B.Sc. in Information Systems/ Project Management

Program 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 Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems program will have the following characteristics within a few years of graduation: 

PEO_1. Apply acquired knowledge and skills in information systems and implement their skills in public, private, academic and international information systems functional activities.

PEO_2. Act as information systems professional leaders in performing related skills in technical, business, or ethical duties.

PEO_3. Engage in life-long learning and professional development in pursuing additional graduate degrees, professional development and self-studies.

PEO_4. Communicate effectively in their professional activities and duties.

Program Learning Outcomes

There are twelve (12) Learning Outcomes related to the Information Systems program. Ten of them are related to the common core courses while one learning outcome is associated with each concentration.

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s learning outcomes and to the discipline
  2. Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  4. Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  5. Resolve professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  6. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  7. Analyze the local and global impacts of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  8. Recognize the need for and engage in continuing professional development
  9. Use current technologies, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  10. Support the use, delivery, and management of information systems within an Information Systems environment.
  11. IS-PM. Use and apply Project Management theories and practices in IS environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

Information Systems 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 organization, 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 are eligible for a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems after completion of 123 total credit 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.