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IT Department Offers Computer Forensics Course

    As part of its effort to introduce students to exciting and new subjects, AUIS’s Information Technology department offered a new special topic as an introductory course to computer forensics during the Spring 2019 academic semester. The primary goal of the course was to enable students to gain an understanding of computer forensics, how it is carried out, and what different technologies are used in the field. Taught by senior lecturer, Mr. Katongo Lukwesa, students were guided through different scenarios and taught skills that will help them use various tools, along with foundational knowledge on legal considerations of forensics.    Computer forensics expert, Dr. Amelia Phillips’s book Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigation was used to teach the new course. Dr. Phillips received her bachelors and masters degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her Ph.D. from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is currently a tenured professor at Highline College in Washington, USA covering Computer Information Systems/Computer Science. As part of the course material and coverage, students had a unique opportunity to interact with Dr. Phillips via Skype during a special classroom session, hearing firsthand from the author of their textbook.   Dr. Hemin Latif, Assistant Professor and Chair of the IT Department, said of the new course: “One of the beauties of our education system at AUIS is the room for students and faculty to experience new materials, to introduce new topics, and to explore new knowledge areas in addition to their required courses. The introduction of this course has been a very rewarding experience for the professor and the department. I am sure the students appreciate and enjoy the covered material as well as the opportunity.”   On the same topic, student Yad Luqman said he enjoyed the class and found the subject matter relevant to IT. “The class was fun and very interesting, and my favorite moments were those that Mr. Katongo related the class topics to real life situations. I wish more classes in this field could be offered so that students can understand the gravity of the subject and then dive deep into it.”   “It’s amazing to see how wide the field of IT is,” said student Rand Salahudin. “Forensics was a totally new term to me in the beginning, and I’m really satisfied with everything I have learned in this class and all my other IT classes.”    

The IT minor at AUIS has a new design!

  Digital skills have been in high demand by employers for a long time by now. Computers are used in almost every workplace for various purposes, regardless of your profession or degree. However, digital skills are not limited to complex technical capabilities, such as programming and networking that students majoring in IT usually learn. That's why the IT Department at AUIS has updated the IT minor to fulfill the ever-growing demand of IT skills all around the world, and to make the minor really fun!   With the new minor in IT, students will acquire various skills through interesting and hands-on courses. For example, students will learn not only how to code in the Creative Coding course, but also how to achieve visually appealing artistic projects. A Rapid Online Presence course will teach students how to create professional websites without getting into the many technical details of HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.   The updated IT minor removes difficult technical requirements and replaces them with a an enjoyable and hands-on experience. This will help students minoring in IT to gain a level of IT knowledge crucial for all workplaces in today’s job market regardless of their major. These new courses are also valuable as electives for students majoring in IT. Learn and explore the new IT minor and see how you can gain the latest knowledge to enrich your valuable skills. IT has never been this fun!  

