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Core Curriculum for Intake AY2011-AY2014

Programme Structure for students admitted in AY2011-AY2014

Matriculated students may refer to the BSc (Information Systems) Handbook or OASIS>SIS Resources for details.

Key for BSc (Information Systems) Courses

Core BSc (Information Systems) Courses

Information Systems Advanced Topics
Information Systems Foundation Courses
IS Depth Electives & IS Application Project

Information Systems Foundation

The Information Systems Foundation courses emphasise the critical thinking and technology skills to create IS systems for business solutions. Students with prior background may apply to sit for waiver tests to qualify for exemptions from several of these IS foundation courses.

The courses are listed as follows. Click on each to find out more. Their related Course Learning Outcomes & Competencies can be viewed by clicking on the rightmost tab at each page.

Courses Course Synopsis & Syllabus Sample Coursework
1. Seminar on IS Management
2. IS Software Foundations  
3. Object Oriented Application Development  
4. Data Management  
5. Software Engineering  

Information Systems Advanced Topics

Courses in this area equip students with the capability to define, design and deploy robust and secure IS systems for businesses. The concepts of analysis, integration, architecture and enterprise-wide systems, as well as the development of communication skills, are emphasised.

The courses are listed as follows; click on each to find out more as well as the learning outcomes:

Courses Course Synopsis & Syllabus
1. Process Modelling & Solution Blueprinting
2. Enterprise Integration
3. Information Security & Trust
4. Architectural Analysis
5. Enterprise Web Solutions
6. Interaction Design and Prototyping
        (Formerly Usability Engineering)

IS Application Project

The IS Application Project enables the BSc (Information Systems) undergraduate to develop the additional depth and experience required to become a Business IT professional. It allows a hands-on opportunity to apply IT solutions to problems either via industry or functional business areas. Industries may range from financial services, logistics & supply chain, to healthcare services; while functional business areas refer to accounting, economics, finance, marketing, or operations, to name just a few. Projects may be of any one of the following types:

Types of projects

Types of projects could be any of the following (not exclusive). Refer to the website for examples of IS480 projects.

  • Application development
    Build a working system, prototype or proof of concept. Students will develop a new application or build upon/integrate existing applications into a new system. Working in teams they will experience in the life cycle of a system from concept through delivery. They will deliver a working system that addresses a real problem.
  • Technology prototype
    Experiment by evaluating the capabilities of similar or competing technologies addressing a business-IT problem. The focus here is a deep understanding and benchmarking of existing technology or applications.

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IS Depth Electives

Electives provide students with the opportunity to explore IS Technology and IS Management issues in greater depth. Electives are reviewed regularly and new ones offered as appropriate. Electives may be taken in the following combination:

  • IS Depth Elective 1 (Any IS Technology Depth Elective)
  • IS Depth Elective 2 (Any IS Technology Depth Elective)
  • IS Depth Elective 3 (Any IS Technology or IS Management Depth Elective)
  • IS Depth Elective 4 (Any IS Technology or IS Management Depth Elective)

Advanced electives in the areas of computer science, information technology, information systems or e-commerce taken during an International Exchange overseas can often be approved for use as an IS depth elective. Students should check with the SIS Dean’s office to see if the electives they are considering taking while overseas can be used to fulfil one or both of the depth elective requirements.

In selected cases, electives offered by the other schools at SMU can be taken as BSc (Information Systems) depth electives. For example, the Lee Kong Chian School of Business sometimes offers a course on Marketing Information Systems, and the School of Accountancy sometimes offers a course on Accounting Information Systems. SIS students must meet the pre-requisites for these courses specified by the respective school. Also, there might be availability restrictions that apply for enrolling in these specialised electives.

List of IS Depth Electives
Course Learning Outcomes & Competencies for IS Depth Electives

Quantitative Thinking Foundations

These courses provide all BSc (IS) students with a stronger foundation in quantitative thinking skills and analysis skills. Specifically addressing three areas, namely:

  • A course that helps students understand how to frame problems and integrate various analytical skills to model and address management concerns using spreadsheets
  • A course that provides an introduction to various techniques of statistical analyses that will emphasise the basic concepts and their meanings, as well as their application and interpretation to novel data and situations
  • A course in problem solving but focusing on computational processes that are used by both humans and computers to “compute” how to go about solving a problem
Courses Course Synopsis & Syllabus (PDF) Course Projects
1. Computer as an Analysis Tool (CAT)*
2. Introductory Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Theory    
3. Computational Thinking*
* This course will be counted as a General Education Elective for BSc (Information Systems) students.

Business Oriented Electives

These electives will broaden and deepen students' understanding of the basic knowledge and skills that is required to manage and direct an enterprise. This could include a basic competency in business theories and concepts, legal requirements, accounting principles, social and psychological aspects, along with working tools essential in the modern business environment. They lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the roles that technology plays in today's businesses.

Students will choose from the lists of core courses offered by the other schools of SMU for their concentrations.

Information on prerequisites and course details for those courses offered by the other SMU schools may be found on the individual school's websites.

Second Major

The BSc (Information Systems) Programme provides an added edge through its cross-training in both Business and IT. Completing a second major further strengthens the student's foundation, greatly enhancing employability and career prospects.

