Welcome to the Business Information Systems (BIS) Department. The department
came into existence in January 2001, through the sponsorship of TELP-USAID,
coordinated by the University of Georgia, USA. It has four laboratories
equipped with state of art 90 computers and data projectors. BIS Department
aims to equip students with essential knowledge to become BIS professionals
for a wide range of career opportunities, in the fields of business and
information technology, both in public and private sectors. The graduates
possess in-depth knowledge in information systems and technology, together
with a broad spectrum of knowledge including business, management, accounting,
finance, logistics, social ethics, and general studies in their three-year
What are Information Systems?
Information systems (IS) are computing systems that support business operations,
management, and decision making in organizations. IS are an integral part
of virtually every work environment and play a critical role in running
organizations. They are the heart of the internet-based economy. IS enable
people to access the information they need, to collaborate, make informed
decisions, and perform their jobs and personal activities effectively.
What is the Role of IS Professionals?
The IS field bridges computing and business. IS professionals serve as the
critical link between the technical and business areas of an organization?
They collaborate to solve problems and then design, analyze, implement,
deploy and evaluate the computing systems that drive the modern enterprise.
IS professionals are thus among the most essential individuals in an organization,
building and managing the systems upon which the enterprise survives and
thrives. Enterprises depend upon IS Professionals, valuing their ability
to design computing solutions.
Bachelor of Commerce in Business Information Systems Degree
BIS programme provides a range of knowledge and skills needed to enter
graduate level employment in a business and information systems environment,
or to engage in postgraduate study; particular knowledge of the use of information
systems and analytical methods to support the analysis and design of policy
and practice in business; emphasis on information systems issues and project
management; opportunities to develop more general understanding of business
management and skills in business information management. BIS is widely
diffused across modern organisations, and industry is demanding BIS graduates
who are well versed in business concepts; in understanding the role and
contribution of information systems in driving and enabling the achievement
of business goals and objectives; and in managing the vital information
systems resource in organisations. This degree has been designed to meet
this need, and will produce graduates, who are competent and knowledgeable
in the discipline, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
and who are able to critically analyse business problems and develop creative
and innovative enterprise solutions.
Aims & Objectives:
The aims and objectives of the BCom (BIS) degree are to:
- Enable graduates to fulfill key roles in the information systems
(IS) and related industries, and to liaise between IS personnel and other
professional and industrial personnel.
- Provide graduates with a solid foundation in information systems
skills, knowledge and values at a practical and theoretical level.
- Develop self confidence through a learning experience aimed at an
understanding of the subject areas and including the development of life-long
- Provide graduates with a strong systems focus, in their ability
to conceive of new designs, address business needs and solve problems.
- Provide graduates with a good understanding of the roles of IS in
society and for individuals, and an awareness that information systems is
a powerful factor for change in the global environment.
- Provide an understanding of the value of research, critical thinking
and effective communication in the management of information systems.
- Develop professional skills in such areas as inter-personal communication,
working in teams, and technical report writing.
- Provide a graduate with an educationally sound route to become competent
IS practitioners and academics.
The graduates will become IS programmers, IS analyst, project leaders,
and business analyst, IS planners, IS consultant, DBA, business account
manager, and IS academics, IS entrepreneurs, E-market consultant and etc.
Their skills in logical thinking, problem solving and IS systems application
will equip them for a more general business career in marketing, finance,
personnel management, production and operations management.
After successful completion of the programme, graduates will have:
- Proficiency in the use of state-of-the-art computing and programming
tools used within the Information System environments
- Knowledge of the foundations, techniques, limitations, trends and
applications of business information systems
- An understanding of the nature and purpose of information systems,
and of the types of information systems used in business, commerce and industry
Skills in the application and evaluation of information systems in business,
commerce and industry
- An ability to interact effectively within and across discipline
- A range of transferable skills in problem-solving, logical thinking,
writing documentation, research and report writing.
For admission to the BCOM (IT), potential students must comply with the
following minimum requirements:
- NSC with Bachelor’s endorsement or grade 12 certificate with
- Minimum Admission Points System (APS) of 26 excluding Life Orientation.
