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Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

College of Computing and Informatics
Commenced Year
Sharjah Main Campus
Study System
Total Credit Hours
123 Cr.Hrs
Fall & Spring
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

BIS Program Goals:

(A) Provide students with fundamental knowledge in the field of information systems.
(B) Develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills in information systems to solve business problems.
(C) Acquire the ability to evaluate and develop organizational information systems.
(D) Understand life cycle management of information systems projects.
(E) Develop teamwork and leadership skills.

Program Outcomes-Business Information Systems (BIS):

1. Describe basic theories in information systems.
2. Utilize information systems to develop effective business solutions.
3. Utilize information systems capabilities, tools, and resources to support relevant organizational decisions.
4. Work effectively as a member of a team and on different roles within a team.
5. Analyze, design, and build model information systems solutions.
6. Manage project life cycle development activities.

Graduate Career Opportunities:

BIS is an integrative field. BIS professionals are the "communication bridge" between business needs and technology. This means that you will have to understand how to figure out how things work, solve problems, communicate what you found, and learn a lot of new things on a regular basis. It is a dynamic field, and it takes dynamic people to do well in it. People, who can think fast, work hard, and balance a lot of things should really think about BIS. Here is only a sample of the kinds of BIS jobs:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business IT Consultant
  • Systems Analyst & Designer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Decision Support Systems Designer & Developer
  • Business intelligence Specialist
  • Database Analyst and Designer
  • Electronic Commerce Applications Developer
  • CRM Systems Specialist
  • ERP Systems Specialist
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • IT User Liaison

Where Can BIS Graduates Work?

  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Authorities and Municipalities
  • Dubai Internet City
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis
  • Hospitals and Medical Institutions
  • Airports and Airline Companies
  • Anyplace where information management matters
  • Petroleum Industry
  • Educational Institutions

Optional Certificates:

  • Microsoft Certificates (ex. Microsoft Project Manager).
  • Business networking certificate with CISCO.
  • Database certificates with Oracle and Microsoft.
  • Business Intelligence certificates.
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) certificate with Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Business Application Certificate.
  • Project Management Certificate from Project Management Institute (PMI).

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems program requires that a student complete 123 credits of course work and attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. The program consists of the categories summarized below.


B.Sc. in Business Information Systems (123 Credits) ​ ​ ​ ​
Mandatory Core Courses15482484
Electives Core Courses96624
Minor Courses

I. University Requirements
Every student is required to take 24 credit hours of general education courses distributed over seven domains. Fifteen (15) mandatory credit hours are selected from domains 1, 2, 3 and 4 and (9) elective credit hours selected from domains 5, 6 and 7 as indicated in the University section (General Education).

II. College Requirements
Every student– irrespective of specialization – is required to complete 54 credit of General Business courses 48 credit hours are mandatory core courses and 6 credits elective core courses. These courses consist of foundation and skill courses required of all business students.

Mandatory Courses

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisite
1440162Business Mathematics 3Note 1
1440264Business Statistics31440162
0308151Principles of Microeconomics3None
0308252Principles of Macroeconomics30301151
0301120Accounting 1: Financial Accounting 3None
0301211Accounting 2: Managerial Accounting 30301120
0308230Financial Management3None
0309130Intro to BIS3None
0302160Principles of Management3None
0302170Principles of Marketing3None
0302250Legal Environment of Business 30302160
0302254Business Communication30202112
0302350Ethics and Islamic Values in Business 30302250
0302361Operations and Supply Chain Management131440264
0302461Research Methods231440264
0302467Strategic Management3Senior Standing
0309130Introduction to BIS3None

1 Equivalent to 0302311 Operations Management
2 Equivalent to 0302461 - Business Research Methods and 0302473 - Marketing Research Methods.

Elective Core Courses

0309211Business Analytics30309130
0309238E- Business30309130
0301327Taxation and Zakat30301120
0308450Money and Banking30301252
0308461Credit Analysis and Lending Management30308230
0302383Business and Government30302160
0302354Internship in Business3Note 1

III. Program Requirements
The Department of Management Information Systems requires students to take 30 credit hours in the specialization and 15 credit hours from an approved minor. The specialization courses are divided into 24 credits on mandatory courses and 6 credits of elective courses listed below.

