Bach of Information Technology

1 Background

The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) was designed with emphasis on having the student acquire the business, media, computing and communication skills necessary for employment and career opportunities in today’s ICT industries and business organizations. BIT Degree Programme will enable students develop conceptual and practical IT skills in integrating financial, organizational, marketing and production/service function with an overall business strategy.

1.2 Programme Rationale

This programme more than before is coming in when technology has taken over the world and currently referred to as the ‘digital world’. From mobile phones, smart television sets to complex lighting systems, experts in information technology are sought for in big numbers. Students with knowledge in computer networks, data management, systems and mobile application development among others will be the most sought after in this century and beyond. Bachelor of Information Technology Degree Programme is open to all prospective students and designed to enable its prospective students to undertake training in Information Technology (IT).

1.3 Course Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Information Technology Programme to introduce students to:

  1. Knowledge to critically analyse and apply a range of information systems concepts, principles, and practices to problem-solving across a range of information technology problem domains.
  2. A firm foundation for demonstrating competence in data communication and networking in distributed and centralised working environments
  3. Skills that demonstrate expertise in the main content knowledge of information technology.
  4. An understanding of how to effectively apply scientific and mathematical principles, methods and techniques to the research and development of emerging technologies in the computing field.
  5. A firm foundation for effectively using information technology frameworks (concepts, principles, methods, languages and theories) to design, analyse, and construct solution in a network-based environment.
  6. Knowledge to use technical writing effectively and professionally for varied audiences.

1.4 Programme Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students should be able to;

  1. Critically analyse and apply a range of information systems concepts, principles, and practices to problem-solving across a range of information technology problem domains.
  2. Demonstrate competence in data communication and networking in distributed and centralised working environments
  3. Demonstrate expertise in the main content knowledge of information technology.
  4. Effectively apply scientific and mathematical principles, methods and techniques to the research and development of emerging technologies in the computing field.
  5. Use information technology frameworks (concepts, principles, methods, languages and theories) to design, analyse, and construct solution in a network-based environment.
  6. Technically write effectively and professionally for varied audiences.

1.5 Skills for IT graduates

  1. Information technology-specific skills: This class of knowledge refers to the ability to use contemporary Information technology applications such as information management, networking, information assurance, human-computer interaction and Web systems and technologies.
  2. Fundamental and enduring information technology concepts: Concepts explain the how and why of information technology and they give insight into its opportunities and limitations. They include knowledge areas such as persuasive themes in IT, history of information technology, application domains, organizational issues, data modeling, data organization and retrieving, integrative programming, emerging technologies, and system integration and architecture.
  • General intellectual capabilities: This class of knowledge areas consists of broad intellectual skills important in virtually every area of study, not simply information technology. These skills allow students to apply information technology to complex tasks in effective and useful ways. Examples include problem solving, managing complexity through abstraction, modeling, use of appropriate tools, inter-personal skills, project management, developing effective interfaces, assets management and cost/ benefit analysis, logical reasoning, ethics, and effective oral and written communication skills.

1.6 Knowledge Areas

  1. Information Technology Fundamentals
  2. Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Assurance and Security
  1. Information Management
  2. Math and Statistics for IT
  3. Networking
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Platform Technologies
  1. System Integration and Architecture
  2. Social and Professional Issues
  3. Web Systems and Technologies

1.7 Career Prospects

The majority will take up administrative positions in Information and Communication Technology (computing and ICT-based) sectors, and other positions such as Software Developers, Web-Programmers, Systems & Network Administrators, Information Technology Planners, Systems Analysts, IT Project Managers, Information Systems Specialists and IT Lecturers.

2.0 The Programme.

2.1. Target group

The Programme targets three categories of people, namely A’ level certificate holders, Diploma holders in relevant Programmes, Mature entry students and Higher education certificate holders (HEC).

2.2. Nature and duration of the Programme

This is a full time day and evening privately sponsored programme. There will also be the evening program that shall be only privately sponsored.

The duration for the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree programme are three (3) academic years comprising 6 semesters and two recess terms.

3. Regulations.

3.1. Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted for this Course, a candidate must satisfy the general minimum entry requirements :-

a) Direct Entry.

A candidate must satisfy the general minimum entry requirements 

Candidates seeking admission through this avenue must have obtained: –

  1. The Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent, with credits in English and Mathematics.
  2. At least two principal passes at the same sitting in Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in any two subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Literature, Entrepreneurship, Technical Drawing and Fine Art).
  • For purposes of computing weighted points, the advanced level subjects shall be grouped and weighted as follows: –

 

Group

Weight

Subjects

Essential

 

3

Any best two done of; Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Literature, Religious Studies, Entrepreneurship, History, Technical Drawing and Fine Art.

Relevant

2

Second best done subjects of the remaining “A” Level subjects.

Desirable

1

General Paper

Others

0.5

Of remaining “A” Level subjects.

b) Diploma Holders

  1. At least any second Class (lower division) diploma from a recognized institution.
  2. Candidates who hold a Diploma in Computer Science or Information Technology with at least second class (lower division) shall be admitted to second year of Bachelor of Information Technology. Candidates who hold a pass class of the same diploma shall be admitted to first year of Bachelor of Information Technology.

c) Higher Education Certificate (HEC)

Holders of a higher education certificate from an institution recognized by national council for higher education.