Information Technology Undergraduate Program
The Computer Technology and Information Systems undergraduate program has been offered within the School of Computing and Technology since 1994. The program leads to a four-year BS degree in Information Technology field that blends practical and theoretical education. The medium of instruction is English. The primary aim of the program is to bring up qualified professionals who possess skills for effective project development as well as in-depth knowledge regarding current technologies.
The first year of the program focuses mainly on the courses that enable students improve their English, and gain necessary background in mathematics, business, and computer programming techniques required in the field of computer technology and information technology. During the second and third years, students take various courses of Physical/Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences as elective courses; and core courses such as computer networks, operating systems, Internet programming, database and system design/programming. The fourth year consists of intensive area electives which give the students an opportunity to develop themselves in their field of interest. Finally, students are required to produce a professional graduation project as a group.
- Computer Technology and Information Systems undergraduate program has been awarded ASIIN accreditation enabling program graduates travel freely throughout the world and especially within Europe. The program also certified its educational quality by gaining the EuroInf label awarded by EQAINE.
- Innovations and development in the computer technologies and informatics are followed closely and reflected in the curriculum accordingly.
- Courses consist of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments to enforce the balance between theory and practice. Laboratory hours put focus on sectoral applications. Team-based project-oriented learning is the main theme of teaching. Case studies are employed to provide solid practical examples.
- Courses involve in-depth research and independent learning activities, all contributing to the development of the life-long learning process.
- At the end of the third year, an internship scheme allows students to gain industrial experience. Students are also required to for project teams for the graduation project which helps them gain sectoral experience.
The educational objectives of the IT programme are listed as shown below.
- are prepared for careers and/or graduate education (second cycle) in the IT field as it applies to software analysis and design, system development, web and mul-timedia applications, computer architecture, and computer networks.
- have a high quality education in state of the art in programming, system analysis and design, database development and administration, web and multimedia based design and development, and computer architecture, which incorporate open-ended design experiences and the use of hardware and software tools.
- develop skills for effective verbal and written communication, and for participat-ing effectively in the planning and execution of team-based projects, and to foster professional attitudes and awareness of the benefits of life-long learning.
- have a learning environment that is based on open interaction with experienced staff and a curriculum that follows the latest developments in IT field with strong analytical and critical thinking skills as well as practical knowledge compatible with business requirements.
The learning outcomes of the IT programme are listed as shown below.
- Apply problem solving skills, core IT concepts, efficient practices and standards to Information Technologies;
- Identify and evaluate organizational requirements with the current and emerging technologies;
- Select, design, integrate and administer IT-based solutions within an organization-al environment;
- Use strong analytical and critical thinking skills as well as practical knowledge within the field of IT;
- Be equipped with the theoretical background to pursue graduate level (second cy-cle) studies;
- Communicate effectively, both in writing and in speaking;
- Demonstrate the ability to participate effectively in the planning and execution of team-based projects;
- Describe the impact of IT solutions in a global, societal, and ethical context;
- Describe the need for continuous learning;
- Follow the latest developments within the field of IT;
- Use practical skills which is compatible with the business requirements;
- Be broadly educated.
- 12 multimedia classrooms/labs fully equipped with modern educational technologies.
- Latest version software programs/case tools installed in all labs; CASE tools.
- An additional fully equipped laboratory is devoted to the graduation project scheme.
- A fully equipped lab devoted for graduation project studies.
- Each student is assigned an Academic Advisor to guide him/her in the course selection process and to provide a link between the student and the department.,
- An International Student Advisor is available full time to assist international students in academic, social and cultural aspects.
- A Software Student Club fostering an environment of information and experience exchange among students.
Graduates of the program are excellent candidates for employment in IT or other relevant fields both in public and private sectors at various levels. Graduates may also pursue further studies at MS/MBA and PhD levels in IT, business, education or communication related fields as they have the required background/foundation.
Some of the popular IT positions for which the graduates qualify are as follows:
- Web Designer / Programmer / Administrator
- Database Designer / Administrator
- Software Engineer
- Systems Architect
- Systems Analyst / Designer
- Systems Tester
- Project Leader / Manager
- Network Engineer/Administrator
- Information Technology Teacher
For additional information refer to Student Handbook
For detailed description of courses refer to Course Descriptions