The Computer Science Department was formerly a section under the Liberal Studies Department (Department of Communication Studies) of the then Sunyani Polytechnic. It was carved out to stand on its own as a Department in January 2012 to train and provide IT specialists to meet the demands of the ICT industry. The Department trains students in the areas of programing, networking, web technologies, database management systems as well as hardware’s with assembling. A broad commitment to Computer Science Education will not only create a public understanding but also will help to address the national shortage of Computer Specialists. The creation of a viable model for a Computer Science and its implementation at the University is a necessary first step toward reaching the above goals.
The mission of the Department is to serve as centre of excellence in the provision of high quality holistic education and professional training in Computer Sciences; as well as serve as a leading centre for cutting-edge advanced research and development work in current and emerging areas in Information and Communication Technology.
The main objectives of the Department are;
- To train students to plan and implement IT systems
- To train students in the field of information management
- To train students in the design and management of computer and mobile networks.
- To train students in the development of software
- To train students to be able to deal with issues of information security.
- To train students to assemble computers.
The Department currently runs two HND programmes; HND Computer Science and HND Information Communication Technology. The demand for well-trained practitioners in the ICT industry continues to grow. To help meet this demand, the HND Computer Science as well as HND ICT will provide the opportunity for studies in these areas. The HND Computer Science programme is intended to provide skills and knowledge that its graduates require to successfully work on technology assignments such as computer networks, information security, software development and software management, computing fundamentals, digital and logic design of IT systems, information management and security, database management and design, programming, web technologies, digital signal processing.
The Department also runs certificate programmes in the following areas:
- Database Development – 5 weeks
- Computerized Accounting – 7 weeks
- Hardware with Assembling – 5 weeks
- Introduction to Computers – 5 weeks
- Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) – 8 days per application
- Networking – 3 months
- Publishing – 2 months
Target Groups for Programmes
WASSCE/SSSCE/RSA (New Scheme) Applicants
G.C. E Holders
For Certificate programmes
*Managers *Craftsman *Artisans
*JHS *SHS *Graduates
*All level of Profession *The General Public
All these categories must have requisite qualification
Our graduates are envisaged to be employed in several areas that contribute to our national development: Government Institutions, Corporate Institutions,
Educational Institutions, Financial institutions, NGO’s etc.
It is also envisaged that graduates from these two programmes will set up their own micro, small and medium scale IT business units and become employers to help solve the country’s unemployment problems.
The Computer Science Department manages the University’s main Computer Laboratories and a new ICT Laboratory. The laboratories are open to students from 7am to 7pm in organized groups each day.
The Department currently has 29 staff members; 25 academic staff and 4 administrative staff members. The staff members have varying professional backgrounds which cut across specific fields relating to Information and Communication Technologies.
The recent re-alignment of staff relocated some academic personnel to the department to start the Department of Statistics and Mathematics. Currently, all those realigned teaching personnel are teaching mathematics related courses in other department of the University.
- Faculty in this Department are engaged in active research in the following areas
- Computer and Information Security
- Computer networking
- Database development and management systems
- Educational and instructional technology
- Electronic Commerce
- Graphics Design and Publishing
- Mobile and Desktop Application Development
- Mobile and Pervasive Computing
- Technology and Society
- Wireless and mobile computing
- Service to the Community
The Department has been offering consultancy services in computer literacy training to other tertiary institutions, the university community and individuals in and around Sunyani. This service is available during vacations and in the evenings. The West African Examination Council also uses our facilities for their Information Technology Examinations.
The Department has the following future plans to;
Introduce two new short courses; Java Programming and Android Programming
Establish two research centres; Hardware and Assembling and Software Development.
Seek accreditation to run courses in Mathematics and Statistics under the Department of Statistics and Mathematics.