Faculty of Information Technology
Welcome to the Faculty of Information Technology of the Horizon Campus. Information Technology, as an academic stream, is concerned with issues related to advocating for users and meeting their needs within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies.
At Horizon, we provide a modern teaching and learning atmosphere that includes state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment in which students and teachers interact via computer-based learning tools. This paperless environment allows students to access their learning material from anywhere using an Internet connection.
After completing the degree, your employment prospects will be excellent as our degrees are designed to equip yourself with an in-depth knowledge of how computers work and how that knowledge can be applied to design and implement the systems of the future. Coupled with an impressive range of important transferable skills such as entrepreneurship, problem solving, project management, internship and independent research project, you will be well positioned to secure an employment with companies that seek graduates having the most recent skills in Information Technology.
As stated in ACM guidelines for Information Technology (IT 2008), Information Technology, as an academic stream, is concerned with issues related to advocating for users and meeting their needs within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies. The main aim of a degree in IT is to prepare students to meet the computer technology needs of business, government, healthcare, schools, and other kinds of organizations and also to stimulate development and research in these areas.
Based on the above facts, a BSc. degree program in Information Technology is designed at Horizon Campus to offer students with the flexibility to work across many disciplines that require expertise IT aspects. Such a graduate will have a balance of theory and application to succeed in a rapidly changing technological world where computer technology has recently been rapidly penetrating almost every sphere of life. Advances in such technologies change rapidly and will continue to change for decades in future. As such, the proposed curricula will prepare students for lifelong learning not only by following theoretical aspect of IT but also practicing leadership & communication skills, entrepreneurship, presentation skills, etc. as components of the undergraduate experience.
Explain and apply appropriate IT skills and employ appropriate methodologies to help an individual or organization achieve its goals and objectives.
Function as a user advocate.
Manage the information technology resources of an individual or organization.
Anticipate the changing direction of information technology and evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies to an individual or organization.
Understand and, in some cases, contribute to the scientific, mathematical and theoretical foundations on which information technologies are built on.
Live and work as a contributing, well-rounded member of the society.
As outlines in IEEE/ACM standards (IT 2008), a student who has completed the degree program in IT should be able to:
The admission criteria of the candidates who wish to apply for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (SLQL 5 and 6) should fulfil the admission criteria as set out below. The candidates must submit an application form along with the required evidences.
The admission criteria for the degree program are defined taking into consideration the framework given in Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF).
A) General Admission Criteria to Year 1 (Level 3 of SLQF):
1. Three Passes in one sitting at one of the following examinations or equivalent foreign qualifications (equivalent foreign qualification means the minimum requirement for admission to the first year of a UGC recognized university in that country):
a. G.C.E. (A/L) - conducted by the Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka
b. G.C.E (A/L) - conducted by Pearson Edexel, UK (London A/L)
c. International (A/L) - conducted by Cambridge International Examinations and Pearson Edexel UK
2. A minimum combined score of 1200 at the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), conducted by the College Board, US
Foreign Students :
Admission of foreign students will be based on the criteria as set by the UGC.
Candidates with results at a foreign examination held outside Sri Lanka, deemed equivalent to G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination of Sri Lanka are eligible to apply for admission to Universities in Sri Lanka.
Students will be admitted to follow BSc. Honours Information Technology at the end of their 3rd year of study (completion of SLQL 5). A student should complete all core modules with at least “C” grade for each within a total of 90 credits and earned a minimum cumulative GPA of not less than 2.00 at the end of their 3rd year of study.
