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Learn to Build Internet of Things Device in Competency-Based Course at FRCC

A new competency-based course on the Internet of Things is on the fall semester schedule at the Boulder County Campus.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connection of various technologies through the internet so they can be controlled from anywhere. Televisions, cameras, webcams, refrigerators, thermostats, garage-door openers all can be connected.

Internet of Things poster“This important trend will have a deep and lasting impact on our lives and society,” says Shah Bhatti, computer information systems faculty member at FRCC. “This course would appeal to a wide range of audiences, including but not limited to entrepreneurs, manufacturers, service providers, students, hobbyists and learners from all occupations.”

Bhatti will teach the three-credit class in lab format from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room C1510 at the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. The course name is CSC 276 Special Topics: The Internet of Things.

Contact Bhatti for more information at Shahzad.bhatti@frontrange.edu or (303) 678-3835.

In Competency Based Education (CBE), students work at their own pace either in the open-lab or at home. There is only one deadline: end of the semester. Students must demonstrate all competencies by the end of the semester. Every student creates a project and demonstrates the competencies. CBE is focused on outcomes not objectives. Outcomes are achieved results. Objectives are intended results.

The course takes an end-to-end learning approach, with students learning about all the technologies and disciplines required to create an IoT device.

An understanding of a diverse set of technologies and disciplines is required to create a smart IoT device, so many technologies and disciplines are needed to create a simple IoT device:

  1. Embedded Systems
  2. Analog/Digital
  3. Sensors/Actuators
  4. Input/Output
  5. Networking and the Internet
  6. The Arduino Platform
  7. Interfacing with C
  8. Design of an IoT device
  9. Development of an IoT Device
  10. Deployment of an IoT Device

Students should have some basic programming skills. Familiarity with hardware I/O would be helpful, but is not necessary.

“The only requirement is that come with a strong desire to learn and are prepared to spend the time to acquire the necessary skills,” Bhatti says.

“Entrepreneurs with great business ideas for an IoT device (a home-care monitoring system for the elderly, for example) but not the skills to build one would benefit tremendously from this course,” he says. “Appliance manufacturers like GE, HP, and Seagate would need technicians to build, test and install IoT devices. As more and more device are connected to the internet, ISPs such as NextLight, Comcast, and CenturyLink would need technicians to install and maintain IoT devices.”


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John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College.