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Big Data Programming & Architecture

Uncover the Hidden Value of Big Data

Bridging theory and practical experience

Format (In-Person / Blended / Virtual Classroom)

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Big Data Programming & Architecture offers courses in three different learning formats (in-person, blended, and ​virtual classroom).  It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you in order to ensure that you have a successful learning experience. 

In-Person Format

  • Courses meet one time per week for three hours and run for 12-13 weeks.
  • Class size ranges from 13 to 50 students.
  • You should expect to allocate at least three hours per week for reading, study and assignments, in addition to class time.
  • Courses are held at McMaster’s downtown location, One James St. North, Hamilton, unless otherwise indicated.
  • You should attend all classes as the classroom work represents a significant part of the learning experience.

Considerations for Taking an In-Person Course

  • Your schedule allows you to attend class at the same time each week.
  • You prefer interacting with your peers and feeling part of a classroom environment.
  • You prefer weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You occasionally need reminders and reinforcements to get your studying done.
  • You prefer the instructor explain the readings and the assignments. 

Blended Format

  • Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards,  group and individual projects, assignments and quizzes
  • You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week online. You will also meet in-person 3 or 4 times throughout the term. Those sessions will take place at McMaster Continuing Education on a weekly evening for 2 hours. During those in-person sessions, you will apply the content to real-life situations, discussion upcoming assignments, etc
  • You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work but you don’t need to log on at a specific time.
  • A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.  
  • Courses are made “live” in A2L 3 days prior to course start date

Considerations for Taking a Blended Course

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project. You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the material (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently, but you like to interact with others and have the opportunity to touch base in-person with your instructor and your class to make sure you are on track.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology. 

Virtual Classroom Format

  • Courses offered as a virtual classroom with classes held, as per the scheduled day/time.
  • Classes will be held online, using a combination of synchronous, real-time, instructor led sessions, supplemented with asynchronous activities. 
  • You should expect to attend class at the same time each week, although not every session will be a full 3 hours of live instruction. Rather, classes will provide learners the opportunity to apply what has been covered by your course facilitator.​

Considerations for Taking a Virtual Classroom Course

  • Your schedule allows you to attend class at the same time each week.
  • You prefer interacting with your peers and feeling part of a classroom environment. 
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology (WebEx or ZOOM)
  • You have access to wifi/internet access, mobile device/laptop, microphone, and headphones and/or speakers