This is a four year program that focuses on computer technologies. The Information Systems Technology degree program aims at educating students in all program levels in order to provide them with the knowledge, interest, and ethics to become productive members of the information systems profession. The IST Program is designed as per the requirements of the two accrediting bodies, the Commission for University Education (CUE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The Bachelor of Information Systems Technology program at USIU, offers students the opportunity to earn their degree through both theoretical and practical-based courses. Students benefit from state-of-the-art software lab, hardware lab and five teaching labs containing over 200 PCs, 5 servers 3 routers, 10 Switches, 2 Autonomous Wireless Access Points, and WLAN Controllers for stand-alone and controller-based WI-FI technologies. These facilities also boast a 20 PC Workstation lab which supports all Linux, Certified Ethical Hacker and Microsoft Academy courses, including MCSE, LPI and CEH certifications. All classes in this program are offered in a laboratory environment and all material delivered by faculty is supported by an online learning platform.
Students are involved in information technology club activities which amongst other things expose students to IT solutions as used in the business environment. The club also invites alumni and distinguished speakers from industry to deliver guest lectures on topical issues affecting the IT industry. Academic faculty alongside the Centre of Information research and informatics (CIRI) provide students with support and mentorship towards software development both within and outside the university.
The school recognizes the importance of supporting the students towards gaining a competitive edge in fast changing IT job market. It has therefore integrated certifications into the IST curriculum by offering certification courses in Linux, Certified Ethical hacker and Microsoft. Besides, USIU prides in being a Microsoft academy and a Linux partner.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in IST is to prepare students for jobs in the marketplace which demand IT systems and skills. Today’s Industry technology interfaces with business tasks in every function and department. As such this course aims at preparing students for dynamic jobs in the information systems and technology industry.
When you put all the pieces of an IST education together, you will gain a formidable array of skills and knowledge, including:-
- Understanding information technology as a solution
• Bridging technology and the user
• Expressing and defending ideas
• Being a team player and a team leader
• Experience in dealing with the real problems of the digital economy
• Developing a skill set for the International marketplace
The program is supposed to produce IST specialists who are capable of solving IT oriented business problems. The students are grounded in technical specialties and also core business concepts. The specialties are in systems development, networking and security. The program delivers a blend of soft skills alongside technical abilities which are increasingly useful in today’s modern economy.
Assistant professor, Information Technology
Dr. Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu received his PhD (Information Systems and Technology) from University of KwaZulu-Natal. Subsequently he did his post-doctoral work at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. Currently he is an assistant professor of Information Technology at USIU where he teaches Computing and Informatics courses. His fields of academic research and consultancy include Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (Mobile Communication Networks, Mobile and Sensor Databases, Wireless E-business Systems and Infrastructure and Wireless Sensor Networks) and ICTs in Development (MSEs and ICTs, ICT Innovations and Entrepreneurship, and ICTs in Agriculture). He has vast experience in Information Systems & Technology Training, research and consulting. His experience includes Design & delivery of Information Systems and Research & writing on Mobile Communications, Wireless Sensor Networks and ICTs for Development. He has worked extensively with technologies applied to mobile communication and computing technologies, Database Management Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, and eBusiness technologies. He has a sustained record of research in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), as evidenced by his attendance and presentation at national and international conferences as well as publications in accredited journals. He is a member of the African Society for Information & Communication Technology, International Development Informatics Association as well as the NextEd Global Initiative.
Lecturer, information systems and technology
Mr. Ndirangu is a Lecturer of Information Systems and Technology in the School of Science and Technology at the United States International University (USIU), Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Ndirangu holds a Msc in Computer Science from National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He also has Bsc in Statistics and Computer from University of Nairobi. Mr. Ndirangu has a long career span with several organization including: Ministry of Finance – Micro Information system department, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock as a system analyst/programmer, Kenya Government School (former institute of Administration (KIA) as a system analyst/lecturer and a Lecturer at – Institute of informatics, university of Nairobi. Mr. Ndirangu has consulted a number of organization and institutes among them: including Graffins College, Wrigle Shipping Company, Kenya Railways; Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya Medical Training College, Kenya College of Communications Technology, Government Printing Press, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya College of Accountancy, Kenya National Examination Council, University of Nairobi HIV centre (UNITID) ;10000 Women Certificate Program for Women Entrepreneurial Program; AgShare MelindaBillGate Project; AgriBusiness Bill Gate Foundation Program.
