Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems (CG022)
INF4016W :: Computer Forensics (Curriculum)
Formalise your knowledge and update
your skills for the e-business era
Computer Forensics (INF4016W) Part Time
BCom (Hons) in
Information Systems (INF4014Z) Part Time
The programme comprises two modules:
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
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.
The Postgraduate Diploma
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,
- 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
- 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
- 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 corporate governance.
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)
(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
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
and one in September. These are intensive and candidates will attend
Monday through Friday from 08h30 till late.
A variety of assignments, papers
and presentations will be required of students throughout the
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.
Applications for 2014 open on 1 September 2013.
Completed application form should be submitted
via email by 30 September 2013.
Exceptional applications may be considered until the end of January
2014 at the discretion of the department, subject to vacancies in the
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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.
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 2013 mark
allocations are as follows
(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 tsome 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
Approximate Fees and other Costs
Fees for 2013:
UCT Application Fee
refer to the Fees handbook here (Course
Code: INF4016W Fees are the same as INF4015W)
Note: these fees are given as a
guideline only. For all fee-related enquiries, please contact the
The above fees do not apply to
International students and students who do not have South African
citizenship. Please contact the
or students fees office for your fees.
The UCT Application Form may be
found under the Prospective students: postgraduate link on
But complete the departmental application