کۆڕێک و وۆرکشۆپێک دەربارەی blockchain technology

  لەچوارچێوەی چالاکییە بڕیارلێدراوەکانی وەرزی پاییزی ٢٠١٨ یدا، بەشی تەکنەلۆجیای زانیاری لەزانکۆی ئەمریکیی عێراق – سلێمانی، بەهاوکاریی رێکخراوی Re: Coded ی قازانجنەویست، رۆژی ٣٠ ی تشرینی یەکەم و ١٠ ی تشرینی دوەم، کۆڕێک و وۆرکشۆپێکی دەربارەی blockchain technology، دوابەدوای یەک رێک خست. هەردو روداوەکە: کۆڕەکەو وۆرکشۆپەکە، لەلایەن ئیحسان ئیبراهیمەوە، کە پسپۆڕە لە blockchain و راهێنەرە لە Re: Coded، سەرۆکایەتی کران. لەمیانەی کۆڕەکەدا، ئیحسان ئیبراهیم پێشەکییەکی دەربارەی blockchain technology و چۆنیەتیی بەکارهێنانی ئەم تەکنەلۆجیایە لەپیشەسازیی تەکنەلۆجیای زانیاریدا پێشکەش کرد، وێڕای شیکردنەوەی زاراوە سەرەکیەکانی تایبەت بەبابەتەکە. لەمیانەی وۆرکشۆپەکەشدا کە کەوتە پاش کۆڕەکە، وردەکارییەکی تەکنیکیی فراوانتری دەربارەی blockchain پێشکەش کرد، لەگەڵ چەندین نمونەی پراکتیکی. لەبەشی دوەمی وۆرکشۆپەکەدا، فێرخوازانی بەشدار رێنمایی کران بۆ گرتنەبەری رێوشوێنی پراکتیکی دەربارەی بابەتەکە. لەلای خۆیەوە، دکتۆر هێمن لەتیف – مامۆستای یاریدەدەرو سەرۆکی بەشی تەکنەلۆجیای زانیاری لەزانکۆکە، رایگەیاند: "دامەزراندنی پەیوەندییەکی فیکری، لەنێوان کۆلیجی تەکنەلۆجیای زانیاری و پێشڕەوانی بواری تەکنەلۆجیا زانیاری، هەروەها پاراستنی ئەو پەیوەندییە، کارێکی زۆر گرنگە بۆ سەرخستنی پرۆسەی خوێندن و فێرکردن". وتیشی: "لەبوارێکی وەکو بواری تەکنەلۆجیای زانیاریدا، هیچ کام لەکەرتی پیشەسازی و کەرتی خوێندنی زانکۆیی، ناتوانن بەتەنیا خۆیان زانیاریی پڕاوپڕ ببەخشنە فێرخوازان". هاوکات فێرخوازی بەشداربوی وۆرکشۆپەکە – کامەران ئەشرەف، پێی وایە ئەم تەکنەلۆجیا نوێیە، روانگەی خەڵک بۆ پەیوەندییکردن لەڕێی ئینتەرنێتەوە، دەگۆڕێت. شایانی باسە بەشی تەکنەلۆجیای زانیاری لەزانکۆی ئەمریکیی سلێمانی، چەندین کۆڕو وۆرکشۆپی لەمیانەی ئەم کۆرسەی خوێندندا بەڕێوە بردوە، بەئامانجی ناساندنی بابەتە زۆرو زەوەندەکانی جیهانی تەکنەلۆجیا بەفێرخوازان.

ندوة و ورشة عمل حول blockchain technology

  ضمن فعالياته المقرر إجراؤها خلال خريف 2018، استضاف قسم تكنولوجيا المعلومات في الجامعة الأميركية بالسليمانية، بالتعاون مع منظمة Re: Coded  غير الربحية، ندوة و ورشة عمل، حول blockchain technology، في 30 تشرين الأول و 10 تشرين الثاني 2018 على التوالي. وقد قام إحسان إبراهيم، وهو متخصص في blockchain   ومدرب من Re: Coded، بقيادة كلا الحدثين: الندوة و ورشة العمل. قدم إحسان إبراهيم خلال الندوة مقدمة حول blockchain technology، وكيفية استخدامها في صناعة تكنولوجيا المعلومات، بالإضافة الى شرح المصطلحات الرئيسية الخاصة بالموضوع. اما ورشة العمل التي تبعت الندوة فقد قدم إبراهيم من خلالها عرضا تقنيا أوسع عن blockchain، مع أمثلة، وممارسة عملية. وخلال الجزء الثاني من ورشة العمل، تم إرشاد طلاب الجامعة الحاضرين الى إجراءات تطبيقية حول الموضوع. من جانبه، قال الدكتور هيمن لطيف - الأستاذ المساعد ورئيس قسم تكنولوجيا المعلومات في الجامعة: "إن إنشاء علاقة فكرية بين كلية تكنولوجيا المعلومات و رواد تكنولوجيا المعلومات، والحفاظ على هذه العلاقة، أمر حيوي لنجاح التعليم". وأردف قائلاً: "في مجال مثل تكنولوجيا المعلومات، لا يمكن لأي من قطاعي الصناعة أو الجامعة وحدها تقديم المعرفة الكاملة للطلاب". أما الطالب المشارك في ورشة العمل – كامران أشرف، فهو بدوره يتوقع أن تغير هذه التقنية الجديدة الطريقة التي ينظر بها الناس إلى الاتصالات على الإنترنت. يذكر ان قسم تكنولوجيا المعلومات في الجامعة الأميركية بالسليمانية قد قدم ندوات و ورش عمل عديدة خلال هذا الفصل الدراسي، كجزء من جهوده الرامية إلى تعريف الطلاب بالمواضيع الشائعة في عالم التكنولوجيا.

