Bachelor of Science - Computer Networks Engineering

Application & Registration Closing Date: 9th February 2018

START:
12th February 2018
DURATION:
4 Years on FT and 5.5 Years on PT/DE
ID:
BCNE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BIT) programme is designed to meet the growing demand for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge among the people in Zambia, both in the private and the public sectors. It is aimed at grooming young innovative professionals in the development and use of ICTs in the country. It is intended for the following groups of people:

  1. School leavers who want to pursue a career in ICT and related fields.

  2. Holders of an advanced Diploma in an ICT related field.

This programme guide outlines the contents of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BIT) degree programme and is accordingly structured as follows. The programme rationale, aim, objectives and target group are outlined in Sub-sections 1.1 to 1.4 respectively, while the admission, grading and award criteria are given in Section 2.0. Sections 3.0 – 5.0 describe the course assessment, exemptions policy and course codes respectively. Details of the course outlines are given in Section 6.0.

    1. RATIONALE

With the increased use of computer technology in all spheres of life, it has become imperative for Zambian students to recognise the use of ICTs in various sectors of the country. No single sector can survive nowadays without the use of ICTs. Mobile computing has particularly become available to everyone, with the internet becoming a dominant feature in electronic business. In order to continue growing, Zambia must produce a large number of professionals who can articulate ICTs and help in enhancing the development of ICTs. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree programme is meant to equip such persons with the skills to contribute to the development of the country through ICTs. ZCAS has found it necessary to introduce a degree that satisfies the developmental needs of the country through ICTs.

1.2 AIM

The aim of this programme is to equip candidates with knowledge and skills in the use of ICTs in various sectors of the country in order to create innovation among holders of the degree with a view to facilitating economic development.

    1. OBJECTIVES

At the end of the programme, candidates should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a thorough grounding in the fundamental theories, concepts, principles and practices of ICTs.

  2. demonstrate critical business abilities of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and judgement using ICT.

  3. complete and present a research project of 10,000 words to the specified standard.

1.4 TARGET GROUP

The BSc IT degree programme is designed to meet the growing demand for professionally qualified information technologists and engineers who have also acquired academic competences. It is intended for the following groups of people:

  1. School leavers who want to pursue a career in ICT and related fields.

  2. Holders of an advanced Diploma in an ICT related field.

  3. Any eligible person who wishes to pursue a career in an ICT related field.

2.0 ADMISSION, GRADING AND AWARD CRITERIA

2.1 ADMISSION CRITERIA

To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Degree Programme an applicant must have a minimum of five credits at O’ level or a holder of Grade 12 certificate including English and Mathematics and must satisfy the entrance requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology programme which are:

  1. Holder of a Grade 12 Certificate.

or

  1. Holder of any other relevant advanced diploma in ICT or related field.

  2. Holder of any relevant 3 year diploma in any ICT or related area from a reputable college or university.

or

  1. Three ‘A’ level passes including Mathematics or equivalent.
  1. Holder of relevant ICT experience supported by appropriate CV and reference(s) may be admitted on mature-age basis subject to approval by an admissions panel.

2.2 REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE AWARD OF BACHELOR OF SIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEGREE

2.2.1 Duration of study

The course of study for the award of the BSc IT degree shall be completed in a period of:

  1. Not less than four and not more than six academic years in the case of full-time students who have satisfied the requirements of the regulations.

  2. Not less than five and not more than seven academic years in all other cases (from the date of first registration).

2.2.2 Student progression

  1. The programme of study shall be taken in the sequence approved by the ZCAS University Senate with lower level foundation courses being undertaken and completed before a student proceeds to higher level and specialized courses of study.

  2. A candidate who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next year of study.

  3. A full-time student shall register for and take not less than four and not more than five courses in any semester of the academic year.

  4. A part-time student shall register for and take not more than three courses in any semester of the academic year.

  5. Provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

  6. A student who fails in one course may be permitted to proceed to higher level courses provided he or she repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

  7. A student who fails two courses in any academic year will normally proceed to Part-time studies until he or she has cleared the outstanding courses.

  8. A student who fails in more than two courses in his or her academic year of study will be excluded.

  9. An Evening programme student shall register for and take three courses.

  10. An Evening programme student who fails up to two courses in any academic year will receive the comment ‘Proceed and repeat’.

