Msc Study Plan

Post Graduate Programme

MSc. in Computing Programme

The Faculty of Information Technology and Computing (FITC) at Arab Open University (AOU) offers the Postgraduate Programme of MSc in Computing currently offered in our AOU, Lebanon Branch. The programme has been developed in collaboration with our international partner, the Open University, UK.

There are two pathways offered under this programme

  • The MSc in Computing (Software Development) and
  • The MSc in Computing (Information Security and Forensics).

This gives the student the opportunity to specialise in their particular area of interest. The programme is available in full-time and part-time modes. If the student is a full-time student, he can complete his study in two years. On the other hand, if he is a Part-time student he might need two to five years to complete his study. In both cases the maximum time span for the award is five years. Students successfully completing the programme will receive an MSc from both the AOU and the OU, UK.

The MSc in Computing programme consists of a total of 180 points (48 credit hours) of study. This programme can be completed either on full-time study basis (2 years) or part-time study basis (4 years).

Software Development pathway

Students on the MSc in Computing pathway will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills related to topics such as: Specification of requirements and design, software design, implementation and evaluation of software, design and implementation of reusable software components, quantitative analysis and design of computing systems, software engineering issues and project management concepts.

Information Security and Forensics pathway

The need for information security and forensics analysts in the Arab countries is continuously increasing, and thus the career outlook for graduates looks positive, as there is a shortage of skilled personnel in both the Information Security and digital forensics fields. In addition, the rapidly increasing number of users connected to the internet in the Arab region leads to increasing the percentage of internet-related (or internet–dependent) businesses. The role of information security analysts is thus crucial for this growing business sector.

Students on the MSc in Computing – Information Security and Forensics pathway will develop a wide range of skills and competencies related to information security, digital forensics and network security that will prepare them for a variety of career opportunities. Graduates can progress to work in cyber-fighting agencies (whether local, regional and international). But the career opportunity is not limited to those agencies with the huge demand in industry for professionals with both digital forensics and information security skills especially with the rise of cyber-security threats and attacks.

This programme was introduced to provide opportunities to graduates in the Arab World to pursue graduate studies in the fields of Software Development and Information Security and Forensics (depending on the selected pathway).

The continuously increasing complexity of software systems used by e-governments, commerce and industry underlines the need for highly skilled software developers. Currently, there are insufficient skilled software developers in the Arab World. Most of the Computing and IT departments in the universities of the region provide computer science and information systems programmes. Existing computing programmes in regional universities do not allocate enough time to cover the material that a software professional needs to know. Privatization of education in the Arab world and the increasing need for qualified teaching assistants in the field of software development is also increasing.

Exit award – Postgraduate Diploma in Computing

In case the student cannot complete his research project and dissertation work, he will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing provided he has satisfied its requirements. The Postgraduate Diploma is only an Exit Award in case the student cannot complete the dissertation work or are unable to undertake the T802 dissertation course. The students cannot register on the Postgraduate Diploma. 180 points (90 points from Compulsory Courses + 30 points from Elective Courses + 60 points Research Project and Dissertation)

Study Plan

The structure of the MSc in Computing is given below:

 

Software Development Pathway:

Compulsory Courses (90 Points) (24 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Points Credits Source
M813A Software Development -A 15 4 OU
M813B Software Development -B 15 4 OU
M816A Data Management - A 15 4 OU
M816B Data Management - B 15 4 OU
M814A Software Engineering -A 15 4 OU
M814B Software Engineering -B 15 4 OU
T802 Research Project and Dissertation 60 16 OU


Elective Courses (30 Points) (8 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Points Credits Source
M815A Project Management - A 15 4 OU
M815B Project Management – B 15 4 OU
M811A Information Security – A 15 4 OU
M811B Information Security -B 15 4 OU
M888 Databases in Enterprise Systems 15 4 OU
M890 Artificial Intelligence Algorithms 15 4 AOU
M812A Digital Forensics – A 15 4 OU
M812B Digital Forensics – B 15 4 OU
T828A Network Security – A 15 4 OU
T828B Network Security – B 15 4 OU


Information Security and Forensics Pathway:

Compulsory Courses (90 Points) (24 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Points Credits Source
M811A Information Security – A 15 4 OU
M811B Information Security -B 15 4 OU
M812A Digital Forensics – A 15 4 OU
M812B Digital Forensics – B 15 4 OU
T828A Network Security – A 15 4 OU
T828B Network Security – B 15 4 OU
T802 Research Project and Dissertation 60 16 OU


Elective Courses (30 Points) (8 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Points Credits Source
M813A Software Development -A 15 4 OU
M813B Software Development -B 15 4 OU
M816A Data Management - A 15 4 OU
M816B Data Management - B 15 4 OU
M814A Software Engineering -A 15 4 OU
M814B Software Engineering -B 15 4 OU
M815A Project Management - A 15 4 OU
M815B Project Management – A 15 4 OU
M888 Databases in Enterprise Systems 15 4 OU
M890 Artificial Intelligence Algorithms 15 4 AOU


Research Project and Dissertation (T802) (60 Points) (16 Credits)

The 60-point Research project and Dissertation course (T802) is a mandatory course for the successful completion of the MSc in Computing (F66) degree. For this, your project topic will need to be in the area of software development or information security and forensics (depending on the selected pathway).

Admission Criteria

For admission to the programme you should:

  • have a BSc Honours degree in Computing or a related field from the Arab Open University or another recognized university with a graduation rating of GOOD or higher
    or
    have a BSc degree in a non-related subject with professional experience in the software development process or in the information security and forensics field. In       addition to that a qualification exam that is equivalent to passing the final exam for any one of M105 / M106 / M107 and also M180 course in the BSc  Information Technology and Computing is required. This would be essential to confirm that the you have the necessary underpinning knowledge and understanding of object-oriented programming to undertake the MSc.
  • have an overall score of 6.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or
  • have an overall score of 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in the Paper-Based Test (PBT) or the equivalent score of 213 in the Computer-Based (CBT) TOEFL Test or an overall score of 80 in the Internet Based Test (IBT).