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Description of the Network and Internet Programme
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The world today is witnessing a great shift controlled by the growing technological development. The field of computer and information technology is the basis of this shift and this remarkable development, which is evident through its impact in various fields. The development in the field of computer technology is considered to be the fastest in the world. To keep pace with this rapid development, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University is keen to meet the needs of the Kingdom by providing the opportunity to qualify local cadres at a competitive level and with international standards according to the requirements of the labor market. This is clearly apparent in the strategic plan of the university, which requires a correspondence between the visions and missions of the colleges with the overall vision and mission of the university. This entailed reviewing the study plans for the academic programs. In this regard, the study plans of the Programming & Computer Science Program and Networks & Internet Program at Al-Kharj Community College have been updated, in accordance with the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the academic accreditation standards.
First: rationale for updating the programme
- to overcome challenges encountered during the execution of the current plan
- keeping abreast with the developments in this field
Second: methodology of updating the plan
1. Pinpoint the learning objectives and the learning outcomes in the light of the educational policy in the Kingdom and the national arena of qualification and QA.
2. - Identify problems in the current plan.
3 - Design the plan and determine the courses and sequencing in line with the objectives of the College and educational outputs.
4. Abide by the minimum number of credit hours for graduation requirements.
5 - Commitment to the requirements of the University
6. Ensure that the study plan meets the requirements of the labor market
Third: programme vision
To reach the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in preparing distinguished graduates in the fields of Computer Science and Information Technology in order to serve the local community
Fourth: programme mission
Offering distinguished programmes and high-quality education, via an academic environment that utilizes the most up-to-date technology and is propitious for creativity, in order to prepare theoretically and practically skilled graduates in the fields of computer science and IT, for the purpose of meeting the demands of the labour market
Fifth: educational objectives of the programme
1 This programme aims at producing graduates who are well trained and qualified to design, manage, build and maintain networks that meet the needs for medium cadres that the country needs.
2 Producing technical and administrative cadres within a record period of time in an assortment of fields that are needed in the labour market, both public and private, in order to achieve the desired goals of economic development.
3 Preparing highly qualified and well trained citizens who will serve their nation with their knowledge and ideas.
4 Producing graduates who are qualified and confident enough to face the challenges of the modern way of life and new-fangled needs of our times.
5 Producing graduates who are competitive and effective in a fast-changing highly-competitive market.
Characteristics of graduates from this programme
Holders of a diploma in Computer Science and Programming should demonstrate the following:
* knowledge of the following important facts, fundamentals and theories:
1- network design and maintenance
2- network and internet protocols
3- building and managing networks
4- setting up a network, a proxy server and a mail server
5- fundamentals of Networks and Object Oriented Programming
6- different operating systems
7- network security
8- Ability to process and configure servers, switches and routing for adapters
9- Website management, and
10- designing systems and practical procedures related to their field of specialization.
11- Ability to apply concepts, theories and survey operations to the different aspects of their specialization.
12- Ability to take responsibility for the requirements of their study and their future careers.
13- Ability to interpret and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data and provide results verbally and in writing, with appropriate use of ICT.
Graduates from this programme should:
1- be able to apply their knowledge and skills to computer issues with minimal guidance, knowing the limits of their knowledge, and how this affects the analyses and interpretations that are based on this knowledge. They should seek advice from appropriate authorities whenever the need arises.
2- take the initiative to plan to enhance their knowledge and skills.
3- think and act independently, and interact constructively in situations that require collective work, to achieve common goals.
4- determine the impact of their actions on others and assess the appropriateness of such behaviour in the light of sound moral principles. They should bear their own responsibility for their actions in individual or collective situations.
5- behave in ways that are congruent with Islamic values and beliefs, and reflect loyalty, responsibility and commitment to community service.
Sixth: learning outcomes of the programme
1- knowing the different types of network
2- designing, installing, maintaining and running networks
3- dealing with errors and faults and fixing them
4- ability to ensure the safety of computer networks
5- ability to use ICT by using the different computer programs that are germane to networks
b. cognitive skills
1. Be able to recognise the characteristics of networks (vector components, system, speeds, internet, etc)
2. Be proficient in installing and running a network
3. Be well versed in dealing with errors and fixing them.
c. Interpersonal Skills and taking responsibility:
1. Be able to think and act independently, and interact constructively in collective situations to achieve common goals.
2. Be able to take the lead in a small group within a specific scope of responsibility.
3. Be able to identify weaknesses in his / her own knowledge and skills, and has the ability to plan and work to support his continuous learning.
4. Bear responsibility for one’s personal actions in individual or collective situations. Be aware of and adhere to regulations and codes of conduct and practice, and seek advice whenever needed.
D - Communication skills, IT and numerical skills:
• Relevant statistical and mathematical methods (routine) can be applied in the survey and suggest solutions to problems and issues.
• Communicates effectively in writing and verbally, and provides discussions, analyses and results accurately and correctly.
• Be able to use ICT effectively in case analysis, information acquisition, presentation, design and programming.