Curriculum 

Is this an academic credit program?

No, this program does not award academic credit and can not be used towards any degree requirements. The program awards continuing education units (CEUs), which are nationally recognized standard units of measurement earned for satisfactory completion of qualified non-credit continuing education programs. Merrimack College will award 15.4 CEUs for successfully completing this program.  


What can I expect out of this program?

In just 14 weeks this program aims to take those with little or no experience coding and give the skills needed to build modern web applications. By the end of this program, you will have learned how to build live web applications using some of the most in-demand programming languages: JavaScript & Node.js. You will have an opportunity to build and deploy a portfolio of projects and be required to build and launch Amazon Alexa skills of your own. You will gain experience working on a project with a real company, applying and honing technical and non-technical skills.  

How will the content be delivered?

Most of the curriculum will be delivered in class.  Additional, supplemental work will be delivered online through Blackboard.

Is any pre-work required?

There will be some pre-work to complete before the program begins. Expect to spend 8-12 hours preparing.

Is there group/team work?

You will be placed on a team with 3-5 peers and assigned to work with a company on a co-op style project.  

Will there be required homework?

You should expect to spend 10-12 hours each week on homework and project work. Homework will involve a combination of technical exercises, developing your own Alexa Skill and group project work.

What if I can’t keep up with the curriculum or need extra help?

Our instructors are available 30 minutes before and 45 minutes after each class and our program administrator will be available 3 hours each week for virtual office hours. Additionally, students will have a brief, weekly check-in with support staff to track progress.  Remember, your instructors will have a good pulse on how you’re keeping up and will work with you if you feel you’re falling behind or struggling.

Will I need to purchase books?

No, you only need your laptop and the eagerness to learn. All other class materials are provided.

Program

Do I need to own my own computer?

Yes, you need to bring your own laptop to class. After all, you will be a developer, so we want all the tools and projects you will build to go with you after the program. Most students use Macs (which we recommend), but Windows or Linux machines will work too. Your laptop must have the following minimum specs; 2.0 GHz processor and 4GB RAM. 

What is the program schedule?

The program meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for 14 weeks. Program instructors are available 30 minutes before class and 45 minutes after for extra help. Expect an additional 10-12 hours of homework and project work each week.

Where is the program held?

Classes are held on-campus at Merrimack College in our state-of-the-art classroom facilities. There are also online components that will be delivered via Blackboard, Merrimack’s learning management system.

How many students are in a typical class?

Classes vary, but we typically have 12-18 students per class, which means a lot of personal attention.

What is the class attendance policy?

You are urged to attend all scheduled class meetings. To earn the certificate of completion, you must attend 80% of the class time and complete the Amazon Alexa Skill capstone project.

Who teaches in the program?

All classes are taught by technical instructors who are industry practitioners.

Can I really become a developer in 14 weeks?

Yes, you can. Our goal is to teach you how to be a developer, not just how to write code. That means you’re solving problems and thinking through solutions like a developer as you continue to practice and grow in your career. After 14 weeks, you’ll have confidence and the foundational code skills to make an impact from your first day on the job. 

Admission

Is there an application process?

No, there is no formal application process. Just a simple registration process. Please take note of technical background details, registration deadlines and pre-work requirements outlined below.

Can I keep working while enrolled in this program?

Our program is designed for working professionals who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement. The schedule allows you to continue working while studying.

What kind of technical background is required?

While some technical background is helpful, the following is required: basic computer literacy including familiarity with creating and naming files, moving files/folders and installing programs. Familiarity with using web browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer is also required. Our pre-course tutorial will help you prepare for the program.

Is there a registration deadline?

Yes, you should be registered at least one week prior to the start of the program. The program starts in September, January and May.

Tuition and Fees

Will I need to purchase books?

No, you only need your laptop and the eagerness to learn. All other class materials are provided.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the Coding Bootcamp is $9,795. With 154 hours of class time, it is roughly equivalent to a full semester of class-hours.

What is included in the tuition?

The tuition includes all in-class materials. Food, laptop and parking are not included.

Campus Location and Resources

What career services are available to students?

Access to Merrimack’s O’Brien Center for Career Development is included in tuition. The O’Brien Center offers numerous resources for exploring job opportunities. Handshake is our online database of full-time, part-time, internship and co-op employment opportunities. Handshake also houses resources for resumes, cover letters and access to schedule an appointment with a career advisor. Quinncia is used to prepare and train for job interviews and allows students to practice interview skills from the comfort of their home or office. The O’Brien Center also offers webinars in topics such as job searches, resumes, cover letters, internships and co-op explorations, and interviewing techniques.  

Is parking available at Merrimack College?

Yes. In order to park on campus, you will need to purchase a parking pass for the duration of the program (1 semester). Parking passes can be purchased online on myMack.

What is myMack? Why is it important?

myMack is Merrimack’s online student portal, the gateway to all College systems. Once registered, you will receive credentials to log into myMack. You can change contact information, pay tuition, obtain a parking decal, view grades, view the program you are enrolled in, order transcripts and much more.

Is food available for on-campus class meetings?

In most cases, yes. If the College is in session during your program, there are several food options on campus. If you are taking the program over the summer, then food on campus may available on a very limited basis. There are many nearby options:

How will I know if class is canceled due to inclement weather or emergency?

 You will register for College communication alerts through myMack. Inclement weather closure announcements are also submitted to local television stations.

Find Out More

Contact us today for more information or apply now to begin your path to a new career or position in the exciting field of web application development.

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