BIS specialising in INFORMATION SCIENCE

Package organiser: 

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

"A dynamic career in the information era"


Do you want to? 

  • Be part of the international information society?
  • Buy and sell information?
  • Develop information systems?
  • Manage information products and services – also in cyberspace?

 

What does the degree entail?

The increasing amount of information available and growing 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, and also teaches 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 specialization options are available, depending on the electives chosen.

 

The degree offers the following career opportunities:

  • information manager (manages information and knowledge resources) ;
  • information specialist (organises, retrieves and adds value to information);
  • information consultant (consults on information products, services and systems);
  • information broker (acts as an 'infopreneur' and buys and sells information products and services);
  • system specialist (develops and analyses information systems).

 

 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 28 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) if Informatics is elected as an elective subject on first-year level, a minimum of at least level 5 (60-69%) in Mathematics is required.


Duration of study


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

Minimum credits required: 415-458*

Year Level 1

Year Level 2

Year Level 3

Total

Fundamental modules

12

8

0

26

Core modules

68

92

75

235

Elective modules

30-50

60-63*

70-90*

160-203*

Total

110-130

160-163*

145-165*

415-458*

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 this package is at least 415-458 depending on the choice of elective modules.
 

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 for Year Level 1 (68 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 110

Information Science: Introduction to Information Science

 

12

S1

INL 120

Information Science: Organisation and representation of information

 

12

S2

INL 130

Information Science: Personal information management

 

12

S1

INL 140

Information Science: Information and communication technology

 

12

S2

OBS 114 
and

Business Management

 

10

S1

OBS 124

Business Management

OBS 114

10

S2

Elective modules for Year Level 1 (30 credits*)

Select one group in consultation with the package organiser.

Group A (50 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 112

Informatics

Regulation 1.2(e)

10

S1

INF 154

Informatics

Regulation 1.2(f)

10

S1

INF 164

Informatics

INF 154; Regulation 1.2(f); AIM 101 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

10

S2

INF 171

Informatics

Regulation 1.2(f)

20

Y

Note:
^A candidate who has obtained at least 4 (50-59%) in Mathematics in the Grade 12 examination, or at least 50% in both WTW 133 and WTW 143 will be admitted to Informatics 112.
+A candidate who has obtained at least 5 (60-69%) in Mathematics, or has passed WTW 133 and WTW 143, will be admitted to Informatics 154, 164 and 171.

Or

Group B (30 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

At least 30 credits* from any subject(s) at Year Level 1.

30*

 

 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 30.

 

SECOND YEAR OF STUDY

Fundamental module for Year Level 2 (8 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

+JCP 202

Community-based Project

 

8

^

Note:
+ Students who register for the first time during 2005 or thereafter will be required to successfully complete the above module as part of the requirements for the bachelor's degree. A student may register for the module during the second or third year of study in accordance with Departmental requirements.
^ Consult the Department at the beginning of the year.

Core modules for Year Level 2 (92 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 210

Information Science: Information seeking and retrieval

AIM 101 or AIM 111 and 121

20

S1

INL 220

Information Science: Representation and organisation

INL 210 or LP

20

S2

INL 240

Information Science: Social and ethical impact

 

20

S1

Select one of the following subjects in consultation with the package organiser:

OBS 210
and

Business Management

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

16

S1

OBS 220

Business Management or

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

16

S2

KOB 210
and

Communication Management

 

16

S1

KOB 220

Communication Management

 KOB 210 GS

16

S2

Elective modules for Year Level 2 (60-63 credits*)

Select one group in consultation with the package organiser.

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 60 for Group B.

Group A^ (63 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 214

Informatics

AIM 101 or AIM 111 and 121

14

S1

INF 261

Informatics

INF 214

7

S2

INF 225

Informatics

INF 163/171, INF 164, AIM 101 or AIM 111 and 121

14

S2

INF 271

Informatics

INF 163/171, INF 164, AIM 101 or AIM 111 and 121

14

Year

INF 272

Informatics

INF 163/171, INF 164, AIM 101 or AIM 111 and 121

14

Year

Note:
^ Prerequisite for INF is at least level 5 (60-69%) in Mathematics in the grade 12 examination or WTW 101 or (WTW 133 and WTW 143) as well as the module prerequisites.

Or

Group B (60 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 230

Information Science: User studies and dissemination

 

20

S1

INL 260

Information Science: Economics and politics of information

 

20

S2

INL 270

Information Science: Indigenous knowledge and communication

 

20

S2

 

THIRD YEAR OF STUDY

Core modules for Year Level 3 (75 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 310

Information Science: Information organisation

 

30

S1

INL 320

Information Science: Information and knowledge management

 

30

S2

INL 370

Information Science: Experiential learning project

 

15

Year

Elective modules for Year Level 3 (minimum 90 credits*)

Select one group in consultation with the package organiser.

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

LP, INF 261, 225, 271 and 272

15

S1

INF 324

Informatics

INF 261, 225, 271 and 272

15

S2

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

40

 

Or

Group B (90 credits*)
Choose three of the following modules:

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 340

Information Science: Digital libraries

 

30

S1

INL 360

Information Science: Sociopolitical aspects of information in a global context

 

30

S2

INL 380

Information Science: Competitive Intelligence

 

30

S2

Or

Group C (90 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 315

Informatics

LP, INF 261, 225, 271 and 272

15

S1

INF 324

Informatics

INF 261, 225, 271 and 272

15

S2

And at least 60 credits from Group B.

60

 

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

For postgraduate degrees  click here

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