Course Synopsis

CIT546/4 – Applied Informatics

This course covers a number of topics and concepts that fall under general applied informatics including business informatics and biohealth informatics.  Other applied informatics such as social informatics, sustainable informatics (ecoinformatics), and geoinformatics will also be introduced. This course also discusses ethics, social, innovation and technopreneurship and legal issues in informatics.  Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have a sound knowledge of applied informatics after choosing a focus area and carrying out detailed analysis in case studies given to them.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic knowledge in the field of applied informatics so that students are able to select a ​​focus area.
  • Report on a given case study based on the selected focus area through critical analysis.
  • Propose, and orally present, system requirements in a group associated with the selected focus area.

CIT547/4 - Informatics Project Management

The course provides the framework for project management and describes the project management knowledge areas in the context of informatics projects.  It emphasizes on the application of knowledge learned through implementing a real project with the aid of project management software.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe all the nine knowledge areas of project management, i.e. scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, procurement and integration in a real project.
  • Organize a project into five phases, i.e. initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and project closure.
  • Implement a real project in a group by using Microsoft Project 2007.

CIT548/4 - Informatics Research Methods

This course provides knowledge in designing Informatics research. It will cover literature review, development of research questions, usage of theory, research design, data collection and analysis techniques.  Ethical aspects such as plagiarism and intellectual properties will also be discussed.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Write an extensive research proposal.
  • Practice professionalism and ethics in research.
  • Adopt appropriate research methods in informatics research.

CIT549/8 – Informatics Project

The course aims to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in planning and implementation of a project in the field of Informatics which can be applied to real life situation.  Students can choose research topics in related areas in informatics but they are encouraged to choose research topic in their respective focused area and incorporate social and sustainable informatics elements, and then proceed to conduct extensive review of literature pertaining to the topic and eventually carry out the research under the supervision of a lecturer.  At the end of the course, students are required to produce a satisfactory research report in order to fulfil their degree requirements.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Design a scholarly project in the field of informatics.
  • Prepare a project report at a Master’s-level.
  • Orally defend the progress of the project that incorporates real-world applications in the field of informatics.

CIT551/4 - Business Engineering with ERP Solutions

This course covers a number of topics and concepts that fall under business engineering and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Special focus will be given on two main concepts, i.e.; (1) business engineering which is related to the value change management activities of a business organization, and (2) ERP system as an integrated computer-based system used to manage internal and external resources, including tangible assets, financial resources, materials, and human resources.

Besides, this course will emphasize that business organization must remain competitive in order to survive in the global market. One way for the organization to remain competitive, is to apply Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in its operations & methods (O & M), especially in the management of its value chain activities. This course will also stress that ERP systems typically could handle all of the value chain activities, which include manufacturing, logistics, distributions, inventory, shipping, invoicing, and accounting for a company.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current business processes/ERP systems in organizations.
  • Recommend improvements to current business processes/ERP systems.
  • Practice ethics and professionalism in the management of information/data in the organization and in real situations.

CIT552/4 - Business Organisation and Environments

The course covers basic concept related to organisation and environment elements of a business organisations. Students also will learn approaches, issues and challenges of global environment, organisational culture, human resources, group, team, and operations management in business organisations. This course will also give exposure on managing new venture formation and e-business with focus on elements of environment

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Identify the environmental elements of a business organization.
  • Describe the steps in managing the environmental elements of a business organization.
  • Solve problems associated with the environmental elements of a organization by selecting the appropriate actions for this purpose.
  • Arrange plans for solving problems related to the environmental elements of a business organization.

CIT553/4 - Business Intelligence and Data Mining

This course is about Internet-based enterprise systems for decision support and business intelligence. The learning outcomes would lead to the understanding, innovative application and exploitation of the current service-oriented software tools, techniques and approaches related to data mining and data mapping, business and competitive intelligence, as well as business performance measurement.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts, technologies and computer-aided devices available for business intelligence and data mining.
  • Apply design features of various business intelligence and data mining tools.
  • Modify some basic features of business intelligence and data mining tools for real applications.
  • Recommend innovative design features that should be improved in computer systems and tools to assist in the management of advanced real-time data mining, business intelligence and business performance.

