4. Major tracks/pathways or specializations within the program (eg. transportation or structural engineering within a civil engineering program or counselling or school psychology within a psychology program) N/A (Not Applicable)
5. Intermediate Exit Points and Awards (if any) (eg. associate degree within a bachelor degree program)
N/A (Not Applicable)
6. Professional occupations (licensed occupations, if any) for which graduates are prepared. (If there is an early exit point from the program (eg. diploma or associate degree) include professions or occupations at each exit point) Professional
7. (a) New Program New Program Planned starting date 01-SEP-13
(b) Continuing Program Year of most recent major program review
a. Summarize economic reasons, social or cultural reasons, technological developments, national policy developments or other reasons.
Demand for computing professionals with scientific background has grown in the past decade as a result of increased demand for sophisticated computing environments, applications, and scientific research inside and outside of academia. The demand for skills targeted by the program has been supported by a university-sponsored study conducted in 2005-2006 (No. 425/629, Shawwal 1426H.).
b. Explain the relevance of the program to the mission and goals of the institution.
As one of the oldest universities in the Kingdom, King Abdulaziz University has been offering computing programs since the 1970s under its science and engineering colleges. A primary provider of higher education in the Kingdom, with the right combination of tradition, experience and resources, the university is highly interested in continuing to provide innovative, quality computing education. This interest led to the establishment of a college of Computing and Information Technology in 2006.
2. Relationship (if any) to other programs offered by the institution/college/department.
a. Does this program offer courses that students in other programs are required to take? YES NO
If yes, what has been done to make sure those courses meet the needs of students in the other programs?
This program builds on 26 credits of university-required Islamic studies, Arabic language and communication skills coursework, as well as a full academic year of foundation program shared by Science, Medical, and Engineering. The program also shares 24 credits of college-required basic computing coursework with other computing programs in the college.
Courses offered to other computing programs as part of college-required credits conform to common student outcomes (program exit competencies) defined by ABET and adopted by the college. Their contents are finalized after consultation with the other departments.
b. Does the program require students to take courses taught by other departments? YES NO
If yes, what has been done to make sure those courses in other departments meet the needs of students in this program?
Courses offered by other departments in the college, as well as math and science courses shared by the ABETaccredited college of Engineering, conform to similar standards. Courses offered by the University have adequately apportioned attention and resources, and therefore should meet expected standards.
3. Do students who are likely to be enrolled in the program have any special needs or characteristics? (eg. Part time evening students, physical and academic disabilities, limited IT or language skills).
The program expects full time students who have completed the university’s Science/ Medical/Engineering