Bachelor Of Science In Computer Information Systems (4 years)


Program Description

This is a 4-year program on full time as well as parallel. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Information Systems at Africa University is designed to produce graduates who are computer-fluent, up-to-date problem solvers equipped with experience in the use of real-world industry standard development tools, who can write and speak clearly, communicate efficiently, and function well in team environment. The program is set to prepare the young men and women for careers in the following professions - accounting, management, marketing, teaching, information systems development, business process re-engineering, research, and service. The Computer Science component will ensure that our products will be prepared to operate in the ever-changing knowledge-driven society.

Entry Requirements

5 'O' level passes or equivalent including English language and Mathematics. At least two GCE Advanced level passes in any of the following subjects: Accounts, Management of Business, Economics, Commerce, and Mathematics.

Special entries

Applicants with approved diplomas in Management related subjects e.g. Zimbabwe Association of Accounting Technicians (ZAAT), Association of Certified Charted Accounts (ACCA), Higher National Diploma (HND), Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Charted Institute of Secretaries (CIS), and Diploma in Business Administration and Commerce (IAC) and Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) may be considered for admission.

Program Structure

Year One Semester One

  1. HCS101 Communication Skills (3 credits)
  2. MAC101 Foundations of Accounting (3credits)
  3. HFR111 French for Beginners I, or HPO111 Portuguese for Beginners I, or HESL111 English as a Second Language I (3 credits)
  4. MMS101 Mathematics for Business I (3 credits)
  5. MEC101 Economic Principles I (3 credits)
  6. HIT100 Introduction to Information Technology (2 credits)
  7. MMS103 Introduction to Management (3 credits)

Total Credits hours: 20

Year One Semester Two

  1. MMS102 Business Communication Skills (3 credits)
  2. HFR112 French for Beginners II; or HPO112 Portuguese for Beginners II; or HESL112 English as a Second Language II (3 credits)
  3. MMS105 Mathematics for Business II (3 credits)
  4. MEC 102 Economic Principles II (3 credits)
  5. CIS102 Microcomputer Applications (3 credits)
  6. MKT102 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
  7. MAC102 Foundations of Accounting (3 credits)

Total Credit hours: 21

Year Two Semester One

  1. TEV200 Ethics and Christian Values (2 credits)
  2. MMS202 Quantitative Analysis 1 (3 credits)
  3. MAC207 Money and Capital Markets (3 credits)
  4. MEC201 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credits)
  5. CIS201 Computer and Society (3 credits)
  6. CIS202 Programming I (3 credits)
  7. MMS 203 Business Law (3 credits)

Total Credit hours: 21

Year Two Semester Two

  1. MAC204 Business Finance (3 credits)
  2. MMS206 Management Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  3. MEC202 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  4. CIS203 Programming II (3 credits)
  5. IS204 Electronic Business (3 credits)
  6. HAS100 Introduction to African Studies (3 credit hours)
  7. MMS201 Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)

Total Credit hours: 21

Year Three Semester One

  1. MMS301 Report Writing and Research Methods (1 credit)
  2. CIS301 Database Systems (3 credits)
  3. CIS302 Computer Hardware and Software Concepts (3 credits)
  4. CIS303 Networks and Communications (3 credits)
  5. CIS401 Systems Analysis, Design and Implementation (3 Credits)
  6. MKT303 Promotions and Advertising (3 credits)
  7. CIS305 Project management (3 Credits)
  8. FMA302 Honors Seminars

Total Credit hours: 19

Year Three Semester Two

  1. FMA301 Industrial Attachment

Year Four Semester One

  1. FMA301 Industrial Attachment (15 credits)
  2. FMA 413 Industrial Attachment Report (1 credit)

Total Credit hours: 16

Year Four Semester Two

  1. MMS408 International Business (3 credits)
  2. MKT405 Consumer Behaviour (3 credits)
  3. CIS403 Web Application Development (3 credits)
  4. CIS404 Capstone Project (4 credits)
  5. FMA403 Honours seminars (3 credits)
  6. MMS411 Strategic Management (3 credits)
  7. FMA412 Project Report (3 credits)

Total Credit hours: 22

Career and Job Opportunities

  • Programmer
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Analyst Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Chief Information Officer Database Designer
  • Systems Designer
  • Chief Technology Officer

Financial Assistance

Africa University, in its bid to make higher education accessible to youths in Africa, and being aware of the low-income status of the average African family, offers funding to deserving students to assist with payment of their University fees. The University’s Financial Aid Committee is responsible for awarding this assistance. The assistance is awarded on the basis of merit, need and character and it falls into two categories: Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Financial Aid

This is normally meant for assistance with payment of tuition fees and it is available to students from second year onwards. The need of the student is assessed based on their application, supporting documents and information from any referees. The student’s academic performance as indicated by his/her C.G.P.A is also used to determine the level of assistance. Those students performing very well are awarded more than their counterparts as a way of rewarding their efforts and motivating them to continue aiming for higher academic excellence. Students who get onto the Dean’s list will also be assisted with payment of tuition and those whose performance falls below the C.G.P.A. required to graduate will not receive assistance.


Students must apply for scholarships through the Financial Aid Office. Different organizations, churches, and individuals set up scholarships which are awarded to deserving applicants, who must also satisfy any special criteria that may be set by the benefactor.(e.g. it may be required that the recipient is of a specified gender or in a specified Faculty or from a specified country.) Scholarships awarded may cover full fees for the recipient or may be partial, covering only specified fees. Where a student receives awards from more than one source and the total amount of the awards exceeds the total fees payable no refunds will be made, to the beneficiary. Any such excess is recovered from Financial Aid and awarded to another needy student.

Work Study

All students receiving financial assistance are expected to work in any of the University’s units for a specified number of hours a week as a token of appreciation for the award. Currently, those working outdoors are expected to work for two hours a week and those working indoors work for four hours a week.

Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by the action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Thi ... Read More

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by the action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. This amazing institution was founded in response to the call by African Bishops for a university for the whole of Africa to foster intellectual, moral, ethical and spiritual growth in its students. Read less
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