Survey of Information Systems Undergraduate Programmes Taught at Saudi Arabian Universities
Abdisalam M Issa-Salwe
Dr. Abdsalam M Issa-Salwe, Department of Information Systems. College of Computer Science and Engineering, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
Manuscript received on April 20, 2016. | Revised Manuscript received on April 27, 2016. | Manuscript published on May 15, 2016. | PP: 12-20 | Volume-4 Issue-5, May 2016. | Retrieval Number: E0987054516/2016©BEIESP
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Abstract: This paper is the result of a survey of 25 Saudi Arabian university’s colleges teaching undergraduate programmes in Information Systems (IS). Many of these universities are in the process of making their courses accredited by external creditors, such as ABET. This paper attempts to examine the common characteristics of these ABET accredited-oriented Information Systems (IS) undergraduate programmes. The paper also looks at the common trends in the courses of the Information Systems programmes of these universities. As a result of this analysis, the paper will also briefly explore how Information Systems design in many Saudi Arabian is designed to be more science-oriented than business-oriented programmes because of ABET accreditation influence.
Keywords: ABET, Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC), Association for Information Systems (AIS), NCAAA, accreditation, information systems, and curriculum.