Due to limited spaces available for the programme, applicants with an APS
score of more than 26 will be given priority during selection stage.
- Minimum achievement level of 3 (40%-49%) or above in English and
- On Dean’s discretion, Mathematical Literacy at rating 5 or above
may be considered. However, Mathematics is strongly recommended as opposed
to Mathematical Literacy. If accepted with Mathematical Literacy, students
have to do Business Mathematics (MAT05463 and MAT0544) ) and a result, the
degree will be completed in four (4) years instead of three (3) years.
- Minimum achievement level of 3 (40%-49%) or above in three of the
- Business Studies
- Information Technology or Computer Studies
Applicants with an APS of 23 or less will be considered for Bachelor of
Commerce (BCOM) extended (four-year) programme (a 4 year degree programme).
Programme Outlines and Modules
BCom BIS Programme Outline
The programme composed of IS modules and Business Modules. IS modules
are the only ones outlined in this Booklet and Business Modules are outlined
in their respective departments (e.g. ACC 1541 is found in Accounting Department
In 1st year, a student takes 13 modules: 4 IS Modules and 9 Business
BIS 1541 Information Systems Concepts
Basic Concepts of Information Systems: Data and Information,
Characteristic of Information, Business Environment it is used, Concepts
of Information Systems, Resources that support it, Categories that supports
Inf. Systems; Information System Strategic Advantages; Types of Information
Systems, their role in an organisation; Organisational Requirements for
Information Systems; How IS enables and supports Business Transactions,
Processes, Organisational Decision Making, Business Intelligence, Decision
Support, and Knowledge Management; Information Systems requirements analysis;
Information systems acquisition, development, and Implementation; The Nature
of IS Management; Databases, and their importance to Contemporary Business;
Enterprise Systems; IS Ethical, Legal and Security Issues.
BIS 1542 Principle of Commercial Programming
Overview of the Programming Development Process, Structured
Programming and Modular Design; Introduction to Programming Concepts, Visual
Development Environments; Compilers and Interpreters; User Interface and
Screen Design; The Memory Model, Data Types, Declarations, Expressions and
Statements, Control Structures, Block Structure, Modules, Parameters, Message
Passing, Files, Record Types, Input and Output, Event Handling, Text Handling
and Arrays; Documentation, Testing and Debugging Techniques.
BIS 1641 Computer Operations and Packages
Introduction to Operating Systems (OS): Characteristics
of OS, Command Line, Windows Based OS, Printer Installation, Internet Browsing;
Business Application Software Packages: Word-processing:
Definition, Creating, Editing, Formatting, Saving, Printing, Deleting Word
Document and etc.;
Spreadsheets: Definition, Creating, Editing, Formatting,
Saving, Printing, Deleting Spreadsheets; Database: Definition, Creating
a Database and Forms, Querying, Editing, Formatting, Saving, Printing, Deleting
Presentation Software: Definition, Creating, Editing, Formatting,
Saving, Printing or Presenting Slides.
BIS 1642 Database Concepts
Introduction to Database Concepts; Demonstrate the ability
to Design, Plan and Use a Database; Understanding of Relational Data Model
& DBMS Record Structures; Normalization; Data Selection & Retrieval
using SQL Queries; Data Definition, Modification or Updating.
|| ACC 1541
| Introduction to Financial Accounting
| Business Management
|| BMA 1541
| Introduction. To Business Management
Functional Areas of Business Management
|| ECO 1541
|| Basic Microeconomics
| Mathematics or
| MAT 1545 or
| Business Mathematics
Introduction to Statistics
|| MAT 1645or
| Business Mathematics
Introduction to Statistics
In 2nd year, students take 10 modules: 6 IS modules and 4 modules Business
BIS 2541 Business Data Communication and Networks
Introduction to Data Communications and Networks; Topics
include Basic Concepts and Principles of Telecommunications Systems, Data
Transmission, Major Components of Data Communications Systems, Communication
Software, Data Link Control, Introduction to Network Architecture, Open
System Interconnection Models (OSI) and Local Area Networks, Protocols and
Standards, Data Transmission Devices and Media, Characteristics, Circuit,
Message, Packet Switching Networks, TCP/IP, Topologies, Security, LAN and
WAN, EDI, ISDN, Business Applications Management and Administrative Issues.