  11. An Evening programme student who fails more than two courses in one academic year will be excluded.

  12. A full-time, part-time or evening student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion but he or she may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

  13. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

  14. To qualify to sit for an examination the student should have passed the continuous assessment. Any student who fails the continuous assessment should be informed two weeks before the commencement of the examinations about their ineligibility to sit for the examination.

2.2.3 Deferred and supplementary examinations

  1. A student who is unable to sit the scheduled examinations and qualifies on compassionate grounds may be awarded a deferred examination in one or more courses. A deferred examination will be graded normally, i.e. between D and A+.

  2. A student who has failed a course in a scheduled examination may be awarded a supplementary examination in the failed course if he or she meets the following criteria:

    1. Full-time student – the student has passed three courses at the grade of at least C+ and achieved a D+ in the examination of the said course.

    2. Part-time/ evening student – the student has passed two courses at the grade of at least C+ and achieved a D+ in the examination of the said course.

  3. A supplementary examination is marked on a pass/fail basis.

    1. COURSE ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

3.1 COURSE ASSESSMENT

In all the courses listed (except for BScIT442 Final Project), the distribution of marks shall be as follows:

For all examinable courses the distribution of marks shall be as follows:

Continuous assessment 40%

One Assignment 10%

One Test 20%

Case Study OR Lab / Practical Sessions 10%

Final Examination 60%

Total 100%

Where no laboratory / practical sessions are involved, there will be two assignments (10%), one test (10%) and a case study (20%). Where there are variations to this, these are indicated in the specific course.

In the grading of final assessment results, the following scale will apply:

Percentage Letter Grade

86 and above A+ Distinction

76-85 A Distinction

66-75 B+ Meritorious

61-65 B Very Satisfactory

56-60 C+ Definite Pass

50-55 C Bare Pass

    1. D+ Bare Fail

0 – 39 D Definite Fail

    1. GRADING

To be eligible for the award of the BSc IT degree, a student must have:

  1. Passed all the 32 Courses.

  2. Adhered to the requisite course combinations in each semester.

In the grading of final examination results, the following scale will apply:

Pass grades

A+ Distinction (86% and above)

A Distinction (76% – 85%)

B+ Meritorious (66% – 75%)

B Very Satisfactory (56% – 65%)

C+ Definite Pass (46% – 55%)

C Bare Pass (40% – 45%)

S Satisfactory, pass in a practical course

P Pass in a supplementary examination

Fail grades

D+ Bare Fail (35% – 39%)

D Definite Fail (34% and below)

F Fail in a supplementary examination

U Unsatisfactory, fail in a practical course

NE No examination taken

WD Was withdrawn from the course with unsatisfactory academic progress – recorded where a student has not completed the required level of course work after a warning from the Head of Programme and/or the Director Academic Studies/Dean of School. The Director Academic Studies/Dean of School has withdrawn the student from the course before the examination.

LT Left the course during the semester without permission

DQ Was disqualified in a course by Senate

DR Was de-registered for failure to pay fees

RS To re-sit the course examination only – recorded where a student is allowed by Senate to re-sit the final semester examination in the course, and to carry over the previous course work assessment.

3.3 CLASSIFICATION OF THE DEGREE

  1. In calculating the grade of the degree, the following points shall be applied to the grades obtained.

    1. A+ 2.5 points

    2. A 2.0 points

    3. B+ 1.5 points

    4. B 1.0 point

    5. C+ 0.5 point

    6. C 0 point

  2. The grading of the BIT is based on all grades obtained in the last two years (i.e. 16 courses). No points are awarded where a course has been repeated.

  3. The points for classification of the degree shall be as follows:

Distinction 28 – 40 points

Merit 20 – 27.5 points

Credit 12 – 19.5 points

Pass 0 – 11.5 points

4.0 EXEMPTIONS (ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING)

  1. A student who has, prior to admission to the BIT, attended, whether at ZCAS University or elsewhere, courses of instruction and passed examinations equivalent in standard to courses and examinations which form part of the programme of study may, subject to approval, be exempted from attendance of classes and examinations in those courses. Automatic exemptions will apply to candidates in possession of specific professional qualifications, while for all other candidates, exemptions will be granted on a case by case basis.

