Diploma in Computer Science
The diploma degree is 60 credit hours program distributed over two years of studies. It is competency oriented as required by the IT industry standards with emphasis on the following concepts:
- Computer Platforms
- System Analysis
- Database Design
- Personal Skills Development
The program strikes a balance between theory and practice. Although it emphasizes practical work, it also covers the theoretical foundations in order to establish adequate links with education at a higher level and keep the students abreast of current knowledge in the field. Students will have hands-on experience with computer hardware, software, and methodologies of software evaluation and development of computer applications with strong emphasis on developing programming skills, including programming for the World Wide Web. In addition, the program follows a modern liberal arts approach by exposing the students to a sound knowledge of general sciences, the arts, study of the Omani culture, mastery of general computing skills, and efficient usage of Arabic and English languages.
Although the Diploma holders may exit the university education with this degree, they will also have opportunities to continue their education to complete a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science if they satisfy the requirements for admission to that program, then all the credits that are successfully completed in the Diploma program are transferable to the B.S. program.