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 lives.

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 a computer.

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 distributed systems.

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.

The author is Dean, Department of Computer Science Information Systems and Mathematics at Greewich