Programme Title (Arabic) البكالوريوس في تقنية المعلومات والإتصالات (تخصص تصميم الشبكات)
Acronym / Abbreviation* BICTN
Nature Major
Programme Code ICT8030
Programme Duration 4 Year/Cycle
Programme Level Level 8
Programme Credits 480
Award Category Bachelors
Effective From 2018/2019 Sem 1
Owner School of ICT
Professional Body
Professional Body Recognition Status Effective From Interim Date Professional Bodies Contact Person Evidence
Employability Skills Yes 04 يناير 2021        
Target Groups*
High School Graduates
International Students
Unemployed
Qualification Completion Requirements Criteria

Awarded where candidates have met all of the requirements below:

  • Successful completion of, or exemption from, all courses listed in Schedule A; 

and

  • Accumulation of at least 60 credits from courses in Schedule B;

and

  • Achieve the Bahrain Polytechnic General Qualification Requirements as documented in the Naming and Awarding Qualifications policy

  • Completion of courses to accumulate a minimum of 480 credits from any Bahrain Polytechnic Qualification.

Programme Overview*

Bahrain Polytechnic has been established by the Bahrain Government to address the need for a skilled Bahraini workforce to support economic growth and development. To support the development of the workforce Bahrain Polytechnic aims to produce graduates in applied, professional qualifications. It is widely acknowledged that Information Technology is a key sector and enabler for growth in any modern economy.

The Bachelor of ICT (BICT) programme aims to develop rounded graduates who have not only the requisite skills demanded of the 21st Century workplace but also skills in key areas of technology used in a modern ICT organisation. The BICT programme is currently divided into four main domains, Programming, Databases, Networking and Management Information Systems (MIS), in which students can specialise and earn a qualification in. Given the rapidly changing nature of the industry, the programme’s currency is maintained through the upskilling of academic staff, introduction of new courses and the solicitation of requirements from key industry and government stakeholders.

The programme aims to develop core skills for its graduates in a broad range of inter-related ICT areas, initially giving students a solid ground in core computing topics and eventually building them up to be competent specialists in their chosen area.  Core theories form the cornerstone of the programme, with hands-on, applied skills being developed through the Problem Based Learning (PBL) philosophy. Project work forms another cornerstone of the programme, with an emphasis on projects from the very beginning in Year 1, right through to a final capstone project in semester one of Year 4, followed by an Industry Project in the second semester.

The importance of industry certification in addition to the Bachelor’s degree is also emphasised. Because a significant proportion of the programme is based on industry standard technologies, students are encouraged to take extra certifications to further enhance their employment opportunities.

 

Entry and Selection*

General entry requirements such as secondary school achievements, English and Mathematics are described in the Student Admission Policy A/AB/010. Specific entry requirements for this qualification, beyond those described in the Student Admission Policy are as follows:

Applicants must demonstrate competence in English and in Mathematics. These requirements may be met by:

  • The successful completion of

    • AP4203 English 2

    • AP4102 Mathematics 2 (Technical) or similar

  • or  passing English and Mathematics Selection Tests at the required level.

Selection and Criteria and Process*

Where there are more applicants who meet the programme entry criteria than can be accepted, the following shall be used:

  • Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed the Foundation programmes (including AP4006 Information Communications Technology) at Bahrain Polytechnic and have clearly demonstrated an aptitude for ICT and a commitment to their study.

Results from programme entry tests will be used to select students with the highest likelihood of successfully completing the degree programme.

 

  • Selection Process

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Consideration of work experience and prior educational achievement may be used.

 

Major Selection Criteria*

Where the number of applicants for the Networking Major exceeds the available places, the following criteria for selection apply:

  • First priority to students who have completed all courses in Schedule A above.

  • If further selection required, rank eligible students from above by highest combined GPAs from IT6001 Computer Systems, IT6003 Networking 1 and IT6004 Unix Systems.

Accreditation / External Approval Requirements*

None specific to this qualification

Attendance Requirements*

Institutional attendance requirements are described in the policy Student Attendance A/AB/010. There are no programme specific attendance requirements.

 

Qualification Overview*

The qualification encompasses an initial three semesters full-time academic years of study in the broad ICT disciplines at NQF levels 6 and 7, followed by five full-time academic semesters of specialist study at NQF levels 7 and 8.  The intention is to build up core knowledge in a range of areas including programming, operating systems, databases and design techniques in addition to networking. After the first three semesters, the student can then specialise in networking in areas including network security, mobile/wireless communication, ethical hacking and data centre implementations.. In the final year, this knowledge is consolidated in the form of the in-house, capstone project where students design a networking topology and implementation according to user requirements while managing and documenting the process as they progress.

 

Qualification Aim*

The programme aims to develop work-ready, skilled ICT graduates who are aware of the legal, ethical and professional standards required to work in Bahrain and internationally. ICT graduates will be conversant with the latest ICT techniques and technologies to be flexible in the work place and adaptable in a very fast moving field. They will have the skills required to choose the optimal solution for a particular problem and to implement it following professional standards and will have the skills  that enable them to work effectively in teams and to coherently present their ideas in written and oral form to a range of audiences.

