AL MUSANNA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
The Higher College of Technology and Colleges of Technology is managed by the Ministry of manpower and is continuously evaluating the;
1) Global and technological changes which affect Omani's knowledge and skills requirements.
2) New efficient and effective methods employed in delivering technological curricula.
3) Latest techniques of improving the quality of education and training experiences.
Based on evaluation, these colleges have been striving since their inception in 1984 to deliver the required knowledge and skills required by Omani public and private sectors. From this culture the Higher College of Technology and Colleges of Technology are in the process of upgrading their curricula to higher levels, of knowledge and the process of skill delivery. The upgrading which will enable the colleges to deliver knowledge and skills required by the knowledge economy as stipulated by Oman's economy vision: Vision 2020. These colleges will be able to deliver different level of knowledge and skills as shown below.
Studying at the College consists of several stages. The first stage is the Foundation Program where students study English Language, Keyboard skills and Pre-Algebra. After successful completion of the Foundation Program, students will be given an opportunity to apply for admission to the department that offers the specialization of their choice. Admission to a specific department is contingent to the fulfillment of departmental admission requirements. There are a limited number of students that can be admitted in each department; therefore, getting admission to any department is competitive. It should also be noted that progression from One Year of the Program to the next is not automatic. It is contingent to the student's GPA. The Chart below illustrates this process:
The Colleges of Technology are academic and technological institutions which aim at (Article 2 of the Colleges Bylaw's)
1. Working towards the application of technical and administrative knowledge in technological and administrative fields in line with the requirements of the labor market.
2. Meeting the students' needs by creating opportunities for individual, social, academic, technological and vocational development.
3. Bringing up a generation of highly competent technicians through the provision of accredited, high quality technological programs.
4. Catering for the private and the public sectors' needs with technically and administratively qualified personnel.
5. Offering technological, parallel education and training services.
6. Carrying out and publishing scientific and applied research for the benefit of the colleges of technology and the community.
Al Musanna College of Technology was established in the year 1993 through the decision of vocational authority no. 131/93 in order to change it from a vocational training institute to a full fledge technical college.
The college started academic activities in 1993 by taking its first batch in its first academic session 1993-1994, and adopting Arabic language as the medium of instruction. At the beginning total number of students registered was 102; number of teaching staff was 12, and the number of administrative staff was 17. At this point of time only two streams of specialization viz. Accounting and Management were offered.
Despite of being novice, the entire team of the college was determined to improve the quality of Education to cater with the high technical manpower requirements of the market. Starting effort of the college team achieved successful completion of the first academic year by producing its first batch of 58 graduates in 1994/95.
Encouraged by the success of a few starting academic sessions the college applied a new technical system GNVQ (General National Vocational Qualification) in the academic year 1996-97, which was authorized by RSA (Royal Society of Arts)-UK, and the medium of instruction was changed to English. At the beginning of academic session 2000-2001 the college again introduced change to the existing system to start Omani National Diploma (OND).
Being aware of the rapid changes of technology and consequently the methodology of teaching, the college again implemented the New System in academic year 2003-2004, in order to comply with the pace of the technical world. In the academic session 2005-2006 the total number of students is 1850, number of teaching and technical staff is 97, and the number of administrative staff is 46.
The names of the deans who have assumed leadership of the College since its inception:
Dr. Sadiq al Hmouz
Dr. Mohamed Osman
Dr. Youssef Al-Tarawneh
Dr. Wajih Qasim
2001 - 2002
Dr. Ahmed al-Obeid
2002 to present
Dr. Shakir Al Musili
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER
The Intensive English Language Program aims at developing students' basic skills in English Language. It is designed to cater for students of different levels of abilities. The program is pre-requisite to demonstrate a good standard of all language skills prior to the actual technical program. The courses are usually taught at three levels: elementary, intermediate, and advanced. The courses include: Core Course, Writing skills, Reading skills, Listening skills, and Speaking skills, Communication skills, Self Access instruction and classes in the Multi-media Center (MMC).
