The Department offers a four-year degree programme leading to a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree. Originally, the course had a twoyear plus two-year structure. Students initially register for a two-year programme leading to the Diploma in Computer Science. Upon successful completion of the Diploma programme, students would apply to enter the Bachelor Degree programme, which would involve another two years of full time study.
Students will now register for a four year Bachelor Degree Programme starting in 2016.
In 2017, students registered for the first and second year will be on the new programme. Therefore the subjects described in the first and second year program will reflect this. The subject code label starts with “CS” to reflect the change.
A Credit point system has also been introduced for all subject taught at the university. This will be reflected alongside each subject in Year 1 and 2. Students will be required to amass a minimum of 60 credit points per semester for a total of 480 (minimum) credit points during the course of the degree programme to be eligible to graduate.
Students registered for the third and fourth year programmes are still be on the old program, which will be phased out by the end of 2018. The subject code label remains as “MA” indicating the old syllabus.
The programme is designed to give students a basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, and computer jargon, and as well a broad understanding of the operating system, the architecture of computers and local area networks. Students learn how to use the computer’s potential by both using standard packages and programming in a higherlevel language to solve problems in many areas of science, technology, education and industry.
The later years of the programme advances the student’s knowledge in the design, implementation and management of computer applications. Hence students take a range of courses in computer hardware and software, systems analysis, mathematical computation and computer modeling. There are several options available in the fourth year.
The Department offers service subjects in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computing to students in most Degree and Diploma Programmes throughout the University. First year subjects are designed to encourage the understanding of essential concepts and to aid in the development of basic mathematical skills. Higher year subjects are designed to meet the particular requirements of the student’s professional programme.
In all subjects an emphasis is placed on practical applications, using numerical examples relating to the mathematical and statistical problems likely to be encouraged by the students in their particular degree programme. Students use computing devicessuch as laptops extensively.