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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
Fees
161,400
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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.
  • 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.

Note: Both core and optional modules are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because too few students opt for it. Middlesex University reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.

  • Year 1

    • Information in Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to prepare you in being able to differentiate between data, information and knowledge in an organisation, investigating efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation. Through this module you will visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques and will learn to design and implement a database system, and to utilise a mark-up language, to reflect the information in an organisation. The module will provide you with the ability to query and manipulate data that is stored in relational database using Structured Query Language (SQL).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Computing Systems Architecture and Operating Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with fundamental concepts and principles of computer hardware and operating systems in order to explain the structure and operation of modern computers.

      By taking this module, you will gain an understanding of how the computer’s hardware enables it to function as a networked, multi-media machine as this module will focus on the understanding of concepts, theory and associated terminology. Practical hands-on laboratory experiments will be used to illustrate the application of theory and concepts. Consideration will also be given to likely future developments in the area of computer architecture.

      The development of a range of transferable skills with respect to communicating and demonstrating relevant knowledge will be encouraged and supported throughout.

  • Year 2

    • Web Applications and Databases (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module will give you practical experience with the development of dynamic websites using HTML, CSS, PHP and JavaScript. You will learn how to store client-side data and get first-hand experience with the server-side storage of data using databases. You will also obtain a deeper understanding of the operation of large-scale websites, such as Facebook and Google, and the security, privacy and legal issues that affect web applications.
    • Project Management and Professional Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to enable you to gain knowledge of professional project management in the context of your degree and likely future profession and to use this knowledge by participating in a ‘real world’ group project which is relevant for their level of study. It will focus on all aspects of professional practise including project management. In addition, you will study ethical, legal, regulatory, organisational and business issues in order to further the student’s employability within the computer and communications fields.
    • Data Management and Business Intelligence (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of data, its transmission, storage and how this leads to policies in business and strategies for ensuring data integrity and business continuity. In order to develop a real understanding of this area, you will learn how to analyse and use packet sniffing tools and explore how dictionary and brute force attacks are carried out. Secondly, we look at the wide range of data that may be available to a business and look at how this can be captured, analysed and used to make decisions. This will involve developing some skills in statistical analysis and use of commonly available tools in addition to consideration of ethical issues and ensuring that appropriate data is analysed to support business goals. The final section of the module explores how machine learning approaches can support users and businesses by analysing data and making recommendations. You will develop skills in using existing toolkits to implement some machine learning algorithms and understand the potential of machine learning in addition to risks.
    • Operating Systems and Computer Networks (30 Credits) - Optional

      Computer systems have become pervasive and increasingly more powerful enabling users to run many different kinds of applications. The power available on modern day computing devices and the ever increasing usage being found for them has led to the redefinition of the roles, responsibilities and design of Operating Systems.

      The aim of this introductory course is to review the design principles, performance, security and system management issues in Operating Systems design. It provides an understanding of the operation of the underlying hardware and software and gives practical systems-level experience of client-server based applications. It lays the groundwork needed for more advanced engineering applications in the area.

      This module will provide you with an opportunity to gain practical level experience of Operating System management techniques in a realistic and flexible environment. Access is provided to a 64-bit Linux Enterprise system to promote active learning and reinforce lecture material. This module lays the groundwork needed for more advanced engineering applications in the area.

    • Information Systems Design and Analysis (30 Credits) - Optional
      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

