Information technology and computing deals with the capture, processing, transfer, archival, retrieval of data/information including the hardware associated with these functions. No machine has undergone such a rapid technological change over a fifty-year period as a computer.
The present day microcomputer is far from the first electronic computer ENIAC developed in 1945.The revolution in computer field is mainly on account of the advances in the production of chips. Computers are finding more and more applications in industries, business and daily life.
With a scene existing today, probably no one can afford to be ignorant about computers. Even a layman is today anxious to know what a computer is, how it works and how one communicates with it. The subject of computers is no doubt complex. It is flooded with jargons and one is likely to be easily lost.
Internet technologies and distributed database systems have made man to get what he needs from his home. Trends towards global connectivity and standards have reduced the traditional advantages of being close to customers in many businesses. Uganda computer industry is growing at a faster rate. Many Schools have introduced computer studies, and many schools have computer studies or ICT on the school curriculum. Though many computers are now being imported in the country, very few people are computer literate.
The Bachelor of Information Technology (BITC) is intended to produce graduates with knowledge and skills in the different areas of computing so that they able to solve and address societal computing/ICT related problems. The course is intended to address the human resource gap in computing by producing graduates who can confront computing challenges faced by society.
To achieve this goal, the course includes special and focal areas that that impart both theoretical knowledge and practical skills to the student. These areas include: Subject-specific Knowledge and Understanding, Cognitive skills, Intellectual Skills, Application of Knowledge and Understanding; Communication skills, ICT skills, Numeric skills, Analytical Techniques and Practical Skills and the General Transferable Skills.