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Aug 28 - Sep 03, 2000

Today's manufacturing enterprise, whether it produces consumer goods or weapons systems, must often juggle a range of conflicting demands. Smaller lot sizes, increased product flexibility, higher product quality, decreased delivery time, and smaller profit margins are typical of the ambitious goals in many such organizations. Through it all, the enterprise must consistently aim for the five R's — produce the right product, with the right quality, in the right quantity, at the right price, and at the right time — and it must do more than satisfy its customers: It must delight them.

These demands mean that the manufacturing enterprise must constantly evaluate its business strategy and fine-tune its process as needed. Correct and timely information is key to meeting these goals, and information technology — database management systems, enterprise resource planning systems, and simulation and computer aided design tools has become indispensable to most manufacturing enterprises. Information is the lifeblood of the enterprise, and IT is central to all activities. Indeed, IT can be thought of as the great market equalizer: It is available simultaneously to companies irrespective of their size and (generally) their location. Consequently, what technology and enterprise adopts — although important — is not as important as how that enterprise uses it.

Manufacturing is one of the aspects, of business and industry, where IT is playing a major role. 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. 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 industry can effect society.

Information Technology today is a major branch of knowledge in its own right, rapidly finding universal application and not only in science and technology but also in the office and at home and above all in industries. 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, interactive and distributed systems computer aided designing and manufacturing are few to be named.

Its study requires a logical mind but not necessarily a mathematical background. Many students enter with science background, but most degree programs are open to students from other backgrounds as well. It is not necessary to have studied Computer Science at HSC level or A level, nor is it necessarily a disadvantage to have had no prior access to a computer.

The IT department of Greenwich University is committed to undergraduate and postgraduate and research work. 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 and classes where lecturers and lab assistants are available to help with practical programming problems.

The degree in Information Technology and Computer Science can lead to many different career openings. It is possible to get into advanced work, ranging from research to design and implementation of computer system in industry. The department makes an extensive use of electronic mail and bulletin boards in all of its activities.

The departments teaching laboratory, which is recently upgraded, is equipped with latest peripheral devices, which includes, 40 state of the art Acer computers with Pentium III processors, 2 laser printers, video conference system, and latest scanners. The teaching and research in the department is supported by a distributed computing environment in which student and staff workstation and file servers are linked together by a local area network.

We have high proportion of women on our degree programs, and are keen to increase this proportion. We also encourage applications from mature students and give due consideration to those who may have suffered interruptions to their education.

—Samir Lakhani, Dean, Dept. of Computer Science, Information Systems and Mathematics at Greenwich University