Using information technology certifications in problem solving and programming languages for improving marketability

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Conference Proceeding

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

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To meet the demand of the local industry while remaining effective, academic institutions have started redesigning the computing disciplines by adding Information Technology certifications. This paper examines one component of the Information Systems computing discipline: the problem solving and programming languages. The focus of this study is to show how information technology certifications objectives can be integrated into programming and problem solving courses such as Visual Basic .NET and Java. A case study is used to show how the Microsoft Certified Application Developer certification objectives are integrated into the Visual Basic .NET programming course. A detailed investigation shows that very few textbooks can be used to cover all certification objectives. A detailed master course syllabus is developed to show the coverage of the certification objectives while maintaining consistency of the course. It is anticipated that upon completion of the sequence of programming and problem solving courses, students are able to complete the programming certification exams. Moreover, students with a degree in Information Systems and certificates that provide evidence of their qualification and competency in programming and problem solving will have better opportunities for employment upon graduation.

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Computer Sciences


Accreditation, Curricula, Java programming language, Marketing, Problem solving, Registration of engineers, Societies and institutions, Students, Information systems (IS), Information technology certification, Marketability, Skills, Information technology

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