Master of Science (Information Technology)

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MSC-IT

  • The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with the advanced knowledge, principles and skills in term of theoretical and practical foundation for designing, implementing and managing information technology solutions and resources and also recognizing the impact of technology on individuals, organization and society.

    At the end of this programme, students are expected to:

    1) Elaborate the in-depth knowledge of Information Technology in accordance with the business needs of the nation.
    2) Apply the acquired knowledge in problem solving utilizing advanced programming skills and appropriate tools to develop applications.
    3) Build network and collaboration with stakeholders ethically and professionally.
    4) Demonstrate IT professionalism through positive attitude towards organization.
    5) Practice excellent leadership, and demonstrate effective communication and teamwork capabilities in managing and conducting IT projects and research.
    6) Integrate and synthesize business and IT issues, and critically propose potential solutions utilizing advanced scientific approach.
    7) Apply acquired advanced skills and knowledge to pursue lifelong learning and career advancement, and keep up to date with emerging information technologies advancements.
    8) Combine suitable business and entrepreneurial skills in IT related projects.

    Master of Science (Information Technology) is offered in three modes:
    • Coursework;
    • Coursework and dissertation; and
    • Research

    Contact the Coordinator at School of Computing (SOC):
    Name: Dr. Norliza Katuk
    Tel: +604-928 5063
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  • SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

    Students for Master of Science (Information Technology) by Coursework/ Coursework and Dissertation must possess:

    a) A bachelor's degree with Honours related to Computing or Science and Technology from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate with a CGPA of at least 2.75; or

    b) A bachelor's degree with Honours related to Computing or Science and Technology from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate with a CGPA of 2.00 – 2.74 and relevant work experience; and

    c) Fulfil the English language requirements as set by the University Senate.

    Students for Master of Science (Information Technology) by Research must possess:

    a) A bachelor's degree with Honours related to Computing or Science and Technology from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate with a CGPA of at least 3.00; or

    b) A bachelor's degree with Honours related to Computing or Science and Technology from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate with a CGPA of 2.00 – 2.99 and relevant work experience; and

    c) Fulfil the English language requirements as set by the University Senate.
  • Master of Science (Information Technology) by coursework is a 41-credit-hour programme which comprises the courses following:

    CORE COURSES (24 CREDIT HOURS)

    STIN5014 Artificial Intelligence
    STIW5034 Software Modelling and Design
    STIW5044 Object Oriented Programming Development
    STIJ5014 Distributed Systems
    STID5034 Database Systems
    STIQ6014 Research Methodology in Computing

    ELECTIVE COURSES (8 CREDIT HOURS)

    Choose TWO (2) courses from the following list or any other courses approved by the Dean of School of Computing (SOC):

    STID6064 Computational Modelling and Simulation
    STID6074 IT Facility and Service Management
    STID6084 Seminar in Computing
    STID6094 Directed Study in Computing
    STIJ6064 Cybersecurity
    STIJ6074 Mobile Development Technologies
    STIJ6084 Forensic Computing
    STIK6024 Future Networks
    STIK6034 Virtualization in Networks
    STIN5084 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
    STIW6074 Human Computer Interactions
    STIW6014 Requirements Engineering
    STIW6044 Software Quality Measurement
    STIW6054 Usability Engineering
    STIW6064 Emergent Software Architecture

    PROJECT PAPER (9 CREDIT HOURS)

    STIZ6999 Project in Computing
  • Master of Science (Information Technology) by coursework and dissertation is a 40-credit- hour programme, which comprises the following:

    CORE COURSES (16 CREDIT HOURS)

    STIW5034 Software Modelling and Design
    STIJ5014 Distributed Systems
    STID5034 Database Systems
    STIQ6014 Research Methodology in Computing

    ELECTIVE COURSE (4 CREDIT HOURS)

    Choose ONE (1) course from the following list or any other courses approved by the Dean of School of Computing (SOC):

    STID6064 Computational Modelling and Simulation
    STID6074 IT Facility and Service Management
    STID6084 Seminar in Computing
    STID6094 Directed Study in Computing
    STIJ6064 Cybersecurity
    STIJ6074 Mobile Development Technologies
    STIJ6084 Forensic Computing
    STIK6024 Future Networks
    STIK6034 Virtualization in Networks
    STIN5014 Artificial Intelligence
    STIN5084 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
    STIW5044 Object Oriented Programming Development
    STIW6074 Human Computer Interactions
    STIW6014 Requirements Engineering
    STIW6044 Software Quality Measurement
    STIW6054 Usability Engineering
    STIW6064 Emergent Software Architecture

    DISSERTATION (20 CREDIT HOURS)

    STIZ69920 Dissertation
  • Students are required to:

    i. present and defend proposed research to a committee;
    ii. present progress report of research work at colloquiums arranged by the Graduate School;
    iii. attend a viva voce session to defend the thesis; and
    iv. submit a written thesis.

    Students without sufficient research skills and knowledge are required to attend and pass the following courses with at least a B grade before being allowed to defend their proposal (i.e. within the first two semesters of their enrolment):

    i. STIQ6014 Research Methodology in Computing;
    ii. SCLE6014 Academic Writing; and/or
    iii. any other courses as determined by the supervisor or Academic Committee.

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