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About Information Technology Department   
The decision to establish the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology (FCIT) at the Northern Border University (NBU) was ratified by the Higher Education Council of the University in 2007 to respond to the regional and national needs for computing and information technology professionals. The Department of Information Technology (IT) was established as one of the three departments of FCIT. The IT department is the administrative unit responsible for the IT Program. The program enrolled its first set of students at the beginning of the academic year 2007-2008. Currently, the department includes about 190 students and 12 faculty members in different academic degrees. The IT program has only one track granting the degree Bachelor of Information Technology. The aim of IT department was to bring scientific, research and practical growth in the IT field especially in computer networks, database, human-computer interaction, Web-page design and other subfields. The IT department encourages multi-disciplinary research and activities to give in depth knowledge and understanding of IT related subjects, hands-on experience with latest development tools and techniques, an understanding of social and ethical issues related to the field of IT and development of strong communication and problem solving skills. The department of IT, with the help of the university, supports its faculty members to attend professional development workshops and seminars.

​Program Mission
To produce competitive IT professionals having: sound understanding of core IT areas and an awareness of research directions related to these areas; hands on experience with latest IT development tools; strong communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills; an awareness of social, ethical and legal issues related to the field of IT; and an urge to serve the community using their knowledge and skills.

Program Educational Objectives  
Within a few years of graduation, the students of the Bachelors in Information Technology program are expected to:
1. Have excelled in core information technology knowledge area of their choice.
2. Apply the acquired knowledge to solve problems requiring IT based solutions using latest tools and techniques
3. Understand and respect professional, ethical and social values in the field of IT,
4. Possess strong communication and problem solving skills and have the ability to work in teams

Program Learning Outcomes

The following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) of the Information Technology program are consistent with the requirements of the Saudi Arabia Qualifications Framework (SAQF-2018).

(K1)-​  Define and explain the fundamentals of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.

(K2)-  Recognize the best practices and standards, and describe their applications.

(S1)- Analyze a problem and identify the computing requirements appropriate to its solution while being aware of the impact of that solution on individuals, organizations, and society.

(S2)-  Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of requirements in the context of the program's discipline.

(S3)-  Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for Computing practices.

(S4)-  Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.

(S5)-  Apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies and Integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.

(S6)- Analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems by creating and following an effective project plan.

(C1)- Recognize professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

(C2)- Function effectively in teams to accomplish a common goal.

(C3)- Recognize and explore recent technology as needed, using appropriate lifelong learning strategies.

 

The following student outcomes (SOs) of the Computer Sciences (CS) program are consistent with the ABET/CAC student outcomes for CS programs.

(a)- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program's student outcomes and to the discipline.
(b)- An ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
(c)- An ability to design, implements, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
(d)- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
(e)- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
(f)- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(g)- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
(h)- Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
(i)- An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
(j)- An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.
(k)- An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems.
(l)- An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
(m)- An understanding of best practices and standards and their application.
(n)- An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.

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The following Table shows the strong alignment between PLOs, SOs and Northern Border University Graduate Attributes:

PLOs​​​​​ SOs NBU Graduate Attributes
K1 a GA3
K2 GA3
S1 b, g GA2, GA3
S2  c GA3
S3 i GA3
S4 f GA6
S5 j, l GA3
S6 k, n GA2, GA3
C1 e GA1
C2 d GA4
C3 h GA2, GA5

Study Plan
To view the B. Sc. Information Technology* degree study plan  click here , or to download as a PDF click here

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 136 Credit hours to graduate. A student graduates after successfully completing all graduation requirements according to the degree plan, provided that his cumulative GPA is not less than 2.75 out of 5.0. More precisely, students seeking graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information Technology (IT) at NBU must fulfill the credit hour requirements described in the following table.

Requirements​ Credit Hours
General preparation year​ 27
University requirements 14
Faculty requirements 20
Department requirements 57
Departmental Elective courses 9
Free courses 9
Total Credit Hours 136















​​Enrollment data   


​Academic Year

Boys Section ​Girls Section
Registered Students Graduate Students Registered Students​​ Graduate Students
2011-2012 83 0 81 0
2012-2013 110 44 112 30
2013-2014​ 96 22 111 44
2014-2015 66
27 77 4
2015-2016 57 20 71 32
2016-2017 41 6 51 21
2017-2018 51 10 75 17
2018-2019 46 8 63 16
2019-2020 56 12 91
15
2020-2021 70 - 145 -​

*The BS program in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET ( http://www.abet.org)