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Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

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

Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

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--1515


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 #TitleCrHrsPrerequisiteEquivalency
1440264Business Statistics31440100 
0308151Principles of Microeconomics3None 
0308252Principles of Macroeconomics30301151 
0301120Accounting 1: Financial Accounting 3None 
0301211Accounting 2: Managerial Accounting 30301120 
0308230Financial Management3None 
0302160Principles of Management3None 
0302170Principles of Marketing3None 
1503130Introduction to BIS3NoneIntro to MIS (0303130)
0308262Introduction to Islamic Finance3None 
0302250Legal Environment of Business 30302160 
0302350Ethics and Islamic Values in Business 30302250 
0302361Operations and Supply Chain Management131440264 
0302461Research Methods231440264 
0302262Organizational Behavior30302160 
0302467Strategic Management3Senior Standing 

1Equivalent to 0302311 Operations Management

2 Equivalent to 0302461 - Business Research Methods and 0302473 - Marketing Research Methods.​ ​ ​  



Elective Core Courses

1503228E-Business31503130 or 0303130
1503211Business Analytics31503130 or 0303130
0301327Taxation and Zakat30301120
0301425Financial Statements Analysis30301120
0308450Money and Banking30308252
0308461Credit Analysis & Lending Manag.30308230
0302383Business and Government30302160
0302254Business Communication30202112


III. Program Requirements

The Department of 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 list the mandatory core courses:

  B.Sc. Business Information Systems ​ ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleEquivalencyCredit HoursPrerequisite
1503230Database Management03032402-2:31503130 or 0303130
1503231Business Programming03032102-2:31503130 or 0303130
1503330Systems Analysis and Design030333531503230
1503332Business Data Telecom and Networks030335031503230
1503333Information Security030345031503332
1503431Project Management03033703 1503230
1503437Internship in BIS03033903Students should have completed (75) credit hours and departmental approval
1503439Project in BIS03034953 1503330 & 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
1503310Advanced Business Programming3 1503231
1503347Customer Relationship Management Systems3 1503230
1503430Big Data and Business Intelligence31503230 & 1503231
1503441Enterprise Systems31503330
1503446Decision Support Systems31503230


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
Accounting (1): Financial Accounting3None
0302160Principles of Management3None
University Requirements3
0308262Introduction to Islamic Finance 3None


Year 1, Level I (Freshman), Semester 2 (15 Credits)  ​​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
University Requirements
0308230Financial Management3
0301211Accounting (2): Managerial Accounting30301120
0302170Principles of Marketing3 None
1503130Intro. to BIS3None


Year 2, Level II (Sophomore), Semester 3 (15 Credits)  ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1503231Business Programming 31503130 or 0303130
0301151Principles of Microeconomics3 
 University Requirements3
 University Requirements3 
 College Elective 3 
Business Statistics31440100


Year 2, Level II (Sophomore), Semester 4 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
 1503230Database Management3 1503130 or 0303130
Prin. of Macroeconomics30301151
0302262Organizational Behavior30302160
Legal Environment of Business30302160
 College Elective3 

Year 3, Level III (Junior), Semester 5 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
Bus. Data Telecom. and Network3
University Requirement3
Operations and Supply Chain Man.31440264


Year 3, Level III (Junior), Semester 6 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1503330Systems Analysis and Design3
1503431Project Management31503230
0302350Ethics and Islamic Values in Business30302250
 University Requirements3 
Internship in BIS
375 credit hours and departmental approval


Year 4, Level IV (Senior), Semester 7 (18 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
 University Requirements
1503333Information Security31503332
BIS Elective3 

Year 4, Level IV (Senior), Semester 8 (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1503439Project in BIS31503330 & Dept. approval
0302467Strategic Management3Senior Level
 BIS Elective3 
0302461Research Methods31440264

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

1503130Introduction 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/Equivalent to Intro to MIS (0303130) 

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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: 1503130 or 0303130​ ​



Business Analytics(3-0:3)

The course is an introduction to business analytics. This course will focus on teaching fundamental concepts and tools needed to understand the emerging role of business analytics in organisations. This course will also focus on teaching how to identify, evaluate, and capture business analytic opportunities that create value. Toward this end, students will learn basic analytic methods and analyze case studies on organisations that successfully deployed these techniques.

Prerequisite: 1503130 or 0303130​ ​



BIS Mandatory Core Courses

1503231Business Programming(2-2:3)

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: 1503130 or 0303130​ ​


1503230Database Management(2-2:3)

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: 1503130  or 0303130 ​


1503330Systems 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: 1503230 ​ ​


1503332Business 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: 1503230   ​ ​


1503431Project 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: 1503230


1503333Information 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): 1503332 


1503439Project 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:  1503330  & Dept. approval ​ ​


1503437Internship 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

1503310Advanced 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: 1503231​ ​


1503441Enterprise 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: 1503330​ ​


1503347Customer 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: 1503230​ ​


1503430Big 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: 1503230 & 1503231 ​



1503446Decision 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: 1503230 ​


Minor in BIS:

Course #Course Title CHPrerequisite
1503230Database Management31503130
1503231Business Programming31503130
1503330Systems Analysis and Design 31503230
1503332Business Data Telecom & Networks31503230
1503333Information Security31503332
1503431Project Management 31503230
1503310Advanced Business Programming 31503231
1503347Customer Relationship Management Systems31503230
1503430Big Data and Business Intelligence 31503230 & 1503231
1503441Enterprise Systems31503330
1503446Decision Support Systems31503230