Associate of Arts in Information Technology

Overview

The Associate of Arts in Information Technology (AAIT) degree program is designed to provide students with the necessary technologies to support organizational activities. Students in the AAIT program learn about the design, operation, and maintenance of computer systems, software, and networks for data processing and delivery. This degree teaches students how to address fundamental information technology challenges and identify current and emerging solutions that can help organizations. Students will learn technical skills that will prepare them for entry-level IT positions. Graduates of this program can apply all of their courses toward a Bachelor of Information Technology degree.

 Program Mission

The Department of Information Technology (DIT) mission is to provide students with factual, theoretical knowledge and systematic lifelong learning skills while focusing on applied, innovative learning that advances professional careers in IT in networking and security and matches the skills and core competency requirements of jobs in the local and regional industries.

 Program Goals 

The following goals have been identified to facilitate achieving the program mission. The DIT will:

  1. Adequately prepare highly qualified graduates capable of identifying solutions and designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating IT-related projects, as well as understanding allied IT knowledge and specialized theories in networking and security, standards, and relevant regulations.
  2. Build comprehensive foundations in research methodologies and quantitative techniques to enable graduates to design, develop, implement, and systematically evaluate IT projects
  3. Strengthen and develop the communication abilities and reflective thinking of graduates to effectively carry out IT trends, innovations, research, and project management outputs.
  4. Build and reinforce among graduates the philosophical nature of ethics as applied to the IT professions.
  5. Develop a collaborative working spirit and a team-leading mindset to aid in the completion of innovative solutions necessary to solve IT-related problems.
  6. Cultivate professional roles in context among graduates to use IT tools to efficiently deliver emerging market information technology system requirements.

Program Educational Objectives

The PEOs for the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) program classify the learning themes-dimensions that graduates must achieve within four years of graduation. The graduates will be expected to apply foundational or disciplinary knowledge to existing IT and related networking and security problems ethically, and demonstrate communication competence, teamwork, and leadership. Specifically, the graduates will be able to:

  1. Acquire comprehensive principles of information technology to ensure lifelong learning to demonstrate the ability to solve complex IT networking and security interdisciplinary problems.
  2. Gain an understanding of research methodologies and quantitative techniques to systematically design, develop, implement and evaluate IT projects.
  3. Articulate information technology trends and current practices in both written and oral communication.
  4.  Ascertain ethical and professional standards in all IT-related practices.
  5. Work efficiently with teams with diverse cultural and interdisciplinary orientations to collaboratively integrate novel designs, solutions, and emerging technologies to IT-related projects contributing to community needs.
  6. Enhance professional role in context in integrating IT competencies and tools to design efficient information technology systems that are adaptable to emerging market needs.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the BIT program, the graduates will be able to:

  1.  Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2.  Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3.  Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4.  Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5.  Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6.  Use systemic approaches to select, develop, apply, integrate, and administer secure computing technologies to accomplish user goals.

Summary of Courses and distribution of Total Credits

Category Total Credits
General Education: University Requirements 18
Core Courses: College Requirements
     -IT Core Courses 39
    -IT Elective Core Courses 3
    -Integrated Project (Capstone) 3
Total Credit Hours 63
University Requirements Compulsory Courses (General Education): 18  Credit Hours
Course Code Course Name CH Pre-requisite
COM-1113 Academic Writing I 3 TOEFL/IELTS
MTH-1213 Mathematics 3
ICT-1313 Computer Applications 3
HUM-1613 Islamic Studies 3
HUM-2623 Introduction to Humanities 3
LSSCI-1723 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total Credit Hours 18
CORE COURSES: COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

