B.Sc. in Information Systems/ E-Business Management

Mission

 The mission of the Information Systems program is to provide quality education in the field of Information Systems based on internationally recognized standards for undergraduate programs; produce Information Systems professionals who can manage computer and communications technologies and information resources within organizations in the UAE and Gulf region; and prepare individuals for lifelong learning and research.

Program Goals

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems program has the following goals:

  • Provide students with up-to-date coverage of both core and specialized knowledge of IS methodologies and practices in order to get entry-level positions in organizations or pursue postgraduate studies and research.
  • Provide cutting-edge technical skills in order to propose IT solutions that meet market and societal needs in enhancing organizational competiveness and improving decision taking processes.
  • Expose students of the program to ethical and professional principles within an IT environment.
  • Enhance students’ communication and leadership skills.

Program Outcomes

There are nine Learning Outcomes related to the Information Systems major and one learning outcome associated to each concentration.

Graduates will be able to:
IS1. Use general education knowledge of diverse fields particularly the business domain in understanding and building IS applications.
IS2. Apply knowledge of core concepts, techniques and practices to IS applications.
IS3. Use analytical and critical thinking skills to solve IS problems.
IS4. Address information requirements and provide solutions that reflect current business needs and changes.
IS5. Select and adopt emerging technologies for computerized business information systems.
IS6. Manage information systems components to maintain business sustainability.
IS7. Make decisions and conduct social responsibilities in an ethical and professional manner.
IS8. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
IS9. Function independently and as an effective member or a leader of a team.

Career Opportunities

Information system graduates are required to meet the demands of various stakeholders including industry, commerce, education, health, and government. Some graduates are employed in companies and research organizations, others in resource centers in schools, colleges and universities. There are opportunities in finance, in computing and telecommunications industries, as well as in the medical sector.

Graduation Requirements

Students at Ajman University of Science & Technology (AUST) are eligible for a bachelor in Information Systems after completion of 123 total credits hours.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program of Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with its two concentrations requires the U.A.E secondary certificate or an equivalent qualification with a minimum average grade of 60% for scientific section and a minimum of 65% for Art section. 

For more details please visit undergraduate admissions

 

Course Description

1. Information Systems Program Compulsory Common Core Courses

(a) General Compulsory Common Courses (24 Cr. Hrs.)

Introduction to Management - 308101

Credit: 3           Theory:    3    Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: None

Course Catalog Description

This introductory course provides an overview of the field of management. The topics covered are designed around the key functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Students are exposed to the development of management theories and approaches, managerial decision-making, business environment, business ethics and social responsibility.

 

Business Statistics - 308202

Credit: 3    Theory:    3    Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites:  Statistics – 103110

Course Catalog Description

The first part of this course is a quick review of some basic concepts in probability and statistics. The second part deals with a deeper development in estimation and hypothesis testing of parameters, topics covered include interpretation of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing results, testing in paired samples, one and two-way analysis of variance. The third part develops statistical techniques that involve normalized data.  The fourth part deals with nonparametric statistics, Simulation. The fifth part is an introduction to time series analysis and modeling.

 

Principles of Accounting - 308204

Credit: 3           Theory:    3    Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: None

Course Catalog Description

This course is a fundamental study of the principles and procedures of accounting as applied to sole proprietorships, partnership and corporations.  The main objective of this course is to introduce the student to the basic concepts and practices of financial accounting. More specifically, it discusses the nature of financial accounting, which document to use and what and how information should be presented. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on discussion of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)

 

Communication Management- 308206

Credit:  3         Theory:  2      Lab: 2       Tut: 0  

Course Catalog Description

Communication is a major success factor in business, especially with the enormous leap in communication technology recently enabled by IT and the growing complexity of today's business. This course focuses on the understanding of the role of communication, and how it can   be enhanced using different IT approaches and technologies. The course will address communication on two main fronts, improving communication skills for people, and using technology to leverage these skills. Students will learn how to communicate effectively from outside the organization as in job hunting, and resume writing, as well as from inside organizations as in message and report writing. Students will apply communication-related technology to implement their ideas.

Organizational Behavior- 308207

                    Credit: 3           Theory:    3    Lab:  0     Tut:   0

                    Prerequisites: Introduction to Management - 308101

Course Catalog Description

This course covers: the basic concepts of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Structure, and Human Relations; Work design options, Group Behavior in Organizations, Teamwork in Organizations, Communication in Organizations, and Organizational Culture. Real-life case studies will be introduced.

