First Semester Subjects

INF 484 Management Information Systems

An overview of Management Information Systems (MIS), objective of management information systems (MIS), management information systems (MIS) and CBIS family. Stand-alone management information systems. A management information system model. Management information systems in a total CBIS environment. Database management system, the management dimension, the managerial activities, the management control. Management information characteristics: The management dimension in processing, functional applications of management information systems (MIS). The production subsystem, the marketing subsystem, the finance subsystem, the personnel subsystem, the relationship of the MIS to other CBIS.


HUM 417 Economics for S/W Development

Good software project leadership requires an understanding of three major areas: Software technology, economic factors, and human relations. The course concentrates on the economic factors. It will focus on a set of pervasive management and economic paradigms which are highly valuable s/w engineering tools: teambuilding, empowerment, continuous process improvement, win-win situations, production functions, economics of scale, present value, constrained optimization, risk and decision analysis, process maturity models, W-Theory, the spiral model of S/W development, and S/W risk management.


INF 482 Information Engineer

Introduction to information engineering. The CASE tools. The stages of information engineering, information strategy planning (ISP), an overview of information strategy planning, the objective of information strategy planning, information gathering techniques, classes of information. Formulate information needs and performance measures, potential impact of information technology, define the primary information architecture. Complete the function decomposition. Analyze function dependencies. Map function to organization. Build the entity relationship diagram. Map entity types to information needs. Record usage of entity types by business function, business area analysis (BAA), business system designs (BSD): technical design (TD), construction, transition, production.


INF 487 Electronic Commerce

The course concentrates on recognizing and explaining business processes and identifying and recommending Internet/E-Commerce opportunities that can enhance service quality and cost effectiveness topics include challenges, opportunities, internet service Providers, Intranets, Extranets, marketing concepts in the context of the internet, basics of marketing a site on the Net, electronic purchasing and shopping models using search engines, understanding what e-customers want and the key points to satisfy them, Web-copyright issuers, ethic markets, Growth of business to business commerce, customer relationship arrangement and security considerations.

Selected Topics

SPT 493 Library Automation 

Automating Library’s activities: Providing libraries with their materials, paying invoices of dealers and publishers, stock registers, holdings; Cataloging, mark classification, CDS-ISIS, Windows, VTLS, DOBIS LIPIS and others. Circulation, selection and dissemination of information: Bibliographic services, references services.​

DBA 473 Distributed Database Systems

Levels of distribution transparency. Distributed database design, mapping users transactions to distributed level. Optimization of accesses strategies. The management of distributed transaction. Distributed concurrence control, recovery in distributed database. Distributed database administration. Commercial systems. The SDD I system.

INF 480 Transactions Processing

Overview of transaction processing systems and their implementation for application, e.g., airline reservations, banking, and inventory control. Evolution and history of transaction processing systems. Review of fault tolerance, processing monitors and their implementation, lock managers, recovery managers, file management and access paths, and disaster recovery and data replication. Information retrieval systems. Survey of commercial systems and research prototypes.


SPT 491 Information Security

Introduction, identification and authentication, authorization rules. Data classification. Basic data encryption and decryption, different encryption and decryption techniques, different types of ciphers, characteristics of good ciphers, crypt analysis, public-key system, single-key system and data encryption standards, threats, safeguards and security objectives, security with some existing systems, security level. Computer virus, virus protection, privacy and data protection, designing of secure system, models of security, database security, reliability and integrity, sensitive data. Multi-level data security, protection of files, copy protection, personal computer and security. Computer network and security.

INF 489 Information Networks

Introduction, the communication environment, communication options, Information network architecture, planning environment. Strategic planning for information networks (SPIN): the strategy phase, the feasibility phase, the analysis phase, the design phase, the implementation phase. Network management.

PRO 400 Project

Students are allowed to choose among a number of projects suggested by the different staff members. The general aim of the project is to allow each student to integrate all the disciplines he has studied in a unified chunk of knowledge. On the behavioral side, students are allowed to work in a team so as to practice working in a collaborative environment. This emphasizes also a proper documentation and presentation procedure.


Second Semester Subjects

INF 486 Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery

Theoretical notions: Crisis definition, classification of  crises, definition of disaster, problem definition. Crisis management centers: Organization, tasks, routine work, implementation cycle. Planning of potential crises: Information role, scientific management of potential crises. Disasters: Types, measures before, during and after disaster, Co-ordination among different instruments of the state during disaster recovery.

