Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Basic.Net Programming with Visual Studio.Net via Online Distance Learning

Enrolment date: 20 April 2018

Topics include introductory object-oriented programming, algorithmic thinking, problem-solving, control statements, primitive types, operators, keyboard input, screen output, methods (user-defined and API), arrays and strings. Event-driven programming, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) with Windows Forms and exception handling.

The course moves onto creating database applications, network applications and creating advanced GUIs with Windows Communication foundation. When you have mastered Windows forms programming, the course shows you have the create web applications with ASP.Net, ASP.NET AJAX and then shows you how to create Web Services that can be used by both Windows and Web client programs.

Overview of Microsoft Visual Basic.Net Programming; Overview of the Visual Studio tools for building VB.NET applications

Introduction to Visual Basic

Basic Concepts of Programming, Visual Basic Timeline, An Overview of Visual Basic, Computer Programming, Generations of Computer Programming Languages, Procedural and Object Oriented Programming, IDE, Test Driving a Visual Basic Application, Object Technology & UML

Visual Basic IDE

Visual Studio Express, Starting with Visual Studio, Menu Bar & Toolbar, Menu Bar Descriptions, Solution Explorer, Creating a Simple Program

Introduction to Visual Basic Programming

Console Applications, Projects & Procedures, Creating a Visual Basic Express Program, Using the Text Editor, The Parameter Info Window, Debugging, Visual Basic Keywords, Contextual Keywords, Console.Writeline, Command Prompts, Using the Command Prompt to Run the Program, Mistyping Code, Variables, Procedure Level Variables, Module Level Variables, Global Variables, Declaring Variables, Implicit & Explicit Declaration, Integers, Memory, Arithmetic, Arithmetic Operator Precendence, Equality and Relational Operators, The Message Box, Using a Message Dialog to Display a Message

Introduction to Classes and Objects

What is a Class, Classes and Objects, Declaring a Class with a Method, Instantiating an Object of a Class, Fields and Properties, Methods and Events, Encapsulation, Inheritance, Polymorphism, Object Oriented Programming, Instantiation, UML Classes, Value Types and Reference Types, Constructors and Destructors, Validating Data with Set Accessors.

Control Statements Part 1

Defining Algorithms, Pseudocode, UML Activity Diagrams, UML Activities & Actions, Action Constraints, Control Flow, Start & Final Nodes, Object & Object Flows, Control Structures, If...Then Selection Structures, If...Then...Else Selection Structures, Nested Statements, Select...Case Selection Structure, Loop Structures, Do While Loop, Do Loop, Counter Controlled Repetition, Sentinel Controlled Repetition.

Control Statements Part 2

Counter Controlled Repetition, For...Next Header, Type Inference, Method MessageBox, Messageboxicon Constants, Messageboxbutton Constants, Calculating Compound Interest - Visual Basic Example, Controlling Expressions, Case else, With Statment Block, Do...Loop while Statements, Do...Loop Until Statements, Exit Do, Exit For, Exit While, Continue Statement, Continue Do Statement, Continue For Statement, Continue While Statement, Truth Tables, The And Operator, The Or Operator, AndAlso, OrElse, Xor, Not Operator, Logical Operators, State Machine Diagrams.


Methods & Subroutines, Public & Private Methods, Methods That Return a Value, The Return Statement, Declaring and Using Methods, Calling a Method, Sub Statement, End Sub Statement, Const Statement, Dim Statement, Declaration Statement, Executable Statement, Shared Methods, Method Call Stack and Activation Methods, LIFO, Arguments, Pass by Value, Pass by Reference, Basic Scopes, Argument Conversions, Option Strict & Data Type Conversions, Value & Reference Types, Framework Class Library Namespaces, Overloading, Identifying Class Operations


Collections & Arrays, Declaring & Allocating Arrays, Creating an Array, Creating two 10-Element Integer Arrays, Using Arrays to Analyse Survey Results, Passing an Array to a Method, Using For Each.. Next with an Array, Sorting an Array with a Method, Methods for Performing Linear Search, Linear Search of an Array, Binary Search of an Array, Rectangular Arrays, Mested Loops and Arrays, Creating Variable Length Paramter Lists, Initializing a Jagged Array, ReDim Statements, Passing an Array Reference with ByVal & ByRef.


