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Information Systems

Information Systems is an engineering and a management discipline that is principally concerned with the complex interaction between dynamic people and applied computer technology. The study of Information Systems focuses on the effective analysis, design, construction, delivery, management and use of information and communication technology in organisations and society. The computer-based systems that enable people to deposit and withdraw money at an ATM, purchase a ticket to a rock concert online, or pay for goods purchased with a debit/credit card are all information systems.

The Department offers a number of fields of study through which you can gain the knowledge and skills needed as an Information Systems professional. A wealth of theoretical knowledge and practical experience is available from the lecturers, many of whom are leaders in their particular field of study.

In addition, the Department places emphasis on effective communication skills, understanding of group dynamics and other 'soft skills'. Workshops are run throughout the year, at various levels, in order to ensure that these skills are gained. Study of IT Project Management, specific applications of Information Systems like eCommerce, as well as information systems commonly employed in business are also contained in the curriculum. The 'information age' has resulted in diverse and unusual careers relating to the field of Information Systems. Information Systems graduates are often initially employed as business analysts, systems analysts, programmers or consultants. However, due to the integrated use of information systems in organisations, many Information Systems professionals are employed in a variety of other disciplines that require an understanding of information systems.

Increasingly, Information Systems professionals are sought after for senior executive positions due to their solid background in Information Systems and their understanding of business processes. In this 'computer era', whatever career one pursues, a solid grounding in the principles of developing, applying and managing information systems is desirable and advantageous.

Information Systems is fast becoming one of the most sought after disciplines in organisations worldwide.

The Department of Information Systems at Rhodes University has been successful in its attempts to remain at the forefront of the rapid changes that characterise the field. By maintaining a close relationship with a variety of organisations, both within and outside South Africa, it has prevailed as a centre of excellence in the field of Information Systems.

The Department of Information Systems is big enough to be recognised, but small enough to be personal. The Department prides itself in giving its students personal attention and assistance at all times and staff prefer to maintain an open door policy.

Computing facilities at Rhodes University are amongst the best in South Africa. Students have access to well-equipped computer laboratories which are available and accessible to all Information Systems students 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The students are encouraged to access computer networks, locally, nationally and internationally and are given full Internet access at levels of international bandwidth that are impressively high. The University Library provides excellent electronic and paper-based access to an extensive range of books, journals, magazines and other learning materials to support your studies in Information Systems.

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