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Diploma in Information & Communication Technology with a specialism in Software Engineering

Duration:
2 years (6 Semesters)

Award:
APU Diploma

Intakes:
​26 Nov 2020

This APU Diploma in Information & Communication Technology with a specialism in Software Engineering is designed to provide:

  • Students with skills in software systems development, with emphasis on aspects of software engineering.
  • Students with the skills to prepare them for careers in the ICT environment with emphasis on solutions design, software development and technology infrastructure support.
  • An appreciation of the proven principles and techniques for the development and support of software systems in commercial organisations.
  • Students with critical, independent and cooperative learning skills so as to facilitate responses to continuous future changes in industry practises.

Admission Requirements:

SPM
3 Credits in at least 3 subjects at SPM level including Mathematics, with a minimum of a pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);

IGCSE/O-Levels
3 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 3 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels including Mathematics;

UEC
3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC including Mathematics;

Pass relevant Certificate Programme or its equivalent;

A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

Note: Please take note that a Credit Pass in Mathematics at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level is required for progression to BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Business Information Systems.


Malaysian Students who do not possess a Pass in English at SPM/IGCSE/UEC; will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend the APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Foundation/Diploma/Certificate programme.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
Diploma in Information and Communication Technology
 
• IELTS : 4.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 397
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31
• Pearson (PTE) : 30
• MUET : Band 2

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


What You Will Study:

SEMESTER 1

At the beginning of the programme students will acquire basic mathematical, language and communication skills along with core information technology skills. Students will gain an understanding of basic concepts and terminology related to technology and business management.

Modules

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Business
  • Practical IT Skills

SEMESTER 2

The second semester builds on and extends the foundation knowledge developed in the first semester. Language and communication skills are taken to more advanced levels of research and professionalism. The ability to analyze and solve problems using quantitative skills, and familiarity with technology are enhanced.

Modules

  • Academic Research Skills
  • Information Systems
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Professional Communication
SEMESTER 3

This semester moves students to a new level in information and communication technology related areas such as computer programming, databases, internet applications and computer system architecture. With this knowledge, students are able to use computing tools and techniques to solve common real-world problems.

Modules

  • Database Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Programming with Python
SEMESTER 4

Students are exposed to more advanced development concepts, including the application of usability principles in the web design and development process, and the system development cycle. Specialisation starts here, with a deeper understanding of the systematic models and standard processoriented methodologies that are the essence of software engineering as a career field. Software engineering also requires a deep appreciation of algorithmic thinking, based on calculus and algebra.

Modules

  • Web Development
  • Numerical Methods
  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Networks & Networking
  • System Analysis & Design
SEMESTER 5

In their final semester, students acquire basic knowledge of computer networks, digital security and forensics to deepen their knowledge of computing technology and ethical responsibilities. Students also design and implement algorithms using their second programming language, and complete a Software Development Project to show that they can integrate skills, knowledge and understanding from the full programme, including a range of AI techniques for problem solving.

Modules

  • Java Programming
  • Digital Security and Forensic
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development Project
SEMESTER 6

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 8 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.

* In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-curricular activities.


Further Studies:

Upon successful completion of the Diploma Programmes with a minimum CGPA of 2.5, you will be eligible to progress into Year 2 of any of the following degree programmes offered at APU.

Students who undertake this programme will be eligible to progress into Year 2 of:

  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in:
    • Information Systems Security
    • Cloud Computing
    • Network Computing
    • Mobile Technology**
    • Internet of Things (IoT)**
    • Financial Technology (FinTech)
    • Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Cyber Security)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Data Analytics
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Digital Forensics
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)

** Please take note that Bridging module/s needed before progress into Year 2
- For the full listing of our Diploma Programmes, please refer to the Pre-University programme brochure.

Note: Student with CGPA above 2.0 and below 2.5 may be accepted using rigorous assessment conducted by APU/APIIT and subject to the approval of the Academic Board.


Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

RM 44,900

RM 46,800 (USD 11,700)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.


MQA Accreditation:

(R2/481/4/0620)(07/25)(MQA/A11687)
All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.