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This course currently runs every second year. The next intake is for 2021

University of Cape Town

Formalise your knowledge and update your skills for the business process, business intelligence and analytics and enterprise systems era

Part Time

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems (Enterprise Systems and BPM stream) (CG031INF04)
  • BCom (Hons) in Management  Information Systems (Enterprise Systems and BPM stream)


The Enterprise Systems and business process management (BPM) coursework course is offered in the Enterprise Systems and BPM streams of two part-time qualifications: the Postgraduate in Management in Information Systems or the Honours in Management Information Systems. Both qualifications are over two years and entry is via the Postgraduate Diploma.

The Enterprise Systems and BPM coursework course is 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 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 (dissertation)


You should be matriculated with a University Exemption pass (or equivalent) and have at least one of the following:

·       A 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) and at least three years of 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 test interviews. All candidates are evaluated on a competitive basis and a limited number of places will be offered.


To apply click ‚ here.


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) and complete assessment(s).

RPL Process:

1.    Applicants apply for admission as per the standard UCT admissions process (, indicating on the application that they are applying on the grounds of RPL.

2.   The department screens 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 (PoE). 

     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 assessment.

6.   Applicants who complete the assessment, and whose submitted application documents (motivation letter, CV 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.

Enterprise Systems and BPM Coursework Outline


This course exposes students to the principles and practices of Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Systems, Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Process Integration. It is highly relevant for the roles of Business Process Experts, Business Architects, BI practitioners, ERP Business Analysts, Enterprise systems Managers or Systems Integrators.


This course covers enterprise systems, BI, project management, strategic ICT management and BPM. Students are exposed to ERP software and software tools used in business intelligence business process integration. Students are coached in business and academic writing, group work and reviewing and need to apply their skills and knowledge to real business cases and reflect on their practice. Course outlines are integrated around a central architectural theme.

Four full-time weeks are spread across the year.

·         Strategic ICT Management includes current IT challenges, Enterprise architecture, Business Architecture and Business IT Alignment.

·         IT Project Management includes strategic project management, design thinking and the impact of agile software development techniques on project management.

·         BPM includes methods and techniques to identify, model and measure processes as well as process innovation, technologies governance.

·         Business intelligence looks at reporting from a management and executive level through such as dashboards and understanding integration of Big Data.

·         Enterprise Systems includes concepts such as in-memory databases, data, master data and the integration of standard business processes in ERP systems.

·         The technical content includes BPMN using ARIS, BI dashboard development using SAP Lumira and Tableau, customizing SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA transaction management and integration.


A variety of assignments, papers 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. A sub-minimum of 50% is required for the combined exam marks

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

The provisional mark allocations are as follows:

  • Written papers and essays - 18%
  • Written examinations - 50%
  • Class and Group exercises and presentations - 16%
  • Individual assignments and presentations - 16%

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

Provisional dates

  • Registration - 28 January
  • Block 1 (Intro and Project Management) 28 Jan – 2 Feb
  • Block 2 (Business Process Management) 13-18 April
  • Block 3 (Enterprise Systems) 1-6 July
  • Block 4 (Business Intelligence & Strategic ICT Management) 26-31 Aug


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

Required Textbook

Business Process Change - A Business Process Management Guide for Managers and Process Professionals (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition) 

Paul Harmon

Paperback, 520 pages 

ISBN-13: 978-0-12-800387-9

Published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers

The book is available in hardcopy or e-book. Suppliers include and Takealot. If you find a good source let the class know.

Approximate Fees and Costs

Please refer to the Fees handbook here (search for INF4012W)

For all fee–related ‚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

Last updated : 21 Jun 2019

Staff Members on this course :

Assoc Prof Lisa Seymour Associate Professor

+27 (0)21 650 4259
3.38, Leslie Commerce
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Additional Information :
Section Head: Majors; Convenor: INF3012S & INF4012W

Nocky Bobo Administrative Officer

021 650 4670
Leslie Commerce

Additional Information :
Administrator: Postgraduate Diploma

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