UNO Offering New, Non Credit Course for Professionals in Software Design

The University of New Orleans (UNO) has announced a brand new, non credit course for professionals with non-computer science backgrounds who want to learn Java, a programming language.

UNO University of New OrleansThe course, which will begin in January, is the brainchild of Torrie Adams, president of New Orleans Women in Technology, and Steve Johnson, dean of UNO’s College of Sciences.

Adams and Johnson are interested in improving the engagement of women in computer science. “It was clear that many professionals – especially women – enjoy the one-on-one interaction, group work and lecture time that unfolds in a classroom setting along with the flexibility that online courses provide,” explains Johnson.

Intro to Software Design and Development with Java,” will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning January 13 and running through May 11. UNO says some coursework can be completed online as well.

Although there is an emphasis on women learning Java and other computer science skills, the class is open to all. Aaron Maus, a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant said the course will be an adaptation of the courses already taught to students pursuing computer science degrees. “It’s not just for women,” he continued said. “It’s for anyone who wants to know more about software and design.”

“We have a great computer science department,” said Johnson. “The approach we take to computer programming is in exact line with what the leading software companies are doing. I would argue we’re the best game in the whole state.”

There is a 20 person cap on the course, and the deadline to apply in January 11. For more information, click here.