- 15 July 2016
This is an amazing time to go into computing, with unprecedented opportunities. Computers are a ubiquitous and growing presence in all aspects of modern society, and thus there is huge and increasing demand for computing professionals that is far from being met by the profile of today's graduates. This is why unemployment is near zero for Computing Professionals who want to work,
Whether your passion is to help fight global warming, uncover the secrets of the human genome, create intelligent robots, bring history alive through mobile apps, prevent terrorism, understand human social phenomena, play the stock market, create digital art, improve health care, or invent the technologies of the future, computing is central to these and most modern endeavours. Computing professionals often collaborate in teams but may also work individually; they may be entrepreneurs, telecommuters, consultants, academics, work in a small business, work in a big business, work in a national laboratory, work in government, or work internationally.
Whether you are interested in computing as a first or second major, a minor, or just want to take a course or two, the Department of Computer Science and Systems: has something to offer. Our dedicated lecturers and world-class research faculty offer dozens of courses ranging from introductory courses to advanced courses in areas such as evolutionary robotics, agent-based computing, data mining, machine learning, cryptography, bioinformatics and lots in between.
Welcome to the department of Computer Science and Information Systems.
Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields. Computer Science is particularly concerned with the computational power of computers, e.g. the power of supercomputers has been increasing by a factor of 10 every 4 years while the computers on our desks increase in power by a factor of 10 every 5 years. This power allows us now to address problems that seemed intractable only a few years ago.
BIUST academics provide research topics for the students, but graduate students are encouraged to suggest topics, as long as these can be properly supervised by one of the academics. It is important for BIUST that research topics are aligned with the needs of Botswana.
Botswana is currently in the midst of its Economic Diversification Drive which will be followed by a major Clustering Development, both can only succeed through the enabling power of ICT. Thus the demand for specialists in ICT will grow strongly.
Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Computer scientists are likely to enjoy excellent job prospects, because many companies report difficulties finding these highly skilled workers. http://www.bls.gov. To facilitate employability BIUST students are expected to take an internship at a company or organization that is a potential their employer after they have graduated.
HOD - Computer Science & Information Systems
BSc Computer Science
“Computer science is a philosophy and a field of study that covers basically all aspects of information access, particularly as relates to computer code, technical engineering, and Internet communications. Some of the people who work in this area have jobs as programmers, using algorithms to study and solve complex problems and equations; others look for ways of leveraging information technology to make certain tasks more efficient or streamlined. In modern times the field is often very closely related to cutting-edge technology. The building blocks of computer science — the mathematical computations, the information ordering systems, and the logical puzzles used to decode patterns — existed long before personal computers or mobile phones were even invented.
Solving problems is at the heart of this field, and it follows that the people working in it must be strong analytical thinkers. The most successful scientists tend to have the dedication to press forward with something until a specific solution is found, and must also usually have a lot of patience because finding an answer and results can take time. An ability to adapt to new and rapidly changing technologies is typically very important, too.
Many colleges and universities offer coursework and degrees in computer science. Programs vary from school to school, but they usually combine math, logical theory, and statistics courses with hands-on coding and programming projects. This department is no exception. Graduates at the bachelor’s and associate’s degree level are usually ready to start entry-level work with a software company or research team, while those that earn graduate degrees often go on to more senior-level advisory and managerial positions.
BSc Information Systems
Information Systems as a scientific discipline addresses the range of strategic, managerial, and operational activities involved in the gathering, processing, storing, distributing, and use of information and its associated technologies in society and organizations. Nowadays no organization can work without having access to information systems – be it a governmental agency, a hospital or an enterprise. There are various types of information systems: transaction processing systems, decision support systems, expert systems, knowledge management systems, learning management systems, database management systems, etc.
“Management information systems (MIS) are computer systems, as well as the ways in which systems are organized and used. For instance, in sales and marketing, professionals are participating in MIS when they access client data from business intelligence databases and share this information with others in their organization. A MIS executive is a high level information technology (IT) professional who is responsible for the design and implementation of an organization's computer systems. This executive might also develop training, procedure, and policy, which dictate the ways in which computer systems are used. An MIS executive might also participate in recruiting and managing MIS employees. Individuals who become MIS executives normally have undergraduate degree in information systems.
