Undergraduate

Three undergaduate degrees offered in the Department of Informatics

Informatics at a Glance

BCom(Informatics Information Systems)

BIT(Bachelor of Information Technology)

BIT(Information Systems)


BCom (Informatics Information systems)

What does the programme entail?

BCom (Informatics Information Systems) studies the application and use of the computer and information systems in the organisation. The superiority of students in this field lies in their broad background in the field of economic and management sciences, which implies that the world of business is not strange to them. The use of information technology by organisations is growing exponentially and new, more complex and challenging applications are explored and developed on a daily basis. It has the benefit that, in addition to the obvious fact that the work environment of the informatics specialist is particularly interesting, there is also the advantage that many job opportunities are available to well-qualified informatics specialists. Informatics specialists have the knowledge to analyse the information needs of organisations, be it businesses, government departments, non-profit organisations or any other organisation where information is crucial. They not only analyse the needs, but also address those needs by designing and implementing information systems. Information systems nowadays refer to computer-based systems (including mobile applications) that store and manipulate data so that people can understand, use, interpret and make decisions based on the information.

The BCom (Informatics) degree offered by the University of Pretoria is the only degree in Africa that is internationally accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) of the USA.

Duration of the programme

The BCom(Informatics Information Systems) programme takes a minimum of three years to complete.

Contact information

Dr Marita Turpin

Tel          +27 (0)12 420 3798

Email     [email protected]

Website    www.up.ac.za/informatics

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%)

APS Score: 30

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;
  • Computer and Information Literacy;
  • Academic literacy
  • Business Management;

       The subject Informatics is spread over three years at undergraduate level. During this period, 14 Informatics modules are completed. INF 113, 171, 154, 164, 271, 272, 370, 354 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, 315 and 324 are the courses that focus on computer and information systems environment. 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. 

Program Educational Objectives

PO_01: The Informatics graduate must have a broad business understanding and real world perspective to be Information Systems enablers in organizations and understand the strategic significance of Information Systems.

PO_02: The Informatics graduate must have strong analytical and critical thinking skills to be able to apply both traditional and old concepts and skills.

PO_03: The Informatics graduate must design and implement information technology solutions that enhance organizational performance.

PO_04: The Informatics graduate must exhibit strong ethical principles and have good interpersonal communication and team skills.

PO_05: The Informatics graduate must have skills in basic statistical and mathematical models to be used in analyzing data.

PO_06: The Informatics graduate must understand that systems consist of people, hardware, software and data.

Student Outcomes of the Degree

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

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Support the use, delivery, and management of information systems within an Information Systems environment.  [IS]

 

Our specific student outcomes are:

SO_01_01. (ABET Outcome 1, 2, 6) The student should have a thorough knowledge of the planning, analysis, design, implementation and management of computerized information systems.

SO_01_02. (ABET Outcome 2) The student should be able to describe the different components and the interaction of these components in a computer-based system.

SO_02_01. (ABET Outcome 1, 2) The student should have mastered advanced business programming using a modern programming language.

SO_02_02. (ABET Outcome 1, 2) The student should implement a database application by converting a detailed design into a working database.

SO_03_01. (ABET Outcome 3, 5, 6) 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_04_01. (ABET Outcome 4) The student should have an awareness of the social, ethical and global implications of Information technology.

SO_05_01. (ABET Outcome 3) 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_06_01. (ABET Outcome 1, 2, 6) The student should successfully complete an information system solution for their clients; completing each deliverable as part of the SDLC.

SO_06_02. (ABET Outcome 5) Students should manage their own teams.

 

Enrollments and graduates

BCom (Informatics Information Systems)

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

Total

Undergrad

Total

Grad

Degrees Awarded

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Associates

Hons Bachelors

Masters

Doctorates

Current Year

2019

FT

189

179

129

 

 

497

 

 

 

 

 

1

2018

FT

141

126

129

 

 

397

88

 

44

34

5

2

2017

FT

94

119

102

 

 

317

72

 

50

70

7

3

2016

FT

107

83

104

 

 

294

72

 

70

50

3

4

2015

FT

72

74

112

 

 

259

76

 

67

75

6


BIT – Bachelor of Information Technology

This exciting programme is the first of its kind in South Africa and integrates, in a four-year programme, the different disciplines related to information technology. Many people have a desire to be professionally prepared for a career in the IT industry as a whole, rather than becoming an expert in a particular field of study. The School therefore designed the programme with the explicit aim of ensuring that students have grounding in all aspects deemed to be a necessary part of the background in the IT profession. The fourth study year includes a six-month learnership with participating organisations where students are employed as trainees. Due to its nature, the curriculum is tightly prescribed, with relatively few options open to students. This ensures that the group of BIT students has a cohesive team spirit, and a shared ideal and vision. The curriculum is not for the faint-hearted and requires hard work and dedication. On successful completion, BIT graduates can continue with the part-time MIT programme or any other master’s degree in the School of Information Technology to complete their professional training.

What does the programme entail?

The programme prepares students to understand the use of IT in organisations. In particular, skills are developed to program on both a small and large scale, and to design and implement IT solutions for organisations in a professional manner. Students learn about the use of information in organisations, and how to organise and retrieve information optimally. Sound communication skills and general problem-solving skills are developed throughout the programme. The final-year learnership introduces students to the working world, and ensures their smooth transition to a professional work life after graduation.

Duration of the programme

The BIT programme takes a minimum of four years to complete.

Contact information

Prof M Matthee (Programme Leader)

Tel          +27 (0)12 420 3365

Email     [email protected]

Website     www.up.ac.za/informatics


BIT (Information Systems) - coming in 2020

What does the programme entail?

BIT (Information Systems) studies the application and use of the computer and information systems in the organisation. The use of information technology by organisations is growing exponentially and new, more complex and challenging applications are explored and developed on a daily basis. It has the benefit that, in addition to the obvious fact that the work environment of the information systems specialist is particularly interesting, there is also the advantage that many job opportunities are available to well-qualified information systems specialists. The superiority of students in this field lies in their specialist stream, which can be Computer Auditing, Information Science, Entrepreneurship, e-Business, Geography, Data Science Management or e-Taxation.

Duration of the programme

The BIT(Information Systems) programme takes a minimum of three years to complete.

Additional information

//www.up.ac.za/media/shared/102/bit-is-information.zp173290.pdf

Contact information

Prof Carina de Villiers (Head of Department of Informatics)

Tel          +27 (0)12 420 3798

Email     [email protected]

Website      www.up.ac.za/informatics

 

- Author Carina de Villiers
Last edited by Carina De Villiers

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