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Introduction

Anyone interested in doing FT Hons should contact the Postgraduate Course Administrator

Guide To Full-Time Honours At UCT

Honours in Information Systems aims to provide students with an understanding of the complexities and issues involved in the development and management of Information Systems by giving students a range of experiences. Students will gain experience by both learning and doing.

Experiences include preparing and presenting seminars‚ working in a systems development project team‚ conducting and writing up empirical research‚ mentoring and tutoring undergraduate students‚ and community service.

Objectives

The major objectives of IS Honours are:

  • To research‚ present and discuss the major academic contributions in the field of IS development and management in seminars. To develop strong communication‚ interpersonal and change agent skills. To develop a community spirit through the Honours Outreach and Community Involvement Programme (HOCIP) (INF4026F & INF4025S).
  • To complete a systems development (SD) project in a team (INF4027W).
  • To do empirical research (ER) on an information systems topic (INF4024W).

Deliverables

IS Honours course consists of three major deliverables and 4 courses:

  • The first is seminar-driven (INF4026F & INF4025S). Each student will research one or more current issues in the management of Information Systems‚ and then present seminars on the issues.
  • The second major deliverable is a systems development (SD) project (INF4027W). Teams of students identify and analyse a real-world IS problem‚ and develop a fully-functioning information system.
  • The third is an empirical research (ER) report (INF4024W). Each student will work with a staff mentor to produce a report.

In addition to the above‚ as part of INF4026F and INF4025S students are expected to become change agents for IS and participate in the tutoring of undergraduate IS courses. This requires some extra skilling‚ as tutors will be expected to be technical experts and provide excellent customer service.

All students are required to complete 30 contact hours of appropriate community service as part of the degree on the Honours Outreach and Community Involvement Programme (HOCIP). Note that satisfactory completion of this in a timely manner is a DP requirement for both INF4026F and INF4025S.

All students are expected to behave in a business-like fashion‚ to take full responsibility for all their deliverables etc.‚ and to manage their priorities. All students are expected to read and adhere to the Code of Conduct.

Programme structure

IS Honours consists of 4 courses and projects. IS Honours commences with an introductory session in the first two weeks.

General

The Honours year is a very busy one‚ and students are usually involved with a few deliverables at a time. Apart from the main I.S. Honours deliverables there are tutoring duties‚ and Community involvement . Although seminars are not scheduled during the university vacs‚ students will be expected to work over these periods.

Students must not plan any major trips or activities this year. The year should be one of hard work‚ fun and great personal growth

Application

Pre-requisites

This course is for students who have successfully completed an Information Systems major. Typically‚ marks in 3rd year IS courses should average 65% or more. In addition‚ it is expected that the applicant will have passed courses in other Commerce subjects like Accounting‚ Economics‚ Management and Statistics.

Students who have majored in Computer Science but who have also passed IS major courses and some Commerce courses may be eligible at the discretion of the Head of Department. Applications open on 1 September of year prior to year of intended study.

Completed application forms should be submitted via email by 1 October of year prior to year of intended study.

Follow this link to find out how to apply.

Course Convenor: Professor Kevin Johnston