Department of Business Administration and Information Systems (BAIS)

1.Title of the Program

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Information Systems-Information Systems

2.Rationale

Information Systems (IS)  focuses on business are at the very core of modern business organizations and students with the hybrid skills and knowledge in both IS and business area are sought to address the real needs of business enterprises.  Addis Ababa University College of Commerce has been at the fore-front of producing business graduates that the country demands for almost seven decades.  In line with the needs of modern business enterprises and the business training experience rooted in the college, it is believed that the college can produce students who can re-engineer business processes with state-of-the-art ICT technologies. 
Information Systems Program provides students with deep and sound knowledge on how to use Information Technology (IT) in business environment to gain a competitive advantage, improve performance, and increase profitability of a business enterprise. 
The program is thus designed to provide IT and business courses to enable students acquire adequate Knowledge and skill in  IT and be able to work and design IT programs in accordance to the needs of an organization.

3.Objectives

3.1 GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM

The Information Systems program is designed to provide students with a strong educational foundation that prepares them as information systems professionals with strong business knowledge background. The academic program consists of a specially designed curriculum that emphasizes conceptual, analytical, technical, and interpersonal skills. The major offers students comprehensive training in the application, use and management of Information Systems to prepare them provide effective information services and support to organizations. The course work is designed to provide technical and conceptual skills associated with the use of information technology in business and non-business organizations.

3.2 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM

The specific objectives of the Information Systems stream program are:

  • To develop business oriented systems professionals who have experience in improving organizational processes while in participating in problem solving teams in project oriented environments.
  • To challenge students to identify organizational opportunities that can be enhanced by information technology.
  • To prepare students with the communication skills needed to act as a liaison between technical and non-technical members of system development teams.
  • To prepare students to design various aspects of information systems, including programming, database, software, web application, telecommunication and human interface components.
  • To prepare students to lead and manage teams responsible for developing and supporting information systems.
  • To prepare students for Information Systems consultancy services.

    4.GRADUATES’ PROFILE

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduates in Business Administration will be able to:

  1. Identify the existing and emerging information technologies and their impact o the business information systems function.
  2. Critically analyze business processes.
  3. Assess information requirements.
  4. Create business solutions and technical specifications for the supporting systems.
  5. Provide business software development skills that will enable them work as team members and team leaders.
  6. Provide expertise to design and develop database applications and commercial web applications using the latest languages, databases and web technologies.
  7. Provide expertise in the latest communication technologies.
  8. Train interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with various information systems.
  9. Design and implement and administer small, medium and enterprise size local area networks.
  10.  Work and lead professionals in network environment.
  11. Manage organizational information resources effectively and efficiently.
  12. Help business managers in decision making by developing various decision support systems, by collecting, processing and disseminating information for all organizational units and by promoting the use of information for various business purposes within all the ladders of an organization.
  13. Control and manage security of organization’s information systems.


5.Admission Requirements

The admission requirement to the program will be as per the policy of the MOE for admission to Colleges and Universities.

6.Course Schedule

6.1 Course Structure

MAJOR COURSES


S.No

Course Title

Course No.

Credit Hours

Contact Hours

1

Introduction to Management

BAIS 201

3

3

2

Introduction to computing

BAIS 251

3

3

3

Programming I

BAIS 252

3

3

4

Principle of Marketing

MKTM 202

3

3

5

Mathematics for Management

BAIS 211

3

3

6

Managerial Statistics

BAIS 262

3

3

7

Business Research Methods

BAIS 311

3

3

8

Human Resource Management

BAIS 341

3

3

9

Database Management Systems I

BAIS 322

3

3

10 

Computer Networking I

BAIS 321

3

3

11

Database Management Systems II

BAIS 411

2

2

12

Information System Analysis & Design

BAIS 301

3

3

13

Materials Management

BAIS 481

3

3

14

E-Commerce & Webpage Development

BAIS 312

3

3

15 

Computer Networking II

BAIS 421

2

2

16

Management Information Systems

BAIS 392

3

3

17

Object Oriented Programming using Java

BAIS 431

4

4

18 

Operating systems & Hardware

BAIS 442

3

3

19

Decision Support & Expert Systems

BAIS 412

3

3

20

Data Structure & Algorithm Analysis

BAIS 422

3

3

21

Windows Programming

BAIS 482

3

3

22 

Managerial Economics

  BAIS 351

2

2

23 

Operations Research

BAIS 431

3

3

24 

Managerial Communication

BAIS 322

2

2

25 

System Development Project and Internship

BAIS 472

3

3

 

Total

 

72

72


SUPPORTIVE COURSES


S.No

Course Title

Course No.

