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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science Major in Computing and Information Systems (BSc CIS)

The Bachelor of Science Major in Computing and Information Systems degree is designed for students who would like to further their career or academic interests and do not want to be constrained by attending face-to-face classes or standard years of study and want to possess knowledge and skills in analysis, design and implementation of computer-based systems.

BSc CIS program features

  1. Balanced curriculum: BSc-CIS is aimed to strike a balance between computing science and information system design and development, a balance between theories and applications. While graduates from the program are well qualified to embark on their graduate studies in computer science or other closely related areas at other universities, they are equally well prepared for jobs in the IT industries.
  2. Specializations: By taking a suggested list of elective courses, graduates from the program can acquire more specialized knowledge and skills in certain areas of computing and information systems, such as Web development, network administration, Java programming, game development, and others.
  3. Flexibility: Since all courses required for completing the program are delivered online in a self-paced mode, students can study whenever and wherever they like, which means they can take the program while fulltime employed; they can study less when they are busy at work, and spend more time on courses when they are on leave from work or on holidays. Students can complete a course within just few weeks, or take up to a year with paid extensions.
  4. Technology empowerment: Courses required for completing the program are delivered through modern computing and e-learning technology and systems, which are continuously being developed and enhanced.
  5. Help and mentorship: From the beginning of their program studies, help and mentorship are available to students from a variety of sources such as program director, program advisors, professors and tutors. Students have the maximum freedom in their learning schedule and learning style, but they are not alone.
  6. Interactions: For every course, a tutor is assigned to each student. Students can interact with the tutor for everything related to the course content. Timely responses can be expected from tutors in all cases. Through course forums and other computer mediated communication utilities, students in the same course can interact with each other for help and sharing ideas.

Updated September 20 2018 by FST Technical Staff

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