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Postgraduate Programme

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Programme:  Coursework

Coursework Programme Master of Informatics

Informatics is a multi-disciplined study on the design, application and adoption of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in various
areas not only from the technical perspective but also from various aspects of society, organisation, and man as an individual member of the society
and organisation as a whole. By considering the great development that had taken place in the application and adoption of ICT in various disciplines,
this Master of Informatics programme is offered to fulfill the current requirements in this area. 

Through Option B (see Elective Courses below), candidates will also be awarded with the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Information Systems
and Telecommunications Management offered by Syracuse University, USA.

The objectives :

The objectives of this programme are to develop and produce graduates with an in-depth understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of
informatics and of their inter-relationships; to produce graduates who are equipped with knowledge and skill in scientific,
engineering and advance analysis of ICT which can be applied in jobs across various fields/sectors especially in business, technopreneurship
and biomedical sectors; and to produce more ICT power users in various industrial fields such as biomedical, healthcare, marketing, business and others.

Frequency of intake :

There will be one intake each year, in the months of September.

Course Structure

Candidates are required to complete 44 units in order to graduate.

Core Courses (20 Units)

Candidates are required to take the following courses:
•    Applied Informatics
•    Informatics Project Management
•    Informatics Research Methods
•    Informatics Project
Elective Courses (24 Units)

Focus Area Electives = 8 units
Choose two (2) elective courses from one of the following Focus Areas (the first course is compulsory to be taken for the chosen Focus Area).

List of Focus Areas
Business Informatics
•    Business Engineering with ERP Solutions
•    Business Organisation & Environments
•    Business Intelligence & Data Mining

Biomedical Informatics
•    Healthcare Information Systems
•    Bioinformatics Computing
•    Consumer Health Informatics

Informatics Technopreneurship
•    Technopreneurship & Business Development
•    Cyber-Marketing
•    Financial Planning & Management

Other Electives = 16 units
Choose four (4) other courses from the remaining courses of the chosen Focus Area or courses from other Focus Areas.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree in any field, with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 and above, or equivalent, from a recognised university.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have working experience of at least 3 years in areas related to ICT.

Language Requirement

For International Applicants:

The minimum TOEFL score of 550 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

For Malaysian Applicants:

Credit in English at SPM level and a minimum score of Band 4 in MUET or equivalent may also exempted from the TOEFL / IELTS requirement.

Note: At the discretion of USM, candidates who have a degree from universities that use English as their medium of instruction may be exempted. Results must be attached with the application form.





Registration Fees : RM 340.00


Tution Fees : RM 268.00 X 40 Units


Total Fees : RM 12,132.00

Registration Fees : RM 910.00


Personal Bond : RM 1900.00


Tution Fees : RM 400.00 X 40 Units


Total Fees : RM 20,140.00


Minimum 3 semesters / Maximum 6 semesters


Synopsis of Courses Offered

a. CIT541/4 – Business Organisations and Environment

This course familiarises the student with solid understanding of business, organisation, management and technology for business organisations. This course will focus on the development and managing an e-business between and within enterprises and will explore topics such as choosing business model, technology for e-business, strategies and tactics, security and payment issues, as well as managerial and customer-related issues.

b. CIT542/4 – Platform Technologies and Programming

This course covers computer organisation, systems programming, basics of operating systems and an introduction to data communications and networks. It discusses various platform technologies including those from the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Microsoft Corp. The students will also be introduced to programming.

c. CIT543/4 – ICT Project Management and Research Methods

The aim of the course is to expose the students to important concepts in information and communications technology (ICT) projects which include the nine knowledge areas, namely scope, time, cost, quality, integration, human resource, communication, risk and procurement. It also provides students with a comprehensive set of ICT project management activities and tasks that should be undertaken by any manager responsible for managing ICT projects, including ICT development process, management functions of planning, organising, staffing, directing and controlling. It discusses in detail the activities and specific tasks of project management necessary to successfully project-manage an ICT project. The course also includes an introduction of research methods in ICT and methods in analysing data of the research results either qualitatively or quantitatively.

d. CIT571/4 – Technopreneurship and Business Development

This course aims at encouraging and developing the potentials of students in starting up technology-based businesses. The course content complements each student’s technical knowledge by exposing him or her to various approaches for exploiting such technical knowledge through the continuous building of a business plan. Students will be equipped with the necessary knowledge for subsequently commercialising their product/service prototypes, either as independent technopreneurs or organisational technopreneurs. It covers the entrepreneurial mindset, venture plan, and important issues for start-up, growth and development. The topics include business plan development, Internet-based market research, go-to-market, financial planning and management, and various case studies.

e. CIT572/4 – Cyber-Marketing

This course exposes the students to various issues and techniques on the application of Internet-based technologies in international marketing. It covers several areas including Internet-based market research techniques, strategies to enter electronic and conventional commerce markets, adaptation of marketing strategies, issues on country of origin and culture, strategic alliances, etc. The first part of the course provides the foundation for the students to understand Internet marketing and associated business models. It then develops the essential skills an Internet marketer needs to adequately cover the many responsibilities and opportunities the Internet and the ICT vendors have created. The third part of the course discusses in detail modern online commerce, with emphasis on the techniques and challenges of using the Internet to promote and sell products/ services, together with the creation of customer trust and management of customer relationship.

f. CIT573/4 – Financial Planning and Management

This course discusses several simple topics but difficult in practice. In theory, one needs to determine what is needed (specific goals and objectives), measure what is requested (quantify the benefits sought), and next apply the existing ways of achieving the maximum possible values of the needs that have been identified (maximising the benefits). Therefore, this course discusses topics such as financial policy and management, budget planning, cash management, and financial and cost accounting.

g. CIT579/20 – Dissertation

Students will conduct research after taking the course on research methods and other core courses that should equip the students with related skills. The outcome of the research project will be the dissertation. The research project should have commercial values as well as contains research contribution.


School of Computer Sciiences offers two modes of study for the postgraduates programmes, that is by Mixed Mode (a combination of coursework and research) and by Research. Currently this scool offered three types of programmes :

  1. Mixed Mode Programme - Master of Science (Computer Science)
  2. Mixed Mode Programme - Master of Science (IT Technopreneurship) - currently not being offered
  3. Mixed Mode Programme - Master of Informatics
  4. Research Programmes - Ph.D & M.Sc. by Research


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