Information Technology, B.Sc
About the Programme
Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) is a three-year full-time programme
open to all qualifying students, commencing in the 2017/2018 academic year.
With the rapidly changing information systems and technology job market IT
graduates now need to be able to apply knowledge, skills, and understanding in
a wide and unpredictable variety of contexts with substantial personal
responsibility for the work of others, and for the allocation of resources,
policy, planning, execution, and evaluation. Given the increased national and
international mobility of students and lecturers, the need remains for the
quality of graduates to improve to make them competitive in the national,
regional and international labor markets. These various contexts, therefore, call for training
learners using an appropriate curriculum.
Therefore, to achieve an effectively
revised curriculum, a number of considerations were undertaken to identify the
opportunities, and gaps to be addressed by the BIT programme. These included;
requirements from the inter-university council for East Africa's March 2015
benchmarks for developing curricula for Bachelor of Information Systems
internationally recognized ACM and IEEE curriculum development guidelines for
undergraduate degree programs in information technology
market analysis to evaluate the attractiveness and the dynamics of the
Information Systems Market within East Africa. Special attention was paid to
the kind of jobs/roles being advertised within this market segment and the
different skills set that are being sought
obtained over a two-year period (2014 - 2016) from our industrial partners
where our students were placed for the Internship/field attachment.
and Alumni feedback: key stakeholders and experts from regulatory authorities,
industry, and academia were invited to provide insights as to what their
expectations are for an Information Systems graduate.
The emphasis of this programme is the ability of
graduates to develop conceptual and practical IT skills and their application
in communication, business problem solving and integration of organizational
functions within the overall business strategy. The programme provides the basic foundational courses in the first one year; while it progressively gets focused in later years.
During the second year of study, students are required to do industrial
training which is usually referred to as an internship. Internship seeks to
expose to students real work environment scenarios in which they are expected
to apply classroom knowledge. In the third year of training, students are given an opportunity to focus
on more Information Technology specific areas. The BIT program is thus designed
to equip learners with the concepts, knowledge, and skills required to build
and manage robust computer information systems and electronic services that are
properly aligned with organizational business strategy.