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This course currently runs every alternative year. The next intake is for 2015

INF4012W :: Enterprise Systems and BPM Coursework

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 (CG031)
BCom (Hons) in  Information Systems (Enterprise Systems and BPM stream)


The Enterprise Systems and BPM coursework course is offered as part of two degrees: the Postgraduate diploma in Management in Information Systems or the Part-time Honours in Information Systems

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 part-time 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 (thesis)


Enterprise Systems and BPM Coursework


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 programme covers enterprise systems, strategic ICT management and Business process management (BPM). 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, giving presentations, group work and reviewing literature and have to apply their skills and knowledge to real business cases.

There are three modules integrated around a central architectural theme:

  1. Business Process Management: Including IS strategy and the strategic use of ICT, evaluating ICT, funding ICT, Formaulating IT Business Case and evaluating the organisational impact of ICT. The impact of new applications in knowledge management and BI will be reviewed. IT Project Management framework will be introduced and applied at the organisational level.
  2. Enterprise Systems: This module is covered in two blocks. It includes the management and lifecycle of ERP systems including evaluation, acquisition, implementation, upgrading, support and usage. The technical content includes managing change, customizing, transaction management, integration, report creation and auditing. Organizational data, master data and the integration of standard business processes as implemented in a leading ERP system are studied in the following areas: Sales, Procurement; Inventory Management; Management Accounting and Financial Accounting. Prepares students for  SAP TERP10 certification.
  3. Strategic ICT Management: Including IS strategy and the strategic use of ICT, evaluating ICT, funding ICT, ICT ethics, ICT security and evaluating the organisational impact of ICT. The impact of new applications in knowledge management and BI will be reviewed. IT Project Management framework will be introduced and applied at the organisational level.


Four full-time weeks spread throughout the year.  These are intensive and candidates will attend Monday through Friday from 08h30 till late and will include a taught component (lecture/ workshop/ demonstration etc. ); students working in groups of about three on assignments and research topics and student presentations of work assigned. Guests from Industry or within the University may be present or critique at these sessions to add richness. Students are assigned to new groups for each full-time week to provide wide exposure and variety.

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

Provisional dates

  • Registration and Course Introduction January 29 Jan – 30 Feb
  • Block 1 (Business Process Management) 30 March – 02 April
  • Block 2 (Enterprise Systems)  25 – 29 May
  • Block 3 (Business Process Integration) 13 – 17 July
  • Block 4 (Strategic Management in IS) 31 Aug – 4 Sep
  • November Final Exam


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 (see section on RPL below)

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 the

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For all postgraduate Diploma courses‚ admission through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is possible in appropriate circumstances. Candidates without the basic requirements‚ but with relevant and sufficient workplace experience may apply for a degree course but will be required:

a) to submit a portfolio of evidence of their experience
b) and also undergo a "Recognition of Prior Learning" (RPL) evaluation.

A Portfolio consists of a letter of motivation outlining

1) the profile of the applicant‚
2) why the applicant is interested in the chosen course of study‚
3) in what way the applicant’s work or life experiences have prepared him/her for this course of study‚ including any industry courses/qualifications‚ and
4) letters of support from two referees. This Portfolio should be at least 2-3 pages.

The evaluation also requires taking the National NBT (AQL) test as well as a departmental entrance exam.


Students will be evaluated on multiple deliverables and overall participation. The provisional mark allocations are as follows

Written papers and essays     


Class exercises 9%

Written Examinations


Student Presentations which includes class & group contribution


 Assignments 12%

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


To apply click ‚ here.

Contact and Queries

Nocky Bobo
tel : 021 650 4670


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, critiqueing staff and student presentations, participation in discussions and occasional presentations or demonstrations.


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



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