September 7, 2009

EP develops three new online grad courses for BRAC workers

Three online courses in systems engineering, designed to prepare workers for jobs coming to Maryland through the federal Base Realignment and Closure process, are being launched by Engineering for Professionals, the part-time graduate program of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

The new master’s level courses, all developed by EP faculty, are Software Systems Engineering, Tools and Techniques of Software Project Management, and Systems Architecting. Tools and Techniques will be offered this fall; the other two courses are slated for spring 2010.

The online instruction is open to military and civilian personnel, along with members of the general public.

EP began developing the courses after receiving a $140,000 grant in fall 2008 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to help give workers some of the skills needed for jobs coming to Maryland through BRAC. With this financial support, EP has developed the first of six anticipated online courses in systems engineering, one of several graduate degree areas identified as important for relocated military personnel. The remaining three courses will be developed by the end of 2009.

The first three courses were recently reviewed by Quality Matters, a faculty-centered peer review program. Each was recognized as having met or exceeded 17 essential standards in areas such as accessibility, learner engagement and support, and course technology.

EP students are able to fully complete the master’s in systems engineering degree program online. For more information, go to