Program Description:

The Diploma in Information Systems (Dip. IS) is a two year program that prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to launch an exciting career in Information Systems (IS). After completing this hands-on diploma program, graduates will possess a foundation in IT systems and networking concepts, programming languages, cybersecurity and Web technologies.

The Dip. IS program enables students to:

  • Build a strong foundation in information systems
  • Develop skills applicable to the rapidly changing computing industry
  • Learn through integrating applied real-world experiences
  • Build knowledge, skills and capabilities aligned to the requirements of leading international information technology and information systems bodies

Students engage in hands-on experiential learning through applied assignments and a required IS work placement. Graduates are well positioned to support the maintenance of information systems in a wide variety of fields.

Program Duration:

Two years

Admission Requirements:

1. High school graduation certificate or equivalent approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with a minimum average of 60%, plus two courses: one final year Mathematics, and one final year Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) or Technology (Algorithms, Programming, Network, Computer Science, or equivalent).

 

1. The required score on the University English Placement Test or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Directorate; 

OR

2. A valid (within two years) IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 5.0;

OR

3. Successful completion of Foundation Program requirements.
 

1. Must achieve the required score on the University Math Placement Test;

OR

2. A valid SAT Report Form with minimum score of 480.
 

1. Admission is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked based on their overall final year (Grade 12 or equivalent) high school percentage, placement tests rankings, and Admission Priority Category.

To see the 2022-2023 Study Plan pages, please CLICK HERE!

2023-2024 Study Plan:

COURSE
NUMBER
COURSE TITLE requisite HOURS/WEEK
PRE-req CO-req CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 1
COMM1010

English Communication I

- - 3 3

0

INFS1101

Intro to Computing & Problem Solving - - 3 2 3
INFT1201 Computer Hardware - - 4 3 3
Effective & Experiential Learning Elective: Select 1 of 2

EFFL1001

Effective Learning

- - 3 3 0
EFFL1002 Applied & Experiential Learning - - 3 3 0
Semester 1 Total: 13 11 6
SEMESTER 2
COMM1020 English Communication II COMM1010 - 3 3 0

INFS1201

Computer Programming

INFS1101 - 4 3 3

INFT2101

Networking I

INFT1201 OR Min 16 Credits

- 4 3 3

MATH1020

Pre-Calculus 

MATH1010 OR Min Score on UDST Math Placement Test

- 3 3 0
Semester 2 Total: 14 12 6
SEMESTER 3
INFT2202 Linux Foundations  INFT1201 - 3 2 3
Elective: Select 1 of 3
MATH1040 Statistics - - 3 3 1
SCIE1001 Science & Its Applications - - 3 3 0
SCIE1002 Science & the Environment  - - 3 3 0
Semester 3 Total: 6 5 3
Year 1 Total: 33 28 15
COURSE
NUMBER
COURSE TITLE requisite HOURS/WEEK
PRE-req CO-req CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 4
DACS2201 Introduction to Data & Cyber Security  INFT2101 - 3 2

3

INFS2101

Web Technologies I

INFS1201 - 3 2 3
INFS2201 Database Management Systems  INFS1101 - 3 2 3
INFS3102 Object Oriented Programming INFS1201 - 3 2 3
Semester 4 Total: 12 8 12
SEMESTER 5
COMP2201 Technical Project 

Min 39
Credits

  3 0 6
INFS3103 Systems Analysis & Design  INFS2201 - 3 2 3
INFS3201 Web Technologies II INFS2101 - 3 2 3
INFT3203

Web Server Management


INFS2101 INFT2202

- 3 2 3
Semester 5 Total: 12 6 15
SEMESTER 6
COMP2301 Work Placement COMP2201  - 9 360 Total HRs
Semester 6 Total: 9 0 0
Year 2 Total: 33 14 27
Dip. IS Program Total:  66 42 42

 

 

Graduate Future Pathways:

Graduates of the Diploma in Information Systems (Dip. IS) program are eligible for advanced entry into the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (B.Sc. IS). Graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.Sc. IT), the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (B.Sc. DSAI) or the Bachelor of Science in Data and Cyber Security (B.Sc. DCS) programs. Graduates of the Diploma in Information Systems (Dip. IS) program are eligible for advanced entry into the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (B.Sc. IS). Graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.Sc. IT), the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (B.Sc. DSAI) or the Bachelor of Science in Data and Cyber Security (B.Sc. DCS) programs.

Graduate Career Opportunities:

The Diploma in Information Systems (Dip. IS) an applied program with learning outcomes closely linked to the labor market. A wide range of career opportunities in the field currently exist, and include, but are not limited to, the following

• Junior Information Systems Administrator

• Information Systems Support Specialist

• System Architect Support Technician

• Information Systems Design Specialist

• Junior Information Systems Analyst

 

Program Contact:

Dr. Seifeddine Bouallegue
Department Head, Software Systems