BSc Honors degree program in Software Engineering opens up the following career paths for you upon graduation:
• Software Engineer
• Software Developer
• Software Solution Architect
• Test Analyst/Engineer
• Systems Engineer
• Integration Specialist
• Games Developer
Career opportunities are available in plenty in the industry with an attractive salary for BSc Hons degree programme in Networking and Mobile Computing:
•Network Security Analyst
•Network and Systems Manager
•Mobile Phone System Engineer
•Mobile Application Developer
•Mobile Application Testing Specialist
•Mobile Phone Verification Manager
Degree Programme at a Glance
Ms S. A. Chethana Hasani
Mr D. Milinda S. Dias
Ms R. M. Hasini N. Rathnayaka
Ms Sornalingam Vidhuja
Mr M. M. M. Silmy Hasan
Mr J. W. Nuwan Asela
Mr D. Ravindu S. Wijesooriya
Mr Manchunathan Niroshan
Ms R. A. Ruwanthika Priyadarshani
Ms Sagadevan Kujajini
Mr D. M. D. R. Lakshan
Horizon’s First Batch of Information Technology Interns Flying High
The first batch of twelve interns from the Faculty of Information Technology of Horizon Campus commenced their internships recently. These students drawn from the Third Year of the Four-year honours degree program were in their second semester when they left on their respective assignments. Indeed, it was a gruelling 3-year run where the students beat all odds and obstacles that life presented them, to produce stellar performances in the three years in order to qualify for this invaluable 6-month stint in industry.
The 6-month internship is a compulsory and essential requirement in the four-year BSc. (Hons) in Information Technology degree program of Horizon Campus. Amounting to 8 credits in the overall cumulative credit hours total, it presents a significant metric and measure to test the effective transformation of class-acquired knowledge and concepts to real-world industrial situations and skills, and gathered theories to actual practice. Reverse-transfer of skills and experience gathered in the internship experience into the classroom environment when these IT interns return to complete their fourth and final year at Horizon Campus, would undoubtedly encourage and influence enriching knowledge exchange and transfer amongst them. Indeed, this would also be a boon to the entire student populace and drive the motivation, knowledge, and expectations of the younger batches of IT students in the Faculty.
An internship can be typically described as follows :
· A structured work experience related to a student's major and/or career goal, in this case Information Technology.
· An experience that should enhance a student's academic, career, and personal development.
· A stint in industry supervised by a professional in the field.
· An experience lasting a specified duration, in this case 24 weeks.
· Paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time.
· An experience that is mutually agreed upon by the student, industrial supervisor and/or faculty member.
· Meets certain requirements of the academic institution in terms of credit hours.
Indeed this first batch of IT interns of Horizon Campus has much to benefit from this exhilarating industrial stint.
1. Armed with superlative industrial skills and experience, they stand a much better chance of landing peach IT-related job offers from prospective employers, on graduation.
2. Most employers look for specific, cutting-edge IT-related skills and experience, and these interns with their newly-acquired experience possess a greater chance of applying and grabbing these job opportunities.
3. Typically, the chances of IT companies hiring interns for full-time employment is very high, much higher than that of unskilled graduates. Interns with experience present a high conversion percentage.
4. These IT Interns will gain valuable real-world industrial experience, learn to solve problems, develop and hone inter-personal skills, and acquire cutting-edge technical skills not available anywhere else.
5.They have an opportunity to engage in multiple projects, and develop communication and teamwork skills in the work environment, thus diversifying their experiences and skills set.
6. The interns will acquire hands-on training on real-world IT projects supervised by a professional IT manager, and also receive invaluable feedback giving them the confidence to tackle any task ahead at future appointments.
7. It will enable these interns to build their own professional IT-related networks, like for instance obtaining professional references frominternship managers and peers will go a long way in carving-out a fruitful IT career pathway.
8. A rewarding internship experience is great value-addition to the CV. It gives a great sense of accomplishment of making positive contribution to the company’s work processes, whilst accumulating super industrial experience.
Three years of IT-related coursework, theories, and concepts learned in the classroom, is now brought to bear in the workplace enabling these Horizon IT interns to relate theory with practice. This successful transfer and transformation would also in essence validate the university’s curriculum in the industrial environment. This has been proved beyond all doubt by the quality of industrial institutions that have taken Horizon IT students as interns. Indeed, companies of the highest calibre such as Virtusa Polaris, SimCentric Technologies, Evolve Technologies, WizBiz Technologies, all key players in the Sri Lanka’s software development and turn-key application development industry, and even an NGO Mother Lanka have taken Horizon students as IT interns. This clearly demonstrates the ability and quality of these students in garnering these plum opportunities at these esteemed institutions. It is believed that these cameo stints would influence and promote the strengthening of their comprehension and performance as students in the fourth and final year of the IT degree program. This symbiotic relationship leads to the development of high-calibre knowledge, experience, and skills in the student, thus promoting student excellence leading to more competitive and employable IT graduates.
Mr. Yoganathan Siyam