BIS 2542 Object-oriented Programming
Introduction to object-oriented and Structured Concepts and Design
Techniques; Development Environments, Application and Applets;
Compilers and Interpreters; Control Structures, Arrays, Strings and Methods.
Object-based Programming: Abstract Data Types, Classes
and Object, GUI Components.
BIS 2543 IS/IT Security
An introduction to the various technical and administrative aspects of
Information Security and Assurance. This course provides the foundation
for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information
assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents,
and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with
appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. The purpose of the
course is to provide the student with an overview of the field of Information
Security and Assurance. Students will be exposed to the spectrum of Security
activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage will include
inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction
to threats to information assets, and examination of pre- and post-incident
procedures, technical and managerial responses and an overview of the Information
Security Planning and Staffing functions.
BIS 2641 System Analysis and Design
Introduction to System Analysis and Design: Focuses
on the Analysis and Design Phases, including Development of Requirements
Specifications and Generation of Design Alternatives, Testing Strategies
and Implementation Plans; Overview of the Systems Development Process Environment;
Requirements Specification for Information Systems;
Requirements Analysis, describing Software Process Models:
Waterfall, Prototyping, Evolutionary, Rapid Application Development; Conceptual
Design; Data Modeling; Integration of Requirements Models; Program Design,
Generating and Evaluating Design Alternatives;
Design of Information Systems: Logical Data Design, Logical
Process Design, Structured Design, Interface and Dialogue Design, Development
and Maintenance of Quality Assurance.
BIS 2642 Internet and Web Design Technology
Introduction Web Designing and Authoring Tools; Physical Design, Programming,
Testing and Implementation of Web-based Information Systems and Management.
BIS 2643 Professional Issues in IT/IS
This course offers extensive and topical coverage of issues such as file
sharing, infringement of intellectual property, security risks, Internet
crime, identity theft, employee surveillance, privacy, and compliance. Students
will gain an excellent foundation in ethical decision-making for current
and future business managers and IT professionals. Specific topic coverage
includes: An Overview of Ethics; Ethics for IT Professionals and IT Users;
Computer and Internet Crime; Privacy; Freedom of Expression; Intellectual
Property; Software Development; Employer/Employee Issues; The Impact of
Information Technology on the Quality of Life.
|| ACC 2541
| Company Financial Statements
Introduction to Cost and Management
| Business Management
|| BMA 2541
| Purchasing Management
| Human Resources
|| MRM 2641
|| Research Methodology
In 3rd year students take 6 modules: 5 IS modules and 1 Business model.
BIS 3541 Information Systems Management
Introduction and Overview of Information System (IS), IS management: Function,
Role of IS in Business, Roles of Managers; Development of IS Policies, IS
Strategies, IS Revolution and Strategic Impact of IT, Managerial Overview
of Hardware, Software, Networks and Telecommunications, & Databases.
IS Application and its Development. IS for Business, Managerial Decision
Support, Strategic Advantage, Enterprise and Global Management, Control,
Planning and Implementation Change, Managing Internet and Intranet Based
IS, Protecting IS against Security Breaches, Ethical, Legal and Moral Constraints
on IS, End-user Computing and IS in future.
BIS 3542 Information Technology Project Management
Central Concepts and Issues of Project Management, and the Practical Benefits
of Project Planning and Management together with Resource Management; Provision
of Practical Skills in Project Planning and Designing, Budgeting, Scheduling,
Resource Allocation, Monitoring, Control Auditing, Application of Systems
Development Methodologies, Termination; Time Management; Team Work; Contract
The Project Manager: Characteristics, Responsibilities,
and Techniques; Negotiation and Management, Risk Minimization, Carrier Visualization;
The Project Team and its Organisation; Project Management Information Systems.
Project Management Software Aids.
