The aim of the postgraduate curriculum Social Information Systems Is to help students develop the skills needed to understand and improve interactions between people, information and technology. In order to achieve this goal, the program teaches theory, principles and good practices, stemming not only from computer science and information science, but also from the social sciences.
In particular, the postgraduate program has as its core mission:
- Research on the design and analysis of social information systems with emphasis on the technologies they support
- Collaboration between end users, eg. Wiki, open source / open source software
- Collective intelligence, e.g. Forums and user-contributed content collections
- Social interaction, e.g. Social networking sites - Facebook, Twitter,
- Human computing, e.g. Job outsourcing (crowdsourcing)
Providing the necessary training to students so that they are successful professionals in the field of information technology, which continues to change rapidly. To promote the socio-technical approach to the study of information systems, which considers that information systems consist of technical and social components that interact and are interdependent. The preparation of graduates who are effective and ethical users, designers and / or analysts of social information systems
The program is aimed at:
- Professionals from all sectors who need to learn to use social information systems and how they engage and interact with the public.
- Information technology professionals who want to improve the ways in which the organization they work in is sharing information with employees, associates and other social actors.
- Graduates of technical programs who need to examine the "social side" of information systems.
- Web programmers and web designers who want to understand human behavior and human motivation, which will influence how the information systems they are developing or developing, whether they are successful or not.
- Professionals who want to analyze the use of social information systems (e.g. User-contributed content) to learn from the public for marketing purposes and / or business intelligence.
- Citizens interested in the development of next-generation information systems that help improve the world we live in.
- Self-Employed Entrepreneurs
- Researchers at all levels
Structure of the Program
To master a Master's degree, monitoring and successful examination are required Six (6) six-month Thematic Units (TE) and Master Thesis.
Students, under the supervision and guidance of teachers, are required at each school. To prepare two (2) written assignments and after obtaining the required marks, they are given the right to participate in the final examination.
Each student can choose up to 30 ECTS per semester. The choice of 30 ECTS per semester is equivalent to full-time, while less than 30 ECTS is considered part-time.
During the first year of study Students watch them Four (4) Trunk (mandatory) Of the Program. Direction selection will take place at the beginning of the course.
In the second year Students are watching Other two (2) mandatory, One (1) common to both academic directions (Analysis of Social Networks) and one (1) Specialization. Also, in the second year, the thesis is being drafted. Students can attend the dissertation after completing the four (4) compulsory courses. Of the 1st year.
OR Thesis Is expected to 1) contribute new knowledge to research on Social Information Systems and / or 2) contribute knowledge to a more applied level (eg by designing / implementing a system or method).
Each student can follow one of the following two (2) academic directions:
- Analysis of Social Information Systems
- Design of Social Information Systems
1st Year of Studies Core Courses
|KPS 514||Information in Social Systems (1st semester)|
|KPS 510 or
|Web technologies or
Programming for Social Sciences
(1st semester - Choice between KPS 510 and KPS 516)
|KPS 513||Methodology of Empirical Research (2nd semester)|
|KPS 524||Social Computing (2nd semester)|
2nd Year of Studies
Direction - Analysis of Social Information Systems
|KPS 611||Web and Social Media Analysis (3rd semester)|
|KPS 522||Social Network Analysis (4th semester)|
|KPS 701A||Master's Thesis (10 ECTS - part-time dissertation)|
|KPS 701B||Master's Thesis (20 ECTS - part-time dissertation)|
|KPS 612||Digital Communities and Design (3rd semester)|
|KPS 522||Social Network Analysis (4th semester)|
|KPS 701A||Master's Thesis (10 ECTS)|
|KPS 701B||Master's Thesis (20 ECTS)|
- Possession of a degree from a recognized university institution.
- Very good knowledge of the English language and a significant part of the bibliography is in English.
- Good computer skills.
Exploiting the Title of Studies
Graduates can work either at a practical or a theoretical-research level using the specialized knowledge offered in both directions. Possible employers:
- Site Designer / Digital Community Designer (Web designer / online community designer)
- Project Manager
- Web / mobile communication strategy strategist
- Content / information manager
- Information Analyst / Business Intelligence Specialist / Marketing Intelligence Specialist / Marketing Research Specialist /
- Information services specialist
- Self-employed entrepreneurs
Admission requests for the academic year 2017-2018 Are submitted electronically From 6 July 2017 to 5 September 2017, Through the University's website Https://applications.ouc.ac.cy/admissions?sap-language=EL
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