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Bachelor in Applied Informatics*

Programme Description

The purpose of the Undergraduate Programme in Applied Informatics is to offer a curriculum for those aspiring to acquire the knowledge and skills to become experts in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and for applying successfully these technologies in private and public sectors. It is the only Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Informatics in Cyprus concerned with the application of IT in Management, Economics, Finance and Business. The content of the BSc in Applied Informatics is designed to cover all the basics of Applied Informatics and prepare graduates for the increasingly complex technical and administrative responsibilities of ICT systems in the private and public sectors, local government, organizations and businesses. The core of the BSc in Applied Informatics emphasizes on both skills and knowledge required for the effective management and development of ICT infrastructure and resources, as well as on the broader academic, industrial and business environment in which ICT is deployed, developed and evaluated in practice. The BSc in Applied Informatics provides available knowledge in a number of different areas that compose the field of Informatics, such as Algorithm Design, Software Development, Information Systems, as well as basic knowledge in the areas of Management, Finance, Economics and Business where Informatics is applied. In addition, the BSc in Applied Informatics provides graduates with technical, analytical and leadership skills, with the required ethics and responsibility to strengthen their ability to make decisions and to achieve organizational improvements in a competitive and fast-changing technological and economic environment. The basic philosophy of the BSc in Applied Informatics is an empirical approach to the study of Applied Informatics, where new knowledge and skills are mingled with the students’ abilities and are implemented from the very beginning on real cases. This approach broadens and deepens students’ understanding of the application of techniques and procedures of ICT. At the same time, the  BSc in Applied Informatics enhances the skills of research, analysis, synthesis, creativity while it also encourages innovation and alertness on the role of ICT in innovation. The BSc in Applied Informatics consists of 240 ECTS. * BSc in Applied Informatics is evaluated and approved by the Evaluation Committee of Private Universities (ECPU), and recognized by the Council of Recognition of Higher Qualifications (KYSATS).

 

Programme Structure

The BSc in Applied Informatics is designed based on the latest recommendations given jointly by two leading international scientific organizations; the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (CS), and it has been enriched with interdisciplinary courses in the areas of Management, Economics, Finance and Business.

The Bachelor in Applied Informatics aims to provide a broad knowledge on all key aspects of IT and interdisciplinary subjects through a carefully designed set of compulsory courses together with a wide range of elective courses. In addition, the BSc in Applied Informatics offers students a choice to specialize through compulsory concentration courses and electives.

The BSc in Applied Informatics is divided into two 2-year cycles: the basic cycle and the focused cycle. The basic cycle includes the classic core courses of Informatics and interdisciplinary courses in Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship. The focused cycle is one that offers the student the opportunity to choose and obtain either a specialized knowledge in one or two areas or a horizontal view of the entire area of Applied Informatics.

The BSc in Applied Informatics offers four (4) specializations that relate to:

  • Operational Informatics,
  • Information Systems,
  • Software Development, and
  • Computer Systems and Networks.

The first two specifications of the BSc in Applied Informatics focus on ICT application development and the other two on the Software and Hardware ICT infrastructure required to run applications.

Career Prospects

The BSc in Applied Informatics provides graduates with the right skills to secure positions as Instructors, Developers, System Analysts, Designers, Researchers, Manufacturers, Repairers and Managers of ICT systems in the private sector (a wide variety of companies, banks, health sector, private education at all levels) as well as in the public and broader public sector (such as teachers of Informatics in Secondary Education and Informatics Officers) both in Cyprus and abroad. The graduates of the BSc in Applied Informatics can of course choose to continue their studies to obtain a Master or a PhD degree.

ECTS

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Informatics requires the completion of 240 ECTS.

Duration

The duration of the BSc in Applied Informatics is four years.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in Greek and English.

 

 

 

 

 

The semester breakdown below is a typical schedule of the courses. The electives depend on the offered specialization selected by the student. Details are given in the Study guide of the Bachelor of Applied Informatics

CodeCourse TitleECTS

Semester 1

AIINTRIntroduction to Computer Science and networks6
AIK01Introduction to programming7
AIK02Linear Algebra7
AIK03Management Information Systems6
ECON101Introduction to Economics4
30

Semester 2

AIK04Discrete mathematics6
AIK05Calculus7
AIK06Data Structures and Programming techniques7
AIK07Computer Architecture I6
BUSN100Introduction to Business4
30

Semester 3

AIK08Finance7
AIK09Probability and Statistics6
AIK10Object-oriented programming7
AIK11Graphics I6
PSYS100Introduction to Psychology4
30

Semester 4

AIK12Algorithms and Complexity7
AIK13Operations Research6
AIK14Design and usage of Data Bases6
AIK15Communication networks I7
PEPS100Language and Communication Skills4
30

Semester 5

Orientation A
AIK16Operating Systems6
AIK18Numerical Analysis6
AIK21Analysis and Design of Information Systems6
Elective Courses 12
30

Semester 5

Orientation B
AIK16Operating Systems6
AIK19Implementation of Database Systems6
AIK20Computer Architecture II6
Elective Courses 12
30

Semester 6

Orientation A
AIK17Software Engineering6
AIK23Macroeconomic Models and Policies6
AIK24Protection and Security of Information Systems6
Elective Courses 12
30

Semester 6

Orientation B
AIK17Software Engineering6
AIK22Artificial Intelligence6
AIK24Network Management6
Elective courses12
30

Semester 7

Orientation A and B
AIECPOrientation A Project AIECP2 or AIECP44
AIECPOrientation B Project AIECP1 or AIECP34
Elective courses14
AITHE1Thesis 8
30

Semester 8

Orientation A and B
AITHE2Thesis8
Elective courses22
30

ECTS breakdown

The table below shows the ECTS structure of the Programme and the allowed number of Free and other electives

Course type Number of courses ECTS
Introductory  course 1 6
Core compulsory courses 17 110
Compulsory interdisciplinary courses 4 16
Compulsory  orientation courses (Y) 4 24
Project 1 8
Basic per specialization electives (Ba) 4 24
Thesis 2 16
Electives 4 – 6 24 – 36
Free electives 0 – 3 0 – 12
Elective Labs 0 – 2 0 – 4
Total 39-41 240

 

 

 

 

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