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About Information Systems Department
The Department of Information Systems (IS) is founded in the academic year 2011/2012 (1432/1433 H) as one of three departments of FCIT. The department currently offers a five-years academic program* at the undergraduate level. The IS program is designed to prepare students for technical and managerial careers. The strength of the IS Department is found in the diversity and academic depth of faculty who are committed to providing robust instruction, quality student support, and opportunities for majors. IS students have access to the NBU's network of workstations and online resources. Additionally, they have past work experience in computing fields such as computer networking systems, information security, computer programming, system design and software engineering enable them to accomplish their goals and support them in the process of decision-making. 
The philosophy of IS Department is based upon providing students with a strong theoretical foundation in information systems complemented with an understanding of business principles and practices which are then enhanced through practical application focused on identifying and solving real-world business problems. The program of Information Systems is designed to combine a strong computing foundation with the information technological needs of business organizations. The program provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in information systems complemented with an understanding of business principles and practices which are then enhanced through practical application focused on identifying and solving real-world business problems.

​Program Mission
To produce specialists in integrating information systems solutions with administrative operations, who can serve business organizations with their requirements of information technologies, who are characterized by the sense of community service and having knowledge of recent research directions.

Program Educational Objectives   
The Information Systems Graduates are expected to:
1. make a substantial technical contribution to the economic growth and welfare of the organizations they are part of, through their knowledge of Information Systems, 
2. be capable of identifying and analyzing a problem requiring an Information Systems based solution, in various application environments and of designing, implementing and evaluating a solution using state of the art tools and techniques,
3. be consensually recognized as ethical, professional, and responsible Information Systems practitioners by their peers and superiors,
4. ​demonstrate adequate communication and problem solving skills, in their professional practice of Information Systems, and an ability to effectively work in a team to achieve a common goal.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) of the Information Systems program are consistent with the requirements of the Saudi Arabia Qualifications Framework (SAQF-2018).

(K1)-​ Define and explain the fundamentals of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.

(K2)- Recognize the strategic framework of modern organizations management in the scope of information systems.

(S1)- Analyze a problem and identify the computing requirements appropriate to its solution while being aware of the impact of that solution on individuals, organizations, and society.

(S2)- Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of requirements in the context of the program's discipline.

(S3)- Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for Computing practices.

(S4)- Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.

(S5)- Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems environment.

(C1)- Recognize professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

(C2)- Function effectively in teams to accomplish a common goal.

(C3)- Recognize and explore recent technology as needed, using appropriate lifelong learning strategies.

 

The following student outcomes (SOs) of the Information Systems (IS) program are consistent with the ABET/CAC student outcomes for IS programs.

(a)- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program's student outcomes and to the discipline.

(b)- An ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

(c)- An ability to design, implements, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

(d)- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

(e)- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

(f)- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

(g)- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.

(h)- Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.

(i)- An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

(j)- An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.

 

The following Table shows the strong alignment between PLOs, SOs and Northern Border University Graduate Attributes:

PLOs​ SOs NBU Graduate Attributes
K1 a​
GA3
K2 GA5
S1 b, g GA2, GA3
S2  c GA3
S3 i GA3
S4 f GA6
S5 j GA3, GA5
C1 e GA1
C2 d GA4
C3 h GA2, GA5

 


Study Plan
To view the B. Sc. Information Systems* degree study plan  click here , or to download as a PDF click here

Graduation Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 136 Credit hours to graduate. A student graduates after successfully completing all graduation requirements according to the degree plan, provided that his cumulative GPA is not less than 2.75 out of 5.0. More precisely, students seeking graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information Systems (IS) at NBU must fulfill the credit hour requirements described in the following table.

Requirements Credit Hours
General preparation year​​ 27
University requirements 14
Faculty requirements 20
Department requirements 57
Departmental Elective courses 9
Free courses 9
Total Credit Hours 136









Enrollment data


Academic Year
Boys Section​​​ ​​Girls Section
Registered Students Graduate Students Registered Students Graduate Students
2011-2012 2 0 0 0
2012-2013 27 0 30 0
2013-2014 65 0 65 0
2014-2015 46 11 58 12
2015-2016 32 12 65 7
2016-2017 25 19 60 35
2017-2018 19 9 53 25
2018-2019 21 2 42 10
2019-2020 32 2 71 5
2020-2021 45 - 92 -​



*The BS program in Information Systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET ( http://www.abet.org)