Faculty of Information Technology & Systems Development

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About the Faculty

Faculty of Information Technology and Systems Development is dedicated to providing a range of programmes that equips graduates with innovative skills to operate at international standards in business. The faculty delivers honours degrees and Stand-alone programmes through its three departments: Information Technology, Software Development and Networking.

The faculty also offers PhD and Master’s degree programme in collaboration with School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS). The PhD, Masters and Honours degree programmes that the Faculty offer are PhD in Information Communication Technology, Master of Science in Information Communication Technology, Bachelor Honours Degree in Digital Communication Technology (DCT) and Bachelor Honours Degree in Business Information Systems (BIS). For the Stand Alone programmes, the faculty delivers Certificate of Administration in Business Information Systems, Higher Certificate in Business Information Systems and Higher Diploma in Business Information Systems.

These qualifications are designed to make a positive and practical contribution to hardware and software designed to improve the management of performance and problem solving. It is also concerned with the education and training of young Information/Digital Communication Technology managers who can help to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of management in the public and private sectors.

In general, the African continent still finds it difficult to narrow the digital divide compared to developed nations. Namibia is not an exception with regards to the digital divide. To bridge this gap, the faculty’s qualifications are designed to make a strong, relevant and practical contribution to Information/Digital Communication Technology and also provide a very strong Science/Technology foundation for the people of Namibia in line with Vision 2030.

Graduates of the Faculty are equipped with skills in Information Communication Technology that enables them to improve and contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of small, medium and large organisations.

Dean

Mr Martin M. Ujakpa

Mr. Martin Mabeifam Ujakpa is the Dean of Faculty of Information Technology and Systems Development from 17th January 2017 and prior to his appointment as Dean, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology and Systems Development. Before joining IUM, he held various positions in various Institutions. He served as a lecturer and Head of Academics at Ghana Technology University (GTUC) from 2013 to 2015. Rising from the position of Assistant lecturer, he became a lecturer, PhD programmes co-ordinating officer and executive manager (academic support, examination and systems support) at Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) in Ghana from 2011 to 2012. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a research assistant, teaching assistant, data analyst, database administrator and e-learning administrator at Valley View University (VVU) in Ghana. Prior to joining academia in the University, He served as teacher at the Primary, Junior/Senior High School with Ghana Education Service (GES). Other places he has worked with include Animal Welfare organisations in Ghana.

Mr. Martin Mabeifam Ujakpa has a passion for Research and as a result has published over 10 peer-reviewed papers in international journals. He has also supervised project works of over 15 master’s degree students and 30 undergraduate degree students. Mr. Martin Mabeifam Ujakpa holds a Master of Information Technology (MIT) Degree from Open University, Malaysia, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Valley View University in Ghana, a Diploma in Animal Behaviour from JC Biology in UK and a certificate in Ecology from Compass Education Training in UK. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Technology.

Dean

Mr. Martin Mabeifam Ujakpa

Welcome from the Dean

On behalf of lecturers and students in the faculty, I am delighted to welcome you to the Faculty. Being a Communication-Technology Faculty within a Management and Information Communication Technology University provides a tremendous opportunity for our students to progress into young managers of the future in a communications-Technological rich environment. This faculty train students to use digital communication technology to improve on businesses. The emphasis of programmes in the faculty is on technical and managerial skills within a technical environment. The programmes de-emphasise topics in Information Technology, Communications, Electronics, Electricals, Instrumentation, Control and Systems Development. The faculty produce engineers and Technology experts that are of the highest calibre, who are second to none. In the faculty, focus is on activities which are critical to Namibia and/or the region.

Our faculty student focus – students are at the heart of our academic and vocational purpose as a faculty. Faculty members ensure that students are as comfortable as they can be during their stay in IUM. Faculty members in collaboration with business leaders, use all resources at their disposal to develop unique competitive challenges for students to demonstrate and showcase an understanding of analysing and solving problems using Information/Digital Communication Technology.

I invite you to explore the university website to get additional information on our faculty programmes, curricula, requirements and course offerings, and discover more learning opportunities in IUM. I look forward to your visit.

-Mr. Martin Mabeifam Ujakpa

Dean of Faculty of information Technology and Systems Development

Certificate of Administration in Business Information Systems

Philosophy

To produce young and technologically sound individuals who can solve business problems through the use of Information Technology. By and large individuals who do this programme will be able to understand and implement principles in the different business information systems.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion the Certificate of Administration candidates should be able to:

  • Work as a Data Capturer, Junior Systems Analyst or Business Analyst, Help Desk operator.
  • Show an understanding of the various components of IT.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the measures of dispersion.
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of IT personnel selection.
  • Demonstrate the analytical skills which lead to system designing.

