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Information Systems
Key Fact
  • Program name
    Information Systems
  • Program code
  • Dept. chair
    Dr. Zain Balfagih
  • Program length
    4 years
  • Credit hours

 About the Program

Much of the success of modern-day business depends on information and how it is used. Time, availability, consistency, accuracy, and completeness of information have become critical success factors for many different business enterprises.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Information Systems (IS) learn both the technology and the managerial aspects of information systems enabling them to play meaningful roles in the organizations they will work for.

The objective of the IS Program at Effat is to prepare students of all majors and at all levels to be able to effectively use Information Technology (IT) in their future careers and lives.

Focusing on various business-management concepts, students will gain the skills needed to use both information systems and IT in organizations such as educational institutions, banks, libraries, hospitals, business enterprises and government agencies.

The Program has two concentrations:
  • Information Security (ISEC) - Provides the students with the skills to investigate the vulnerability of hardware and software, as well as the financial and managerial implications of protecting information in organizations.
  • Enterprise Systems and Data Management (ESDM) - Provides the students with the skills to organize information in an accessible way and to manage issues related to data in enterprise systems.
Students can also choose to complete their degree with no concentration.


The Information Systems (IS) Program envisions a globally competitive Arab World whose citizens are empowered by information. It’s vision is to support the local business community and economy by supplying the local job market with highly qualified graduates to the local job market.


The mission of the IS BSc. Program is to offer a holistic education that meets the highest international standards. It will provide a path for women to excel in information-systems careers and to pursue advanced graduate studies in this and other related disciplines. The Program strives to provide students with the technical and leadership skills needed to create, deliver, and manage IT in an ethically and socially responsible manner in both the local and international markets.

 Learning Outcomes

    • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
    • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
    • An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
    • An ability to function effectively within a team to accomplish a common goal.
    • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
    • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
    • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
    • A desire to engage in continuing professional development.
    • An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice.
    • An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.​​

 Career Opportunities

    • Systems Specialist/Analyst/Operator
    • Information Systems Designer
    • IS/IT Project Manager
    • IS/IT Manager/Officer
    • Database Analyst/Administrator/Developer
    • Data Warehouse Analyst/Administrator/Developer
    • Information/Database Security Specialist
    • Information System Auditor
    • Web Application Developer
    • User Interface Designer
    • Business Planner/Designer
    • Social Media Specialist/Strategist
    • System Testing and Integration Specialist
    • Enterprise Architect
    • Graduate studies in IS and related fields.​

 Graduation Requirements

Enterprise Systems and Data Management Concentration

Information Security Concentration

General Education Requirements: 42 
Basic Science and Mathematics: 9
Major Core Requirements (Compulsory): 40
Concentration Core Requirements: 21
Technical Electives: 9
Business Electives: 9
Total: 130

No Concentration

General Education Requirements: 42
Basic Science and Mathematics: 9
Major Core Requirements (Compulsory): 40
Concentration Core Requirements: 0
Technical Electives: 27
Business Electives: 12

Total: 130

 Program Plan

Foundation Year
Semester 1 – Foundation 1 Semester 2 – Foundation 2
 Course Title
 Course Title
LANG 011 Reading & Critical Thinking-I 3 LANG 012 Reading & Critical Thinking-II 3
LANG 013 Academic Writing - I 3 LANG 014 Academic Writing - II 3
LANG 015 Listening  and Speaking - I 3 LANG 016 Listening  and Speaking - II 3
SSKL 021 Independent Learning & Research Skills - I 2 SSKL 022 Independent Learning & Research Skills - II 2
HSS 051 Introduction to HSS 1 3 HSS 054 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills for HSS II 3
HSS 055 Cases and Projects in Psychology and Language 1 2 HSS 056 Cases and Projects in Psychology Language II 2
MATH 041 Basic Math - I 3 MATH 042  Basic Math - II 3
CL 031 Computer Literacy 0 IL 032 Information Literacy 0
Total Credit Hours 19 Total Credit Hours 19
Freshman Year
Year 1 – Semester 1 Year 1 – Semester 2
GMTH 142E Calculus I for Computing 3 MATH 129 Calculus II 3
GCS 150 Digital Skills: Information and Computer Literacy 3 IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems 3
CS 105 Fundamentals of Computing 3 IS 102 Ethics in Computing 2
GENG 161 Project Based Language Learning & Critical Thinking 2 GSTA 140 Elementary Statistics 3
GISL 171 Social and Moral Values in Islam 2 GPHY 112 Foundation in Physics 3
Linguistic Communication (Arabic) 3 Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement II 2
Total Credit Hours 16 Total Credit Hours 16
Sophomore Year
Year 2 - Semester 3 Year 2 - Semester 4
MGT 220 Business technical Elective 1: Principles of Management 3 IS 221 System Analysis and Design 3
CS 120 Object Oriented Programming 3 IS 231 Introduction to Information Security 3
IS 202 IT Infrastructure 3 Core Concentration Req. 1 3
IS 240 Database Systems 3 MATH 203 Discrete Mathematics 3
Linguistic Communication (English) 2   Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages I) 2
Physical and Environmental Wellbeing 2   Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement III 2
Total Credit Hours 15 Total Credit Hours 16
Junior Year
Year 3 - Semester 5 Year 3 - Semester 6
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages II) 2 Computer Graphics 2
Core Concentration Req. 2 3 STAT 202 Software Engineering 3
IS 351 Project Management 3   Research and Training Seminar 3
MGT 326
Organization Behavior 3 IS 380 Concentration Requirement1 3
  Culture Literacy 3   Global Awareness 3
GSEM 200 Interdisciplinary Seminar & Research 3   Civic Engagement Requirement 3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Summer Session
IS 392 Summer Training 2  
Senior Year
Year 4 - Semester 7 Year 4 - Semester 8
  Core Concentration Req. 4 3 IS 494 Senior Project-2 3
IS 493 Senior Project-1 3   Concentration Recommended Course 3 3
  Concentration Recommended Course 1 3   IS/CS Technical Electives 3
  Concentration Recommended Course 2 3   Business Technical Elective 3
  Business Technical Elective 3   IS/CS Technical Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 15 Total Credit Hours 15

Hi-School Percentage
Science Section
Art Section
Qudurat *(SAT)
Math Level *DTMS
1 - 2 - 3 - 4
512, 612, 712, 412
Effat Placement Tests
Additional Department Requirement
Personal Statement
Contact Information
Dept. Chair
Tel.+966 122137893
Tel.+966 122137855 


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