Good news for information technology (IT) professionals: Open University Malaysia (OUM) is offering the Master of Information Technology (MIT) programme once again, with updated and new courses. The programme kicked off in January.

Programme director Jaspal Kaur Naranjan Singh says, “We have added Information Security Management, a course that is included in the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) curriculum.

“Those interested in data science might be happy to know that there are new elective courses as well, including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics.”

“Learners will be able to apply those key analytical tools in strategic formulations crucial to meet the demands of local and international markets.”

Not only will this fresh take on the programme benefit IT professionals, it will also provide opportunities to individuals who do not have a basic IT degree but want to contribute and meet the demands of their organisations with skills and knowledge in IT management.

“Two prerequisite courses are offered to those without prior academic qualifications in IT or Computer Science.

“This is to adequately prepare them for advanced studies. The programme will help them develop the right knowledge and skills for a career that demands the relevant qualification,” says Jaspal.

With 12 structured courses representing 40 credit hours, the two-year programme is a complete and comprehensive master’s degree option for learners who want to expand their knowledge on the latest concepts and techniques in this exciting field.

The programme structure has been updated to reflect current needs of the IT industry and adheres to the Computing Standards outlined by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

There are seven core courses, a master project paper and three elective courses to complete. For the elective courses, learners can choose between IT management courses, networking or data science.

Jaspal adds, “To add value to the programme, OUM also includes lessons related to practical and organisational skills.”

IT has always played a big role in organisations, from the top-level management decision-making to daily tasks of employees. Current key drivers to this industry include big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, as well as management of security and data in organisations.

Hence, OUM’s re-introduced programme aims to produce responsible, innovative and creative graduates with skills in planning, organising, designing and managing various IT-based solutions in different organisations.

In line with OUM’s aspirations to provide opportunities for anyone to achieve his or her dreams regardless of academic background or qualifications, the university also provides an alternative entry pathway through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

“With APEL, individuals with diploma, A-Levels or STPM qualification can also apply to enrol into the programme, provided they have relevant work experience in the IT industry,” Jaspal concludes.

For IT professionals, a master’s degree in the field may prove to be the best investment one can make. If you are ready to take up the challenge, the MIT programme is perfect for you.

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