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BSc Honours Information Technology

BSc Honours Information Technology

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
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The BSc Honours Information Technology programme is structured in ways that map explicitly on to modern technology, and includes systems design, application development, network design and management, and web application development. 

Why Study BSc Honours Information Technology?

An Information Technology degree is a basis for a wide range of exciting IT based careers including network management, systems design engineering, software development and web application development. Students will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech lab and have access to specialist equipment. The specialist features of the programme are:

  • Students develop a core set of transferable technical skills as well as a strong background in professional ethics.
  • Practical hands-on work in modern labs will be used to illustrate the application of theory and concepts.
  • Students develop project management skills related to information systems and technology projects, and have an opportunity to implement these skills in their final year project.
  • Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops.
  • Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.
  • Career coaching and support is available to all students through the Careers and Employability Service.
  • Option to transfer to London campus.


Course Fees : AED 157,500

  • Excellent industry engagement opportunities, especially organization where we have formal alliances e.g Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP
  • Opportunity for professional certifications e.g. CCNA, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Data Science
  • ESD compliant Computer Engineering Lab with state-of-the-art National Instruments equipment
  • Opportunity to work on industry projects as part of final year projects and coursework
  • Opportunity to engage with high profile professionals at invited guest talks and field trips
  • Opportunity to participate at various IT competitions and Hackathons under faculty mentorship
  • Gain leadership experience by joining the MDX Computing Society
  • Entry to various events and talks open only to Universities that have MoU with the British Computer Society – Middle East section

Students will study core modules such as Web Development, Information Systems Foundations and IT Infrastructure and various optional IT modules. They will learn how a modern enterprise works and how to use a wide range of technologies to support its operation. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to put what you have learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Year 1

    • Introduction to Programming (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Aims This module introduces computer programming techniques, with an emphasis on concepts that are relevant to a wide range of programming languages. There is a strong focus on practical work and students working together in pairs and small groups. Students will learn how to solve problems by the design, enhancement and implementation of computer programs. They will develop the ability to document, test and debug their programs. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of programming, data structures and algorithms. Students will be encouraged to work individually and in groups in a series of highly interactive and progressive activities.
    • Information in Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To be able to differentiate between data, information and knowledge in an organisation. To investigate efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation. To visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques. To design and implement a database system, and to utilise a mark-up language, to reflect the information in an organisation. To be proficient in SQL in an Oracle 11g environment in particular be able to complete the Oracle Database 11g SQL Fundamentals exam necessary to pass Oracle Database PL/SQL Certified Associate ODCA .
    • Information Systems Foundations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module provides students with an understanding of the different types of information systems that underpin the global business environment, and their respective capabilities and functions. Students will appreciate the value of aligning these information systems with business needs at strategic and operational levels. Through practical tasks and assignments, students will also gain an understanding of data and process modelling, and system development methodologies. The module aims to give students the knowledge and skills to develop and manage information systems effectively, in order to support business processes, improve management decision-making and gain competitive advantage.
    • Emerging Technologies in Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to develop students knowledge and enthusiasm for current and future technologies that are and can be deployed in the modern, creative business setting, taking in current and future developments. The module will adopt a practical lab based case study approach to enable the students to develop their knowledge of the design and use of technology in real world settings and to be aware of likely future developments in computing and IT and of the possible social impacts of those developments. It will draw in current and future computing systems including pervasive, mobile and robotic systems, smart homes, smart cities and will consider both the drivers for technological development and the constraints on that development.
  • Year 2

    • Remote Hots and Web Services (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Web Development (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module helps students to understand the concepts, design principles, and programming paradigms of the development of modern and interactive websites, and guides them in becoming proficient in website development with modern development environment. It also leads students through the use of Web design concepts and strategies and provides grounding in appropriate user-experience evaluation techniques.
    • IT Infrastructure (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Aims This module explores a range of IT issues, with a focus on developing a professional attitude and understanding of current practice. Starting with a very practical exploration of packet and file analysis at bit level this module will lead you through the need for effective Disaster Recovery Planning and the development of policies and compliance with standards. You will then take a step back to look at a more general business viewpoint and explore the concepts of company culture and look at the aims and goals of businesses and the need to align IT strategy with these.
    • IS Analysis and Design (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide a firm grounding in business systems analysis and design using the Unified Modelling Language UML to model information systems, and the Unified Process a disciplined approach to assigning and managing tasks and responsibilities in a development environment . On satisfactory completion of the module, students will have an understanding of information systems modelling and associated development lifecycle issues, and the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.
  • Year 3

