Postgraduate Diploma in Visual C# Programming via Online Distance Learning

Enrolment date: 30 June 2017

Benefiting from over 30 years’ experience, Fitzwilliam Institute’s Online Postgraduate Diploma in Visual C# Programming course features:

  • Comprehensive modules covering all aspects of Visual C# Programming: Introduction to the Visual C# Express IDE, Introduction to C# Applications, Introduction to Classes and Objects, Control Statements, Methods, Arrays, Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance, Polymorphism, Interfaces & Operator Overloading, Exception Handling, Graphical User Interfaces with Windows Forms, XML and LINQ to XML, Database, SQL and LINQ to SQL, ASP.NET and ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Web Services, Silverlight, Rich Internet Applications and Multimedia, etc.
  • Interactive course expert support, advice and guidance from leading industry professionals. Always ready to help or answer any questions you might have throughout the course, all of Fitzwilliam Institute’s course experts are top industry professionals with many years of successful experience. Our Postgraduate Diploma in Visual C# Programming contains the core and vital industry key skillset and, on completion, all of our students are industry-ready.
  • Real life Visual C# Programming briefs. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Visual C# Programming offers practical and specific skills that can be applied in real world situations. You will gain exposure to invaluable toolkits and resources and prepare real life Visual C# project briefs, which will enable you to improve your work portfolio. This course will help novices become literate in Visual C# programming and help experienced programmers become skilled Visual C# developers. The course is up-to-date with Microsoft's latest development tools and the .NET platform.
  • Flexible online learning. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Visual C# Programming course can be completed in your own time, from the comfort of your own home, to suit your lifestyle. You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for two calendar years. However, you can complete the course in as little as 1 year, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.
  • Visual C# Programming Jobs, Networking and Volunteer Opportunities. Benefiting from over 30 years of industry experience, we are extremely well placed within the industry. Employers are always looking for Fitzwilliam Institute’s students and alumni. Fitzwilliam Institute’s website features a comprehensive jobs and volunteer opportunities section.

Overview of Visual C# Programming; Overview of the Visual Studio tools for building C# applications

Introduction to the Visual C# Express IDE

Covered in the context of all the examples presented


Introduction to C# Applications

A Simple C# Application: Displaying a Line of Text; Creating Your Simple Application in Visual C# Express; Modifying Your Simple C# Application; Formatting Text with Console.Write and Console.WriteLine; Another C# Application: Adding Integers; Decision Making: Equality and Relational Operators

Introduction to Classes and Objects

Classes, Objects, Methods, Properties and Instance Variables; Declaring a Class with a Method and Instantiating an Object of a Class; Declaring a Method with a Parameter; Instance Variables, Properties and Auto-Implemented Properties; Software Engineering with Properties and set and get Accessors; Value Types vs. Reference Types; Initializing Objects with Constructors; Floating-Point Numbers and Type decimal

Control Statements

Algorithms; Pseudocode; Control Structures; if Single-Selection Statement; ifÖelse Double-Selection Statement; while Repetition Statement; Formulating Algorithms: Counter-Controlled Repetition; Formulating Algorithms: Sentinel-Controlled Repetition; Formulating Algorithms: Nested Control Statements; Compound Assignment Operators; Increment and Decrement Operators; Simple Types;Essentials of Counter-Controlled Repetition; for Repetition Statement; Examples Using the for Statement; doÖwhile Repetition Statement; switch Multiple-Selection Statement; break and continue Statements; Logical Operators


static Methods, static Variables and Class Math; Declaring Methods with Multiple Parameters; Notes on Declaring and Using Methods; Method Call Stack and Activation Records; Argument Promotion and Casting; The Framework Class Library; Scaling and Shifting Random Numbers; Random-Number Repeatability for Testing and Debugging; Case Study: A Game of Chance (Introducing Enumerations); Scope of Declarations; Method Overloading; Passing Arguments: Pass-by-Value vs. Pass-by-Reference


Declaring and Creating Arrays; Examples Using Arrays; Case Study: Card Shuffling and Dealing Simulation; foreach Statement; Passing Arrays and Array Elements to Methods; Passing Arrays by Value and by Reference; Multidimensional Arrays; Variable-Length Argument Lists; Using Command-Line Arguments

Introduction to LINQ and Generic Collections

Querying an Array Using LINQ; Introduction to Collections; Querying a Generic Collection Using LINQ

Classes and Objects: A Deeper Look

Time Class Case Study; Controlling Access to Members; Referring to the Current Objectís Members with the this Reference; Indexers; Time Class Case Study: Overloaded Constructors; Default and Parameterless Constructors; Composition; Garbage Collection and Destructors; static Class Members; readonly Instance Variables; Time Class Case Study: Creating Class Libraries; Class View and Object Browser

Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance

Base Classes and Derived Classes; protected Members; Relationship between Base Classes and Derived Classes; Creating and Using a Base Class; Creating a Class without Using Inheritance; Creating a Inheritance Hierarchy; Inheritance Hierarchy Using protected Instance Variables; Inheritance Hierarchy Using private Instance Variables; Class object

Polymorphism, Interfaces & Operator Overloading

Polymorphism Examples; Demonstrating Polymorphic Behavior; Abstract Classes and Methods; Case Study: Payroll System Using Polymorphism; Operator is and Downcasting; Summary of the Allowed Assignments Between Base Class and Derived Class Variables; sealed Methods and Classes; Case Study: Creating and Using Interfaces; Common Interfaces of the .NET Framework Class Library; Operator Overloading

