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Study Computer Science at University of Technology, PNG

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General Information on Computer Science studies at the University Technology in Papua New Guinea 

Diploma Program

The Department offers a two year programme leading to a Diploma in Computer Science.

The Diploma programme gives students a basic knowledge of the mathematics, physics and information technology, and a broad understanding of computer science topics including programming, data base theory, operating systems, computer architecture, and computer networking. Students learn how to use the computer's potential both by using standard packages and programming in a higher level language to solve problems in many areas of science, technology, education and commerce.

Upon successful completion of the Diploma programme, students may apply to enter the Bachelor Degree programme, which will involve another two years of full time study. Those students who pass the Diploma course with good grades will be allowed to proceed into the Degree programme.

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for the Diploma is a Grade 12 certificate, with a grade B or better in Mathematics A, Physics and English. Some mature entry students may also be admitted into the Diploma. These prospective students will be expected to have equivalent qualifications in Mathematics, plus practical experience in a computing area.

Summary of the Diploma Programme

In the first year students take 5 subjects. These include 3 general studies subjects (Engineering Mathematics, Physics for Computer Science, and Language and Communication) and 2 computer science specific subjects (Fundamentals of Computer Science, and Discrete Mathematics). Fundamentals of Computer Science involves much hands-on-computer experience:including the use of standard packages, programming in Pascal and Delphi, and an introduction to computer architecture. Discrete Mathematics introduces mathematics topics fundamental to later success in Computer Science.

In the second year students again take both general studies and computer science specific subjects. The general studies subjects include more engineering mathematics, applied statistics, language, and a business studies topic. The computer science specific subjects include database concepts, networking and communications, end-user computing, use and evaluation of standard software packages, systems analysis, further PASCAL programming using data structures.

Degree Program

The Department offers a four year programme leading to the Degree - Bachelor of Science (Computer Science).

Students initially register for and successfully complete the two year Diploma in Computer Science. Upon successful completion of the Diploma programme, students may apply to enter the Bachelor Degree programme, which will involve another two years of full time study.

The Degree programme continues the work of the Diploma programme, extending and deepening student's knowledge and applications of topics in computing. Students take a range of courses in computer hardware and software, systems analysis, mathematical computation and computer modelling. There are many options available in the fourth year.

Although not part of the formal Degree program, students are encouraged to enter into a period of industrial training - either after the end of their second or third years of study. Where possible the Department will attempt to assist the students finding positions.

Entry Requirements

Entry into the third year Degree programme is at the invitation of the Department. Those students who pass the Diploma course with good second year grades will be allowed to proceed into the programme.

Summary of the Degree Programme

Third year subjects include operating systems, an introduction to COBOL, advanced computer languages, including C++ and compiling techniques, computer hardware and architecture. Numerical methods for differential equations, more advanced statistics and survey methods form the mathematical methods to support the third year of the program.

The fourth year has a less rigid framework. Special emphasis is attached to the computing project (MA467) which involves the students singly or in small groups working on a project, and producing both a written document and oral presentation at the end of the project.

Given sufficient staffing, fourth year students will be able to select from a set of electives. Currently this list includes include topics from computer science (optimization, data base programming, software engineering, management of information systems, UNIX operating system; computer graphics and animation, computer aided design, desk top publishing, object oriented programming and real time programming, human computer interface, industrial database and Oracle, Windows programming, and courseware development) and mathematics (linear programming, simulation, differential equations, graph theory, optimization). Further fourth year electives will be added from time to time to reflect the changes in this rapidly evolving discipline.

Postgraduate Program

Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

The Post Graduate Diploma is usually offered as a part time programme.

The Department provides this programme for graduates who are preparing for higher degree studies and for those who require additional courses beyond the scope of their present training and skills. The Diploma is practical in nature so that students who graduate will have skills which can be readily used in Papua New Guinea.

Students who have been awarded a Diploma or who satisfy the requirements prescribed by the Papua New Guinea University of Technology may be admitted to an M.Sc or M.Phil program.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are normally expected to be graduates in Computer Science. Candidates without the prerequisite knowledge will be asked to take undergraduate subjects or formative modules before they start the Diploma programme.

Summary of the Programme

In order to complete the Diploma candidates must satisfactorily complete a total of eight subjects, which would normally include a project equivalent to two subjects. In special cases the project may be replaced by two subjects.

The eight subjects must include the core subjects Data Communication and Networking, Computer Programming, and Operating Systems, which are normally studied first.

The project is equivalent to a double subject and will be related to students interests and staff availability. Students may propose projects relating to their work place and these may be approved if at the right level.

A Diploma adviser will help students select a remaining set of appropriate subjects. This set would usually come from the list below, but could include approved subjects from other post graduate diplomas offered by the Department, or post graduate subjects offered by other Departments of the University. The balance of the six courses (particularly the core subjects) and the project area will determine which Diploma is awarded.

Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Mathematics

The Post Graduate Diploma is usually offered as a part time programme.

The Department provides this programme for graduates who are preparing for higher degree studies and for those who require additional courses beyond the scope of their present training and skills. The Diploma is practical in nature so that students who graduate will have skills which can be readily used in Papua New Guinea.

Students who have been awarded a Diploma or who satisfy the requirements prescribed by the Papua New Guinea University of Technology may be admitted to an M.Sc or M.Phil program.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are normally expected to be graduates in Mathematics or Engineering. Candidates without the prerequisite knowledge will be asked to take undergraduate subjects or formative modules before they start the Diploma programme.

Summary of the Programme

In order to complete the Diploma candidates must satisfactorily complete a total of eight subjects, which would normally include a project equivalent to two subjects. In special cases the project may be replaced by two subjects.

The eight subjects must include the core subjects Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, and Probability and Statistics.

The project is equivalent to a double subject and will be related to students interests and staff availability. Students may propose projects relating to their work place and these may be approved if at the right level.

A Diploma adviser will help students select a remaining set of appropriate subjects. This set would usually come from the list below, but could include approved subjects from other post graduate diplomas offered by the Department, or post graduate subjects offered by other Departments of the University. The balance of the six courses (particularly the core subjects) and the project area will determine which Diploma is awarded.

Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematics

The Post Graduate Diploma is usually offered as a part time programme.

The Department provides this programme for graduates who are preparing for higher degree studies and for those who require additional courses beyond the scope of their present training and skills. The Diploma is practical in nature so that students who graduate will have skills which can be readily used in Papua New Guinea.

Students who have been awarded a Diploma or who satisfy the requirements prescribed by the Papua New Guinea University of Technology may be admitted to an M.Sc or M.Phil program.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are normally expected to be graduates in Mathematics. Candidates without the prerequisite knowledge will be asked to take undergraduate subjects or formative modules before they start the Diploma programme.

Summary of the Programme

In order to complete the Diploma candidates must satisfactorily complete a total of eight subjects, which would normally include a project equivalent to two subjects. In special cases the project may be replaced by two subjects.

The eight subjects must include the core subjects Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, and Algebraic Structures.

The project is equivalent to a double subject and will be related to students interests and staff availability. Students may propose projects relating to their work place and these may be approved if at the right level.

A Diploma adviser will help students select a remaining set of appropriate subjects. This set would usually come from the list below, but could include approved subjects from other post graduate diplomas offered by the Department, or post graduate subjects offered by other Departments of the University. The balance of the six courses (particularly the core subjects) and the project area will determine which Diploma is awarded.

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