The purpose of the English Language Program is to provide a solid base for the students in order to prepare them for the challenges of the following academic programs. The teaching strategy incorporates contemporary thinking in the field as well as established classroom practices.
The support services:
Self-Access Center (SAC): The main aim of the Self-Access Center is to help students in general and ELP Program students in particular, to work on their own and to develop self-study skills. It is equipped with videos, personal stereos, and with resources ranging from the local English dailies to magazines, books on wide variety of subjects, audio and videocassettes, and worksheet. It offers a quiet place for self-study. The center is open to students from eight in the morning to four in the evening.
The Multi-Media Center (MMC): This is a multi-activity lab with individual computers for the students. The MMC can hold wide variety of media and learning materials and handle a large number of students at one time. It functions as a language learning video. Students doing project work or research can access and download information from encyclopedias on CDs. There are interactive language exercises, text jigsaws, and language games on the MMC computers.
BUSINESS STUDIES DEPARTMENT
The Business program was developed and designed to meet the challenges of today's business environment and to produce graduates who are able to work in different functional areas of business. The program will equip the graduates with the necessary skills and competences (analytical and critical skills, computing skills, applied skills and team work and social skills). Some of the features of the new program are:
* The program will utilize learning outcomes in order to evaluate student's achievement.
* The program is designed to be different in emphasizing and oriented from any other
* Similar programs offered by different institutions in Oman.
* New learning pedagogy will be introduced that focuses on using the information and communication technology as ways of delivering knowledge.
The program offers four levels of qualifications: Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Bachelor of Technology Degree. The Faculty of Business comprises two departments: Department of Business Administration and Department of Accounting where students can obtain professional qualification such as Certified Accounting Technician (CAT). Students will start to specialize from the second year. In the first year, they will be generally educated about business environment to have good foundation to aid them either in their careers or in their further studies. The goal of the faculty is to provide a high quality applied and professional business education in order to produce competent, resourceful, and ethical Omani business graduates in different business disciplines including professional qualification in accounting.
Department of Business Administration offers the following majors:
* Marketing and Retailing
* Human Resource Management
* Electronic Business
* CAT Program
This department is dedicated to give a wide spectrum of integrated courses in each field of specialization. These are carefully designed to respond to the needs of various national sectors in all walks of life. It offers a broad preparation for employment in the local market at various levels.
This department runs its new program at four different levels leading respectively to Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Bachelor of Technology degree. It covers the local need to highly trained manpower at various demand levels namely, Semi skilled, Technicians, Technologists and Engineers who will actively contribute to the development of the nation.
Goals and objectives of the Engineering Department
The Engineering department will strive to graduate highly trained technicians, technologists and professionals to contribute to both the public and the private sector.
Sections and Specializations:
At present, the department comprises two main streams called sections. These are :
The Electronics & Electrical Engineering Section : This section offers the following specializations :
- Electronics & Communication Engineering.
- Electrical Power Engineering.
- Computer Engineering
The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Section : This section offers the following specialization :
- Mechanical Engineering.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Due to the new changes in the development of IT industry a new program for IT has been introduced to meet labor market needs. The Faculty of Information Technology (IT) plays an active role in advanced intellectual frontiers of computer science, creating new computer technology, and applying that technology to meet the needs of today's technological society. The program of Information Technology provides both liberal and well-defined professional education at the Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma levels.
Department of Information Technology (IT) plays an active role in advancing the intellectual frontiers of computer science, creating new computer technology, and applying that technology to meet the needs of today's technological society. IT is an integration of three Bachelors degree's namely, Software Engineering, Networking Technology, Internet and E-Security, and diploma in Multimedia. Students will be attached to a reputable organization during the Internship program to gain valuable first-hand industrial experience.
The program of Information Technology provides both liberal and well-defined professional education at the Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma levels. The curricula enable our students to be competent professionally skilled in a technologically complex and culturally diverse society. Students are provided with confidence and excellent communication skills which all employer value.
