Information Technology (IT) at
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