Computer Information Systems as a field of academic study encompasses
the concepts, principles, and processes for two broad areas of activity
within organizations: (1) acquisition, deployment, and management of
information technology resources and services (the information systems
function) and (2) development, operation, and evolution of
infrastructure and systems for use in organizational processes (system
development, systems operation, and system maintenance). The systems
that deliver information and communications services in an organization
combine both technical components and human operators and users. They
capture, store, process, and communicate data, information, and
The information systems function in an organization
has a broad responsibility to plan, develop or acquire, implement, and
manage an infrastructure of information technology (computers and
communications), data (both internal and external), and enterprise-wide
information processing systems. It has the responsibility to track new
information technology and assist in incorporating it into
organization’s strategy, planning, and practices. The activity of
developing or acquiring information technology applications for
organizational and inter-organizational processes involves projects
that define creative and productive use of information technology for
transaction processing, data acquisition, communication, coordination,
analysis, and decision support. Design, development and acquisition,
and implementation techniques, technology and methodologies are
employed. Processes for creating and implementing information systems
in organizations incorporate concepts of business process design,
innovation, quality, human-machine systems, human-machine interfaces,
e-business design, sociotechnical systems, and change management.
Information Systems professionals work with information technology and
must have sound technical knowledge of computers, communications, and
software. Since they operate within organizations and with
organizational systems, they must also understand organizations and the
functions within organizations (accounting, finance, marketing,
operations, human resources, and so forth). They must understand
concepts and processes for achieving organizational goals with
The department offers a number of facilities to its staff and students, and takes part in the running of the B.Sc. ICT and B.Sc. Business and Computing degree courses.
Database Design and Management - These units introduce the students to the concepts of creating data models and mapping them into good relational database designs to support the corporate enterprise.
Business Modelling and Office Solutions - These units aim to apply numerate skills in application to business problems in particular the creation of decision models, financial and investment models and linear programming techniques and program evaluation and Review techniques (PERT)
Information Systems Engineering and Systems Development Methodologies - These aim to apply standard IT project management techniques such as PRINCE as well as standard methodologies such as SSADM, DSDM, UML and object oriented design as well as Soft Methodologies.
Enterprise Computing - This aims to develop advance integrated business solutions using enterprise software including Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle and SAP. It also aims to develop Customer Related Management Solutions in order to transform the competitive aspects of business.
The department of Computer Information Systems also teaches web based development applications in particular e-business development and the .NET frameworks and open PHP and MySQL platforms.