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Internet of Things (IoT): Applications and Opportunities


Computer size is dropping and the number of sensors is dramatically increasing; the digital world is indeed becoming more aware of and more connected to the physical world while the job market for diverse professionals who can leverage these connections to drive business value is also growing exponentially.

By 2020, it is predicted that there will be over 50 billion devices connected to the internet. Over 100 times as many as existed just 10 years ago – that’s nearly 7 devices for every person on the planet. These devices will span industrial, commercial and consumer markets and will be able to intelligently respond to human interaction and business needs in a remarkable variety of ways. The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and the Cloud create a new very fertile ecosystem that has and will make our lives more effective and enjoyable and provide vast new opportunities for business to improve their operational efficiencies and provide opportunities for growth.

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to take advantage of this next major shift in technologies and the related exponential growth in the job demand. We will explore the tools, technologies, platforms and languages used to create innovative connected devices. According to the Gartner research organization, 75% of executives are currently pursuing IoT related products and/or processes in their organization to drive business value. The economic impact of IoT is estimated to be between $10-15 trillion in the next 5-10 years. The program is designed to help both individuals and business leverage this new and exciting technological wave, understand the related technologies and create solutions that focus on the benefits of simple interactivity and large-scale connectivity.

Who Should Enroll

The program is ideal for those who are looking to build foundational knowledge in IoT to improve their business operations and increase their career options. For those already in the industry, the program includes practical application courses designed to increase the depth and breadth of their understanding of IoT technologies and applications. The curriculum is also designed for those who are looking to enter this growing field.

Career Insight

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(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $130k)

Program Benefits

  • Understand the business opportunities of IoT
  • Design IoT solutions that sense, perceive, and react appropriately
  • Have fun using new technologies that will be an ever-increasing part of our future
  • Identify the main components of IoT devices
  • Understand how IoT applications use concepts of intelligence to increase personal and industry productivity and effectiveness
  • Utilize IoT standards for interoperability, machine-to-machine communication, and security
  • Utilize a variety of techniques to connect to data
  • Explain different IoT technologies and their applications
  • Discern the basic functionality of the Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware systems
  • Understand how to secure and monitor the entire system of devices, the connectivity, and the information exchange
  • Identify related network concepts including cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, and ZWave
  • Orchestrate signals and objects to fulfill complex events or end-to-end business processes

Course Schedule

Required Courses

The Internet of Things (IoT) (3.00 Units)
      to be scheduled
I&C SCI X481
Designing and Integrating IoT Devices (3.00 Units)
I&C SCI X481
I&C SCI X482
Networking and Securing IoT Devices (3.00 Units)
I&C SCI X482

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jan 21 Apr 22 Jul 15 Oct 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 29 Jun 21 Sep 20 Jan 3
Courses End* (week of) Jun 7 Sep 7 Dec 13 Mar 14
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6 Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Learn How To Earn Your CertificateSpecialized Studies Award Requirements

A specialized studies certificate is awarded upon completion of 9 credit units (3 required courses) with a grade of “C” or better in each course. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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