This course currently runs every alternative year. The next intake is for 2017
University of Cape Town
Formalise your knowledge and update your skills for the BPM and ERP era
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.
RECOGNITION FOR PRIOR LEARNING APPLICANTS (RPL)
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).
apply for admission as per the standard UCT admissions process (http://applyonline.uct.ac.za), 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
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
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.
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.
Business Process Change - A Business Process Management Guide for Managers and Process Professionals (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Paperback, 520 pages
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 : 23 Jan 2017
Staff Members on this course :
Assoc Prof Lisa Seymour