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This course currently runs every alternative year. The next intake is for 2019

University of Cape Town

Formalise your knowledge and update your skills for the BPM and ERP era

Part Time

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems (Enterprise Systems and BPM stream) (CG031INF04)
  • BCom (Hons) in Management  Information Systems (Enterprise Systems and BPM stream)


The Enterprise Systems and BPM coursework course is offered in the Enterprise Systems and BPM streams of two part-time qualifications: the Postgraduate diploma in Management in Information Systems or the Honours in Management Information Systems. Both qualifications are over two years and entry is via the Postgraduate Diploma.

The Enterprise Systems and BPM coursework course takes one year part time. Following that students can obtain the postgraduate diploma by completing the IS project course (INF4017H) in which they complete a work-related project. Alternatively, if students obtain a sufficiently high academic standard in the coursework component (65%), they may be invited to convert to the Honours degree. They then need to complete the IS Honours Research course (INF4024W) which takes a further year (effectively 9 months) and which is primarily oriented towards research and the production of a technical report (dissertation)


You should be matriculated with a University Exemption pass (or equivalent) and have at least one of the following:

·       A three year undergraduate degree in information systems or computer science and at least three years relevant commercial experience‚ OR

·       A degree OR NQF Level 7 Diploma in another cognitive field (e.g. BCom‚ BSc‚ LLB) plus at least three years relevant commercial experience with some IT exposure‚ OR

·       Five or more years relevant‚ high-quality full time IT work experience.

NB: Places are limited and candidates may be screened via written test and / or interviews. All candidates are evaluated on a competitive basis and a limited number of places will be offered.


To apply click ‚ here.


Applicants without a degree, who have five or more years relevant, high-quality full time IT work experience are required to prove Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) and submit a Portfolio of Evidence (POE). Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) may be proven by completing assessment(s). 


1.    Applicants apply for admission as per the standard UCT admissions process (, indicating on the application that they are applying on the grounds of RPL.

2.   The department screens applications, and only those applicants that have a chance of being accepted (based on the evidence they submitted e.g. CV and statement of work experience) may be advised to complete the RPL assessment(s).

3.   Selected candidates are informed of the RPL assessment(s).

4.   There will also be an online submission process to manage the applicant’s Portfolio of Evidence (PoE). 

     A PoE should contain the following:

  • A letter of motivation
  • Reference letters indicating proven work experience
  •  A Curriculum Vitae which includes all Job titles held
  •  A current job description
  • A testimonial from their current line manager

5.   Completion of the assessment requires students to have received a minimum mark of 50% for that assessment.

6.   Applicants who complete the assessment, and whose submitted application documents (motivation letter, CV and statement of work experience) are evaluated as providing evidence of equivalent knowledge may be considered for placement.

7.   Applicants who complete the assessment, but whose application documents are evaluated as NOT providing evidence of equivalent knowledge, will not be admitted.

Enterprise Systems and BPM Coursework Outline


This course exposes students to the principles and practices of Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration, to allow them to apply and integrate these principles to BPM and integration projects. It is highly relevant for the roles of Business Process Experts, ERP Business Analysts, Enterprise systems Managers or Systems integrators.


This course covers enterprise systems, strategic ICT management and Business process management (BPM) over four full-time weeks which are spread across the year with two examinations. Students are exposed to ERP software and software tools used in business process modelling and business process integration. Students are coached in business and academic writing, group work and reviewing literature and have to apply their skills and knowledge to real business cases and reflect on their practice. Course outlines are integrated around a central architectural theme.

Strategic ICT Management and IT Project Management includes IS strategy and the strategic use of ICT, evaluating ICT, funding ICT, formulating IT Business Cases, acquisition, implementation, upgrading, support and usage as well as evaluating the organisational impact of ICT. IT Project Management frameworks are introduced and applied at the organisational level.

BPM includes methods and techniques to identify, model, measure and improve processes as well as process technologies and governance.

Enterprise Systems includes ERP concepts such as organisational data, master data and the integration of standard business processes as implemented in a leading ERP system in the following areas: Sales, Procurement; Inventory Management; and Financial Accounting. The technical content includes managing change, customizing, transaction management, integration, report creation and auditing.


A variety of assignments, papers and presentations will be required of students throughout the program. Some of this work will be completed in groups.

Two or three examinations are written, with the final exam in November. A sub-minimum of 50% is required for the combined exam marks

Candidates are also continuously assessed for their attendance, participation and contribution during the year.

The provisional mark allocations are as follows:

  • Written papers and essays - 18%
  • Written examinations - 50%
  • Class and Group exercises and presentations - 16%
  • Individual assignments and presentations - 16%

Students missing more than 20% of the classes may be asked to leave the programme.

Provisional dates

  • Registration - 30 January 2017
  • Block 1 (Intro and Project Management) 30 Jan – 3 Feb
  • Block 2 (Business Process Management) 2-6 May
  • Block 3 (Enterprise Systems) 17-22 July
  • Block 4 (Business Process Integration & IS Management) 26-30 Sep


During the programme, we may on occasion invite guests from industry and other institutions to participate in the sessions. They may be vendors, IT professionals within commercial organizations, or independent experts/consultants. They add richness to the sessions by offering information, critiquing staff and student presentations, participation in discussions and occasional presentations or demonstrations.

Required Textbook

Business Process Change - A Business Process Management Guide for Managers and Process Professionals (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition) 

Paul Harmon

Paperback, 520 pages 

ISBN-13: 978-0-12-800387-9

Published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers

The book is available in hardcopy or e-book. Suppliers include Loot, and Takealot. If you find a good source let the class know.

Approximate Fees and other Costs

Please refer to the Fees handbook here (search for INF4012W)

For all fee–related enquiries ‚please contact the Student Fees Office.

Standard fees do not apply to International students and students who do not have South African citizenship. Please contact the IAPO


Prof. Lisa Seymour (Course Convenor)

Nocky Bobo (Course Administrator)

Last updated : 08 Jan 2018

Staff Members on this course :

Assoc Prof Lisa Seymour Associate Professor

+27 (0)21 650 4259
3.38, Leslie Commerce
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Additional Information :
Section Head: Services & Short Courses Convenor: INF3012S & INF4012W

Nocky Bobo Administrative Officer

021 650 4670
Leslie Commerce

Additional Information :
Administrator: Postgraduate Diploma

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