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

 

 

International Business Administration Program

 

Program overview


The Colleges of Applied Sciences (CAS), under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), award Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in International Business Administration (BIBA). The following specializations are currently offered in Nizwa, Rustaq, and Salalah campuses:

 

  • International Business Administration

  • Tourism Management

  • Hospitality Management

  • Accounting

 

The BIBA program provides students with a multicultural understanding of business and its environments grounded on solid moral and ethical values. It is dedicated to the well-rounded development of students and in shaping them to be responsible and informed citizens of the Sultanate of Oman.

 

Vision

The International Business Administration Program seeks to be distinctive in providing applied education relevant to the International Business Administration discipline through high quality teaching, learning and research experiences and to become a pioneer in offering market-driven specializations in the Sultanate of Oman.

Mission

The mission of the International Business Administration Programis to deliver competitive and high quality education related to international business administration and its allied disciplines (such as Accounting, Hospitality Management, and Tourism Management) and to educate students and develop their competencies to become business professionals who can contribute positively to the economic and social development of the Sultanate of Oman.

 

 

 

Entry Requirements


General Education Diploma, Islamic Institutes Diploma or Royal Guard Technical College Diploma with the following grades:

 

(Not less than C) in:


  • English language


(Not less than D) in:


  • Pure or Applied Mathematics or Mathematics.

  • Social Studies or Business Administration.

 

Program Structure

 

The BIBA Program requires students to accumulate 128 credit hours during four years of their study. The total 128 credit hours include: 36 hours College requirements, 35 Department requirements, and 57 Specialization requirements (18 credit hours as electives).

 

The first two years, four-semester courses are common among all specializations (International Business Administration, Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, and Accounting).

 

Graduates Attributes

 

The BIBA degree has been developed to impart business knowledge and build-up professional, intellectual and personal skills such as decision making, problem solving and time management. Graduates will acquire comprehensive knowledge of their chosen specialization which will enable them to maintain lifelong learning.

 

The key graduate attributes/skills are:


  • Academic and Professional Knowledge: With academic and professional knowledge, the graduates will be able to work confidently.

  • Communication Skills: Graduates will be in command of oral and written communication.

  • Teamwork and Leadership: Graduates will have good interpersonal and leadership skills which will enable them to work independently and in teams.

  • Information Technology (IT) Literacy: Graduates will be able to manage information successfully and acquire adequate IT skills.

  • Global Perspective and Cross-cultural Adaptability: Graduates will learn how to think globally and act locally as well as adapt to any different business environments.

  • Critical and Analytical Thinking: Graduates will be able to analyze critically and solve the day-to-day business-related problems.

  • Social Responsibility and Ethics: Graduates will gain high standards of integrity, social responsibility and ethical actions.

  • Entrepreneurial Aptitude: Graduates will develop all required entrepreneurial skills.

  • Life-Long Learning: Graduates will be able to recognize opportunities for ongoing learning.

  • Research Skills: Graduates will poses skills required for recognizing problem situations, gathering, analyzing and interpreting data as well as reaching reliable findings and recommendations.

 

International Business Administration Specialization

 

International Business Administration is the field of management which deals with business activities that cross national boundaries. Specializing in this field promises an exciting world of teaching and learning that combine contemporary theories and real-life practice through, but not limited to, company visits, case studies and guest lectures. The specialization is a forward-looking area of study that magnifies local issues and how they are intertwined with global challenges in business administration such as globalization and liberalization which are the engines for international trade and economic growth. Specializing in international business administration will provide students a competitive advantage to prepare students both for management and career options.

 

Career Opportunities

 

Graduates of the International Business Administration Program fit into different business settings, ranging from large multinational corporations to small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs). They will be able to successfully work for local and international corporations such as in manufacturing firms, banks, oil companies, government agencies, financial institutions and tourism and hospitality projects.

 

Tourism Management Specialization

 

Tourism industry is one of the rapidly growing and widely spread global industries. In Oman, it is considered one of the most promising industries with a wide range of job opportunities. Therefore, the Tourism Management specialization has been developed at CAS to qualify undergraduate students with all knowledge and practical skills highly required by the tourism career. The objective of the tourism management specialization is to enable students to develop rational and practical competencies, critical and analytical thinking, public relation skills, self-confidence and capability to face the challenges and successfully work in domestic as well as international tourism environments.

 

Career Opportunities

 

There is a huge range of career opportunities for the tourism management graduates such as travel agents, tour operators, tourism marketers, airline marketing executives, cruise operators, event planners and organizers, tourism entrepreneurs, and outdoor recreation/leisure planner. Meanwhile, graduates have the potential after gaining the required work experience to become tourism marketing managers, tourism consultants and regional and national tourism planners and developers.

