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Athabasca University

What We Offer?

SCIS offers both undergraduate and graduate programs and courses for visiting students as well as specific courses for industry. You can find the list of courses from these two links - undergraduate courses and graduate courses.

Undergraduate Programs

  • University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems - 1 year

    The University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems is a 33 credit program that is designed to provide a solid educational base in computing and information systems. Graduates may use the credits in their future program studies if they wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Information Systems.

    Students of the Certificate will acquire essential computer programming skills as well as web development skills. They will comprehend the theories and technologies of computer operating systems, computer networks, system analysis and design, as well as database management. By completing certain elective courses, students will also be able to gain specialized skills in different IT areas such as database management, system administration, computer programming, and web development.

  • BSc. in Computing and Information Systems - 4 years

    The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems program (BScCIS) is designed for students who wish to be competent in developing and utilizing computer-based systems in business, education, and other fields requiring the processing, utilization, and management of information. Graduates of the BScCIS will possess the requisite knowledge and skills in the analysis, design and implementation of computer-based information systems for various organizations.

  • BSc. in Computing and Information Systems (Post Diploma)

    The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems (Post Diploma) program (BScCIS (PD)) is designed especially for students holding a computing-related diploma who wish to pursue a university degree to further their career and/or academic studies. Graduates of the BScCIS (Post Diploma) will possess the requisite knowledge and skills in the analysis, design and implementation of computer-based information systems for various organizations.


Graduate Program

The Master of Science (specialization in Information Systems) program is based on the MSIS 2006 Model Curriculum, with the additional rigour of a technology specialization within a broader context of changing IT industry needs. In particular, our curriculum emphasizes the tie between Information Systems and other disciplines such as Computer Science and Software Engineering.

The program is designed to provide a learning experience that is both flexible and rigorous, combining foundation, core and elective courses to accommodate a diverse range of educational credentials and professional work experience. The program aims to prepare graduates for key positions in the growing information technology and services sector of Alberta, Canada and worldwide.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Analytics (PBC DA) is intended to provide professional development for those already working in the IT field. It focuses on the data analytic teams as well as on the technical skills and tools required to analyze data. This program also provides opportunity to ladder directly to the Master of Science (specialization in Information Systems) program.

This certificate is intended for students who already possess an undergraduate degree, are normally working in the IT sector, and are seeking work specifically in the information security sector.  Once the certificate is completed students will be qualified for positions in the following areas: Computer Security Specialist, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Security Analyst, and System Analyst.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Technology Management (PBC ITM) is intended to provided professional developement for those already working in the IT field. The focus on operations and organizational behaviour, along with ethical, legal and social issues, will complement an existing technical acumen to help those with managerial and consultancy roles. This program also provides opportunity to ladder directly to the Master of Science (specialization in Information Systems) program.


Specific Courses for Industry

SCIS also offers courses that are specifically designed to fulfill certain industry demands. Companies interested in any specific offerings for their employees are invited to contact us at scis_general@athabascau.ca . Examples of current industry specific offerings include:

  • Introduction to Game Design and Development

    The main objective of this 300 level undergraduate course is to provide students with various concepts involved in game design, including the programming environment, game hardware, mathematical concepts, physical concepts, and graphics. After completing this course, students will be able to understand game development problems and issues, such as story creation, selection of programming language, mathematical analysis, physical analysis, graphics, multimedia, artificial intelligence, and others.

  • Green Information and Communication Technology Strategies

    Green ICT (Green IT or Green Computing) is the study and practice of using computers and telecommunications in a way which maximizes positive environmental benefit and minimizes the negative impact. Green ICT seeks to inform accepted management practices to achieve efficient and effective business interaction.

    At the completion of this 600 level graduate course the student will be able to:

    • understand the role of ICT as they impact the global carbon footprint;
    • estimate the carbon footprint of the ICT operations of an organization; and,
    • assess ways to reduce the carbon footprint of an organisation, by changes to polices for procurement of ICT, changes to the ICT operations and revising business processes.

Updated July 30 2015 by FST Technical Staff

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