Overview of the Degree Program

Information Technology (IT) addresses the practical, everyday technical needs of business and other organizations, which use computers and information systems. Main emphasis of IT is on technology rather than information. IT as a discipline emerged in the last three decades after the invention of personal computers and the Internet. Elements that should be in the primary and secondary education system are still emerging. Therefore, required attributes in the intake have to be correctly identified before enrolling students to the IT professional programmes such as diploma, advanced diploma, and degree programmes since the current primary and secondary education system does not inculcate attributes so required to follow the IT degree programmes.

As stated in ACM guidelines for Information Technology (IT 2008), Information Technology, as an academic stream, is concerned with issues related to advocating for users and meeting their needs within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies. By following these guidelines, the Horizon Campus has designed and started to offer the degree program B.Sc. (Hons) in Information Technology with a blended state-of-the-art course modules.

BSc (Hons) IT Degree Programs at Horizon Campus

The BSc (Hons) in Information Technology at the Horizon Campus is tailor-made to have a balance of theory and application to succeed in a rapidly changing technological world where computer technology has recently been rapidly penetrating almost every sphere of life. Advances in emerging technologies will continue to change for years to come in the future. As such, the proposed BSc (Hons) degree curricula in IT at the Horizon Campus will prepare students for lifelong learning not only by following theoretical aspect of IT but also practicing leadership & communication skills, entrepreneurship, presentation skills, etc. as components of the undergraduate program.

As outlines in IEEE/ACM standards (IT 2008), a student who has completed the above degree program should be able to:

Explain and apply appropriate information technology skills and employ appropriate methodologies to help an individual or organization achieve its goals and objectives
Function as a user advocate
Manage the information technology resources of an individual or organization;
Anticipate the changing direction of information technology and evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies to an individual or organization
Understand and, in some cases, contribute to the scientific, mathematical and theoretical foundations on which information technologies are built on
Live and work as a contributing, well-rounded member of the society.
Course Structure

To qualify for the award of BSc (Hons) Information Technology, students must complete 120 credit points of study as follows:

Year 1 Courses :

IT and Computing Fundamentals
Programming Fundamentals
Discrete Mathematics
Leadership and Communication Skills
Entrepreneurship and Growing Business
Computer organization and Architecture
Information Management
Integrative Programming & Technologies
Emerging Technologies
Data Structures & Algorithms I

Total Credits Year 1: 30

Year 2 Courses

Social and Professional Issues
Data Communication
Software Design and Implementation
Software Construction Technologies & Tools
Object Oriented Programming
Data Structures & Algorithms II
Systems Analysis and Design
Information Architecture and web Development
Operating Systems
Seminar 1
Computer Networks
Enterprise Resource Planning

Total Credits Year 2: 30

Year 3 Courses

Software Architectures
Systems Admin & Maintenance
System Integration and Architecture
Mobile Application Development
Software Maintenance & Evolution
Service Oriented Computing
Network Programming
Software Project Management
Human Computer Interaction
Network Performance Analysis
Total Credits Year 3: 30

Year 4 Courses

Seminar II
Final year Project*
Cloud Computing
Computer Animation
Research Methods and Scientific Writing
Game Design and Development
Nature Inspired Algorithms
Intelligent Systems
Information Assurance and Network Security

Total Credits Year 4: 30

Total Credits of BSc (Hons) Information Technology: 120

This degree program includes months of supervised professional experience on 3rd year Internship and final year project work.
BSc (Hons) in Information Technology
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