 

Hospitality Management Specialization

 

Hospitality Management involves the management of hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, resorts, clubs, events, entertainments activities and so on. Hospitality Management degree is considered to present lucrative opportunities for inspiring careers and rewarding jobs. In Oman, there is a growing demand for hospitality and hotels professionals to fill in the highly demanded jobs required by the catering and lodging industries. The Hospitality Management specialization aims at preparing students for administrative, operational and management positions in the hospitality industry.

 

Career Opportunities

 

The hospitality industry can provide huge career opportunities for Hospitality Management graduates. First, graduates will start with lower to middle level positions and then (after gaining work experience) can be promoted to higher positions such as rooms division managers, hotel managers, food and beverage managers, operation managers, hospitality specialists, catering managers, restaurant managers, event organizers and planners, guest relation mangers and cruise director. The Hospitality Management specialization qualifies students to fit into the requirements of both governmental as well as private sector hospitality entities.

 

Accounting Specialization

 

Accounting is an ever-growing field of study. There is no organization, whether it is large or small, private or public, local, national or multinational, that can run its business without an efficient accounting and finance department. The accounting specialization is suitable for students who plan to work for accounting and finance career. Its main objective is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the different accounting and finance fields. It also aims at providing students with required knowledge and technical skills suitable for todays’ accounting and finance applications.

 

Career Opportunities

 

Accounting is the leading qualification which equips students, with the necessary skills sought by employers within Oman and worldwide. The BIBA Program in Accounting provides a range of career opportunities to the students to work in accounting, banking, finance, insurance and corporate houses, in the government as well as in the private sectors. Graduates also have potential to work as cost accountants, financial accountants, auditors, financial planners and so on. Upon successful graduation in accounting, ambitious graduates can further pursue any international accounting/auditing professional certificates such as CA, ACCA, CPA, ACPA, CMA, ICWA, CIMA, CFA, CFM awarded by specialized professional bodies.


 

English Program

 

Program overview


The Department of English Language and Literature (DELL) was established in 1987. It started offering courses for both foundation students and other students majoring in English Language and Literature in the College of Education. In 2006, the college of Education was transformed to the College of Applied Sciences under the Ministry of Higher Education (MoH) and it is still offering the degree course in English Language and Literature specialization. At present DELL offers courses in three main streams namely. ELT, EAP/ESP and General Foundation programme. It has a total of 65 teaching staff from all around the globe. The B.Ed English program aims to prepare qualified teachers academically and educationally to teach English in Omani schools and across the region. A graduate of this program can expect career opportunities in both government and private educational sectors where English is an academic programme.As an extension of service to the Omani community at Rustaq, English department also conducts IELTS exam at the college on every month in collaboration with British Council Muscat and other International organizations.‘Community English Language teaching Programme’ is another service from the English Department to the local community in which we offer free English courses ranging from basics to highly advanced level of local employees.

 

Vision

The vision of the department is for a faculty that is an active part of the Omani and Global Education Community. To achieve this, DELL seeks to provide the support to teachers to further their professional development and through this aid in the higher education of our students.

Mission

Department of English Language and Literature aims to prepare academically and educationally qualified teachers to teach English in Omani schools. It also aims to provide a well-resourced English Language learning environment for students to graduate as professionally qualified for the job market and be prepared to take their place as key players in advancing the future of Oman.

 



Goals

  • To provide students with a comprehensive grounding in English language education to support their future career.

  • To graduate professionally qualified and trained teachers as key players in advancing the future of Oman.

  • To afford the opportunity for Omani students to pursues their studies internationally.

  • To provide an international standard and quality of education to the students of the Sultanate of Oman.

  • To train English literate IT and Business graduates.

  • To provide a professional faculty of teachers and lecturers.

  • To provide delineated lines of professional development for faculty members.

  • To provide relevant and professional assistance to students in the pursuit of their studies.

  • To provide a 21st century technology class-room.

  • To provide a sound pedagogical base to the English Language Programme.

  • To continue to develop all facets of the department, faculty and the teaching progress to afford student and faculty member alike with an international environment.

  • To continue to explore external Oman and international connections and associations designed to further enhance current and future English language programmes.

 

 

 

Important comments for Accepted Students:

 

Program Structure:

The Foundation Program offers an integrated English and Study Skills course, and separate Maths and Computer Skills courses. These components are described below.

