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Dear NUS folks,

NUS BiZiT wishes you a Happy National Day!

And we bring to you awesome news too!

Our long-awaited NUS BiZiT Welcome Tea is here!

Find out more about us and what we do in this popcorn-filled welcome tea! (Yes, free popcorn!) We are also opening up exco applications, so come down for this session and discover the leader in you through BiZiT!

Date: 17 August 2016, Wednesday

Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Venue: NUS SoC SR1 (COM1-02-03) (TBC)

Indicate your interest here.

 

Cheers,

NUS BiZiT

SGCBAM 2016

Dear Members,

The working group under NUS BiZiT, the SGCBAM Team, is rolling out the by-students-for-students Singapore Geospatial Challenge Business Analytics Mania (SGCBAM), with the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) as co-organiser.

Through SGCBAM, the SGCBAM Team aims to expose our pre-university juniors to the wonders of geospatial and business analysis through LEARN, PLAY, APPLY.

Learn

Technical workshops to polish up the analyst in you with professional instructors from SLA and SAS.

Play

Hands-on session with SAS analytics software AND free consultation with industry partners SLA, SAS, JOS, AON, and more.

Apply

The final case challenge to unleash your creativity, your geospatial awareness, and the business talent in you!

Support their cause by liking and sharing the SGCBAM Facebook page and SGCBAM official site! Also, let your juniors know and they may stand to win attractive prizes (to be revealed soon)! Register here.

Date: 3 to 4 September 2016
Time: 9 am to 6 pm on both days
Venue: Stephen Riady Centre, NUS University Town

How can you (not a pre-university student) help? We are recruiting backstage staff, on-site security and ushers, photographers, and more manpower. Please contact organisers{at}sgcbam{dot}org to indicate your interest! Join us and make a difference to your juniors lives and lifelong friendships with fellow NUS peeps! All in one!

P.S. To all involved in SGCBAM: Meals are provided!

Please contact organisers{at}sgcbam{dot}org for any queries and the SGCBAM Team will be glad to help you out! Thank you.

 
Cheers,

NUS BiZiT

Recruitment for Data Analytics Challenge committee and consultants

(Originally posted in Facebook)

Dear Members!

We are seeking committed individuals to be part of the committee to host an island wide Data-Analytics challenge in partnership with well-known Companies and Government statutory board to be held in September 2016 (Dates TBC).

Committee members will be offered:

  • Complementary training for one of the leading Data Analytics Software (SAS).
  • Certification for competency in Data Analytics software.
  • Opportunity to be short-listed for a government mid-term scholarship.
  • Opportunity to be part of the committee mentor for freshman in AY16/17.
  • Networking with Industry contacts from leading data analytic companies.
  • Guidance/Training for event management skills

Requirements/Eligibility:

  • Able and willing to commit for software training held during the summer vacation (Likely in end July to August)
  • Able to attend regular in-person meetings during the summer vacations
  • Passionate about Data Analytics

Positions available:

  • Event Committee Heads (Finance, Marketing/Designer, Publicity, Logistics)
  • Data Analytics Consultants (To be mentors on the day of the event)

If you have a passion for hosting events and would like to gain experiences on Data Analytics (The up and rising trend for BiZiT Professionals). Join us now!
Do spread the message to your friends to sign up together and at the same time get them to join NUS BiZiT for more similar opportunities in the future.

UPDATE:

Sign up HERE!

We really look forward to working together with you to make this event a success!

 

Cheers,

NUS BiZiT

Visit to NCS Surf 23 March 3pm

Dear friends,

NCS has invited YOU to visit their Surf (Solutions for Urbanized Future) Centre on 23rd March (Wed) at 3pm. If you are interested, kindly send  your name and email to meetus@nusbizit.org. Hope to see you there!

