Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems
Part Time Curriculum Distributed Commercial Information Systems INF4015W and Part Time BCom (Hons) in Information Systems INF4024W
The programme comprises two modules:
The Postgraduate Diploma, the coursework for which takes one
year part time. Students may stop at that point and obtain the postgraduate
diploma by completing a work-related project (see below). Alternatively, if
students obtain a sufficiently high academic standard in the coursework
component (65%), they may be invited to convert to:
The Part Time Honours, which takes a further year
(effectively 9 months) and which is primarily oriented towards research and the
production of a technical report (thesis).
The Honours is primarily intended for candidates continuing
on from the diploma who have achieved the requisite level of performance. In
rare cases, suitable candidates with the necessary background derived from
other sources may be considered.
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.
Information Systems Management Coursework Outline
This course is part of a modular postgraduate programme
offered by the Department of Information Systems within the Faculty of
Commerce. It is intended for students who have had significant commercial work
experience and are currently working in Information Technology (IT), or intend
to work in IT in a professional capacity. It aims to impart state of the art
knowledge and appreciation in the areas of system delivery, project management,
relevant technologies and strategic IT management. It is highly relevant for
the roles of Systems Analysts, Business Analysts, Architects, Project Managers,
System Development Managers, IT Strategists and IT Entrepreneurs. The course is
suitable for a variety of candidates, including:
- Someone who has previously completed a three year
Information Systems degree or Computer Science degree at undergraduate level
and now wants to progress to postgraduate study or update his/her knowledge.
Candidates should have at least a couple of years relevant experience in the
- Someone who holds a technikon diploma in information systems
or computer science or Unisa Diploma in Datametrics, has at least two or three
years relevant IT experience and wishes to progress to more advanced study.
- Candidates who do not possess a tertiary qualification in
IT, but who have significant practical experience in the field (5 years plus)
and wish to formalise their knowledge.
- Candidates who are graduates in other fields, have relevant
commercial experience, and who wish to transition to a career in IT, especially
those who have had exposure as sponsors or managers of IS-related projects or
who have an IT function reporting to them.
The world of the IT professional is changing rapidly.
Intended for candidates with business work experience, this programme addresses
developments like graphical user interfaces, prototyping, event driven systems,
object orientation, components, middleware, client server, web based systems
and electronic commerce against the deeper enduring principles of strategic IT
management, system delivery methods and techniques, and project management. A
central principle is that of linked business and IT architectures. The course
includes the following major modules:
- State of the Art System Delivery/Development Methods and
Techniques (Object Orientated Systems Analysis using UML, Patterns,
Architectures, Iterative Methodologies, Agile Methods)
- Technology (Architectures: Client/server, Multi-tier,
Distributed, Cloud computer; Operating Systems; Virtualization; Open Source;
Database; Internet; Communications: LANs, WANs, Mobile; XML; Service Oriented
Architecture; Middleware; Security)
- Project Management (Project definition, scoping,
feasibility, estimating, risk management, planning, critical path and critical
chain methods, execution, quality management, people management and monitoring
- Strategic Management of IT (Business and IT alignment,
inter-organisational systems, architecture-based management, outsourcing,
e-commerce, customer operated systems, knowledge management, IT futures,
innovative business models)
Following the course work, the students who do not enrol in
the PT Honours programme are required to complete and report on a work-related
project which demonstrates clearly how the knowledge gained in the course has
been applied in their day-to-day work environment. The nature of the project is
very flexible but a written project report of no less than 50 pages, as well as
a presentation of the report is expected on completion. The report will be
treated confidential if necessary
Commencing in January or February, successful candidates will complete the coursework in November. In the following year, student will do their work-related project, or may continue on to Honours study subject to entrance requirements and other prerequisites.There are four full time weeks. The dates for these ‘block’ weeks will be announced as soon as possible. These are intensive and candidates will attend Monday through Friday from 09h00 till late. If you cannot ensure your attendance at the full-time weeks, you are advised to delay your registration for this program to a future year.A variety of assignments, papers and presentations will be required of students throughout the program. Some of this work will be completed in groups.Three examinations will be written. Details on their dates and weights will be communicated during the course. Candidates are also assessed continuously for their attendance, participation and contribution during the year.
Students will be evaluated on multiple deliverables and overall participation. The provisional mark allocations are as follows
- Written papers and essays: 21%
- Written Examinations: 50%
- Student Presentations and assignments: 29%
Students missing more than 20% of the classes may be asked to leave the programme. (Missing a full-time week represents 20% of classes!)
In order to pass the course students must obtain:
- An average course mark of at least 50% for the entire year; and
- An average (i.e. overall) examination mark of 50%; and
- No supplementary examinations will be given.
During the programme, we may on occasion invite guests from
industry and other institutions to participate in the Thursday evening plenary
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.
Prescribed texts are as follows:
- System Delivery Module: Bennett‚ Simon ; McRobb‚ Steve &
Farmer‚ Ray. Object-oriented Systems Analysis and Design Using UML. McGrawHill‚
4th (or 3rd) Edition‚
- Technology Module: Readings will be given during the course.
A recommended background reading for those new to the IT Architecture landscape
is: IT Architecture for Dummies‚ Kalani Hausman & Susan Cook (Wiley‚
Hoboken (NJ)‚ 2011).
- Project Management Module: (Useful to have: Information
Systems Project Management by Fuller M‚ Valacich J & George J. Prentice
Hall but now out of print.) Readings/e-book will be given.
- Strategic Management Module: Readings will be given.
Contact and Queries
Nocky Bobo (See contact details below)
Last updated : 10 Jan 2017
Staff Members on this course :
Prof. Jean-Paul VanBelle