The emergence of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector as one of the main supports of the Tanzanian economy has created the need for more of ICT professionals with a strong computing background. These professionals should not only fit into mainstream ICT fields but also have the ability to exploit opportunities that new technologies offer. Furthermore, companies/organisations require professionals who are not only technically competent but who also have the ability to exploit the opportunities offered by new management approaches.
In order to address the above situation, the B.Sc. Information and Communication Technology programme is aimed at producing graduates with a thorough understanding of computer-based systems. It covers a range of areas including software design and development, multimedia, web-based technologies, computer networks, information security and Information and Communication Technology planning and management. Its main aim is to give students a broader knowledge of the areas that they are likely to come into contact within the working environment. Graduates of this Programme are expected to find a range of attractive career opportunities ranging from software development, multimedia and web-based software development to network design, implementation, and management.
Expected Output of the Programme
At the end of the programme, graduates will have acquired adequate skills to plan, design, implement and manage information systems.
The programme is to be completed in a minimum of 3 years and maximum of 5 years. The fact that ICT industry is changing very fast, keeping a student in the programme for more than 5 years is not desirable.
Taught courses will run from September to August (8 Months) with the following arrangements:
- Enhanced face to face sessions: First session of two weeks in the beginning of the academic year in September; Second session of one week in December; Third session of one week in February; and the Fourth session of one week in April. This is an intensive programme where theoretical and practical demonstrations shall be conducted.
- Practical (Lab work): The laboratory shall be equipped with computers with all required software and hardware for the programme. There will be lab technician(s) who will oversee the operation of the lab and assist students during the practical sessions. There will be scheduled sessions when the lab technician will be fully available to assist the practical sessions. Students will also be allowed to access the lab outside the scheduled time with minimum assistance.
- Mode of Assessment: All courses shall be examined during the academic year in which they are studied as per the General University (OUT) Examinations regulations for undergraduate courses. The assessment shall consist of continuous assessment (demonstrations and main timed tests) and a written final examination. The weighting is as follows:
- For courses with no practical demonstrations, the continuous assessment composition shall be main timed test 30% and final examination 70%.
- For courses with practical demonstrations, the continuous assessment composition shall be practical demonstrations 20%, main timed test 30% and final examination 50%.
- Timed tests: There shall be one main timed test to be conducted in February.
- Practical demonstrations: The practical demonstrations shall be conducted during the second and fourth face to face sessions. 2 practical demonstration assessments shall be conducted.
- Final Examinations: Final examinations for each academic year of study will be in June.
- Marking and Provisional Results: The marking and provisional results for each academic year of study shall take place in March for main timed tests and July for final examinations. All supplementary examinations and postponed examinations shall be done in January/February.
- Industrial Training: Industrial training will have a duration of 8 weeks and will be conducted in July and August. Students should have a minimum allowed GPA of 2.0 in order to proceed with Industrial training. Industrial training reports shall be submitted latest mid-October of the same year. The results of the Industrial training shall be included in the examination results of the succeeding year i.e. results of Industrial Training I will be included in the second year examination results, and for Industrial Training II, the results will be included in the third year examination results.
- Final year Project: The final year project shall start at the end of September. The final project reports, presentations, and demonstrations shall be done by end of May to allow the assessment to be concluded in June together with the other examinations.
The B.Sc. Information Communication Technology (ICT) degree programme has a total of 40 Units of core courses as shown in Tables 1 through 3 and a total of 6 units of elective courses as shown in Table 4. The courses are organized in three years as given Tables 1.2 and 3. The units are defined as follows: 35 lecture hours are equivalent to 1 unit, and 70 hours of practise are equivalent to 1 unit.