BIS 3543 Database Systems Management
DB Design Techniques: Entity Relationship (ER) Modeling,
Normalization, Physical DB Design; Relational Query Languages, SQL, Application
Development via Embedded SQL; DB Administration and Security; Distributed
DB Systems and Object Oriented DB Systems: Transaction Management, Concurrency
Control, Query Execution, DB Recovery; Data Warehouse and Mining
BIS 3641 Electronic Commerce
Introduction to Electronic Commerce: Types of Electronic
Commerce; Internet and World Wide Web Applications; Security; Payment Systems;
Applications in the Banking, Retail and Manufacturing Industries; Problems
Relating to Implementations of Electronic Commerce; and Essential Concepts
/ Technologies Supporting Electronic Commerce. Electronic Commerce Strategy
and Business Definition; Management of Electronic Commerce in the Organisation;
Intranets and Supply Chain Management; Legal Issues and Constraints to Implementation
of Electronic Commerce; Government Policy and Electronic Commerce.
BIS 3642 Information Systems Project
IS Project will involve all aspects of the System Development Lifecycle.
The student produces a Negotiated Product (usually including a Project Proposal,
a Project Plan, a System Specification, User Documentation and some Software)
and Perform Project Management Activities to ensure the Project is delivered
Implementation: Developing the Project, Test and Evaluation
| Business Management
|| BMA 354
|| Marketing Management
| Human Resources
|| HRM 3522
|| Strategic Human resources Management
BCom BIS (Hons) Programme Course Modules Selection and Outline
Every student is expected to do a total of 8 modules (5 modules in the
First Semester and 3 modules in the Second Semester) as shown in Table 1.
The module outline is shown in Table 2.
FIRST SEMESTER (5 modules = 3 cores + 2 electives)
||IS Research Methods
||Enterprise Systems Management
||Data Mining & Warehousing
||IS Governance & Strategy
||Mobile and Wireless Information Systems
||Advanced Programming Techniques
||Object-oriented Systems Design
SECOND SEMESTER (3 modules = 2 cores +1 elective)
||IS Research Project
||Business Intelligence Systems
||Human Computer Interaction
||Management of Information Technology
||Enterprise Database Systems
First Semester Modules
IS Research Methods
This module will introduce research methods in the field of business
and management and show how these methods can be used in practice to
prepare for the project. The module covers the basics of both qualitative
and quantitative research, as well as practical issues of research project
selection, data collection and analysis, planning, proposals and design,
and report writing. Analysis and presentation of results of research.
It includes extensive workshop-based sessions. The students are expected
to identify an area of research interest.
Enterprise Systems Management
Introduction to Enterprise Systems Management; Enterprise System Project
Life Cycle; Requirements Analysis, Business Fit and Tailoring of Enterprise
Systems; Configuration Management of Enterprise Systems; Integration
management of Enterprise Systems; Change management and Enterprise Systems
Management; System Training; Implementing Enterprise Systems; Operational
Management of Enterprise Systems; Understanding Benefits, Cost and Risks
in Enterprise System Management; Evaluation of Enterprise Systems; Future
Trends and Issues in Enterprise Systems.