Our graduates will have a potential career options on becoming a network administrator, technical support to professionals in consulting, installation, maintenance and upgrade of computer equipment, database administration, software development, software engineer, production artiest, graphic designer, assistance designer, computer artist, advertising agencies, and catalog publisher.
* Communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form from that fulfills the purpose and meet the needs of markets.
* Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationship and the achievement of goals.
* Take responsibility for own actions and decisions.
* Educate and train information Technology (IT) professionals to meet the demands of the economy.
* Appropriately skilled and sufficiently responsive to embrace the fast changing Information Communication Technology.
* Enable graduates to undertake professional activities in IT, Networking, Internet and E-Security, and Multimedia.
* Flexibility work in exciting IT areas, such as games programming, Internet application development, network administrator, security experts and graphic designer.
* Produce graduates with the necessary theoretical and applied backgrounds needed to pursue careers as Information Technology professionals in industry, business and services.
* Possess a strong technical background in computer applications and software engineering, which will be built upon a solid theoretical foundation in the more scientific aspects of computing.
* Supplement the core Information Technology discipline with Business and Language elements
* Administer network computers, troubleshoot hardware and software problems, manage data, and develop Internet Web pages.
Branches and facilities
There are 3 sections in the department of Information Technology:
* Information Technology: This section offers the specialization courses of IT, Networking, Internet and e-security.
* Mathematics: This section offers the service courses like Pre-Algebra, College Algebra, Calculus I and Calculus II. It also offers the regular courses for mathematics II and Discrete Structures.
* Multimedia: This Section offers the service course in multimedia for specialization student
The facilities in the IT Department are
* Six computer Labs equipped with latest computers.
* One computer Hardware Lab for students to assemble and diagnose the fault in the computer at component level.
* Project Lab.
Department of Information Technology is having well equipped computer laboratories with network and internet connections. All the laboratories are having computers with latest configuration, LCD projectors, laser printers and other essential teaching aids. Apart from the computer laboratories class rooms are also available with all the teaching aids to conduct theory classes.
Extracted from the College Bylaws
The duration of study in the Colleges of Technology is three years to qualify for the Higher Diploma, whereas, in the Higher Colleges of Technology, the duration of study is four years, to qualify for a Bachelor's Degree (B.Tech.). The study system progresses from one level (qualification) to the other. Upon the completion of each level, the student will be awarded the qualification designated for that level. The levels and qualifications are as follows:
(a) Certificate: One academic year
(b) Diploma: Two academic years
(c) Higher Diploma: Three academic years
(d) Bachelor's Degree: Four academic years
The student will advance from one level to the next upon meeting all the requirements, including the GPA, as shown in appendix 2.
College programs follow the credit hour system. The credit hour is a unit of measurement specifying the weightage of courses during one academic semester. It is equal to one weekly period of theoretical lecture, or two weekly periods of practical training in a laboratory or workshop. The required number of credit hours for graduation at each of the levels of qualification varies according to the different specializations as follows (see appendix 3):
(a) Certificate: from 24 to 38 credit hours
(b) Diploma: from 66 to 76 credit hours
(c) Higher Diploma: from 100 to 114 credit hours
(d) Bachelor's Degree: from 128 to 157 credit hours
The minimum number of credit hours, for a full-time student, is 12 credit hours per semester and 6 credit hours for the summer semester. Student registration for what exceeds the minimum depends on his/her semester's GPA as follows:
* The attainment of a semester GPA 3 to register for 15 credit hours, subject to the academic adviser's approval.
* The attainment of a semester GPA 3.5 to register for 18 credit hours, subject to the approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.
It is mandatory to obtain the approval of the Dean or his/her representative to register for more than 18 credit hours. A part-time student may register for 6-9 credit hours per semester.