  2. No exemptions are available in respect of third and fourth year courses regardless of the candidate’s qualifications.

  3. Exemptions shall only be granted on the basis of relevant, equivalents or higher qualifications, the least being an advanced diploma, acquired prior to commencement of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

  4. Holders of other relevant qualifications may be entitled to automatic exemptions in the relevant courses listed in Appendix 1.

  5. Qualifications obtained more than seven (7) years prior to commencement of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree shall not qualify for exemptions.

  6. An Exemption Fee shall be applicable where an exemption has been granted.

5.0 COURSE CODES

The letters of the course codes are an abbreviation of the course name(s) while the first digit stands for the year/level of study. The second digit is the serial number of the course in the year of study and the last digit indicates whether it is a first/second semester year course. For example, BSIT 142 means Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, first year course, course number four, offered in the second semester. BIT 211 stands for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, second year course, course number one offered in the first semester. BIT 342 denotes Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, third year course, course number four, offered in the second semester.

6.0 COURSE STRUCTURE

Each year of study will be divided into two semesters and full-time students are expected to take four courses in each semester while part-time students will take up to three courses. Except for Information Technology Project at fourth year, the courses are structured in such a way that semester one courses are not a pre-requisite for semester two courses in each year. The course structure is as shown in Tables 1 to 4 below.

Bachelor of Science – Computer Networks Engineering

Table 1 Year 1 Courses

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Course Code Course Title
BNE 111 Academic and Professional Communication BNE 112 Professional Ethics in Computing
BNE 121 Computing and IT Skills BNE 122 Engineering Trends in ICT
BNE 131 Internet and Internet Technologies BNE 132 Computer Engineering Mathematics
BNE 141 Networking Essentials BNE 142 IT Essential: PC Hardware and Software

Table 2 Year 2 Courses

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Course Code Course Title
BNE 211 Introduction to Networks CCNA1 BNE 212 Routing and switching Essentials CCNA2
BNE 221 Programming in C BNE 222 Distributed Operating Systems
BNE 231 Database Administration BNE 232 Network Design and Security
BNE 241 Wireless Network Principles BNE 242 Object Oriented Modeling and Design

Table 3 Year 3 Courses

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Course Code Course Title
BNE 311 Scaling Networks CCNA3 BNE 312 Connecting Networks CCNA4
BNE 321 Mobility Fundamentals BNE 322 Database Engineering
BNE 331 Computer Architecture and Organization BNE 332 Programming in C++
BNE 341 Professional Engineering Practice and Industrial Management BNE 342 Telecommunication and WAN

Table 4 Year 4 Courses

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Course Code Course Title
BNE 411 Network security 1 BNE 412 Networks security 2
BNE 421 Network Analysis and Trouble Shooting BIT 422 Entrepreneurship
BNE 431 Research Methodology and Professional Project Development BNE 432 Network Management and Support
BNE 441 Network Software Engineering BNE 442 Project Paper

7. APPENDIX 1 EXEMPTIONS FOR HOLDERS OF RELEVANT ICT QUALIFICATIONS

EXEMPTIONS ON BIT PROGRAMME

  1. ZCAS University (ZCAS-U) allows direct entry to qualifications where a candidate has previously satisfied the relevant entry requirements. This document contains a detailed list of those qualifications which have been pre-approved to offer direct entry into the BSIT programme.

  1. ZCAS-U allows exemptions to certain qualifications up to a maximum of 50% of the courses offered on the BIT. Candidates should apply for exemptions BEFORE they are registered for a course on the programme. Requests for exemptions from courses where a course has already been sat and failed by the candidate will always be refused.

  1. Exemptions shall only be granted upon presentation of a full qualification. Partial qualifications shall not be considered for exemptions. Further such grant exemptions shall be granted on courses where there is at least 75% content overlap between the subject for which the recognition is being applied and the one(s) which is/ (are) the basis for application.

  1. This Direct Entry and Exemptions Document contains a list of qualifications and courses for which exemptions are granted and the corresponding exemptions permitted.

  1. A candidate should refer to this document for confirmation that the qualification is allowed for credit exemptions and to which courses the exemption applies.

  1. The candidate should complete the Application for Exemptions Form and submit this to ZCAS-U along with copies of the original certificates awarded to the individual as proof that he / she was awarded the qualification.