Human Resources Management- 308302

                    Credit: 3           Theory:    3    Lab:  0     Tut:   0

 Prerequisites: Organizational Behavior- 308207

Course Catalog Description

The aim of this course is to survey the principles and practices in managing human resources.  The course covers a number of basic topics such as job analysis and job design techniques, human resource policies, human resources acquisition and maintenance strategies, recruitment, selection, development and training, compensation, health and safety issues and policies in the UAE. The topic of labor relations and collective bargaining in the UAE will also receive careful attention.

Principles of Marketing- 308304

Credit: 3           Theory:    3    Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Introduction to Management- 308101

Course Catalog Description

The course is an introductory one. It sheds light on the basic concepts of marketing, its varied definitions, origins and evolution through time. It shall also cover the main components of the marketing program (product, price, place, and promotion) on which any attempts to plan the marketing efforts rests.

Fundamentals of Finance – 308403

Credit: 3           Theory:    3    Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Principles of Accounting - 308204

Course Catalog Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with three major things. First, by developing an understanding of the rapidly evolving and exciting theory of finance, it will enable the student to evaluate how close the firm’s investment, financing, and dividend decisions come to its objective of maximizing shareholder wealth. Second, it will familiarize students with the ways in which analytical techniques are applied to a variety of problems in financial management. Third, the course will supply institutional material necessary for a solid understanding of the environment in which financial decisions are made. 

(b) Information Systems Compulsory Common Core Courses (60 Cr. Hrs.)

Information Systems Management - 308201

Credit:3                Theory: 3     Lab: 0     Tut: 0

Prerequisites: IT in Business – 315103

Course Catalog Description

Information systems management is the planning, acquisition, development and use of these systems. This course is designed to give students managerial view of information systems and its role in modern organizations to allow them to evaluate, adopt, and manage existing and new information systems. Topics include leadership issues, the CIO’s responsibilities, information systems planning, essential technologies, managing operations, systems development, decision-making, collaboration, and knowledge work.

Fundamentals of Computer Systems – 308203

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Computer Applications – 104110

Course Catalog Description

This course covers concepts of computer organization and architecture,  main types of memory ; central processing unit, memory addressing;  principles and concepts of modern operating systems; operating system services: processes and process management, memory management; file systems;  multitasking and multithreading; operating system security and configuration; Input/output  devices and  control; virtualization of computing services.

Systems Analysis and Design – 308205

Credit:3  Theory: 2     Lab: 2     Tut: 0

Prerequisites: Algorithms and Problem Solving - 315102

Course Catalog Description

System analysis and design are processes in which technical, organizational, and human aspects of information system are analyzed and changed with the intent of creating better systems to make businesses more productive, efficient, and competitive. All information systems projects require analysts to gather requirements, model the business needs, and create blueprints for how the system should be built. This course is designed to provide students with a core set of skills that all analysts need to know. Systems analysis and design using UML will be discussed.

Business Process Management - 308209

Credit: 3           Theory:  3      Lab: 0       Tut: 2  

Prerequisites: Information Systems Management - 308201

Course Catalog Description

The course introduces the methods and techniques required to analyze, design, implement, automate, and evaluate business processes. Structured along the phases of the Business Process Management (BPM) life cycle, students learn to analyze organizational performance from a process perspective, redesign processes using value-focused techniques, design workflows and implement them in BPM systems, simulate new process designs, and create process analytics applications. The course leads students from process discovery through conceptual and technical process design through the implementation of workflows to the structure of process-aware information systems.

Change Management – 308307

Credit:  3         Theory:  3      Lab: 0       Tut: 0  

 Prerequisites: Business Process Management - 308209

Course Catalog Description

Continuous change is inevitable in all organizations for technical, financial, or human reasons. Change management can make the difference between chaos and order, depending on how we understand and manage it. This course focuses on IT-related change ranging from small, systematic upgrades or improvements to the introduction of completely disruptive and innovative technologies leading to a paradigm shift. The students are introduced to the three main approaches of change management: individual perspective school, the group dynamics school, and the technical systems school. It identifies different elements of change and discusses how to effectively evaluate and control them. Besides theoretical component, students will be given case studies to build concrete understanding of real-life examples.

Knowledge Management - 308309

Credit: 3           Theory:    3   Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Business Process Management -308209

Catalog Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce basic concepts, terminology, and techniques of Knowledge Management (KM).  Topics covered include: the origins and units of organizational knowledge; evolution of knowledge management; implementation and utilization of knowledge management systems, and how to measure their impact, outputs, and benefits.

Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing - 308402

Credit: 3           Theory:    3    Lab: 0    Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Database Management Systems- 315302

Course Catalog Description

Today’s IT deals with gigantic amount of information. The success of any organization greatly depends on its ability to process and understand its information and extract essential knowledge to help managers take well informed decisions. This course teaches students how to deal with information and how to build and maintain effective warehouse to extract important knowledge from it. The students are introduced to fundamentals of BI and DW and will learn effective modeling techniques and use them to extract business intelligence and  present them to users.

Information Systems Strategy & Acquisition - 308404

Credit: 3           Theory:  3      Lab: 0       Tut: 0  

Prerequisites: Change Management - 308307

Course Catalog Description

This advanced course examines how IT enables organizations to conduct business in radically different and more effective ways. The course defines high-level IT infrastructure and Information Systems that support the operational and strategic needs of organizations.   It develops also a framework that will allow IS leaders to assess existing IT infrastructures and emerging technologies as well as how these enabling technologies might affect organizational strategy.

Information Systems Project - 308405

Credit: 3             Theory:    1     Lab:  4     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: IT Project Management - 315307

Course Catalog description

The course aims to give students the opportunity to work in a guided but independent fashion to investigate a problem by making use of information technology knowledge, techniques, and methodologies acquired in the previous semesters to provide a suitable solution to an IT problem. The course also aims to enhance team work and communication skills, both oral and written.

IT Resource Management - 308406

Credit:  3         Theory:  3      Lab: 0       Tut: 0  

Prerequisites: Change Management – 308307

Course Catalog Description

This course addresses the tactical/operational responsibilities and roles of the IT Management, and the governance considerations that link the IS-business organizations.  The focus is on current/emerging issues in creating and coordinating the key activities necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of the IS function, and coordinating the skills and organizational IS infrastructure.  Topics include:  IT Value, Role of the CIO, IT Governance, Key IT Processes, Strategic Alignment Maturity, Managing Emerging Technologies, Organizational Considerations, and Outsourcing. 

Information Systems Internship - 308407

Credit: 3           Theory:  0      Lab: 0       Tut: 0                          

Prerequisites: Completion of 117 Credit Hours

Course Catalog Description

Internship familiarizes students with actual working environments. It gives students the opportunity to integrate their knowledge and skills learned in the course by applying it to real world problems encountered in business and industry. Internship also gives the student a feeling of what is involved in working on actual information technology problems and develop communication and team-work skills as well as ethical issues relation to IT.

Algorithms and Problem Solving – 315102

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: None

Course Catalog Description

This course provides knowledge of problem solving and programming concepts using pseudo code and a computer programming language. Topics cover: the problem- solving process; data types; variables, constants, and memory locations; simple sequential programs; basic input/output; selection and repetition control structures; file input/output; arrays and strings; and user defined functions.

IT in Business - 315103

Credit: 3    Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites:     Computer Applications – 104110

                             Introduction to Management - 308101

Course Catalog Description

This course aims to cover a range of general information technology topics that will make the student appreciate the role of IT in business. Topics include: information technology fundamentals; information technologies; business applications; development processes; and ethical, societal and security issues.

Fundamentals of Data Communications and Networking – 315205

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites:  Fundamentals of Computer Systems – 308203

Course Catalog Description

This course introduces the data communication concepts and implementation from software and hardware point of view. It emphasis on protocol and interface specifications, in particular those adhering to OSI and TCP/IP reference models. Physical, data link layers and Local area networks such as Ethernet and FDDI are covered. It covers also routing algorithms and the TCP/IP headers and addressing. The application layer protocols of TCP/IP such as HTTP, FTP, Telnet, and SMTP will be studied. The student will be able to understand the concept of protocols and all reference models, and writing project in LAN. 

Database Management Systems - 315302

Credit: 3                Theory:    2     Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: System Analysis and Design – 308205

Course Catalog Description

This course is designed to give a theoretical and practical background in database techniques. It covers: database concepts, data models, data dictionary, entity relationship diagrams, relational data model, converting E-R models to relational model,  SQL language, and normalization. The Oracle software is used in the Lab.

Fundamentals of Information Security - 315303

Credit: 3           Theory:    3         Lab:  0             Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Data Communications and Networking – 315205

Course Catalog Description

This course aims at introducing fundamental security concepts to students. Main security threats and related countermeasures are presented. Students will learn the importance of protecting information stored on computer systems from unauthorized access. The students will also learn how to encrypt and decrypt information, control access to  objects and recommend a secure system implementation. 

