Welcome to the IT faculty within the Colleges of Applied Sciences, a government funded academic institution under the Ministry of Higher Education. We are faculty that is distributed across six campuses located in the regional capitals. The positioning of the colleges is a strategic move to promote higher education in the regions of Oman and to support regional development. Our common academic interests yet dispersed locality means that we need to operate in a flexible manner, with responsibilities to our discipline across the colleges yet with loyalties our individual colleges and regions.
Information Technology exploded onto the world some years ago and has since found its way into almost every part of our lives. At work IT helps us locate, gather, manipulate and communicate information; in everyday use IT saves us time with such facilities as e-banking and e-shopping; and for our leisure IT lets us download music and theatre, play games, phone around the world, and e-chat with friends. The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) aims in the short term to prepare young minds to support the immediate development of The Sultanate; in the long term those young minds will shape Omani IT in ways that we presently cannot imagine.
Robert Craig (Professor)
Programme Director, Information Technology, Colleges of Applied Sciences
The IT Faculty of The Colleges of Applied Sciences aspires to be the IT faculty of choice for school leavers in the Sultanate, to be a prime resource of expertise and training for Omani industry, and to be respected regionally and internationally for the quality of our staff, students and graduates.
Ø We will graduate work-ready youth with a reliable work ethic and the knowledge and skills appropriate for industry; they will be the result of a modern, relevant, engaging and challenging programme delivered through a variety of learning methods.
Ø We will provide an environment that encourages student, faculty, alumni, and public participation.
Ø We will attain national and international accreditation in preparation for higher academic status.
The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree General description:
The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree is a 4 year 128 credit hour program taught in English, designed to produce graduates who are competent in their major disciplines, as well as IT in general: graduates who are ready to be involved in the development of Omani industry. As the name "Colleges of Applied Sciences" suggests, our students are exposed to significant practical work and, where possible, linkages with Omani industry are being developed and exploited.
The BIT program contains a core of main stream IT courses which have exposed our graduates to the concepts and topics about which all who work in the IT field should be familiar. Typically: web design and development; software design and implementation; information systems analysis and design; operating systems; networks; database; IT security; professional ethics; and such analytical courses as discrete mathematics and data structures. IT is a fast moving field however, and so space has been left in the program which can be filled with the innovations of the time: ensuring our graduates are aware of the latest IT trends.
The four majors of the BIT are presently Software Development, Data Management, IT Security, and Networks: a fourth major. The majors permit our students to explore their chosen field in greater depth with the addition of highly focused and specialised courses, as well as electives which are also slanted towards their majors.
Graduates of the BIT will be intellectually developed; have advanced knowledge and practical abilities in a range of IT fields; be able to work in a team or unsupervised; will have advanced problem solving skills; will pursue lifelong learning; and will have multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives. They can expect to find employment in small businesses and large organisations alike, as well as the opportunity to pursue further study overseas.
Preview of BIT majors:
The majors of the BIT convert our students from those with general IT knowledge and skills, into graduates with in-depth understanding and practical abilities in their chosen field. The students develop greater independence of thought and action through project work, and are exposed to state-of-the-art equipment, concepts, and terminology.
Software development pushes the students understanding of abstract concepts through advanced data structures and the latest software innovations. Graduates of this major will be experienced in both procedural as well as object oriented languages, and a full year project is undertaken in conjunction with a course on software project management. Electives such as concurrent programming, computer graphics and artificial intelligence challenge the students further whilst adding an extra layer of interest and motivation.
Data management addresses the complexities of large-scale distributed data as is found in the world today. Graduates will have worked with large amounts of web-based data, and designed and analysed a number of data searching and mining techniques and algorithms.
IT security prepares students to understand and combat threats to security in a rapidly changing world. More than any other major, it is important to keep up with the market evolution and to keep abreast of concepts and implementation techniques
Computer networks offers grounding in current technology in use in Oman as well as the latest innovations across the world. Network technology, network management, internetworking, and wireless networking are all very relevant to the expansion of Oman today: combined with the concepts of network security make graduates of this major very useful to industry.
BIT Booklet & Faculty