis
ISBN: 978-1-942788-00-3
Publisher: IT Revolution Press 2016
List Price: $27.95

Payment Options

Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. Students who elect to pay tuition using their credit or debit card will be assessed a non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here .

Applicants who wish to use the university's Single Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The program is suitable for IT professionals and software developers who want to explore how DevOps and continous delivery practices are shaping modern IT organizations. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of professional software development experience. Experience with Java is assumed, although this program does not require significant Java development.

Course Credit

The DevOpsProgram is catalogued as a non-credit course of DePaul University. A certificate of completion from DePaul University is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's requirements. Program requirements include reading, case studies, group discussions, and projects. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

  • Course #: IPD 238

The DevOps Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program completion.

Application & Registration Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, download and complete the Application Form and email to ipd@cdm.depaul.edu. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with registration information and instructions.

You do not have to be an existing DePaul student to take this certificate program. Registration is restricted to individuals who apply for admission to the program and receive an acceptance letter. IPD staff will register applicants upon receipt of payment and registration form.

Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system. If interested in enrollment, regular DePaul students should begin by submitting an application for admission. Students must meet the program's admission criteria.