Fundamentals of Web Systems - 315304

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: System Analysis and Design – 308205

Course Catalog Description

This course introduces the basics of Web systems and how it differs from desktop systems. Students will learn client-server architecture, and how it evolves to multitier system. The course will allow student to learn and use essential Web languages and technologies including XHTML, CSS, and XML. Students will apply this knowledge to generate essential web components like basic browser controls (buttons, links, and menus), forms and frames. They will also understand how these components are managed on the server side.

Computer Ethics and Professional Practices – 315306

Credit: 3    Theory:    3     Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Information security – 315303

Course Catalog Description

The course is intended to teach students to become effective professionals in the computer field by examining many of the challenging legal, social and ethical issues surrounding computer technology and its use.

IT Project Management - 315307

Credit: 3    Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: System Analysis and Design - 308205

Course Catalog Description

This course aims  cover: characteristics of IT Project management, initiating an IT project; project planning; defining and managing project scope, structuring a project, project schedule and budget, managing project risk, project communication, tracking, and reporting, IT project quality management, ethics and professional practices, and project implementation.

Enterprise Systems – 315308

Credit: 3           Theory: 3     Lab: 0     Tut: 0

Prerequisite: Knowledge Management - 308309

Course Catalog Description

Enterprise Systems (ES) provide a technology platform that enable organizations to integrate and coordinate their business processes. They provide a single system that is central to the organization and ensure that information can be shared across all functional levels and management hierarchies. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the theoretic and practical issues related to the application of ES within organizations. Example software will be used to illustrate how Enterprise Systems work. 

2. Information Systems Program Concentration Courses

(a)  Compulsory Concentration Courses (9 Cr. Hrs.)

Web Technologies - 308421

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2   Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Web Systems – 315304

Course Catalog Description

This course will introduce students to different Web technologies, languages, and frameworks. The student will review the dynamics of these technologies, their advantages and disadvantages. Students will also learn the applicability of each of these technologies in different Web application settings and environment. Students will also learn how to mix and match these technologies and investigate their compatibility and integration challenges.

E-marketing - 308422

Credit: 3                Theory:    3     Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Principles of Marketing - 308304

Course Catalog Description

The course describes common strategies for the marketing of goods and services via the Internet range from public relations and corporate communications to advertising and electronic commerce. Students investigate and evaluate various marketing and communication strategies and tactics for the World Wide Web. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation skills as well as Web site planning, development, design, and other factors which contribute to a Web site's success. 

E-Commerce – 308423

Credit: 3    Theory:    2   Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Web Systems – 315304

Catalog Course Description

This course aims to expose students to the theory and practice of e-commerce. Topics covered are: Introduction to E-Commerce, E-Commerce Technology Infrastructure, Revenue models, Marketing on the web, Business-to-business online strategies, Web server hardware and software, E-Commerce Commercial Software, E-Commerce security, Payment Systems, and Planning for e-commerce business.

(b) Elective Concentration Courses (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Selected Topics in Information Systems - 308408

Credit: 3                       Theory: 2   Lab: 2     Tut:   0

Prerequisite: Completion of 100 Cr. Hrs

Catalog Course Description

This course aims to introduce students to new developments in the area of information systems not specifically covered in the curriculum and in which a faculty member has developed interest and proficiency. The intention is to provide a rapid response to current trends and to widen student’s knowledge in different areas if IS. Specific content of the course will depend on the particular area taught at the time.

Individual Project - 308409

Credit: 3             Theory:    1     Lab:  4     Tut:   0

Prerequisites:  IT Project Management – 315307

Course Catalog description

This course aims to give students the opportunity to work alone in a guided but independent fashion to investigate a problem by making use of information systems knowledge, techniques, and methodologies acquired in the previous semesters to provide a suitable solution to an IT problem. The course also aims to develop communication skills, both oral and written.

Customer Relationship Management - 308414

Credit: 3             Theory:    3     Lab:  0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Principles of Marketing - 308304

Course Catalog Description

This course examines customer relationship management (CRM) as a key strategic process within all organizations. CRM is defined as the overall process of building and maintaining profitable customer relationships by delivering value and satisfaction to the customer. Focusing on process, strategy and technology, this course leads students from understanding the fundamentals of CRM through the implementation of CRM systems and analysis of customer data. It discusses the CRM philosophy as well as the systems in place that incorporate and integrate information from sales, marketing and service.

Enterprise Architecture- 308415

Credit: 3           Theory: 3     Lab: 0     Tut: 0

Prerequisites: Enterprise Systems – 315308

Course Catalog Description

Enterprise architecture is a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization. The intent of enterprise architecture is to determine how an organization can most effectively achieve its current and future objectives. This course is designed to cover the concepts of enterprise architecture; the purpose and importance of architecture in the enterprise. It discusses current problems with establishing and maintaining architectures, and some methods to overcome these problems.

