School of Information Systems

Information Systems


A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative and project-based approach to learning, and for its technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes. 

SMU has an emphasis on generating rigorous, high-impact, and relevant multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance.  SMU faculty members collaborate with leading international researchers and universities from USA, Europe, China and India, as well as with partners in the business community and public sector, through its research institutes, centres and labs. SMU’s city campus is a state-of-the art facility located in the heart of downtown Singapore, fostering strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community.

The School of Information Systems (SIS), one of the six schools under SMU, is recognised internationally for its innovative research and education focused on Information Systems Technology, Information Systems Management and issues at the intersection of IS related technology and management.

Bachelor Programs

The BSc (IS) program is a business-IT program that focuses on designing and applying the technologies to develop innovative appplication in business settings and using these applications to improve business performance.

Master Programs

Master of Applied Information Systems (MAIS) programme is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills by providing you with a broad view of information systems, in addition to valuable hands-on experiences. If you are interested in developing new technologies and creating innovative applications, MAIS will be ideal for you. Infocomm industry has been a key contributor to economic development and the driving force behind the fast growing knowledge-based economy in Singapore. Infocomm technologies are the foundation for many applications in industry, government and other institutions. Singapore needs to have an infocomm-savvy workforce and globally competitive infocomm manpower to sustain national economic competitiveness.

This programme is distinctive in its emphasis on industrial strength projects as an essential component of the curriculum. You will not only acquire knowledge in the classroom but also be expected to confidently and innovatively apply what you have learned.

The definitive Master of IT in Business (MITB) programme will give you an unparalleled edge with the knowledge of data, processes, technologies and management strategies. With two unique specialisation tracks to choose from, you will be poised to lead the industry in a time of transformation.

The Masters by research programme is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the specializations of data management and information retrieval, information security, information systems management, intelligent decision support systems, or software systems.

This programme is intended for:

  • Candidates who aspire to an IT professional career, such as IT consultant, IT architect, IT project manager or instructor.
  • Candidates who plan to work in research and development, or product innovation.
  • Candidates who wish to prepare for PhD studies.

PhD Programs


To produce PhD graduates with expertise at the intersection of IT and business for R&D units and applied academic institutions. To establish SIS as a distinct research and teaching school in Asia that attracts high-caliber professors, and influences academic research and industry practices.


To develop researchers/educators who address deep technology challenges in real information systems that impact business processes or management, or who develop tools and methodologies to translate business goals to technology solutions. Our PhD graduates will be capable of collaborating with faculty members from different research areas, designing technology solutions for real-world problems and applications, while still producing top-rate academic publications.


Information Systems


This course integrates tools and concepts from across the SIS curriculum to develop a system-level perspective on IT artifacts and solutions. It focuses on the iterative process of design and analysis through which business requirements and solution elements are transformed into implementable architectural descriptions. By combining hands-on design with critical analysis and reflection, the course prepares students to participate effectively in all stages of the life cycle of a software-intensive IT system, from conception and development to deployment and evolution.