Objectives (Purpose)

  • To give the candidates a deeper understanding of the workings of a Computer, main components of Microprocessor, i.e. the Control Unit, Arithmetic or Logic unit.
  • To develop an advanced understanding of the use of Systems software 8z Applicationssoftware in Business System.
  • Enable students understand fundamentals in Programming.
  • To give students an understanding of integrating technology into business.
  • To broaden their skill in recruiting IT personnel.
  • It enables students to have analytical skills of the different systems in place.

Course Outline

Certificate of Administration (100 Credits)
Mathematics for Business
Spoken Business English
Computer Literacy
Professional Presentation
Report Writing
Namibian and Regional Economics
Introduction to Business Organisation
Accounting I
The World of Information Technology
Basic IT Skills

Higher Certificate in Business Information System

Philosophy

To produce individuals that can design systems that can solve business problems in the work places; through the use of 3rd and 4th generation programming languages. The Programme will thus focus on a deeper understanding of algorithms, and the various stages in systems development.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion the Higher Certificate candidates should be able to:

  • Work as a Programmer, Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator.
  • Design programmes for problem solving.
  • Show an understanding of the stages of Software Development & Systems Development.
  • Explain the network topologies, protocol & the network topology infrastructure.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the measures of dispersion.
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of IT personnel selection.
  • Demonstrate the analytical skills which lead to system designing.

Objectives (Purpose)

  • To give the candidates a deeper understanding of the workings of a Computer, main components of Microprocessor, i.e. the Control Unit, Arithmetic or Logic unit.
  • To develop an advanced understanding of the use of Systems software and Applications software in Business System.
  • Enable students understand fundamentals in Programming.
  • To give students an understanding of integrating technology into business.
  • To broaden their skill in recruiting IT personnel.

Course Outline

Higher Certificate (120 Credits)
Business Communication II
Computer Fundamentals
Computer Applications
Systems Analysis
Principles of Programming
Networks and Distributed Systems
Quantitative Methods
Select one from the following:
Accounting II
HR Management
Management Accountancy

Higher diploma in Business Information Technology - HDBIS

Philosophy

To bring an integration of Information Systems in Business Environment with management issues. Thus, this programme will focus on training information system managers who will have an understanding of E-commerce and the IT trends.

Programme Outcomes

On Successful completion of the Higher Diploma the candidates should be able to:

  • Work as a Database Administrator, Systems Analyst, Network Administrator.
  • Design Relational Database Programmes for problem solving.
  • Show an understanding of the stages of Software Development & Systems development.
  • Explain the network topologies, Protocols & the network topology infrastructure.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the measures of dispersion.

Objectives (Purpose)

  • To develop an understanding of Database Management issues
  • Enable students to appreciate the Relational Data Model and its importance in Relational Databases.
  • To impart knowledge on the Internet, its protocols, foundation and its future.

Course Outline
Higher Diploma (120 Credits)
Entrepreneurial Studies and Leadership
Application Development Methods
Managing Change
Relational Databases
Internet Development
Select one from the following:
Corporate Finance
Strategic HR Management

Bachelors Degree in Business Information System

Philosophy

Namibia suffers a shortage of well-trained computer specialists and as the IT industry continues with its rapid growth so does that shortage become greater. This degree is designed to make a positive and practical contribution to hardware and software designed to improve the management of performance and problem solving. It is concerned with the education and training of young information systems managers who can help to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of management in the private and public sectors.

Programme Outcomes

On Successful completion of this degree programme the candidates:

  • Can Work as a Database Administrator, Systems Analyst, Network Administrator.
  • Have acquired knowledge of computer systems and management
  • Are able to analyse, design and implement information systems solutions in a wide range of real world managerial problems
  • Will be able to recognise the multi-disciplinary nature of information systems
  • Be familiar with information system architecture and be able to evaluate information system effectiveness in a business enterprise.

Objectives (Purpose)

  • By the end of the course, the graduate will be well equipped to deal with the challenges of developing, implementing, maintaining and managing information systems
  • He/she will be able to recognise and understand, from a local, regional and global standpoint the problems associated with business information systems management.
  • He/she will be able to identify problems and develop a range of short term mid-term and long term solutions
  • He/she will be able to effect change, sensitive to the local situation.

Field Projects

There will be field projects in each of the second, third and fourth years. The second year project will be carried out in groups of four students. The third year project will be carried out in pairs and the final year field project will be an individual assignment. All assignments will be assessed.

