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Programme: BComHons Informatics

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Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Duration of study: 1 year
Total credits: 120

Admission requirements

Relevant BCom degree with 60% for Informatics on 3rd year level or equivalent IT courses.

Preparatory work for the honours degree, as determined by each Head of Department, with an assessment thereof, is compulsory for all candidates. Candidates can be exempted from this requirement if they pass an exemption assessment as determined by the head of the department concerned.

A candidate may be refused admission to an honours degree by the Head of Department if he or she does not comply with the level of competence required in the subject as determined by the department – with the proviso that a candidate, who fails to comply with the level of competence required, may be admitted if additional study assignments, as agreed upon, are completed and/or examinations are written.

A candidate, who is refused admission to an honours degree, may request that the Dean reconsiders his or her application for admission in terms of the set procedures.

 

Other programme-specific information

NB: The department reserves the right not to present a module if the particular expertise is not available in the department in that year.

Examinations and pass requirements

In calculating marks, General Regulation G12.2 applies.
Subject to the provisions of General Regulation G.26, a head of a department determines, in consultation with the Dean

  • when the honours examinations in his/her department will take place, provided that:
  1. honours examinations which do not take place before the end of the academic  year, must take place no later than 18 January of the following year, and all examination results must be submitted to the Student Administration by 25 January; and
  2. honours examinations which do not take place before the end of the first semester, may take place no later than 15 July, and all examination results must be submitted to the Student Administration on or before 18 July.
  • whether a candidate will be admitted to a supplementary examination, provided that a supplementary examination is granted, only once in a maximum of two prescribed semester modules or once in one year module;
  • supplementary examinations (if granted) cover the same subject matter as was the case for the examinations;
  • NB: For the purpose of this provision, the phrase "not sit for an examination more than twice in the same subject" as it appears in General Regulation G.18.2, implies that a candidate may not be admitted to an examination in a module, including a supplementary examination, more than three times.
  • the manner in which research reports are prepared and examined in his department.

NB: Full details are published in each department's postgraduate information brochure, which is available from the head of department concerned. The minimum pass mark for a research report is 50%. The provisions regarding pass requirements for dissertations contained in General Regulation G.12.2 apply mutatis mutandis to research reports.

Subject to the provisions of General Regulation G.12.2.1.3, the subminimum required in subdivisions of modules is published in the study guides, which is available from the head of department concerned.

Minimum credits: 120

Core modules

INF 714 Research methodology 714 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

This compulsory module explains different approaches that can be used for research in Informatics and gives practical advice with respect to carrying out limited research projects. It also assists students in selecting suitable research topics and writing research proposals in preparation for the research paper, which they will write in INF 780.

INF 780 Research report 780 Credits: 30.00

Module content:

A research paper on a topic from the field of informatics.

Elective modules

INF 715 Enterprise architecture 715 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Enterprise Architecture (EA) involves comprehensive business frameworks that capture the complexity of modern organisations, providing a blue-print for co-ordinating and integrating all components of an organisation. The module will illustrate all the aspects of EA, discuss the need for EA as well as various frameworks, methods and techniques of EA.

INF 782 Electronic commerce 782 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

The analysis of the management, innovation and information systems aspects of the use of e-business technology and strategies

INF 785 Advanced database systems 785 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

• Advanced database design
• Advanced database management
• Database architectures and languages
• Data warehousing and data marts
• Current trends

INF 787 Managing projects and end-users 787 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Main emphasis will be on IS project management using a case study to get practical experience in project management.

INF 788 Information systems development 788 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Study and evaluation of different systems development methodologies.

INF 790 Capita selecta 790 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

This module will be used to present special, relevant topics within the expertise of the department.

INF 791 Knowledge acquisition and sharing 791 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

In this information age a lot of data is captured every day and recorded in databases, but the wealth of this data is kept locked in the databases because relatively little mining is performed on this data. This module introduces you to data mining in terms of:
• The data mining process - how do you mine data?
• The data mining techniques - an overview of the data mining techniques that can be used;
• Practical data mining experience - a practical project mining real industry data to find unknown patterns; and
• Product overviews - product demonstrations by data mining   vendors.

INF 716 Capita selecta 716 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

This module will be used to present special, relevant topics within the expertise of the department.