University of Technology, Jamaica


Greetings! It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the web site of the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) at The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), Jamaica's national university.

Our school has its roots in the department of computer studies that dates back to the early 1970's as one of the first units in the College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST). When UTech got its charter in 1995, the School was officially formed as the School of Computing and Information Technology ( SCIT) under its first Head of School Dahlia Fuller. Twenty five years later, we celebrate a quarter century of excellence, supported by exponential growth. Although regarded as a young school, our tradition of excellence and innovation is entwined with a culture of diversity, reflected in our dedicated faculty and growing alumni base of over 3,000 graduates.

Our mission is to Educate and foster inquisitive minds, while actively serving the community through outreach programs and in so doing mold motivated graduates who will contribute to Jamaica's economics and standards through technology.

The school has three courses of study: BSC, BSCIT, BCMS, and a division of Internet and Communication Technologies. At the graduate level we offer specializations in Computer Science and Information Technology. A wide variety of minors are also available under the Information Technology Major, these include Enterprise Systems, Information Systems, Networking and Multimedia. Currently there are two MS and two PhD degree programmes in computer science, and information systems. We also offer joint graduate programs in collaboration with Regis University.

With over 40 full-time faculty members, our school boasts an enrollment of close to 1,500 students. Each year, we graduate about 250 students with BS degrees. Our programmes now rank among the best in the country. SCIT is also increasing its research drive. One great example of this is our SAPNA initiative. Where we mold the minds of our young people to not only think of research initiatives that will better our standard of living and economy but to plan, execute and implement these researches. As we form partnerships with industries across the globe it is these researches that will become one of the driving factors behind change and innovation. The School of Computing and Information Technology is the research engine within the university and a force for economic development in Jamaica.

Whether you are a prospective student, a current student or involved parent, faculty colleague, or interested visitor, I hope this web site helps you find answers to your questions.

Dr. Sean Thorpe

The mission of the School of Computing and Information Technology is to provide excellent computing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education through:

  • Traditional and distance learning modules
  • Cutting-edge and emerging technologies
  • Relevant and current curricula
  • Continuous learning and quality teaching
  • Experienced and committed Faculty
  • Industry collaborations and applied research

SCIT is therefore committed to a teaching and learning philosophy which fosters:

  • The continuous provision of opportunities for learning and research through the offering of accredited courses of study, professional certification opportunities, and collaborations with industry which will enable our graduates to operate successfully in a global economy.
  • The creation of curricula which are relevant and up-to-date with the technological environment in which we operate and which helps to drive the innovative use of emerging technologies.
  • The building of a relevant, innovative and continuously evolving IT environment in which technology is woven in the fabric of the School creating a climate of experimentation, change, and learning that stretches the boundaries of using computing in higher education.
  • The building of a relevant, innovative and continuously evolving IT environment in which technology is woven in the fabric of the School creating a climate of experimentation, change, and learning that stretches the boundaries of using computing in higher education.
  • The provision of high quality teaching and well-designed instructional approaches through the use of competent and experienced faculty committed to research and continuous professional development.

In 2015, The University of Technology, Jamaica will:

  • Provide innovative and expanded access to learning
  • Offer innovative, transformational, profession-driven and leading-edge programmes
  • Have in place high quality staff who are professionally competent, innovative and leaders in their own field
  • Operate with high quality, relevant resources and facilities

Resulting in:

  • Recognition for its leadership in entrepreneurship, research, technology innovation and exceptional customer care
  • The well-known and respected UTech brand
  • Globally competent, versatile, innovative entrepreneurial graduates
  • A positive impact on society

Definition of Program Educational Objectives (PEO)

The Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. PEOs are based on the needs of the program's constituencies.

SCIT's Program Educational Objectives (PEO 1 - PEO 4)

    SCIT's course of study will produce graduates who:

  1. Are proficient computing professionals having taken a course of study that meets international educational standards for the discipline.
  2. Make a positive impact wherever they serve locally, regionally and internationally, through well informed and responsible execution of the roles and duties of the profession.
  3. Effectively employ research methodologies to deepen the understanding of a societal or enterprise level problem and develop and deploy appropriate computing solutions.
  4. Are innovators who develop new approaches, methods, novel applications of technology or create new computing artefacts of significant value.

Definition of Students Outcome (SO)

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviours that students acquire as they progress through the program.

SCIT's Students Outcome

    SCIT's graduates will be able to:

  • SO1 Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • SO2 Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • SO3 Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • SO4 Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • SO5 Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • SO6A Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing -based solutions.
  • SO6B Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems.
  • SO7 Innovate by introducing new computing methods, techniques, algorithms, utilities or novel use of computers to add value to government, industry and society.