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Studying Information Systems at UCT

The Department of Information Systems’ mission is to be a leading African centre for research and study of information systems, producing world class graduates and research while playing a positive role in the upliftmen and empowerment of our community. This is only possible through the excellent endeavour of our academic staff, all with strong IS/IT background, in theoretical and research areas, as well as contemporary industry experience. Read more ...

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UCT app to make every Drop Drop count
09 February, 2017

With a meagre 27.5% of potable water left in Cape Town’s six major dams and the implementation of Level 3B water restrictions, there is an obvious need for South Africans to work together to save water.

Drop Drop, a mobile application which is designed to do just that, was created by the Information for Community Services (iCOMMS) interdisciplinary team, based in UCT’s Department of Information Systems. The app is freely available for all who wish to play their part in responsible water usage.

Led by Ulrike Rivett, professor in the Department of Information Systems and founder of the app, the Drop Drop team piloted their project in rural communities in 2015. Here, they were able to test the app’s ability to assist with water management and improve service delivery.

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Parent orientation 2017
20 January, 2017

We welcome parents to the orientation programme for the parents of first-year students who have been made a firm offer of acceptance at UCT for 2017.

This is traditionally a time when parents are introduced to UCT and allows you to familiarise yourselves with how the University operates. It provides information on how the University is structured and explains what students can expect in their first year of study.

Activities include a formal welcome by the Vice-Chancellor in the Jameson Hall; library tours and meeting the faculty deans.

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Mobile bullying thrust into the spotlight by deputy dean
30 November, 2016

NRF-rated researcher and Deputy Dean Professor Michael Kyobe of the Department of Information Systems in Commerce has won a highly-prized R1,6 m grant for research into mobile bullying in high schools.

Making the announcement, Prof Ingrid Woolard said: “This is really fantastic news for the Faculty. Congratulations! Very well deserved. I know how much work goes into these funding applications – well done! Good luck with the research – we look forward to seeing the outputs on this fascinating topic.”
The topic is: “Investigating the nature and factors influencing Mobile bully-victim behaviour in South African High Schools”.

Prof Kyobe said in his proposal to the NRF: “The present study is a continuation of the research we have conducted on Mobile bullying since 2013. It aims to understand the specific differences in behavior and risk profiles of mobile bully-victims in South African High schools. Bully-victims have both characteristics of a bully and victim. They are more difficult to recognize and manage especially in a mobile technology environment.

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