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Web and Mobile Computing graduate badge

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The School of Computing now offers graduate-level digital badges. A digital badge, or simply "badge," recognizes your completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. A badge allows you to promote academic achievements online more effectively and in different venues than with a transcript.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The School of Computing's web and mobile computing badge is not a degree or certificate. The badge is designed to prepare you to:

  • Design a stand-alone native mobile application on a modern mobile platform.
  • Develop a web-based applications using a modern web stack.
  • Explain the primary challenges and tradeoffs in designing distributed systems.
  • Specify the requirements for a database application and then implement it using EER modeling, schema design and normalization, SQL/DDL, SQL/DML, stored procedures, and database triggers.
  • Describe details of data communications and computer networks including TCP/IP protocol stack.
  • Analyze security threats to computer networks and know how to protect against threats.
  • CIS 654 - Computer Networking
  • CIS 656 - Distributed Systems
  • CIS 673 - Principles of Database Design

Admissions and Application

Completion of a bachelor's degree, and evidence of object-oriented programming skills are required for admission. To start your application:

  • Visit gvsu.edu/admissions/graduate-application-24.htm/.
  • Select the graduate online application. If you are new to the Grand Valley admissions site, please create an account at this time.
  • Application type, select "graduate degree/coursework."
  • Next, choose "For personal development without completing a Graduate Degree nor receiving a Graduate Certificate."
  • Under interest area, select "other."
  • Choose your semester start date, and proceed with the rest of the application.
  • Contact the School of Computing and Information Systems at gradchair@cis.gvsu.edu and inform them of your intent to enroll in the badge program.

Why Earn a Digital Badge at Grand Valley?

  • Badges document knowledge, skills, and competencies you've gained through various learning and professional development opportunities.
  • Pursuing a badge, either in continuing education or while completing a degree, can enhance your education.
  • Digital badges can be displayed on social media, websites, and in emails.
  • Completing a badge is an opportunity for you to highlight particularly marketable and desirable skills to potential employers.

Location & Format

Classes are offered fully online.

Format:

Coursework

The web and mobile computing badge is comprised of three courses (9 credits).

Required courses:

  • CIS 657 - Mobile Application Development
  • CIS 658 - Web Architectures

And one of the following:

For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems

Robert Adams, Ph.D.
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060

 

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