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.

 

 

Communication Program

 

Program overview


Communication Studies Programme was established in 2005/2006 along with the inauguration of the Colleges of Applied Sciences and it is offered in three colleges: Nizwa CAS, Sur CAS and Salalah CAS. The five majors of the programme are :

  • Digital Media.

  • Journalism.

  • Public Relations.

  • Media Management

  • Advertising..

 

 

 

Vision

Our vision is to become a leading communication studies programme delivered in English in the region by educating and preparing skilled professionals for the industry; focusing on applied research and capable of providing practical and innovative solutions for both local and regional needs.

Mission

Our mission is to provide high quality graduates who can meet national and regional employment needs and prepare students for postgraduate studies and lifelong learning through provision of knowledge and skills. The programme aspires to offer premier specialities in media education that will create and sustain a competent workforce in the dynamic and multicultural work environment of media and communication in the Sultanate of Oman.

 

 

 

Entry Requirements

 

  • Only 2013/2014 General Diploma Certificate is accepted.

  • Student should be physically and mentally fit for the offered programs.

  • Student should have a minimum of General Education Diploma, Islamic Institutes Diploma with not less than Grade - C in English Language and with not less than Grade - D in Arabic Language.

  • The sum of the marks obtained in English and Arabic Language will be weighted for 60% and marks obtained in total subjects will be weighted for 40% in calculating the final Grade of the aspiring students respectively.

  • In situation where more than one students manage to attain same marks, the highest grade in English and Arabic Language will be considered as tie breaker respectively.

  • In case the student is found qualified to enrol, s/he will have to choose one of the aforesaid specialization to pursue their graduation.

 

Program Structure

 

Communication Studies:

  • College Requirement  -  36

  • Department Requirement  -  50

  • Major Requirement  -  42

  • Food Monitoring Specialists.

  • Total Course Hours  -  128

 

Graduate Attributes

 

The program aims to provide graduates with a level of tertiary education that is commensurate with International Standards. The graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Have the fundamental knowledge and experience in communication that will enable them to be practicing professionals in the industry.

  • Develop mastery in a major field of study that will enable them to contribute to the economic and cultural development of Oman.

  • Develop and maintain technological competence to internationally recognized standards.

  • Be equipped with superior communication skills, professional competence and leadership skills within an environment that nurtures ethical behavior.

  • Be able to pursue self-learning and personal development experiences through the rigorous study program, and participation in problem solving scenarios.

  • Be able to respond creatively to client requirements and demonstrate innovative ways to meet their needs.

  • Demonstrate ability to analyses communication problems and synthesize creative solutions.

  • Respond creatively to the social, cultural and economic needs of the community.

  • Practice in accordance with professional and ethical responsibility.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

  • Critically evaluate their performance and the work of other scholars, practitioners and communication professionals.

 

These skills and attributes are mapped in the courses to achieve the skills and attributes contributed by each course in the program.

 

Digital Media

 

Digital Media courses explore the practical and theoretical competencies in production of audio visual media and digital storytelling. Students achieve skills for planning and executing TV and video productions. They learn to work with customers in promotional video projects and are familiarized with aesthetics of audio visual storytelling in short film projects. Students also learn basics of animation, interactive media and web media.

 

Career Opportunities in Digital Media

 

Digital Media graduates can be employed in broadcasting, video production companies and advertising agencies. They can work as audio visual specialists in the companies and organizations that use media in their external and internal communications. They can also work as content developers in interactive and web media.

 

Journalism

 

The Journalism major looks at the principles and theory of journalism practice, emphasizing basic journalism skills and formats such as structuring and developing content, researching and writing news stories for appropriate target audiences. They are exposed to all the relevant platforms of news media: print media, broadcasting and new media and they achieve basic design and technical skills for publishing stories in convergent media.

 

Career Opportunities in Journalism

 

Journalism graduates can find employment in newspapers, periodicals and magazines. They can also work in central information services, press information bureaus, websites and TV channels. One can also take up their career as part time employment along with any other field of work. Career options in journalism: journalists can work as editors, reporters, columnists, correspondents, staff or freelance writers, photo journalists, proof readers, news analysts in newspapers, electronic media and web pages.

 

Public Relations

 

The Public Relations major examines the theories and principles of PR with specific emphasis on common issues of business communication. It introduces key concepts of audience analysis, strategic planning and decision-making within the context of events management, marketing, advertising and the media. The students will also explore organizational communication and communication strategies from a business-oriented viewpoint. Human resource communication is also a part of this major which deals with issues of employment and industrial relations, employer and employee rights, etc.

 

Career Opportunities in Public Relations

 

Public Relations graduates can work as PR officers in corporate sector, public sector, government agencies, tourist agencies, hotels, banks and other financial institutions, private consultancy firms etc.

 

Media Management

 

There is a growing need for professionals who can apply management principles in media context. The media management major combines theories of media culture, content production for different delivery channels, communication skills, project management skills, organizational knowledge and staff management principles. Creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills are emphasized. The program provides a path to management career. The graduates can work as assistant officers or coordinators in the management departments of companies, organizations or individual projects. After work experience they can get managerial jobs.

 

Career Opportunities in Media Management

 

Media Management graduates have an opportunity to work in communication industries: television, movies, music, advertising, news, electronic services and social media. While they explore the principles of responsible and effective management, they will be competent enough to be in the middle management of large media organizations or even manage a small newly established media organization. Other job potentials include positions in events management, corporate communication and human resources management.

 

Advertising

 

The advertising major brings together the academic and professional perspectives of advertising. It explores how advertising works in a society, especially in a developing economy, and examines the relationship between consumer behaviour and advertising. The socio-cultural aspects of advertising in the Arab world and especially in Oman are discussed. The students will understand the importance of marketing research in advertising. They will learn to develop advertising strategies and campaigns as well as how to work with customers. They know the production process of advertising from idea generation and copywriting to artistic and technical realization of advertisements and commercials in print and electronic media.

 

Career Opportunities in Advertising

 

Advertising graduates can find work in advertising and promotional agencies or marketing departments of public and private corporations. They can also work in media companies specialized on commercial productions.