1 and Mission Information technology is a dynamic discipline that addresses the use of computing and I n t r o d u c t i o n information technology in business, education, government, and other organizations. The scope of the discipline includes the development of systems based on computer and information technology and the application of those systems to enhance enterprise operations. The work of information technology professionals is essential for effective operations in today s knowledge-based society. The College of Information Technology (CIT) seeks to produce graduates recognized by business, government, and educational entities in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf region, and the rest of the world as having a sound, current, and comprehensive education in information technology systems. It also seeks to develop a strong applied research capacity in emerging technologies directed toward meeting the IT needs of the Gulf region. The two-fold mission of the college can be realized through the following goals: Goal 1: Produce graduates who have: the ability to adapt to rapid change; the capacity for self-directed learning; good communication skills for an IT professional in both English and Arabic; a strong work ethic and experience working as an IT professional; and, an understanding of best business practices;
3 sound IT skills based on hands-on experience with communication networks,databases, programming concepts and project management; and, the capacity to identify, implement, and integrate new applications into existing human/computer systems. Goal 2: Develop a strong base of research capacity to meet U.A.E. national needs in IT by: hiring and encouraging research-active faculty involving undergraduate students in faculty research projects; developing a graduate education program that includes a research component; and, actively seeking funding from the university, industry and government agencies at all levels for research projects targeted to regional needs. Learning Outcomes The College of Information Technology has established six learning outcomes that complement the learning outcomes of the Zayed University Academic Program Model. These Major Learning Outcomes form the basis for analysis and assessment that play an essential role in the continuous process of improvement. The Major Learning Outcomes for the College of Information Technology are as follows: Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning in IT: IT College graduates will be able to use critical thinking and quantitative processes to identify, analyze and solve problems, and evaluate solutions in an IT context. Information Technology Application: IT College graduates will be able to select existing and cutting-edge IT tools and procedures to develop modules and systems. Information Technology Management: IT College graduates will be able to assess and determine information resource requirements to develop solutions suitable for IT and business managers operating in a multinational and multicultural environment.
4 Information Technology Professional Practice: IT College graduates will be able to work effectively in individual and group situations, understand how groups interact, be able to assume a leadership role when required, and understand the fundamentals of professional and ethical conduct. Information Technology Systems Theory and Practice: IT College graduates will be able to understand and communicate the fundamentals of systems theory in the development of appropriate systems that function in a global environment. Technical Communication (Bilingual): IT College graduates will be able to express themselves effectively and efficiently in both English and Arabic while using the correct IT terms for each language. Curriculum and Concentrations The academic program of the College of IT is practical, competency based, and designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as information technology professionals. The topics covered in CIT course work include: the role of information technology in global and Islamic society; the development of Internet business sites and electronic commerce; the role of information systems in business and government; fundamentals of computer programming, data analysis and networking; database concepts, applications and design; information systems analysis, design and implementation; and, Information security, information assurance and network security. A program of study in the College of IT includes general education courses, core courses, and major or specialization courses. The College offers degrees in Information Technology, Technology and Education (joint program with the College of Education), and Information Systems and Technology Management (joint program with College of Business Sciences).
7 Information Technology Major Information Technology majors may select from specializations in Security and Network Technologies, or Web Technologies. Security and Network Technologies This specialization prepares students to protect and secure information systems from threats and attack. Students also learn to apply IT in the design and deployment of computer networks and telecommunications. Web Technologies This specialization prepares students to apply relevant information technologies to the design and building of web sites, and in Internet development (e-commerce). Technology and Education Major (joint with College of Education) The Colleges of Education and Information Technology jointly offer the B.S. in Technology and Education degree. The emphasis is on the knowledge and skills needed to establish and manage an IT laboratory, provide instruction in basic technology skills, and serve as a resource for the use of educational technology. The program consists of courses in Education (47 hours, including 12 that also fulfill general education requirements), and courses in Information Technology (32 hours). The Technology and Education major prepares students for positions such as trainers in technology, computer lab supervisors, consultants, and developers of educational technologies. The U.A.E. has a strong need for professionals in these fields in both the government and private sectors.
9 Information Systems and Technology Management Major (joint with College of Business Sciences) The Colleges of Business Sciences and Information Technology jointly offer the B.S. in Information Systems and Technology Management degree. The emphasis is on the knowledge and skills needed to manage and apply IT to the business requirements of enterprises. The program consists of courses in Business and courses in Information Technology. The Information Systems and Technology Management degree major prepares students for positions such as system developers and business IT consultants. The U.A.E. has a strong need for professionals in these fields in both the government and private sector. Courses Offered CIT 125 Discovering IT CIT 320 Programming and Problem Solving CIT 210 Introduction to IT and Systems CIT 325 Applied Programming CIT 215 Computing Foundations CIT 330 Global Information Security CIT 225 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving CIT 335 Information Security Technologies CIT 235 Information Security Basics CIT 340 Computer Graphics CIT 245 Web Development CIT 345 Multimedia Systems CIT 255 Networks and Telecommunications CIT 346 Dynamic Web Development CIT 295 Independent Study CIT 350 Communication Networks I CIT 300 Technical Writing CIT 355 Communication Networks II CIT 301 Technical Writing (Arabic) CIT 360 Management of Information Systems CIT 305 IT in Global and Local Cultures CIT 365 Database Systems CIT 306 IT in Global and Local Cultures (Arabic) CIT 395 Independent Study CIT 315 Operating Systems Administration
10 CIT 430 Information Security Management CIT 499 Capstone Course/Final Project CIT 440 Enterprise Web Applications CIT 500* Computer Hardware and Software Platforms CIT 450 Communication Networks III CIT 510* Information Security Policy, Ethics and Law CIT 460 Systems Analysis/Design/Implementation CIT 515* Network and Internet Security CIT 470 Applied Database Systems CIT 530* Computer and Internet Related Investigation CIT 475 CIT 490 CIT 495 CIT 497 CIT 498 IT Systems Development Internship Independent Study Special Topics in Information Systems Senior Seminar *Courses offered in the Graduate program Application and Admission to Zayed University Candidates who are at least 17 years old, have a valid National Identity Certificate, and a valid U.A.E. passport, are invited to apply to Zayed University. Applicants must have graduated from high school within one year of the application date and achieved the required score on the General School Leaving Certificate. All other applications require special authorization. Interested students should use the common National Admissions and Placement Office (NAPO) application form to apply to Zayed University. The form is available from their secondary schools, the Zayed University Registrar s Office or NAPO.
