CHARLES Sturt University (CSU) is “leading the pack” with their new course designed to target the progressive Information Technology (IT) sector.
CSU School of Computing and Mathematics course director Jason Howarth believes the university is the first in the world to establish a Masters degree to cover mobile application development.
According to Mr Howarth, the federal Department of Employment has predicted up to 50,000 new job openings for software and apps programmers over the next five years.
With figures such as these, a demand for targeted education has presented itself.
“As for jobs, the opportunities are immense,” Mr Howarth said.
The new course, Master of Mobile Applications Development, will be available in 2015.
It is a part-time distance education course that should only take two years to complete provided students complete two subjects per session.
“It is all done online,” Mr Howarth said. “It is designed to be online to fit in with what else is going on in people’s lives.”
Mr Howarth expects the course will be quite popular.
“We’re looking for an intake of 15 to 20 students next session, and as we have three intake sessions a year we expect to see those numbers maintained,” he said.
There is no prerequisite for knowledge to undertake this course, however students with a bachelor degree are “certainly encouraged” to apply, as are people with experience working in the IT industry.
By studying in this course students will learn how to use sophisticated development frameworks such as Xamarin, PhoneGap and Unity to build cross-platform mobile apps that are designed to fill a need in the market.
“It is all about looking at what is there and the market needs,” Mr Howarth said.
CSU intends to maintain their reputation for supplying industry-ready graduates with this new course.