BSc. Mobile Computing
Today, mobile communications is the primary connection tool for most people in the World. It is anticipated that in 2020, while “one-laptop-per-child” and other initiatives to bring networked digital communications to everyone may be successful on many levels, the mobile device – now with significant computing power – would be the primary Internet connection and the only one for a majority of the people across the world. Thus, providing information in portable, well-connected form at a relatively low price. Mobile computing would be offered under a set of universal standards and protocols accepted by most operators internationally, making for reasonably effortless movement from one part of the world to another.
Mobile computing will continue to grow in impact, as more and more people and businesses are connected, whenever they are; cost-effectiveness and access are motivating factors, the devices of the future will have significant computing power.
Untethered, 24/7 Internet access will fundamentally redefine how we use information especially when combined with low-cost heads-up display technologies. Augmented reality will automate the recognition of real-world objects and 2D/3D overlays and interactions fuelled by Internet technologies with the processing power of inexpensive handheld devices.
Mobile technologies will take over in providing access not only to the Internet but also to other multimedia technologies, such as digital broadcasting.
The BSc. Mobile Computing is a 4-year programme that offers applicants the opportunity to graduate with a BSc. Mobile Computing upon successful completion. Applicants with diploma or HND or equivalencies in BSc. Mobile Computing or related fields from accredited tertiary institutions are eligible for admission for a top-up. The programme is offered at the Department of Mobile and Pervasive Computing under the Faculty of Computing and Information Systems (FoCIS).
Aims of the Programme
This programme seeks to equip graduates with the skills and attributes needed for professional practice and leadership in Mobile Computing technologies. It provides sound foundations in Mobile communications theory, technical expertise and knowledge of professional practice, whilst also developing academic literacy, advocacy skills and social awareness so that graduates become life-long learners and effective citizens in many different capacities.
Objectives of the Programme
The programme is designed to equip students with the following:
- An in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of Internet and mobile communications technologies;
- The skills to evolve into self-learners who have the necessary foundations to continue to update their expertise;
- The ability to develop as creative learners who can work with abstract ideas and implement them in a practical environment;
- The necessary knowledge and skills in mobile and Internet technologies requisite to function in a variety of professional ICT roles.
- Gain skills and knowledge leading to future career path as mobile computing and communications professionals
- Gain skills to develop mobile applications.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of a broad range of recent trends in the mobile computing field with a broad variety of skills spanning from the mobile devices to networking.
- SSSCE Candidates: Credit Passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, plus three (3) relevant elective subjects. Social Studies cannot be used as a replacement for Integrated Science.
- WASSCE Candidates: Credit Passes (A1-C6) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, plus three (3) relevant elective subjects. Social Studies cannot be used as a replacement for Integrated Science.
- GBCE Candidates: Credit Passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects including English Language and Mathematics plus three (3) relevant elective subjects.
- General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level Candidates
Passes in three (3) subjects (at least, one of the passes should be Grade D or better). Also, the applicant must have had credit passes (Grade 6) in five GCE Ordinary Level subjects including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject (for non-science students) and an Arts subject (for Science students).
- Admission of Higher National Diploma (HND) Candidates
Applicant must have graduated with a good HND certificate (i.e. at least 2nd Class Lower Division) in the programme or related field. In addition, the applicant must have acquired a 2-year post-HND qualification working experience. Institutions under mentorship will follow their Mentor Institutions’ practice with regard to entry levels for HND applicants.
Other Diploma qualifications from elsewhere assessed to be equivalent to HND may be similarly considered.
- Advanced Business Certificate Examination (ABCE) Candidates
Full Diploma Certificate in ABCE. Also, the applicant must have had credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science in the General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE) or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) or West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). Qualified applicants will be considered for admission in level 200.
- Mature Students’ Entry
- Applicants must be at least 25 years of age
- Applicants must pass a written examination(Mature Entrance Examination);
- In addition, mature applicants must possess any acceptable documentary evidence such as Birth Certificates, Driving License, Voters’ ID card or National ID card that is at least five (5) years old after date of issue or by the date of seeking to enrol or date of gaining admission.
Mobile Computing graduates have excellent employment prospects because they are part of one of the fastest-growing IT areas. Some of the areas where you might be employed include mobile application development, mobile/wireless communications (the fastest growth area of IT where the roles of wireless communication experts are vital), broadcasting and mobile networking will also find employment in broader areas such as computer engineering, mobile communication and fixed networks. Other job fields include:
- Mobile Phone System Engineer
- Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile Applications Developer
- Mobile Applications Testing Specialist
- IPAD Developer
- Game Developer
- Mobile Architect / Mobile Software Platform Architect
- Mobile Technicians
- Mobile Plant Equipment Mechanic
- Telecommunications Tower Installation and Maintenance Engineer
- Mobile Security Expert
- Mobile Phone Verification Manager
- Mobile Architect
- Marketing Manager
- Technical Support Engineer
- KPI (Key Performance Indicator) Engineer.
- Customer Care Officer