BSc Information Systems | Information Systems Degree Program
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Information Systems

Key Fact
  • Program name
    Information Systems
  • Program code
    IS
  • Chair of the Program
    Dr. Zain Balfagih
  • Program length
    4 years
  • Credit hours
    130

 About the Program

Overview

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.

As a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, you'll be able to use both the technology and the managerial aspects of information systems to contribute to the future success of the organisations you'll work for.

Curriculum

The BSc Information Systems course gives students control of their own learning experience by giving them the option to focus their program plan on either Information Security (ISEC) or Enterprise Systems and Data Management (ESDM). Students can also choose to complete their Information Systems degree without a concentration.

The ISEC course plan develops students' understanding of hardware and software vulnerability, alongside the financial and managerial implications of protecting information in the organisation.

Students who choose the ESDM course plan will focus on improving day-to-day efficiency in relation to data access and handling, as well as managing issues related to data in enterprise systems.

Key modules covered by all course plans cover all areas of computer literacy and data management, including Fundamentals of Computing, IT Infrastructure, Database Systems
Statistics for Computing.

 Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

The Information Systems Program envisions a globally competitive Arab World whose citizens are empowered by information. The IS program vision is to support the local business community and economy by supplying the local job market with highly qualified graduates who make optimum knowledge possible.

Mission

A commitment to offer scholarly research, teaching and service in information systems in order to train future leaders for professional and academic careers in conform to the international standards. The program will contribute to the local and international market by preparing the student with highly competent technical, social and leadership skill.

Goals

  1. Enhance the presence of the IS department among other regional institutions through excellence in teaching, research, and community service
  2. Enhance the positive, dynamic, and transparent governance process and involving the stakeholders in decision making/auditing.
  3. Maintain the national and international accreditations and to have the program as the best Information System program regionally
  4. Preparing students with innovative, interactive, and quality education to meet future needs in the market.
  5. Recruit and retain the expected number of diverse student body to be ambassadors of Queen Effat.
  6. Optimizing the use of state-of-art learning management systems and educational resources.
  7. Providing the state of the art labs, resources, and technology.
  8. Attract and maintain internal/external funds, consultation services, executive courses, and research grants.
  9. Retain and recruit highly qualified information systems faculty members.
  10. Enhancing the quality research output and Aligning the research with commercialization to meet the vision 2030 in relation with national and international research institutions
  11. Establish and strengthen partnerships with highly recognized academic institutions and businesses nationally and internationally to support the community.​

 Concentration

The Information Systems Department offers two areas of concentration:​

Information Security (ISEC) 

    • Investigating the vulnerability of hardware and software.
    • Understanding the financial and managerial implications of protecting information in organizations.
    • Enterprise Systems and Data Management (ESDM) 

    • ​Organizing information to be accessible efficiently.
    • Managing issues related to data in enterprise systems.
Within these, you will learn how to use your leadership skills by taking part in activities that advance the theory and application of information systems practices, analyze and design (or re-engineer) business functions to incorporate information technology (IT) capabilities, demonstrate an understanding of the human context in which your technical contributions will be used, and engage in constant learning to keep up with the rapidly changing developments in computing.

The student can also choose to complete her degree without a concentration.

 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

  • In a world increasingly driven by the latest technology, students who graduate with a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree will have strong analytical skills, with the ability to effectively analyse problems and quickly identify the necessary computing requirements to create a solution.​

    After achieving a BSc Information Systems degree qualification, you will have an in-depth understanding of the processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment and be able to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

    These skills will open u​p various career opportunities supporting businesses within technology-based roles. Previous graduates have gone on to become IT Project Managers, Web Application Developers, System Testing and Integration Specialists, Database Security Specialists and more.

    • 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 (No Concentration)

Information Systems Program Plan (PDF)

Foundation Year

Semester 1 – Foundation 1

Semester 2 – Foundation 2

Co​urse Code

Co​urse Title

Credit Hours

Co​urse Code

Co​urse Title

Credit Hours

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

19

Total

19

Freshmen 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

16

Total

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

15

Total

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

17

Total

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

15

Total

15​

 Program Plan (Information Security (ISEC))

 Program Plan (Enterprise Systems and Data Management (ESDM))

 Fact Sheet

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Admissions
High-School Percentage
Science Section
80%
Art Section
85%
Qudurat *(SAT)
65%
Math Level *DTMS
Part
1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Cut-Score
512, 612, 712, 412
Effat Placement Tests
*TOEFL+ *TWE
TOEFL (525) - TWE (5)
**IELTS
5.5
Additional Department Requirement
Interview
Required
Recommendation
Letter
3
Personal Statement
Required
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137893
Assistants
Tel.+966 122137894 

    Program Accreditations and Partnerships

    Our qualifications are recognised globally, so you can study safe in the knowledge that wherever your path may lead, you have the whole wide world to choose from.

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