Computer Technology Courses

A complete history of computing would include a multitude of diverse devices such as the ancient Chinese abacus, the Jacquard loom (1805) and Charles Babbage’s “analytical engine” (1834). Digital fabrication is about to revolutionize how we invent and create, changing the way we design and bring to market new technology products for all time. The Digital Maker Movement is opening new doors of opportunity for UAT’s advancing computer technology students who are accepted into the first fully accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Maker and Fabrication. Graduates of the incoming freshman class of 2014 will become among the first to lead this new revolution with a prestigious degree from an elite technology University.

Students will be provided with opportunities to learn the languages and skills of business and technology and will be given challenges in problem solving to assist in the development of their moral character. Cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect will be stressed as they learn to work with others on projects and to prepare themselves for places in an interdependent and internationalized world.

This unit provides a practical and theoretical overview of programming for computer games, games design, industries and audiences. Students will learn how to critically evaluate current debates in games design and apply practical production skills. Includes industries and gaming cultures, narrative and storytelling in games, alternative and serious games, design strategies, game rules and prototyping, the architecture of a computer game, game flow and logic, user interaction, device input and game state feedback, 2D and 3D game environments, game characters, animation, sound, scene control and scripting, introduction to game physics, introduction to artificial intelligence for games, controlling behaviour of non-player characters, chasing and evading, simple pathfinding.

In a widely circulated paper, mathematician John von Neumann outlines the architecture of a stored-program computer, including electronic storage of programming information and data – which eliminates the need for more clumsy methods of programming such as plugboards, punched cards and paper. Hungarian-born von Neumann demonstrated prodigious expertise in hydrodynamics, ballistics, meteorology, game theory, statistics, and the use of mechanical devices for computation. After the war, he concentrated on the development of Princeton´s Institute for Advanced Studies computer.

With a two- or four-year IT degree, graduates can find work in a number of occupations, including information security, network architecture, database administration, systems administration and computer support. However, some of these jobs require advanced computer science and programming knowledge, so graduates must enroll in specialized programs or take elective courses. For example, information security requires knowledge of discrete math and algorithms, and database administration requires knowledge of programming. Also, information security analysts usually have certifications, such as ISC or CISSP.