Future Infrastructure: Building Back Better
The Smart Cities certificate introduces learners to the concept, reality, and technologies of smart cities – using examples from around the globe. Key course topics include detailing requirements that smart cities aim to achieve, underlying technologies that constitute smart cities' development – the internet of things (IoT) devices, data management. Students learn the importance of utilizing data in a decision-making and its effect on the participants - government, business, and consumers. Students also learn about privacy and regulatory needs in smart cities.
Starts: January 10, 2021
Format: completely online, 6-week courses
Engagement: topical discussions on foundational course content, and current articles and media
Commitment: approximately 5-10h per week; 30-60 hours total for the program
Assessments and certification: successful completion of weekly assignments earns a Certificate of completion from the College of Engineering at WSU (Wayne State University)
- WSU enrolled students: $250/course
- WSU Alums: $600/course
- Others: $1,200/course
* Discounts available for Corporate Partners or companies with 5+ registrants
Technology requirement: Any laptop or smartphone with internet access
Course materials will be available electronically at the start of the course.
INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENTS: Individual assessments are not timed and are multiple-choice questions.
ENGAGEMENT: You must make at least 2 posts, per week. Your posts/comments can either be on the Course Feed or Course Help sections. For example, you can make 1 newsfeed and 1 discussion comment, 2 newsfeed comments or 2 discussion comments each week and receive full credit.
Course schedule by week
Introduction: How City Life is Being Transformed by Technology
Data in Smart Cities: Generation, Collection & Data Management, Sharing & Ownership
Transportation in Smart Cities: Shared Use Mobility, Vehicular Social Networks, Smart Traffic Systems
The Environment and Smart Cities - Infrastructure Needs and Designs
The Economics of Smart Cities- How "Smart" Changes Capital Investments, Quality of Life, and Sustainability
Smart Cities and Infrastructure