This course equips students to tackle complex computational problems; it trains students to design solutions to solve those problems using a computer program. It draws upon concepts from mathematics and computer science – more precisely, discrete mathematics, data structures and algorithm design. This course will hone students’ analytical skills as they are challenged to think abstractly and computationally. Their minds will be open to the wonders of computing, as they go behind the scene to unravel the fundamental analytics that empower social networking sites, consulting agencies and service companies.
In this course, students acquire practical skills (bridging technology and real-world situations) in modeling and resolving business problems using personal computers. With computers becoming essential tools for executives in most organizations, knowing how to effectively use them to solve problems will be very helpful in other business courses and students’ future professional career.
This course presents the concepts and technology required to develop integration solutions for given business requirements based on the paradigm of Service Oriented Architecture. The course is intended to provide hands-on opportunity for the students to explore the different technologies for supporting enterprise integration, and to enhance student’s proficiency in the application of these for supporting specific integration needs within an organization. The course will cover service oriented architecture, enterprise integration concepts and enterprise integration technology.
This course is designed to provide an understanding and experience in design and development of a prototype of an end-to-end Enterprise Web System through the use of an Enterprise Portal. A portal provides a supporting framework for the integration of applications together with capabilities for enterprise-wide collaboration, content management, and workflow management. The course aims to provide students an understanding of Web Portals architecture, the related application software, and how a Web Portal is used in the context of a Web-based enterprise solution. Through labs, assignments and a project, the course gives the students a series of “guided learning opportunities” to gain hands-on experience with developing content-rich Web solutions. The course also introduces the students to a systematic approach for creating a business solution through the assembly and configuration of building blocks, rather than by developing software from scratch. This course enables the students to apply concepts and skills which they have previously acquired in year 1 and year 2 IS technology courses in the context of a larger scale enterprise-wide business solution. The course proceeds along six main thrusts: site management, collaboration and people, content management, enterprise search, business intelligence and custom components in portals.
This course provides both fundamental principles and technical skills for analyzing, evaluating, and developing secure systems in practice. Students will learn essentials about security models, algorithms, protocols, and mechanisms in computer networks, programs, and database systems. Classroom instruction will be integrated with hands-on exercises on security tools in Windows and Java language.
This course introduces fundamental human-computer interaction principles and techniques for designing usable interactive systems. Topics include common methods for gathering user requirements, basic UI and graphics programming techniques, and common evaluation techniques. Hands-on experience with UI prototyping tools will be provided and students will complete a UI design and prototyping project as part of this course.
Other course
The IS480 course provide opportunity for a BSc (IS Management) student to Develop an IT system that satisfies a list of functional and quality requirements with a team. Student will practice their requirements gathering, analysis, design, implementation, testing, deployment and project management skills. Experience an iterative software development lifecycle using a methodology such as agile RUP or eXtreme programming. Student will experience a project from inception to construction and hopefully a taste of deployment. Build the additional depth required to become a Business IT professional. This includes building up competence in one or more of the IS depth elective courses, as well as learning domain knowledge by integrating technology into an industry sector. Manage the project. This includes managing scope, risks, schedule, code configuration, and quality of the project. Student will manage the stakeholders, which include users, testers, sponsors or mentors, supervisors and reviewers.
This course is intended for any student who wishes to gain some fundamentals about the building blocks of Information Systems. The course introduces students to object-oriented concepts and problem solving, and provides an overview to software modeling and software processes. Java, an Object-Oriented programming language, is used as the vehicle of exploration in this course.

This course presents the concepts and methodologies required to execute a methodical approach to translate business process change requirements into clear IT solutions. The course will be mostly based on the INFLUX™ methodology developed by Infosys Technologies Ltd. The course will cover business process modelling and analysis. The course will ensure that the students can smoothly translate enterprise business objectives into an effective IT solution architecture.

Seminar on Information Systems Management introduces students to the art and science of management from the perspective of a business-IT professional. The course provides an overview of fundamental business concepts with an emphasis on the challenges of managing the integration of business and technology. Through peer-led presentations, case discussions and in-class activities, students develop a concrete understanding of how information systems can be used to create business value, and gain experience analyzing real-world problems in a variety of industry settings. Core concepts are reinforced through individual and team-based assignments that emphasize independent exploration, knowledge synthesis and critical reflection.


Have you met...

Venky Shankararaman is the Vice Provost (Undergraduate Matters) and Professor of Information Systems (Education), Singapore Management University. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. His current areas of specialization include business process management and analytics, enterprise systems architecture and integration, and education pedagogy. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry in various capacities as a researcher, academic faculty member, IT professional and industry consultant. Venky has designed and delivered professional courses for government and industry in areas such as business process management and analytics, enterprise architecture, technical architecture, and enterprise integration. He has published over 75 papers in academic journals and conferences.



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