More information on SURF centre can be found at https://www.ncs.com.sg/solutions-for-urbanised-future

 

About NCS

Creating Value for Your Business

NCS is a leading information and communications technology (ICT) and communications engineering services provider across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. It is headquartered in Singapore and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singtel Group.

NCS has in-depth domain knowledge and unique capabilities that create business value for customers. We offer a broad range of services, including consulting, systems development and integration, business process outsourcing, infrastructure management and solutions, and technology solutions.

Your Preferred Partner

NCS is vendor-agnostic and partners with best-of-breed technology companies as well as platform providers to ensure our customers have seamlessly integrated solutions to support their business needs.

[Update] “Git Afternoon”

Our workshop was scheduled to be this coming Wednesday (Week 5), but due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be postponed to Recess Week. In addition, do take note that we will focus more on Git than on Command Prompt. And bring your laptops!

Date: Thursday, 25h February 2016

Time: 1500-1800

Venue: SoC COM1 VCRoom (COM1-02-13)

We would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused. An email will be sent to registrants shortly pertaining to this matter.

Event Page Here

Do email grow@nusbizit.org if you have any queries.

 

NUS BiZiT

Welcome Tea (End)

Good evening Members and fellow NUS peeps,

We hope you now understand more about us, NUS BiZiT, what we do, and what we will do. If you still have any queries about us, do ping us via nusbizit@gmail.com and we will be glad to answer you. You may also contact us personally.

Our next event is a workshop: “Command Prompt and Git”, renamed to “Git Afternoon” as of 15/2/16.

Date: 25th February 2016

Time: 1500-1800

Venue: SoC COM1 VCRoom (COM1-02-13)

We will be covering very basic commands in Command Prompt and Command Line.

As for Git, we will explain its fundamental concepts, some simple techniques for collaboration work, and if time permits, some debugging – there is always conflicts in relationships so why not in Git?

Event Page Here

Do email grow@nusbizit.org if you have any queries.

Hope to see you in February!

 

NUS BiZiT

Updates to Official FAQ

First Article!

Let us begin by helping to update and giving our take on the official FAQ for Information System Courses

  1. What are the Information System (IS) major and the Electronic Commerce (EC) major?

NUS BiZiT: The Electronic Commerce Major is no longer offered from AY2015-2016. Prospective students interested in E-commerce can now take the IS major with a E-commerce Specialisation.

The Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) is also offered under the Department of Information Systems.

  1. What are the degrees offered by the IS Department?

Faculty: The IS department offers the following degrees:

  • 4.5-year Concurrent Degree with in Information Systems (Direct Honours) and NUS School of Business’s MSc in Management (for top students)
  • 4-year Direct Honours Undergraduate Degree in Information Systems
  • Double degrees in Information Systems and Bachelor of Business Administration (School of Business)
  1. Why haven’t I heard about IS degree programs?

Faculty: These are relatively new majors, unlike Physics or even Computer Science for example. The Information Systems discipline sprung up in the early 1980s as organisations and societies become increasingly information- and knowledge-intensive and there is a need for greater automation to drive organizational and societal innovation, efficiency, productivity and effectiveness.

NUS BiZiT: Business and IT are core components of any organisations and is no longer cost-effective to employ an employee who are only specialised in either but a IT trained personnel with a business mindset (Start-ups? Big tech firms? Are run by “Business Centric Geeks”)

  1. Is IS very technical, as it is in SoC?

NUS BiZiT: IS in SOC is a balance of both with a slight bias towards business aspects of IT solution. The only “compulsory” technical courses are unsurprisingly those listed as CS prefixed modules in the core module list of the curriculum.

Students would get to go through basic programming modules that train their technical skills such as CS1010 Programming Methodology, CS1020 Data Structures and Algorithms I, which are essential to help an IS trained person better communicate with their IT project teams (which are likely to comprise developers and programmers) in the future.

