Everybody - organizations, business, government agencies and individuals – uses information to make decisions. The Information Systems major uses the power of computers and information technology tools as instruments to generate, process and distribute information so that businesses or organizations achieve their objectives in an effective, efficient way. The discipline also focuses on the processes that an organization can implement or improve using information systems.
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A Degree in Information Systems
The Information Systems (IS) program at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar offers an internationally-recognized Bachelor of Science degree for students who want to understand, solve and manage information problems for organizations. Graduates of the program are ideally situated to take leading roles in shaping our information-based economy.
As the ability to store and access massive amounts of data has grown, the skills to manage that information have become vitally important, including processing, manipulating and summarizing information. Additionally, the ability to design systems for the effective use of information has now become central for the support of organizations, decision makers, researchers and policy makers.
The focus of the IS program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage these tools effectively. Graduates of the major are able to contribute to organizational decision making by developing systems that bring together people, process and technology in ways that yield results.
What the Program Involves
The Information Systems program has its foundations in Professional Core courses in which students learn the basic skills necessary to analyze, design, implement and test information systems using current and emerging organizational and technological practices. Two of these courses are project based experiences in which small groups develop and communicate solutions to real information problems for clients. The IS program offers breadth by exposing students to three areas fundamental to understanding and solving problems in Information Systems: organizations; quantitative analysis & research methods; and professional communications.
Courses in mathematics, statistics and computer programming provide students with strong quantitative skills to meet the technical demands of the discipline. The program draws on a wide range of Carnegie Mellon’s strengths, and its flexible nature encourages students to explore their own interests in a contemporary content area such as Computing & Information Systems and Technology; User centered Information Design; Applied Informatics; and Social and Global Systems.
Professor Dan Phelps tells us more about what Information Systems is.