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BCom (Informatics : Information systems)

1. What are the entrance requirements?

  • You need a Grade 12 certificate with university exemption;
  • Mathematics: 4 (50%), NOT Mathematics Literacy;
  • Afrikaans or English: 5 (60%)

Score: 30 (incorrectly stated as 32 in faculty brochure).

2. What subjects do I take as part of my degree?

Your major subject will be Informatics in your first, second and third year. Compulsory subjects in your first year are:

  • Financial Accounting;
  • Economics;
  • Statistics;
  • English;
  • Communication Management;
  • Computer and Information Literacy;
  • Language Skills (If you fail the compulsory language proficiency test);
  • Business Management;
  • Mathematics (Discrete Structures).

         You can choose one of the following subjects in your first year:

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology;
  • Marketing Management;
  • Public Administration.

The subject Informatics is spread over three years at undergraduate level. During this period, 14 Informatics modules are completed. INF153, 154, 163, 164, 271, 272, 370, 354, 324, are the specialist stream taken by students with Informatics as their main subject. This stream concentrates on problem solving, technical analysis, design and the construction of systems. The aim is to develop expert information system builders.

Informatics 112, 214 , 261, 225 and 315 are the courses that focus on computer and information systems literacy. Many BCom students choose these courses to prepare themselves better for today's working environment. Informatics 264 is taken only by BCom (Accounting) students.

Students who do not study one of the degree courses in the School of Information Technology are not allowed to register for INF 315, 324, 354 or 370. They are, however, allowed to register for INF 301.

Student Outcomes of the Degree

The Student Outcomes of our degree are linked to the following ABET (international accreditation body) outcomes:

The program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

A.     An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline

B.     An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

C.    An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs

D.    An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal

E.     An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

F.     An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

G.    An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society

H.    Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

I.      An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

J.        An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.

Our specific student outcomes are:

SO 1.1. (ABET Outcome B,C,I) The student should have a thorough knowledge of the planning, analysis, design, implementation and management of computerized information systems.

SO 1.2. (ABET Outcome G,I) The student should be able to describe the different components and the interaction of these components in a computer-based system

SO 2.1. (ABET Outcome A,B,C,I) The student should have mastered advanced business programming using a modern programming language.

SO 2.2. (ABET Outcome B,C,D,I) The student should implement a database application by converting a detailed design into a working database.

SO 3.1. (ABET Outcome B,C,D,F,I) The student should understand the importance of managing project execution, estimate and schedule tasks as well as how to build and maintain sound relationships during any project life cycle.

SO 4.1. (ABET Outcome E,G) The student should have an awareness of the social, ethical and global implications of Information technology.

SO 5.1. (ABET Outcome A,F,G) The student should be able to communicate (verbally and in writing) a critical, analytical and logical argument on selected topics around the adoption, use and management of information systems in organizations.

SO 6.1. (ABET Outcome C,D,G,I) The student should successfully complete an information system solution for their clients; completing each deliverable as part of the SDLC.

SO 6.2. (ABET Outcome D,F,H) Students should manage their own teams

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