Bachelor of Science: Computing and Information Systems (4-Year Post Diploma)

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 30 credits.

Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes : 30 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

The successful student graduated from the program will be able to

  • analyze information systems and match information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to requirements
  • accomplish the specification, design and implementation of ICT solutions that address business problems and requirements
  • build applications using software components particularly in an organizational environment
  • model solutions to problems before or as part of the process of implementation
  • analyze problem situations and identify the requirements of possible solutions to fit customer/organizational needs
  • build solutions in accordance with recognized approaches to good practice in ICT design and management
  • identify the extent to which technological and/or organizational solutions, processes and techniques are effective
  • adopt an efficient approach for information gathering, filtering and manipulation
  • proficiently use information systems in an organizational environment to accomplish organizational goals and requirements
  • make effective use of tools, methods and procedures to design, build and evaluate information systems
  • efficiently learn new tools, technologies and methods that are required to be used by an ICT professional
  • think logically and creatively
  • perform effective research using a range of methods and sources
  • adopt a methodical and rigorous approach to problem analysis and problem solving
  • manage ICT development process
  • manage ICT infrastructure to address business needs
  • use effective project management methodologies to increase the chances of ICT project success
  • make informed decisions and effective choices about ICT construction and management using practical and theoretical knowledge
  • identify appropriate technologies and methods necessary to deliver products and services, related to current and future ICTs, that satisfy client needs
  • use a critical and reflective awareness of the context, including the ethical and legal imperatives, in which professional activities are undertaken, when creating and/or managing ICT solutions
  • competently practice appropriate professional skills, taking into account the ethical, social and legal dimensions that relate to those skills   
  • make effective use of the theories and models that underpin the application of those skills
  • communicate clearly through a variety of electronic communication technologies to a variety of audiences
  • present to a range of audiences reasoned arguments addressing a given technological opportunity
  • conduct an informed debate on the merits and demerits of ICT solutions with others in the ICT industry as well as occupying other organizational roles
  • efficiently work in and manage groups
  • adopt a useful and productive role in a team
  • allocate and undertake tasks leading to successful ICT projects
  • apply knowledge of systems development lifecycles to accomplish successful ICT projects
  • efficiently learn new tools, technologies and methods
  • constructively reflect on past performance and future goals
  • adopt a methodical and reflective approach to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge of ICTs

Possible Career Options

  • Computer and Network Operator
  • Computer Programmer
  • Customer Support Analyst
  • Data Administrator
  • Systems Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Database Analyst
  • Helpdesk Technician
  • Information Systems Consultant
  • Software Development Specialist
  • Software Support Specialist
  • Systems Auditor
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Web Technician
  • Web Designer
  • Webmaster

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • graduate studies in computer science or other related/unrelated disciplines
  • law
  • education

* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.