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This five-day, instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to design Microsoft .NET-connected solutions to business problems.

Course Outline

This five-day, instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to design Microsoft .NET-connected solutions to business problems.

This course is intended for:

• Experienced developers moving into a role that requires the skills to bridge business and technology environments.

• Experienced developers, including those with the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) credential, pursuing the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) credential.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Designing Business Solutions

This module describes the MSF Process Model and the key activities in designing an application model. It also introduces the case study that will be used throughout the course.


• Overview of Microsoft Solutions Framework

• Phases in the MSF Process Model

• Introducing the Case Study—Adventure Works Cycles Application

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe the MSF Process Model and the MSF Team Model.

• Describe the MSF disciplines: risk management, readiness management, and project management.

• Describe the key activities of each phase in the MSF Process Model and the deliverables associated with each phase.

• Describe the Adventure Works Cycles case study that will be used throughout this course.

Module 2: Gathering and Analyzing Information

This module describes the various types of information that you need to gather, sources of information, and some techniques for gathering information.


• Using Modeling Notations

• Creating Use Cases and Usage Scenarios

• Gathering Information

• Analyzing Information

Activity: Gathering and Analyzing Information

• Preparing for an Interview

• Deriving Use Case Statements for the Sales Automation Project and for the Web Enhancement Project

• Developing Draft Requirements from Initial Information Gathering

• Developing a Usage Scenario

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe modeling notations, such as Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Object Role Modeling (ORM).

• Describe the techniques for gathering information.

• Describe the sources from which you gather information.

• Create an information gathering strategy.

• Analyze and refine requirements by using use cases and usage scenarios.

• Create internal project documents.

Module 3: Envisioning the Solution

This module describes the responsibilities of team members during this phase, how to define the vision of a project, and how to analyze risks associated with a project.


• The Envisioning Phase

• Creating a Vision/Scope Document

• Creating the Project Structure Document

• Analyzing Risks

Activity: Developing a Vision/Scope Document

• Writing Problem Statements

• Writing a Vision Statement

• Developing Project Goals

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe the envisioning phase of the MSF Process Model in terms of its purpose, activities, and deliverables.

• Identify the components of a vision/scope document.

• Identify the components of a project structure document.

• Analyze risks in a project.

Module 4: Creating the Conceptual Design

This module explains the purpose of the planning phase and the three design processes that occur during the planning phase: conceptual, logical, and physical design. It will also explain the purpose and benefits of the functional specification and the conceptual design process.


• An Introduction to the Planning Phase

• An Overview of the Functional Specification

• An Overview of the Conceptual Design Process

• Building the Conceptual Design

• Optimizing the Conceptual Design

Activity: Analyzing Requirements

• Refining Use Cases and Requirements

• Viewing a Conceptual Model Diagram

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe the purpose of the planning phase of the MSF Process Model.

• Describe the role of the functional specification in the planning phase.

• Describe the purpose of conceptual design.

• Analyze a conceptual design.

• Optimize a conceptual design.

• Describe the benefits of logical design.

• Create a logical design model for a business solution.

• Document the outputs of logical design.

• Optimize a logical design.

Module 5: Creating the Logical Design

This module describes how to create the logical design for a business solution and how to use tools and techniques for documenting the output. It also covers how to optimize the logical design.


• An Overview of Logical Design

• Creating a Logical Design

• Documenting Logical Design Output

• Optimizing Logical Design

Activity: Identifying Objects for the Logical Design

• Identifying Objects from Use Cases

• Creating a Services Matrix

• Creating a Sequence Diagram

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe the benefits of logical design.

• Create a logical design model for a business solution.

• Document the outputs of logical design.

• Optimize a logical design.

Module 6: Creating the Physical Design

This module explains the purpose of the physical design, and the steps involved in completing the physical design.


• An Overview of Physical Design

• Physical Design Analysis

• Physical Design Rationalization

• Physical Design Implementation

Activity: Working on the Physical Design

• Creating a Class Model

• Creating a Component Model Diagram

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe the role of physical design in the MSF Process Model.

• Describe the steps of physical design.

• Create a preliminary services topology.

• Select candidate technologies for a solution.

• Distribute and package components into different layers.

• Design a programming model.

Module 7: Designing the Presentation Layer

This module defines and explains how to design the two parts of the presentation layer.


• Basics of User Interface Design

• Designing the User Interface

• Designing User Process Components

Activity: Creating the User Interface

• Designing a User Interface Prototype

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Explain the function of the presentation layer for a business solution.

• Design a user interface that accommodates user needs and business requirements.

Module 8: Designing the Data Layer

This module explains how to design the data layer for a solution, how to optimize data access, and how to validate data.


• Designing the Data Store

• Optimizing Data Access

• Implementing Data Validation

Activity: Creating a Data Schema

• Creating a Data Schema

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Design the data store for a solution.

• Optimize data access for a solution.

• Implement data validation for a solution.

Module 9: Designing Security Specifications

This module explains how to design security for an application.


• Overview of Security in Application Development

• Planning for Application Security

• Using the .NET Framework Security Features

• Designing Authorization, Authentication, and Auditing Strategies

Activity: Threat Modeling and Mitigation

• Identifying Potential Threats

• Applying Mitigation Technologies

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Identify some of the security challenges and vulnerabilities for an application.

• Plan security strategies for an application.

• Explain the security features provided by .NET.

• Design authorization, authentication, and auditing strategies for the application tiers.

Module 10: Completing the Planning Phase

This module explains the tasks and plans required to complete the planning phase.


• Incorporating Design Considerations

• Planning for Administrative Features

• Planning for Future Phases

• Creating the Technical Specifications

Activity: Reviewing a Test Plan and Technical Specification

• Reviewing a Test Plan

• Reviewing a Technical Specification

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Create plans and specifications to incorporate design considerations in the solution.

• Create plans and strategies for the subsequent phases of the project.

• Create plans for adding administrative features to the solution.

• Create technical specifications for the solution.

Module 11: Stabilizing and Deploying the Solution

This module explains how to stabilize and deploy a solution.


• The MSF Stabilizing Phase

• Testing and Piloting for Stabilization

• The MSF Deploying Phase

• Deploying to a Production Environment

Activity: Prioritizing Bugs

• Categorizing and Prioritizing Bugs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Explain the goal, milestones, and deliverables of the MSF stabilizing phase.

• Describe the tasks involved in testing and piloting a solution.

• Explain the goal, milestones, and deliverables of the MSF deploying phase.

• Describe the steps for deploying the solution to a production environment.

• Describe the recommended activities involved in completing a project

Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this course, students must have: • A general understanding of the software development life cycle. • Practical working knowledge of .NET development technologies. • Familiarity with the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) Process Model. • Basic familiarity with object modeling and data modeling methodologies. • Experience working with Microsoft Visio Professional 2000. • One year experience as part of a software development team. In addition, it is recommended, but not required, that students complete Course 1846: Microsoft Solutions Framework Essentials, before taking this course.

Certificates offered

MS Certification

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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