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    Hi Guys, I like to seek your advice. I am thinking of taking up a part-time IT degree while working. However, I have some concerns.

    I am currently holding on to a Diploma in Electronics, Computer & Communications. On top of that, I am MCSE. I have only done basic C programming some years ago and I am not really good at it. Does all IT degree got to master programming such as Java, .NET...etc?

    My main concern is that I may not be able to cope as I have no fundimental on java and other programming. Therefore, I am wondering if there is an IT degree with the least programming modules.

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    Re: BSc in Information Technology

    Where are you, and where do you want to study?

    IMHO approach a range of universities and find out what their degrees offer -- most IT degrees will include some programming, but will teach you from scratch (forget any past experiences) but some will be specialising in networking or security with less programming involved
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: BSc in Information Technology

      You can only find this out by looking at the course prospectus for a given university. A degree in IT will include some programming but nowhere near as much as Computer Science, which in turn will feature less programming than Software Engineering, for example.

      The above being based on university courses in the UK - we don't know which country you're in.
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        Re: BSc in Information Technology

        Hi Guys, thanks for the replies. I am living in Singapore. Locally, there are many institutions that provide overseas degree like UK or Australia degree.

        Yup I guess I cannot avoid programming completing. Nevertheless, if I were to take up the degree, I will try my best. Thanks again.

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        • #5
          Re: BSc in Information Technology

          As already advised, spend some time looking at prospectuses and talk to departments!

          Also think about the value of the degress -- a general IT or "Business Computing" one can have a lot less value than "software engineering". Some specialist networking degrees are an MCSE spread over 3 years!

          What do you want to do with it once you have it?

          Do you have any equivalent of the UK's "Open University" where you can completely pick and mix courses to get a degree?
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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            Re: BSc in Information Technology

            Originally posted by Ossian View Post
            As already advised, spend some time looking at prospectuses and talk to departments!

            Also think about the value of the degress -- a general IT or "Business Computing" one can have a lot less value than "software engineering". Some specialist networking degrees are an MCSE spread over 3 years!

            What do you want to do with it once you have it?

            Do you have any equivalent of the UK's "Open University" where you can completely pick and mix courses to get a degree?
            Thanks for the advice. I am planning to move towwards the IT direction and hope to specialise in network, system or security. What MCSE training has provided me is more on forest/domain environment on Microsoft operating system, however, the jobs opportunities out there requires you to be familiar on linux, redhat,...etc which I have no exposure. Morever, without a degree, it seems so hard to move on.

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            • #7
              Re: BSc in Information Technology

              I'm not going to deny it's tough to break in, but whether experience or qualifications count more when applying for jobs is a whole new thread. I've got a degree, but it was my Microsoft qualifications and experience and not the degree that got me my current job. Obviously things are different from country to country though.

              If you know a bit of C programming then Java isn't that big a leap: much of the basic syntax is very similar so you'll pick the basics up quite quickly.
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