CIT561/4 - Healthcare Information Systems

This course provides a graduate level managerial perspective on the effective use of data and information technology to improve organizational performance in healthcare settings.  Information systems and data management fundamentals will be reviewed.  Types of information systems applications will be examined.  Approaches to identifying operational and strategic information needs and management and decision tools in healthcare organisations will be explored.  Current and future healthcare information management, decision support and knowledge management applications will be examined in the context of challenges facing healthcare organizations today.  Security, privacy, legal and ethical issues will be explored as will the use of the information technology in healthcare.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Review the main types of information system applications in the field of management and delivery of healthcare services.
  • Identify the impact of information technology on healthcare management, cost and quality of service.
  • Evaluate legal, ethics, privacy and security issues in the use of information technology, and the management of healthcare information and clinical practices.
  • Identify the current status and future trends in the development and implementation of information systems in healthcare settings.

CIT562/4 - Bioinformatics Computing

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts behind Bioinformatics and Computational Biology tools. These include introducing to the existing Sequence Database, using Dynamic programming for sequence alignment, using database search tools such as Blast and Fasta, using ClustalW for Multiple Sequence Alignment and protein analysis with PFAM and Prosite.  Hands-on sessions will familiarize students with the details and use of the most commonly used online tools and resources. The course will cover the use of NCBI's Entrez, BLAST, PSI-BLAST, ClustalW, Pfam, PRINTS, BLOCKS, Prosite and the PDB. An introduction to database design and the principles of programming languages will be provided.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Manipulate DNA, RNA and protein information in existing databases.
  • Build simple programs using Perl for bioinformatics applications.
  • Analyze and compare DNA, RNA and protein sequences in large data sets.

CIT563/4 - Consumer Health Informatics

This course contains theories and models related to consumer rights in finding and accessing online health information. This course will cover the introduction and history of health consumerism, the rise of consumer awareness and self-help. Students will also learn how the public access medical research using medical databases and Internet resources. The course will also expose students to health information literacy, quality of health information, telemedicine and telehealth, and this is followed by ethical issues in consumer health informatics.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Relate knowledge of consumer rights with health informatics.
  • Recommend appropriate health system for consumers.
  • Orally describe the project implementation of a group project on consumer health informatics.

CIT571/4 - Technopreneurship and Business Development

This course aims at encouraging and developing the potentials of students in starting up technology-based businesses. The course content complements each student’s technical knowledge by exposing him or her to various approaches for exploiting such technical knowledge through the continuous building of a business plan.  Students will be equipped with the necessary knowledge for subsequently commercialising their product/service prototypes, either as independent technopreneurs or organisational technopreneurs.  It covers the entrepreneurial mindset, venture plan, and important issues for start-up, growth and development.  The topics include business plan development, Internet-based market research, go-to-market, financial planning and management, and various technopreneurial case studies.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Plan a feasible business plan to start a business.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and start a business in a company with minimal staff.
  • Demonstrate negotiation skills in conducting a pitching session.
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility on decisions made in the preparation of a business plan.

CIT572/4- Cyber Marketing

This course exposes to the students to various issues and techniques on the application of Internet-based technologies in international marketing. It provides the foundation for the students to understand Internet marketing and associated business models, relates E marketing global environment legal issues, develops the essentials skills an Internet marketer needs to have and how to tap on the many opportunities the Internet and the ICT vendors have created. Finally it discusses modern online commerce, techniques and challenges of using the Internet to promote and sell products/services, together with the creation of customer trust and management of customer relationship.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Solve marketing problems by using research methods.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply cyber marketing strategies.
  • Propose a cyber marketing plan for a new business.

CIT573/4 – Financial Planning and Management

This course discusses several simple topics but difficult in practice. In theory, one needs to determine what is needed (specific goals and objectives), measure what is requested (quantity the benefits sought), and next apply the existing ways of achieving the maximum possible values of the needs that have been identified (maximizing the benefits). Therefore, this course discusses topics such as financial policy and management, budget planning, cash management, and financial and cost accounting.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Analyze financial statements and measure the performance of companies
  • Prepare a pro-forma income statement and balance sheet, the initial investment and cash flow of the company
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess bond, main stocks, and common stocks
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess whether to accept or reject an investment based on the payback period, net present value, and internal rate of return