Regardless of the content and level of any particular program, all degree candidates are expected to reach a relative adequacy of proficiency to use the following :
General Knowledge of the broad context of Computer and Information Science, including; significant trends, conditions and problems; history of science, scientific inquiry and the philosophy of science; technological, economic, political and social analysis of the advent of computerization and information science.
Conceptual and Empirical Knowledge of discipline, to include ; basic concepts of the science; the structure and functions of hardware and software with emphasis on comparative analysis and interdisciplinary relations; levels and units of decision making; norms and dynamics; and operating environments.
Specific Knowledge of particular arenas of Computer and Information Science to embody in-depth study of specific operational environments for professional practices.
Mathematics and Statistics as tools of precise reasoning, as languages, which tend increasingly to dominate professional and scholarly literature, and as foundation for relevant quantitative methods and qualitative research within the science.
Technical Bases of Computation and Information Technology, comprising such elements as programming, decision making; operations research; systems and policy analysis; user, provider and vendor interactions, budgeting and accounting techniques; networking policies; methods of measuring and effecting operations; and research design and strategies.
General Skills such as professional skills, effective management of operations environment, leadership strategies and tactics, and competence in oral, graphic and written expression both within and outside the science.
Professional Orientation for identification of factors, values and policies for successful, responsible and intellectually honest performance of organizational roles, and for recognition of the professional’s potential contributions to society, and of ethical and moral issues which arise from research and the management of this revolutionary and futuristic field that has come to be termed as the key to the next century's title of the " Information Age".
COURSE OUTLINES IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
DEGREE : Bachelor of Science
The CIS undergraduate program is planned to prepare the student for careers and professions in the most rapidly developing industry. It is also the primary tool for advanced education at graduate level in the field. The program aims to combine scholarship with practical application as an inevitable foundation for professional life in the 21st century and as a basis for lifelong self-education.
Following the multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary principal of liberal education at AUH, the program consists of a number of fundamental courses in mathematics and computer and information science, supplemented with a wealth of knowledge from other disciplines. Although intense use of computer and network technologies continue through the entire program, but attention to writing skills and qualitative competencies receives particular attention.
Students enrolled in other undergraduate programs who wish to acquaint themselves with the field of computer science can start with introductory courses and continue with the programming sequence according to personal requirements and those of the programs in which they have enrolled.
Requirements for the Bachelor Degree:
The American University for Humanities requires that all students entering a degree program should hold a High School Diploma or its equivalent from a recognized institution of secondary education.
The Department of Computer and Information Science lists its requirements under each Department.
The Department of Computer and Information Science will accept students with mathematical aptitude for the Liberal Education Component of the degree program.
Students who have completed their Liberal Education Component General Education courses in another university or institution, or are transferring from other institutions to the Upper Division of CIS program may have to pass some prerequisite courses selected from those offered by the Department in the form Liberal Education Component.
Nonmajor students enrolled in other degree programs may also take some more advanced courses in the Liberal Education Component for which they have the appropriate prerequisite. Although most courses follow a sequence, but part of the Liberal Education component may be offered in junior and senior years
One of the methods used to advance the state-of-the-art in the computer and information science is Empirical Studies, for which students are required to attend experiments as part of the structure of some courses. This will not influence the students’ abilities to achieve their grade in a course, but is highly recommended by the Department.
All courses are 4 semester units unless otherwise stated.
1- COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE DIVISION
It should be remembered that computer and information science is the most rapidly changing discipline in the entire compass of higher education. Courses that were considered of paramount importance to understanding the science only 2-3 years ago are now deemed to be obsolete, and domains believed to be of little importance only a few month back suddenly bloom into a new horizon of unfathomed knowledge to be explored in full. It will not be a farfetched proposition that soon we will witness extensive branching of specialized areas of concentration in this field, the same that occurred with engineering education after the technical revolution of the 20 th Century. The situation being so volatile, there will be no alternative but to make as much of the knowledge that is available today accessible to the seekers of higher education in the field, and leave the limits of learning at the institution level to the students and the possibilities that a campus or study center can make available to them. This in fact is no more than foundation for lifelong self-education, which is inevitably the most crucial element in keeping abreast of such a changeable field of science.
The University requires that a student should complete a minimum of 136 semester units in order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Science degree of the University. Students also must firstly meet the requirements of the University that insists on completion of a minimum number of the courses in the General Education Component. These are listed under 1.1.1- below.
The Department requires that students should be familiar with topics listed under 1.2- below before they can embark on Departmental Lower and Upper Division courses for Majoring in the discipline. This will mean that the degree program may well extend over 136 units, depending on the education plan agreed between the students and the instructors/academic advisors. Accordingly, and with the ratification of the Academic Committee of the University, all students in this discipline, who complete 152 semester units, are admitted to the Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree of the University, provided that their Grade Point Average exceeds 2.67on the scale of 4.00. Those who graduate with a lesser GPA or with fewer semester units, but more than 120 units, will be admitted to the Bachelor of Science degree of the University.
Due to the present demand, the Department has also introduced a concentration in Communications. Candidates for this concentration must fulfill the requirements of the University and the Department first before taking the specialization courses.