BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
In recent years, the quest for Information Communication Technology (ICT) services in the different sectors of our economy has resulted in a high demand for well trained graduates in ICT. These graduates are the ones that are needed to come up with different ICT application initiatives and policies in spearheading the generation of the information economy in our country.
It is against this background that Blantyre International University (BIU) has prepared a well designed (four year) degree called Bachelor of Information Technology (BITech) that easily addresses both the current and future needs of our country.
In coming up with the BITech degree, BIU had to consider the fact that the growth in communication and information technologies has meant that information can be accessed and transmitted almost anywhere, in the world, at anytime. Even students themselves must be able to utilize the new technologies if they are to communicate effectively in such a world. In the future and as society becomes even more reliant on technology, students will need skills in that area in order to conduct their daily lives, to transact business and to work.
Aim of the Programme
This degree is aimed at equipping students with Information and Communication Technology skills that will enable them to contribute effectively to the economy of Malawi and the rest of the world. This would be achieved through the introduction, use, and effective management of Information Technology Resources.
Objectives of the Programme
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate knowledge and expertise of hardware and software technologies
b) Develop new and existing hardware and software systems as required by business and society at large.
c) Maintain new and existing hardware systems.
d) Develop IT solutions across diverse industries.
e) Implement internet and e-commerce skills.
f) Implement networking and databases.
g) Manage ICT resources.
h) Carry out ICT research and projects.
In this information age, Malawi and the region have to overcome the digital divide through the increase in the number of ICT professionals that are graduating from tertiary education. These graduates will assist in nurturing and improving ICT in the various sectors of the Malawi economy.
Currently, there are only four ICT related degrees being offered in Malawi. In these degrees; one each from Chancellor College, Mzuzu university, and two from the Malawi Polytechnic. Out of all the four degrees, it is only one degree from the Malawi Polytechnic (Bsc IT) that is similar to our proposed degree in terms of the depth in technological contents and applications of ICT (as per the currently, and future ICT needs of our Country).
The Bachelor of Information Technology would truly bring an opportunity to overcome historical information disabilities to make Malawi to become the master of its own national destiny.
Graduates with this degree are in great demand all over the world in the Business, education, government, health, literally in every sector which utilizes Information and Communication Technologies.
The careers of our graduates are in programming, systems analysis, website development, Information technology management etc. The positions are Programmer, Systems Specialists, Database Specialists, Support Specialists, IS/IT Managers, IT Directors and Chief Technology/Information Officers, and any other areas.
1 JRN 111 Communication Skills
2 IT 111 Information Systems
3 IT 112 Software Applications
4 IT 113 Computer Programming 1
5 MAT 114 Algebra, Analytical Geometry and Trigonometry
1 IT 121 Computer Programming 2
2 BBA 111 Principles of Management
3 IT 122 Data Communication and Networks
4 BBA 211 Organizational Behaviour
5 MAT 124 Introduction to Calculus
1 IT 211 Web Development
2 Stat 211 Business Statistics
3 IT 212 Visual Programming
4 IT 213 Electrical and Electronics Principles
5 MAT 214 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
1 IT 221 Software Engineering
2 IT 222 E – Commerce
3 IT 223 Computer Architecture
4 IT 224 Object Oriented Programming
5 MAT 224 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
1 IT 311 Operating Systems
2 STAT 321 Research Methods
3 IT 312 Computer Assembly and Maintenance Technology
4 IT 313 Computer Control Audit
5 ENTP 222 Entrepreneurship.
1 IT 321 Computer Security
2 IT 322 Database systems
3 IT 323 Telecommunication Systems
4 IT 324 Unix/Linux Operating System
5 IT 325 Web Technologies
1 IT 411 Computer Graphics
2 IT 412 Networking 1
3 IT 400 Major Project
4 IT 413 ICT Project Management
5 IT 414 Artificial Intelligence
1 IT 421 Networking 2
2 IT 400 Major Project
3 BBA 421 Strategic Management
4 IT 422 ICT for Development
4 IT 423 Server Technology