Course Outline
Year I (100 Credits)
Accounting I
Business Communication I
Business Studies I
Computer Studies I
Mathematics I
Introduction to Regional Economics (SADC)
World of Computers
Year 2 (120 Credits)
HR Management I
Business Communication II
Computer Studies II
Management Accountancy I
Systems Analysis
Principles of Programming
Networks and Distributed Systems
Quantitative Methods II
Year 3 (120 Credits)
HR Management I
Entrepreneurial Studies and Leadership
Computer Studies III
Managing Change
Relational Databases
Internet Development
Select one from the following:
Corporate Finance
Strategic HR Management
Year 4 (140 Credits)
Management Information Systems
Computer Organisation and Architecture
Field Project: Business Information System Evaluation

Bachelors Degree in Digital Communication and Technology

Philosophy

In general, the African continent is still finding it very difficult to narrow the digital divide compared to the developed countries across the globe. Namibia is not special in respect of this technological divide and still suffers a shortage of well-trained IT specialists and as the IT industry continues with its rapid growth so does that shortage become greater. Digital Communication Technology is the most important tool for day to day teaching and learning. It also impacts on the security of information and data that the millions of people will exchange every minute to do their business and to achieve the academic development.

This degree is designed to make a strong, relevant and practical contribution to Digital Communication Technology and is designed to improve business technology, distance learning methods, business system methods, performance and problem solving.

The programme provides a very strong science and technology foundation for the people of Namibia in line with Vision 2030.

Africa’s potential to embrace fully the advantages of science and technology and business technology has been identified. Technology varies from region to region, and there are advantages to building the digital bridges between regions in Africa.

Faced with complex and ever-evolving challenges, all stakeholders have critical choices to make. New forms of technology, new modes of social and economic organisation and new ways of thinking are called for.

The degree is concerned with the education, design, development, implementation and training of young digital and wireless communication experts who can help to improve and contribute the efficiency and effectiveness of small, medium and large organisations in the private and public sectors.

Programme Outcomes
  • The four year degree programme is broken down into eight Semesters.
  • By the time the student successfully completes this bachelors degree programme, he/she should be able to analyse, design and implement Digital Communication Technology solutions.
  • The student should be able to recognise the multi-disciplinary nature of digital and wireless systems; be familiar with Digital Communication Technology architecture and be able to evaluate and distinguish between Digital Communication Technology service operators in the market.
  • It is important to develop comprehensive and forward-looking capacity building strategies, which would enable people to acquire the skills necessary to benefit from the potential of effective utilization of digital communication and wireless technology.

Objectives (Purpose)

On Successful completion of this degree programme the candidates:

  • Be well equipped to deal with the challenges of analysing, developing, implementing, maintaining and investigating digital and wireless communication systems.
  • Be able to recognise and understand, from a local, regional and global standpoint the technical problems associated with analog, digital and wireless communication methods.
  • Be able to identify problems and develop a range of short term mid-term and long term solutions for effective and stable communication.
  • Be able to effect change, sensitive to the local, regional, national and international standards needed by the authorities regulating communication systems.

Field Projects

There will be field projects in each of the second, third and fourth years. The second year project will be carried out in groups of four students. The third year project will be carried out in pairs and the final year field project will be an individual assignment. All projects will be assessed.

Course Structure
Year - 1 (100 Credits)
Semester – 1 Semester – 2
Fundamentals of Electronics Analog & Digital Electronics
Business Communication I Digital ICs and Application
Introduction to Visual Studio & .NET Applications Digital Computer Design
Mathematics I Introduction to Computer Networks
Introduction to Regional Economics Study of Operating Systems
Computer Studies I
Year - 2 (120 Credits)
Semester – 1 Semester – 2
Information Security in the Business Environment Power Electronics
Distributed Networking & Communication Digital Communication Systems
Object Oriented Programming through JAVA Telecom Networks and Services
Regional Database Management Systems (RDBMS) Principles of Mobile Communication and Radio Networks
Fundamentals of Telecommunication Systems WiMax Network Systems
Year - 3 (120 Credits)
Semester – 1 Semester – 2
Principles of Electronic Communication systems Industrial Attachment (Full Time)
Digital Network Management and Maintenance
Optical Fibre Technology
ATM and IP Networks
Frame Relay and X25 Data Services
Year - 4 (140 Credits)
Semester – 1 Semester – 2
Research Project – Phase I Research Project – Phase II
Introduction to Satellite Communications
Select any 2 subjects Below: Select any 2 subjects below:
Digital Signal Processing Advanced DSL and IP Networks
VVLSI Technologies Introduction to Cryptography
VOICE Switching Communication Passport Engineer