Associate professor of information Systems and technology
Jimmy is a holder of Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems, from North-West University, South Africa, (2011)., a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (UK), 2008, Masters of Computer Science degree, form University of Adelaide, Australia, (1994); a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, from University of Nairobi, Kenya, (1991), (Distinction), a Master’s of Science degree (Applied Maths), from Kenyatta University, Kenya, (1989), and a Bachelor of Education (Science, Double Maths) from Kenyatta University, Kenya, (1987) (First class honours).
Jimmy is an Associate Professor in Information Systems and Technology, and Dean, School of Science and Technology, United States International University. He has over 22 years of university teaching, research, consultancy, and private practice. Jimmy’s publication portfolio include Ten refereed journal articles, Twelve papers presented and published in international conferences proceedings, Seven published teaching case studies, four computer text books for high school, five university courses laboratory manuals, and Twenty Three completed masters projects supervision. Due to his expertise in the area of business case writing, Jimmy was awarded the second position case writing competition winner in the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) Case writing competition in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and Member of Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Currently Chair, Board of Directors at Kenya Information Network Centre (KeNIC). He has accumulated extensive experience in Information Communications Technology (ICTs). He has wide knowledge and experience in Systems analysis, design, selection, implementation, testing and evaluation and training. Due to his expertise he was a member of the National ICTs policy formulation team where he was the chairperson of the Information Technology (IT) working group. Committed to the field of research and development with the aim of improving standards of information systems and technology adoption, diffusion, use, and practice through leveraging ICT in business organizations and other enterprises. His research focus is ICT for development, Information Security, eLearning, mobile learning, eHealth and mobile computing.
Lecturer, information systems and technology
Patrick Afundi is currently a Lecturer of Information Systems at the United States International University, Nairobi, since the year 2001. He lectures at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels in the following areas;- E-Business Management, E-Commerce Strategy & Design, Marketing Information Systems, Business Information systems, Digital Multimedia and Internet &Web Development Technologies. He also supervises Masters’ thesis in the areas of business information systems and E-Commerce.
Patrick obtained his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Nairobi in the areas of Physics and Applied Microprocessor technology. He then taught briefly at the Mombasa Polytechnic’s Computer Department in the following Courses; Computer Systems Architecture, Digital Electronics, Computer Applications, Management Information Systems MIS, Microprocessor Systems and Operating Systems. In 1996, he was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to Study for his Masters degree (Finance & Information Systems) at the USIU San Diego, CA, USA, campus. He obtained the MBA in 1998. He worked for the Korea Trade Centre from 1999 to 2001 as a Business Investment/Market Analyst, and also providing ICT services support to users. In 2001 he took up a full time faculty appointment as Lecturer of Information Systems & Technology at the United States International University, USIU. He has also carried out consultancy projects in ICT & E-commerce strategy for a couple of organizations in the Nairobi area.
Patrick is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) since year 2000. His research interests are in the areas of Internet/Web technology solutions for business organizations and E-Commerce.
Associate professor of information systems and technology
Dr. Silvester A. Namuye is a Computer Scientist and is currently an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the United States International University – Nairobi Campus (USIU). He has vast experience in computing applications, having worked in private industry and in academic institutions. Dr. Namuye holds a Ph.D. in Distributed Multimedia Computing from Lancaster University (UK) and has more than 20 years in the field of teaching Computer Science and applications at University level having taught at Egerton University, Kenyatta University, Kigali Institute of Education, and now at USIU. He has conducted high profile workshops in computer applications for senior administration and academic staff which included Data Analysis, Microcomputer based systems development, use of computers in Research, Budgeting and Project Planning, Agricultural Project Planning and Appraisal, and Banking Systems. Between 1990 and 1998, Dr. Namuye was heavily involved Kenya University Investment Project of the World Bank whose activities included preparation of the specifications for procurement of Computer Equipment, and preparation of the tender document to acquire the same. During the years 2001-2003, Dr. Namuye was contracted by the Government of Rwanda to establish the Department of Computer Science/Services in Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). He also undertook a project to setup ICT infrastructure country wide in support of Distance Learning Programme for Kigali Institute of Education. He was a member of various ICT committees for Rwanda. He has published various in computer science. His current research interests are in Information Technology especially Distributed Database Management Systems for online and distance learning.
