ITGS222 : Foundation of Information Systems


Department of Information Systems

Academic Program

Bachelor in Information Systems








Information systems are an integral part of all business activities and careers. This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary information systems and demonstrate how these systems are used throughout global organizations. The focus of this course will be on the key components of information systems - people, software, hardware, data, and communication technologies, and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. Through the knowledge of how IS provides a competitive advantage students will gain an understanding of how information is used in organizations and how IT enables improvement in quality, speed, and agility. This course also provides an introduction to systems and development concepts, technology acquisition, and various types of application software that have become prevalent or are emerging in modern organizations and society.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge &understand

  • Learn about the information system and the main components of the information systems infrastructure.
  • Learn how companies are widely using these systems to enforce organizational structures and processes and to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Learn how the organization's systems promote stronger relationships with customers and suppliers.
  • Learn how to secure information systems resources.

mental skills

  • The student can distinguish between the administrative levels that make up any institution in terms of (its tasks, the types of decisions issued by it, and the types of information systems used in it).
  • The student will be able to distinguish between the types of information systems and classify them according to any model.
  • The ability to infer how to mitigate risks as well as plan and recover from disasters.
  • Comparing and distinguishing between many concepts and terms, including (distinguishing between databases, data warehouse and operations established in each type, distinguishing between cybersecurity and information security, distinguishing between scientific perceptions, information visualization and visual analytics).

Practical & professional skills

  • How to formulate a feasibility study for a new information system, including estimating both costs and benefits, the ability to identify the advantages and disadvantages of any existing system within an organization, and the ability to identify the main objective of the proposed system.
  • The ability to design an information system and distinguish between the stages of its construction.
  • The ability to determine the appropriate criteria for evaluating the information system.
  • The ability to distinguish between available information from different types of information systems and necessary to acquire business intelligence to support decision-making for the various levels and functions of the organization, as well as distinguish between business intelligence techniques.
  • The ability to understand how to use databases and to distinguish between steps to discover knowledge in them.

General and transferable skills

  • Communication, written and oral communication
  • Commitment to performing exams on time.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Panel discussions.

Methods of assessments

  • Midterm exam = 40
  • Final exam = 60

Course contents

  • Defining the system, information, information systems, the mechanism of the system
  • Information systems resources
  • Information system activities and procedures
  • Characteristics of an ideal information system
  • Justifications for the introduction of information systems in institutions, objectives and importance of information systems
  • Stages of modern developments of information systems
  • Stages of building and developing information systems
  • Challenges facing information systems, criteria for evaluating information systems
  • The stages of modern developments of information systems, the administrative levels (organizational structure) of any institution and the types of decisions taken therein.
  • Definition of integrated information systems, management of information systems, management of information resources and its objectives
  • Feasibility study of information systems and some related concepts
  • The Internet, the World Wide Web (the Web) and its generations, electronic commerce and its types, electronic government and its objectives.
  • Security of information systems and its components, threats to information systems, information security management systems, network security and security policy, cyber security and cyber attacks
  • Business intelligence and its techniques, knowledge discovery steps

Information Retrieval Systems (ITIS401)
Knowledge Management (ITIS402)
Data Mining/Business Intelligence (ITIS404)
Business Process Management (ITIS405)
Decision support system (ITIS406)
IS Innovation and New Technologies (ITIS407)
E-Government (ITIS408)
Physics (ITPH111)
Mathematics I (ITMM111)
Arabic language 1 (ITAR111)
Problem solving Technic (ITGS113)
Intro to Information Technology (ITGS111)
General English1 (ITEL111)
Mathematics II (ITMM122)
logic Circuit Design (ITGS126)
System Analysis and Design (ITGS124)
Introduction to Programming (ITGS122)
General English2 (ITEL122)
Arabic language 2 (ITAR122)
Introduction to Statistics (ITST211)
Object Oriented Programmin (ITGS211)
Introduction to Software Engineering (ITGS213)
Introduction to Networking (ITGS215)
Discrete Structures (ITGS217)
Numerical analysis (ITGS219)
Computer Architucture & Organization (ITGS223)
Data Structure (ITGS220)
Foundation of Information Systems (ITGS222)
Information Security (ITGS224)
Introduction to Internet Programming (ITGS226)
Introduction to database (ITGS228)
Operating System (ITGS302)
Scientific Writing (ITGS304)
Web Application Development (ITIS311)
Human Computer Interaction (ITIS312)
Data and Information Management (ITIS313)
Advanced Databases (ITIS325)
IT Infrastructure (ITIS323)
Design and Analysis algorithms (ITGS301)
Multimedia Systems (ITIS324)
Advanced System analysis & Design (ITIS326)
Enterprise Architecture (ITIS411)
Risk management and Security (ITIS412)
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (ITIS413)
IT Project Management (ITGS303)
Enterprise Systems (ITIS421)
IS strategy ,management and acquisition (ITIS422)