    • IT Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module gives students the opportunity to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and practical skills achieved whilst studying the Information Technology degree by undertaking a substantial piece of individual project work culminating in a report and a software artefact or other appropriate agreed deliverable. Students will be able to exhibit their competencies and abilities to solve a practical real problem, meeting a real need in an industrial or research context, as Information Technology practioners.
    • Digital Multimedia Engineering (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide students with the underlying concepts and theory in interactive media manipulation. Starting with an exploration of digital signal processing approaches to multimedia, covering key areas such as compression and the relationship between cognitive psychology and our mathematical treatment of media data. Students will then develop an understanding of commonly used formats, protocols and the contexts in which they have evolved, through using a wide range of software to apply their knowledge and develop new skills. Finally, the module aims to facilitate the development of interactive multimedia artefacts, allowing students to also explore the relationship between the creative aspects of interactive multimedia and engineering principles.
    • Open Source Software (30 Credits) - Optional
      Open Source is everywhere these days from your smartphone to the big servers running the Internet. In this module, we will look at the concepts behind Open Source and Open Standards their history, the development model and the issues involved. You will also participate in an existing Open Source project.
    • Systems Development Methodologies (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to critically examine methodologies, techniques and tools associated with information systems development, focussing on the analysis of context, issues and real-world problems. The module explores the criteria involved in selecting and implementing suitable approaches for development projects, from traditional to current approaches, such as Agile methods. There are a number of case studies throughout the module where students will apply advanced modelling techniques and CASE tools. This module is designed to build on previous development method work at level 5.
    • Strategic Management and IS (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the peripheral issues that impact on information development and management including consensus, strategic alignment and change management. The module provides students with an understanding of the framework within which information assets are used to enhance organisational decision making. It also enables students to distinguish between information and knowledge at the organisational level, and to understand the importance of protecting information assets especially within the outsourcing scenario.
    • Social, Professional and Ethical Issues in Information Systems (30 Credits) - Optional
      With the growing use of information systems in all areas of life it is increasingly important for today s graduates who are tomorrow s professionals - to understand and appreciate the ethical implications and social impact of current technologies, to have a working knowledge of the legislation that applies in this area, and to apply their expertise in a professional way. This module encourages students to develop an awareness of their role in the implementation of new technologies, and the knowledge and skills necessary for a professional approach. The module takes an ethical perspective to computer technology, focussing on UK legislation and standards as they relate to IS practice in various different domains. The module will also include considerations for design, and the responsibilities and requirements of the IT profession for example, as identified in the British Computer Society Code of Conduct. - Promote equal access to the benefits of IS by all groups in society - Have regard for the legitimate rights of third parties - Promote public understanding of IS - its benefits and pitfalls - Have knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, regulations and standards
    • Innovation and Technology Management (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the role of innovation and management of technological expansion in information sciences. The module will provide students with an understanding of the use of technical, organisational, standardisation and user knowledge as a catalyst for innovation. It will also enable students to evaluate technical innovation with respect to societal changes.
    • Human Factors in Design (30 Credits) - Optional
      Students of this module will gain understanding of underpinning concepts and practical techniques relevant when considering humans, both in the organisation of design and design processes, and as a way of incorporating a user perspective in the design of products and services.
    • Healthcare Business Informatics (30 Credits) - Optional
      Healthcare Business Informatics is a discipline that brings together the expertise of three different fields: Business, Computer Science, and Information Technology. The ultimate aim of healthcare systems is to efficiently manage health information. This includes the effective collection, storage and retrieval of health data. The module address several issues of healthcare systems, including ethics, systems design, data collection and analysis, methods of evaluating HI systems, management of HI systems, HCI issues and visualization of HI systems information. The module provides student with the opportunity to not only implement several key algorithms used in HI systems, but also to create a prototype Aware Home Environment.
    • Artificial Intelligence (30 Credits) - Optional
      The aim of the module is to introduce students to a range of AI theories and techniques, including the most commonly used. This will extend to the ability to implement these techniques, and the students will extend their own development skills.
    • AI Techniques in Information Management (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module introduces students to techniques of information management that originated in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research, and which are becoming popular in state of the art information systems. These techniques include artificial neural networks, evolutionary computation and expert systems that can help automate the solutions of some difficult problems. The module provides students with an opportunity to implement some of these techniques in a practical application, to evaluate their effectiveness, and to make comparisons between human and artificial forms of intelligence.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

  • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
  • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% overall
  • British A-Levels: minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of C,C,C (three subjects) or with A*B, A A (two subjects)
  • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required

  • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
  • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme 

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes 

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels). 

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51

PearsonPTE General

Level 3


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

The degree prepares students for a wide range of varied careers. Graduates will have excellent career prospects and the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is also the potential to be self-employed. Careers include key roles in the IT support sector, in the wider area of IT project development and where web, database and multimedia skills are required.

Links with the employment market is established through visiting speakers from relevant sections of the industry. The industry partners offer internships, deliver visiting lectures, assist with field trips and recruit at the University’s Careers Day each year.

Alumni

Damian Milkins 

Middlesex graduate Damian Milkins is president and co-founder of Control Circle, a global IT services company. Watch a video of Damian discussing his time at Middlesex and his thoughts on our investment in the latest facilities and equipment.

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