Course Descriptions

Course Listing

The 2020 Summer Academies will be offered entirely online. We have an exciting lineup of courses taught by Sacramento State professors and industry professionals. Please take a look at the course descriptions and schedule.

And remember: we hope to be back on campus for 2021.

Special for Summer 2020: We are providing a scholarship voucher of $50 or $100 applied toward each class a student selects.

*The scholarship voucher will be applied during registration.

Here are the online academies for 2020:

Coding

July 27 – July 31, 1 - 5 p.m.

Cost: $305*  ($205 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Coding

Learn the basics of computer programming: how do you tell a computer to do math, how does a computer make decisions or multi-task? Students will see their logic and reasoning come alive on the screen. The Coding Academy provides a solid understanding of how programming languages are used to build applications. A wide variety of industries – from information technology to science and the arts – depend extensively on professionals with coding and computer science skills. This online course will set students on an exciting path to being a computer scientist.

The course will use Flowgorithm to teach basic concepts and then advance to Java and other languages. Students will need a computer and webcam to access the course and participate in class activities. 

Instructor: Professor Devin Cook from Sacramento State’s Computer Science Department

Cyber Security

June 22 – June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $305* ($205 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Cyber Security

Explore vulnerabilities in the cyber world, the threats posed by hackers and how we should protect and defend ourselves against cyber attacks. The Cyber Security Academy is going to be an interesting and inspiring online course.

“I’ve accumulated rich experience teaching online, and I look forward to teaching high school students once again this summer.” – Jun Dai, Sacramento State Professor

Students will get to know the fundamentals of popular network services and see how they can be hacked and leveraged by attackers based on concrete demonstrations. Students will see how cyber security works, gain valuable hands-on experience and have a lot of fun in this class.

Students will need a computer and webcam to access the course and participate in class activities. 

Instructor: Professor Jun Dai from Sacramento State’s Computer Science Department

Data Science

July 27 – July 31, 1-5 p.m.

Cost:$305* ($205 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Data Science

How is digital information from our daily lives, from retail purchases to doctor’s appointments, being stored and ultimately used? In the Data Science Academy students will explore data science as a new occupation, a profession that uses data to understand or influence people’s behavior. Students will learn the essential stages of data science, how data is collected, the tools used to cleanse data, the use of statistics and algorithms and the role of data visualization. During this online course, students will also use a sociological lens to explore how our increasingly digital lifestyle changes our world.

Students will gain hands-on experience through computing labs. A computer and webcam are required to access the course and participate in class activities. 

Instructor: Professor Anna Baynes from Sacramento State’s Computer Science Department

Digital Forensics

June 22 – June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Cost: $305* ($205 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Digital Forensics

The rapid development of information technology (IT) has increased the need for digital forensics. Digital devices such as computers and mobile phones are commonly used for crimes now. Law enforcement, enterprise networks, attorneys and private investigators depend on digital forensics professionals to investigate criminal and civil cases. The Digital Forensics Academy will expose students to the techniques and tools used in digital forensics.

“I look forward to starting this practical and fun journey with our new digital investigators!” - Xiaoyan (Sherry) Sun, Sacramento State Professor

The online class will be a combination of digital forensics principles and hands-on practices.

Professor Xiaoyan (Sherry) Sun, who’s leading the academy, has taught online digital forensics classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. “Together, let’s explore the fascinating world of digital forensics, analyze digital evidence, recover deleted data, and learn how to hide and reveal secret messages.”

Students will need a USB drive that is 2 GB or smaller (500 MB or 1 GB works better), plus a computer and webcam to access the course and participate in class activities. 

Instructor: Professor Xiaoyan (Sherry) Sun from Sacramento State’s Computer Science Department

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

July 27 – July 31, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $305*  ($205 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Academy will provide valuable insights into what it takes to turn a great idea into a reality. Students will brainstorm ideas in our “new normal” environment, whether it’s a new service or smartphone app or something convenient for restaurants or retailers. Students will work online individually or in groups, practice their pitches and receive professional coaching from local businesses. Virtual tours include Hacker Lab Sac and the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State. As a final project, students will pitch their ideas in a friendly competition before a panel of judges and an audience via ZOOM. 

Students will need a computer and webcam to access the course and participate in class activities.

Instructor: Haley Myers Dillon, director of Sacramento State’s Parents & Families Program, who also organizes the annual STRONG entrepreneurial competition for Sac State students

Future Teachers

July 27 - July 31, 1-5 p.m.

Cost: $305*  ($205 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Future Teachers

The Future Teachers Academy is for students who are interested in exploring the field of education. Students will participate in workshops and hands-on activities, interact with school teachers and learn how to create and present a mini lesson. Explore different teaching methods and instructional tools that meet the learning needs of children in face-to-face or virtual learning environments. In this online course, students will get a better understanding of the profession of teaching, what teachers do and the rewards and challenges that come with teaching. Students will also learn the process and procedures of becoming a teacher in California. See how teaching can change the world.

Students will need a computer and webcam to access the course and participate in class activities. 

Instructor: Professor Chia-Jung Chung, Sacramento State’s Department of Teaching Credentials (Educational Technology Instructor for Future Teachers)

Hospitality and Tourism

July 27 – July 31, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $305* ($205 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Hospitality and Tourism

How is the hospitality and tourism industry responding in this new environment? The Hospitality and Tourism Academy will look at trends in the industry, both domestic and international, and new ideas in travel, dining and leisure accommodations. Students will meet professionals in the industry, take virtual tours of some of the most beautiful places in California and the world and discover exotic attractions right here at home. Learn about the educational and training requirements to be successful in this industry. Turn your passion for travel, food and people into a rewarding career in hospitality and tourism.

Students will need a computer and webcam to access the course and participate in class activities. 

Instructor: Professor Abhijeet Shirsat from Sacramento State’s Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration

Presentation Skills for College

July 27 – July 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: $150* ($100 after scholarship voucher is applied)
Register here for Presentation Skills for College

If you thought a digital world could prevent you to having to speak in front of a group, we have some news for you…public speaking and presentations are still required, even if they now occur digitally. This course will cover what to include in a presentation, tips for improving delivery, what NOT to do and the opportunity to receive feedback in real time from peers and instructors. This course will help to develop these skills so that you will be successful in college.

Instructors: Professor Rustin Vogt from Sacramento State’s Mechanical Engineering Department and Kelly Siefkin, director of development at the College of Continuing Education and Sacramento State’s Alumni Association