Information Systems and Technology

3 years

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CIS Block B

The Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology (BIST) is a three year full-time Program open to all qualifying students, it commenced in the 2017/2018 academic year. The Program is based on an effective curriculum, achieved through considering a number of factors that cover the opportunities, and gaps that need to be addressed by the BIST Program. These included;

  • The requirements from the inter-university council for East Africa’s March 2015 benchmarks for developing curricula for a bachelor of Information  Technology Programs
  • The internationally recognized ACM curriculum development guidelines for undergraduate degree programs in information systems and information technology.
  • Market analysis to evaluate the attractiveness and the dynamics of the Information Systems and Technology market within East Africa. Special attention was paid on the kind of jobs/roles being advertised within this market segment and the different skills set that are being sought.
  • Feedback obtained over a three year period (2013 – 2016) from our industrial partners where our students were placed for the Internship/field attachment.
  • Consultations made with the ICT Association of Uganda.
  • Industrial and alumni feedback: key stakeholders and experts from regulatory authorities, industry and academia were invited to provide insights as to what their expectations are of an Information Systems and Technology graduate.

The BIST graduate is positioned at the third level of responsibility (Application Level) of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). The SFIA is a model for describing and managing competencies for ICT professionals for the 21st century and is intended to help match the skills of the workforce to the needs of the business.
At the application level, a graduate that is able to:

  • Use discretion in identifying and responding to complex issues and assignments;
  • Interact with and influence colleagues with good interpersonal skills
  • Perform a range of work-sometimes complex and non-routine in a variety of environments
  • Demonstrate an analytical and systematic approach to issue resolutions; and effective communication skills, teamwork, and planning.
  • Appreciate the wider business context and how their own role relates to other roles in the organization

Program Objectives
The Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology (BIST) program aims to educate and develop students in broad and deep aspects of information systems and technology concerned with their implementation in a wide variety of organizational environments. It is designed to address the concerns of different stakeholders by focusing on a learner’s academic ability, employability and personal development. Specifically, the Program
seeks to:

  • Equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to learn, design, develop, install, and implement all types of computer information systems and
  • Provide learners with knowledge and innovative skills required to develop applications of Information Systems and Technology in a dynamic organizational environment.
  • Prepare learners for life-long learning and research in the area of Information Systems and Technology.
  • Connect learners to the industry through placements and internships in the field of Information Systems and Technology.
  • Impart professional, legal, security, ethical and social awareness pertinent to Information Systems and Technology.
  • Equip the learner with soft skills and attitude to work as part of a team in multicultural, global, technical and non-technical environments.