at Greenwich University
A degree in Computer
Science can lead to many different career openings
By Samir Lakhani
Jul 10 - 16, 2000
Remember... When you thought a silicon chip was a kind of snack food?
Does it seem likely only yesterday? It was. (Inc. magazine,).
It was only yesterday that components such as silicon chips were first
introduced into strange machines called computers. But now it's today, and the pace from
yesterday to today has been frantic.
Consider someone going abroad on holiday. One of the first activities
of that person is to make a reservation with an airline. The reservation is recorded in
the airline's reservation database controlled by a computer. When he actually buys his
ticket, there is a good chance that the ticket is printed on a printer connected to a
computer. At the airport, flight information is displayed on a computer terminal. The
aircraft was designed by engineers using computers. Most of the parts were manufactured in
factories by computer controlled robots. The security check is performed on that passenger
using computer controlled device. The air traffic control tower uses a computer system to
schedule the plane on the runway and at the time of take off. Finally on his arrival he
fills out an immigration form from which the data is entered in the immigration
department's computer files. Thus we see how active a part the computer plays in our daily
Computer scientists and users have been running many times faster than
that in the last few years, and we have now entered what has been termed the age of
Informatics or the age of Computers. Computers, like the automobile and electricity, are
now exerting a rapidly growing influence on all of us. Thus, an essential outcome of the
educational process today must be computer literacy. Computer literacy is to know about
computers. It's knowing what they are, what they can and cannot do, how they are put to
work, and how their use in homes, schools, and workplace can affect society.
Computer Science today is a major branch of knowledge in its own right,
rapidly finding universal application not only in science and technology but also in
industry, office and the home.
Its study requires a logical mind but not necessarily a mathematical
background. Many students enter with Science background but this course is also open for
students from arts and commerce background. It is not necessary to have studied Computer
Science at HSC level, nor is it necessarily a disadvantage to have had no prior access to
The discipline is advancing rapidly both in practical applications and
in developing the foundations of the subject, in computer architecture, programming
language theory, algorithm design, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, interactive and
A degree in Computer Science can lead to many different career
openings. It is possible to get into advanced work, ranging from research to the design
and implementation of computer systems in industry and commerce
The department of Computer Science, is committed to undergraduate
teaching, postgraduate work and research. At the undergraduate level we try to give
students as much individual attention as possible. Throughout the course students carry
out course work in scheduled laboratory classes in which lectures and lab assistants are
available to help with practical programming problems.
The department's teaching laboratory is equipped with 40 of the latest
state-of-the-art computers and peripheral devices.