Information Technology Program

 

Program overview


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 is offered in the CAS campuses of Sohar, Ibri, Rustaq, Sur, and Salalah.
The BIT program contains a core of main stream IT courses which expose 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. Presently the four majors of the BIT are Software Development, Data Management, IT Security, and Networks. The majors permit our students to explore their chosen field in greater depth with the addition of highly focused and specialised courses.

 

Vision

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.

Mission

  • 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.

  • We will provide an environment that encourages student, faculty, alumni, and public participation.

  • We will attain national and international accreditation in preparation for higher academic status.

 

 

Entry Requirements

 

General Education Diploma, Islamic Institutes Diploma and Royal Guard Technical College Diploma with (Not less than C)in:

 

  • English language.

  • Not less than (D) in Pure mathematics or Mathematics.

 

Program Structure

 

The IT Program requires students to accumulate 128 credit hours during four years of their study. The total 128 credit hours include: 36 hours college requirements, 53 Department requirements, and 39 Specialization requirements.
First two years, four-semester courses are common among all specialization (Software Development, Information Technology Security, Data Management, and Computer Networks).

 

Graduate Attributes

 

Graduates of the BIT program are intellectually developed; have advanced knowledge and practical abilities in a range of IT fields; are able to work in a team or unsupervised; have advanced problem solving skills; can pursue lifelong learning; and have multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives.

 

Details of 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. 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.

 

Career opportunities

 

IT has found its way into almost every aspect of modern life, and so it is no surprise to find IT specialists in an enormous variety of occupations and enterprises. From multi-national conglomerates and government ministries to small businesses, IT specialists support and innovate, bringing information access to where it is needed. In general IT specialists will take responsibility for the selection of hardware and software products to suit the needs of an organization. They will be involved with detailed organisational systems analysis, the integration of products with organizational needs and infrastructure, and may be responsible for installing, customizing, maintaining, and upgrading those applications as the organization grows. Examples of these responsibilities include the design and installation of networks; network administration and security; the design and maintenance of web pages; the development of multimedia resources; the installation of communication components; the selection and management of email systems; securing the working environment; and the planning and management of the technology lifecycle by which an organization s technology is maintained, upgraded, and replaced.


There are entrepreneurial IT consultants, typically self-employed, who focus specifically on the development and maintenance of databases and/or websites for small businesses or schools. Simple stand-alone systems, or more complex systems where on-line sales automatically update an inventory database and interact with accounting software, or where on-line registration automatically updates student loading and timetabling information.


Those looking to work in larger teams might consider the IT sections of medium to large businesses where staff engage fulltime in installing, customising, and maintaining hardware and software, in addition to large-scale database and/or network design and administration. Software houses employ large numbers of developers, working in teams to create function-specific programs for such as mobile phones, or generic programs such as games and virus protection.


The academic field may appeal to other graduates in terms of teaching and/or further study and research. After the appropriate pedagogical course BIT holders could be competent “computer studies” teachers, and for those who attain the necessary GPA, the BIT degree makes CAS graduates eligible for entry into post-graduate programs in many universities at home and abroad

 

Engineering Program

 

Program overview


The Engineering program, which developed for the College of Applied Sciences in Sohar by faculty of Engineering/Sultan Qaboos University, is based on international standards to facilitate national and international recognition through accreditation in the future. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria are adopted. Our graduates are well-Educated, highly skilled, and socially and professionally responsible engineer’s who represent a diverse population. We utilize input from employers, alumni and an industry advisory board to keep our programs real-world and real time.
Our curricula stress the application of established engineer- ing and computer knowledge as well as the methods, processes, skills and materials used in applied technology. Our programs emphasize both theory and application of scientific and engineering methods, preparing students for immediate employment or continued graduate education.

 

Vision

Our vision is to be the premier institute in the region and national wide for engineering human resource development through innovation, research and technological advancement so as to serve the industrial community.

Mission

Our mission is to provide an innovative and creative learning experience for those who seek technological education.

 



Goals

  • The main provider of technological education in terms of quality (ABET), global relevance, socio-economic development and strategic human resource planning in the Sultan- ate of Oman and the region as a whole.

  • An institution with an expanded portfolio of programmes, developed from existing provision, with the added dimension of self-awarding degrees according to the Oman Qualifications Framework; the portfolio will include diversified multi-disciplinary areas integrating business, technology, ethics and environmental and social impact.

