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College of Information Technology Master’s Degree in Information Technology & Computer Science (MITCS)

Advanced information technology (IT) and computer science (CS) knowledge and skills are needed for Industry and related fields of research. Since 2003, the Department of IT has offered a Master’s Degree in Information Technology and Computer Science (MITCS) whose aims are as follows.

  • To equip students with advanced professional knowledge and skills in areas of information technology and computer science in accordance with international standards.
  • To nurture an innovative research culture that encourages students and faculty to undertake independent and collaborative high-quality research.
  • To enable students to identify multifaceted problems in their area of specialization and to design, analyze, implement and manage efficient solutions for them using current information technologies.
  • To motivate graduates to apply tools, skills, and techniques of information technology in their current and future work environment to increase their organization’s productivity and to gain a competitive advantage.
  • To prepare graduates to demonstrate ethical behavior and to be professionally competent and motivated to life-long learning.

 

The MITCS graduates are professionally competent and the majority have secured responsible positions in the sphere of information technology in companies and governmental ministries.

The MITCS Program has gone through many reviews and revisions that considered the market needs, benchmarking results, external reference points and international standards, and feedback from stakeholders including students, alumni, employers and highly qualified academic staff with international experience. The last major review/revision of the program was conducted during the academic year 2012/13 and accordingly some modifications on the program structure were introduced. The newly modified program was implemented in the first semester of the academic year 2013/14. The program comprises a total of 36 American credits (144 NQF credits) including

  • Six Core Courses (18 credits = 72 NQF credits),
  • Two Elective Courses (6 credits = 24 NQF credits), and
  • A dissertation (12 credits = 48 NQF credits).

 

Furthermore, the program has three foundation courses that are given to students who lack sufficient knowledge and skills in programming, computer systems, data-structures or algorithms.

The MITCS program consists of three major areas in IT and Computer Science: databases, networking and software development. Elective courses add more advanced and specialized topics to these areas where the students knowledge and skills are enhanced. Core skills such as generic problem solving and anlytical skills as well as communication, ICT and Numeracy skills are incorporated in all MITCS Courses. Students are expected to critically identify, analyze and solve complex problems using advanced techniques, tools and methods. Moreover, students are also expected to conduct research projects which may include programming and software development of computational solutions as well as collecting, interpreting, using and evaluating a wide range of numerical and graphical data. This is clearly emphasized in the course ITCS 599 where students are expected to utilize their knowledge and skills in writing a defendable dissertation. Many other courses have research assignments and projects through which students learn how to learn independently and how to be responsible and accountable for their decisions.

The program is offered and managed day-to-day by the Department of IT which is a part of the College of IT, and since September 2008, the courses of the program are offered in collaboration with the College of Engineering.

Core Competence

All College programmes received full confidence in a review conducted by the Quality Assurance Authority. All College programmes are validated by NQF and listed.

  • To equip students with advanced professional knowledge and skills in areas of information technology and computer science in accordance with international standards.
  • To nurture an innovative research culture that encourages students and faculty to undertake independent and collaborative high-quality research.
  • To enable students to identify multifaceted problems in their area of specialization and to design, analyze, implement and manage efficient solutions for them using current information technologies.
  • To motivate graduates to apply tools, skills, and techniques of information technology in their current and future work environment to increase their organization’s productivity and to gain a competitive advantage.
  • To prepare graduates to demonstrate ethical behavior and to be professionally competent and motivated to life-long learning.

This program got full confidence by QAA.

Program Facts

  • The program is run over 2 years period
  • The program is taught in English Language
  • The program is consists of 36 credit-hours
  • The program obtained full confidence twice in 2010 and 2013 by Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority (BQA)
  • The program is placed at level 9 by Bahrain’s National Qualification Framework (NQF)

Employability

Communication:

Express and communicate ideas cogently, persuasively and effectively, in written and oral form, to a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders.

Teamwork and Leadership:

Work effectively as a member/leader of a team of technical people who may plan, design, implement, manage, monitor and evaluate a computational system or process.

Organizational and Developmental Skills:

Engage in life-long learning and continuing self-development to hone professional and organizational skills. Assimilate effective work habits including but not limited to time management skills

Ethical and Social Responsibility:

Recognize, accept, and follow ethical and social responsibility and respond positively to the needs of society by identifying, employing and utilizing effectively the advanced computing and information solutions and technologies.