Code

Name

Contact

hours /week

Prerequisite

ENGLISH & STUDY SKILLS

ENGL 3001

(Level ‘D’)

General English

Skills: Beginner

20-24*

None

ENGL 4001

(Level ‘C’)

General English

Skills: Elementary

20

Completion – not passing – of ENGL 3001 or

equivalent PT entry score

ENGL 5001 (Level ‘B’)

General English Skills: Pre- intermediate

10/11**

Pass in ENGL 4001 or equivalent PT entry score

ENGL 5002

(Level ‘B’)

Academic English

Skills: Pre- intermediate

9/10**

Pass in ENGL 4001 or equivalent PT entry score

ENGL 6001

(Level ‘A’)

General English

Skills: Intermediate

10/11**

Overall pass in ENGL 5001 + 5002 or

equivalent PT entry score

ENGL 6002

(Level ‘A’)

Academic English

Skills: Intermediate

9/10**

COMPUTER SKILLS

COMP

4001

Computer Skills:

Basic

2

None

COMP

5001

Computer Skills:

Advanced

2

Pass in COMP 4001 or equivalent PT entry

score

MATHS

MATH 4001

Basic Maths

4

None

MATH 5001

Applied Maths

3

Pass in MATH 4001 or equivalent PT entry score

MATH 5002

Pure Maths

3

Pass in MATH 4001 or equivalent PT entry score

Table 1: Foundation Course Structure  

*No Maths or Computer Skills courses will be timetabled during the semester in which ENGL 3001 is taken so a further 4 hours per week would be available for ENGL 3001, if college circumstances permitted.

**The total allocation for English in Levels B and A is 20 hours. This may be divided between AES and GES as colleges see fit though the most likely division would be GES/AES 10/10 or 11/9.

 

 

Entry Requirements:

  ENGLISH

Initial entry will be determined by placement testing carried out in September. Students will be sorted into five groups.

Beginner (equivalent of IELTS

2.5 or below)

ENGL 3001

Elementary (equivalent of

IELTS 3.0)

ENGL 4001

Pre-intermediate (IELTS 3.5)

ENGL 5001 & 5002

Lower-intermediate (IELTS

4.0)

ENGL 6001 & 6002

Intermediate (IELTS 4.5)

To English Challenge Test. Students who pass the Challenge Test,

(and have also satisfied the requirements for Maths and Computer

Skills), will enter Year 1. Those who fail enter ENGL 6001 & 6002.

Table 2: Placement for English

 

Students who take and fail the English component of Foundation will be permitted to re-enter within one academic year on passing the English Challenge Test, which will be administered three times only per year, (September, January and May).

 

 

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

 

Initial entry will be determined by placement testing carried out in September. Students will be sorted into three groups.

 

Insufficient score in Basic Computer Skills Test

Computer Skills: Basic

Insufficient score in Advanced Computer Skills

Test

Computer Skills: Advanced

Sufficient score in Advanced Computer Skills

Test

To Computer Skills Challenge Test. Students who

pass the Challenge Test will enter Year 1. Those who fail enter Computer Skills: Advanced.

Table 3: Placement for Computer Skills

Students who take and fail the Computer Skills component of Foundation will be permitted to reenter within one academic year on passing the Computer Skills Challenge Test Which will be administered three times only per year, (September, January and May).

 

 

MATHS

 

Initial entry will be determined by placement testing carried out in September. Students will be sorted into three groups.

 

Insufficient score in Basic Maths Test

Basic Maths

Sufficient score in Basic Maths Test Insufficient

score in Applied/Pure Maths Test

Applied Maths or Pure Maths

Sufficient score in Basic Maths Test Sufficient

score in Applied/Pure Maths Test

To Maths Challenge Test. Those who pass the

Challenge Test will enter Year 1, assuming they have also met the requirements for English and IT. Those who fail enter Applied or Pure Maths.

Table 4: Placement for Maths

 

 

Students who take and fail the Maths component of Foundation will be permitted to re-enter within one academic year on passing the Maths Challenge Test, which will be administered three times only per year, (September, January and May).

 

Graduate Attributes:

 

Department of English Language & Literature (DELL)

 

 

DELL ELT Graduate Attributes (Transferable Skills) as follows:

 

GA1: Students can learn autonomously and work independently, and are equipped with skills to keep up with the trends of teaching and learning and good self-management skills and awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses in English language.  

GA2: The ability to critically analyze, synthesize, appraise, interpret and evaluate information from a multitude of sources and perspectives to formulate new knowledge and understanding of English language and linguistics and pedagogy.

GA3: The ability highly articulate individuals capable of communicating and presenting sound and well-structured arguments and ideas effectively in oral, visual and written forms different purposes and context audience in English.

GA4: The ability to use technology in teaching and learning appropriately and to use different learning

GA5: The ability to think critically and to able to apply theoretical linguistic knowledge to unfamiliar situations, all issue within the field and cope with uncertainty.

GA6: Demonstrate highly developed team workers with excellent interpersonal skills and an appreciation for planning, sharing and working towards common goals and objectives.

GA7: A thorough and in-depth knowledge and understanding of English language, linguistics, teaching methodology and literature and their practical applications in an EFL classroom in an innovative way.

GA8: The ability to have high level of ethical and professional conduct and awareness of relevant codes and practices in teaching and learning and ability to apply professional skills.

GA9: The ability to have written, verbal communication, research and presentation skills in English.

GA10: The ability to identify problems and solve them independently.