The qualification encompasses an initial three semesters full-time academic years of study in the broad ICT disciplines at NQF levels 6 and 7, followed by five full-time academic semesters of specialist study at NQF levels 7 and 8.  The intention is to build up a core knowledge in a range of areas including programming, operating systems, databases and design techniques in addition to networking. After the first three semesters, the student can then specialise in networking in areas including network security, mobile/wireless communication, ethical hacking and data centre implementations. The student also becomes familiar with standard software production practices such as the software development life cycle (requirement analysis and market research, design, implementation, testing and technical documentation) and rapid prototyping. During the networking major specialisation stage the student’s expertise is developed in many areas. The student’s ability to design, install and troubleshoot network installations is developed and enhanced in networking 2, advanced networking and data centre management courses where students will be exposed to many technologies that are used to operate LAN and WAN infrastructures. In the network security and ethical hacking courses students will become experienced in how to both implement and prevent data security breaches.  The wireless communication course will allow students to implement a modern mobile/wireless infrastructure similar to the ones implemented by the mobile carriers in Bahrain. In the final year, this knowledge is consolidated in the form of the in-house, capstone project where students design a networking topology and implementation according to user requirements while managing and documenting the process as they progress. Central too many of the networking courses is a fully equipped server room so the students can get hands on work ready skills at all stages throughout the course.

Typical positions for the networking major graduate include:


 

  • Network administrator

  • 3G/4G integration engineers

  • Network engineer

  • Network/Information systems manager

  • Information system security officer

  • CCNA/CCNP Engineer

 

Graduate Pathways and Destination*

Typical positions for the networking major graduate include:

  • Network administrator
  • 3G/4G integration engineers
  • Network engineer
  • Network/Information systems manager
  •  Information system security officer
  • CCNA/CCNP Engineer
Other Information*

NA

 

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to :

Description
Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the latest Information and Communications Technology systems and techniques.
Recognise the professional, moral, and ethical issues involved in exploiting computer technology and be guided by appropriate professional, ethical and legal practices in a Bahrain context.
Demonstrate knowledge of core Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN) and Mobile Communications concepts.
Define the concepts and technologies required to secure a network with fundamental understanding of network security.
Analyse existing systems and provide models and specifications of same.
Evaluate designs for new systems and assess capabilities of designed system against specified requirements.
Create or implement appropriate Information and Communications Technology systems from designs documents.
Document system solutions for a range of audiences.
Use specialist level skills to effectively manage and maintain existing systems.
Configure and troubleshoot network devices ranging from small to enterprise and data centre networks.
Design and build a scalable internetworking network using LAN and WAN technologies.
Implement a secure network infrastructure and security policies.
Perform an analysis of a network using risk management and mitigation techniques.
Apply knowledge of mobile/wireless data communication technologies to design and implement a mobile/wireless communication solution.
Team Work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse technical teams.
Communication: Communicate effectively on broadly-defined ICT activities with the ICT community and society at large, by being able to comprehend and write effective reports, create professional level design documentation, make effective presentations, and the ability to give and receive clear instructions.
Technology: Utilise technology effectively and ethically.
Self-Management: Demonstrate self discipline, resilience and adaptability to achieve personal and professional goals.
Problem Solving: Analyse a problem critically and respond appropriately to organisational and societal needs.
Initiative and Enterprise: Apply resourcefulness, innovation and strategic thinking in an organisational context.
Planning and Organizing: Plan and manage work efficiently and effectively.
Learning: Recognize the need for, and have the ability to engage in independent and lifelong learning.

Semester Schedules

Year 1 / Semester 1

Core
Course Code Title
IT6001 Computer Systems
IT6010 Maths for Computing
EL5005 Reading and Writing English for EDICT
EL5005 Reading and Writing English for EDICT
IT6004 Unix Systems

Year 1 / Semester 2

Core
Course Code Title
IT6008 Computer Programming 1
IT6008 Computer Programming 1
IT6005 Database Systems 1
IT6005 Database Systems 1
IT6003 Networks and Data Communications
EL5006 Speaking and Listening English for EDICT
EL5006 Speaking and Listening English for EDICT

Year 2 / Semester 1

Core
Course Code Title
EL6001 English for EDICT 3
EL6001 English for EDICT 3
IT6011 Introduction to Information Security
IT7001 Systems Analysis and Design
IT6012 Web Fundamentals

Year 2 / Semester 2

Core
Course Code Title
EL6002 English for EDICT 4
EL6002 English for EDICT 4
IT7003 Networking and Data Communications 2
IT7004 Operating Systems and Platforms
Elective
Course Code Title
ELE1 Electives 1

Year 3 / Semester 1

Core
Course Code Title
IT8303 Computer Networking 3
IT7301 Ethical Hacking
IT8313 Wireless Communications
Elective
Course Code Title
ELE1 Electives 1

Year 3 / Semester 2

Core
Course Code Title
IT8323 Advanced Networking
IT8213 Data Centre Management
NR National Requirements
Optional
Course Code Title
NR-Arabic National Requirements- Arabic
Elective
Course Code Title
ELE1 Electives 1

Year 4 / Semester 1

Core
Course Code Title
IT7099 IT Project

Year 4 / Semester 2

Optional
Course Code Title
IT8399 Co-­‐operative Learning Project (Networking)
IT8097 Entrepreneurship – Lean Start-up
IT8098 IT Research Project