  1. No reduction in fees shall be given should a candidate be granted credit exemptions. An exemption fee equivalent to the course fee shall apply.

  1. Applications for a credit exemption for qualifications not authorised by ZCAS-U shall be treated as follows:

  1. The submitted Application for Exemptions Form must be accompanied by supporting documents containing full details of the qualification being considered for exemption, including:

  • Programme and/or course outcomes

  • Syllabus or course outline

  • Guided and non-guided learning hours

  • Sample assessments

  • Statement of approval from local regulator or government

  • A copy of the qualification certificate awarded to the candidate.

  1. Once the application has been reviewed, ZCAS-U will formally indicate the granting of the exemption or the refusal of the application. An explanation will be provided if desired where the application has been refused.

  1. In the event that a candidate wishes to apply for direct entry into the BSIT, the candidate should complete the Application for Direct Entry Form and submit this to ZCAS-U along with copies of the original certificates awarded to the individual as proof that he / she was awarded the qualification.

Applications for direct entry for qualifications not authorised by ZCAS-U shall be treated as follows:

  1. The submitted Application for Exemptions Form must be accompanied by supporting documents containing full details of the qualification being considered for exemption, including:

  • Programme and/or course outcomes

  • Syllabus or course outline

  • Guided and non-guided learning hours

  • Sample assessments

  • Statement of approval from local regulator or government

  • A copy of the qualification certificate awarded to the candidate.

  1. Once the application has been reviewed, ZCAS-U will formally indicate either granting the direct entry into the programme requested or the refusal of the request. An explanation will be provided if desired where the request has been refused.

  1. DIRECT ENTRY INTO BSIT

Holder of the following qualification may enter directly into the BBC Programme:

Awarding Body / Organisation Title of Qualification
TEVETA Diploma in Computer Studies
National Computer Center (NCC) Advanced Diploma ( L5 of Computing or Business Information Technology Diploma)
Institute of Management Information Systems (IMIS) IMIS Higher Diploma
British Computer Society Diploma (BCS) BCS Diploma
Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) Diploma in Accounting
   
   
  1. EXEMPTIONS FROM BIT COURSES

Note: The maximum number of exemptions shall not exceed 50% of the courses on the programme.

Awarding Body Qualification Courses Exempted Credit Value Notes
TEVETA Dip. Computer Studies BNE 111 Academic and

Professional Communication

BIT 131 Internet and

Internet Technologies

BIT 142 Programming

Concepts I

BIT 221 Introduction to

Data Bases

BIT 231 Programming

Concepts II

BIT 241 Basic Network

Technologies

BIT 212 Business

Information Systems

BIT 222 Systems Analysis

and Design

BIT 232 Soft Systems

Methodologies

BIT 242 Computer

Networking

   
NCC L5 Advanced Diploma BIT 121 Computing and ICT

Skills

BIT 131 Internet and

Internet Technologies

BIT 142 Programming

Concepts I

BIT 221 Introduction to

Data Bases

BIT 231 Programming

Concepts II

BIT 241 Basic Network

Technologies

BIT 212 Business

Information Systems

BIT 222 Systems Analysis

and Design

BIT 232 Soft Systems

Methodologies

BIT 242 Computer

Networking

   
IMIS Higher Diploma BIT 121 Computing and ICT

Skills

BIT 142 Programming

Concepts I

BIT 221 Introduction to

Data Bases

BIT 231 Programming

Concepts II

BIT 241 Basic Network

Technologies

BIT 212 Business

Information Systems

BIT 222 Systems Analysis

and Design

BIT 232 Soft Systems

Methodologies

BIT 242 Computer

Networking

   
BSC Diploma British Computer Society Diploma BIT 121 Computing and ICT

Skills

BIT 131 Internet and

Internet Technologies

BIT 142 Programming

Concepts I

BIT 221 Introduction to

Data Bases

BIT 231 Programming

Concepts II

BIT 241 Basic Network

Technologies

BIT 212 Business

Information Systems

BIT 222 Systems Analysis

and Design

BIT 232 Soft Systems

Methodologies

BIT 242 Computer

Networking

   
ZICA Diploma in Accounting BIT 122 Quantitative

Methods I

BIT 211 Quantitative

Methods II

   
         
         

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