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Diploma in Information & Communications Technology with Specialism in Software Engineering

2 years (6 Semesters)

APU Diploma

06 Apr 2020
13 May 2020

21 Sep 2020

Students with skills in software systems development, with emphasis on aspects of software engineering.This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • 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:

  • An overall credit pass in 3 subjects at SPM including credit in Mathematics and a minimum of pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History); or
  • An overall credit pass in 3 subjects at O-Levels/GCSE including credit in Mathematics; or
  • A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above

What You Will Study:


At the beginning of the programme students will acquire basic 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.


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


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.


  • Academic Research Skills
  • Computer Technology
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Professional Communication

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.


  • Database Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Visual Basic.NET

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 process-oriented 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.


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

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.


  • Java Programming
  • Digital Security and Forensics
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development Project

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 this programme, you will be eligible to progress into any of the following degree programmes offered at APU:

  • 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)*
    • Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Software Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science*
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in:
    • Data Analytics*
    • Digital Forensics
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)
  • BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security

* Bridging module/s needed before progress into Year 2

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

RM 44,900

RM 46,000 (USD 11,500)

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

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