Credit Hours

Contact Hours

 1

Entrepreneurship & SBM

BAIS 332

2

2

 2

Principles of Accounting I

ACCT 201

3

3

 3

Principles of Accounting II

ACCT 202

3

3

 4

Business Law

FNBL 202

3

3

 5

Financial Management

ACCT 481

3

3

6

Cost and Management Accounting

ACCT 491

3

3

7

Microeconomics I

FNDE 211

2

2

8

Basic Statistics

GCMA 101

3

3

9

Microeconomics II

FNDE 212

2

2

 

Total

 

24

24

GENERAL COURSES

S.No

Course Title

Course No.

Credit Hours

Contact Hours

1

Civic and Ethical Education

GCSS 101

3

3

2

Introduction to Logic

GCSS 102

3

3

3

Effective Writing Skills

GCLB 101

3

3

4

Effective Communication Skills

GCLB 102

3

3

5

Computer writing _English

 AMTS 211

3

3

 

 Total

 

15

15

      GRAND TOTAL                                                       
111
    111

                                                

7.COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BAIS 201: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT (3 CR. HRS)

This course focuses on the basic concepts and principles of management, the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling, and their relationships to key issues in management practices, such as leadership and motivation.  Nature and role of supervisory management, functions of supervisor and labor relations, inspection and effective communication are also discussed.   

BAIS 211: MATHS FOR MANAGEMENT (3 CR. HRS)

This course is designed to develop the quantitative applications skills of students to managerial problem solving. Topics include matrix theory and applications, mathematical functions and their use as models, mathematics of finance, linear programming, elements and applications of calculus and probabilistic models.

MRM202: PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (3 CR. HRS)

This course explores the role of marketing and its impacts on consumers, businesses, government, and society after focusing on needs analysis, targeting, and segmentation; the course presents strategies for the marketing mix: product, pricing, promotion, and distribution.  The special topic of sales management is also covered. 

BAIS 262 MANAGERIAL STATISTICS (3 CR. HRS)

The primary objective of the course is to enable students to learn how to use statistical techniques, by which quantitative data are collected, organized, presented and analysed for the purchase of managerial decision-making.  The courage of the course includes probability distribution, sampling distribution, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing, chi-square test, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analysis.

BAIS 311 BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS (3 CR. HRS)

This course seeks to develop the scientific thinking of students, by developing their research competencies.  It focuses on the importance of research, the research process, research design, measurement, experimentation, statistical analysis and research communications. 

BAIS 322: MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION (2 CR. HRS)

This course is designed to refine students’ oral and written skills of communication within the management context.  It stresses clarity and conciseness in the preparation, and other kinds of written communications.  It also stresses proper oral communications, especially the art of critiquing.

BAIS 332: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
(2 CR. HRS)
This course is designed to expose students to salient aspects of starting a business and to acquaint them with the peculiar challenges and management decisions faced by owners of small business.  It will develop such entrepreneurial skills as: identifying business opportunities, initiating, financing, and developing new venture business plans.  It also addresses issues of small business, such as: legal aspects, valuation, financing, costing, locating, personnel, marketing, competition, sources of funding, and constituency services.

BAIS 431: OPERATIONS RESEARCH (3 CR. HRS)

The primary objective of the course is to provide the students the insight into the structures and processes that operations research can offer and the enormous practical utility of its various techniques.  The course is designed in such a way to explain the concepts and simultaneously to develop in the students an understanding problem solving methods based upon a careful discussion of model formulation, solution procedures and analysis.  The coverage of the course includes linear programming, transportation model, assignment model, decision theory, games theory, PERT and CPM, Queuing theory and Markov Chains.

ACCT 431:  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3 CR. HRS)

The concepts and tools for effective financial decision making and problem solving are introduced in this course; topics include: ratio analysis; fund flow; forecasting; liability, asset; and capital-accounts management capital; budgeting; short-and intermediate-term credit long-term financing; cost of capital; and leverages.

BAIS 341:  Human Resource Management-3cr.hr.

