The Polytechnic of Namibia is in the process of transforming into the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Congruent with its new mandate, the institution intends to increase its suite of postgraduate programmes and contribute to knowledge creation through research and scientific investigation, with an emphasis on applied research. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will be a prominent feature on the institution’s research agenda in future.
The PhD in Computer Science was conceptualised against the back - drop of the above imperatives in order to train scientific researchers in various fields of study related to Computer Science (e.g. Communication Networks, Software Development, Mobile Development, Information Security and Forensic Computing). Students will develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches, and develop competence in the application of qualitative, design, mixed - mode and quantitative research methodologies through participation in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members. The precise focus of the research will be determined through dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty of CI.
The development of research competence has prime priority in the context of this PhD programme. Students are required to investigate, design, and conduct independent research, where Computer Science is the research focus, apply advanced methods and techniques and/or deal with a sophisticated application problem connected with the topic of interest. The research output, in the form of a thesis, must contribute meaningfully and substantially to the existing body of knowledge in the field/area of specialisation through comprehension , application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of existing knowledge.
The Bachelor of Computer Science aims at providing educational opportunities for students who are interested in and motivated to work as Computer Scientists, Software Developers, Systems Administrators or Networks Specialists. This programme is purposefully designed to provide skillful, competent and motivated graduates for the increasing and numerous challenging tasks of Computing and Information Technology (CIT) in the country and the Khomas region at large. Students will have the opportunity to develop t he required cognitive/intellectual skills, practical as well as key transferable skills, and apply these to address/solve CIT related problems/challenges in the context of an organisation, or the community. Overall, this degree specifically aims at:
The programme intends to provide a diverse range of skills and competencies that are both discipline - specific and job - related. The curriculum is structured to facilitate specialisation in the areas of Systems Administration, Communication Networks and Software Development. The programme also intends to facilitate the development of highly generic cognitive and intellectual skills that would enable graduates to apply their knowledge and learnt competencies to the practices of CIT taking into consideration international generally accepted practices.
The Bachelor of Computer Science Honours is a postgraduate specialisation degree that aims at consolidating and deepening the knowledge and skills of students in the main cognate area of learning, as well as developing their capacity to conduct supervised research of an applied nature. The programme is purposefully designed to expose students to advanced concepts, theories, tools, and methods of Computer Science. In this context, specific emphasis is placed on internationally accepted general standards and practices, as well as key attributes that would enable graduates to assume supervisory/middle management and applied research positions in the Computing industry, academia, and in the public sector in general.
The Master of Computer Science programme is of interdisciplinary nature and aims at students interested in, and adequately qualified and motivated, for graduate education to become scientific researchers in various fields of study related to Computer Science. In this regard, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) defines Computer Science as focusing on the ‘theory of computation, algorithms and data structures, programming methodology and languages, and computer elements and architecture’. In addition to these four areas, CSAB also identifies fields such as software engineering, artificial intelligence, computer networking and communication, database systems, parallel computation, distributed computation, computer - human interaction, computer graphics, operating systems, and numerical and symbolic computation as being important areas of computer science.
The programme will enable students to deepen their knowledge of a particular Computer Science speciality for application, research and/or management purposes. Possible fields of specialisation include Communication Networks, Software Development, Mobile Development, Information Security and Forensic Computing. The precise focus of the research will be determined through dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty of Computing & Informatics.
Students will develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches, and develop competence in the application of qualitative, design, mixed - mode and quantitative research methods through participation in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members. The development of research competence has prime priority in the context of this programme. Students are required to design, undertake and report on research where Computer Science is the research focus and apply techniques and/or deal with a specific application problem connected with the field of interest