A. Mandatory Courses

The following tables lists the mandatory core courses:

B.Sc. Business Information Systems
Course #TitleCredit HoursPrerequisite
0309230Database Management30309130
Business Programming3Intro to BIS (0309130)
0309330Systems Analysis and Design30309230
0309332Business Data Telecom and Networks3Database Management (0309230)
0309333Information Security30309332
0309431Project Management3Database Management (0309230)
0309437Internship in BIS3Students should have completed (75) credit hours and departmental approval
0309439Project in BIS3Systems analysis and design ( 0309330)  & Dept. approval

B.   Electives Courses – 6 credit hours

Each student must successfully complete 6 credit hours (two courses) from the following list of elective courses.

Course #TitleCredit HoursPrerequisite
0309333Advanced Business Programming3Business Programming
( 0309231)
0309347Customer Relationship Management Systems3Database Management (0309230)
0309430Big Data and Business Intelligence30309230 & 0309231
0309441Enterprise Systems30309330
0309446Decision Support Systems30309230

Study Plan

The Business Information Systems program encompasses 123 credits hours that are spread over eight semesters and could be completed in four years. The following study plan serves as a roadmap for a smooth progression toward graduation.

Year 1, Level I (Freshman), Semester 1 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
  University Requirements3 
0301120Accounting (1): Financial Accounting3 
0302160Principles of Management3 
University Requirements3 
1440162Business Mathematics 31440100

Year 1, Level I (Freshman), Semester 2 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
University Requirements3 
0308230Financial Management3 
0301211Accounting (2): Managerial Accounting30301120
0302170Principles of Marketing3 
0309130Intro. to BIS3 

Year 2, Level II (Sophomore), Semester 3 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0309231Business Programming 30303130
Principles of Microeconomics3 
 University Requirements3 
 University Requirements3 
 College Elective 3 
1440264Business Statistics31440162

Year 2, Level II (Sophomore), Semester 4 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
Database Management3 0309130
0301252Prin. of Macroeconomics 30301151
0302254Business Communication30202112
0302250Legal Environment of Business30302160
 College Elective3 

Year 3, Level III (Junior), Semester 5 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #
0309332Bus. Data Telecom. and Network30309230
University Requirement3
0302361Operations and Supply Chain Man.31440264

Year 3, Level III (Junior), Semester 6 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0309330Systems Analysis and Design30309230
0309431Project Management30309230
Ethics and Islamic Values in Business30302250
 University Requirements3 

Year 4, Level IV (Senior), Semester 7 (18 Credits) ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Course #Title​CrHrs
University Requirements​3

0309333Information Security​3
 BIS Elective​3
Year 4, Level IV (Senior), Semester 8 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​ ​
Course #​Title
0309439​Project in BIS
30309330 & Dept. approval
0302467​Strategic Management
3Senior Level
 ​BIS Elective
0302461​Research Methods

Course Description:

The courses described below constitute all courses, mandatory and electives, that are offered by the Department of Management Information Systems.

College Mandatory Core Course

0309130Introduction to BIS(3-0:3)
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of information systems and to the strategic opportunities and challenges presented by these technologies. The course is based on the belief that business opportunities and challenges are best addressed through a fundamental understanding of management and technological concepts. Topics include databases, data communications and networking, local area networking and wireless local area networking technologies, Internet technologies, enterprise systems and IT security. While there is some introduction to technical details, the real impact of this class is gained by understanding the impact of technology on how business is done.

Prerequisite: None​ ​

College Elective Core Course

The Internet is changing the way companies do business. The course focuses on how business is carried out, including marketing, web design, electronic retailing, the infrastructures in place to support electronic business, the role of social media and virtual communities, and the global economy which it takes place. The course prepares students, as future managers, to critically assess the impact of information systems on the e-business. Students will build their knowledge of the e-business & e-commerce world, beginning with developing an understanding the technical and strategic aspects of the online environment. The course also addresses the digital economics and management challenges.

Prerequisite: Intro to BIS (0309130) ​ ​

BIS Mandatory Core Courses

Business Programming(3-0:3)
This course introduces students to fundamental programming and basic file processing concepts as applied to business applications. Topics include problem analysis and algorithm design, programming basic statements (iteration, selection and repetition), simple data structures, data validation, functions and sub-routines, arrays, and file processing. A visual programming language is used to create graphical user interfaces for business applications.

Prerequisite: Intro to BIS (0309130)   ​ ​

0309230Database Management(3-0:3)
This course provides students with the theoretical foundation and technical skills required to implement a database solution on a relational database management system using Microsoft Access and Oracle. Topics include Database system architecture; data modeling using the entity-relationship model; storage of databases; SQL query language; basic functional dependencies and normalization for relational database design; relation decomposition. Finally, students will learn how to build, evaluate and test a database application.