This course is designed to deal with the process of effective management of human resources.  The course tries to introduce what management should do to efficiently mange the human recourses of an organization.  It touches upon the necessity of making job analysis and job design, human resource planning, recruiting employees, selection and placing the most desirable candidates, making orientation, maintaining the health and safety of employees, dispelling procedures, training and development, and conducting performance appraisal regularly.

BAIS 481: MATERIALS MANAGEMENT (3 CR. HRS)

The primary objective of the course is to familiarize students to the supply side of the organization. It mainly emphasizes the purchasing as the major function with less emphasis on other functions of materials management such as inventory control, stores, traffic and material planning and control.

GCLB 102 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS (3CR. HRS)

The course aims at developing the communication skills of students in basic grammar, writing, oral presentation, editing and proofreading, and technical report writing.

GCSS 101: CIVIC AND ETHICAL EDUCATION (3 CR. HRS)

This course deals with definitions of ethics, moral, humanism, moral values, normative ethics and non-normative ethics; axiology (ethics, nature of values, value and obligation, moral decisions, moral responsibility, justices, law and freedom); personality; social perception, influences and relationship, challenges to morality; inequality and power; sex and gender. The course also deals with the meaning and purpose of civic education; survey of history of citizenship in general and citizenship in the Ethiopian context in particular; origin and evaluation of constitutional practices; the state, citizenship and government; the history, theory and practice of democratic governance in the world with specific attention to Africa; meaning and nature of fundamental human rights; harmful traditional practices and the state of human rights in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE); the role of political parties, pressure groups, mass-media and international organizations in influencing democratization and respect for human rights; important social values; skill-building in mechanisms for democratization and management; and international relations.

LAW 201: BUSINESS LAW (3 CR. HRS)

This course is designed to help students comprehend the various applications of law in the business field.  It deals with legal concepts and philosophy, agency contracts, insurance, and negotiable instruments.

ACCT 201: PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I (3 CR. HRS)

This course presents the basic principles underlying financial statements.  It highlights accounting as a necessary language of business and identifies terminologies and procedures for recording, classifying, and summarizing financial information for the firm.  Topics include: service and merchandising accounting, cash, inventories, receivables, ex, plant assets and accounting systems.

GCSS 102: Introduction to Logic (3Cr.Hr.)

Logic is a system of knowledge that studies how arguments are constructed, analyzed and evaluated.  As a science, it promotes effective and effective and efficient communication.  Thus, the course is designed to expose students to the essential concepts of logic.  This includes the nature of arguments, meaning and definitions, language use, fallacies, categorical propositions, and categorical syllogisms; and also propositional logic.

ACCT 202: PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II (3 CR. HRS)

This course, which is a continuation of principles of Accounting I, introduces the basics of management accounting.  Topics include: partnerships, corporations, control accounting, tax accounting, and government and not-for-profit accounting. 

GCMA 101: BASIC STATISTICS (3 CR. HRS)

The course is designed to introduce students with basic methods of statistical date collection, summarization, presentation, analysis and interpretation. It includes detailed methods of describing data by means of tables, graphs and diagrams as well as summary measures like averages, measures of variation and skewness. Concepts of probability, probability distributions and simple correlation are also introduced with appropriate business examples.

AMTS 211:    Computer Writing- English (3Cr.Hr.)

This course is designed for students with little or no computer writing experience.  Hence, students use a microcomputer under Microsoft word to apply proper techniques of touch keyboarding (management of keyboarding). And thus, fundamental computer writing skills as well as techniques of touch keyboarding with the aim of accuracy and speed building will be the first emphasis of the course.  Upon completion of the course, a student is expected to key at least 25 words per minute within five minutes timing.

FNDE 211:  MICROECONOMICS I  (2 CR. HRS)

The course deals with the Neoclassical theory of consumer demand, consumer models: derivation and properties of individual demand and Engel Curves; properties of make demand curves. The course also addresses the laws of production and costs; returns to scale; the law of variable proportions; choice of techniques; short-run and long run cost. Theory of the firm and market equilibrium under perfect competition; price determination under perfect imperfection; models of pure monopoly, monopolistic competition will also be treated in the course.

FNDE 212: MICROECONOMICS II (2 CR. HRS)

The course is continuation of ECON 111. It deals with price determination under market imperfection: oligopoly, neoclassical models of factor demand and income determination. The course also addresses topics such as Game theory, and enforcement of cartel organization. Introduction to General Equilibrium and Welfare Economics, Externality and public good, introduction to economics of information, transaction costs and uncertainty are other topics to be covered in this course.

