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Programme: BITHons (Information Systems)

Code Faculty Department
12245000 Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology Department: Informatics
Credits Duration NQF level SAQA ID
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 120 NQF level:  08 SAQA ID:  115603

Programme information

Refer also to G16-G29.

Admission requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree with majors in:
    1. Information Technology
      or
    2. Computer Science
      or
    3. Informatics
      or
    4. Information Systems
  2. Weighted average of at least 60% over all third-year modules in:
    1. Information Technology
      or
    2. Computer Science
      or
    3. Informatics
      or
    4. Information Systems

Other programme-specific information

Subject to the provisions of G18.3, a full-time student must complete his or her studies for an honours degree within two academic years (four semesters) and a part-time student within three academic years (six semesters) after first registration for the degree. However, the Dean may, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department, extend the period of study in both cases by a maximum of two semesters.

Examinations and pass requirements

Refer also to G18 and G26.

  1. The examination in each module for which a student is registered, takes place during the normal examination period after the conclusion of lectures (i.e. usually October/November or May/June).
  2. G18(1) applies with the understanding that under exceptional circumstance an extension of a maximum three years may be approved: provided that the Dean, on recommendation of the relevant head of department, may approve a stipulated limited extension of this period.
  3. A student must obtain at least 50% in an examination for each module where no semester or year mark is required. A module may only be repeated once.
  4. In modules where semester or year marks are awarded, a minimum examination mark of 40% and a final mark of 50% is required.
  5. No supplementary or special examinations are granted at postgraduate level.

Pass with distinction

The degree is conferred with distinction if students registered for the degree for the first time, complete the degree within the minimum prescribed time and pass all modules with a weighted average of 75% (not rounded).

Minimum credits: 120

Core modules

Elective modules

  • Module content:

    This module will be used to present special, relevant topics within the expertise of the department.

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  • Module content:

    Enterprise Architecture (EA) involves comprehensive business frameworks that capture the complexity of modern organisations, providing a blue-print for co-ordinating and integrating all components of an organisation. The module will illustrate all the aspects of EA, discuss the need for EA as well as various frameworks, methods and techniques of EA.

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  • Module content:

    This module will be used to present special, relevant topics within the expertise of the department.

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  • Module content:

    • Advanced database design
    • Advanced database management
    • Database architectures and languages
    • Data warehousing and data marts
    • Current trends

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  • Module content:

    Main emphasis will be on IS project management using a case study to get practical experience in project management.

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  • Module content:

    Study and evaluation of different systems development methodologies.

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  • Module content:

    This module will be used to present special, relevant topics within the expertise of the department.

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  • Module content:

    In this information age a lot of data is captured every day and recorded in databases, but the wealth of this data is kept locked in the databases because relatively little mining is performed on this data. This module introduces you to data mining in terms of:
    • The data mining process - how do you mine data?
    • The data mining techniques - an overview of the data mining techniques that can be used;
    • Practical data mining experience - a practical project mining real industry data to find unknown patterns; and
    • Product overviews - product demonstrations by data mining   vendors.

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  • Module content:

    Business process management; ERP systems; IT trends.

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  • Module content:

    1. Introduction to the study of information and communications technology law:
    • The place of information and communications technology law in the legal system
    • The nature and scope of information and communications technology law
    • Sources of information and communications technology law
    • Inception and influence of the Internet
    1. Regulation of the Internet:
    • National/International
    • Jurisdiction
    1. Aspects of intellectual property law and the Internet
    2. E-Commerce activities and the Internet:
    • Aspects of jurisdiction and signing of contracts
    • Dataprotection and encryption
    • Liability of Internet service providers
    • Consumer Protection
    1. Criminal liability in information and communications technology space
    2. Constitutional aspects in information and communications technology space:
    • The right to privacy/freedom of expression/information

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