PhD Entry Exam for Information Technology Department

The Faculty of Computing and Information Technology announces the entry exam’s curriculum for the Ph.D. in the Information Technology Department for the year 2024, which is as follows:

  • Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 11 a.m. The duration of the test is two hours.
  • Test place:
  • For male students, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Male Section Building (31), Lab No. (9)
  • For female students, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Female Section  Building (61), Lab No. (G145)

PhD (IT) Entry Exam Syllabus

Number of Questions: 40 Multiple-Choice Questions

Total time duration: Two Hours


Topics and suggested Textbook

Probability and Statistics (15%)

Douglas C. Montgomery, George C. Runger

Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers, 6th Edition

· Probability: Conditional Probability, Bayes’ Theorem

· Discrete Random Variables and Probability Distribution: Discrete Random Variables, PDF, CDF, Binomial Distribution, Poisson Distribution

· Continuous Random Variables and Probability Distribution: Normal Distribution, Exponential Distribution

· Point Estimation of Parameters and Sampling Distributions: Central Limit Theorem

· Statistical Intervals for a Single Sample: Confidence Interval, Prediction Interval

· Tests of Hypotheses for a Single Sample: Hypothesis Testing

Mathematics (15%)

Introduction to Linear Algebra, Fifth Edition, by Gilbert Strang

· Introduction to Vectors

· Solving linear equations

· Vector Spaces and Subspaces

· Orthogonality

· Determinants

· Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

Programming (20%)

Deitel and Deitel

Java How to Program, 11th Edition (Late Objects)

· Control Statements

· Classes and Objects

· Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance, Polymorphism and Interfaces

· Exception Handling

· Files, Input/Output Streams

· Recursion

John Hubbard, , "Schaum's Outline of Data Structures with Java", 2nd Edition

· Arrays

· Linked Data Structures

· Stacks

· Queues

· Lists

· Trees

· Binary Trees

· Search Trees

· Heaps and Priority Queues

Note: No specific language construct will be examined.

Operating Systems (10%)

Gagne, Galvin, Silberschatz

Operating System Concepts, 8th Edition

· Processes

· Threads

· CPU scheduling

· Process Synchronization

· Deadlocks

· Main Memory

· Virtual Memory

· File System Interface

Networking (10%)

James F. Kurose, and Keith W. Ross.

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 6th ed. (2013).

· Computer Networks and the Internet

· Application Layer: HTTP, FTP, Socket Programming

· Transport Layer: TCP, UDP protocols

· The Network Layer: IPV4, IPV6, Routing Algorithms: DSDV, LS

· The Link Layer: Error detection techniques, MAC protocols, Ethernet

· Wireless and Mobile Networks: IEEE 802.11

· Security in Computer Networks: authentication, basics of public key and private key cryptography, digital signatures and certificates, firewalls

Database (10%)

Ramez Elmasri, Shamkant B. Navathe

Fundamentals of Database Systems, 7th Edition

· Data Modeling Using the Entity Relationship (ER) Model

· The Enhanced Entity Relationship (EER) Model

· The Relational Data Model and Relational Database Constraints

· SQL: Complex Queries, Triggers, Views, and Schema Modification

· The Relational Algebra and Relational Calculus

· Relational Database Design by ER- and EER-to-Relational Mapping

· Basics of Functional Dependencies and Normalization for Relational Databases

· Relational Database Design Algorithms and Further Dependencies

· Disc Storage, Basic File Structures, Hashing, and Modern Storage Architectures

· Indexing Structures for Files and Physical Database Design

· Strategies for Query Processing

· Query Optimization

· Introduction to Transaction Processing Concepts and Theory

· Concurrency Control Techniques

Software Engineering (10%)

Roger Pressman, Bruce Maxim

Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach, Eighth Edition

· Understanding Requirements

· Requirements Modeling

· Design Concepts

· Architectural Design

· Quality Concepts

· Review Techniques

· Software Quality Assurance

· Software Testing Strategies

Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

· Creational Patterns

· Structural Patterns

· Behavioral Patterns

Multimedia (10%)

The Science of Digital Media by Jennifer Burg, Pearson International Edition

· Digital Image Representation

· Digital Image Processing

· Digital Video Representation

· Digital Video Processing

For inquiries:

Male Students:

Prof.Tariq Mohammed Ahmed


ONLY available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Female students:

Dr. Manal Kalkatawi


ONLY available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To contact the department:

mobile: +966567400431

Last Update
2/6/2024 10:04:01 PM