Information Technology

What is Information Technology?

IT (Information Technology) is the broad subject concerned with all aspects of managing and processing information, especially within a large organization or company. While IT is often used to describe computers and computer networks, it actually includes all layers of all systems within an organization – from the physical hardware to the operating systems, applications, databases, storage, servers and more. Telecommunication technologies, including Internet and business phones are also part of an organization’s IT infrastructure.

What are the jobs opportunities in IT?

Some of the jobs are:

  • Network engineers, also known as network architects, designs and implements computer networks & focuses on high-level design and planning. Network engineers select the appropriate data communications components and configure them to meet user and corporate needs. The construction of a reliable and high-performing network integrating LAN, WAN, Internet, and intranet components entails network modeling and analysis.
  • Network security engineers are involved in the provisioning, deployment, configuration, and administration of many different pieces of network and security-related hardware and software. They include firewalls, routers, switches, various network monitoring tools, and VPNs (virtual private networks). These engineers also regularly perform network-based security risk assessments, and they occasionally help design new infrastructure solutions as a company expands or replaces its system architecture.
  • Information Security engineers will be focused on managing the tools and technologies pertinent to securing the network perimeter, and identification and mitigation of advanced threats within the organization.  Additional responsibilities include providing risk and audit reports to management, implementing organizational policies, and ensuring implemented solutions meet the security requirements for supported projects and initiatives. 
  • Cloud engineers and architects are IT professionals responsible for any technological duties associated with cloud computing and architecture, including design, planning, management, maintenance and support. 
  • Voice engineers  assure that voice over Internet protocols operate efficiently. Some engineers specialize in the design and creation of such protocols, while others focus predominately on maintaining and troubleshooting existing networking systems. Medium and large businesses generally employ a voice engineer to oversee internal networks as a way to assure that systems are operating at optimal levels. 
  • Wireless network engineers are individuals proficient in handling all tasks related to the setup, maintenance and troubleshooting of a wireless network. This applies to small residential wireless networks or larger and more complex commercial networks.
  • IT Infrastructure engineers are specialists who are usually in charge of the hardware aspects of a business network. They are responsible for evaluating and maintaining server performance. 
  • Virtualization engineers will be responsible for the implementation and operational support of all aspects of client’s Virtualization Infrastructure. This Infrastructure supports servers, desktops, terminal servers, networks, application virtualization and storage. 
  • Systems engineers use a methodical, disciplined approach for the design, realization, technical management, operations, and retirement of a system.

What is the added value of studying this program at AUT?

The AUT Program consists of 99 credits and is integrated with CISCO Networking Academy, Microsoft IT Academy and EC-Council. AUT professors are CISCO Certified trainers and the computer labs are equipped with CISCO devices as well. All our courses are hands-on experience; students practice on real environments, participate in global competitions such as NetRiders, VEX Robotics and many others across Lebanon and the Middle East. During the 3 academic years, students acquires official certifications in addition to their degree. Furthermore, AUT helps students find internships with our partners in the industry in order to sharpen their skills in the major and be better ready for the job market.

The BS degree program in Information Technology is open for interested candidates. The three-year program of 105-credit hour includes coursework, laboratory research, regular meetings with lab groups and advisors. It is designed to offer the applicant the flexibility of being either a full-time student, or of pursuing a degree while working. BS Students will have the opportunity to study under highly-reputed specialists in computer sciences and information technology.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (105 Credits)

General Education Requirements26 Credits 
Code# CourseTitleCrPrerequisites
Group A : Language and Communication (12 credits)
ENG260English Language Skills I (ENG 200 – English Writing Skills)3Placement
ENG280English Language Skills II (ENG 203 – English Communication I)3 
ENG305Research Methodology (ENG 204 – English Communication II)3ENG203
BUS210Business Communication Skills (COM 210 – Communication & Presentation Skills)3ENG203
Group B : General Business & Humanities (7 credits)
ENT301Start-up Business Entrepreneurship 3 
HUM212AUT Cultural Plus1 
HUM318Human Rights3ENG 203
Group C : Arts & Social Sciences (3 credits)
ART205Contemporary Arts3 
HUM210Arts Appreciation3 
HUM211Music Appreciation3 
POL202Globalization and Political Change3ENG 203
SOC202Justice, Society and Gender3ENG 203
Group D : Mathematics, Science and Technology (3 credits)
HLT210Health and Wellness3 
NTR201Introduction to Nutrition3ENG 203
Group E : Health and Physical Education (1 credits)
PED.Physical Education1 
Core Requirements45 Credits 
Code# CourseTitleCrPrerequisites
CSC202Computer Org. & Intro to Assembly Lang.3ENG020
CSC206Programming I3ENG020
CSC208Programming II3CSC206
CSC210Data Structures3CSC208, MAT204
CSC314Database Systems I3CSC206
CSC325Web Programming I3CSC208
CSC341Operating Systems3CSC206
CSC350Unix Programming3CSC206
IFT315Computer Network3CSC202
CSC420Information Security3IFT315
MAT203Calculus III3MAT102/012
MAT204Discrete Mathematics3MAT101/011
MAT205Linear Algebra3MAT101/011
MIS411MIS Project Management3CSC208
STA315Probability & Statistics3MAT203
Major Requirements25 CreditsGrade must be C or higher
Code# CourseTitleCrPrerequisites
IFT344Database Systems II3CSC314
IFT428Advanced Computer Networks3IFT315
IFT435Database Administration3CSC314
IFT441System & Networks Admin3IFT315
IFT443Internet Routing Protocol3IFT428
IFT446Network Management3IFT315
IFT448Network Security3CSC420
IFT492Senior Project3Senior Level
IFT495Internship I1Junior Level
Free Elective  3 Credits 
Total Credits  99 Credits