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Computer Science vs Information Technology: What’s Their Difference and Which One Should You Choose?

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We are now entering the era of the industrial revolution 4.0 (also known as industrial 4.0) which can rapidly change the way we communicate, work, interact. It basically gives a huge impact on the way we live. To give a brief description, Forbes stated that industrial 4.0 is the enhancement of industrial 3.0 that is more focused on smart and autonomous system such as cloud, big analytics data, machine learning, and internet of things (IoT).

As a student, we can begin our first step in facing Industrial 4.0 with studying fields that are closely related to it. Some of the options are Computer Science and Information Technology.

But, the one common question now is: which one should you choose?

Both Computer Science and IT deals with computers and a student studying in either one of the fields will learn a little about both regardless of which field they chose. It all depends on what area that suits the student’s interest the most.

Computer Science (CS)

If you’re interested in the combination of maths and algorithms, then Computer Science is the perfect field for you! This field allows students to understand the “why” and “how” behind computer programs. It helps the students to know the computer theory and master the mathematical algorithm which are necessary to write code. Furthermore, it allows them to create, develop, and design a more efficient computer program. 

Computer Science uses various programming languages to communicate with computers, such as Java, Python, C++, etc. However, each programming language has its own strengths and weaknesses in solving different problems. A computer scientists have to know how to utilize the languages that they are familiar with, effectively and efficiently. You are not expected to understand all kinds of programming language fully, since it really depends on the University that offers the course

Career Options

  • Computer programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Computer System Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Network Architect

Information Technology (IT)

Data, Information, and Computing.

If those words excite you, then IT is your answer! In contrast to Computer Science, this field uses more of the computer systems and network to process and distribute data. IT students will learn how to protect and organize their data in the most efficient and accessible way for everyone. 

As the name of the course is, IT is related closely to utilizing new technology. IT professionals are “technology implementer and practitioners”. Generally, they must be familiar with the usage of operating systems and server software, such as Linux, MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server

Career Options

  • Information Technology Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • IT Manager
  • Cloud Computing Manager/Engineer
  • Information Security Manager
  • Mobile Apps Developer
  • Network Architect

General Qualifications for Both CS and IT

In order to enter into CS or IT courses, you will generally need:

Programs

Requirements

Diploma in Information Technology*

  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum CCC including Mathematics
  • UEC: Minimum BBB including Mathematics

Degree in Information Technology/Computer Science*

  • A-Level: Minimum of 2Es
  • STPM: Minimum of 2Cs
  • Australian Matriculation: Minimum of ATAR 60Foundation in Science or IT/Computing: Minimum CGPA of 2.00; or
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 2.50

*requirements may vary among universities.

5 Recommended Universities in Malaysia to study IT and/or CS

1. Asia Pacific University (APU)

General Intakes: February, April, September.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
            Local: RM 85,800
            International:
RM 86,400
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 85,800
            International: RM 86,400

2. Taylor's University

General Intakes: March, August.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)(Internet Technologies)
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)(Software Engineering)

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
            Local: RM 119,800
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 121,753

3. INTI University

General Intakes: January, May, August.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
            Local: RM 63,560
            International:
RM 73,052
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 68,376
            International: RM 73,780

4. Monash University Malaysia

General Intakes: February, July, October.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)

Indicative fee (2020):
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 40,820/year
            International: RM 46,640/year

5. University of Nottingham Malaysia

General Intakes: September.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor of Computer Science(Hons)
           -Bachelor of Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence
           -Bachelor of Software Engineering

Indicative fee (2020):
            Local: RM 39,500/year
            International:
RM 46,00/year       

In case you’re still confused about what’s the main difference between CS and IT, let us give you a recap:

  • Computer Science (CS) focuses on the combinations of mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing 
  • Information Technology (IT) focuses on the approach and the application of data and computing technology (in organizations)

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The field of Computer Science

Computer science is a field where you study all about system software which includes the theory, design, development and application of it.The ultimate gripe of computer science is to know–in detail–how computers and computer systems work. Building on the knowledge helps us to understand how we can build and program computer systems to do as we wish. They’re also concerned with how computers store, process and interact with people and computers. With the advancement in software engineering, the key areas of study within Computer Science are artificial intelligence, systems and networks, security, bioinformatics and various other aspects of human computer interaction. 

If you like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects and have a love for design, a degree in Computer Science is the program for you. You’ll be designing and learning all about algorithms and the ABC of system software and its functionalities. With a degree in Computer Science, you can get into various careers such as:

  • Software Developer 

  • Database Administrator 

  • Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Computer Network Architect

  • Web Developer 

  • Information Security Analyst 

  • Computer and Information Research Scientists 

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers 

  • IT Project Manager

A day in the life of a Computer Science student

QS World Rankings 2019

Top 10 Universities with a 5 Star rating in Computer Science by QS

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No.

Universities

Country

QS Ranking

1

Boston University

United States

51-100

2

City University Hong Kong

Hong Kong

3

Duke University 

United States 

4

Korea University 

South Korea

5

University of Auckland

New Zealand

6

University of New South Wales

Australia 

7

Universite de Montreal

Canada

8

Universiti Malaya

Malaysia 

9

University of Technology Sydney 

Australia

10

Queensland University of Technology 

Australia 

Want to study in Europe? Check out Top 10 universities in the UK  here. 

Based on the list of the above schools:

Best destination to study Computer Science?

You guessed it right! Australia is the ultimate destination based on the QS rankings above to get your Computer Science degree. In the top 10 universities from the QS world rankings, 3 Australian universities made the cut in being ranked 5 stars for the field of Computer Science. 

Not only is Australia host to some of the most well-known and reputable universities, it is also known as one of the best place for migration, international student life and their diverse lifestyle. 

Want to know more about your international student life in Australia? Find out more here. 

Top 3 Universities to study Computer Science:

Universities

QS World Ranking 

Degree 

Annual Fees

University of New South Wales

#45

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

AUD 41.7K

University of Technology Sydney

#160

Bachelor of Computing Science 

AUD 40.7K

Queensland University of Technology

#244

Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science)

AUD 32K

 *Disclaimer: The fees is only indicative of what is displayed on online websites. For a detailed breakdown, contact Excel Education.

Want to know about other Australian Universities? Find out the best universities in Australia here

Can’t find a university in your budget? Click here to find the most affordable universities in Australia for international students.

Need help applying for a scholarship? Check this article out and you’ll be good to go: Tips on applying for a scholarship to Australia

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