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IT program adds track in mobile and web development

Mobile-apps development

JULY 3, 2013 – SPSU’s undergraduate Information Technology program will debut a new track this fall in mobile and web development. The new addition is in direct response to efforts by the Metro Atlanta Chamber to bring more mobile app development work to metropolitan Atlanta, according to Dr. Han Reichgelt, dean of the School of Computing and Software Engineering (CSE).

“The CSE faculty has been thinking about this for the past year because we recognized the trend in mobile computing,” said Dr. Jack Zheng, an assistant professor of information technology. “Through a joint effort [between the Information Technology (IT) department and the Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSWE) department], we developed a course called Overview of Mobile Systems for all majors in CSE. Now, IT has gone a step further and created the mobile and web track.”

The track will be composed of: the above-mentioned course, as well as Advanced Web Development, Mobile Web Development and Mobile and Casual Game Development. All of the courses will focus on real-world development projects.

“This track will interest CSWE students as well as IT students who will take the courses as electives at the senior level,” Dr. Zheng said, estimating that approximately 20 undergraduate students will take advantage of the opportunity during the coming year and more in the future. “There has also been some interest from our graduate students in the track, but these are not graduate-level courses,” he added, noting that such courses may be considered in the future.

The new track will teach students to build and support mobile and web applications. Graduates will provide a ready workforce for companies that are expanding into the mobile computing market to market and sell their products.

Mobile computing is one of the fastest growing areas of application development worldwide, and the chamber’s Mobility Task Force is seeking to attract and grow more of these businesses with the goal of making Atlanta the recognized global hub for mobile technology

“SPSU’s School of Computing and Software Engineering is probably best suited to partner with the Metro Atlanta Chamber on its mobility initiative because (a) we pride ourselves on being responsive to the needs to the business community, (b) we have one of the largest undergraduate student populations in computing in Georgia (more than 1,400 students are expected this fall) and (c) we have a large number of faculty working in the general area of mobility,” said Dr. Reichgelt.

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