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Diploma in Information Technology

Bachelor of Business [Information System] Program Structure

Preamble

The Bachelor of Business on Information System is a three-year full-time study program comprised of 22 subjects and requiring the successful completion of 66 credit points of study. 

Pre-requisites

Academic

         Applicants may be considered for entry if they are able to show evidence of having obtained

∙        a minimum aggregate of 230 in the Fiji School Leaving Certificate or PSSC of 15 or less.

∙        Passed Fulton College Foundation Studies with the GPA of 2.33 including a pass in English

∙        For those at least 22 years of age, a good pass in the Fulton College Mature Age Examination with an average of 60%.

Professional

         Applicants may be expected to attend a personal interview where evidence of suitability for the business profession will be assessed.  (Interviews are arranged in late each January at a time and place convenient to all.) An academic reference is also required.

Character

          Applicants will be expected to show evidence of good citizenship.  A current character reference and police clearance will be required.

The Diploma in Information Technology is offered in the following sequence:

 

 

Accounting Studies

IT Studies

        

Religious Studies

Cognates & Electives

1

BSAC102 Accounting I

BSAC131 Business Mathematics

BSCS101 Computing Principles I

 

BSOM111 Academic English

BSOM101 Business Communication

2

 

BSCS102 Enterprise Systems

BSCS113 Hardware Concepts & Skills

BSCS121 Introduction to Programming

BSCS111 Information Technology

THWM101 World Religions

 

3

 

BSCS201 Database Management Systems

BSCS211 Applied Operating System

BSCS221 Web Programming

BSCS231 Introduction to Networking

THBS102 Gospels              

 

 

 

BUPR201 Practicum

4

 

BSCS212 Help-desk & Service Provision

BSCS222 High-Level Scripting Language

BSCS232 Networking Administration

BSCS208 Information Systems Management

THBS203 OT Apocalyptic

 

 

SUBJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Accounting

BSAC102 Accounting I                                                                                       Credit Value 3

This subject is a comprehensive study of the basic concepts and principles behind the accounting and information systems from a practical approach.  Topics covered include, The Business Environment, Accounting for Sole Traders, Financial Statements and Components, Fixed Assets and Depreciation, Inventories, Cash flow Statement and Accounting for Sole Traders.

BSAC131 Business Mathematics                                                                        Credit Value 3

This subject applies mathematics in the business environment both from a theoretical and practical perspective.  Emphasis is placed on the applications of mathematical operations to business process and problems.  Topics covered include, Basic Mathematics, Percentages, Ratios & Proportions, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Annuities, Amortisation, Taxes, Discounts, Markup/Markdown, Introduction to Statistics and Probability.

 

Computer  Studies

BSCS101 Computing Principles I                                                                      Credit Value 3

This is a franchised subject with Fiji National University subject C4231 Computer Principles.  It introduces the fundamental computer concepts that undergird the input, process, and output and storage cycle of a computer system and includes a series of practical components that covers introductory skills in data processing and communications that will enable the student to competently manage files and use a word processor and spreadsheet.  Topic coverage includes, Computer Competency, Application software, System Software, Primary System Components, Data Communication, Files and Database, Information Systems, Workplace Issues, Operating System Software, Word-Processing Software and Spreadsheet Software.

BSCS103 Introduction to Enterprise Systems                                                  Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to introduce students to the extraordinary complex application of information technology designed to support organisational processes in a highly integrated fashion.  It is believed that learning about enterprise systems must begin with a strong theoretical grounding in the underlying technologies, organisations, and their processes, and most importantly, integration itself.

BSCS113 Hardware Concepts & Skills                                                             Credit Value 3

Development of knowledge and skills in the technical detail of a modern PC, with a specific focus on the maintenance, support and upgrading of modern personal computers.  This subject expands from BSCS101 to provide students with opportunities to apply the hardware concepts and skills learned in BSCS101 to build and maintain personal computers.  Topic coverage includes Understanding and Working with Personal Computers, Electricity and Power, Motherboards, CPU, Memory, Bus Structures, Hard Drives, Removable Storage, Input and Output Devices, Printers, Portable Systems and Network Fundamentals.

BSCS121 Introduction to Programming                                                           Credit Value 3

This subject is an introduction to programming Visual Basics.  Students will learn to write computer program that will run using windows environment.  Visual Basic provides the tools to create windows with familiar elements like menus, text boxes, command buttons, option buttons, check boxes, list boxes and scroll bars.

BSCS111 Information Technology                                                                    Credit Value 3

This subject introduces information technology through a comprehensive study of computer systems in order to cope with increasing demands of today’s technological society.  Emphasis is placed on the main components and their role in computer systems.  Topic coverage includes System Components, Software Interfaces and Hardware, Data Communications, Network Topologies and Applications, Overview of Computer Applications, Information Systems.

BSCS201 Database                                                                                              Credit Value 3

This subject enhances students’ computer productivity from Computer Principles 2, (Computer Productivity) in the use of database.  It is designed to acquire correct techniques for systems design in order to create, run and maintain effective database systems.  This subject covers Database concepts; DBMS Models; Database Design; Relational Algebra; Database Integrity; Multi-User Access and Managing Database System.

