The ASIT is a foundational program on computing concepts, algorithms, and new developments in information technology. It deals with data acquisition, storage, processing, and distribution of information. The program is designed to provide knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce or as a foundation for further undergraduate study. It aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and provide technology-based solutions to various computing problems. Computing is a broad program with many options. This program trains students to be well-rounded computing professionals who can work in multiple fields. It combines elements of technology, science, and creative digital media, which provide insights into the challenge and excitement in our digital future. 

This specialization was designed for those who are interested in pursuing careers in information technology which requires a solid understanding of the principles of computing, but not the underpinnings of computer science theory and mathematics.

The program aims to produce graduates who are:

  • Ethically responsible and inclusive citizens
  • Effective communicators
  • Able to integrate different knowledge domains
  • Able to evaluate information in the context of digital or networked problem domains.
  • Able to collaborate with diverse groups.
  • Able to demonstrate proficiency in database and information management.
  • Able to demonstrate competency in digital media and immersive technology.
  • Able to demonstrate core IT competency in networking and convergence.
  • Able to demonstrate core IT competency in programming and application development.


Plan of Study

The following can apply for admission to ASIT:

  1. High School or Sr. High School graduates who have never enrolled in college; admission is through Undergraduate Admission Test (UgAT);
  2. Passers of the DepEd’s Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test for secondary level; admission is through UgAT;
  3. Passers of UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) with a minimum score of 2.80;
    Transferees (with college units); and
  4. Graduates of other undergraduate degrees.

In order to be admitted to the program through UgAT, the applicant must:

  1. Have submitted the complete documentary requirements for admission before the application deadline;
  2. Have taken and passed the Undergraduate Admission Test (UgAT). Details about the exam will be emailed by admissions;
  3. Have completed the UPOU Distance Education Readiness Module (DERM). Link to the DERM will be emailed by admissions; and
  4. Have submitted an admission essay (500-word essay indicating your purpose for applying to the distance education programs and your plans after completion of the associate program at the UP Open University)

If you are interested in the program, browse through the admission requirements at the registrar’s website.

Enrollment Procedures

Online Registration is done through the Student Portal. Follow these instructions on how to register online. If you have further questions, take a look at the Enrollment FAQs.


The ASIT degree requires the successful completion of 30 units of GE courses; government-mandated courses, consisting of the 3-unit PI 100 course, along with PE and NSTP; 12 units of courses common across and specific to undergraduate programs at UPOU; 27 units of concentration courses, which are divided into required (24 units) and elective (3 units).

GE Courses (Required)

KAS 1: Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
WIKA 1: Wika, Kultura, at Lipunan
ETHICS 1: Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life
ARTS 1: Critical Perspectives in the Arts
STS 1: Science, Technology and Society
MATH 10: Mathematics, Culture and Society
SCIENCE 11: Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics

GE Courses (Elective)

Choose any three (3):

SAS 1: Self and Society
PHILARTS 1: Philippine Arts and Culture
SOC SCI 2: Social, Political, and Economic Thoughts
COMM 10: Critical Perspectives in Communication
ENG 11: Literature and Society

Mandated Courses

PI 100: Life and Works of Jose Rizal

PE: Physical Education

NSTP/CWTS: National Service Training Program/Civic Welfare and Training Service

UPOU Common Courses

COMM 2: Communication Skills

ENT 103: Creativity, Innovation and Strategic Thinking
COMP ED 10: Critical Digital Literacies
COMP ED 20: Introduction to Analytics

Concentration Courses (Required)

MMS 101: Fundamentals of Information Technology

MMS 140: Mathematics in Multimedia

MMS 141: Principles of Programming

MMS 142: Internet Technologies and Web Development

MMS 146: Object-Oriented Programming

MMS 144: Principles of Multimedia Information Management

MMS 145: Multimedia Communications and Networking

MMS 149: Software Engineering in Multimedia Practice

Concentration Courses (Elective)

Choose any one (1):

MMS 130: Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)

MMS 143: Introduction to Multimedia Computing

MMS 151: Introduction to Web Accessibility

ENT 140: Introduction to Electronic Commerce


Plan of Study

Associate of Science in Information Technology
Faculty of Information and Communication Studies
AY 2023-2024
(72 Units)

1ST   TRIMESTER 12 Units  2ND   TRIMESTER 12 Units  3RD   TRIMESTER 12 Units
KAS 1  MATH 10  COMM 10 or  PHILARTS 1
SAS 1  ENG 11  MMS 101 
COMM 2  MMS 140  MMS 141 
CWTS 1  (3)  PE 2 (2)  CWTS 2  (3) 
PE 1 (2)  PE 2 (2) 
1ST   TRIMESTER 12 Units  2ND   TRIMESTER 12 Units  3RD   TRIMESTER 12 Units
WIKA 1  PI 100  SCIENCE 11
MMS 142  MMS 144   MMS 146 
MMS 145  MMS 149 3 MMS 151 (or  other elective  concentration  course) 3
PE 2 (2) 


Program Chair

  • Blancaflor P. Arada

Full-time Faculty (for confirmation)

  • Mari Anjeli  L. Crisanto
  • Joyce Mae Manalo
  • Ria MaeBorromeo
  • Myra Almodiel
  • Reinald Adrian D. Pugoy
  • Diego Silang S. Maranan
  • Roberto Figueroa Jr.
  • Cecille Moldez
  • Luisa A. Gelisan
  • Gabriel Avelino Sampedro
  • Blancaflor Arada
  • Maria Maura Tinao
  • Eunelfa Regie Calibara
  • Shari Eunice San Pablo
  • Ralson Hernandez
  • Ruth Rodriguez


Studying in UP Open University can be a new experience for many students, so here are some tips to help you succeed:

  1. Establish a routine: Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. This will help you stay on track with your coursework and avoid procrastination
  2. Create a designated study space: Set up a quiet and distraction-free environment for studying, ideally in a separate room or area from where you sleep and relax.
  3. Stay organized: Keep track of assignments, deadlines, and class schedules. Use a planner or digital tools to stay organized and avoid missing any important deadlines.
  4. Participate in online discussions: Engage in online discussions and ask questions to stay connected with your professors and classmates.
  5. Take breaks: It’s essential to take breaks and step away from the screen regularly. Go for a walk, stretch or take a nap to refresh your mind and body.
  6. Utilize resources provided by the university: Take advantage of online resources, such as digital libraries.
  7. Communicate with your professors: If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your professors via email or online office hours. This will help you stay on track and understand the course material better.
  8. Stay motivated: Stay motivated by setting goals for yourself and celebrating your achievements. Keep in mind why you decided to enroll at UPOU and the benefits it will bring to your future.