NIU’s 3-year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science programme enables the learners to advance from the intermediary knowledge and practical skills learning, which is characteristic of a Diploma level. As such, the programme requirements are organised to balance the learner’s practical application experiences and skill learning with rigorous theoretical/conceptual frames, critical thinking, which give them a more rounded overview of computer science, business development and management in a global context.
Whether to enhance their career prospects or to embrace a smooth transition into continued higher education study as working professionals, NIU’s BSCS program is uniquely offered online, bringing together a global community of computer science scholars and learning practitioners. With a learner-centred pedagogic approach, NIU’s BSCS program emphasises Case Study Projects on every module, a Work-based Capstone (final) Project supported on an e-learning platform made up of web-based synchronous and asynchronous learning technologies. The learner may interact more with instructors and peers (in online discussions, video conferencing technology, social media venues, and emails) than in a traditional classroom setting.
After successful completion of the program, graduates shall be able to:
Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program shall be eligible for admission in the following ways:
a. Direct Entry Scheme
Applicants shall satisfy the general minimum entry requirements stipulated by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Candidates seeking admission through this avenue must have obtained: –
b. Diploma Entry Scheme
Candidates seeking admission through the Diploma holder’s Scheme must:
c. Mature Age Entry
The applicant must have passed Mature Age Entry Examinations (with at least 50%) of any institution dully authorized by the NCHE to issue such examination. For purposes of admission the Mature Age Entrance Certificate shall be valid for no more than two years.
This program shall take on students who apply to be admitted in Advanced Standing. Those deemed to be eligible for admission in Advanced Standing shall possess the following:
Applicants that apply to be admitted in Advanced Standing, once reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the School of Business, Computing and Tourism, may be required to submit additional materials beyond the Academic Transcripts. These additional materials may include: Academic Handbook of the Program and detail syllabuses of certain subjects covered.
In extreme circumstances, the applicant for admission in Advanced Standing shall be subject to an interview or test to ascertain the competencies required in specific subjects that would warrant credit transfer or credit exemptions on the program. Those who are admitted in advanced standing shall be eligible to receive between 4 and 45 Credit Units out of a total of 130 Credit Units required Programme as Credit Transfer (for uncompleted previous learning) or Credit Exemption (for completed previous learning) as reflected in Table 1 below. This is well within the 40% maximum allowed for credit transfer as recommended by NCHE.
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Graduates of NIU’s BSCS are qualified for a number of jobs that call for their background and knowledge. Our BSCS graduates can be employed for roles in software or hardware development at a high-technology company, where projects are typically tackled in interdisciplinary teams. Our BCSC graduates will be qualified to seek opportunities in companies that are involved in the business of manufacturing, construction, retail, and finance as computer programmer; software developer; systems analyst; software engineer; technical consultant; web designer. They can also apply for roles in various government agencies and non-governmental organisations.
For NIU BSCS graduates who would like to further their studies, the degree gives them a definite advantage for an MSc, as it serves as an introductory course in the same field. Many topics studied at the MSc level are introduced during the BSCS course itself. Students who study for a Master’s degree may potentially work towards a career in academia.
NIU’s BSCS programme also prepares graduates to become innovators and entrepreneurs, should they decide not to seek employment or further their studies.
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