Aims/Objectives of the Degree Programme

This degree programme is focused to provide sound theoretical and practical knowledge in the two disciplines of Management and Information Systems. By combining these two prominent disciplines, this programme will equip the students with cutting edge business management skills as well as information systems skills to work, manage and succeed in any business. This programme has been especially designed to meet the aspirations of students who are willing and seeking a career either in Management or in Information Systems fields.

 

Graduate Profile

A student who has successfully completed the BSc Honours in Business Information Systems degree will be a unique graduate who will possess a high level of knowledge in both management and information systems domains. They will be distinguished from others for their diversified knowledge, their generic skills and technical skills, their attitude, flexibility and adaptability, and their desire for continuous learning over a lifelong career, making them an ideal choice for today’s dynamic and flexible organizations.

 

Graduate Attributes

The attributes of a BSc Honours in BIS graduate is based around four main domains of learning, as highlighted below. They represent the clusters of generic capabilities which the department seeks to foster in all graduates through the teaching and learning experiences of its degree programme.

Knowledge: BIS graduates will have in-depth subject and practical knowledge in the fields of Management and Information Systems which can be applied in both local and global contexts.

Skills: BIS graduates will develop a variety of generic skills which will be useful in starting their career and also in their career advancement.

Attitudes, Values, Professionalism, and Vision for life: BIS graduates will develop right thinking, behaviour, practices, and goals for the future.

Mind-set and Paradigm: BIS graduates will have a commitment to the on-going acquisition of new knowledge and new skills and they are expected to be lifelong learners.

 

Programme Structure for Years I, II, III and IV

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science Honours in Business Information Systems degree has been designed to meet the requirement of SLQF Level 6. The study programme consists of 127 credits and it includes both an internship training programme and a research study. The programme covers four academic years of learning. An academic year consists of two semesters.
All undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce are required to follow a common curriculum in management in the first two semesters of study. This is intended to provide the core business knowledge by teaching basic concepts in all functional areas in business.

 

