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Courses for Industry

SCIS also offers courses that are specifically designed to fulfill certain industry demands. Companies interested in any specific offerings for their employees are invited to contact us at scis_general@athabascau.ca. Examples of current industry specific offerings include:

  • Introduction to Game Design and Development - COMP318

    According to the Financial Post, May 2011, it is estimated that the gaming industry will earn Canada $1.7-billion, and will employ 15,700 people. This is more than enough to emphasize the importance of gaming to the economy.

    COMP318, Introduction to Game Design and Development, is a foundation-building course for students, to be followed by other more advanced courses, such as programming, artificial intelligence, graphics and so on. This course teaches a wide range of skills necessary to build the background for game design, in areas such as: story telling, mathematics, physics, graphics, programming and others.

    In addition to undergraduate students of IT, undergraduate students in other fields and graduates of other science majors, who wish to join the programming development industry will find in COMP 318 the broad knowledge that enables them to switch to this field.

    Finally, COMP 318 is designed for a distance educational program, which makes it attractive for enthusiastic people, who wish to learn and still maintain a career.

  • Green Information and Communication Technology Strategies - COMP635

    The reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) is becoming an increasingly important concern for industries due to growing social pressures and the potential for a carbon tax or cap and trade legislation. Understanding the role that ICT can play in reducing GHG will provide industries with a greater ability to meet these challenges.

    Green computing considers how ICT can impact environmental performance throughout the organization, including data centre management, value chain efficiency, documentation practices, waste recycling and disposal, purchasing, and policy formation. It therefore applies to all industries, as each industry sector will be able to adopt Green ICT strategies, albeit to varying degrees and in different areas.

    Employees that are empowered to take a leadership role in the management or use of information technology in an organization will find the course very valuable. They will learn how the use of computing to reduce ICT related GHG can also provide significant benefit to the overall environmental and economic performance of an organization.

    Upon completion of the course employees will be able to assess and lower the carbon footprint of an organization, determine improved IT equipment and data centre usage, lower IT and energy costs, develop green purchasing practices, improve waste management and provide awareness regarding the reduction of GHG.

    Overall the course will provide employees a chance to meet, virtually, and to collaborate with peers from similar and different industries. Working through the learning resources they will learn what works and what doesn’t and to explore ideas as to how ICT can be applied in innovative and practical ways to improve both their computing operations and provide fresh perspectives to their colleagues.

Updated January 07 2014 by FST Technical Staff

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