The Second Major greatly enhances near term employability and longer term career prospects and flexibility. The SIS Board of Advisors, as well as every employer we speak with, strongly encourages all BSc (Information Systems) students to pursue a second major either with SIS or in a non-IS concentration in one of the other schools of SMU.

IS Second Major Requirements

For other SMU students who would like to take IS as a second major, the requirements are as follows:

Compulsory Courses: Total 5

  1. Computer as an Analysis Tool (CAT)
  2. IS Software Foundations
  3. Data Management
  4. Object Oriented Application Development
  5. Information Security and Trust

Any 1 from the following:

  1. Software Engineering
  2. Process Modelling and Solution Blueprinting
  3. Enterprise Integration
  4. Architectural Analysis
  5. IS Technology Depth Electives

Any 2 from the following:

  1. Software Engineering
  2. Process Modelling and Solution Blueprinting
  3. Enterprise Integration
  4. Architectural Analysis
  5. IS Technology Depth Electives
  6. IS Management Depth Electives

SMU Foundation Courses

The compulsory Foundation courses provide students with a basic background in academic writing, mathematics and economics. Students who have obtained good grades in these courses taken previously may be eligible for exemptions.

The current Foundation courses are:

  1. Programme in Writing and Reasoning*
    * Renamed from Academic Writing, w.e.f. AY2014-15
  2. Calculus
  3. Introductory Economics

SMU Common University Core

The University Core is the heart of all SMU undergraduate programmes. The University Core aims to equip all students with the intellectual skills needed to operate in a dynamic and challenging environment. Students are expected to develop and fine tune analytical skills, adopt a creative approach to varying and rapidly changing situations, communicate effectively, and lead ably and successfully.

Courses in this area are: 

  1. Analytical Skills & Creative Thinking 
  2. Business, Government & Society 
  3. Management Communication 
  4. Ethics & Social Responsibility 
  5. Leadership & Team Building 
  6. Technology & World Change

General Education

To enlarge their scope of knowledge and broaden their perspectives, students are required to complete 3 General Education (GE) courses. All BSc (Information Systems) students must do a compulsory course, Computational Thinking, which will be counted as a GE.

Students may be given exemptions of up to 2 courses on the basis of good grades in the relevant courses at the GCE A-Levels, Polytechnic Diplomas, or any other recognised qualifications.

Matriculated students may refer to OASIS for the full and updated list of courses in this area.

Global & Regional Studies

Courses in this area engage the students in current affairs. Students in the BSc (Information Systems) Programme are to take up 2 of the courses in this area.

You need to choose any 2 from the following:
Note: This list is not exhaustive and is subject to changes. Please refer to OASIS for more GRS courses.

  1. Doing Business in China: Communication and Business Approaches
  2. Economic Development in Asia
  3. Global Financial Risk Management
  4. International Business
  5. Intellectual Property Rights
  6. Business Study Mission/Country Studies

Matriculated students may refer to OASIS for the full and updated list of courses in this area.

Internship & Finishing Touch

An important feature of the BSc (Information Systems) Programme is the internship programme at established local and international organisations. The internship programme provides students with opportunities to explore many types of working environments, in a variety of industries and job roles. Students can also be exposed to overseas working experience, and glean deeper cross-cultural appreciation of business practices and research in the process.

Over a third of SIS students complete two or more internships. Some SIS students have even served as many as four internships during their course of study. Internships must last at least 10 weeks continuously, on a full-time basis. It is normal though for most students to spend 12 to 16 weeks for each internship. In special cases, students are invited by their host organisations to extend their internship up to 6 months. In such cases, students may take leave for that semester.

Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC) manages all internship placements for students at SMU. All students from School of Information Systems (SIS) must complete an attachment in the area of Information Systems for a minimum of 10-weeks (continuous and full-time) internship as part of their graduation requirement.

(Note: There is NO exemption from Internship for SIS students. Please refer to FAQ on SIS Internship for more information.)


Find out more about the SIS Internship Programme.

Finishing Touch

The Finishing Touch (FT) programme, administered by Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC), consists of a series of Career Preparation & Enrichment workshops to prepare students for internships, job applications and necessary skills for future career success.

Programme Outline:

Year One Compulsory FT Workshops

FTW 101

Self-Discovery and Awareness

FTW 102

Career Planning

Note: FTW101 and FTW 102 are pre-requisites for enrolment into Year Two FT Workshops.

Year Two Compulsory FT Workshops (a series of five consecutive workshops)

FTW 201

Job Search Strategies

FTW 202

Résumé and Cover Letter writing

FTW 203

Social Etiquette and Groom for Success

FTW 204

Personal Branding and Networking Skills

FTW 205

Interviewing Skills

Year Three/ Four Optional FT Workshops

FTW 301

Advanced Résumé and Cover Letter Writing

FTW 302

Advanced Interviewing Skills

FTW 303

Assessment Centres

FTW 304

Evaluation of Job Offers and Managing Workplace Relationships

Students must successfully complete the compulsory Year 1 and Year 2 FT workshops as part of the fulfilment of their graduation requirements.

For more information, please refer to OASIS>Career Services>>The Finishing Touch Programme for details.

Community Service

It is important that we give back to society, and every SMU student does this through volunteering at least 80 hours of their time to serve various social and community causes. Their hours may be served intensively over a two-week period, or spread over a longer term. Many students find social service volunteering very fulfilling and often end up spending more than the minimum required number of hours in this area.

Last updated on 04 Oct 2017 .


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