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UMFK offering three computer courses designed to prepare students for today's computer market

January 4, 2002



The University of Maine at Fort Kent is offering three computer courses, designed to prepare students for today's computer job market, during the spring semester at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.


COS340 Special Topics: JAVA Programming, a three-credit course being offered at 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, applies principles and techniques learned in earlier courses to problems arising in a chosen academic discipline.

The goals of the course is to provide an introduction to a leading-edge programming language (JAVA) and a leading-edge programming paradigm (object-oriented programming), to provide an introduction to the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a graphical language that allows system developers to represent their object-oriented designs using a common notation, to provide an opportunity to develop JAVA GUI based applications and develop JAVA applets for deployment on the WWW adding much greater interactive multimedia functionality to Web sites, and provide a solid foundation for developing applications using the JAVA class libraries.

The course will allow students to explore class methods, control structures, advanced JAVA programming techniques such as event handling, exception handling and multithreading, network and multimedia programming.

JAVA has quickly become the de-facto programming language for the new E-Commerce community and this course will provide students a broad overview of the capabilities of this advanced object-oriented language. JAVA Programming is offered periodically.

COS351 Web Site Management is a three-credit course that deals with technical and managerial aspects of configuring and maintaining a web server. The course explores the common gateway interface, and overview of operating systems, web server set-up, maintenance issues, marketing strategies, and legal considerations.

Students completing the web site management course will be equipped to plan and manage the back-end infrastructure of a small to medium size Web site, discuss basic networking issues with other professionals, demonstrate the ability to take a customer request for a Web site from concept to deployment, identify and work with management issues related to the process of idea development from vision to business proposal to implementation, create a secure E-Commerce Website, understand the Development Project Cycle using proven project management methodologies such as budgeting, scheduling, prototyping, development, production, quality assurance and going live.

Participants in this course will also explore different server and scripting technologies including CGI, ASP and JAVA Servlets. The course takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:20 p.m.

The third course COS346 - Databases will explore basic database management system concepts with emphasis on those that are microcomputer based. The course will examine the relational database model, structured query language (SQL) and administrative issues pertaining to multi-user databases. It will provide practical application opportunities using a representation microcomputer based database management system. Emphasis will be on the Microsoft SQL 2000 database server

Students completing the database course will learn and understand the role of databases and database applications, data modeling, develop database designs, use and understand SQL and SQL syntax, learn emerging Internet technology that is relevant to database processing including the use of XML, ASP, OLE DB, ADO, ODBC, JDBC, and JSP, and understand the need for object database management and learn the basics of the Oracle object-relational, SQL3 and ODMG standards, among other subjects. Databases is a three-credit course and is offered on an annual basis. Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 3:20 p.m.

Tony Gauvin, instructor of computer applications, who came to UMFK straight from the web industry, where he managed and lead the technology efforts for, is teaching the three computer courses.

Coming from the e-commerce industry, Gauvin is aware of what qualifications employers are looking for when hiring employees in the Web industry. He has changed the curriculum of the courses to better prepare the student for that job market.

To register for any of these courses contact the registrar's office at 834-7520. For more information on course content contact Gauvin at 834-7519.