The Diploma in Computer Science (DCS) 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. This Diploma Programme will enable students develop practical IT skills in integrating financial, organizational, marketing and production/service function with an overall business strategy.

Programme Rationale

The necessity for today’s work force to be computer literate cannot be therefore over-emphasized.  Computers and information technology nowadays directly dictate the way man thinks, plans, communicates, works, and spends leisure time. Given the recent acceleration in industrial development and other institutions in Uganda, there is a corresponding need for computer literate personnel to man them. It is therefore necessary that our educational system produces computer literate graduates.

Course Objectives

The programmes introduces students to;

  1. The proficiency in problem-solving techniques using the computer
  2. Proficiency in at least two high-level programming languages and two operating systems
  3. The analysis of complex problems and the synthesis of solutions to those problems
  4. Comprehension of modern software engineering principles
  5. A breadth and depth of knowledge in the discipline of computer science

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students graduating with a Diploma in Computer Science should be able to;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in problem-solving techniques using the computer
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in at least two high-level programming languages and two operating systems
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in the analysis of complex problems and the synthesis of solutions to those problems
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of modern software engineering principles
  6. Demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge in the discipline of computer science.

Career Prospects

The majority will take up operational 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 Officers, Data Analysts, IT Project Assistants, and IT Trainers.

Programme duration.

The diploma programme shall cover a minimum of two (2) years of four semesters and not exceeding a maximum of four (4) years.

Admission into the first year will be through any of the four avenues mentioned below:

  1. Direct entry
  2. Certificate holders scheme
  • Higher Education Certificate
  1. Professional qualifications
  2. Entrance admission examination
  3. Mature Age Entry

For admission to any diploma course under

  1. Direct Entry Scheme, a candidate must have:
  2. Obtained at least one (1) advanced level principal pass and two (2) subsidiary passes obtained at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (U.A.C.E) examinations. Or Qualification equivalent to UACE.
  3. Sat the UCE examination (equivalent) and obtained at least 5 passes.
  1. Certificate Holder’s Scheme, a candidate must hold:
  2. A Uganda Certificate of Education (U.C.E) and a certificate in Business Management or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  3. A two year certificate in Business Management, or a two year certificate in any field of study obtained from a recognized institution.
  • A one year Higher Education Certificate accredited by NCHE
  1. Professional Qualifications.
  • The applicant should have passed at least stage/level two (2), of the professional qualifications from a recognized institution or its equivalent, provided this is passing by examination and recognized in Uganda by the National Council of Higher Education.
Year 1: Semester I (6 Core Courses)
Course CodeCourse NameLHTHPHCHCU
DIT 1101Computer Application3060604
DFA 1101Financial Accounting3030604
DCS 1101Basic Computational Mathematics4530604
DCS 1102Communication Technology & Internet30453
DBM 1103Business Communication Skills45453
DCS 1105Computer Organization and Architecture4530604
 Sub Total    22
Year 1: Semester 2 (6 Core Courses)
Course Code Course NameLHTHPHCHCU
DCS 1202Introduction to information systems45453
DCS 1204Introduction to Website Development3060604
DCS 1202Fundamentals of Database Systems4530604
DCS 1203Programming Principles3060454
DCS 1204Solution Methods in Optimization3030453
DCS 1205Linear Algebra45453
 Sub Total    21
 Year 1: Recess Term
Course Code Course NameLHTHPHCHCU
DCS 1301

(Choose One)

–     Mobile Devices Repair & Application Development

–     Catering or

–     Fashion and design

DBM 1302Business Plan Development1560454
 Sub Total    8
Year 2: Semester 1 (6 Core Courses)
Course Code Course NameLHTHPHCHCU
DCS 2101Data Structures and Algorithms3030453
DCS 2103Systems Analysis & Design4530604
DBC 2102Research Methodology4530604
DCS 2104Event Driven Programming3060604
DCS 2103Numerical Methods3060604
 Sub Total    19
DCS2105Research project 1 [Proposal Phase]
Year 2: Semester 2 (5 Core Courses)
Course Code Course NameLHTHPHCHCU
DCS 2201Dynamic Website Development3060604
DCS 2206IT Project planning and Management45453
DCS 2203Software Engineering4530604
DCS 2201Research Projects 2 [Final Phase]1590604
DCS 2202Operating Systems4530453
Sub Total     18
Year 2:Recess Term
Course Code Course NameLHTHPHCHCU
DCS 3105Internship1590604
 Sub Total    04

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Your application will be fully processed upon submission of the following to our office:

  1. Photocopies of all educational certificates and relevant academic documents.
  2. A copy of the receipt of application fees; UGX 50,000/=; Note: This is non-refundable)
  3. Three (3) Passport size photographs
  4. A copy of a Valid Identity Card (National, Passport, or former School ID preferred)