School of Informatics and Innovative Systems
Prof. Solomon Ogara
Running a successful organization (private or public) requires proper management of financial and organizational data and statistics with quality information systems. Almost every institution has experienced a drastically slowed workflow because of data problems related to reliability and accuracy. It’s true that there is no substitute for right information at the right time in the business world. This informed the development of systems that can be used to make the information accurate, readily available, and easily accessible. With the effectiveness of information systems, an organization can have better decision-making, better planning, and ultimately better results.
Africa leads the world in mobile banking and so it is no surprise that banks are one of the biggest targets for cybercriminals. Although the adoption of Internet-based financial transactions gives customers and banks several benefits, including customer convenience and lower operating costs for banks, it also creates incredible opportunities for cybercriminals. Criminals exploit mobile devices and other online banking systems to intercept personal credentials and steal money. The financial sector, including banks and other financial institutions, experiences 300 percent more cyber-attacks than any other industry. This program provides an answer to the cybercrime problem by training professions in computer security and digital crime prevention and prosecution.
This therefore makes your choice of a degree at the school of Informatics and Innovative Systems within Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology not only relevant in the job market but also timely and quite frankly, indispensable. Within school of Informatics and Innovative Systems we offer the following programs:
- Diploma Information Technology
- Diploma in Linux Engineering
- BSc Business Information Systems
- BSc Information Communication Technologies
- BSc Library and Knowledge Management
- BSc Computer Security and Forensics
- MSc in Information Systems Security & Audit
- MSc Health Information Systems
- MSc Information Technology Management
- MSc Innovation and Sustainable Development
- PhD Business Information Systems
- PhD Computer Security and Audit
- PhD Innovation and Sustainable Development
Undergraduate Degree Programs
1. Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
This degree gives you the skills you need to become an in-demand computing professional. You will gain skills in a practice-based learning environment, be introduced to real-world project experience, and acquire a solid knowledge of ICT theory. The course will give you a strong understanding of several industry domains including networking, databases, systems analysis and design and programming. You will also gain relevant skills in web and mobile technologies, project management, professional communications, operating systems and human computer interaction.
2. Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
Information systems (IS) importance has increased dramatically, and most businesses have been prompted to introduce it to keep their competitive edge. Today, nobody can envisage a business without an effective information system. Introduction of an information system to a business can bring numerous benefits and assist in the way the business handles its external and internal processes that a business encounters daily and decision making for the future. Some of the benefits of an information system include: New Products and Services; Information Storage; Easier Decision Making: Behavioral Change. The Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems degree program enables graduates to understand the interaction, planning, development, and operations of information systems and information sharing within a business or organization. This degree covers such areas as: Computer processes and infrastructure; Both technical and organizational aspects of implementing tech-driven business processes; An ability to bridge the gap between technical experts and business managers within your organization.
3. Bachelor of Science in Computer Security and Forensics
This course is designed to meet the new and growing demand for specialists in the prevention, detection, correction, and conviction of digital crimes. This new discipline is based on computer digital forensic and computer security technologies, and involves the application of scientific methods for the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of potential evidence to the courts.
It will provide both theory and practice and will enable students to gain the skills to develop a management security policy for organizations, design a secure wireless or wired computer network, manage a forensic case and understand and perform detailed technical analyses of computer-based evidence as well as many other aspects of computer and data security.
Questions and answers
- What are the job prospects related to your degree?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer and information systems managers should see an employment growth of 15 percent between 2014 and 2024. This faster-than-average growth is mostly attributed to the increasing use of digital platforms. With the number of cyber and security breaches increasing every year, businesses will continue to implement stronger security systems. This will increase the need for information systems security specialists. Below are examples of jobs directly related to your career:
- Application analyst
- Cyber security analyst
- Data analyst
- Data scientist
- Database administrator
- Information systems manager
- IT consultant
- IT technical support officer
- Penetration tester
- Software engineer
- Systems analyst
- How long will the program take?
This is a four-year program (8 semesters). Students are expected to take a total of 64 units. A course unit is designated as a total of 42 hours. All course units will be taught for a total of 42 contact hours, including examinations except industrial attachment which will take 480 hours of practical work in a relevant industry. Students shall be required to undertake Informatics Industrial Attachment of 480 hours at the end of third year semester.
- How are the programs conducted?
Ans. The program is conducted through:
- Course Work
- Practical classes
- Industrial attachment
- Course Project
- Is there a special lab for these programs?
Ans, YES, the department has a special Computer Forensic LAB with highly skilled lab Technologists for the program
- Does the SIIS collaborates with other institutions?
Ans, YES, Our collaborators includes; Commonwealth of Learning, University of Cambridge, Africa China Business Forum (ACBF), ISACA, IBM, CISCO. CSK
- What is the marketability for the graduate in our programs?
Ans, Apart from getting jobs as Programmers, Network Administrators, and Database Administrators there is a lucrative market niche for our graduates as IT security and forensic experts
On behalf of all the staff from the School of Informatics and Innovative Systems, I would like welcome you warmly to our School.
The impact of COVID-19 has made our University to change how we have traditional held first year orientation sessions. In addition, SIIS is expecting that teaching and learning will be enhanced with the introduction of our ejooust eLearning platform.
In SIIS we are cognizant of the important role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will play in fulfilling the “Big Four” Agenda, the Kenya government economic blueprint that was developed to foster economic development and provide a solution to the various socio-economic problems facing Kenyans. It is well known that ICTs are enablers in terms of reducing costs and improving productivity through the streamlining of operations. ICT will provide solutions ranging from developing health information systems, developing applications for digitizing land records, harnessing the power of Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence to develop Smart farming applications and many more. SIIS is well positioned to take a lead in developing these applications to support the Kenya government Big Four. We need people like you with interests in ICT.
In SIIS we are training students to become application analyst, cyber security analyst, data analyst, data scientist, database administrators, Information systems managers, and IT consultants. We are also shaping students to become specialists in the prevention, detection, correction, and conviction of digital crimes through our BSc in Computer Security and Forensics. In addition, we seek to play a major role in harnessing the power of the fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies(4IRs) such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Robotics, Data Analytics using open source technologies such as “python” to assist small to medium business, health institutions and other governmental and non-governmental agencies in Kenya to make real time decisions and develop business applications. We would like to lead the way in this path.
SISS has 11 full-time teaching staff and 3 non-teaching staff members. Among our staff are professionals with international experience in the IT field (teaching and research), have studied and worked in some of the best universities outside Kenya.
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School of Informatics and Innovative Systems
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
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