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Department of Information Systems

Information Systems

Summary

Our goal is to be a leading academic department in cultivating business managers and professionals who possess up-to-date training and frontier knowledge of business technologies and services needed by companies and other institutions in Hong Kong, China, Asia Pacific and beyond.

The department is a pioneer in teaching and research innovations and is well-resourced with state-of-the-art laboratories. Started in September 1990 with 15 faculty members, our department now has about 40 research and teaching staff. Recognised globally as one of the best information systems departments in the world, the department offers a comprehensive range of degree programmes from Bachelor to PhD levels in the areas of information systems, electronic commerce, Internet-based marketing, and global technology businesses.

Our colleagues are dedicated to student-centred learning. We want to offer all of our students many opportunities to gain professional competence and academic excellence by means of business internships with major corporations and academic exchanges with top universities in the world. As an integral part of education, the department actively supports our students in organising extra-curricular activities that help develop important sense and skills in character building, social networking and leadership cultivation.

The research of our faculty has been supported by governmental funding agencies in Hong Kong and China as well as corporations. Our staff members have diverse research interests in the areas of business intelligence, consumer information technologies, electronic commerce, service research, and social computing among others. We welcome opportunities to partner with business communities in Hong Kong, China, and other parts of the world to pursue excellent and high-impact research and development.

Bachelor Programs

There is an increasing number of multi-national companies are using Hong Kong as a springboard and a regional hub to support their investments in China and the Asia-Pacific region. This has created a great demand for global business professionals trained in Hong Kong to analyze and manage such cross-country ventures. This major is the best choice if you want to become a global business professional, e.g. business manager or business analyst in a global venture or investment firm.

Aiming to nurture global business professionals, the GBSM major provides students with two overseas exchange opportunities in one academic year, one in Europe, North America or Australia, and another in Asia/ the Greater China Region.

Graduates can find jobs as global business managers, global technology business investors or business project managers in global investment firms or multinational corporations.

This major aims to develop students with the professional knowledge and skills required in information management for the financial services.  These includes three study streams:

I. Business Intelligence

Skillset equipped: business intelligence, big data analytics, and financial service management.

II. Information Systems Auditing 

 Skillset equipped: IT auditing, risk and compliance management, cloud service with big data analytics, and social      network analytics. 

III. Internet Services and Social Networks

Skillset equipped: “Internet+” services (e.g., O2O services, social media and social network analytics, mobile applications, cloud services and big data analytics services).

Graduates can be engaged in positions in the financial services industry such as banking, accounting, insurance, or financial departments of large organizations.  they can become data analysts, business analysts, systems analysts, or e-business specialists paving the way for promotion to management roles.

Master Programs

This programme aims to present at postgraduate level the theories, methods, support techniques and skills required for efficient and effective management of information in the business, commercial, industrial and public sectors. The programme has a very flexible programme structure. Students can choose one of the following three specializations, or customize their own specialization of study.

Specialization-1: Business Intelligence

Specialization-2: Social Media Management

Specialization-3: Technology and Entrepreneurship

The programme aims to train future business professionals in the core domains of business and cutting-edge information systems that underpin the contemporary information society.  Graduates from the programme can excel in key professional or managerial positions that require both advanced business knowledge and IT-enabled problem solving skills.  

Stream A is offered to applicants with a non-IT background and focuses on developing their competence in evaluating cutting-edge IT, coordinating IT-enabled business initiatives, and managing the operation of business information systems, so as to meet the business needs of the organization.

Stream B is offered to applicants with an IT/IS-related background and focuses on developing their business domain knowledge (e.g., finance, accounting, and marketing) and management skills, so that they boost their ability to meet business needs by leveraging IT/IS applications and managing cutting-edge IT/IS projects.

The Master of Science in Electronic Business and Knowledge Management (MScEBKM) programme has been constructed based on the realization that both e-business and knowledge management are critical components of the contemporary organisational environment. Business professionals need to understand the profound changes in the business environment, supply chains, organisational infrastructure and forms enabled and introduced by e-business. Further, they need to understand how organisations can leverage their employees’ skills and knowledge. The programme covers a wide range of objectives, spanning technical, managerial and organisational change topics.

  It aims to educate and train a new generation of managers, professionals and entrepreneurs to understand the principles of e-business, the impact of e-business on business and management, and its potential for strategic advantage in organisations.

