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BIS Multimedia

BIS specialising in MULTIMEDIA

(Code 12131005)


Enquiries:

Mr K de Beer
IT Building 6-61
Tel.: +27 12 420 2833
E-mail: [email protected]

 

"Breathe life into technology"

Is Multimedia for you?

  • Do you like to work with a computer?
  • Do you like programming? (Very important!!!)
  • Are you interested in creating websites for the corporate environment or computer games?
  • Do you want to learn how to create moving graphics and animation?  

 

What does the degree entail?

Modern information technology offers the possibility of information products being designed and created comprising various types of media over and above the traditional text medium. Information technology is therefore converging various previously separate traditional media. There is not a single discipline that handles the combination of information products. The Multimedia qualification in the Department of Information Science addresses this shortcoming. Any type of institution in all economic spheres, including government, may profit from a multimedia approach to information design, organization and retrieval.

Multimedia documents include text, graphics, sound, video and animation. The purpose of this qualification is to enable students to understand the necessary concepts to build multimedia products and maintain the products. This programme is therefore a combination of theory and practice.

The explosion of the Web, as well as the exponential growth and power of information technology requires the introduction of this degree following international trends. The qualification is a new field of study not offered at other local universities. 

 

With this degree you can:

  • mark up documents in HTML and XML;
  • design, build and publish websites;
  • become a member of a multimedia production team;
  • create games and animations;
  • build user-friendly computer interfaces;
  • create media, e.g. graphics, video and sound for the web;
  • build 3D worlds;
  • programme in various programming languages.  

 

Job opportunities

With the convergence of many traditional communication media such as paper publications, television, radio, phone technologies and the advent of all kinds of new devices that enable connection with information sources such as the Web, there is a global shortage of content producers. The BIS Multimedia degree prepares you to get a job with any of these dynamic content producers. You can also become a hardcore coder and work for a programming company. You can develop skills in your particular area of interest: digital music or video, programming, graphic development, games development, Web development, etc. You may work in these industries: telecommunications, broadcasting, publishing and Internet content service providers, in short, at any institution that communicates information in multimedia.

 

Admission requirements for candidates with a National Senior Certificate

To obtain admission to this degree programme, a candidate should have obtained the following:

(a)  a valid National Senior Certificate with admission for degree purposes; and

(b)  a minimum APS of 30 in the final Grade 12 examinations; and

(c)  compliance with the NSC minimum requirements; additionally one of these languages must be Afrikaans or English at level 4 (50%-59%); and

(d)  at least level 5 (60-69%) in Mathematics.
 

Duration of study


Students registering for a three-year degree, must complete the degree in a maximum of five years.

 

Minimum credits required: 469

Year level 1

Year level2

Year level 3

Total

Fundamental modules

12

8

0

20

Core modules

116

136

105

357

Other compulsory modules

16

40

 

56

Elective modules

 

 

36

36

Total

144

184

141

469

 

FIRST YEAR OF STUDY

Fundamental modules for Year Level 1 (12 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

AIM 101

Academic Information Management

 

6

S1

ALL 121

Academic literacy for Information Technology

 

6

S2

Core modules (116 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 110

Multimedia: Mark-up languages

Departmental selection

12

S1

IMY 120

Multimedia: Multimedia for the web

IMY 110

12

S2

INL 110

Information science: Introduction to Information science

 

12

S1

INL 120

Information science: Organisation and representation of information

 

12

S2

INL 140

Information science: Information and communication technology

 

12

S2

COS 132

Imperative programming

 

16

S1

COS 110

Program design: Introduction

COS 131 or COS 132 or
COS 153 and Maths level 5 or WTW 133

16

S2

COS 151

Introduction to computer science

 

8

S1

COS 121

Software modelling

COS 131 or COS 132 or COS 153

16

S2

Other compulsory module (16 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

VIO 102

Visual design

Mathematics 5 or WTW 114 or WTW 101 or WTW 133 and 143

16

Year

 

SECOND YEAR OF STUDY

Fundamental module (8 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

JCP 202

Community-based project

 

8

^

Note:

^ Consult the department at the beginning of the year.

Core modules (136 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 210

Multimedia: Advanced mark-up languages (1)

Departmental selection

16

S1

IMY 211

Multimedia: Multimedia and hypermedia theory

Departmental selection

20

S1

IMY 220

Multimedia: Advanced mark-up languages (2)

IMY 210

16

S2

PUB 210

Publishing: Copy-editing

 

20

S1

COS 212

Data structures and algorithms

COS 131 

16

S1

COS 216 

Netcentric computer systems

COS 110 

16

S1

COS 222

Operating systems

COS 131 or COS 132

16

S2

COS 226

Concurrent systems

COS 131 or COS 132

16

S2

Other compulsory modules (40 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

COS 284 (was ERA 284)

Computer organisation and architecture

COS 110

16

S2

VIO 202

Visual design

VIO 102

24

Year

 

THIRD YEAR OF STUDY

Core modules for year-level 3 (105 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 300

Multimedia: Project

Departmental selection

45

Year

IMY 310

Multimedia: Human-computer interaction

Departmental selection

30

S1

IMY 320

Multimedia: Trends

Departmental selection

30

S2

Elective modules (36 credits*)                      

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

Select at least two ^ of the following semester modules:

COS 301

Software engineering

COS 110 and COS 121

27

Year

COS 314

Artificial intelligence

COS 131 or COS 110

18

S1*

COS 332

Computer networks

COS 216

18

S1*

COS 333

Programming languages

COS 110

18

S2*

COS 341

Compiler construction

COS 212

18

S1*

COS 330

Computer security and ethics

COS 110

18

S2*

COS 326

Database systems

INF 214 or TDH

18

S2*

COS 344

Computer graphics

COS 110 and WTW 126

18

S1*

Note:

The semester in which these modules are offered may vary from year to year.

Students who wish to continue with a BSc(Hons)(CS) should consult the Computer Science department for the correct admission requirements to the degree. COS 301 and three COS electives are compulsory admission requirements for BSc(Hons) (CS).

 

Click here for a description of all the modules of the School of Information Technology.

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