11 The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) The primary purpose of the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) is to prepare students for academic study in English at Zayed University. When students enter the University, they are placed in the appropriate level of the Program according to their score on the Common English Placement Assessment (CEPA) test. Students who need to increase their ability in English complete English courses which develop their abilities to a proficiency level at which they can begin their academic studies. The courses are divided into eight levels, with sets of learning outcomes for each level. Students must meet these outcomes before they can progress to the next level. Advising Each Academic Bridge Program and pre-major student is assigned an advisor from the University Seminar Advising Center, who tracks their academic progress and assists them in meeting academic goals. The advisor assists the student in adjusting to university education and life, helps them to learn academic and personal success skills, and instructs them in the ZU Academic Model. In the first year of the baccalaureate program, each student takes an introductory course in which they are familiarized with the Zayed University Learning Outcomes and begin to build an electronic portfolio, in which they demonstrate their mastery of these outcomes. As the student becomes aware of their opportunities and interests, they work with their advisor to refine their Individual Learning Plan. When students enter their majors, they know what to expect and are prepared to learn.
13 Admission to the Major For students entering the baccalaureate program during or after fall 2008, the colleges require that the applicant for admission to the major must fulfill the following requirements for acceptance: satisfactory completion of 42 semester credit hours or more; attainment of a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; achievement of grades of C- or better in COL 110, COL 111(or COL 115), COL 140, COL 145, and COL 240; and, achievement of passing grades ( D or better) in COL 105, COL 120, COL 130, COL 135, COL 150, COL 155, COL 230, COL 250 and two Comparative Professional Systems (xxx 125) courses. COL 260 is required for graduation, and the College will specify whether it must be completed prior to acceptance into the major in Information Technology. In addition to the University requirements, the College strongly recommends to prospective IT students for their future success as an IT major that they obtain a grade of C or better in CIT 210 Introduction to IT and Systems. Internships Internships for academic credit add a significant workplace experience to a student s education. Students earn a total of six hours of academic credit for their internships during the final year. They gain valuable on the job work experience related to a chosen focus in information systems applications. In addition, internships permit students to interact with professionals in the fields of work in which they may one day have careers.
14 Capstone Course During the course, student teams complete a substantive project under the direction of the course instructor and, possibly, industry representatives. The project generally includes these steps: requirement analysis, design, implementation, documentation, and release. Teams present a report on their projects before faculty and others. A Capstone Seminar course is taken the semester before the Capstone course to help students prepare for the project. Graduation Requirements All students must meet the University s graduation requirements. To qualify for graduation in the College of Information Technology, a student must complete all course requirements satisfactorily and receive approval of her portfolio by a faculty committee. A grade of C or higher is required in each CIT course that is taken as a prerequisite for another required CIT course. In addition, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all CIT courses that count toward core or major requirements. Graduate Programs The College of Information Technology offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology, which includes advanced work in information technology with a specialization in cyber security. The focus of this program is on the development, concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable successful participants to become expets in the area of information security, internet crime prevention, and digital crime investigation. The College offers two graduate certificate programs for practicing IT professionals. The Graduate Certificate in Information Security is designed to prepare IT professionals to develop and manage the physical and technical infrastructure necessary to secure critical information assets at all levels within an organization. The Graduate Certificate in High Technology Crime Investigation will prepare IT professionals to perform computer forensic investigations.
16 Research The faculty, students, and staff of the College of IT are committed to conducting research in order to: discover new or improved applications of information, communications, and computing technologies; seek opportunities for further discoveries through the creation of synergistic partnerships with other researchers and institutions; transfer new and improved applications to businesses, government ministries, and educational institutions; include discoveries and applications in the education of students at Zayed University; and, acquire professional growth and an individual sense of accomplishment. The Institute for Technological Innovation (ITI) The Institute for Technological Innovation (ITI) is the outreach arm of the College of Information Technology. Since its launch in 2001, ITI has had the mission to develop and offer collaborative training, research, and special programs to accelerate knowledge transfer and promote technological innovation in the U.A.E. Recognizing that the impact of technological innovation has become pervasive, ITI undertakes training and consulting projects to help organizations achieve the agility and ability necessary to understand and manage the change process and its impact. The ITI Academy focuses on training and continuing education to empower the knowledge worker to be more effective in an information-driven and knowledge-rich workplace. The ITI Academy also seeks to promote technology adoption, the culture of innovation and quality improvement. Benchmarked to international standards, the ITI Academy programs are designed to provide delegates with a wide range of educational competencies. The ITI R & D program cultivates novel solutions that support the economic and human development of the region. For more information about ITI activities, see their web site at
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