Prerequisite: 0309130​ ​

Systems Analysis and Design(3-0:3)
This course addresses the multi-phased process for developing information systems. The course covers information systems analysis, design, and development in organizations. The course concentrates on methods, techniques, and tools used to determine information requirements, create software design specifications, and to document these requirements and specifications using the Unified Process (UP) methodology.

Prerequisite: 0309230​ ​

0309332Business Data Telecommunication and Networks(3-0:3)
This course provides a detailed coverage of system administration in both centralized and distributed information systems installation, operation and maintenance of hardware and software resources. It also presents the technology and management of computer networks, covering types of networks, protocols, and topologies.

Prerequisite: 0309230

0309431Project Management(3-0:3)
This course covers the concepts, techniques, and issues necessary for successful management of projects in business information systems or logistics and supply chains. Technical and behavioral aspects of project management are covered. Major topics include: project selection and approval, cost/benefit analysis, scoping and requirements analysis, resource and risk estimation, planning and scheduling the various project management activities, and project monitoring and control. Students will complete a multi-part semester-long project to apply the concepts and techniques covered in the course.

Prerequisite: 0309230 ​

Information Security(3-0:3)
This course covers the measures that ensure the security of the computer systems and knowing how to respond to potential violations. Topics covered are computer and network attacks and defense, operating system holes, application security (web, e-mail, databases), viruses, social engineering attacks, privacy, and digital rights management.

Prerequisite(s): 0309332 ​ ​

0309439Project in BIS(3-0:3)
This course involves a significant implementation of a business application going through the complete life-cycle of information systems development, and using proper packages/tools. The course is an integration of the coursework completed in programming, databases, systems analysis and design, and project management. Students are expected to analyze, design and implement a solution to a business problem, and present the prototype system at the end of the semester, using the skills and tools and techniques learned throughout their coursework. The project is to be undertaken in small groups to emphasize the importance of teamwork and management.

Prerequisite:  0309330  & Dept. approval​ ​

0309437Internship in BIS(3-0:3)
This course aims to provide the students with practical training in Information Systems with format of reflection while they perform professional internship that enhances their ability to achieve their career objectives. Each student must complete a minimum of six weeks of full-time supervised training in an organization designated by the College in cooperation with the University training office.

Prerequisite:  Students should have completed (75) credit hours and departmental approval ​ ​

Program Elective Courses

Advanced Business Programming(3-0:3)
This course is designed to teach Java as a tool for business system implementation. The emphasis of the course is on programming constructs and object-oriented concepts. This course will cover; variables, arrays, control structures (if statements, select statement, loops), procedures (subroutines and functions), Object-oriented concepts - classes and objects, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, Graphical User Interface – controls and event-driven programming.

Prerequisite: 0309231 ​ ​

Enterprise Systems(3-0:3)
The course provides an overview of enterprise systems architecture, with particular focus on integration and implementation issues. It provides detailed coverage of planning, designing, implementing, and integrating enterprise information systems. Enterprise software engineering concepts and techniques will also be covered

Prerequisite: 0309330 ​ ​

0309347Customer Relationship Management Systems(3-0:3)
The aim of this course is to incorporate the role in achieving good customer relationship management with a customer and/or stakeholders. Also this course will enable students to understand the key skills needed to carry out successful customer relationship management, in order to build more productive & mutually rewarding relationships with customers and/or stakeholders. The course will also cover how to identify and respond to customers & stakeholders needs, expectations & issues that both meet their needs and protects the interests of the organization. To understand the skills to communicate with and influence customers & stakeholders

Prerequisite: 0309230 ​

0309430Big Data and Business Intelligence(3-0:3)
This course combines the Business Intelligence and Big data. It teaches how Business Intelligence is used to improve decision-making. Big data is used to store, process, analyses and making sense of huge volumes of data extracted in many formats and from many sources. Turning data into insights that deliver value - through methodologies, algorithms and approaches for big data analytics. This course will also cover how some of the world's most successful companies use big data and business analytics.

Prerequisite: 0309230 & 0309231​ ​

Decision Support Systems(3-0:3)
This course gives a comprehensive coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of managerial decision-making and supporting technologies. It emphasizes teaching students the methods and skills of analyzing, modeling, and solving managerial problems using available computer software support, as well as analyzing, designing, and building decision support systems.

Prerequisite: 0309230