MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation (Distance Learning)

MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is an innovative and multidisciplinary programme that integrates knowledge on the development and management of Information Systems with the study of emerging technologies of Digital Innovation, such as Big Data, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

The aim of the Programme is to provide each student with a comprehensive understanding of how to use Digital Technologies to improve businesses in today’s digital economy and to explore the management and innovation aspects of Information Technologies.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

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1.5 YEARS

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90 ECTS

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ENGLISH & GREEK

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FULL TIME

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AWARDED BY NEAPOLIS UNIVERSITY

OBJECTIVES OF THE MSC IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND DIGITAL INNOVATION (DL)

The MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is an innovative and multidisciplinary program with the objective to integrate the knowledge about the design and development of Information Systems with the disruptive technologies of Digital Innovation. Examples of such disruptive technologies are Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Robotics.

Nowadays, technology has a massive impact on business operations. The formula for business success is simple: drive innovation with information technology. Realizing the challenges that technology presents is the key to succeed your business goals, retain and raise the number of your customers in the process.  Therefore, it is extremely important to integrate new technologies in businesses. In our days, lots of firms are prioritizing innovation as a key to their business strategy. Therefore, it is critical for businesses and their directors to understand technology, build their technical proficiency, implement technologies which matter to them and gain an advantage into managing their organization.

ADVANTAGES OF THE PROGRAMME

  • The international prestige and recognition of Neapolis University of Pafos.
  • Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
  • International collaborations with many Universities.
  • The use of advanced technology and resources.
  • High Academic Calibre of the teaching staff.
  • Competitive tuition fees. Bottom of Form

The MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation aims at postgraduate education and scientific specialization in Information Systems and Digital Innovation, targeting to a more professional knowledge and a broader education of students with a specific interest in this subject. It is primarily aimed at graduates of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Economic Studies.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The duration of these studies is three semesters. Entries for the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation are held in September and February/March of each academic year. Each course lasts an academic semester. All students enrolled in the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation, either in the winter semester or the spring semester can choose the courses offered in the relevant semesters. For successfully completing their studies, students need to accumulate a total of 90 Credits (ECTS).

In accordance with the relevant announcements made by the Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, students have the opportunity to complete their postgraduate studies in two academic semesters (12 months) as long as they start the conduction of their Master’s Dissertation during the first or second semester of their studies, including the summer period. In this case, the completion of the Master’s Dissertation may be prolonged during the summer period, for one or two months. In any case, the total ECTS remain 90.

During the 1st  semester, we start with four main courses. «Disruptive technologies» course aims to present the latest disruptive technologies and explain how these technologies can drastically change the way to work, live, do the business and increase the economic output. At the same time, the «Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship» course comes to contribute to the identification of the type of innovation needed and to the selection of the appropriate technology each company is looking for. The «IT Project Management» course is required to help the managers to manage time and resources during their effort to integrate new technologies and innovations in the business processes of a company. Finally, the «Research Methodology» course aims at making students familiar with the methods of academic research so that they are able to write academic papers of every kind (university assignments, theses, academic articles etc.). Special emphasis is given on issues like research planning, the collection of data/information, the evaluation of sources, and the writing of the text of an academic paper.

During the 2nd semester, we continue with four more advanced courses (3 compulsory and 1 elective from a list of 3 courses).

Probably the most important asset of a company is data. Data is increasing at a rapid speed and the rate of growth of information is very high. The ability to extract sensible intelligence from the big data has still been a challenge for many industries. In the second semester, we offer the Big Data and Analytics course where our students are given the necessary knowledge and skills to select the best ways to extract useful information from companies’ data which can support proper decision making and help uncover patterns in an otherwise random looking data. The importance of «Big Data and Analytics» is truly changing the world. The «Problem-Solving Programming» course is responsible to provide the students the necessary skills in order to be able to implement solutions for specific business problems in the most efficient way. The «Information Systems Analysis and Design» course aims to teach students about the organizational and business context of systems development and describe systems development methodologies, models, tools and techniques for developing quality software.

If you want to improve your business today, it is vital that you understand technology. Understanding technology, which for our students was a milestone set on the first semester, lead directly to a new challenge that companies have, the security. Security is of the utmost importance in businesses today. To cover this need, we offer the elective «Information Security» course, where our students at the end of the course are able to use the latest security technologies that will make difficult the attack to companies’ systems.

Another elective course offered during the second semester is the «Digital Marketing» course. Digital marketing helps to establish a comprehensive marketing strategy – designed to increase visibility and maximize revenue. This course provides to our students the knowledge about business advantages of the digital marketing and its importance for marketing success.

Finally, the «Mobile Application» elective course aims to help our students to understand enterprise scale requirements of mobile applications, and develop mobile applications using an application development framework.

Overall, the aim of the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is to provide each student, either with business or computer science background, with a comprehensive understanding of how to use Digital Technologies to improve businesses in today’s digital economy and to explore the management and innovation aspects of Information Technologies. Companies are developing more on the basis of new technologies, creating a critical need for professionals who bring skills in both Business and Technology. The ultimate goal of this Master in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is to bridge the gap between Business and Technology, giving our graduates a distinct market advantage.

