Induction: The intent behind Induction/Orientation phase is to bring the batches together and set the right expectations for the duration of the course.
Introduction: This phase builds the groundwork of concepts in OOPS, RDMS, Quality, SDLC, Software business etc., as a precursor to intense technical training in subsequent phases.
Foundation: Focus of this phase is to lay the building blocks of technology. It comprises of Oracle SQL / PL-SQL and Core Java, JSP as well as introduction to testing. At the end of this phase, students assigned different proficiency streams such as Advanced Java / D2K / Testing based on 3 factors – Client's requirement, Capability/performance of the student and Choice of the student.
Proficiency: Development and Testing are the two proficiency streams available. Development stream has 2 sub-streams; Advanced Java and Testing. The streams are by and large driven by the demand from customers (corporates).
Teaching modes: In order to provide a high level of learning experience and to maximize retention of the knowledge gained, following modes of teaching are practiced.
Class Room: The traditional mode of teaching is limited to just 2 hrs a day to introduce new topics and for clearing doubts. Maximum emphasis is laid on hands-on sessions.
Labs / Exercises: Each topic / sub-topic introduced in a class room session is spread across several lab exercises. Theoretical aspects learnt in the class room are thrashed thread-bare in these sessions.
BRD's: Business Requirements documents / BRD's are handpicked scenarios from live projects that test the students understanding of applicability of technical as well as domain knowledge.
Stress Busters: Technical curriculum is interspersed with group activities that boosts the energy level of students. This includes Quiz, Debugging exercise, Enhancement work, Peer Review checklist execution, Test and record bugs, Prepare test cases etc.
Mentoring sessions: The 6 elements of Core Framework are interspersed with regular and intense Mentoring sessions on topics such as Business domain, Technology, Root Cause Analysis, etc. Mentors are from NSBT core team as well as Project Managers / BU heads within the organization.
Leaders' Speak Series: Industry experts within Nucleus and outside address the students on varied topics of interest and relevance. The invitees include CEOs, Chairman, Business Unit Heads, and Vice Chancellors of Universities etc.
Assessment model: At regular intervals, tests are conducted to assess the students' performance. If the pre-defined cut-off is not achieved, re-tests are organized till the time every student is able to attain the minimum marks for successful completion of the course.
Progress Check: Daily tracking is done to check the progress of each student in completing the Lab exercises and BRDs. These are submitted online.
Attendance Check: Daily monitoring is done to check the regular defaulters. Warning letters are issued to students with 3 consecutive defaults and placement assistance and stipend offer is also revoked.
Feedback (Voice of Students): At the end of the first month of training program, an online feedback – Voice of Students (VoS) is conducted. This covers questions ranging from overall worth of the program including feedback on the faculty and mentoring sessions.
One on One Interaction: It is done with the students to identify areas of attention and improvement.
Student Welfare: Month end party: At end of every month, a get together is organized with all the students to ensure participation from each student in one or more activities.
Project Execution: After classroom and lab exercises, students are exposed to an environment of 'live' Project Execution. A team is formed and a project allocated to each team. The projects are then Designed, Developed, Tested, Deployed by each group and undergo subsequent reviews by the mentors.