MSc Computer Science | PhD Computer Science
As BIUST is a research university, the main component of all postgraduate programs is a research project. Coursework is restricted to a small number of courses and is driven by the needs students have within their research projects. Students can take a course taught by our academics but they are encouraged to find a course from an internationally recognized university, freely available on the internet that is helpful within their research topic. Our research areas currently include but are not limited to:
- Bio Informatics
- Artificial intelligence
- Big Data
- Natural Language Processing
- Requirements Engineering
- XML Compression
- Mobile Applications
- Model Driven Development
- Parallel Algorithms and Architectures
- Network Design and Fault Tolerance
- Algorithmic Aspects of Security
- Visualisation and Image Processing
MSc Information Systems | PhD Information Systems
Postgraduate students interested in this programme can choose an area of research from the list below:
- E-learning/ M-learning/ Learning Content Management Systems
- E-health/ M-Health/ Health Information Systems
- Geographical Information Systems
- Customer Relationship Management Systems
- E-government/ E-governance
- Multimedia Systems
- ICT Educational Policies
- ICT for Development
- ICT for Education
Professor Irina ZlotnikovaPROFESSOR/ Acting HOD - Computer Science & Information Systems
Prof. Irina Zlotnikova currently is a Full Professor and Ag HoD in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. She holds a PhD in Theory and Methodology of Computer Science Education (Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 2005), a PhD in Solid-State Electronics, Nano- and Microelectronics (Candidate of Technical Sciences, Voronezh, Russia) and a Masters’ Degree in Radiophysics and Electronics (Voronezh, Russia). Irina Zlotnikova has been working in African countries (Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Botswana) since 2006. Her research interests include E-learning, ICT for Education, ICT for Development. She has more than 60 recognized publications in the areas of her specialization.
Doctor Dimane MpoelengSenior Lecturer - Computer Science & Information Systems
Dr. Dimane Mpoeleng’s is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Computer Science and Information Systems, College of Science. He obtained his PhD in 2005 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne specialising in Fault Tolerance and Distributed Systems. His university teaching experience and research spans 20 years and his publications cover several books, journal papers, conference papers,technical reports, and book chapters.
Doctor Venu Madhav KuthadiSenior Lecturer - Computer Science & Information Systems
Dr Venu Madhav Kuthadi currently working with BIUST, he obtained his PhD degree in computer science from MU, India. He received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from JNTU India. He got 14 years of Experience in research and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students of Engineering. He holds B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from ANU India.
Doctor Rajalakshmi SelvarajLecturer - Computer Science & Information Systems
Dr Rajalakshmi Selvaraj has earned her doctorate in the area of Sequential pattern in data mining. Currently her research focus is in the area of Cloud Computing and Image Processing. At present she is involved in a project to develop a security system for the honey pot architecture in order to solve the problem of attackers attacking honey pot. Her earlier work has included use of association rule in data mining –A new way proposed in mixture of frequent itemset mining and association rule in data stream to mine the association rules based on utility.
Doctor Hlomani HlomaniLecturer - Computer Science & Information Systems
Dr Hlomani has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Guelph, Canada. His research interests are primarily in Semantic Web Technologies (Ontologies), Machine Learning, AI and Software Engineering.
Doctor Otlhapile DinakenyaneLecturer - Computer Science & Information Systems
Dr Dinakenyane joined BIUST in 2014 after completing her PhD in Computer Science. Her research interest lie in Mobile Computing, XML compression, Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence. She is currently teaching undergraduates and supervising both MSc and PhD students.
Doctor Keletso LetsholoLecturer - Computer Science & Information Systems
Keletso J. Letsholo holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Software Engineering) from The University of Manchester, UK and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Wollongong, Australia. His research interests are in Human Language Technologies, Natural Language Processing and Requirements Engineering.
Doctor Malatsi GalaniLecturer - Computer Science & Information Systems
Dr Malatsi Galani has a PhD from the University of Wollongong’s (Australia) School of Computing and Information Technology – his thesis was titled “Factors affecting nursing staff use of nursing information systems in residential aged care homes”, and also has an Advanced Master’s degree in ICT from the same institution. Further, he has Bachelor of Education (Computer Science) from the University of Botswana.
Mr Banyatsang MphagoTeaching Instructor - Computer Science & Information Systems
Mr Mphago holds an MSc in Information Security from Lulea University of Technology (Sweden), a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Botswana, BSc Computer Science from University of Botswana, and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEHv7). He joined Biust in August 2013 as a Teaching Assistant and then became a Teaching Instructor in January 2014. His area of research lies in a wide range of Information and Networks Security topics, and he is currently studying honeypots security.
Mr Ontiretse BagwasiTeaching Instructor - Computer Science & Information Systems
Mr Bagwasi completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from University of Essex,2011. He also has a Master of Engineering in Computer Systems Engineering from Cardiff University in 2012. His research interests are in the areas of mobile technology, parallel computing, computer security and artificial intelligence. He is currently doing his PhD Research on Mobile Learning Technologies.
Current PhD Programme Topics
- A Novel Hybrid Feature Selection Framework for Medical Diagnosis
- Predictive Modeling of Student Performance Indicators
- Virtualization of GCSE Curricula through an Intelligent Cloud Based M-learning
- Social Media Data Mining: An Analysis of Botswana ‘s Political Landscape From Facebook Data
- An Improved Hybrid Search Algorithm for Maximal Repeats In Complete Human Genome
- Security by Deception: Camouflaging Dynamic Web Application on Honeypots (Case of Glastopf)