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Uganda Martyrs University-Bachelor of Science (IT) Programme Name The programme name is Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, (BSc IT)

Uganda Martyrs University-Bachelor of Science (IT) Programme Name The programme name is Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, (BSc IT). 35 Rationale of the Programme The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology is designed in recognition of the fact that there is a public need for graduatesin such organisations and institutions as commerce, finance, banking, insurance, and investment which traditional mathematics graduates are not well prepared to meet. This study program aims at producing quantitative / mathematical finance specialists for such institutions. The programme was re-accredited by the NCHE in 2011. In the 21st century, institutions aim to be increasingly demand led, responsive to cultural and economic change, and capable of providing opportunities for learners to acquire both knowledge and skills for employability and lifelong learning accordingly. For any curriculum to remain relevant, it must be regularly reviewed to reflect prevailing changes. In Information Technology, there are quite rapid technological improvements that require frequent updates by institutions offering such programmes to maintain its relevance to society, hence this review. Rationale of the Programme There is a global urge to embrace computer science and information technology to address the needs of the society. In the 21st century, institutions aim to be increasingly demand led, responsive to cultural and economic change, and capable of providing opportunities for learners to acquire both knowledge and skills for employability and lifelong learning accordingly. For any curriculum to remain relevant, it must be reviewed to reflect prevailing changes. In the field of Computer Science and Information Technologies, technological improvements are very fast both in hardware and software. Meanwhile new emerging technologies are being invented. Having run this programme for more than 5 years, one-year Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology (Dip CSIT) curriculum for more than five years, the redesigned programme to two years will not only put emphasis on computer technologies but also entrepreneurship and ethics courses. The re-designed Dip CSIT is intended to produce technicians for jobs requiring either Computer Science or Information Technology backgrounds, or both. It also offers more options for further studies; students can pursue degree courses in either Computer Science or Information Technology. Duration of the Programme The duration of the programme will be two academic years consisting of four semesters for those enrol on full time and three years for those enrol on part time. Each semester lasts seventeen (17) weeks, three (3) of which are for examinations. 36 Programme Objectives Main objective: This programme aims at producing professionals who will be able to direct organisational use of IT and steer ICT implementations. Specific objectives of this programme are to: vi) Develop professionals with theoretical and practical skills in the Information and Technology sector. vii) Foster job creation and ICT innovations viii) Develop professionals with theoretical and practical skills in the Computer Science and Information Technology sector. ix) Train and address the increasing demand for Information Communication Technology professionals. x) Strengthen the human resource capability in Computer Science and Information Technology discipline in private and public institution. xi) Explore the use of Computer Science and Information Technology in business sector. xii) Introduce the students to research in Computer Science and Information Technology related fields. xiii) Produce competent, highly-motivated and morally upright Computer Science and Information Technology specialists. xiv) Cultivate a sense of social, practical and professional code of conduct as Computer Science and Information Technology specialists. Programme Learning Outcomes By the end of this programme the student should be able to: vi) Translate theoretical principles learned into practical solutions in the field of Computer Science and Information Technology at the work place. vii) Developed and applied professionalism and train others in using, computers in business and information communication technologies 37 viii) Developed learners to acquire both knowledge and skills for employability in the field of Computer Science and Information Technology. ix) Evaluate, analyse and suggest Computer Science and Information Technology solutions to the needs of business enterprises. x) Developed good research, presentation and data-analysis skills. xi) Developed morally upright products with a high level of integrity in their daily lives. xii) Transfer the knowledge attained in their study area into the day-to-day ethical issues they face at their work places.