INF 485 Geographical Information Systems

Relevant GIS technologies, evaluate of GIS technology. GIS applications, representation of geographic data, relationships of graphic and non-graphic data. Data: data types, data collection, census data, postcode-based data, data from surveys, customer lists, data from remote sensing, the data collection transformation, data input, vector digitizing, verification, attribute data input, raster data input, data input transformation. Graphic data storage, data quality, plan-metric features, topographic features, cadastral features, Parcel identification, area boundary features. Components of GIS: hardware software, configurations and data communications. GIS design philosophy, GIS implementation methodologies, hypermedia and GIS, towards a socioeconomic GIS.

INF 483 Office Automation Systems

Fundamental concepts, objective of office automation system (OAS), definition of office automation system (OAS), impetus for the automated office, planning for automated office, implementing the automated office-word processing, data storage in the automated office. Computer-based communications systems, electronic mail in automated office, voice mail, telephone, facsimile, Tele-conferencing, personal computing. Micrographics. Communications networks in the automated office, problems of automating the office. The relationship of the automated office to other CBIS. People in the automating office.

INF 488 Decision Support Systems

An overview of decision support systems (DSS), a definition of decision support systems, decision support systems characteristics, a brief example of a decision support system, some differences between MIS and decision support systems, the impetus for decision support systems, decision support systems levels, institutional and ad hoc decision support systems, the decision support systems, operating and evolving a decision support systems, application of decision support systems, hardware selection of decision support systems, software selection of decision support systems.

Selected Topics

CSW 457 Software Project Management

Design quality assurance: Design reviews, user interface evaluation. Programming practice: Program development, programming style, error handling, data abstraction. Portability and reuse of software: portability, machine architecture dependencies, operating system dependencies, software reuse. Computer aided software engineering “CASE”. Software environment: CASE workbenches, text-editing systems, language processing systems. Program verification and validation: The test process, top-down and bottom, up testing, test planning and scheduling, program debugging. Testing techniques: Equivalence partitioning, static program verification, testing and debugging tools. Software management: Project planning & scheduling, project milestones, option analysis, software-cost estimation. Software maintenance: Maintenance costs, measuring program maintainability, system restructuring, configuration management. Documentation &software quality assurance: User documentation quality, documentation tools, documentation  maintenance.

SPT 490 Multimedia Systems

What is Multimedia, Multimedia Hardware systems (PC’s, AS400, SON, SG), Screen resolution and screen technology, video accelerator design systems, raster graphics (3D-transaformation), analog-to-digital conversion, video compression, mixing and displaying at 30 FPS with full color capacity, Physics of Sound, scound cards limitations, mixing sound, video and voice traffic control, animation.


SCC 430 Modeling and Simulation

Basic simulation modeling. Nature of simulation. System models & simulation, discrete event simulation. Simulation of a single-server queuing system. Simulation of an inventory system. List processing in simulation. Simulation languages. Simulation of time sharing systems. Simulation output data and stochastic processes. Building valid and credible simulation models. Principles of valid simulation modeling. Verification of simulation computer programs. An approach for developing valid & credible simulation models. Statistical procedures for computing real-world observation & simulation output data. Some practical considerations: Selecting input probability distributions. Random number generators. Generating random variables. Output data analysis for a single system.


CHW 468 Data Communications

Introduction: Types and sources of data, communication models, standards, Data transmission: techniques, transmission media and characteristics. Information theory: Information sources, information measure, entropy, source codes. Line codes: characteristics, return-to-zero and non-return-to-zero signaling, bipolar alternate mark inversion, code (radix, redundancy and efficiency), important codes in current use, frequency spectra characteristics of common line codes, receiver clock synchronization, optical fiber systems, scramblers. Modems: characteristics, modulation, equalization, control, V-standards. Error Control: Transmission impairments, forward error control, linear block codes, feedback error control.

CSC 445 Neural Networks

Introduction and a historical review: Overview of neurocomputing, history of neuro-computing. Neural network concepts: Basic definition, connections, processing elements. Learning laws: Self-adaptation equations, coincidence learning, performance learning, competitive learning, filter learning, spatio-temporal learning. Associative networks: Data transformation structures, Linear association network, learn matrix network, recurrent associative networks. Mapping networks: Multilayer data transformation structures, the mapping implementation problem, Kolmogorov-theorem, the back-propagation neural network, self-organizing map, counter propagation network. Spatiotemporal, stochastic, and hierarchical networks: Saptio-temporal pattern recognizer neural network, the Boltzman machine network, and the neurocognition network.