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Diploma in Information & Communications Technology with a specialism in Data Informatics

Offered by: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
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Exam BodyInternal Diploma Malaysia
Course Duration2 years (6 Semesters)
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
FeesRM 44,900
Fees (International Student)RM 46,800 (USD 11,700)
FacultySchool of Pre-University Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudyComputing & IT
Course Description

This APU Diploma in Information & Communications Technology with a specialism in Data Informatics is designed to provide:

  • Provide students with skills in software systems development, with emphasis on aspects of data informatics.
  • Prepare students for careers in the ICT environments with emphasis on solutions design, software development, technology infrastructure support, data informatics application.
  • Enable appreciation of the proven principles and techniques to the development and support of software systems in commercial organisations.
  • Provide students with critical, independent and cooperative learning skills so as to facilitate response to continuous future changes in industry practices.
  • Develop students’ intellectual skills, communications ability and team working capability.

 

Further Studies:

Upon successful completion of the Diploma Programmes with a minimum CGPA of 2.5, you will be eligible to progress into Year 2 of any of the following degree programmes offered at APU and APIIT.

Students who undertake this programme will be eligible to progress into Year 2 of:

  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in:
    • Information Systems Security
    • Cloud Computing
    • Network Computing
    • Mobile Technology
    • Internet of Things (IoT)*
    • Financial Technology (FinTech)
    • Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Cyber Security)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Data Analytics
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Digital Forensics*
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)

* Bridging module/s needed before progress into Year 2
- For the full listing of our Diploma Programmes, please refer to the Pre-University programme brochure

Note: Student with CGPA above 2.0 and below 2.5 may be accepted using rigorous assessment conducted by APU/APIIT and subject to the approval of the Academic Board.

Curriculum

SEMESTER 1

At the beginning of the programme, students will acquire basic language and communication skills along with core information technology skills. Students will gain an understanding of basic concepts and terminology related to technology and business management.

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Business
  • Practical IT Skills

 

SEMESTER 2

The second semester builds on and extends the foundation knowledge developed in the first semester. Language and communication skills are taken to more advanced levels of research and professionalism. The ability to analyse and solve problems using quantitative skills, and familiarity with technology are enhanced.

  • Academic Research Skills
  • Information Systems
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Professional Communication

 

SEMESTER 3

This semester moves students to a new level in information and communication technology related areas such as computer programming, databases, internet applications and computer system architecture. With this knowledge, students are able to use computing tools and techniques to solve common real-world problems.

  • Database Systems
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Visual Basic.NET

 

SEMESTER 4

Students are exposed to more advanced development concepts, including the system development life cycle. Specialisation starts here, with an introduction to data analytics that covers topics such as big data, data warehouse and data mining. Data informatics also requires a deep appreciation of algorithmic thinking, based on calculus and algebra. Besides, usability principles in the web design and development process, and software engineering processes are introduced and developed to support the software development project in the final semester.

  • Networks & Networking
  • System Analysis & Design

Specialised Modules

  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Introduction to Software Engineering

 

SEMESTER 5

In their final semester, students acquire basic knowledge of computer networks to deepen their knowledge of computing technology. Students also design and implement algorithm using their second programming language. Two more specialised modules Behavioural Science and Marketing Analytics, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence will bring an insight into the techniques used in the design of software and the building of data informatics based systems. The semester completes with Software Development Project which integrates skills, knowledge and understanding from the full programme where students are expecting to include a range of data informatics techniques for problem solving.

  • Java Programming

Specialised Modules

  • Behavioural Science and Marketing Analytics
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development Project

 

SEMESTER 6

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 8 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.

 

*In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfil credit requirements for Co-curricular activities.

Entry Requirements

General Requirement

  • 3 Credits in at least 3 subjects at SPM level, with a minimum of a pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);
  • 3 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 3 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels;
  • 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC;
  • Pass relevant Certificate Programme or its equivalent;
  • A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.
  • Pass in Mathematics is required at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.

English Requirement

International Students

Diploma in Information and Communication Technology

  • IELTS : 4.0
  • TOEFL PBT : 397
  • TOEFL IBT : 30-31
  • Pearson (PTE) : 30
  • MUET : Band 2
Intake Months

13 May 2020 / 29 Jun 2020 / 21 Sep 2020 / 09 Nov 2020

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.


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