IT Department hosts blockchain technology seminar and workshop

  As part of its Fall 2018 calendar of events, the AUIS IT Department, in cooperation with the non-profit organization Re:Coded, hosted a seminar and a workshop on blockchain technology on October 30 and November 10, 2018, respectively. Ehsan Ibrahim, a blockchain specialist and trainer from Re:Coded led both the seminar and the workshop. Ehsan provided an introduction to blockchain technology during the seminar, explaining key terms about the topic, and how it is used in the IT industry from a non-technical perspective. The workshop followed the seminar, in which Ibrahim delivered a more technical presentation on blockchain, with examples, hands-on practice, and coding. During the second part of the workshop, AUIS students in attendance were guided through a practical session with a virtual network called Ethereum using Ganache, then students uploaded their own code to the virtual blockchain. Dr. Hemin Latif, Assistant Professor and Chair of the IT Department at AUIS stated, “Creating and maintaining an intellectual link between the IT faculty and the IT practitioners from the industry is vital to the success of education.” “In a field such as IT, neither industry nor university alone can give the full breadth of the knowledge to the students,” Latif continue. After the workshop, student participant, Kamaran Ashraf said he anticipates this new technology will change the way people look at connections on the Internet. “The concern lies in saving milliseconds on transaction times and having reliable point-to-point security, essentially eliminating mediators,” he said. The blockchain events were just one of several seminars and workshops arranged by the AUIS IT Department this semester as part of an effort to introduce students to trending topics in the tech world.

IT Department at AUIS Welcomes New Staff

  Dr. Hemin Latif, Chair of the Information Technology department at AUIS, announced September 13, 2018 his department had welcomed two new staff members to the team for the fall 2018 semester.   The IT department was one of the first academic departments established at AUIS and offers a variety of classes on information technology and new technological innovation. With state-of-the-art facilities, ambitious students and eager learners are equipped with tools to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Engaged, qualified faculty and staff add even more value to the academic experience.   “The addition of these new staff members, Ms. Shene Jalil Jamal and Mr. Mohammed Dler, will help ensure the department excels, fulfills all needs and expectations, and provides excellent services to the AUIS community, especially to IT students,” Dr. Latif said.   Ms. Jalil holds an MSc. Degree in Software Systems and Internet Technology from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. She also holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Sulaimani. Ms. Jalil has over six years experience teaching at different universities in the region. Her academic interests include software development and web technologies. She will serve as an adjunct lecturer in the IT Department, teaching the Computer Science and IT Applications class this semester.   Mr. Dler is a recent IT graduate from AUIS and will serve in the capacity of IT Lab Assistant. Mr. Dler previously worked at AUIS as an APP Language Coordinator. He is excited to come back to AUIS and is eager to help the department succeed.     “I am confident this department will continue on the path towards growth and expansion,” Dr. Latif said. “Ms. Shene and Mr. Mohammed are going to play a valuable role in the future plans for the department.”  

Android Bootcamp: A 6 Days Course

The IT Department is offering a 6-days Android Bootcamp course to our IT students. The course starts on April 8th and ends on April 19th. The course will be taught by an AUIS IT alumnus, Mr. Botan Burhan, whom recently finished an extensive 6 months course on the subject. He would like to share his knowledge with 20 students. he course will be on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the IT Research Lab, A-B1-03.


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