In order to keep abreast with rapid technological advancements and evolving requirements in industries today, Department of Polytechnic Education (DPE) has worked collaboratively with the nation’s key industry players in developing and reviewing the curriculum for Diploma in Information Technology (Networking) programme. This collaboration aims to equip students with up-to-date knowledge and relevant skills to meet the global challenges and the requirements of the ICT industries. This initiative move, namely blended learning, is a form of pedagogy that blends classroom instructions with structured simulated real-life working experience which prepares students for a competitive edge in today’s workplace. This is true especially in the ICT area where there is a rapidly growing demand for highly skilled and technically savvy workforce. The activities of many ICT industries require increasingly sophisticated ICT workforce. One of the most important factors gearing towards the growth of productivity is qualified manpower in this area, in order for the industry to develop and remain competitive in the world market. To address these issues the Curriculum Development and Evaluation Division (CDED), DPE cooperates with the industries to develop the curriculum and introduces Diploma in Information Technology (Networking) programme. This curriculum integrates with the curriculum of professional certification such as CCENT, CCNA, CompTIA A+ and ENSA, so as to give the opportunities for the students to sit for professional certificate examinations. This will give the students an added value and ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired through this programme are relevant with the needs of the ICT industries specifically in networking.
This programme is designed to introduce students to the networking concepts and theories, the designs, implementation and maintenance of computer networks. This programme provides knowledge and skills in Computer Hardware, Computer Organisation, Network Fundamentals, Internet Services, Switching and Routing, Network Design, Server Management and Network Security. Students are also given the opportunity to learn and use the open source software in the following courses: Open Source Operating System and Database System. Other applications and programming courses included in the programme are Computing Essentials, Programming Principles, Programming Fundamentals and Network Programming. Entrepreneurship and Project Analysis and Design are also incorporated. This programme also provides the students with transferable skills and multi skilling which enables them to adapt and adopt new technologies. In addition to technical courses, students are also taught Communicative English, Mathematics, Islamic Education, Islamic Civilisation, Co-Curriculum, Soft Skills and Occupational Safety and Health to enhance their competencies in soft skills. As the programme emphasizes self-initiated learning and hands-on competencies, graduates of this programme will be ready to take the challenges in the world of computer technologies.
This programme provides the knowledge and skills in computer network technology, network management and information security, supporting server and interactive multimedia that can be applied to a broad range of careers in the ICT industrial world and businesses. The knowledge and skills that the students acquire from the programme will enable them to participate in the job market such as Maintenance Personnel, Network Support Personnel, Network Administrator, IT / Information Support Executive, Computer Technical Support, IT Supporting Engineer, Assistant Network Engineer, IT Developer and Technical Helpdesk.