Information Technology (IT) is a fast growing dynamic industry sector, with a demand for IT professionals growing worldwide at an unprecedented rate. IT therefore is fast becoming one of the most exciting career options available around the world and the opportunities for career advancement, self development and financial reward in the IT industry are excellent.
It is accepted today that the creative use of information systems can transform organizations into successful enterprises .Therefore with businesses becoming more and more reliant on information systems to support innovation, decision making and day-to-day operations, organizations will require managers who can evaluate the tools, gauge the risks and provide the key insights and sound direction for strategic business planning.
The BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems offered by the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), which is affiliated with the prestigious University of Westminster UK, is a course designed to develop professionals who can understand the business challenges of an enterprise, and conceive and manage solutions which are increasingly ICT-dependent. The course enables students to support or develop the technological platforms of an enterprise to achieve competitive advantage. It develops the personal and professional skills necessary to work with organizations in the analysis, design, building and management of information systems.
Through a lively and varied mix of teaching methods and assessments, students will be challenged in both theoretical and practical areas. Offering comprehensive course content it covers a range of subjects, which provides students with knowledge and skills in two key disciplines namely business management and information systems. The course provides a solid technical foundation, so that students gain a practically based understanding of how software systems are developed. Students will also learn how such systems are applied in a business context.
They will learn how to use industry-standard system building tools and packages, develop skills in database design, development and implementation, effectively use current analysis and design techniques for the development of information systems,use project management techniques and explore issues relating to the management and development of information systems. Case studies will also amplify understanding of what works well in modern business practice.
The software industry - domestically and internationally - is growing at a phenomenal rate and there has been an increase in the demand for highly qualified graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills in software engineering. It has a high net export value and is ideally suited to wealth generation.
The BEng( Hons) in Software Engineering degree from the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) and the prestigious University of Westminster UK, gives students a solid grounding in software engineering as an academic discipline and secondly, as a profession within the industrial sector.
The programme is designed to ensure that students have expertise in all aspects of software engineering.
This course studies the best ways to design, build, maintain and evaluate software systems. It makes use of many of the technical aspects of computer science, especially programming, and aims to develop the professional attitudes, interpersonal and technical skills needed in the software engineering industry.
Covering many key subject areas, it provides an education in software engineering, supported by fundamental topics in computing science, equipping its graduates to apply best-practice software engineering skills to the development of a wide range of information systems in organizations. The course includes systematic study of the theory and principles of programming and software engineering, computer software technologies, and the role of computing systems in organizations. As a BEng course its emphasis is on fundamental principles, design, and acquisition of practical skills and evaluation of technologies and covers software development, various programming languages, technologies and applications including Java, C, UNIX, UML, Graphics, Networks, Concurrent Systems, Databases, Web and Mobile Computing.
What differentiates IIT from others is that the 3rd year of the degree is as an industrial placement year, where students are placed in the industry for 48 weeks, giving them practical knowledge and hands on work experience. In addition, students in the 4th Year get the opportunity to showcase their final year projects at "Cutting Edge" an exhibition of innovative state-of-the-art IT and Business solutions which has received high commendations from the captains of the IT industry.
The Lecture panel at IIT ,consists of industry experienced lecturers, who employ a diverse range of teaching strategies including case studies, video presentations and project work .These teaching methods are intended to develop students' knowledge, skills and ability to identify and solve real world problems. Continuous assessments are carried out throughout the study programmes to enhance student involvement and skills development.
IIT also has an excellent campus environment, with a state-of-the-art library and well equipped laboratories. IIT's computing faculties are linked to the intranet of the University of Westminster, enabling students to access the digital library, lecture material and past papers.
The BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems course at IIT has been designed to enable graduates to fulfil a critical role in any organization -- that of somebody who has the ability to initiate and respond to change, and the understanding of the technology that, so often, drives and enables such change , giving students the opportunity to be sought after by employers who have found it increasingly difficult to recruit individuals with the right combination of business knowledge, technical and personal skills.
The BEng (Hons) in Software Engineering degree from IIT gives students the opportunity to acquire a full British degree in Software Engineering from the University of Westminster here in Sri Lanka where the students at IIT will be awarded the same Certificate as their fellow graduates on identical courses delivered in UK. IIT's reputation in higher education and professional training has spanned over twenty years and has made it the largest, and the most reputed private academy offering both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from British universities in Sri Lanka.