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COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING

Course Outline

It is difficult to imagine a world without computers. They are an essential tool of business and increasingly are an important feature of people's leisure time. Computers have radically changed the way we live our lives and conduct business.

Computer Science and Information Processing has seen a surge in popularity in the last ten years due to the widespread reliance on technology to conduct business. Together with the experience of industry experts and the incorporation of the fundamental concepts of business, this course has proven to be very well received by employers and universities alike.

The modern day computer has developed significantly in processing capbilities and memory capacity in comparison to the first computer processors developed during the 1980's. Computers have become more flexible, adaptable and powerful. The evolution of computers has been accelerated by their use in science, giving the computers we use in day-to-day life and business even more capabilities and significance in our lives as technology is more widely accessible and affordable.

The ABMA reviews syllabi on a regular basis with individuals already working within industry and universities, this ensure that an ABMA student's prospects and opportunities for career advancement are the best available. With units stretching from Computer Systems Architecture to Business Systems Analysis and Design a student gains a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge to use in the Information Technology industry.

"It was very pleasing to have some of our students design programmes for the Lusaka Fire Brigade. Computer Science and Information Processing has been a plus to graduates who are employed in industry because they have acquired immense knowledge which they use in their employment."
Mapesa Musongole, Zambia Institute of Management

With this type of extensive training covering many aspects of Computer Science and with the worlds continued reliance on computers, ABMA students can look forward to studying a course that will enable them to work in a diverse and ever changing environment, equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in a technology focused world.

DIPLOMA 1

1. Computer Programming I

  • Program Design and Specification
  • Data Structures
  • File Handling
  • Structured Programming Language
  • Testing and Documentation

2. Computer Systems Architecture

  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Input and Output Devices
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems 
  • Programming
  • Data Communication Systems
  • Current and Future Trends

3. Business Systems Analysis and Design I

  • Applications and Development
  • Pictures and Charting Techniques
  • System Design Techniques
  • Roles and Responsibilities of DT Personnel

4. Organisation, Information Technology and Change

  • Determinants of Organisation Structures
  • IT Implications
  • Human Resource
  • Integrating Case Study
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Internet Operations
  • Software Management and Design

5. Dissertation

  • Written Project of no more than 4,000 words
  • Project should incorporate principles learned in the 4 units above
  • Project should focus on a business model studied as part of the ABMA course
  • Local case studies are acceptable and are to be encouraged

DIPLOMA 2

1. Small Business Systems I

  • Hardware and Software
  • System Types and Available Packages
  • Operational Procedures
  • Network Usage

2. Information Analysis I

  • Definition of Terms
  • Data Collection and Processing
  • Provision of Information 
  • Data Analysis
  • Descriptive Strategies and Statistics
  • Elementary Probability
  • Graphical Techniques

3. Small Business Systems II

  • Operation of a Computer Consultancy
  • Identification of Services - Systems and Practical Activities
  • Data Recording and Accounting
  • Account Presentation - Balance Sheets and Spreadsheets
  • Information Systems
  • Project Design

4. Computer Programming II

  • Data Driven Program Design
  • Extended Language Features
  • Software Tools
  • Language Comparison

5. Dissertation

  • Written Project of no more than 6,000 words
  • Project should incorporate principles learned in the 4 units above
  • Project should focus on a business model studied as part of the ABMA course
  • Local case studies are acceptable and are to be encouraged

This is an abma-based course