    • Web-based Mobile App Development (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to develop a deep understanding of the latest web-based app programming techniques, frameworks,and methodologies used by the industry to develop the next generation software that can be deployed on any mobile devices(both Android and iOS). The module will investigate, develop, and deploy latest programming language standards that are fundamental to app development and currently being widely employed in industry. Modern programming frameworks will be introduced to provide the essential software architecture for large-scale software development and the ability to target either the Android or iOS platform. The module will cover the three most important components of a complete mobile app: front end, back end, and system administration.
    • UG Individual Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests and aims and outcomes of your programme. It should constitute a practical problem-solving project relevant to your programme of study. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme. It provides you with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that you as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that your choice of individual project will provide you with a significant opportunity to reflect on your learning progress and to develop your learning for life-long and career development.
    • Novel Interaction Technologies (30 Credits) - Optional
    • Digital Media Engineering (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to equip you with the underlying concepts and theory in interactive media manipulation. In doing this you will develop skills in synthesis and modification of media, hardware controllers, data visualisation and sonification. By understanding the relationship between cognitive psychology and our mathematical treatment of media data you will develop a strong theoretical foundation with which to explore this area. For programming you will using a wide range of languages and explore a wide range of paradigms for completing various media based tasks including the design and development of interactive artefacts. As we are dealing with media and its presentation, there are strong links to the digital arts and you will be expected to explore their creative side in addition to the computing skills required. Background reading will provide you with a historical and philosophical context for reflecting on their own practice and that of their peers.
    • Strategic Management and Information Systems (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the peripheral issues that impact on information development and management including consensus, strategic alignment and change management. The module provides you with an understanding of the framework within which information assets are used to enhance organisational decision making. It also enables you to distinguish between information and knowledge at the organisational level, and to understand the importance of protecting information assets especially within the outsourcing scenario.
    • User Experience (UX) Design (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to enable you to further understand the 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. The module also includes analysis of user experience, the characteristics of users and their tasks, and the technical, organisational and physical environment in which products or systems may operate.
    • Advanced Web Development with Big Data (30 Credits) - Optional
      Many modern websites store and process large amounts of data. Typical examples are property search websites, price comparison websites and financial websites. This module aims to give students the ability to download, store and process large quantities of data and build websites based on this data using advanced JavaScript frameworks. At the end of the module successful students will have gained advanced skills with Java, JavaScript, web development and big data, which are highly sought after in industry.
    • Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School (30 Credits) - Optional
      The module will focus on the teaching of computer science within the secondary school (age 11-16) setting. You will observe, analyse and prepare materials for teaching practice. You will start to apply your knowledge of computing to teaching practice.  You will develop an understanding of the Teachers’ standards, thus supporting your preparation for application of initial teacher training courses.  You will complete reading on education pedagogy to critically analyse practice. The module will also support your development of public speaking.
    • Industrial Network Design and Management (30 Credits) - Optional

      An important criterion for the implementation of Industry 4.0 is the amalgamation of machines and industrial components in a network infrastructure, to support operational communication amongst machines and other applicable IT systems in an automated network. This will enable the optimization of conventional industrial processes in many facets.

      The central theme of this module is to equip students with the skills necessary to design and implement network infrastructures to support industrial communication, and to integrate Industry 4.0 enabled machines to facilitate a Cyber-Physical Factory. In doing so, students will embrace the practice of setting up TCP/IP communication between modules, IP-address design and allocation, secure wireless LAN communication, switching and routing services to support communication, deploy VPN for remote services, and to explore the integration of the CP Factory with the Internet of Things.

    • Business Intelligence (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to develop your understanding of the techniques and approaches used to capture, store and analyse data generated by organisations for purposes of business intelligence. In a digital age it is important for businesses to make use of data captured about its entities.  You will learn about information retrieval, data presentation, pattern recognition techniques and data models that can be used in business intelligence applications.  Descriptive data models can be used to gain a better understanding of overall organisation and predictive data models inform the decision making in all aspects of the business.

Classes are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus Sunday to Thursday between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions may be scheduled over the weekend or holiday periods and you should expect to receive notice of these in advance.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. These approaches ensure that you are involved and engaged by placing you at the centre of your own learning. You will be required to actively participate in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively. Faculty increasingly use existing and emerging technologies and your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you access to a diverse range of online resources and learning materials. By engaging in e-learning you will also be developing skills of which are essential for your learning and highly valued by employers. Such skills including flexibility, communication, IT skills and team work.

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% + Maths 70%
Minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of B,C,C (three subjects) or with A*, A (two subjects)
You must have passed the full IB Diploma. In some cases applicants will also need to have studied certain subjects at Standard or Higher Level. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.

Students who have completed their GCSEs are eligible to join our International Foundation Programme – a one year programme to prepare students for entry onto our Undergraduate Programmes. Please note that students must meet the British AS and A Level entry requirements in order to gain entry into the First Year of any one of our Undergraduate Programmes.

UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** or equivalent programmes
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)***
Minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
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)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Students with American High School Diploma are eligible to join our Foundation programme. However, if you have passed the American High School Diploma with the university required GPA and SAT or ACT or AP Scores you may be eligible for direct entry into Year 1 of the undergraduate programme. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.
BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme

***** 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).

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

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.

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