Data Mining & Warehousing
This module aims to help students analyze data from different perspectives
and to summarize it into useful information that can be used to increase
revenue, cut costs, or both. This module concentrates on the following
topics: Introduction to data warehousing; Strategy development and justification
for data warehousing; Architectures & Basic requirements for database
design for data warehouses, Data mining tools, Visualization
IS Governance & Strategy
Understand the organisational benefits of effective IS governance &
strategy, and be able to be prepare a case demonstrating the benefits
of adopting IS governance in a specific organisational context and of
more effectively utilizing the IT resource; IT governance approaches
(ITIL, COBIT), governance tools, mechanisms and processes, benefits
& issues; Implementing structures and processes to ensure effective
decision making with respect to IS and IT; Establishing metrics for
governance; Understanding business strategy, and its impact on IS strategy;
Implementing strategic IS planning, managing the IS planning process;
The link between strategic IS planning, IS evaluation and IS benefits
realisation; Prioritising proposed investments in IS/IT, establishing
Mobile and Wireless Information Systems
Introduction to ubiquitous and pervasive information systems (UIPS);
The need, applications and solutions for today’s wireless organization;
Current and emerging UPIS applications , personalized and context aware
applications, location-based applications, multi-party interactive games,
content and entertainment services, pervasive healthcare, data-centric
applications, mobile commerce applications); Wireless and mobile infrastructure
for UPIS, inter-working among multiple networks; Short range wireless
networks such as blue-tooth and IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs; Middleware
issues (WAP and other middleware, building applications using available
middleware); Network access architectures; Quality of Service (end-to-end
performance, inter-working applications); Security, content management;
Data-access and management; Applications and content providers, pricing
and cost of implementation, management of UPIS services; Additional
issues in UPIS (future, regulatory and complexity
Advanced Programming Techniques
Introduction to writing programs that facilitate concurrency
and thread safety issues such as synchronization to enable data integrity
and deadlock avoidance; Collections and Generics for the creation of
dynamic and reusable data structures; Iterating, comparing, searching
and sorting these data structures; introduction to the development of
enterprise applications that facilitate loose coupling of business logic
and database connectivity; other enterprise technologies and design
||Object-oriented Systems Design
The focus is on advanced topics in the creation of information
systems with emphasis on object-oriented technologies. This course is
intended to give students a solid foundation in systems analysis and
design using an object-oriented approach. The use of object-oriented
(OO) analysis and design in the software industry is increasing, along
with a related need for experienced programmers with OO analysis and
design skills. OO technology using the Unified Modeling Language (UML),
design patterns and other techniques provides information systems professionals
with the means to create appropriate deliverables that can be used by
programmers to create cost-effective, easily maintainable, and extendible
computer applications with reusable components.
Second Semester Modules
IS Research Project
This module continues and develops the work of the first semester and
includes the preparation, designing, implementation and submission of
a research project. Presentations and discussions occur under the guidance
of a supervisor. The seminary is designed to meet the needs of the individual
for specific study of particular problems or fields in IS. This capstone/research
project is an opportunity for students to make the transition from a
consumer to a producer of knowledge and innovation in the field of education.
Students investigate some areas of IS theory or practice, gather and
analyze information and draw conclusions to add to the body of knowledge
in the field of IS development and applications. Research projects are
intended to be original work, completed in consultation with departmental
Business Intelligence Systems
This module examines Concept of business value from corporate data,
the exploitation of information for advantage, types and sources of
information value; Nature and value of business intelligence, the business
intelligence environment, and how types of data processing can add value
to corporate data sources; Knowledge discovery, data mining, data warehousing;
Business analytics, OLAP analysis, metadata; The relationship between
corporate strategy, IS strategy and business intelligence strategy;
BI links to enterprise systems, CRM systems, SCM systems, KM systems;
Enterprise information portals, data delivery; Privacy, ethical, legal
issues; Legacy data, data integration, data profiling, data cleansing
and data enhancement; BI, Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems and
Executive Information Systems; Data modeling, star schemas
Human Computer Interaction
This module provides the theory and practices needed to design and specify
the user requirements for an information system. Emphasis is placed
on user-centered design, designing for use, and the design of human-computer
interaction. Issues of project and quality management are considered.
Group work and communication are central to information systems design
and techniques for managing group work and communicating and sharing
ideas are explored.
Management Information Technology
Foundations of IT Management; Managing in the Information Age; Information
Technology's Strategic Importance; Developing the Organization's IT
Strategy; Information Technology Planning; Technology, Legislative,
and Industry Trends; Managing Software Applications; Managing Application
Portfolios & Development; Development and Acquisition Alternatives;
Managing E-Business Applications; Developing and Managing Customer Expectations;
Managing E-Business and Network Systems; Measuring IT Investments and
Returns; IT Controls and Asset Protection, and Security
Enterprise Database Systems
The Web-based database applications, which are the driving force behind
any e-commerce, are the core of this module. The following topics are
covered: Concurrency control and recovery management; Database security
management; Distributed database functions and client-server architecture.
Object-oriented concepts and OODDBMS architecture.