/Skills Bootcamp in Software Development (with Microsoft Certification) - November 2021 (Closed)

Provided by: Northumbria University

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 22/11/2021

End date: 14/03/2022

Course length: 16 weeks

Subjects: Data science, Software development

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Skills Bootcamp overview

There is a growing ecosystem of third-party developers creating apps that add on to the market-leading software tools and packages to answer specific industrial needs and the big software developers monitor these third-party apps, quickly buying up the most promising. This Skills Bootcamp focuses on the most popular scripting tools for adding value to the workflow of leading authoring tools, exploring the APIs and coding languages used to interact with them. These skillsets are in high demand and learners will stand out in job interviews.

Who is this Skills Bootcamp for

This Skills Bootcamp is for anyone needing to acquire programming/coding skills to make the move to the next stage in their career. The core learning material on this Skills Bootcamp is contextualised within the construction sector as it provides rich case studies of data analysis and application scripting tasks. On this course you will learn how to move beyond out-of-the-box software installations and apply coding solutions to drive efficiency or complexity. This Skills Bootcamp focuses on the most popular scripting tools for adding value to the workflow of leading authoring tools, exploring the APIs and coding languages used to interact with them. These skillsets are in high demand and learners will stand out in job interviews.

 

The combination of the core learning material plus the Microsoft certification makes this Skills Bootcamp a winning proposition.



Eligibility

Learners must:

  • Be aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 8 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role which utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp

 

Be either

  • employed/self-employed, or
  • career changers/returners/redeployed, or
  • unemployed within the last 12 months

 

Employers will be able to send existing employees who meet the Skills Bootcamp eligibility requirements on this training at an impressive 70% discount. Interested employers should contact the individual Skills Bootcamp provider.

 

This Skills Bootcamp is well suited to those with construction-related design experience and a good working knowledge of BIM authoring tools such as Autodesk Revit but with little or no knowledge of programming languages. It would also act as a nice refresher for those who want to stay up to date in their skills as well as for those who would like to expand their knowledge of new tools and techniques available in Data Science and coding.

What will I learn

Learning a programming language allows you to speak the same language as the engineers, developers, or customers you are working with. Less gets lost in translation, which makes it easier for everyone to stay on the same page as far as expectations and timelines. Understanding how a product works inside and out creates an opportunity to mine into the data, work on more strategic initiatives and think about the potential restructuring of it, turning data into real knowledge based upon historical information and lessons learned.

 

Attendees will develop skills to create multiple, company-wide business intelligence dashboards, provide custom datasets for everyday operations, and command a variety of processes at the console level. Essential skills for those wishing to move into data analytics for operations and business intelligence.

 

The course curriculum includes introduction and exploration of the following topics.

  • The role of coding in the construction industry
  • Data science, big data & data analytics
  • Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) and Data Visualisation
  • Classical Machine Learning (ML)
  • Clustering Methods
  • Programming in Python
  • Exploring the SDK of popular BIM modelling tools
  • Building apps
  • Project implementation and management

 

In addition, the following soft skills will be covered as required, depending upon the circumstances of the learner.

  • Presentation skills
  • Portfolio development
  • Employability and interview skills

 

Throughout the sixteen-week programme, learners will be expected to commit to twelve hours per week for independent learning, in addition to the tutor-led lessons. During this time, learners will develop a portfolio of problem-solving exercises based on the weekly topic or a given case study / scenario. Portfolios will demonstrate understanding of the topics covered and the application of this knowledge to scenarios relevant to their current or aspirational role. Portfolio assessment will factor heavily in the overall pass grade attained by learners.

 

Microsoft Certification

 

Alongside the core taught material this Skills Bootcamp also comes with free Microsoft Certification in the form of DP-900 Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals and MTA: Introduction to Programming Using Python. You will be given full access to the Microsoft learning materials and will also receive a voucher that will entitle you to take the DP-900 and MTA examinations. The DP-900 certification is designed for anyone interested in foundational-level knowledge of cloud data, and how cloud data services are provided with Microsoft Azure. The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certificate ‘Introduction to Programming Using Python’ lets you demonstrate your ability to recognise and write syntactically correct Python code, to recognise data types supported by Python, and to recognised and write Python code that will solve a given problem.

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Creating pathways to employment

How has the Skills Bootcamp been designed/created with employer input?

A steering group of employers was formed to provide input on the curriculum, use-case scenarios, and desired outcomes. The steering group met remotely to discuss the proposed content and hear from the course designers and lecturers and were subsequently invited to consider and discuss internally before providing feedback to inform the final draft of the agenda and course objectives.

 

 

How are employers involved in the delivery of this Skills Bootcamp?

Employers have been invited to provide case-studies in written and/or video format to describe an existing scenario which would benefit from internal coding resource, or an aspect of their business which they feel could be improved if they had the skills.

 

 

What are the routes to employment following successful completion?

The employer engagement strategy which is applied to this programme does not rely upon completion of the coursework and portfolio before introducing learners to prospective employers, rather that we look to match the learner to the employer at the earliest possible opportunity and refine the recruitment selection process through the duration of the course.

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