The purpose of the Undergraduate Programme in Applied Informatics is to offer a curriculum for those aspiring to acquire the knowledge and skills to become experts in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and for applying successfully these technologies in the private and public sectors. It is the only Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Informatics in Cyprus concerned with the application of IT in Management, Economics, Finance, and Business.
The content of the BSc in Applied Informatics is designed to cover all the basics of Applied Informatics and prepare graduates for the increasingly complex technical and administrative responsibilities of ICT systems in the private and public sectors, local government, organisations, and businesses.
The core of the BSc in Applied Informatics emphasizes both the skills and knowledge required for the effective management and development of ICT infrastructure and resources, as well as on the broader academic, industrial, and business environment in which ICT is deployed, developed, and evaluated in practice.
The BSc in Applied Informatics provides available knowledge in a number of different areas that compose the field of Informatics, such as Algorithm Design, Software Development, Information Systems, as well as basic knowledge in the areas of Management, Finance, Economics and Business where Informatics is applied. In addition, the BSc in Applied Informatics provides graduates with technical, analytical, and leadership skills, with the required ethics and responsibility to strengthen their ability to make decisions and to achieve organisational improvements in a competitive and fast-changing technological and economic environment.
The basic philosophy of the BSc in Applied Informatics is an empirical approach to the study of Applied Informatics, where new knowledge and skills are mingled with the students’ abilities and are implemented from the very beginning on real cases. This approach broadens and deepens students’ understanding of the application of techniques and procedures of ICT. At the same time, the BSc in Applied Informatics enhances the skills of research, analysis, synthesis, creativity while it also encourages innovation and alertness on the role of ICT in innovation. The BSc in Applied Informatics consists of 240 ECTS.
The BSc in Applied Informatics is designed based on the latest recommendations given jointly by two leading international scientific organisations; the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (CS), and it has been enriched with interdisciplinary courses in the areas of Management, Economics, Finance, and Business.
The Bachelor in Applied Informatics aims to provide a broad knowledge of all key aspects of IT and interdisciplinary subjects through a carefully designed set of compulsory courses together with a wide range of elective courses. In addition, the BSc in Applied Informatics offers students a choice to specialize through compulsory concentration courses and electives.
The BSc in Applied Informatics is divided into two 2-year cycles: the basic cycle and the focused cycle. The basic cycle includes the classic core courses of Informatics and interdisciplinary courses in Management, Economics, and Entrepreneurship. The focused cycle is one that offers the student the opportunity to choose and obtain either specialised knowledge in one or two areas or a horizontal view of the entire area of Applied Informatics.
The BSc in Applied Informatics offers four (4) specialisations that relate to:
Software Development, and
Computer Systems and Networks.
The first two specifications of the BSc in Applied Informatics focus on ICT application development and the other two on the Software and Hardware ICT infrastructure required to run applications.
The BSc in Applied Informatics provides graduates with the right skills to secure positions as Instructors, Developers, System Analysts, Designers, Researchers, Manufacturers, Repairers and Managers of ICT systems in the private sector (a wide variety of companies, banks, health sector, private education at all levels) as well as in the public and broader public sector (such as teachers of Informatics in Secondary Education and Informatics Officers) both in Cyprus and abroad. The graduates of the BSc in Applied Informatics can, of course, choose to continue their studies to obtain a Master's or a PhD degree.
The semester breakdown below is a typical schedule of the courses. The electives depend on the offered specialisation selected by the student.
AIINTR Introduction to Computer Science and networks
AIK01 Introduction to programming
AIK02 Linear Algebra
AIK03 Management of Information Systems
ECON101 Introduction to Economics
AIK04 Discrete mathematics
AIK06 Data Structures and Programming techniques
AIK07 Computer Architecture I
BUSN100 Introduction to Business
AIK09 Probability and Statistics
AIK10 Object-oriented programming
AIK11 Graphics I
PSYS100 Introduction to Psychology
AIK12 Algorithms and Complexity
AIK13 Operations Research
AIK14 Design and usage of Data Bases
AIK15 Communication networks I
PEPS100 Language and Communication Skills
Semester 5 Orientation A
AIK16 Operating Systems
AIK18 Numerical Analysis
AIK21 Analysis and Design of Information Systems
Semester 5 Orientation B
AIK16 Operating Systems
AIK19 Implementation of Database Systems
AIK20 Computer Architecture II
Semester 6 Orientation A
AIK17 Software Engineering
AIK23 Macroeconomic Models and Policies
AIK24 Protection and Security of Information Systems
Semester 6 Orientation B
AIK17 Software Engineering
AIK22 Artificial Intelligence
AIK24 Network Management
Semester 7 Orientation A and B
AIECP Orientation A Project AIECP2 or AIECP44
AIECP Orientation B Project AIECP1 or AIECP34
Semester 8 Orientation A and B