Headstart 'Introduction to Computing' course for the Engineering Development Trust

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement


This course at Aston University is designed to expose 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. What’s it all about? Students will stay onsite and get a real impression of what life is like at a small, friendly campus University. Student ambassadors will be available throughout the course to pass on their experience and advice of higher education, and to give tours of the university campus and facilities. Experienced undergraduate and postgraduate students will assist with labs and offer more subject-specific insights What will I be doing? You will be working as part of a team to design and develop an attractive and interactive format to display Facebook data. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to pitch your project to a Dragon’s Den panel of academics and parents. During the course you will utilise the skills of the team and also be given guidance and exposure to a range of topics including: • Introduction to Programming using Java • User Interface design • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence • Web development • Computer Graphics • How computers can work with uncertain information Would this course suit me? If you are considering a future in the Information Technology, Communication, AI or Games sectors and want to explore your degree choices then this course is for you. It will also offer you the chance to see what careers are available if computers are your passion.
Period15 Jul 201119 Jul 2011