Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems
Curriculum Computer Forensics (INF4016W) Part Time
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.
Click here to apply.
Computer Forensics 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 cyber law, investigation processes,
computer and Internet technologies, the management of investigations, and
corporate governance. It is highly relevant for anyone involved in computer
security and the investigation of high technology crime. The course is suitable
for a variety of candidates, including:
Someone who has previously completed a three year Information
Systems 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 work environment.
Someone who holds a technikon diploma in information systems
or computer science or UNISA Diploma in Datametrics, has at least 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 like law or
auditing, have relevant commercial experience, and who need obtain a
qualification in the field of computer forensics.
The world of high technology crime is changing rapidly.
Intended for candidates with business work experience, this programme addresses
developments in the field of computer forensics like legal principals,
investigation techniques, technologies relevant to computer and high technology
crime, storage technologies, operating system principals, computer and Internet
security principals, evidence analysis, the management of investigations and
The course cover the following major areas:
Legal Principals (South African ICT Act, International cyber
Law, handling of evidence, laws relating to privacy and interception of data)
Technology (Operating system principals (Windows & UNIX)
relating to computer crime, storage principals, analysis of data, preservation
of evidence, other technologies (PDA, Cell phone))
Project Management (Type of high technology crime, detection
& prevention intrusions, management of investigations, reporting, chain of
custody, psychological aspects of computer crime)
Corporate Governance (Governance, theory of corporate
governance, legislation, relationship between corporate governance, IT
governance and computer forensics.
Following the course work, the students who do not enroll 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
flexible but a written project report of no less than 50 pages, as well as a
presentation of the report is expected on completion.
This course commences in January.
Candidates are expected to complete their course work in
November of the same year and their work related project in the course of the
following year, or may continue on to Honours study subject to entrance
requirements and other prerequisites.
Honours would normally be completed in a further year of
study and include the submission of a Technical Report.
From February to November, there are four full time weeks,
one in January, one in April, one in June and one in September. These are
intensive and candidates will attend Monday through Friday from 08h30 till
A variety of assignments, papers and presentations will be
required of students throughout the program.
Two examinations of three hours each are written, one in
June and another in November. Candidates are also continuously assessed for
their attendance, participation and contribution during the year.
Students will be evaluated on multiple deliverables and
overall participation. The provisional 2013 mark allocations are as follows:
Writing Assignment 10%
Written Examination 50%
(A mark of 50% is required to pass the programme)
Students missing more than 20% of the deliverables classes
may be asked to leave the programme.
Each of the four modules will be examined. The examinations
may be written at the end of each module on dates announced at the start of the
semester, and/or in combined papers in June and November.
During the programme, we may on occasion invite guests from
industry and other institutions to participate in some of 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.
Readings will be given during the course.
Please see the UCT Fees Handbook
Contact and Queries
Nocky Bobo (See contact details below)
Last updated : 07 Jan 2018
Staff Members on this course :
Mr. Andrie Stander
Dr. Jacques Ophoff