Programme Background and Rationale
The IS profession belongs to the broader Information Communication Technology/Information Technology (ICT / IT) profession and shares many core professional competencies with it. IT professionals use information systems (IS) to collect, organize, and distribute data. These systems are crucial to organizations that host a lot of data electronically as most government and private firms in Somaliland and the Horn of Africa region nowadays do. The information system of an organization consists of the information technology infrastructure, application systems, and personnel that employ information technology to deliver information and communications services for transaction processing/operations and administration/management of the organization. It utilizes computer and communications hardware and software, manual procedures, and internal and external repositories of data; and apply a combination of automation, human actions, and user machine interaction.
It is evident that information system is becoming increasingly ingrained in the everyday business, professional and personal lives. They have become more pervasive, and it is difficult to get through the day without interacting with an information system. The “user” in an IS has expanded from just the industry employees to now all types of individuals; IS while has become more society-centric than organization-centric. Therefore a computing curriculum for the IS discipline has become not just an added advantage but a necessity in the modern society. Competencies in IS foundations, data, technology, development, organizational and integration have become part and parcel of organization and individual’s daily lives.
From a global perspective, the role of information systems need not be overemphasized. Its influence in business enterprises, government sector and indeed personal lives speaks for itself. From an academic perspective, information systems in Africa at large and the horn of Africa region in particular has huge role to play in developing the content’s and the region’s own human resource in careers like web development, database administration, computer programming, and security. In the context of Somaliland, IS experts are required to develop a range of solutions for a myriad of challenges including in health information systems to supplement government efforts in bringing health services to the people, land information systems for planning and controlling the fast growing Somaliland cities coupled with land challenges. They are also required in the voting systems to support the fledgling political processes within the country among several other opportunities including banking, defense, research, transportation, mining, trade and industry. All these efforts are geared towards supporting human capital development, as espoused in Amoud University’s motto. Bachelor of Information Systems focuses on the technical and analytical skills of Information system design and management. The country and the region is in need of persons with ability to assess, evaluate, and communicate key aspects of Information Systems as enablers of modern organisations.
Amoud University and the faculty of computing and informatics through this programme will produce highly skilled and relevant Information Systems graduates who will have fundamental competencies in all core the areas of system and web programming, Databases, IT Infrastructure and integration, and Ethics, and Security, among others in line with Undergraduate Information Systems Curricula, ACM/AIS The Joint ACM/AIS IS2020 Task Force, December 2020 (Web link: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3460863).
The general objective of this programme is to produce Information Systems experts; with broad understanding of both the organizational and its computing/engineering needs and who can function effectively as database administrators, business analysts, programmers, network administrators, project managers and computer technicians.
By the end of the programme, students should;
- Be able to demonstrate broad understanding of the strategic use of Information Systems in private organizations, public sector enterprises and non-governmental institutions.
- Be able to competently use the systems development life cycle along with its appropriate tools, techniques, methodologies, and processes to develop information systems that meet the needs of businesses and organizations.
- Be able to follow known research methodologies to identify research problems in Information Systems, conduct research and report the findings in standard scientific manner.