Computer-based information technology is nowadays at the forefront of technological tools to support economic and social development of nations. We are now in computer era, globalization and modernization. The necessity for today’s work force to be computer literate cannot be therefore over-emphasized. Computers and information technology nowadays directly dictate the way man thinks, plans, communicates, works, and spends leisure time. Given the recent acceleration in industrial development and other institutions in Uganda, there is a corresponding need for computer literate personnel to man them. It is therefore necessary that our educational system produces computer literate graduates.
The Diploma in Computer Science (DCS) is intended for (i) those who lack the minimum (direct) entry requirements to the degree programmes in computing, (ii) the working professionals who want to upgrade their skills in computing, and (iii) those who may not wish to continue to a degree programme. The goal is 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.
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.