Computer says YES! An introduction to university-level Computer Science
Monday 14th – Thursday 17th April 2014 (non-residential)
Aston University is running a four day non-residential computing science course from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th April 2014 for your Year 12 students currently studying ICT or Mathematics. The course will start at 10.00am and end at 4.00pm each day with a presentation evening from 6.00pm to 8.30pm on 17th April which students will be expected to attend.
This course is designed to expose your students to a range of challenging and exciting topics with real-world applications. It will introduce the principles by which systems for control, decision making and entertainment are designed, developed and improved and will give students a hands-on opportunity to use a variety of tools and languages.
If your students are considering a future in the Computing, Communication, Business Systems or Games sectors and want to explore their higher education options then this is the course for them. This course will appeal to students keen to find out more about the practical aspects of implementing software, the mathematical foundations of how computer algorithms work or the way that future software products will be designed. No prior experience in programming is required.
With a mix of lectures, hands-on exercises and workshops, students will get a real impression of what life is like at a small, friendly, campus university. In labs, students will be mentored by experienced postgraduates and undergraduates from Aston’s successful Student Software Company. Student Ambassadors and members of our Computing Science Society will be available throughout the course to share their experiences of higher education and giving tours of the campus and facilities. Students will also have plenty of opportunities to talk informally with staff and see examples of project work produced by our final year students.
Over the four days students will work in teams on a software development project which will allow novice and experienced programmers alike to tackle a real-world problem and generate an exciting solution. Students will display and demonstrate their results at the event finale on the evening of 11th April, to which parents/guardians, staff, local entrepreneurs and Aston students will be invited.
During the course students will learn about a wide range of topics including:
Ø Programming using Java or another language
Ø Project management and problem solving
Ø User interface design
Ø Machine learning and artificial intelligence
Ø Web development
Ø Computer graphics
Ø Geographical / spatial information systems
Ø How computers can work with uncertain information
For more information, or to request application forms for the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that booking is essential and students must complete individual application forms. This is a four day non-residential course and attendance on all four days is compulsory for successful applicants: no fee will be charged in this case. Schools will be liable for a £50 cancellation charge per student for any cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the event, or for non-attendance at all or part of the event. Bookings will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis with a maximum of 5 places available to any one school or college.