Ø Background to the program and subject area:
In response to the requirements of the labour market and due to the urgent need for qualified and trained cadres in the field of management information systems (MIS) for various businesses, the undergraduate degree in management information systems was started in the academic year 2003/2004 and an independent department for MIS in the faculty of business was established in the academic year 2004/2005.
The department provides an integrated study plan (132 credit hours) that includes courses in a variety of relevant subject-specific disciplines which are offered to MIS as well as to other faculty students according to their study plans. The department prepares distinguished graduates that keep abreast of developments in the field of technology and also skilled in maintaining the different types of information systems in organizations. The study plan was carefully designed to provide graduates with the necessary technical and managerial knowledge that is required to help them analyse, design, develop as well as apply and manage information systems. MIS graduates combine both the managerial and technical backgrounds necessary to enable them utilize the appropriate techniques in the various areas of business management for problem solving. The department has three modern computer labs, which are used in teaching programming languages, databases, business modelling and simulation, electronic communications and networks, applications of information technology tools, office automation systems, and the practical modules of other offered courses. Currently, the department has eleven members who hold PhD degrees, and two candidates who are university-sponsored to complete their doctoral degrees in management information systems from universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Ø Vision statements of the program:
To be nationally and regionally recognized as a leader for advancing the state-of-the-art MIS discipline at the intersection of human, technological and organizational systems, through educational innovations, research, and strategic collaborations, and to be renowned for the high quality of its graduates.
Ø Mission statements of the program:
To provide students with a sound Management Information Systems (MIS) education (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) that enables them to assume a leadership role in professional, ethical and environmental frames, and to advance their understanding of the application of Management Information Systems (MIS) principles for preparing them to enter the IT and business markets with the ability to apply their acquired skills in information technology and business management to the organizational and managerial needs of the business and commercial world.
Ø Program Aims:
1. Apply the new study plan by the beginning of the Academic year2015/2016.
2. Implementation of the master’s program (MBA/ IS Management) in the academic year 2015/2016.
3. Planning for the implementation process of the proposed research centres which were submitted to the President of the University after obtaining the necessary approvals.
4. Cooperating with the Deanship of the faculty to secure additional teaching halls for accommodating the increasing number of sections in the department.
5. Raising the capacity of the department to 500 students due to the existing number of staff and the expectation of the return of sponsored candidates.
6. Proposing to expand the floor of management information systems to provide additional offices for new staff members.
7. Equipping the seminar hall and laboratories with necessary teaching aids.
8. Equipping the graduation projects laboratory with computers and the other two labs with additional computers as capacity permits.
9. Activating the Academic Advisory System in the department by distributing groups of students to department staff members.
10. Furnishing laboratories with printers and additional software programs in conformance with the accreditation standards.