The Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) was originally established in 2000 as a part of the Computer Science and Information Systems Department. In 2003, the CIS department split from the Computer Science and Information Systems department. The primary objective of the CIS department is to graduate internationally competitive and highly qualified students.
The enrollment rate is about 70 students per academic year coming from more than 20 nationalities. Our state-of-the-art computer labs are at the disposal of our staff, students, and the local community all working weekdays. Besides being a friendly environment, the department is also active in serving the local community.
As part of its mission, the department emphasizes high-quality teaching and research, dedication to community service, and partnership with the industrial sector. The department has set a solid and advanced curriculum for the undergraduate degree in computer information systems, which conforms to guidelines laid down by the IEEE/ACM task force. This curriculum is designed to deliver advanced knowledge in computer information systems while responding to the needs of the local community.
Currently, the department has 11 faculty members and 2 joint members, 7 lecturers, and 10 teaching assistants. The department is in the prospect of recruiting additional highly-qualified faculty members.
Considering research, the department has already embarked on emphasizing the significance of conducting advanced research, especially in applied studies. The department has attained remarkable progress in this area. A quick glance through the standards of the faculty publications, departmental seminars, and final-year student projects clearly exhibits this fact. The department now offers a Data Science graduate program through which we hope to give our research output a state-of-the-art and progressive boost to cope with new trends in the market.
Such a graduate program should be able to see through state-of-the-art research dealing with various computing, Data Analytics, new trends in Data Security, Cloud Technologies, Big Data Management, Internet of Things, among others.
The department offers two bachelor's programs, and two master's programs, the bachelor's programs are Computer Information Systems and Data Science. And the master's programs are Data Science and Health Informatics.
The Data Science bachelor program was introduced in 2022, the master program was introduced in 2018, and the master program in Health Informatics was introduced in 2019.
Data Science is a multidisciplinary field that aims to extract useful knowledge from raw data to support the decision-making process. Harvard Business Review classified data science as the most exciting field in the 20th century. Data science is among the highest salary jobs in the USA. In the last decades, huge amounts of data spread over the Internet and social media from different fields such as Business, Health, Agriculture, and economics, among others. This data is called Big Data. However, this data is not organized and unfortunately unrelated and meaningless. Data science aims to classify, filter these data and extract useful information to support decision-making, save money and increase profits.
The graduate with a B.Sc. in computer information systems will be able to pursue a wide range of jobs. The computer information systems careers are (but are not limited to):
- Web Developer.
- DB Developer
- Data Scientist.
- System Analyst/ Designer.
- Mobile Developer.
- Security Analyst.
The graduate with a B.Sc. in Data Science will be able to pursue a wide range of jobs. The Data Science careers are (but are not limited to):
- Data Scientist
- Business Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Marketing Analyst
- Data Architect
- Quantitative Analyst
- Data Engineer
Our students are the focal and centric point of all our efforts. The department aims at establishing a strong sense of attachment within the students and their academic atmosphere. This would emphasize creative performance, outstanding achievements, and the acquisition of advanced knowledge and practical skills during their study.