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Undergraduate Program

Diploma in Information Technology

Diploma in Information Technology
Program Title: Diploma in Information Technology
Credit Hours: 69
Award Granted on Completion: Diploma in Information Technology
Delivery Mode:  Face-To-Face
Local Accreditation Status:  Commission for Academic Accreditation, UAE (CAA)
Language of Study: English
Duration: 2 Years
Campus: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain
Faculty Info: Faculty of Information Technology
Chairperson: Dr. Samar Mouti (Acting Dean/Head)

About the Program

The Diploma in Information Technology program at Liwa College is accredited by the Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education, UAE. This program provides a comprehensive education in computer science and information technology. It aims to equip students with the technical and practical skills necessary to design, develop, and implement software solutions and manage information systems and technology projects. The program offers in-depth knowledge of IT concepts through two concentrations: Software Development and Networking specializations. The curriculum covers topics such as computer programming, system design, cloud computing, network administration, and database management. The graduates of this program are working successfully in several government and private organizations in the UAE and abroad.

Program Education Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the underlying concepts, foundations, and theory of computer-based and distributed information systems.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the investigation, analysis, design, and development of large-scale software systems that meet business requirements.
  • Provide an educational foundation that both addresses leading-edge developments in the industry and provides for future professional development, equipping students with the appropriate knowledge and skills for a wide variety of employment and/or further study.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to consolidate the knowledge and skills they have learned and employ them in real situations by undertaking an internship.
  • Enable successful students to take entry-level employment to pursue careers leading to positions such as programmers, Database analysts/developers/administrators, Systems development managers, Web/ e-commerce systems developers/managers, IT project managers, Computer and information security specialists/managers, Network administrators/managers.

Learning Outcomes – General 

  • Explain the characteristics of the hardware and software components of computer systems and networks and discuss the relative merits of alternative designs.
  • Design, implement and test computer programs to meet specified requirements using industry-standard development tools.
  • Design and develop database applications to meet the requirements of the users of a business system.
  • Design and develop web-based computer systems that incorporate multimedia data.
  • Explain the concepts of software project management and use support tools to plan and manage projects.

Learning Outcomes – Software Development Concentration

  • Use modern object-oriented techniques effectively in the design and development of computer software systems. (SD)
  • Work effectively as part of a software development team using appropriate software development methodologies. (SD)

Learning Outcomes – Networking Concentration

  • Design computer network systems to meet the needs of the business. (NW)
  • Manage and maintain computer network systems and use appropriate security measures ( NW).

Learning Outcomes – General Education

  • Communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing.
  • Use standard IT packages effectively to support business-related activities.
  • Analyze problems and design appropriate solutions.
  • Work effectively as part of a team.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Diploma in Information Technology, numerous career opportunities are available to you. Here are some of the positions previous Diploma holders of the program have secured.

  • Data Analyst
  • Software Developer/Manager
  • Database Analyst/Developer/Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • Computer and Information Security Specialist/Manager
  • Cloud Data Engineer
  • Network Administrator/Manager
  • Web Developer

Program Curriculum

General Requirements (24 Credit Hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite
CIT100 Introduction to Information Technology 3 None
ENG100 English I 3 None

GEN100/

GEN101

Communication Skills in Arabic/ Communication Skills in Arabic for non-Arabic speakers 3 None
GEN102 Islamic Culture (Arabic/English) 3 None
GEN105 Emirates Culture and Society 3 None
GEN201 Psychology 3 ENG 100
GEN302 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3 ENG 100
GEN304 Ethics 3 ENG 100

Core Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit hours Prerequisite
CIT112 Introduction to Computer Programming 3 None
CIT121 Introduction to Computer Architecture 3 None
CIT122 Introduction to Database Management Systems 3 CIT112
CIT123 Computer Programming & Problem Solving 3 CIT112
CIT231 Introduction to Computer Networks 3 CIT121
CIT232 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 CIT121
CIT244 Database Programming 3 CIT122
CIT230 Internship 3 Completion of 48 Credits
CIT365 Advanced Database Design 3 CIT244
BIT203 Management Information Systems 3 CIT100
BUS407 Project Management 3 BIT203

Major Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit hours Prerequisite
Software Development [Elective]    
CIT233 Software Development Process 3 CIT 112
CIT353 Web Development 3 CIT 123
CIT354 Object-Oriented Programming 3 CIT 123
CIT242 System Analysis and Design 3 CIT 233
Networking [Elective]  
CIT241 Network Security 3 CIT 232
CIT243 Network Administration 3 CIT 231
CIT240 Introduction to Cloud Computing 3 CIT231
CIT246 Network Protocols 3 CIT231

Study Plans

YEAR 1 (33 CH)
Semester 1 CH Semester 2 CH
ENG100 English I 3 GEN102 Islamic Culture 3
CIT100 Introduction to Information Technology 3 GEN105 Emirates Culture and Society  
GEN100/ GEN101 Communication on Skills in Arabic/Communication on Skills in Arabic for non-Arabic speakers 3 CIT122 Introduction to Database Management Systems 3
CIT112 Introduction to Computer Programming 3 CIT123 Computer Programming & Problem-Solving 3
CIT121 Introduction to Computer Architecture 3 CIT231 Introduction to Computer Networks 3
      CIT232 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
Total 15 Total 18
YEAR 2 (36 CH)
Semester 3 CH Semester 4 CH
GEN201 Psychology 3 GEN304 Ethics 3
GEN302 Fundamentals of Innovation Entrepreneurship 3 CIT230 Internship 3
CIT244 Database Programming 3 CIT3352 Distributed Information Management 3
BIT203 Management Information Systems 3 BUS407 Project Management 3
  Major Requirement-1 3   Major Requirement -3 3
  Major Requirement -2 3   Major Requirement -4 3
Total 18 Total 18

Major Requirements (12 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
Software Development
CIT233 Software Development Process 3
CIT353 Web Development 3
CIT354 Object-Oriented Programming 3
CIT242 System Analysis and Design 3
Networking
CIT241 Network Security 3
CIT243 Network Administration 3
CIT240 Introduction to Cloud Computing 3
CIT246 Network Protocols 3

Tuition Fees

The College sets out clear and consistent information about its fees and financial policies. The Policy is established in compliance with the requirements of the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) and relevant Directives of the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Admission Tuition Fees – 2023/2024

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