BIS MULTIMEDIA

BIS Multimedia (Code 12131013) 

 
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Office: IT Building 6-63, Hatfield Campus
Tel: +27 12 420 4861
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Programme information

Modern information technology offers the possibility of information products being designed and created comprising various types of media over and above the traditional text medium. Information technology therefore results in the convergence of various previously separate traditional media. There is not a single discipline that handles the combination of information products. The Multimedia qualification in the Department of Information Science addresses this shortcoming. Any type of institution in all economic spheres, including government, may profit from a multimedia approach to information design, organisation and retrieval.

Multimedia documents include text, graphics, sound, video and animation. The purpose of this qualification is to enable students to understand the necessary concepts to build multimedia products and maintain the products. This programme is therefore a combination of theory and practice. The explosion of the web, as well as the exponential growth and power of information technology, requires the introduction of this degree following international trends.

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.
Minimum requirements
  • English Home Language or English First Additional Language: NSC/IEB – 4 or AS Level – D
  • Mathematics: NSC/IEB – 5 or AS Level – C
  • APS – 30
*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.
 
Teaching staff presenting the INL, INY, IMY and PUB modules
 
Curriculum

The curriculum for the BIS in Multimedia degree programme comprises of fundamental, core and elective modules in each study year. The degree is awarded after a minimum of at least 469 credits have been obtained successfully.

Curriculum: Year 1

Minimum credits: 146

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

 

6

S2

UPO 112

Academic orientation 112

 

0

Y

 

Core modules (132 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 110

Multimedia: Mark-up languages 110

Departmental selection

12

S1

IMY 120

Multimedia: Multimedia for the web 120

IMY 110

12

S2

INL 110

Information Science: Introduction to information science 110

 

12

S1

INL 120

Information Science: Organisation and representation of information 120

 

12

S2

INL 140

Information Science: Information and communication technology 140

 

12

S2

COS 132

Imperative programming 132

APS of 30, Maths level 5 in NSC

16

S1

COS 110

Program design: Introduction 110

COS 132, COS 151 and Maths level 5 in NSC

16

S2

COS 151

Introduction to computer science 151

APS of 30, Maths level 5 in NSC

8

S1

COS 122

Operating systems 122

COS 132

16

S2

VIO 102

Visual design 102

Maths level 5 in NSC, or WTW 114 or WTW 133 and WTW 143

16

Year

 

Curriculum: Year 2

Minimum credits: 184

Fundamental module (8 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

JCP 202

Community-based project 202

 

8

Year

 

Core modules (176 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 210

Multimedia: Advanced mark-up languages (1) 210

IMY 110 or equivalent HTML knowledge

16

S1

IMY 211

Multimedia: Multimedia and hypermedia theory 211

Departmental selection

20

S1

IMY 220

Multimedia: Advanced mark-up languages (2) 220

IMY 210, COS 216

16

S2

PUB 210

Publishing: Copy-editing 210

 

20

S1

COS 212

Data structures and algorithms 212

COS 110

16

S1

COS 216 

Netcentric computer systems 216

COS 110 

16

S1

COS 214

Software modelling

COS 212

16

S2

COS 226

Concurrent systems 226

COS 122, COS 212

16

S2

COS 284

Computer organisation and architecture 284

COS 212 GS

16

S2

VIO 202

Visual design 202

VIO 102

24

Year

 

Curriculum: Final Year

Minimum credits: 141

Core modules (105 credits)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 300

Multimedia: Project 300

Departmental selection

45

Year

IMY 310

Multimedia: Human-computer interaction 310

Departmental selection

30

S1

IMY 320

Multimedia: Trends 320

Departmental selection

30

S2

 

Elective modules (at least 36 credits*)

Code

Module

Prerequisites

Credits

Period

Select at least two of the following modules:

COS 301

Software engineering 301

COS 212, COS 214

27

Year

COS 314

Artificial intelligence 314

COS 110

18

S1*

COS 332

Computer networks 332

COS 216

18

S1*

COS 333

Programming languages 333

COS 110

18

S2*

COS 341

Compiler construction 341

COS 212

18

S1*

COS 330

Computer security and ethics 330

COS 110

18

S2*

COS 326

Database systems 326

COS 226

18

S2*

COS 344

Computer graphics 344

COS 110 and WTW 124 or WTW 146

18

S1*

*Please note:  The semester in which these modules are offered may vary from year to year.

Students who wish to continue with a BSc(Hons)(CS) should consult the Computer Science department for the correct admission requirements to the degree. COS 301 and three COS electives are compulsory admission requirements for BSc(Hons) (CS).

 

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