In order to obtain their Master’s degree, students are also obliged to conduct a master’s dissertation. The research proposal is submitted by the student, who may request one of the tutors as a supervisor. The thesis can be submitted for up to one academic year after the successful completion of the second semester of study. The dissertation should be relevant to the content of the postgraduate student’s studies and should be original.

TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS

During the academic year, for each of the courses, training sessions are held as follows: six (6) two-hour meetings with the lecturer for each course, who is responsible for informing, guiding, advising and evaluating students. These meetings are primarily aimed at the general support of students as well as in the elaboration, deepening and development of all what students are studying. Student’s presence at these meetings is not mandatory. However, the experience so far has shown that the student’s participation in them contributes to a fuller understanding of the subject matter, and in addition, increases the probability of a more positive student performance, both in the midterm assessments, and in the final examinations.

Each course is evaluated through the completion of one midterm assessment which is explicitly mentioned in the study curriculum and the study guides (essays, literature critiques, article manuscript for the university’s student journal etc.) during the semester, and final examinations at the end of the semester in appropriate locations identified in time, according to the geographic distribution of the students. Should a student not attend the examination, or has failed to take a winter or spring semester examination, he or she is entitled to re-sit the examination.

Midterm assessment can take various forms as described earlier like essays, research articles, presentations, literature critiques, book reviews etc, during the semester and corresponds corresponds to 40% of the final grade, while the final exam is 60%. For the student to succeed in a course, he / she must take both on the final grade and the midterm assessment a grade of at least 50%. The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology.

In the third semester students complete their Dissertation which corresponds to 30 ECTS. The length of the thesis depends on the type. In the case of a bibliographic thesis, it cannot be less than 12,000 words and more than 15,000 words. The bibliography, the annexes and the abstract are not included. After submission, the supervisor submits a written and reasoned report, with the student’s consent, to the members of the committee. Support for the thesis is done publicly or via an electronic videoconference before a three-member committee.

COURSES

SEMESTER 1

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
DIS507Disruptive TechnologiesCompulsory7.5
DMBA583Digital Innovation and EntrepreneurshipCompulsory7.5
DMETH600Research MethodologyCompulsory7.5
DIS503IT Project ManagementCompulsory7.5

SEMESTER 2

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
DIS508Big Data and AnalyticsCompulsory7.5
DIS501Information Systems Analysis and DesignCompulsory7.5
DIS502Problem-Solving ProgrammingCompulsory7.5
DIS504Information SecurityElective7.5
DMDB505Digital MarketingElective7.5
DIS505Mobile Application DevelopmentElective7.5

SEMESTER 3

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
DIS510DissertationCompulsory30

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The necessary supporting documents to be submitted with the application include:

  • Officially authenticated certificates of academic qualifications of university level (degree etc.).
  • The satisfactory knowledge of the English language is essential. The minimum requirement is the possession of a B1 level English language certificate of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​or a degree of a corresponding level.
    • By decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program, special exams or any other test may take place for those candidates who do not have a degree of the abovementioned level so that their ability to meet the standards of the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation is verified.
  • Certificates of English Language and the minimum required grade
  • After admission, by the decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program students are likely to participate in additional English language courses in order to improve their ability to write their course work, written assignments and the dissertation.
  • A statement of personal interest.
  • Two reference letters, at least one of which should be of academic character.

DISCLAIMER

The University reserves its right to define the electives offered on an academic year basis.

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OUR FACULTY & STAFF

Savvas Chatzichristofis

Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence

Head of the Department of Computer Science

Coordinator of the Bachelor in Applied Informatics

Savvas A. Chatzichristofis pursued the Diploma and the Ph.D. degree (with honors) both from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece...

Zinon Zinonos

Assistant Professor in Internet of Things

Deputy Head of the Department of Computer Science

Coordinator of the MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation (conventional and Distance)

Dr. Zinon Zinonos received the diploma in Computer Engineering from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department (CEID) of the University of Patras, Greece, in 2005, and the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from Computer Science Department, University of Cyprus...

Konstantinos Zagoris

Lecturer in Databases and Distributed Systems

Coordinator of ERASMUS, InternshipInternship, Student Affairs

Dr Konstantinos Zagoris received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2003 from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece and his PhD on Content and Metadata Based Image Document Retrieval from the same university in 2010...

Panayiotis Christodoulou

Lecturer of Computer Science

Panayiotis Christodoulou holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Manchester University, UK (MEng) and the Frederick University...

Elena Kakoulli

Visiting Professor in Computer Architecture

Dr Elena Kakoulli acquired a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Informatics of the Cyprus University of Technology. She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Cyprus...

Ioulita Angelopoulou

Instructional Designer

Ioulita Angelopoulou holds an MSc in Educational Psychology and an MA in Visual Communication and Interactive Media. She has worked as an accredited lecturer of the University of Derby at the Vakalo College in Athens...

Kyriakoula Georgiou

Educational Technologist

Dr Kyriakoula Georgiou acquired a Ph.D. degree in Educational Technology, Department of Education, University of Cyprus specialized in Educational Robotics. She holds a Master’s degree in Computational Mathematics and Informatics in Education...
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