One of the main problems in Sri Lanka is the lack of sufficient IT professionals to cope up with the rapidly developing technological advances at the work place. Many institutes, hospitals and industries import equipment with advanced technology in order to improve the quality of their products and enhance the efficiency of their procedures and production lines. Most of these high tech equipment are computer controlled and some needs IT experts to operate and to modify relevant software. The Faculty of Science has established an Industrial Training and Research Coordinating Centre (ITRCC) in order to build collaborations with local industries. Through ITRCC, staff of the faculty has visited most of the industries in the area to find industrial training opportunities as well as research projects for students so that the expertise knowledge of the staff could be used to solve industrial problems. Through these visits and discussions, it has been found that some industries face severe difficulties because of the lack of IT experts. Furthermore, it has been noticed that some industries could have improved their efficiency if technological advances in IT had been deployed. It is well known that the University system still could not produce sufficient number of graduates in the area of ICT to fulfil the demand in the country.

This degree programme is designed to address the above issue in the country by producing quality graduates in ICT. Furthermore, the graduates produced under this programme would be given sufficient additional knowledge on complementary subjects and an industrial training to work as a professional ICT expert with leadership and management skills.

Main objectives of the program

Department of Information and Communication Technology offers a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology Honours - BICT(Hons) degree.The proposed BICT(Hons) degree programme has been focussed on Application Development, BICT (Application Development), which is one of the degree programme proposed by Computer Society of Sri Lanka under new ICT Degree Programme Accreditation Framework. The main objective is to produce quality application developers with relevant subject knowledge on application development principles and ICT principles and with relevant complementary subject knowledge, who could build professional carriers in the field of ICT.
The main objectives, expected graduate attributes and programme outcomes are given under following sections respectively.

1. Prepare graduates for positions in software development careers by providing industry-relevant applied education in application development.
2. Produce graduates with a broad knowledge on current industry trends including Web, cloud and mobile applications, as well as industry practices.
3. Prepare graduates to meet current and future industry needs and emerging software trends.
4. Produce high quality software developers with personal skills for a successful career in research and development, industry, or other commercial application development related enterprises.

Course Structure- Information and Communication Technology - BICT(Hons)

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