Faculty of Commerce and Business Adminstration


Program Name
Business Information Systems
Program Coordinator
Dr. Rasha Farghly
The program
BIS Program is considered to be one of the fundamentals in developing the educational system in Egypt that is reflecting new vision and philosophy in the Egyptian universities considering the following:
1. The study in the program depends on the credit hour system.
2. The academic year is divided into two semesters, and a summer term may be added.
3. The credit hour is the measurement unit used.
4. To obtain a bachelor's degree, a student must successfully pass a hundred and twenty-nine (129) credit hours over a period of at least eight semesters - excluding summer semesters - divided into four academic levels.
5. The student prepares the graduation project (calculated as six credit hours) in the business sector using one of the information system tools.
6. Students’ graduation is in two semesters every year either in May / June or in January / February and no student is allowed to graduate in the summer term.
7. The student is not allowed to register any course unless he passes the prerequisites of this particular course in case it exists.
8. Prior to the beginning of every semester - on the announced dates - the student chooses to register his/her own courses.
9. The minimum credit hours for registration in each semester are (9) hours and the maximum is (18) hours. Those limits may be exceeded in graduation cases conditioned with the approval of the program supervisor.
10. After the registration procedures completion, the student is allowed to perform the following through specific forms and procedures, with the academic advisor’s help:
    -Add one or more courses within the first two weeks of the academic semester.
    -Delete one or more courses within the first four weeks of the academic semester.
11. After the student registers his/her own courses, the student may withdraw from one or more courses within the first 8 weeks of the academic semester, on condition that the number of hours registered for the student is not less than the minimum registration hours (9 credit hours) in one semester. In this case, the student is not considered to be failing those courses that he has withdrawn from and gets a "withdrawn" grade in the withdrawn course.
12. If the student withdraws from one or more courses after the specified period, a "fail" grade is given in the courses that he has withdrawn from.
13. Taking the final exam requires achieving an attendance rate that is not less than 75% of the lectures in each course and if the student’s absence rate - without an acceptable excuse - in one of the courses exceeds 25%. The Faculty Board can deprive the student of taking the final exam and “Zero" grade is given in the final exam after warning him.
14. If the student presents a compulsive excuse accepted by the Faculty Council for not attending the final exam for any course within two days of taking the exam, an "incomplete" grade will be given to him in this course, on condition that he has not been prevented from entering the final exams.
15. In this case, the student with an "incomplete" grade will have the opportunity to take the exam in this course within a period not exceeding one month from the beginning of the following semester. The final grade of the student is given on the basis of the degree obtained in the final exam plus the degree obtained in the course work of the previous academic semester.
Program Goals
This program aims to provide a highly qualified graduate who is able to combine business administration specialty and information systems specialty keeping up with the pace of the huge developments in the market labor and their business application.
Program Advantages
1. It offers a unique specialty that combines both business administration and information systems.
2. The program has a fine selection of professors from both the faculty of Commerce and faculty of computer science.
3. The program is based on the credit hour system, in which flexibility is an added value for the student.
4. The language of study in the program is English.
5. Up to date laboratories are available to train students throughout the study.
6. The program provides excellent training opportunities and workshops for students during their study period.
Areas of work and specialized programs
BIS program gives a bachelor's degree in one of the unique specialties introduced by the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
Requirements for joining the program
There are some rules and conditions issued by the Supreme Council of Universities, the University Council, and the Faculty Council concerning the admission to the Business Information Systems program as follows:
1. The student must have a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in the same academic year of admission.
2. The student has to be accepted first in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration as a regular (full-time) student, through the Coordination Office, and in the same year of admission, considering that the faculty does not accept external students in the Business Information Systems program.
3. The minimum score for the English language will be determined in light of the indicators of coordination and admission to universities, it is also preferable for English to be the first foreign language for applicants.
4. Holders of an IGCSE, with a minimum grade of (C) in the English language subject.
5. Holders of the American High School Diploma with a minimum grade of (C) in the English language subject.
6. The selection of the students in the admission process is in light of the numbers approved by the Supreme Council of Universities on the basis of the total sum of the degrees obtained by the student (secondary education total grade + English language subject + high-level degree in English language subject if available).
7. The priority of acceptance shall be among the students nominated for the faculty directly from the Coordination Office, while the admission of students transferred from other universities will be limited to the vacant places on the same original previously stated basis.
8. A decision shall be issued by the faculty Council and approved by the President of the University and those who are included in the issued decision can be considered as accepted in the Business Information Systems Program. The admission lists are announced in both the faculty’s headquarters and also on the official website of the program www.helwan.edu.eg/bis.
9. The accepted student will come to the program headquarters in Zamalek within the announced dates to complete the procedures for enrolling her/him in the program.
10. On the registration dates, the accepted student must attend the program headquarters in Zamalek to choose the courses that he will study, with the guidance of the academic advisor to register them and pay the tuition fees.
Bachelor’s requirements
To get a Bachelor's degree in Commerce in the field of Business Information Systems, a study of 129 credit hour is distributed as follows:
1- General Requirements (12) credit hour.
    •(6) Compulsory hours.
    • (6) Hours for the student to choose among the elective courses.
2- Faculty Requirements (60) credit hours:
    •(51) Compulsory hours.
    •(9) hours that student chooses among the elective courses.
3- Specialization requirements (57) credit hours.
    •(48) Compulsory hours.
    •(9) Hours, a student chooses among the elective courses.
To inquire
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration - Helwan University - Ain Helwan.
Tel: 25590000 - Ext: 1452 - Fax: 25541149
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