Information Technology

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 Requirements 26 credits
Code # Course Title Cr Prerequisites
Group A : Language and Communication (10 credits)
ENG 203 English Communication I 3
ENG 204 English Communication II 3 ENG203
BUS 210 Business
Communication Skills
3 ENG203
BUS 215 Business
Presentation Skills
1 Coreq. BUS210
Group B : General Business & Humanities (7 credits)
BUS 201 Foundations in Business 3
HUM 212 AUT Cultural Plus 1
HUM 318 Human Rights 3 ENG 203
Group C : Arts & Social Sciences (3 credits)
ART 205 Contemporary Arts 3
HUM 210 Arts Appreciation 3
HUM 211 Music Appreciation 3
POL 202 Globalization and Political Change 3 ENG 203
SOC 202 Justice, Society and Gender 3 ENG 203
Group D : Mathematics, Science and Technology (3 credits)
HLT 210 Health and
NTR 201 Introduction to Nutrition 3 ENG 203
Group E : Health and Physical Education (3 credits)
HLT 200 First Aid and Safety 2
PED . Physical Education 1


Core Requirements 45 credits
Code # Course Title Cr Prerequisites
CSC 202 Computer Org. & Intro to Assembly Lang. 3 ENG020
CSC 206 Programming I 3 ENG020
CSC 208 Programming II 3 CSC206
CSC 210 Data Structures 3 CSC208, MAT204
CSC 314 Database Systems I 3 CSC206
CSC 325 Web Programming
3 CSC208
CSC 341 Operating Systems 3 CSC206
CSC 350 Unix Programming 3 CSC206
IFT 315 Computer Network 3 CSC202
CSC 420 Information Security 3 IFT315
MAT 203 Calculus III 3 MAT102/012
MAT 204 Discrete Mathematics 3 MAT101/011
MAT 205 Linear Algebra 3 MAT101/011
MIS 411 MIS Project Management 3 CSC208
STA 315 Probability & Statistics 3 MAT203
Major Requirements 25 credits Grade must be C
or higher
Code # Course Title Cr Prerequisites
IFT 344 Database Systems
3 CSC314
IFT 428 Advanced Computer Networks 3 IFT315
IFT 435 Database Administration 3 CSC314
IFT 441 System & Networks Admin 3 IFT315
IFT 443 Internet Routing Protocol 3 IFT428
IFT 446 Network Management 3 IFT315
IFT 448 Network Security 3 CSC420
IFT 492 Senior Project 3 Senior Level
IFT 495 Internship I 1 Junior Level
Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 99 Credits