The student's GPA will be calculated according to the following table:
90 – 100
85 – 89
80 – 84
76 – 79
73 – 75
70 – 72
67 – 69
60 – 66
55 – 59
Obtaining grade C or above in all the specialization courses, C– or above in all departmental requirements, and D or above in all college requirements is the minimum to pass.
A student is not entitled to appeal on the grounds of his/her ignorance of the content of these bylaws or decisions or circulars issued on their implementation.
A full-time student will be under academic probation, if his/her GPA is less than 2.0 in any semester. Accordingly, he/she will be allowed to register for only three courses with a maximum of 12 credit hours. Should he/she be subjected to academic probation for a second successive time, he/she will be allowed to register for only two courses, with a maximum of 8 credit hours. As for the part-time student, he/she will not be allowed to register for more than one course with a maximum of 4 credit hours.
Academic probation expires at the end of each semester, when the student obtains a minimum GPA 2.0. A student under academic probation must repeat all the courses he/she failed. He/she will be dismissed, if he/she fails to obtain the required GPA 2.0 at the end of the following semester, after having already been under academic probation.
A student obtaining D or F grade in a course for the first time may repeat that course to get a better grade. Accordingly, his/her old grade will be replaced by the new grade, irrespective of the latter being lower or higher. If a course is attempted three or more times, the second attempt and the attempts that follow will be reconsidered for calculating the GPA. The number of substituted courses or credit hours should not exceed:
* 9 credit hours for the Diploma level
* 12 credit hours for the Higher Diploma level, and
* 15 credit hours for the B. Tech. level.
A student may attend classes in any other university, college or a technological institution of higher education, as long as it is accredited by the concerned bodies provided that the student obtains a prior college approval. The accredited grades obtained by the student will be accepted, based on the transcript issued by the respective university, college, or educational institution.
The College Council is authorized, in case of acceptable reasons, to agree to the postponement of a student's study for a maximum period of two semesters, throughout the period of his/her study.
The student is deemed successful in the four academic levels, if he/she completes all the courses required for graduation and obtains the following cumulative averages:
1. The first year: Certificate 2.00
2. The second year: Diploma 2.25
3. The third year: Higher Diploma 2.50
4. The fourth year: B. Tech. 2.75
Students will not be awarded certificates confirming their success before they pass the required period of practical training in each academic level.
The student has the right to appeal against the results of his/her examinations by completing the Appeal Form and submitting it to the Head of the Department/Center within three days from the date of announcement of results. The Examinations Committee will review the papers within one week from the date of submitting the appeal to verify the accuracy of all marks, or to mark any unmarked questions.
The student will be warned in writing if his/her absence reaches 10% of the set hours in each academic semester without any valid excuses, and a letter will be sent to his/her parent/guardian. The same procedure will be followed if the student's absence reaches 20%. In both cases, the student must be warned in writing and his/her guardian must be informed that the student will be debarred from the final examination if his/her absence reaches 30%.
If a student fails to attend a semester examination for a reason deemed to be acceptable by the College Council, the college will arrange a make-up examination for him/her, if the student notified the Dean within one week from the date of the examination he/she failed to attend. His/her examination will be repeated before the elapse of the semester following his/her absence; otherwise, he/she will be given a zero.
If the student fails to attend the final examination of any course for a reason accepted by the College Council, that course will be considered as incomplete upon his/her notifying the Dean, within one week from the date of the examination he/she failed to attend. In that case, the student will be allowed to sit for a complementary examination within no more than four weeks from the beginning of the next semester. The grade obtained by the student in the complementary examination will replace the term incomplete; otherwise, he/she will be given a zero. If the student also fails to attend the complementary examination for an acceptable reason, he/she will repeat the required course or any substitute course recommended by the concerned Head of Center or Department.
A student will be dismissed from the college on the following grounds:
* Failure to maintain the required GPA 2.0 in the courses he/she studied at the end of the semester, following his/her placement under academic probation.
* Being absent from classes for two consecutive weeks, without an acceptable reason.