Exception Handling

Exception Handling Overview; Example: Divide by Zero Without Exception Handling; Handling Exceptions and; Enclosing Code in a try Block; Catching Exceptions; Uncaught Exceptions; Termination Model of Exception Handling; Flow of Control When Exceptions Occur; .NET Exception Hierarchy; Determining Which Exceptions a Method Throws; finally Block; Exception Properties; User-Defined Exception Classes

Graphical User Interfaces with Windows Forms

Windows Forms; Event Handling; A Simple Event-Driven GUI; Another Look at the Visual Studio Generated Code; Delegates and the Event-Handling Mechanism; Other Ways to Create Event Handlers; Locating Event Information; Control Properties and Layout; Labels, TextBoxes and Buttons; GroupBoxes and Panels; CheckBoxes and RadioButtons; PictureBoxes; ToolTips; NumericUpDown Control; Mouse-Event Handling Windows Presentation Foundation.


XML W3C XML Schema Documents; Extensible Stylesheet Language and XSL Transformations; LINQ to XML: Document Object Model (DOM); LINQ to XML: XML Axis Properties; LINQ to XML: XML Literals and Embedded Expressions; XSLT with Class XslCompiledTransform

Database, SQL and LINQ to SQL

Relational Databases; Relational Database Overview: Books Database; Overview Structured Query Language (SQL); LINQ to SQL (SQL in this case means Microsoftís SQL Server DBMS); Creating LINQ to SQL Classes; Creating Data Bindings; More Complex LINQ Queries and Data Binding; Retrieving Data from Multiple Tables with LINQ; Creating a Master/Detail View Application; Programming with LINQ to SQL: Address-Book Case Study


Simple HTTP Transactions; Multitier Application Architecture; Creating and Running a Simple Web-Form Example; Examining an ASPX File; Examining a Code-Behind File; Relationship Between an ASPX File and a Code-Behind File; How the Code in an ASP.NET Web Page Executes; Examining the XHTML Generated by an ASP.NET Application; Building an ASP.NET Web Application; Web Controls; Text and Graphics Controls; AdRotator Control; Validation Controls; Session Tracking; Cookies; Session Tracking with HttpSessionState; Case Study: Guestbook ApplicationóConnecting to a Database in ASP.NET; Case Study: Secure Books Database Application; ASP.NET AJAX; Traditional Web Applications; Ajax Web Applications; Examining an ASP.NET AJAX Application; New ASP.NET Data Controls

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Web Services

WCF Services Basics; Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP); Representational State Transfer (REST); JavaScript Object Notation (JSON); Publishing and Consuming SOAP-Based WCF Web Services; Creating a WCF Web Service; Building a SOAP WCF Web Service; Deploying the SOAPXMLService; Creating a Client to Consume the SOAPXMLService; Consuming the SOAPXMLService; Publishing and Consuming REST-Based XML Web Services; Creating a REST-Based XML WCF Web Service; Consuming a REST-Based XML WCF Web Service; Publishing and Consuming REST-Based JSON Web Services; Creating a REST-Based JSON WCF Web Service; Consuming a REST-Based JSON WCF Web Service; Blackjack Web Service ; Using Session Tracking in a SOAP-Based WCF Web Service; Creating a Blackjack Web Service; Consuming the Blackjack Web Service; Airline Reservation Web Service; Database Access and Invoking a Service from ASP.NET; Equation Generator: Returning User-Defined Types; Creating the REST-Based XML Web Service; Consuming the REST-Based XML Web Service; Creating the REST-Based JSON WCF Web Service; Consuming the REST-Based JSON WCF EquationGenerator Web Service

Silverlight, Rich Internet Applications and Multimedia

Platform Overview; Silverlight Demos; Silverlight Runtime and Tools Installation; Building a Silverlight WeatherViewer Application; GUI Layout; Obtaining and Displaying Weather Forecast Data; Custom Controls; Animations and the FlickrViewer; Images and Deep Zoom; Getting Started With Deep Zoom Composer; Creating a Silverlight Deep Zoom Application; Audio and Video; Isolated Storage

Methods of Training

Online Lecture Modules, Subject Expert Feedback Sessions after each Module, practical case studies, end of module assignments. etc.

Subject Experts

Full support is available from our subject experts by email at the end of each module and an ongoing basis during the course.

Who Should Apply

Anyone who wishes to develop a career in Computer Programming. Selection is based on consultation.

Possible Careers

Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Software engineer, Software Test, Software Design, IT consultant.


Successful candidates are awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Visual C Sharp Programming at Pass, Credit or Distinction level. The Diploma is awarded by the Institute of Commercial Management.

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Postgraduate level qualification that is certified and awarded by the ICM (Institute of Commercial Management).

The Institute of Commercial Management was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading Professional Examination and Certification Bodies in the world today. Fitzwilliam Institute have developed and provided practical skills training courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management qualifications and certifications framework for over 25 years. The Institute of Commercial Management certifications and continual professional development training awards are recognised throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Asia in a total of 140 countries, by leading industries, bodies and professions.

next start date: 30th June 2017

Duration: You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for two calendar years. However, you can complete the course in as little as 1 year, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.

Course Fees: 1795.00 GPB

To secure your place on the course the full fee is required. All fees must be paid in full before the course begins. Please note, the full course fees are inclusive of all course materials and certification costs.

Enrolment intake is strictly limited on this course. Early application is advised. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Fitzwilliam Institute closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. Fitzwilliam Institute reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure. Fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitzwilliam Institute. Distance Learning courses are provided by Fitzwilliam Institute BGLS Ltd.

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