KUCHING: Developing software programmes, models and processes for applications in engineering, healthcare, transport, finance or manufacturing or simply for solving day-to-day technological problems is part and parcel of careers in computing.
At Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, computing courses offered by its engineering, computing and science faculty provide solid foundational knowledge and industry skills which enhance students’ understanding of technology to be able to identify issues and design solutions.
According to Swinburne Sarawak’s information and communications technologies school head Assoc Prof Patrick Then, a majority of the university’s computing courses are fully refreshed every three to five years to maximise the employability of graduates and suit employers’ needs.
In addition, the school has attracted research grants of over RM1mil from the private and public sectors to boost its research and development capabilities.
“Our students get the latest knowledge and develop the right skill sets as a result of constant updates to our programme content and investment in research and development.
“The school also invests in upgrading its computing and networking devices annually,” he said.
Swinburne Sarawak offers three-year courses in information and communication technology (ICT) and computer science with a selection of majors.
The ICT course has majors in software technology and network technology, while computer science students can major in software development, cybersecurity or Internet of Things.
Swinburne’s computing courses are externally vetted and accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society. The university is also a Cisco Academy Partner, housing a dedicated lab equipped with Cisco equipment for teaching and learning.
Students pursuing the ICT course will learn network and computer configuration, web and application programming and database design and maintenance.
Those majoring in software technology can delve into ways of enhancing and maintaining existing applications. Those doing network technology can specialise in the networking aspect of ICT infrastructure and are eligible to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification examination.
Computer science students are taught contemporary approaches to the analysis, design and implementation of large-scale systems, along with the traditional aspects of computer science such as hardware and operating systems. The course is oriented towards applications in areas such as banking, manufacturing, defence, aerospace and medicine where complex, safety-critical software plays a major role.
Students who opt to major in software development can explore how to build big systems, invent apps and produce software that is hacker-proof, robust and reliable. Those majoring in cybersecurity can look forward to learning the fundamentals of encryption systems, access control and the Internet.
Students can acquire the core skills needed to programme devices and develop software solutions when majoring in Internet of Things. They learn to solve problems through analysing data from internet-connected devices.
Graduates are typically employed in technical areas such as programming, systems analysis and design, multimedia development, systems architecture, data warehouse architecture and data mining. They have the opportunity to progress into project leadership and management positions as their experience develops.
Computing students from the Swinburne Sarawak campus have won competitions at state, national and international levels.
Last year, Swinburne Sarawak students took second place in the Borneo Cyber Security Challenge, competing against teams from Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan.
In 2016, computer science students built a travel guide application for Android devices to win second prize in the SAINS (Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd) open source competition for mobile applications.
Swinburne Sarawak’s long-standing engagement with industry partners ensures students are exposed to real-world experiential learning, in addition to giving them the platform to leverage on research expertise and facilities. Academic staff work closely with industry partners to develop programmes and activities that are geared towards research translation and commercialisation.
In the most recent graduate tracer study, the overall employment rate of Swinburne Sarawak graduates surveyed was a high 94%. Graduates from several business and engineering majors reported a 100% employment rate within six months of graduation.
Flexible options are available for students interested in gaining exposure abroad.
Degree students can transfer or go on an exchange programme to the Melbourne campus or spend one or two semesters studying abroad at partner institutions in South Korea or Germany.
Swinburne scholarships are available for deserving students in addition to external scholarships and loans. Three schemes are currently offered by the university: Swinburne Scholarship 3A-5A, Swinburne Academic Grant (Kuching) and Swinburne Transition Grant (outside Kuching).
For details, visit www.swinburne.edu.my/apply-now/foundation-intake/
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