BAIS 251:  INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING (3 CR. Hrs)

This course surveys information technologies such as hardware, software, and telecommunications to provide an analytical basis for the selection of appropriate business strategies in these areas. The course also considers timely issues of emerging technologies, social and ethical concerns, and security and control issues, all from global perspective. The course integrates various applications such as work processing, spreadsheet, database management systems, and Windows operating systems software.

GCLB 101: EFFECTIVE WRITING SKILLS (3 CR. HRS)

This course is designed to reflect commercial topics, which are vital in business activities, while developing listening, speaking, and writing skills.  The writing section not only concentrates on how to write business reports in clear, correct, expository prose. 

BAIS 252:  PROGRAMMING I (3 CR. HRS)

The course is an introduction course in computer programming and problem solving. The emphasis is on the general concept of problem solving and programming using C++ language, algorithm designing using flow chart and pseudo code and related techniques and program documentation.

ACCT-491: COST AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING (3 CR. HRS)

This course covers the most important items of both cost accounting and management accounting. It covers topics like role of cost accounting, cost terminology and classification, approaches to accumulation of costs, process and job order costing, and cost allocation, planning and control of manufacturing operations, make or buy decisions, budget preparation and variance analysis. 

 BAIS 322:  DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS I (3 CR. HRS)

This course deals with the conceptual, theoretical, and practical aspects of database management.  It covers topics like use of database systems in modern business organizations, data models and normalization of data, database design methodologies, and development of a database application using commercial software in microcomputer environment, physical and logical design, implementation, and administration of databases

BAIS 411:  DATABASE SYSTEMS II  (3 CR. HRS)

The course covers topics selected from object-oriented databases, object-relational databases, query processing, transactions, transaction logging, concurrency control, database recovery, parallel and distributed databases, security and integrity, data mining and data warehousing
Pre-requisite:  Database Systems I (BAIS 322)

BAIS 301:  INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS & DESIGN I (3 CR. HRS)

The course deals with traditional and cutting-edge Systems Analysis & Design and design techniques, with emphasis on object-oriented approaches.
Key concepts include requirements determination and documentation, business and entity/object analysis, object and process design, and reviewing and testing processes. Attention is focused on distinguishing between analysis (conceptual) and design (implementation), and on how all aspects of analysis and design fit together in system development.

BAIS 312:  ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND WABE PAGE DESIGN(3 CR. HRS)

This course emphasizes organizational issues related to electronic commerce, such as business models for e-commerce, technology infrastructure, electronic payment mechanisms, information privacy, and competitive advantage.
The course also deals with web page development. It begins by investigating how static web pages are developed using HTML and then moves on to why it is necessary to have dynamic web pages. The rest of the course is devoted to building server-side applications to render online databases and display information to the user. These include using ASP to generate a query result and insert information into an online database. The module also compares the relationship with XML and databases and how this technology can be used to display queries

BAIS 421:  COMPUTER NETWORKING II   (3 CR. HRS)

The course deals with multi-user network operating systems and network administration. It covers basic networking concepts including security, transmission, performance, and topologies.
Pre-requisite: Data Communication and Networking (BAIS 311)

BAIS 392: MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 CR. HRS)

This course is designed to increase your understanding of the Information Systems and technologies that help managers make business decisions. The course discusses the proposals for the use of information technology for competitive advantage in business and examines issues involved in the management of the technology, including policies for strategic planning, project management and the implementation of computer-based systems. Organizational problems are addressed, including end-user computing and the evaluation of computer-based information systems. Case studies are used to demonstrate the key issues.

BAIS 482:  WINDOWS PROGRAMMING   (3 CR. HRS)

The course deals with Windows Programming that makes programming easier. The course present students with basic theory and practice concepts of windows programming. It will introduce students with the idea of event driven programming concepts, fundamentals of designing, implementing, and distributing a visual basic application. Moreover, it enables students to understand error handling procedures, database programming, ActiveX controls and Internet programming. Students will be able to write a full program about anything.
Pre-requisite: Programming I            (BAIS 252)

BAIS 442:  OPERATING SYSTEMS & HARDWARE (3 CR. HRS)

The course deals with the design and implementation of operating systems. Topics include study of processes, threads, scheduling, synchronization, inter process communication, device drivers, memory management, and file systems. Overview of the hardware system elements that are necessary to create a functioning computer will precede the discussion of operating systems.