Dr. Namuye was the Coordinator of IT and Mathematics courses at USIU and also sits on the number of University governance committees among them:1) Faculty Council for Academic Affairs and Research; 2) Institutional Program Development; 3) Centre for Innovation, Research and Informatics.
Dr. Namuye is an external examiner for IT/ICT/Computer Science programs for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kigali Institute of Science and Technology; University of Nairobi; and Kabark University, Kabianga University, and Moi University. He also reviews Curricula for IT/ICT/Computer Science Program for the Commission for University Education (CUE) before they are formally started in a number of private Universities. He has participated in a number of Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) Work and Workshops among them the Library Committee, the ICT Committee, and the Quality Assurance committee.
Lecturer, information systems & technology
Leah Mutanu Mwaura is a PhD in computer science student at Lancaster University. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Managing Information Systems from Nairobi University, and a Bachelor of Education (Sci) Degree in Mathematics and Physics from Edgerton University.
She is currently a Lecturer in Information Systems and Technology at the United States International University-Africa. She has previously worked as a Lecturer of Computer Science at Kabarak University, and a Database Administrator for Metropolitan Health Group.
She has 9 years of teaching experience at university level and over 10 years professional experience on working with information systems both on a practical and training capacity. Her research interests are in software engineering, in particular emerging concepts in mobile programming and cloud computing.
Lecturer, information systems and technology
Philip Machoka is currently a PhD student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. He holds an MBA degree from the United States International University (USIU) and a BSc in Management of Information (MIS) the from the United States International University (USIU). He is also is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).
Philip is currently a lecturer of Information Systems and Technology at the School of Science and Technology at USIU. Prior to joining USIU he worked in the industry as a Systems Analyst/Administrator with paper manufacturing companies. He has consulted with organizations in the private sector in computer networks, security and systems development.
Philip has over 8 years’ teaching experience. His research interest include: technology adoption, mobile money, e-commerce and m-commerce.
Requirements for Applicants from Secondary Schools or High Schools
Admission to undergraduate degree programs are based on academic achievement at the secondary school level. These include Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) scores of C+ and above, five (5) credits in any five (5) subjects at the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) or East Africa Certificate of Education (EACE).
Requirements for Secondary/High School Graduation and Equivalent/ U.S. or International Applicants
High school graduation is required for admission to USIU. High school or secondary school students must submit an official transcript of records showing date of graduation. USIU recognizes two equivalent ways of meeting the graduation requirement: General Educational Development (GED) certificate (applicant must have a minimum score of 45 on each of the five sections and an overall score of 250 or higher) or State High School Proficiency Examination (applicant must pass this examination).
Secondary/High School Applicant Test Scores:
First time freshmen U.S. citizens/permanent residents must submit their SAT or ACT results. The results are evaluated in conjunction with the high school grade point average.
International applicants are considered for admission on the same basis as local applicants but must also demonstrate English proficiency. All students for whom English is not a first language are required to show English proficiency before beginning an academic program.
English Language Proficiency:
All international students must provide evidence of English language proficiency.
- Undergraduate applicants must have a score of 550 or higher (213 computer based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Applicants may also submit results of the Cambridge Test of English Proficiency. A grade of C or better is required
- Students from countries where English is the official language will be exempt from the USIU English proficiency requirement unless their academic performance at USIU reveals the need for additional English language study
Academic performance at USIU may reveal the necessity for further English language study by a student. The University reserves the right to make the final determination of a student's English proficiency level in all cases.
The university offers Campus based work opportunities through initiatives like the work study program which will partly finance your program apart from giving students the skills and experience required later in life while in the workplace. For more details, see the Financial aid section.
Upon successful completion of their degree, students who take this program me join careers as described below:-
Networking: - students who take up specializations in networking can expect to perform tasks such as network administration, network design and deployment, web application development, network maintenance, network troubleshooting, network configuration, network security design and network management.
Applications: - students who take up specializations in applications can expect to perform tasks such as systems analysis and design, systems development and deployment, systems maintenance, platforms and architectural design, system security design, mobile application development, web application development, backend systems design and development, systems integration, systems migration and portability.
Security:- students who take up specializations in security can expect to perform tasks such as systems security design, systems security analysis and appraisal, systems security audit, cryptography and network security, information security forensics and incidence response, backend systems security design, ethical hacking.
Students get a chance to be attached to industry through internships where they spend a semester under the mentorship of a supervisor in industry and receive support from a member of faculty. Students get exposed to real-world work environments in a variety of industries and some internships convert into job opportunities.