Undergraduate degrees in 2012
Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish writer, once said "Education is an admirable thing, but it is important to remember from time to time, that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." There is a big difference between being taught and learning and this distinction becomes more pronounced when one transitions from high school to university. At the School of Information Technologies (SIT), our primary objective is to provide an environment where students can weave and create flexible pathways to learn, interact with world leading IT researchers and practitioners, and immerse themselves in the rich world of computer science, information systems and their relationship with other disciplines.
Computer Science and Information Systems may be young disciplines but there is a core body of knowledge which underpins information technology and will continue to be relevant beyond the next "killer application." At SIT, we want to introduce our students to this core knowledge and we believe that our graduates should emerge as "computational thinkers and practitioners*" with the following attributes:
- The knowledge to appreciate what computers can do better than humans and humans can do better than computers.
- The confidence to apply computational ideas and techniques in other disciplines including business, engineering, natural and social sciences, and the humanities.
- Understand how computational ideas underpin the modern communication and social networking structure.
- Have a computational perspective on problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behaviour.
- The ability to abstract and deconstruct complex tasks into simpler parts and then combine them.
- The breadth of knowledge to complement and combine computational, mathematical and engineering thinking.
Whether you are planning to be an IT professional, business analyst, archaeologist, economist or geographer, these skills will increase your effectiveness and will help you excel in your chosen career.
So come and see us and together we can explore the vibrant and exciting world of computer science and information systems.
Professor David Feng
Head of School
* Computational Thinking by Jeanette Wing, Communications of the ACM, March 2006, Vol 49, No 3