  • A gateway to industry in terms of innovative, strategic and applied research and development, consultancy and corporate training, encompassing a Centre of Excellence in engineering and sustainable technologies.

 

 

 

Entry Requirements

 

Admission to the College :

  • A- Admission to the College is done through the Higher Education Admission Centre (HEAC) in accordance the admission criteria and valid mechanisms.

  • B- Bachelor Programes require that students successfully complete a Foundation Program. The duration of such a Foundation Program is of four semesters as a maximum. Students failing to achieve the requiring level of the Foundation Program after this period will have their enrollment withdrawn.

  • C- Neither a Semester Grade Point Average, nor a Cumula- tive Grade Point Average is calculated for the Foundation Program. Instead, a "P" or "NP" (Pass/Not Passed) will be assigned on the transcript.

 

Program structure

 

The credit hours required are summarized below:


Summary of The course

Chemical
Engineering

Electrical
Engineering

Mechanical
Engineering

College requirements 25 25 25
Mathematics and basic science 32 38 32
Program Requirements 78 72 78
Program Core 72 66 66
Technical Electric 6 6 12
Industrial Training 0 0 0
Total 135 135 135

 

Graduate Attributes

 

Graduating students from Engineering are expected to exhibit the following attributes:

  • a. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

  • b. Maintain awareness of environmental safety within the social and economic context of your profession.

  • c. Have the knowledge and skills required to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environ- mental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, man- ufacturability, and sustainability.

  • d. The ability to be a team player working in multi-disciplinary fields.

  • e. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

  • f. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

  • g. Communicate ideas effectively in both oral and writ- ten form and be able to work with modern multimedia tools.

  • h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global economical, environmental, and societal context.

  • i. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

  • j. Knowledge of relevant contemporary issues.

  • k. Be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools.

 

Details of Majors

 

Chemical Engineering

 

Chemical Engineering is key to many issues affecting our quality of life. Industry is increasingly focused on high value chemicals and products, which deliver the right time.
Such products may be a molecule added to an aviation or automotive fuel to improve engine performance and economy or the components within a chocolate bar that makes it taste delicious.
Chemical engineers are responsible for the availability of the modern high-quality materials that are essential for running an industrial economy. It is a broad field that encompasses many subfields, such as petroleum, nano-technogy, mineral processing, fluid dynamics, environmental science, materials science and thermodynamics.

 

Career opportunities

 

As a graduate of the chemical engineering program, you will have a broad foundation for career opportunities in As a graduate of the chemical engineering program, you will have a broad foundation for career opportunities in many critical technologies, including:

  • Electronics: chip manufacture, semiconductors, networking, databases.

  • Energy: petrochemicals, fuel cells, photovoltaic devices.

  • Advanced materials: polymers and textiles, composite materials, ceramics and coatings.

  • Food: agriculture productivity, packaging and preservation, genetic modification.

  • Environment: green processing, aquatic engineering, waste.

 

The chemical engineering graduates can work in the operation, development, design, construction, and management of these industrial processes. They can also work in research institutions and government. They are also well-prepared to continue with postgraduate education.

 

Electrical Engineering

 

Electrical Engineering Electrical engineering is one of the engineering disciplines that is growing at fast rate. Electrical engineering continues to transform the way we live - from the latest consumer products through to sophisticated scientific, industrial and healthcare technologies. The subject area encompasses an exciting range of topics and develops a variety of skills that are in great demand by employers. As an electrical engineer, you will be involved in development and design of systems for transfer of electrical energy as well as information.

 

Career opportunities

 

Graduates of this program are envisaged to work as engineers in the industry, with electrical power generation and distribution companies as well as consultancy houses. A graduate can prove his expertise by either working in the public or private sector. Prospective employers in Oman include: Ministries, Municipalities, PDO, Telecommunications companies, computer and IT businesses, Refineries, Oil companies, and consulting companies.

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. Is an engineering discipline that involves the application of principles of mathematics and basic sciences for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of various systems. It requires a solid understanding of core concepts including mechanics, and energy. Mechanical engineering use the core principles as well as other knowledge in the field to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, motor vehicles, aircraft, robotics, medical devices and more.

 

Career opportunities

 

The professional breadth of Mechanical Engineers enables the graduated students to find a place in all sectors of industry, commerce and government.

 

No other specialty given its graduates more job opportunity than mechanical engineering.