Course Code Course Title Course Status Credit Notional Hours
Year I – Semester I
BUS 1370 Principles of Management Core 3 150
DSC 1370 Business Mathematics Core 3 150
ITC 1370 Information Technology for Business Core 3 150
PUB 1270 Socio – Political Environment Core 2 100
LAW 1270 Legal Environment Core 2 100
BCC 1370 Business Communication I Core 3 150
Total No. of Credits — Semester I 16 800
Year I – Semester II
HRM 1370 Human Resource Management Core 3 150
DSC 1371 Business Statistics Core 3 150
BEC 1370 Microeconomics Core 3 150
ACC 1370 Financial Accounting and Reporting Core 3 150
BCC 1371 Business Communication II Core 3 150
ITC 1171 Computational Thinking for Problem Solving Core 1 50
Total No. of Credits — Semester II 16 800
Total Credit Value for the First Year 32  
Year II – Semester I
ITC 2370 Computer Programming Core 3 150
FIN  2370 Financial Management Core 3 150
MAR  2370 Marketing Management Core 3 150
DSC 2370 Operations Management Core 3 150
BEC 2370 Macroeconomics Core 3 150
ITC 2171 Personality & Skills Development (PSD) 1 Core 1 50
Total No of Credits — Year II Semester I 16 800
Year II – Semester II
ITC 2372 Business Analytics Core 3 150
ITC 2373 Database Design and Development Core 3 150
ITC 2374 Systems Analysis and Design Core 3 150
ITC 2375 Web-based Application Development Core 3 150
BUS 2371 Organizational Behaviour Core 3 150
BCC 2174 Professional Communication Core 1 50
ITC 2176 Personality & Skills Development (PSD) 2 Core 1 50
Total No of Credits — Year II Semester II 17 850
Total Credit Value for the Second Year 33  
Year III – Semester I
ITC 3370 Information Technology Infrastructure Core 3 150
ITC 3371 Management Information Systems and ERP Applications Core 3 150
ACC 3380 Management Accounting Core 3 150
ITC 3172 Personality & Skills Development (PSD) 3 Core 1 50
Electives: Select Three (03) elective courses from the elective list below
ITC 3373 Object Oriented Programming Elective 3 150
ITC 3374 Information Technology Project Management Elective 3 150
ITC 3375 Software Engineering Elective 3 150
DSC 3377 Project Management Elective 3 150
DSC 3371 Data Analysis for Managers Elective 3 150
DSC 3370 Operations Research Elective 3 150
Total No of Credits — Year III Semester I 19 950
Year III – Semester II
ITC 3376 Enterprise Architecture Core 3 150
ITC 3377 Digital Business Management and Enterprise Applications Core 3 150
ITC 3378 Research Methodology Core 3 150
ITC 3179 Personality & Skills Development (PSD) 4 Core 1 50
Electives: Select Three (03) elective courses from the elective list below
ITC 3380 Programming applications and Frameworks Elective 3 150
ITC 3381 Software Quality Assurance # Elective 3 150
ITC 3382 Information Systems Auditing and Control Elective 3 150
ITC 3383 User Experience Engineering Elective 3 150
ENT 3384 Managing Creativity and Innovation Elective 3 150
DSC 3381 Supply Chain Management (DSC 2371) Elective 3 150
Total No of Credits — Year III Semester II 19 950
Total Credit Value for the Third Year 38  
Year IV – Semester I
BUS 4370 Strategic Management Core 3 150
Electives: Select One (01) elective course from the list below (ITC 4670 or ITC 4671)
ITC 4670 Research Study in Information Systems Elective 6 600
ITC 4671 Information Systems Development Research Project * Elective 6 600
Electives: Select One (01) elective course from the list below
ITC 4372 Professional Ethics and ICT Law Elective 3 150
ITC 4373 Advanced Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Elective 3 150
ITC 4374 Virtualization and Cloud Computing Elective 3 150
ITC 4375 Artificial Intelligence Applications Elective 3 150
Total No of Credits — Year IV Semester I 12 900
Year IV – Semester II
ITC 4676 Internship in Information Systems Core 6 600
ITC 4377 Business Process Management Core 3 150
Electives: Select One (01) elective course from the list below
ITC 4378 Advanced Business Analytics Elective 3 150
ITC 4379 Information Systems Security & Risk Management Elective 3 150
BUS 4376 Organizational Change and Development Elective 3 150
Total No of Credits — Year IV Semester II 12 900
Total Credit Value for the Fourth Year 24  
Total Credit Value for the Programme 127  
 
Note: Pre-requisites
# – Students who follow this course has to follow pre-requisite courses below
ITC3373 : Object Oriented Programming
ITC3375 : Software Engineering
* – Students who follow this course has to follow pre-requisite courses below.
ITC3373 : Object Oriented Programming
ITC3375 : Software Engineering
ITC3380 : Programming applications and frameworks

 

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this degree programme have two main avenues to choose for their career paths. They can decide either to select information systems field or to select the general management field. Graduates who opt for a career in information systems can expect to commence his/her career in a position such as Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, IS Manager, IT/ERP Consultant, Quality Assurance Manager or Project Manager. With further enhancements of Information Technology related knowledge and skills, a graduate can focus on positions such as Software Engineer, Database Administrator and Network Administrator.

Graduates who are willing a career in general management can find job positions in any of the functional areas such as Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Production Operations Management etc. Their skills in logical thinking, problem solving and IT applications should help them to perform better than others in those positions. Further studies in the relevant filed and other professional qualifications will support their career enhancement and personal development in the long run.

 

Professional Links

The department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., which has enabled the Department to get the membership of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Programme. Under this programme, students of the department are provided with selected Microsoft Software free of charge for research purposes. The department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Providence Network and Solutions too which has enabled us to get the “abas” ERP software free of charge for the department. The department also maintains close links with several other private sector organizations, which has allowed the department to nominate selected students for industrial placement. Links have also been established with the key Professional Associations which are related to IT Industry.