Alemu Kumilachew (Asst. Prof.)
Message from Department Head
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Information Systems Department (IS). In my role as the department chairman, I am proud to introduce you to one of the Faculty of Computing departments that offer a four-year undergraduate degree program. IS currently offers a four-year undergraduate degree program and produce a qualified IS professionals who have the capability to discharge their responsibility in addressing the challenges of information system related problems in business and enterprises. As with the rapid change in the field and the strategy of continuous improvement, IS program has undergone a significant evolution to offer a new and harmonized IS program in national level that allows students compete among national and international IS graduates. The Information Systems Department helps future managers to develop decision-making skills as they relate to IS and information technology by emphasizing the key roles these areas play in attaining a firm’s objectives. The department focuses on training Information System professionals who understand IS as an integral part of a organizational infrastructure and the formal organizational unit responsible for information technology services such as maintaining the hardware, software, data storage, and networks that comprise the firm's IT infrastructure. Moreover, IS graduates while graduated, are expected to suggest new business strategies and new information-based products and services, and coordinates both the development of the technology and the planned changes in the organization. They are expected to be Programmers, Systems analysts, business analysts and Information systems managers
| Background of the program
Because of the wide range of choices, there is a need of information system specialists which focus on integrating computing technologies and business processes to meet organizational needs. These specialists need to be mainly engaged in solving the problems associated with the organization issue and information systems. The discipline focuses on information uses of the technology as a tool for processing, storing and distributing information. Graduates from the IS department must understand both technical and organizational factors. They must be able to help organizations to use technology to achieve their goals efficiently and effectively.
|IS professionals help organization in identifying information system requirements and actively involved in the specification, design and development. They must have good knowledge of the organization’s principles and practices in order to bridge the technical and the management community. Organizations in Ethiopia are becoming larger and larger so that they are in a position to find IS professionals to help the management of information to promote their products and services.|
| Rationale of the program
Information is increasingly becoming a key strategic resource for effective and sustainable development of any type of organization in the contemporary society. Recent advancements and applications of information systems and/or communication technologies have transformed the structure of the international and national economies, leading to new methods and practices in most institutions. Many Higher Learning Institutions in Ethiopia have also recognized this fact and introduced Information Systems study program in their curricula.
Mission and Objective to the program
The mission of IS department
.Train qualified IS professional
.Address Information system knowledge gap
.Access to quality education
.Promote ICT-Enabled innovation
Graduates, in general, will specifically have the chance to have knowledge and understanding in the following major areas:
· Theoretical background on the functionalities of computer and application of computer to businesses
· Theories, principles, processes and techniques of organization, storage, retrieval, dissemination and utilization of all forms of information;
· Understanding of computers and communication systems, including basic software engineering, network design, database development, implementation and management;
· Knowledge of organizational behaviors and different organizational principles;
· Various types of academic and business information resources, systems and services;
· Knowledge of basic principles of ICT-based business information processing techniques;
· Theories, practices and principles of information systems analysis, design, development and management in the business environment;
· Principles and different approaches of computer programming and algorithm development to solve real world problems;
· Theories, practices and principles of business process engineering in a creative manner to solve information related problem of businesses and organizations.