Information Systems

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Brief History

In today's complex, interconnected world, the effective creation, distribution, and use of information via technology is central to daily life. Computer based information systems facilitate, enable and often define the relationships between corporations and consumers, buyers and suppliers, businesses of all sizes, social networks, and citizens and their governments. Understanding these relationships and effectively addressing the collection, flow, and distribution of information is vital to running a modern organisation, enterprise or government agency.

Information Systems involves the effective design, delivery, use and impact of information and communications technologies in organisations and society. The importance of information technology and information systems to organisations and the need for well-educated professionals in the field is the basis for the B.Tech. Information Systems degree programme. Whether implementing applications, providing management or decision support, managing complex systems projects, or helping organisations design business processes or cope with rapid change, information systems professionals fill an essential need across all sectors of society.

Information Systems degree programme started as a full-fledge programme under a School of Computing approved by the University Senate in November, 2017 which took off on 2017/2018 academic session. The components of the degree programmes are as follows: Course work, Project work, Industrial Training. The course work involves lecture, tutorial and practical. The project work involves the presentation of seminar papers and submission of dissertation. The Industrial Training is usually being carried out during the Second Semester of the 400 Level of each year and each student submitted a report of his or her industrial training experience in the form of a seminar paper for assessment and evaluation by the Department.

Graduates of the Department can easily find employments in government establishments, industries, business, banking and accounting houses, oil companies, commercial houses, computer hardware and software development establishments. educational institutions, higher institutions as Information Systems officers and Professionals; trainee researchers and academicians respectively. They are also equipped to establish their own private practice in information systems, computer training, software development and e-systems generally.

Mission and vision of the Department

Mission

The Department of Information Systems aims to provide and promote sound knowledge and transfer skills through research and education in the theory and application of information technology geared towards global needs and production of self-reliant high-level computing professionals, products and services.

Vision

The Department of Information Systems will be a leader in computing education and at the forefront of educational innovation and disseminating new knowledge and whose graduates are globally recognised as innovative and well-prepared computing professionals.

Research areas

The areas of research in the Department of Information Systems are the following: expert systems, computing and communications, softcomputing, geoinformatics and bioinformatics, computer systems architecture, digital signal processing, software engineering, mobile computing, fast and efficient algorithms, parallel computing systems, computer systems and communications security, database, data mining and data warehousing, e–learning, digital library, web engineering, natural language processing, e-commerce.

Available equipment

The Department has three main software laboratories with over five hundred computers (500) which are being shared with sister Department (Computer Science) made of personal computers and thin clients connected to the Internet and also equipped with the state of art facilities. The hardware studies laboratory consists of HP Logic lab, HP logic analyser, HP digital oscilloscope, HP pulse generator, pen plotter, HP digital multimeter, Sanwa analogue multimetre, TENICA digital multimeter, HP DC power supply, variable AC power supply, transformer, FPGA boards, Kephera educational robot among others.

The Department has a library/research laboratory which is shared with sister Department (Computer Science) that accommodates both e-library and physical books. The library/research laboratory is connected to the Internet. Each academic staff has a well-furnished office, desktop or laptop computer system which is connected to the Internet and a printer for a quality academic work. Most offices are provided with inverter power system.

Programme Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor honours degree programme in Information Systems are to:

a. provide and promote sound practical and theoretical training in information systems that will make the students useful in both private and public sectors of the economy;

b. identify the basic problems of the society and find appropriate computing solutions to them;

d. equip the students with the capacity for professional practice in computing and communications;

e. develop in students through an education in information systems a range of transferrable applicable skills of information technology to all aspects of human endeavours;

f. develop the students for the purpose of self-employment and job placements in the government and industry;

g. generate in students to appreciate of the importance of information systems in an industrial, economic, technological and social context; and

h. develop the students through sound academic programmes as a basis for further studies in information systems or multi-disciplinary studies involving information systems.

i. prepare students to begin professional careers upon graduation by providing experience with the most current technologies needed to support the delivery and management of information systems;

j. support career advancement over time by giving our graduates the academic foundation in Information Systems needed for continued professional development.

Admission Requirements

The entry requirements for the degree programme shall be:

Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)

(a) UTME subjects must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics

(b) Five Credit Passes at not more than TWO sittings, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology or Agricultural Science or Economics, at Senior Secondary School Certificate.

Direct Entry

The following may be considered in addition to the minimum requirements in 1(b):

  • Two A' Level passes with minimum of C grade in Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry;
  • At least Upper Credit pass in National Diploma in Computer Science from a recognised Polytechnic or its equivalent; and
  • NCE with at least credit pass both in Computer Science/Mathematics; Computer Science/Physics or Mathematics/Physics.
  • Programme Duration

    The duration of the programme is normally ten academic semesters for UTME and eight academic semesters for the direct entry candidates. If a candidate fails to graduate within the stipulated academic sessions, he or she will not be allowed to exceed a total of fifteen academic semesters in the case of UTME candidate and thirteen semesters in the case of direct entry.

    Requirements for Graduation

    To be eligible for the award of B.Tech. degree in Information Systems, a student must have:

  • passed all the core courses, university and school required courses and electives;
  • accumulated a minimum of 192 course units for students admitted through UTME and 151 for students admitted through direct entry; and
  • attain a minimum CGPA of 1.50.
  • However, the direct entry students are expected to audit some 100–level courses of the University such as GNS101, GNS102, GNS103, and MEE101. These courses must be passed at first sitting to be qualified as zero unit otherwise they will be used for computation in the affected students’ results.

    What should be Students’ Expectation?

    Information systems professionals work with information technology and must have sound technical knowledge of computers, communications, and software. Since they operate within organisations and with organisational systems, they must also understand organisations and the functions within organisations (administration, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, human resources, and so forth). They must understand concepts and processes for achieving organisational goals with information technology. In addition to sound technical knowledge and organisational understanding, they must possess systems thinking, the ability to analyse business problems, communication skills, and teamwork skills in face-to-face and virtual settings. The academic content of an Information Systems degree programme therefore includes information technology, information systems strategy and management, information systems development and implementation, organisational functions, and concepts and processes of organisational management.

    Information Systems students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in a wide range of fields. Information Systems graduates continue to be in high demand in the information-age workplace. There has been a strong job market for Information Systems students in recent years, and national trends indicate that this is likely to continue. Information Systems graduates often take jobs in consulting companies, major software firms, large corporations, and start-up companies. Internship opportunities closely parallel the job market