* Complying with a decision issued by the Disciplinary Committee.
Dress code for male students is the traditional white Omani Disdasha and for female students is the traditional black Omani Abaya.
All teaching and technical support staff should follow the following Dress code policy. Males are expected to wear a tie, business shirt and dress trousers. Females should wear below-knee or full length dresses. Tops should be non-revealing and long. Most importantly the cultural norms of the country should be respected.
All teaching and technical support staff as well as students have to observe the dress code.
DISCIPLINE AND ORDER
Once registered, a student must fully abide by the bylaws, and follow college rules and regulations of academic conduct and integrity, observe ethical conduct, and avoid all forms or degrees of infraction whether during lectures, practical training, in laboratories, examination halls or elsewhere; whether individually involved, or in association with others.
The student must abide by the following:
* Coming to class on time and abiding by the timing of lectures, laboratory, and workshop sessions. The student must be aware that any absence will negatively affect his/her academic performance/achievement and in turn will minimize the student's chances to sit for the final exams.
· Being absent from classes, laboratory, or workshop sessions must be approved in advance by the concerned heads of centers, departments or any authorized person.
* Excused absence because of sickness must comply with the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Health.
· Being late for three times in any lecture, laboratory, or workshop sessions will be considered as one class absence, and the staff in charge of these theoretical or practical classes has the prerogative to evaluate the student's lateness.
· Fulfilling the training requirements in the private, or public sector organizations. The student will also observe and abide by all work rules and regulations, effective at the training site.
· Observing and following the health and safety procedures, particularly by wearing protective clothes and shoes in practical training halls, workshops, or laboratories.
· Keeping a record of all his/her activities within the college, such as registration, schedules, forms, grades, reports, as well as copies of courses, tests, electronic files and all documents related to his/her program.
· Safeguarding all college property, such as laboratories, equipment and other materials. The student must handle such property carefully, in compliance with the rules and regulations organizing their use.
· Respecting the physical and intellectual property and rights of others including students, college staff, researchers, technicians, including research and electronic files.
· Actively participating in academic, cultural, social and sports activities organized by the college.
· Maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the college, holding on to high moral standards in his/her relationship with the college administration, lecturers, staff and students in his/her academic society. The student must present a clean and tidy appearance, be a well-behaved, hardworking and reputable person.
Any misconduct or breach of these bylaws, rules, regulations or traditions will be deemed a punishable offence, specifically the following:
1) All acts or utterances that infringe upon religious beliefs or state reputation or disrupt the rules of good conduct or public decency.
2) Disruption of the college academic integrity code or academic conduct in whatever form, degree, method applied or site of disruption, in a theoretical lecture, practical training, laboratory or examination, whether the student is individually involved or in association with others.
3) Any cheating or attempt to cheat, during examinations or disruption of the serenity and smooth administration of examinations.
4) Abstention from attending, or incitement of others not to attend lectures, practical training in workshops, laboratories, or at the private or public sector organizations and other work places, where attendance is part of the college programs.
5) Breach of disciplinary rules during lectures or practical training.
6) All acts that infringe honor, integrity or morals, or harm the reputation of the colleges or any of their personnel or students.
7) Assault or insult of any teaching, administrative, technical support staff, or student.
8) Formation of or participation in any organization, committee or society, or holding a conference, without prior written consent of the competent authority.
9) Issuance or distribution of bulletins, pamphlets, posters, newspapers or magazines or sending them online, collection of funds or signatures without obtaining a prior written consent from the competent authority, or misuse of consent issued approving the practice of any of these activities.
10) Misuse, damage, or impairment of any of the colleges' property including college network and electronic files.
11) Possession or circulation of films, photographs, or magazines incompatible to decency, morals and Islamic values, or possession of inflammable or explosive materials inside the colleges or their hostels.
12) Breaching hostel rules, such as late arrival at night or spending the night outside the premises, without an acceptable reason or making any changes in the accommodation, its furniture or equipment.
