SPECIALIZATIONS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The IS curriculum is designed to produce graduates equipped to function in entry level information systems positions with a strong basis for continued career growth. The curriculum reflects input from both industry and universities. It responds to industry requests for both increased emphasis in technical orientation and improved skill in individual and group interactions. The curriculum requires an embedded problem solving and critical thinking framework in all courses. The curriculum has formal information systems courses but also assumes use of prerequisite courses in communications, mathematics, and statistics, and business functions. The communications prerequisite courses should provide students with listening skills and the knowledge to be effective in written and oral communication. The mathematics and statistics prerequisites should provide basic quantitative and qualitative techniques. The business courses should cover common business functions, economics, and international considerations.
In this way we don’t have division of specializations in the IS Bachelor program since its curriculum structure is more a general one.
In the other hand the program content of the master level of Information Systems follows the structure and perquisites suggested in the Association of Information Systems (AIS) guidelines for Graduate Programs in Information Systems. The curriculum content is comprised of five essential components of information systems programs (a) Information Systems prerequisites, (b) Business prerequisites, (c) Information Systems Technology, (d) Information Systems Management, (e) Concentration tracks and Master Thesis.
The first year of study of the program introduces students to general courses in information systems and environment where they operate. The second year of study is sub-divided into concentrations (majors) in: Business Information Systems, Library Information Systems and Archiving, Electronic Commerce, Information Systems Security, Geo-information Systems and Statistics, Data Processing and Simulation. The student would have to pick one of the concentration areas which constitute three core modules equivalent with 18 ECTS. In addition, students will have to pick two minors – one from Elective Group A – competencies (6 ECTS) and one from Elective Group B – sectors (6 ECTS). The second semester includes a course in Research Methods and Writing in Information Systems (5 ECTS), and internship (5 ECTS) and a master thesis (20 ECTS).