The Department of Information Science is unique in South Africa. We offer three main programmes with courses relevant to the trends of the information and knowledge age and economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Information Science , Multimedia and Publishing Studies . Some of the areas we specialise in include Knowledge Management, Virtual Reality, and Electronic Publishing.
Some of the areas we specialise in include Knowledge Management, Virtual Reality, and Electronic Publishing. In addition we offer a Masters degree in Information Technology (specialising in Library and Information Science).
We are one of the largest departments offering Information Science in the Republic of South Africa; we are also the only department in the country that offers Publishing Studies at undergraduate level (in addition to postgraduate studies) and the only department that offers Multimedia (specifically Multimedia Programming, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level). Our undergraduate and honours programmes in Information Science include Competitive Intelligence and Information and Knowledge Management. We value the relevance and currency of our knowledge and courses.
We are very proud of our relationship with the departments of Informatics and Computer Science – our sister departments in the School of Information Technology.
From 1 January 2020, we welcome Prof. Ina Fourie as Head of Department.
Prof. Fourie joined the Department in July 2001, and has been a professor since 2010. She started her lecturing career at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 1988, and before that worked as a librarian at the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa. Prof. Fourie is a member of a number of national and international library and information science associations, and she is a rated researcher. Her research focus is information behaviour, especially in healthcare contexts. As Head of Department, she hopes in particular to provide support to establish the careers of young academics and to promote the research profile of the department.