Queen's University

Software startup course highlights new academic offerings

 
2011-09-16

Students who want to follow in the footsteps of Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates can now take a course to support that dream.

“Undergraduate students—in all disciplines—can build profitable companies. However, university support has historically focused on business students. Software Startups, a new course offered by the School of Computing, was created in recognition of the business opportunities available to students who are interested in computer science,” says course instructor Doug Wightman.

While working in small teams to build products, 30 students will also engage in discussions about legal, financial and software development topics with Mr. Wightman and guest speakers.

Software Startups is one of several new courses and academic options available to students this academic year. The School of Computing will also offer Game Design, an introduction to techniques for designing elementary computer games.

In the Faculty of Education, the full-year course Teaching in Business and Industry returns to the course calendar after being offered only once over 10 years ago. With elementary and secondary school teaching positions increasingly difficult to secure, more students are interested in exploring workplace training opportunities in business, industry, government, the armed forces and non-profit organizations.

“This course allows 20 students to develop their pedagogy skills while preparing them to apply them to a community-based education setting that interests them,” says instructor Julia Brook.

Dr. Brook has invited alumni who took the course 10 years ago to speak to the current class about their experiences.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will introduce a sequence of professional practice courses in all 10 of its engineering programs.

“Throughout their program, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real world problems, including design, communications, economics, and understanding the impact engineering activities have on society and the environment,” says Brian Frank, Director (Program Development), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dr. Frank and his colleagues at Queen’s David Strong and Rick Sellens co-authored a paper on the subject that was presented at the Canadian Engineering Education Association conference this past summer.
 

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