Program Description:

The Diploma in Information Technology (Dip. IT) is a two year program that prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to enter an exciting career in Information Technology. After completing this hands-on diploma program, graduates will possess a foundation in information technology (IT) and evolving computing practices and methods.

The Dip. IT program enables students to:

  • Build a strong foundation in information technology
  • Develop skills applicable to the rapidly changing computing industry
  • Learn through integrating applied real-world experiences 
  • Build knowledge, skills and capabilities aligned to the requirements of leading international IT bodies

Graduates are well positioned to support Information Technology processes. Students engage in hands-on experiential learning through applied assignments and a required IT work placement, as well as a technical project . Graduates are well positioned to launch their career in IT.

Program Duration:

Two years

Admission Requirements:

1. High school graduation certificate or equivalent approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with a minimum average of 60%, plus two courses one final year Mathematics, and one final year Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) or Technology (Algorithms, Programming, Network, Computer Science, or equivalent).

1. The required score on the University English Placement Test or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validate by the Admissions & Registration Directorate; OR

OR

2. A valid (within two years) IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 5.0;

OR

3. Successful completion of Foundation Program requirements.
 

1. Must achieve the required score on the University Math Placement Test;

OR

2. A valid SAT Report Form with minimum score of 480.
 

1. Admission is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked based on their overall final year (Grade 12 or equivalent) high school percentage, placement tests rankings, and Admission Priority Category.

To see the 2022-2023 Study Plan pages, please CLICK HERE!

2023-2024 Study Plan:

COURSE
NUMBER
COURSE TITLE requisite HOURS/WEEK
PRE-req CO-req CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 1
COMM1010 English Communication I - - 3 3 0
INFS1101 Intro to Computing & Problem Solving - - 3 2

3

INFT1201 Computer Hardware - - 4 3 3
Effective & Experiential Learning Elective: Select 1 of 2

EFFL1001

Effective Learning

- - 3 3 0
EFFL1002 Applied & Experiential Learning - - 3 3 0
Semester 1 Total: 13 11 6
SEMESTER 2
COMM1020 English Communication II COMM1010 - 3 3 0
INFS1201 Computer Programming INFS1101 - 4 3 3
INFT2101 Networking I INFT1201 OR Min 16 Credits - 4 3 3

MATH1020

Pre-Calculus 

MATH1010 OR Min Score on UDST Math Placement Test - 3 3 0
Semester 2 Total: 14 12 6
SEMESTER 3
INFT3301 IT Service Management  - - 3 2 3
Elective: Select 1 of 3
MATH1040 Statistics  - - 3 3 1
SCIE1001 Science & its Applications     3 3 0
SCIE1002 Science & the Environment      3 3 0
Semester 3 Total: 6 5 3
Year 1 Total: 33 28 15
COURSE
NUMBER
COURSE TITLE requisite HOURS/WEEK
PRE-req CO-req CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 4
INFS2201 Database Management Systems INFS1101 - 3 2 3
INFT2103  Network Implementation  INFT2101 - 3 2 3
INFT2104 System Administration INFT2101 - 3 2 3
INFT2202 Linux Foundations  INFT1201 - 3 2 3
Semester 4 Total: 12 8 12
SEMESTER 5
COMP2201 Technical Project 

Min 39
Credits

- 3 0 6
DACS2201 Introduction to Data & Cyber Security  INFT2101 - 3 2 3
INFT2203 Network Design  INFT2103 - 3 2 3
INFT2204 Enterprise Services  INFT2104 - 3 2 3
Semester 5 Total: 12 6 15
SEMESTER 6
COMP2301 Work Placement COMP2201  - 9 360 Total HRs
Semester 6 Total: 9 0 0
Year 2 Total: 33 14 27
Dip. IT Program Total: 66 42 42

 

 

Graduate Future Pathways:

Graduates of the Diploma in Information Technology (Dip. IT) program are eligible for advanced entry into the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.Sc. IT). Graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (B.Sc. IS), the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (B.Sc. DSAI), the Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (B.Sc. SE) or the Bachelor of Science in Data and Cyber Security (B.Sc. DCS) programs.

Graduate Career Opportunities:

The Diploma in Information Technology (Dip. IT) is an applied program with learning outcomes closely linked to the labor market. A wide range of career opportunities in the field currently exist, and include, but are not limited to, the following

• IT Support Specialist

• IT Systems Administration Support

• Information Technology Help Desk Specialist

• Business Development and Solutions Specialist

• Venue Technology Coordinator

• Hardware Engineering Support

 

Program Contact

Dr. Abdulhalim Dandoush
Department Head, Information Technology