(You can’t quality check a program or conduct requirements analysis without at least a basic understanding of the structure of technology, however you are, in most cases, not required to have deep understanding of the technical aspects, which are the jobs of your counterparts in Computer Science who may specialise in Software Engineering :p)

In reality, we believe even Computer Science should not be about “Programming” but an applied mathematics course (Yeah hardcore technical stuffs like cryptology), but we will leave that to our partners to dispel the myth. Do check them out if you are interested in honing your technical skills.

  1. What are the career prospects of an IS graduate?

Faculty: Typical jobs for IS: Business Analysts, Process Analysts, Systems Analysts, Consultants, Client Account Executives, Vendor Management, and any decision-making jobs involving the use and processing of complex information (e.g. in the financial and marketing industries).

  1. What is the employment rate and salary?

NUS BiZiT: According to 2014 MOE Graduate Employment Survey, NUS IS course has the best overall employment rate in SOC of 95.5% and a mean basic salary of $3684.

  1. What do I learn from IS? What are the courses I need to take?

Faculty: Here are some core courses for IS major:

  • Strategic IT Applications
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Economics of E-Business
  • Enterprise Social Systems
  • Technology Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems Consulting
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Legal Aspects of Information Technology
  • Requirements Analysis and Design
  • Enterprise Systems Development Concepts
  • Enterprise Systems Development Project
  • Software Team Dynamics
  • Software Quality Management
  • IT Project Management
  • IT Adoption and Change Management
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Commerce
  • Strategic IS Planning
  • Outsourcing and Off-shoring Management
  • E-Commerce Business Models
  • Financial/managerial Accounting
  • Operations Management
  • Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Service Science
  • IT and Customer Relationship Management
  1. IS programs are too soft. I cannot learn real skills.

NUS BiZiT: We believe that the IS program are not truly about soft skills (They do not teach you EQ, but “IT management theories”).

Rather, NUS BiZiT is the one here to promote an environment to help students develop their soft-skills through networking opportunity and understanding of the industry working style.

  1. Why should I apply to IS programs, which seem to have lower admission criteria?

NUS BiZiT: This is no longer true! IS programme is now a considered a prestigious course to get into as demand for the course have greatly increase the cut-off point for admission.

  1. I heard computing is not a hot major.

NUS BiZiT: With the recent jump in IGP scores, the demand for Computing Courses have never been higher.

It is a fact that many professions are subjected to seasonal and regional environmental changes which affects job availability. Read: Computing is cool again

  1. Does the Department of IS and School of Computing have an active student association?

Faculty: Yes. The NUS Students’ Computing Club was formed in 1998 and represents undergraduates in NUS School of Computing.

NUS BiZiT: And in Year 2016, National University of Singapore BiZiT Society (NUS BiZiT) is formed by a group of undergraduates to better focus efforts on assisting students with developing complementary knowledge that goes beyond IT.

* Do note that while the author has verified to his best ability the accuracy of the content, all comments are the subjective opinion of the author and do not reflect the views of the other publication authors or other NUS BiZiT members.

Join Us!

Greetings from NUS BiZiT.

We thank all who showed your initial support by joining our Facebook group! We are now formally called NUS Information Systems Society. All members in our Facebook group are invited to formalise your membership by signing up here!

Members get exclusive benefits and access to the society’s resources.

NUS BiZiT is a budding Student Interest Group, our membership are open to all students in NUS and our alumni (associate members) who are interested in the BIZIT profession and keeping themselves/us updated with the industry. Those considering a post-graduate course to explore deeper knowledge of Information Systems are more than welcome to join us too!

Do meet us offline by visiting our promotional booth outside SR3 (Near to SR1 – SOC COM1 Level 2 Lobby Area) on Week 1 Friday, 15 January 2016! You can explore our other planned events here!

As previously called out, recruitment for Project Managers will also be held during our Welcome Tea for our members (Date and Venue to be Confirmed). Join our team to further the cause!

We hope you have a great semester ahead (:

 

Warmest Regards,

NUS BiZiT