“The key strengths for this course were the first hand experiences gained through projects."
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 11, 2011
With over 5 billion cell phones in use today, the web and mobile technologies that run these phones has given rise to exploding employment opportunities in a new career field that didn’t even exist just a few years ago. This wide spread cell phone industry not only creates jobs and enhanced communication; but it can also be used to save lives through such applications as emergency notifications broadcast to cell phones and emergency callers pinpointed through GPS.
This dynamic, high-demand industry has led to the creation of a new San Diego State University advanced certificate program in Web and Mobile Application Development. SDSU’s Department of Computer Science, in partnership with the College of Extended Studies, teamed up to offer this program, which prepares students for success in this exciting and ever-changing industry. This program, currently available as a blend of classroom and online instruction, will be launched as a completely online certificate beginning in fall, 2011.
“The SDSU Advanced Certificate in Web and Mobile Application Development is designed to be an accredited, graduate-level certificate program that focuses on incorporating course work in mobile applications development,” said Joe Shapiro, dean of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “This program is a great example of SDSU’s commitment to building a strong workforce that meets today’s business needs. We’re excited that the development of an online option will make educational opportunities in this high-growth industry accessible to even more students.”
According to the current edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, computer software engineers “are among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs…with more than 295,000 anticipated jobs to be created between 2008-18.” This translates to a 34 percent increase in computer software engineers in the next decade.
Mobile applications developers are in such high demand that employers have contacted SDSU’s faculty directly about students who recently completed the program, or are about to graduate. “Employers are calling to ask about our program’s students … one was even waiting outside the classroom to offer my students jobs,” said Roger Whitney, an associate professor who teaches courses in Mobile Applications Development and Emerging Web and Mobile Technologies.
In the SDSU program, students study and gain experience with the languages and frameworks that are most commonly used in developing web and mobile applications with the design of user interfaces and software systems, as well as associated topics such as networking, hosting infrastructure, and security. They also learn the fundamental principles on which these topics are based, so that they will be prepared for the new technologies that are constantly being developed.
Students develop fully functional online stores in the course Advanced Web Application Development, and create iPhone or iPad applications in the course Mobile Application Development. Student projects in these courses emphasize real-world skills development valued in today’s job market. One such project created as an iPhone application focused on giving mothers the ability to track their baby’s weight, height, immunizations, and other medical information.
“The key strengths for this course were the first hand experiences gained through projects,” said Christopher Scott Rice, about the Intro to Web Application Development class. Discussion boards, chats, blogs, and other interactive online technologies will allow online students to engage with the program’s instructors and other students.
The Advanced Certificate in Web and Mobile Application Development is an advanced academic certificate at the post-baccalaureate level, and admission requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a closely related field. Students with an equivalent knowledge of the background materials acquired through work or self-study may be accepted into this program based on a review by the program director.
The certificate requires completion of at least four courses (12 units) from the list of six courses below, selected with the approval of the program advisor. These courses will be offered on a regular rotation:
*Introduction to Web Application Development
*Human Computer Interfaces
*Mobile Application Development
Programming and Scripting Languages for Web Applications
Advanced Web Application Development
Emerging Web and Mobile Technologies
(*Course will be offered in fall 2011)
Three courses will be offered each fall and spring semester, so the certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters.
For more information, visit SDSU’s Department of Computer Science at http://www.cs.sdsu.edu,
call (619) 594-5213 or contact program advisor Joseph Lewis at lewis(at)cs(dot)sdsu(dot)edu.