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INTRODUCTION 

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 knowledge.

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.

Computer 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 information technology.

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.

AREAS

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.



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