General View of Course Intended Learning Outcomes

A- Knowledge and Understanding

  • A1: Concepts and Theories: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the advanced concepts, principles, techniques, paradigms and theories of computing and information technology.
  • A2: Contemporary Trends, Problems and Research: Demonstrate an informed and critical awareness of the current problems, research issues and methods, technological advancements pushing the frontier of knowledge in the field of Information Technology and Computer Science.
  • A3: Professional Responsibility: Demonstrate cognizance of and adhere to the professional and legal standards as an IT practitioner, and develop continuing awareness of best practices used by IT Professionals with respect to how to manage a computerized system.

B- Subject-specific skills

  • B1: Problem Solving: Identify, formalize, and solve IT/CS problems; plan, design, and implement their computable solutions.
  • B2: Modeling and Design: Design and develop models for computational systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
  • B3: Application of Methods and Tools: Use effectively advanced methods and software tools used in modern computing practices.

C- Critical-Thinking Skills

  • C1: Analytic: Evaluate the complexity of challenging real world problems in conceptual terms; identify the appropriate computational resources (input) needed to solve them and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of output accordingly generated.
  • C2: Synthetic: Develop and integrate components of a complex computing system using modern approaches such as object-oriented methodology.
  • C3: Creative: Create new or improve existing ideas, concepts, techniques, methods, tools, and theories in the field of IT and Computer Science and identify ways in which these can be applied to solve existing, new or anticipated problems.

D- General and Transferable Skills (other skills relevant to employability and personal development)

  • D1: Communication: Express and communicate ideas cogently, persuasively and effectively, in written and oral form, to a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • D2: Teamwork and Leadership: Work effectively as a member/leader of a team of technical people who may plan, design, implement, manage, monitor and evaluate a computational system or process.
  • D3: Organizational and Developmental Skills: Engage in life-long learning and continuing self-development to hone professional and organizational skills. Assimilate effective work habits including but not limited to time management skills
  • D4: Ethical and Social Responsibility: Recognize, accept, and follow ethical and social responsibility and respond positively to the needs of society by identifying, employing and utilizing effectively the advanced computing and information solutions and technologies.

Entry Requirements

Admission to Ahlia University (AU) is selective based on academic achievements. Applications are welcomed from all students regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, nationality, physical or learning disability. Admission is purely based on merit.

General Requirements

Ahlia University accepts Master programme applicants holding undergraduate degrees to join the University as new students provided that they meet the entry and application requirements set by the University and are in-line with the Bahraini Higher Education Council requirements.

  • The applicant must hold a recognised bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • The applicant must hold a recognised secondary school certificate or its equivalent.
  • The applicant must be medically fit for the academic programme they wish to apply for.
  • All applicants will be interviewed by a relevant programme committee

Only successful applicants in the interview will be considered for admission. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to stipulate deficiency requirements to any applicant offered admission where, in the judgment of the Committee, the mastery of the relevant subject matter has not been conclusively demonstrated by the academic transcript.

Programme Specific Requirements

The applicants who meet the following programme specific admission requirements will be admitted to the programme:

A recognised bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any of the following disciplines:

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Engineering; (electrical, communication, computer, informatics)

Applicants who hold a recognised bachelor’s degree in any discipline other than the ones mentioned above, may be considered subject to passing an interview and successful completion of the Foundation Courses identified by the interview committee.

(CGPA) requirement

Minimum CGPA normally required at the bachelor’s degree ≥ 2.5 or its equivalent

Applicants with CGPA lower than2.5but>2.0oritsequivalentat the bach[1]elor’s degree level, maybe be considered subject to passing the interview at the program level and successful completion of the Foundation Courses identified by the interview committee

Postgraduate Tuition & Fees

The estimated duration for completion of the MITCS programme at Ahlia University is 2 years. This is structured around 36 credit-hours covering 8 courses along with a dissertation. The duration of study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 studying hours.

Item Amount
Application fee BD 40
Registration fee BD 300
Foundation Courses (if applicable) BD 960
Course Fees (8 Courses, BD 480 per Course) BD 5,760