IT Core Courses: 39 Credit Hours

Course Code Course Name CH Pre-requisite
BNS-1113 Discrete Mathematics 3 MTH-1213
BNS-1123 Networking and Telecommunications 3 BNS-1313
BNS-1323 Introduction to Programming 3 BNS-1313
BNS-1413 Management Information Systems 3 ICT-1313
BNS-2233 Introduction to Statistics 3 MTH-1213
BNS-2343 Object Oriented Programming 3 BNS-2333
BNS-2433 Web and Mobile Applications 3 BNS-1413
BNS-2443 Systems Analysis and Simulation 3 BNS-1413,BNS-2423
BNS-2453 Database Management 3 BNS-2443
IT-301221 Hardware and Software Systems 3 ICT-1313, MTH-1213
BNS-3283 e-Commerce Development 3 BNS-2433
BBA-1153 Introduction to Business Administration 3
BBA-1123 Business Communications 3 COM-1113, BBA-1153
Total Credit Hours 39
College Elective Courses College

Elective Courses: 3 Credit Hours of the Following:-

Course Code Course Name CH Pre-requisite
BNS-4373 Advanced Programming 3 BNS-2333, BNS-2343
BNS-3353 Advanced Web Page Authoring 3 BNS-2433, BNS-2343
BNS-3363 Computer Graphics 3 BNS-1113,BNS-2343
BBA-3433 Microeconomics 3 BBA-2423
Total Credit Hours 3
 

Integrated Project: 3 Credit Hours

Course Code Course Name CH Pre-requisite
BNS-4193 Capstone Project 3 Successfully completed 45 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 3

Year 1 – Semester 1

Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite(s)
COM-1113 Academic Writing I 3 TOEFL/IELTS
HUM-1613 Islamic Studies 3
ICT-1313 Computer Applications 3
MTH-1213 Mathematics 3
BBA-1153 Introduction to Business Administration 3
Total Credit Hours 15  

Islamic Studies

HUM-1613 Islamic Studies (3-0-3):- مفهوم الثقافة الاسلامية، مقومات ومميزات الثقافة الاسلامية، نشأت ومفهوم الدين , موقف الاسلام من العلم , بيان مفهوم العقيدة الالسلامية , موقف الاسلام من الفرق الضالة , الشريعة الاسلامية ومصادر التشريع في الاسلام , اركان الايمان , موقف الالسلام من الفرق الضالة , التشريعة الاسلامية ومصادر التشريع في الاسلام , خصائص التشريع الاسلامي، رد شبهات حو لبعض التشريعات كتعدد الزوجات وحقوق المرأة والحدود في الاقتصاد : العملوالكسب , المال والملكية , خصائص الاقتصاد , العبادات في الالسلام , أنواعها وأهميتها وآثاؤها في النفس والمجتمع , الاخلاق في الاسلام , فائدتها وأهميتها وآثارها في النفس والمجتمع , الاخلاق في الالسلام فائدتها وأهميتها , تحديات الثقافة الاسلامية , الغزو الفكري , العلمانية , العوملة وكيف نجابه أخطارها في المجالات المحتلفة اقتصاديا وسياسيا واجتماعيا وثقافيا

Computer Applications

ICT-1313 Computer Applications, (3-0-3):- This is an introductory course to computer applications and information technology. Concepts include terminology, computer hardware, software, and networks as well as the impact of computers on our society along with ethical issues in computing and trends in information technology and commonly used application software.  Students will use a computer with word processor, electronic spreadsheet, database management system, and presentation software to process data and present useful information.

Pre-requisite: None

Mathematics

MTH-1213 Mathematics (3-0-3):- Mathematics (College Algebra) Course is designed for college students taking business, information technology, mass communication and public relations, arts and social sciences. The topics emphasized are Linear equations; algebraic and graphical solutions of the quadratic equations; exponents and radicals; complex numbers; binomial expansion; determinants; progressions; solutions of equations, several equations in several variables.

Pre-requisite: None

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite(s)
BNS-1413 Management Information Systems 3 ICT-1313
BNS-1113 Discrete Mathematics 3 MTH-1213
BNS-1323 Introduction to Programming 3 BNS-1313
IT 301221 Hardware and Software Systems 3 ICT-1313, MTH-1213
BBA-1123 Business Communication 3 COM-1113, BBA-1153
Total Credit Hours 15

BNS1413 Management Information Systems

BNS-1413 Management Information Systems (3-1-3):-This course will introduce students to main types of management information systems applications, their function and merging technologies in the domain. Students will also be learning about IT Infrastructures, business-driven technologies, revenue models and MIS security tools.