Structured Query Language. Language Integrated Query, LINQ to Objects using an Integer Array, Writing a LINQ Query, 3 Stages of a Query Operation, Querying an Array Using LINQ, Using LINQ to Query an Array of Objects, LINQ Select Clause, Collections, Resizing a List Object Dynamically.

Classes and Objects

Class Scope, Demonstrating Object Initializers, Class Default, and Paramterless Constructors, Overloaded Constructors and Optional Arguments, Overloading Constructors, Partial Classes, Composition, Using the Me Reference, Garbage Collection, Shared Class Members, Const and ReadOnly Members, Object Browser, Creating Class Libraries, Extension Methods, Using Delegates to Pass Functions as Arguments, Delegates, Lambda Expressions, Using Anonymous Types.


Inheritance, Base Classes, Derived Classes, Class Hierarchy, Inheritance Hierarchy, Uniheritable Classes, Limitations with Inheritance, Object Class, Protected Class,  Access Modifiers, Access Levels, Declaration Context, Overriding, Subtyping, Relationship between Base Classes & Derived Classes, Constructors in Derived Classes, Software Engineering with Inheritance, Friend Members.


Polymorphism, Static Polymorphism, Dynamic Polymorphism, Abstract Classes and Methods, Class Hierarchy Using Polymorphism, Polymorphic Variations, Notoverridable Methods and NotInheritable Classes, Interfaces, Creating and Using Interfaces, Common Interfaces of the .NET Framework Class Library, Inheritance Based Polymorphism, Abstract Classes,

Exception Handling

Exceptions, Exception Handling, Try...Catch, Unstructured & Structured Handling, Catch Clause, Catch...As, Catch...When, The Exception Object, Creating Exceptions for Structured Exception Handling, Unstructured Exception Handling, On Eror Statement, Resume Statement, Error Statement, Integer Division without Exception Handling, Dividing by Zero without Exception Handling, Enclosing Code in a Try Block, Catching Excpetions, Uncaught Exceptions, The Exception Assistant, Termination Model of Exception Handling, .NET Exception Hierarchy, Finally Block, The Using Statement, Exception Propoerties, Stack Unwinding.

Graphical User Interfaces with Windows Forms

Graphical User Interface, GUI Controls, Control Basic, Common Controls, Properties of Visual Basic.NET Controls, Events of Visual Basic.Net Controls, Buttons, Text Boxes, Labels, Prefixes, Windows Forms, Components and Controls for Windows Forms, Common Form Properties, Event Handling, Delegates and the Event Handling Mechanism, Locating Event Information, Anchoring, Control Layout Properties, Snaplines, GroupBoxes and Panels, Creating Panels with Scrollbars, Checkboxes and Radio Buttons, Using Checkboxes to Change Font Style, ToolTips, Mouse-Event Handling, Keyboard Event Handling, LinkLabel Control, ListBox Control, CheckedListBox Control, ComboBox Control, TreeView Control, TabControl, Multiple Document Interface Windows, Visual Inheritance, User Defined Controls.

Windows Presentation

Windows Presentation Foundation, Advantages of WPF, Introduction to XML, XML Basics, Structuring Data, XML Namespaces, Uniform Resource Identifier, Uniform Resource Name, Uniform Resource Locator, Default Namespaces, Declarative GUI Programming using XAML, Layout Containers, Creating a WPF Application in VB Express, Canvas Control Routed Events, Commands and common Application Tasks, WPF GUI Customization, Using Styles to Change the Appearance of Controls, Using Timers, Customizin Windows, Data Driven GUIs with Data Binding


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

Generic Types and Data Structures

Data Structures, Linked Lists, Doubly Linked Lists, Circular Lsits, Binary Trees, Binary Search Trees, Generic Types in Visual Basic, Generic Collections, Generic Collection Classes of the .NET Framework, Alternatives to Generic Types, Advantages of Generic Types, Using the Generic Class, Generic Collections Overview, Dictionary Generic Class, Displaying Arrays of different Types Using Overloaded Methods, Type Parameters, Type Constraints, Overloading Generic Methods.

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 Basic.NET 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 by leading industries, bodies and professions.

next start date: 20th April 2018

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: 1995.00 EUR

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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