This programme aims to produce a new generation of information technology (IT) professionals who will be competent in evaluating and developing electronic commerce systems and services within a business context. In contrast to eCommerce programmes offered elsewhere in Hong Kong, which tend to concentrate either on technology or business aspects, this programme takes a broad-based inter-disciplinary approach. Students will gain knowledge of core business and technical related subjects, together with an in-depth understanding of the specific business, legal, and technical issues involved in the exploitation of eCommerce, and the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze, plan, design, develop, and maintain electronic commerce application systems.

Courses

BBA - Global Business Systems Management (GBSM)

Seminar

This course will equip students with in-depth knowledge of global Technology Business (TechBiz) ventures, including business models, innovations with disruptive information technologies, business plans, intellectual property management, and execution of business models to the success.  Global TechBiz ventures (e.g. Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Facebook, Google etc.) in Hong Kong and the mainland China will be the main focus of this course, they usually make use of disruptive information technologies, e.g. social, mobile, big data analytics and cloud services, for business innovations and can create great wealth for investors and the society. 

 506
Seminar

Course aims:

1. Provide knowledge about innovation and technology entrepreneurship;

2. Explain the skills necessary to start a new business;

3. Develop skills to identify business opportunities, gather resources such as talent and capital, and manage growth and technology risks for technology-intensive businesses competing online and offline, in new markets, and in entering potential markets;

4. Further students’ skills in effective communication, individual and team work, time management, data analysis and reporting, and creative problem solving.

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BBA - Information Management (IFMG)

Lecture

This course aims to

  • Critically evaluate how information technology (IT) influences traditional business functions e.g., sales, accounting, finance, management, services, etc. and the use of IT by governments, people, and companies;
  • Apply IT to improve business processes such as Banking and Finance, Sales Order Processing, Marketing, Accounting, and so on. 
 567
Seminar

This course aims to:

  • Convey the basics of systems analysis and design and how businesses use information systems to support their business processes;
  • Provide knowledge and skills about the methods of analyzing and designing systems tailored to business requirements;
  • Familiarize students with modelling techniques and the design of solutions for information system using Unified Modelling Language (UML)
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MSc - Information Systems Management

Lecture

AC5511 aims to provide students with the knowledge of financial reporting and management accounting. Students are expected to obtain in-depth understanding of the underlying accounting concepts and standards governing the preparation of financial statements under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in Hong Kong and will be equipped with appropriate skills in preparing and reporting financial accounting information under Hong Kong GAAP.  In addition, the course provides a review of the functions and information needs of management in the contemporary business environment and allows students to acquire knowledge of inventory valuation and product costing in a manufacturing company at a level suitable for managers.

 

 520
Lecture

The course aims to teach students the process, models, and tools for data analysis and analytics in business, such as in finance, marketing, etc.  The course will teach students the practical skills to employ software packages (such as spreadsheets and statistics software) and apply necessary extensions (such as with add-in tools, macros, scripts, queries, etc.) to analytical framework and tackle business data analysis problems for corporation manage and decision making.  

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MSc-Business Information Systems

Lecture

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to essential business programming concepts and skill, with emphasis on business information systems construction.  On completion of this course, student should be able to: a) understand basic problem solving; b) construct simple business software application to solve a particular business problem using a commonly used business programming language, Visual Basic.

 412
Lecture

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to advanced business programming concepts and skill, with emphasis on business information systems construction.  On completion of this course, student should be able to: a) understand object-oriented programming; b) understanding basic algorithms; c) construct simple business software application to solve a particular business problem by integrating OO, multimedia, files and database technologies.

 481
Lecture

This course focuses on systems analysis and design with an emphasis on the development of information systems. Methods of system documentation are examined through the use of object-oriented and structured analysis tools and techniques for describing processes, use cases, data structures, system objects, file designs, input and output designs, and program specifications.

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Lecture

The course aims to teach students the process, models, and tools for data analysis and analytics in business, such as in finance, marketing, etc.  The course will teach students the practical skills to employ software packages (such as spreadsheets and statistics software) and apply necessary extensions (such as with add-in tools, macros, scripts, queries, etc.) to analytical framework and tackle business data analysis problems for corporation manage and decision making.

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