Bachelor of Information Technology

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A Bachelor of Information Technology (abbreviations BIT, BInfTech, B.Tech(IT) or BE(IT)) is an undergraduate academic degree that generally requires three to five years of study. While the degree has a major focus on computers and technology, it differs from a Computer Science degree in that students are also expected to study management and information science, and there are reduced requirements for mathematics. A degree in computer science can be expected to concentrate on the scientific aspects of computing, while a degree in information technology can be expected to concentrate on the business and communication applications of computing. There is more emphasis on these two areas in the e-commerce, e-business and business information technology undergraduate courses. Specific names for the degrees vary across countries, and even universities within countries.

This is in contrast to a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology which is a bachelor's degree typically conferred after a period of three to four years of an undergraduate course of study in Information Technology (IT). The degree itself is a Bachelor of Science with institutions conferring degrees in the fields of information technology and related fields.

International variations[edit]

Australia[edit]

In Australia a BIT is a three-year or four-year undergraduate degree.

At the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), a BIT is a three-year, co-op scholarship degree with two six-month job placements. At the University of New South Wales a BIT is referred to as "Business in Information technology" and is also a co-op scholarship degree that lasts four years.

At the University of Sydney a BIT is a four-year technical program, related to degrees such as Computer Science and Software Engineering.

At Swinburne University of Technology,a BIT is a three-year co-op scholarship degree incorporating two six-month job placements.[1] An optional fourth-year honours year is also available for students who successfully complete the BIT from Swinburne University.[2]

At RMIT University a BIT is offered as three-year program, giving the student the choice of a majors These major are: Application Programming, Business Applications, Multimedia Design, Network Programming, System Administration and Web Systems[3]

The state of the BIT program in Australia is unstable, as many universities offer it as a technical program while others as a business, e-commerce related program. The Australian Computer Society recognizes all BIT degrees, however Engineers Australia only recognises BIT degrees that are technical.[4][5][6][7]

Canada[edit]

In Canada, Carleton University and Algonquin College have jointly created 3 streams of a Bachelor of Information Technology Degree; Interactive Multimedia & Design,[8] Network Technology,[9] and Photonics & Laser Technology.[10]

India[edit]

In India, Bachelor of Information Technology is a 4 year undergraduate course. Course is divided into 8-semesters,the degree is awarded after completion of a 4 year program. The degree is conferred by government and private institutions, as well as a host of other prestigious institutes (both public and privately funded) for their professional engineering programs. However, most other institutions in India use the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) / Bachelors of Engineering (BE)in IT degree.Admission the program is done through nation-wide entrance test. There is also a 3-year course which awards a B.Sc. degree at the end of the program. Some universities even offer a B.Sc. IT course either through regular programs or through distance-learning courses. However there is not much demand to the B.Sc. course as it is to the B.Tech or B.E IT courses.

Namibia[edit]

The Polytechnic of Namibia offers a 3 year degree in IT in three areas of specialization: Business Computing, system administration and networks & software development

Netherlands[edit]

In the Netherlands Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology degrees are awarded after four years of study and the completion of a thesis with a specialization in a certain field such as Informatics, Computer Engineering, Information Science or Software Engineering.

The formal title awarded to a student after successfully defending his thesis before an examination committee is ingenieur (abbr. ing.) and B.ICT, the former being the Dutch equivalent of a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Iran[edit]

In the Iran Bachelor of Information Technology degrees are awarded after four years of study and the completion of a thesis with a specialization in a certain field such as e-learning, computer networks, information security, data mining, software development, e-commerce

In Iran, Sharif University of Technology, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) and University of Tehran are specified universities holding this course in Bsc and Msc.

Also, Tehran Virtual University and Noure-Touba Virtual University are virtual learning where hold IT course in Iran.

In Iran, Students whom graduated from this course has been passed subjects about Data Structures, Algorithm Design, Computer Networking, Artificial Intelligence, Database Concepts, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Software Engineering, Management Theories, Engineering Economics and...

South Africa[edit]

In South Africa the University of Pretoria offers the Baccalaureus in Information Technology (BIT) degree as a four-year undergraduate programme.[11] The University of Pretoria is also the first university in South Africa to offer this degree. Upon successful completion of a BIT degree a student can continue with either a part-time or full-time MIT programme at the University of Pretoria to round off his or her professional training or enter the workforce.[12] The BIT course includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects: Business Management, Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, English, Programming and Advanced Programming, Systems Development, Philosophy, Financial Accounting, Data Structures and Algorithms, Operating Systems, Databases, Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Information Organization and Retrieval, Computer Architecture, Software Engineering, Multimedia. As an alternative to BIT, the University of Pretoria's Computer Science Department offers two three-year degrees, BSc CS and BSc IT.[13]

Sri Lanka[edit]

In Sri Lanka, Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) is 3 year undergraduate degree without any specialization, mostly awarded as an external degree, which are often considered lower in standing[14][15] to the traditional internal Bachelor of Science special degrees in computer engineering, computer science and Information Technology, which mostly are 4 years with a specialization or 3 years without a specialization.[16]

The University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) and the Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Moratuwa offers the three year external degree programmes leading to Bachelor of Information Technology (External). It was first introduced UCSC in 2000, it incorporates e-learning.

The Faculty of Applied Science of the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna (VCUoJ) and the Faculty of Applied Science of the Rajarata University offers the three year internal degree programmes leading to Bachelor of Information & Communication Technology (BICT) which mostly are 3 years without a specialization or 4 years with a specialization. The University of Colombo School of Computing, used to award a BICT which has since been renamed as Bachelor of Information Systems (BIS).

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