Information Architecture - 308416

Credit: 3               Theory:    2     Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Database Management Systems - 315302

Course Catalog Description

Information is the heart of knowledge and one of the main pillars of information systems. This course introduces fundamental concepts and methods of understanding and modeling data as well as extracting information out of it. It also shows how to represent large volume of information and allow users to comprehend and interact with it in an effective way. The course focuses on data modeling and architecture approaches allowing student to build effective information architecture. Then the student will learn how to interact with information using different labeling, navigation, and search strategies. Students will finally learn about information architecture in practice and its applications in large organizations.

Selected Topics in IT Project Management - 308417

Credit: 3           Theory: 3   Lab: 0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Completion of 100 Cr. Hrs.

Catalog Course Description

This course aims to introduce students to new developments in the area of Project Management in general and ICT enabled Project Management in specific, mainly new topics not specifically covered in the curriculum and in which a faculty member has developed interest and proficiency. The intention is to provide a rapid response to current trends and to widen student’s knowledge in areas such as but not limited to: E-government, E-Transformation, Green Computing, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, C- Commerce. Specific content of the course will depend on the particular area taught at the time. 

Computerized Accounting- 315208

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2    Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Introduction to Accounting - 308204

Course Catalog Description

The Computerized accounting information system joins together the skill sets of  accounting and information technology. Information technology has created new challenges and opportunities for accountants who also have expertise in information systems. Many traditional accounting functions are now embodied in systems that require a different combination of technical and financial knowledge. The CAIS course is designed to provide this combination of knowledge and skill sets to meet the new challenges and opportunities of the information technology world. The main objective of the course is to introduce students to the design and implementation of a systematic structure for providing information for decision-making.

Web Application Design and Dev. - 315421

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Web Technologies -308421

Course Catalog Description

This course prepares students to apply different web technologies and integrate them into a web application. Topics covered include: Web applications and Rich Internet Applications (RIA), programmable Web applications, working with proxies, Yahoo and Google mash-up services, Creating a Web application, model view controller pattern, form design, validation and usability, User Interaction Effects and Animation, and Tagging and Rating the Web Application

Advanced Web Topics - 315427

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab: 2    Tut:  0

Prerequisites: Web Technologies – 308421

Course Catalog Description

This course introduces students to the latest trends and technologies as used by today’s information technology industry. The course focuses on advanced Web technologies that are strongly adapted as the next generation IT. Students will learn the role of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 with special focus on Web services and Service-Oriented Architecture.  The course will allow students to understand the current evolution from Personal Computing (1980s) to Network Computing (1990s) to Internet and Web (2000s) to today’s trends of Saas and cloud computing, Web tool kits, mash-ups, and social networking.

 

Human Computer Interaction - 315206

Credit: 3           Theory:    2   Lab:  2    Tut:   0

 Prerequisites: $Systems Analysis & Design – 308205

Course Catalog Description

This course presents principles and guidelines needed to develop high-quality user interfaces for interactive systems. Such user interfaces should take into consideration the needs and abilities of users in order to provide them with usable, useful, and enjoyable interactions. The heart of this course is a semester-long project, in which you will design, implement, and evaluate a user interface

Selected Topics in E-Business Management - 308427

Credit: 3           Theory: 3   Lab: 0     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Completion of 100 Credit Hours

Catalog Course Description

This course aims to introduce students to new developments in the area of e-Business management not specifically covered in the curriculum. It also aims to provide students with additional knowledge in the selected topics.

Database Administration - 315321

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2    Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Database Management Systems -315302

Course Catalog Description

This course prepares students to administer and maintain databases by applying best practices and procedures to any database platform. With general, platform independent approach, students will be able to work as database administrators to any of the major industrial databases including Oracle, IBM BD2, Sybase, Microsoft and MySQL. Students will become familiar with DBA roles and responsibilities, be able to create a database environment with modeling and normalization  as well as reporting while maintaining data integrity. 

Advanced Database Design and Implementation - 315423

Credit: 3           Theory:    2    Lab:  2     Tut:   0

Prerequisites: Database Management Systems – 315302

Course Catalog Description

This course builds on top of the first DBMS course by introducing advanced database concepts to allow students to effectively design and implement industrial quality database. The course revisits SQL in a deeper, more practical approach, with a focus on its PL/SQL extension. The student will learn database in a client-server setting, and see how to manage multi-user databases. Students individually or a groups will be required to design and implement a working database.