13) Giving false information in official papers, forging official college documents, or illegally obtaining them or knowingly using forged documents.
The disciplinary measures that will be inflicted on violators are:
3) Sending a student outside study hall or any place where he/she violated the system.
4) Deprivation from some or all the privileges that a student enjoys.
5) Temporarily depriving the student from practicing the activity where he/she violated the rules and regulations, for a period not exceeding one month.
6) Charging the student for the damage he/she caused.
7) Temporarily depriving student from staying in the college hostel, or suspension of his/her monthly allowance for four months.
8) Final deprivation from staying in the college hostel, or from the monthly allowance.
9) Cancellation of one or more courses in examination or results.
10) Debarring the student from sitting for one or more final examinations.
11) Suspending the student for one or more semesters.
Inflicting the disciplinary measures listed in Article 78 will be in proportion with the offence, any precedents, and any accompanying circumstances. No disciplinary measure will be exercised on any student before a written investigation is conducted and the student's testimony heard. Nevertheless, it is possible to implement any of the disciplinary measures stated in clauses 1, 2, 3 of the last article after an oral investigation into the case.
In case an accusation of cheating during an examination is proved, the student will fail the course where cheating occurred, in addition to depriving him/her from studying for the following semester. If an accusation of cheating in examinations is proved for the second time, the student will be dismissed from the college.
A student may submit an appeal to the Undersecretary against a punishment within 15 days from the date when he/she was notified. In this case, the Undersecretary may reject the appeal, transform the punishment, or cancel it. His/her decision will be final.
A decision issued on a disciplinary measure will be kept in the student's file. His/her guardian or sponsor will be notified of the decision. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will notify the student in writing of the results of the investigation, the decision issued on the disciplinary measure to be inflicted on him/her, and the deadline for appealing against the decision. He/she will also notify the center/department where the violation occurred of the results of the investigations, the disciplinary measure and the appeal, if any.
Staff – Information Technology Department
Dr. Syed Hamid Hasan (SY)
Head of the Department
Mr. Gnana Rajesh D. (GR)
Head of Section
Mr. J. Lenin Fernando (JL)
Mr. Mohammad Ehmer Khan (EK)
Mr. Mohammed Sajid Anwer (SAN)
Mr. Monawar Rahman (MNR)
Mr. Shaikh Abdul Azeem (SAA)
Ms. Mini Punnolli (MP)
Mr. Rachappa Jopate (RJ)
Mr. S. Nagendra Kumar (NK)
Acting Head of Section
Ms. Jyotsna Suryadevara (JYS)
Mr. Ravi Chakravati (RC)
Mr. S G M Shadab (SGM)
Mr. Shaji Kalistan Apolinmary (SKA)
Ms. Jhonna C. Sacote (JCS)
Mr. Nasir Ali (NAL)
Mr. Arun Kumar Mani (AK)
Dr. Abdul Salam (ABS)
Mr. Mohammad Ishrat (MI)
Mrs. Divyajyothi M.G. (DJ)
Mr. Faheem Ahmad (FA)
Mr. Jayaprakash Kar (JP)
Mr. R Sreekanth (RS)
Mr. Krishna Kumar K.G. (KKG)
Mr. Binu Bhaskaran (BB)
Mr. Krishnan Rajendran (KR)
Mr. Philip M Abraham(PA)
Mr. Ravindra Babu (RB)
Mr. Kannan Rajagopal (RKN)
Mr. Anooj P.K.(APK)
Ms. Jiyamole Jose (JJ)
Mrs. Baliha Talath G.(BG)
Dr. Hasan Mateen-ul Islam (HMI)
Head of Section
Mr. Sreejith Balakrishanan(SJ)
Ms. Blessy Jayaron Jose(BJJ)
Mr. Shafiqul Abidin(SA)
Mrs. Monia Mohammed Al-Farsi(MMF)
Mr. Saleh Abdullah Saleh Al-Balushi(SAB)