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Syllabuses: Doctor of Information Technology Program in De La Salle University

  1. De La Salle University College of Computer Studies Doctor of Information Technology Program Prepared by Z.C.D. Pablo
    1. A. OVERVIEW:
    4. D. FACULTY PROFILE(please see attached)
    6. F. COST ESTIMATES (please see attached)

De La Salle University College of Computer Studies Doctor of Information Technology Program Prepared by Z.C.D. Pablo

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The Doctorate in Information Technology(DI Program of the DLSU college of Computer Studies is a three-year postgraduate course designed to equip candidates with knowledge and skills needed to become agents for societal and organizational change through the planning, management, and implementation of IT in ways that are theoretically grounded, relevant, innovative, critical, and ethical.

The course seeks to bridge professional relevance (practice) with conceptual grounding (theory), and aims at developing a breed of professionals who can seamlessly link three domains: social and organizational knowledge, technical expertise, and ethics. A key assumption of the course is that changes in society are most effectively achieved by working through reshaping its most significant institutions. In this course, emphasis is placed on equipping students to understand. Plan, and manage IT interventions in business, educational, and government settings.

In the course of taking the program students will depart from popular and oversimplified models that view the IT processes as linear, predictable, revolutionary, utopian, and deterministic. They will increasingly understand that technology is complex, socially shaped, value-laden, and capable of being harnessed for diverse goals, which in turn are not equally desirable in terms of their normative implications. At the end of the program successful candidates can then become change agents in different capacities: as policy makers, chief information officers, high-level lecturers or researchers, heads of organizations or officers in charge of large departments.


The program requires 39 academic units:

Foundation courses

  • F1: An Overview of IT in Society 3 units
  • F2: Foundations of Social Theory 3 units
  • F3: Foundations of IT 3 units
  • F4: Ethical Theories and Applications 3 units

Specialized courses

Case study(solving an organizational IT problem in a real-life organizational context  3 units
Research Methods 3 units
Dissertation(with publication requirements, culminating in a public defense) 12 units
GRAND TOTAL 39 units


1. F1: An overview of IT in Society
Students will be expected to grasp the role of technology in three sectors: business, government, and education. An emphasis will be placed on describing best practices, the latest trends in technology, lessons learned from successful and unsuccessful cases, and the opportunities and challenges that are unique to the Philippines as a developing country. While the course is primarily exploratory and descriptive, students must begin to consciously articulate normative standards based on this survey: in the cases presented, how was IT used to make organizations “better” and how was the notion of "better" defined?

2. F2: Foundations of Social Theory
In this course, students will be expected to formulate a strong conceptual understanding of what society is, engaging will mainstream as well as non-mainstream works to be able to define a “good" society. From this overarching view, students will then be led to explore three “spheres" of society: business, government, and education. Mainstream views of these spheres will be explored and subsequently interrogated, and alternative views of these spheres will be considered. For example, in exploring business track, dominant managerialist views of business as profit-maximizing, efficiency-oriented, and effectiveness oriented will be examined, but the limitations of these views will also be considered and alternative views will be explored. In the course of interrogating mainstream views, Christian perspectives on business, government, and education can be introduced. The major forms and dominant practices associated with these institutions in Philippine society will also be explored and evaluated. Students will be expected to do research on one of these sectors, specifically by studying one case of a non-mainstream model, and report their findings, assessments, and recommendations.

3. F3: Foundations of IT
This course revisits students' basic understandings of information technology. It engages with the foundational questions "What is information technology?" How can IT be known and under and "How do these assumptions shape IT in practice?” In addressing these questions students therefore revisit basic ontological and epistemological a about IT remain hidden and taken for-granted, yet are powerful in shaping how one manages and studies IT. He course begins by exploring responses to the questions under the mainstream positivist tradition. However acknowledging that a single view of technology is constraining to both research and practice, alternative views (e.g., interpretivist, critical, other post-positivist views) will also be explored. An important part of the course will be application: giving students the opportunity to trace the implications of these approaches on how they respond to specific organizational and societal issues.

Upon completing this overview, about halfway through the course, each student is then expected to choose a site where s/he will conduct a case study. Students will spend half of the term gathering data about the organization (interviews, ethnographic studies, document reviews). At the end of this course, students will be required to present a detailed case study if of the organization, culminating with three possible problems or issues. Necessary, the lecturer will then forward the proposals to the relevant content expert for feedback.

4. F4: Ethics This course covers an introduction to ethical theory and how it can be applied to issues involving organizations and/or information technology Major ethical theories such as utilitarianism, deontology, social contract and virtue ethics will be covered It is founded on the assumption that design and use is not value neutral, but value-laden.

5. Study The case study is intended to provide real-world exposure to in the type of institution they wish to focus on. Ideally it should be a study that can pave the way for the dissertation, although at this stage students who choose to shift topics will not be unduly disadvantaged The case study will require real involvement in live' large scale project for one trimester and one summer.
The final output of the case study is a written report of the project done detailing the candidate's contribution to the project. The following must be noted about the practicum:

  • Preparation begins with F3(see its description above)
  • The student will be expected to make his/ her own arrangements
  • The case study will be output based that is, it will not prescribe a fixed number of hours. The important part of this course is that meaningful IT problem is solved. The scope of the project will be subject to approval upon its submission in F3.
  • Students will be allowed to conduct the case study in their place o employment, for as long as the project is approved
  • The overall case study will involve data gathering about ar organization, a detailed case narrative, an analysis of potential problems and issues, and the resolution of one of these issues a chosen by the F3 faculty adviser.
  • The case study will extend to run parallel with F4, but will end later. Thus at the end of F4, the immersion will still be ongoing, but students will be expected to submit a progress report to the F$ teacher. 

The case study may take a variety of forms: it may involved paid or volunteer work or even a consulting engagement, and it may take place in educational institutions, LGUs, business organizations, or non-profit organizations.

6. S1, S2, S3: Courses directly in line with the student's chosen dissertation topic. These may be taken within or outside CSS, but the courses are subject to approval.

7. Research courses

The research course is divided in two parts, including(a) methods course that involves writing and successfully defending a thesis proposal and(b) dissertation proper, which involves writing and defending the final work. Two publications are required prior to defending the as means of validation and acceptance of the work. One of these publications must be an international publication. A public defense of the dissertation is recommended. A panel of 5 evaluators is required for defense. At least on will come from another university and at least one from another college.

D. FACULTY PROFILE(please see attached)


Year 1
Term 1 -> F1
Term 2 -> F2, F3
Term 3 -> F4, Case study
Summer -> Case study

Year 2
Term 1 -> S1,  S2
Term 2 -> Methods
Term 3 -> S3
Summer -> Dissertation

Year 3
Term 1 -> Dissertation
Term 2 -> Dissertation
Term 3 -> Dissertation

F. COST ESTIMATES (please see attached)


The program accepts applicants who have a relevant masters degree AND two years of relevant work experience. Master's degrees from the following fields are considered ideal(others may be considered on a case to case basis):

  1. MSIT/ MSCS/ MCS MIT graduates must have middle level management, teaching, or research experience
  2. 2. MBA/ Masters in Public Administration/ Masters in Education(see note)
  3. 3. Masters of Science in Engineering, Math, Science, and Statistics(see note)


  • For(2) and (3), applicants must have middle level management, teaching, or research experience. In addition, applicants in this category must have some background in IT, specifically in information systems development and information systems planning.
  • Since the program will be administered in English, students will be expected to demonstrate a strong grasp of the language.


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