BIS specialising in INFORMATION SCIENCE

BIS spcialising in Information Science (Code 12240012)

 
Programme coordinator

Prof M Holmner
IT-building 6-49, Hatfield Campus
Tel: +27 12 420 5215
E-mail: [email protected]

Programme information

The increasing amount of information available and developing information needs have necessitated the training of information intermediaries to effectively facilitate the bringing together of users and the information they require.

This package focuses on the use of information technology and the processing of information products and is designed to train students in the management, retrieval and organisation of information, as well as to teach them how to add value to, package and distribute information. Students will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the management of one of the most important resources of enterprises – information and knowledge. Two or three specialisation options are available, depending on the electives chosen.

Admission requirements
  • The closing date is an administrative admission guideline for non-selection programmes. Once a non-selection programme is full and has reached the institutional targets, then that programme will be closed for further admissions, irrespective of the closing date. However, if the institutional targets have not been met by the closing date, then that programme will remain open for admissions until the institutional targets are met.
  • The following persons will be considered for admission: candidates who are in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university endorsement; candidates who are graduates from another tertiary institution or have been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution, and candidates who are graduates of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.
  • Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.
  • Grade 11 results are used for the conditional admission of prospective students.
  • A valid qualification with admission to degree studies is required.
  • Minimum subject and achievement requirements, as set out below, are required.
  • All lectures at the University of Pretoria are presented in English only.
  • If Informatics is selected at first-year level, an achievement level of 5 is required in Mathematics.
Minimum requirements
Achievement level:
English Home Language or English First Additional Language: NSC/IEB – 4
AS Level – D
APS – 28
*Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.
*International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.
 
Other programme-specific information

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

Curriculum: Year 1

Minimum credits: 122 or 132

Fundamental modules (14 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

AIM 111

Academic information management 111

 

4

S1

AIM 121

Academic information management 121

 

4

S2

ALL 121

Academic literacy for information technology 121

 

6

S2

UPO 112

Academic orientation 112

 

0

Y

 

Core modules (68 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 110

Information Science: Introduction to information science 110

 

12

S1

INL 120

Information Science: Organisation and representation of information 120

 

12

S2

INL 130

Information Science: Personal information management 130

 

12

S1

INL 140

Information Science: Information and communication technology 140

 

12

S2

OBS 114

Business management 114

 

10

S1

OBS 124

Business management 124

(OBS 114)

10

S2

 

Elective modules (40 credits*)
Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator.

*Please note: Elective modules: Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator, at least 40 credits from any modules at year level one OR Select 50 credits from the INF elective group. Students who obtained at least 4 (50% - 59%) for Mathematics in the NSC will be admitted to Informatics 112 and students who obtained at least 5 (60 - 69%) for Mathematics in the NSC will be admitted to Informatics 154, 164 and 171.

Group A (50 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 112

Informatics 112

Maths level 4 in NSC or STK 113 (60%) and STK 123 (60 %) or STK 110

10

S2

INF 154

Informatics 154

Maths level 4 in NSC

10

S1

INF 164

Informatics 164

INF 154; AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

10

S2

INF 171

Informatics 171

Maths level 4 in NSC

20

Y

Or

Group B (40 credits*)

*Please Note: Because credits are not calculated in the same way in all faculties, students should take note that the total number of credits required for Group B is at least 40.

Code

Module

Credits

Period

 

At least 40 credits* from any module(s) at year-level 1.

Choose modules in consultation with programme coordinator. e.g.:

12 credits each: AFR 110 & AFR 120; AGL 110 & AGL 120; EFK 110 & EFK 120; ENG 110 & ENG 120; KRM 110 & KRM 120; SLK 110 & SLK 120; SOC 110 & 120; or 10 credits each: PAD 112 & 122

40*

 

 
Curriculum: Year 2

Minimum credits: 160

Fundamental module (8 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

JCP 202

Community-based project 202

 

8

Year

 

Core modules (92 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 210

Information Science: Information seeking and retrieval 210

AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and 121

20

S1

INL 220

Information Science: Representation and organisation 220

INL 210 or LP

20

S2

INL 240

Information Science: Social and ethical impact 240

 

20

S1

OBS 210

Business management 210

OBS 114 or OBS 124 with admission to examination in the other

16

S1

OBS 220

Business management  220

OBS 114 or OBS 124 with admission to examination in the other

16

S2

 

Elective modules (60-63 credits*)

Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator.

*Please note: Because credits are not calculated in the same way in all faculties, students should take note that the total number of credits required for Group A is at least 63 and for Group B at least 60.

Group A(63 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 214

Informatics 214

AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and 121

14

S1

INF 225

Informatics 225

INF 112, AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

14

S2

INF 261

Informatics 261

INF 214

7

S2

INF 271

Informatics 271

INF 164, INF 171, AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

14

Year

INF 272

Informatics 272

INF 164, INF 171, AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

14

Year

Or

Group B (60 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 230

Information Science: User studies and dissemination 230

 

20

S1

INL 260

Information Science: Economics and politics of information 260

 

20

S2

INL 270

Information Science: Indigenous knowledge and communication 270

 

20

S2

 

Curriculum: Final year

Minimum credits: 145

Core modules (75 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 310

Information Science: Information organisation 310

 

30

S1

INL 320

Information Science: Information and knowledge management 320

 

30

S2

INL 370

Information Science: Experiential learning project 370

INL 210, INL 220 and INL 310 or registered for INL 310

15

Year

 

Elective modules (minimum 70-90 credits*)
Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator.
*Please note: Because credits are not calculated in the same way in all faculties, students should take note that the total number of credits required for Group A is at least 70 and 90 for Groups B and C.

Group A (70 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 315

Informatics 315

LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S1

INF 324

Informatics 324

LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S2

And at least 40 credits for Business Management or Communication Management in Year Level 3.

40

 

Or

Group B (90 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 340

Information Science: Digital repositories 340

 

30

S2

INL 360

Information Science: Socio-political aspects of information in a global context 360

 

30

S1

INL 380

Information Science: Competitive intelligence 380

 

30

S2

Or

Group C (90 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 315

Informatics 115

LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S1

INF 324

Informatics 324

LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S2

And at least 60 credits from Group B.

60

 

 
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