BAIS 412:  DECISION SUPPORT & EXPERT SYSTEMS (3 CR. HRS)

This course examines expert systems and decision support systems. The uses of systems to support decision-making will be discussed. The development processes for decision support systems and knowledge-based systems will be emphasized. Evaluation of these systems and appropriate problem domains will be discussed.
Pre-requisite:  Windows Programming I (BAIS 431)

BAIS 572:  SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND INTERNSHIP (3 CR. HRS)

The overall objective of this course is to ensure that the student is able to combine a wide variety of skills and knowledge acquired in class with the real work environment by demonstrating an actual or prototype project.
Pre-requisite: Database Systems II (BAIS 411)

 BAIS 431: Object Oriented Programming using Java (3 CR. HRS)

The course is designed to help students understand the basic principles of object oriented programming using Java and enable them to acquire the necessary skills for developing object oriented programs. Additionally, after completing this course the student will understand major aspects of the java high level programming language. The student will be able to implement object-oriented methodology and create Java application and applet.

BAIS422 DATA STRUCTURE AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS-3cr.hr.

This course introduces two major concepts, which are vitally important in software design. Algorithm analysis(in which several tools used for analyzing complexity of algorithms and how to apply analysis techniques in real cases) and the study of data structures(in which several advanced data types and structures will be desired, implemented and analyzed).It provides several tools that help students to give appropriate emphasis on the issue of making their solutions as efficient as possible.

BAIS 351 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (3 CR. HRS)

The primary objectives of the course are to enable students to learn a unifying theme of managerial decision-making around the theory of the firm and to get students acquainted with how managerial decisions are actually made in the real world.  The coverage of the course includes demand analysis, production and cost analysis, market structure, pricing practices and risk analysis. Prerequisite courses:


8.TEACHING METHODOLOGY

  1. Class Lectures
  2. Laboratory hands on tutorials
  3. Group & individual assignments of software development projects, cases and problems.
  4. Demonstration workshops and award programs for students with special creativities.
  5. Using Intranet and internet resources
  6. Subscription to well known use-net on IT areas and provision of access to students
  7. Invitation of well-known guest lecturers

    9.Assessment/ Evaluation

The most commonly used evaluation methods include mid-term examination, final examination, assignments, tests, quizzes, case analysis, and term papers.

 10.QUALITY ASSURANCE

  1. Standardized curriculum and course syllabus
  2. Standardized evaluation techniques and continuous assessment of student performances
  3. Intensive projects and assignments
  4. Recruiting high profile staff and training existing staff with modern techniques and concepts of the ICT field.
  5. Introducing a mechanism to continually collect feed-back from stake-holders particularly employers of graduates from the college.
  6. Establishing quality assurance office
  7. Comparing the college graduates with graduates of other national and international colleges and universities.
  8. Availability of standard references, textbooks, subscription to other universities academic web resources.
  9. Conducting an external evaluation
  10. Design and launch Student Alumuni website.
  11. Availability of state-of-the-art ICT facilities.

     11.Graduation Requirement

A degree with a major in Business Administration and Information Systems – Information Systems requires the successful completion of 111 credits of coursework. To graduate, the university requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00.  All students must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 or better by the end of the program. And the student is also required to have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 in all major courses completed at Addis Ababa University College of Commerce.

  12.RESOURCE PROFILE - FACULTY

a)  By Academic Rank


Lecturer

Assistant professor

Total

25

1

26

 

 

b)  By Academic Qualification

MBA/MSC

Total

26

26

 

13.Degree Nomenclature

upon successful completion of all coursework, graduates will earn aBachelor Degree in Business Administration- Information Systems 



Department Head

     

  A prospective graduate in the field will be able to:

    • apply management theories of organizational setting
    • integrate information from various functional areas into strategic management model
    • formulate and implement effective marketing programs and strategies
    • apply quantitative tools to solve managerial problems
    • Apply strategic management principles in managing business and not for profit organizations
    • demonstrate high level competence in information technology, business skills, data bases and systems analysis on their jobs,
    • analyze, design and manage business information systems,
    • Effectively apply the hybrid skills necessary for the management of business information systems.

     

 

 

 

 

 

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