The Information System (IS) Department is one of the four academic departments at the School of Computing and Informatics Technology. The department provides both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Some areas of the study and research in IS include System Analysis and Design, Data warehouses, Databases, Health Informatics, Management Information Systems and Decision Support Systems. These provide students with a thorough knowledge of the field thus providing an enduring foundation for future professional growth. IS students learn to become problem solvers in organizations, institutions, the economy and society. The department currently has two dynamic research groups namely: Simulation and Modeling Group and Visualization group.
The department has 15 full time academic staff and a diverse collection of part time faculty to support the teaching needs for‚ the IS student community. Administrative staff members supervised by the Head of Department ensure the smooth functioning of the department operations.
Why Study Information Systems?
Information systems specialists focus on integrating information technology solutions and business processes to meet the information needs of businesses and other enterprises, enabling them to achieve their objectives in an effective, efficient way. This discipline perspective on information technology emphasizes information, and views technology as an instrument for generating, processing, and distributing information. Professionals in the discipline are primarily concerned with the information that computer systems can provide to aid an enterprise in defining and achieving its goals, and the processes that an enterprise can implement or improve using information technology. They must understand both technical and organizational factors, and they must be able to help an organization determine how information and technology-enabled business processes can provide a competitive advantage.
The department has a reputation for good teaching in a friendly environment. We have an active research programme and our staff and research students collaborate with other universities and industry around the world. Our main research specialties are in Geographical Information Systems, Information Visualisation, Systematic Dynamics Modeling, Simulation in Support for Decision Making and Health Informatics.
Information System (IS) graduates are perfectly placed to adapt their careers to the evolving workplace and new career opportunities. Some of the roles IS graduates are able to fill include: Business analyst, Network analyst, Intelligence/threat analyst for top government organization, Web developer, Creative Internet campaigner, Systems designer/engineer, E-commerce project officer, Assistive technology designer, Technical support analyst, Bioinformatics analyst, Change and transition manager, IS security auditor, IS Project manager, IS consultant, Database administrator, Analyst programmer, Development manager, Technical research officer, Business systems consultant and IS manager.
Candidates must have a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent with credits in English and Mathematics.
Applicants should possess at least a second class (lower division) Diploma in Computer Science or any other Diploma with Business or Computing aspects from any recognized institution.