Pre-Requisite(s): ICT-1313 Computer Applications

BNS-1113 Discrete Mathematics

BNS-1113 Discrete Mathematics (3-0-3):-This course provides an introduction to the foundations of discrete mathematics as they apply to computing field. Topics include functions, relations, sets, algorithms, mathematical proof techniques, Boolean algebra, logic, counting, algebraic structures, and the fundamentals of graph theory.

Pre-Requisite(s): MTH-1213 Mathematics

NS-1323 Introduction to Programming

BNS-1323 Introduction to Programming (2-2-3):-In this course students will learn basic programming skills and the implementation of algorithmic procedures such as modeling, and implementation of algorithms using a programming language. The course discusses data types, expressions, selection and repetition statements, methods and functions, arrays, and the design and implementation of Java classes and objects

Pre-Requisite(s): ICT- 1313 Computer Applications, BNS- 1313 Algorithm and Problem Solving

IT 301221 Hardware and Software Systems

IT 301221 Hardware and Software Systems (3):-This introductory course provides breadth-first approach to computer hardware and software systems with an overview on the history of computers. The course is designed to emphasize fundamental concepts and principles with hands-on labs to let students develop sound understanding of computer hardware and operating systems. Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to describe many of the major computer hardware and systems software components. The course will also explore Windows and Linux operating systems with basic operating commands.

Pre-Requisite(s): ICT-1313 Computer Applications, MTH-1213 Mathematics

BBA-1123 Business Communications

BBA-1123 Business Communications:-This course emphasizes the importance of effective written and spoken communication within a business setting. This course will equip students with the skills to produce clear and concise business documents and to deliver engaging messages in various business contexts.

Pre-Requisite(s): COM-1113 Academic Writing I; BBA-1153 Introduction to Business Administration

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite(s)
NSCI 180101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
IT 300301 Systems Analysis and Design 3 IT 300201, IT 301211
IT 301311 Object Oriented Programming 3 IT 301211
IT 301331 Web and Multimedia 3 IT 300201
IT 301341 Networking and Telecommunications 3 IT 301221
IT 302390 Integrated Project I 1 45 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 16  

Year 2 – Semester 4

Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite(s)
IT 301401 Database Management 3 IT 300301
IT 301431 E-Commerce Development 3 IT 301331
SSCI 170101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH 130102 Introduction to Statistics 3 MATH 130101
IT 302490 Integrated Project II 2 IT 302390
  IT Core Elective 1 3
Total Credit Hours 17  

 

Job Opportunities and Career Pathway

BIT in Networking and Security graduates can be employed as:

  • System administrators
  • Support technicians
  • Computer Network Analyst
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Intelligence Analyst
  • Digital Forensic Examiner
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Security Administrator
  • Security Specialist
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Developers and programmers who uses software and hardware to design, process, implement and mage information systems such as security, database services, healthcare information management and any other technical path related to the program

Dr. Bassem Mohmoud Ali Mokhtar

Acting Department Chair
Assistant Professor

Ph.D./Virginia Tech

Major/Specialty
Computer Engineering

College of Information Technology
eMail: bmokhtar@uof.ac.ae
Phone: 092244499 local 300
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7138-4721

Dr. Ahmed Khalifa

Assistant Professor

Ph.D./Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Major/Specialty
Computer Engineering

College of Information Technology
eMail: akhalifa@uof.ac.ae
Phone: 092244499 local 303
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8142-3520

Dr. Korhan Cengiz

Assistant Professor

Ph.D./Kadir Has University

Major/Specialty
Electronics Engineering

College of Information Technology
eMail:korhancengiz@uof.ac.ae
Phone: 092244499 local 301
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6594-8861

Dr. Sangheethaa Sukumran

Associate Professor

Ph.D/Anna University, India

Major/Specialty
Information and Communication Engineering/ Networking

College of Information Technology
eMail:sangheethaa@uof.ac.ae@uof.ac.ae
Phone: 092244499 local 302
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0005-8216