BSCS211 Applied Operating System                                                                 Credit Value 3

This subject examines the operating system concepts that make a collection of electro-mechanical parts a useful computing resource for one or more users. It looks at resource creation and management (cpu, storage, networks) and security measures used to protect the resources. The course also looks at the users of the resources (processes, threads), their interaction (intended and unintended) with the resources and with each other.

BSCS212 Help-desk & Service Provision                                                          Credit Value 3

This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills of providing customer support for computer and network technologies.  The course would provide technical knowledge of computer hardware, Windows 2000 and networking technologies.

BSCS221 Web Programming                                                                                       3 credits

This subject focuses on web programming languages in HTML, XTML and JavaScript.  Tasks done are given in the form of office situations with an aim for students to acquire such skills needed to enable them to build and produce Web pages ready for publishing.   .  Topic coverage includes, Creating a Web Page using HTML, Adding Hypertext Links to a Web Page, Designing a Web Page, Designing a Web Page with Tables, Using Frames and working with cascading style sheet, Programming with JavaScript.

BSCS222 High-Level Scripting Language                                                        Credit Value 3

This course will provide students with the knowledge of a software tool that is available that enables powerful system components to be “glued” together.  Designed in such a way to connect components together versus system programming which is designed for building data structures. 

The language that will be used is Javascript - can be used for both shell and macrolanguage and supported by major Microsoft applications.  Also used in Macromedia Flash and as such probably became the most important language for computer animation. JavaScript is embeddable language.

BSCS231 Introduction to Networking                                                               Credit Value 3

This subject examines the principles and the application of concepts and technologies for supporting enterprise wide, high speed, wide area networks, including transmission technologies, network security, protocols for communication across large networks and the installation of network services such as directory services, print services DHCP, WINS and DNS.  Topic coverage includes Basic Concepts and Terminology, Physical Layer, Data Link Layer, Accessing the Medium, MAC protocols, Network Layer, Transport Layer, Application Layer Services, Security, Peer to Peer and VPNs.

BSCS232 Networking Administration                                                               Credit Value 3

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform administration tasks in a single-domain Microsoft Windows 2000 network.  This course is suitable for people with no prior experience in system administration.

BSCS208 Information Systems Management                                                   Credit Value 3

This subject expands from BSCS103 to emphasise the role of information systems within an organisation both from a theoretical and practical approach.  Knowledge and skills necessary to effectively perform in a new and dynamic environment of Information Technology, networked enterprises and global markets are developed through the study of Internet technologies.  This in turn will establish a technology platform for electronic business, commerce, and collaboration within and among Internet-worked enterprises and global markets.  Topics covered in this subject include Foundation Concepts of Information Systems, Technology, Applications, Development and Management

 

Cognates

BSOM111 Academic English                                                                              Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to develop students’ confidence and competence in using English in order to equip students for the special requirements of the business environment.  This subject will direct students to work on English grammar and usage, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.  Other skills to be practised during this course include listening and receiving instructions.  The second half of this subject is dedicated to referencing using the Harvard System of referencing.

BSOM101 Business Communication                                                                 Credit Value 3

This subject develops students’ competence and confidence with communication in the workplace.  Topics covered include, Theories of Communications, Workplace Communication, Writing Workplace Documents, Job Preparation, Meeting and Clients Interaction.

Practicum

BSPR201 Business Practicum                                                                            Credit Value 3

This subject is the placement of second year students in various business houses to help them not only observe the various business practices but also enable them to experience real life business situations where they are going to be involved in decision making, deal with customer services, experience accounting practices and several other roles that deals with an organisation. 

This involves a period of five weeks. They are expected to plan a business project, with close consultation with their supervisor, or any relevant staff members assigned by the organisation. At the end of the practicum period the project must be presented to the organisation, where training must also be fulfilled if the project will be used by the organisation.  A copy of the project will be handed in together with documentations as approved by the Business Department. 

 

Religious Studies

THBS102 Gospels                                                                                                Credit Value 3

This subject is an introductory study of the major religions of the world. Students will gain an increased knowledge of religious movements existing in the world with particular emphasis given to the religious environment of the Pacific Islands. Attention is given to Ancient religions, indigenous religions, traditional Christianity, Christian cults and sects and recent religious movements. The development of tolerance and acceptance in a multi-cultural environment will also be encouraged as worthwhile outcomes. Religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism will be studied.

THBS203 Old Testament Apocalyptic                                                               Credit Value 3

A study of the Apocalyptic passages of the Old Testament with special attention to the book of Daniel to discover its meaning and relevance for today. The subject is based on the English Bible.

THWM101 World Religions                                                                               Credit Value 3

This subject is an introductory study of the major religions of the world. Students will gain an increased knowledge of religious movements existing in the world with particular emphasis given to the religious environment of the Pacific Islands. Attention is given to Ancient religions, indigenous religions, traditional Christianity, Christian cults and sects and recent religious movements. The development of tolerance and acceptance in a multi-cultural environment will also be encouraged as worthwhile outcomes. Religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism will be studied.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

To maintain the Diploma of Business program up-to-date and relevant, the following steps are taken:

∙        Survey of alumni

∙        Survey of employers’ expectations and satisfaction

∙        Feedback obtained annually from new graduates of the program and this information is used to improve the curriculum.

∙        Consultation with the External Advisors and Examiners

∙      A curriculum revision will be done every five years.