Information Systems at UC - Accounting and Information Systems - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Information Systems at UC


Welcome to the 'Information Age' where information systems (IS) are a major part of many organisations and impact on our day-to-day lives – from our mobile phones and shopping with EFTPOS, through to news and entertainment on the internet, and how we study.

As a result there is an increasing demand for 'tech-savvy' people to create and run these systems that we rely on so much. Information Systems is a fast-expanding industry and is the point where business studies and information technology meet.

Information Systems courses

The University of Canterbury offers a range of courses in Information Systems (IS) that can be taken towards either a major in Information Systems within the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree, or some IS courses can be completed along with another major, such as accounting, management, operations management, and marketing.

Information Systems uses the subject code INFO. For example INFO123 is our first year introductory course in information systems and technology. INFO courses cover a broad range of topics from business analysis to design and development. Here are some of the courses on offer:

Course Code Course Name Offered in:

INFO 123

Information Systems and Technology

Semester 1 and 2

INFO 125

Introduction to Programming with Databases

Semester 1

INFO 213

Object-oriented Systems Development

Semester 1

INFO 223

Business Systems Analysis

Semester 2

INFO 243

Accounting Information Systems

Semester 2

INFO 253

Internet Business and Technology

Semester 1

INFO 263

Web Design and Development

Semester 2

INFO 343

IT Governance and Strategy

Semester 1

INFO 353

Contemporary Issues in Information Systems

Semester 2

INFO 360

Business Process Management

Semester 1

INFO 390

Information Systems Internship

Semester 1 and 2

INFO 393

Information Systems Project Management

Semester 2

Check out the full list of INFO courses online. For a broad introduction to the Information Systems programme at the University of Canterbury, take a look at the Information Systems subject webpage

No specific prior knowledge or experience is assumed for those beginning a BCom in Information Systems. Students who have studied digital technologies at secondary school may find it an advantage during their first year.

Also have a look at a typical degree structure for the BCom Information System major

Choose courses that reflect your career aspirations

If you plan to major in Information Systems, you will also include courses from other departments at years 1, 2 and 3. While you have fewer choices to make in your first year, there are many courses that you can choose from for years 2 and 3.
Here are some options and recommendations for you to consider when seeking courses to complement your INFO courses, strengthen your degree and make you more employable.

What are your career aspirations? Consider taking:
If you are thinking about Computer Science COSC 121 Introduction to Computer Programming
COSC 122 Introduction to Computer Science
COSC 264 Data Communications and Networking
COSC 265 Relational Database Systems
COSC 362 Data and Network Security
COSC 364 Internet Technology and Engineering.
If you like programming and software design

Courses in Software Engineering (SENG)

If you wish to work in banking and finance Courses offered in Accounting (ACCT) and in Finance (FINC)
If you see yourself working with marketing information systems Courses in Marketing (MKTG)

As IT is used within most areas of business, it can be very helpful to have an understanding of various specialist areas. So think about the type of work and organisation that you would like to work in, then try and identify courses that could help you apply your IS expertise in that area. For further information about careers in IS, visit the UC Careers website at www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers

Adding Information Systems courses to your degree

IT features in most jobs these days, and some jobs rely totally on IT. Some of the courses in Information Systems can help you prepare for the world of work, and prove valuable, even if you have not chosen IS as a major. For example, many accountants help manage accounting systems, and marketers manage websites and other information flows with customers. So it is worth considering how to include a few information systems courses within your BCom. Here are some suggestions for different majors.

Accounting

Accountants must include INFO 243 (Accounting Information Systems) to gain professional status. Other courses to consider include:

  • INFO 223 Business Systems Analysis
  • INFO 343 IT Governance and Strategy
  • INFO 360 Business Process Management
  • INFO 361 Business Intelligence Systems for Organisations

Computer Science

Students taking a BSc in Computer Science should especially consider:

  • INFO 125 Introduction to Programming with Databases
  • INFO 213 Object-oriented Systems Development
  • INFO 223 Business Systems Analysis
  • INFO 263 Web Design and Development
  • INFO 360 Business Process Management
  • INFO 393 Information Systems Project Management

Software Engineering

Software Engineering students taking a BE(Hons) should especially consider:

  • INFO 125 Introduction to Programming with Databases
  • INFO 213 Object-oriented Systems Development
  • INFO 223 Business Systems Analysis
  • INFO 393 Information Systems Project Management

Marketing

Marketing students can build their web knowledge and skills through:

  • INFO 253 Internet Business and Technology
  • INFO 263 Web Design and Development (for a more technical treatment)
  • INFO 361 Business Intelligence Systems for Organisations

Commerce

All BCom students can build their business analysis skills through:

  • INFO 223 Business Systems Analysis
  • INFO 343 IT Governance and Strategy
  • INFO 361 Business Intelligence Systems for Organisations

Postgraduate Options

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS) offers three Master programmes:

For information on postgraduate ACIS programmes and scholarships, visit the Graduate and Postgraduate Students webpage.

Want to know more about Information Systems?

The student advisors in the UC Business School can assist you in a variety of ways from planning your degree to helping with special applications regarding your course of study. Find out more online at  http://www.bsec.canterbury.ac.nz/course_advice/ or email bsecdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

Or you can contact the Information Systems staff. See the department staff list online at http://www.acis.canterbury.ac.nz/people/