The Faculty of Computer Studies (FCS) at the Arab Open University (AOU) offers leading-edge programmes of study in the most in-demand fields through UnderGraduate and PostGraduate programmes. Currently, FCS offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Computing (ITC) with five track options, and a Master of Science in Information Security and Forensics. The ITC BA Programme and the MSc programme are validated by the Open University (OU), UK. Thus upon graduation, the student will receive a dual degree (i.e., one from the AOU and the dual one from the OU, UK). By virtue of being validated programmes, the FCS has a team of External Examiners from reputed UK Universities to ensure that quality of these awards is of the same standards as those offered at comparable Universities in the UK.
The FCS philosophy is to keep its programmes up-to-date with the latest technical advancements, satisfying the relevant market/employer needs. In addition, the AOU, in general, is keen to keep its programmes revalidated from the OU, UK to provide our students with extra international recognition to maximize their employability possibilities.
1] Information Technology and Computer (ITC) – (BSc. Degree)
The Information Technology and Computing (ITC) programme has been designed and developed to provide a high-quality programme of study to students at the Faculty of Computer Studies (FCS), Arab Open University (AOU). The design and development of this programme have taken into consideration the guidelines provided by professional standard bodies, including the QAA, UK (QAA2016) and the curriculum guidelines of ACM-IEEE 2013 in addition to the up-to-date prospectus of the Computing and Information Technology provided by the Open University-UK. This programme is composed of five pathways as follows:
Information Technology and Computing (ITC) Students will acquire knowledge and key skills about important topics in the field of ITC, including Communication and Information Technologies, Object-Oriented Programming, Software Engineering, Data Management, and Analysis.
Graduates of this pathway have a broad range of
career opportunities as a software developer, database administrator, systems analyst, system designer, software engineer, information systems operator etc.
Computer Science (CS) Through the study of this pathway, the students will gain in-depth knowledge about the key Computer Science areas such as Object-Oriented Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Operating Systems, Computer Graphics and Multimedia, Data Management and Analysis, Changing Work Environments and Flexible working arrangements and Artificial Intelligence.
Graduates of this pathway have a broad range of career opportunities as System programmer, Game AI programmer, software developer, database administrator, application programmer, data analyst, java programmer, expert system developer, etc…
Networking & Security (N&S) This pathway provides students with opportunities to study specialized topics related to Networking and Security, including study of CISCO Networking, Advanced Networking, Applied Network Security, Communication Technology and Changing Work Environments and Flexible working arrangements.
Networking and Security graduates should expect a rewarding
career as Cybersecurity technologist, network specialist, network administrator/ manager, network analyst, security analyst, etc…
Computing with Business (CwB) This pathway is a good blend of Computing and Business concepts, and students will acquire knowledge about important topics, including Object-Oriented Programming, Data Management, and Analysis, Web Mobile and Cloud Technologies, Business Opportunities and Strategic Management.
Graduates of this pathway have a broad range of
career opportunities as a software developer, application programmer, database administrator, business analyst, Business intelligence specialist, e-commerce specialist, IT project manager.
2] Information Security and Forensics – (MSc Degree)
The MSc in information Security and Forensics has been developed in collaboration with our partner institution, the Open University UK (OU UK). The need for information security and forensics analysts in the Arab countries is continuously increasing, and thus the career outlook for graduates looks positive, as there is a shortage of skilled personnel in both the Information Security and digital forensics fields. Students in this programme will develop a wide range of skills and competencies related to information security, digital forensics and network security that will prepare them for a variety of career opportunities. Graduates can progress to work in cyber-fighting agencies (whether local, regional and international). But the career opportunity is not limited to those agencies with the huge demand in industry for professionals with both digital forensics and information security skills especially with the rise of cyber-security threats and attacks.