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Formalise your knowledge and update your business and systems analysis skills through UCT’s industry demand led qualifications.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems (Business and Systems Analysis stream) (CG040INF05)
  • Bachelor of Commerce Honours specialising in Business and Systems Analysis (CH022INF03)


The Business and Systems Analysis coursework is offered in the streams of two part-time qualifications: The Honours Degree and the Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems. Both qualifications are over two years.  

The Business and Systems Analysis coursework (INF4018W) takes place in year one. Following that, students can obtain the postgraduate diploma by completing the IS project course (INF4017H) in year two, in which they complete a work-related project. Alternatively, based on choice and if students obtain a sufficiently high academic standard in the coursework (65%), they may complete the IS Honours Research course (INF4024W) in year two, which is primarily oriented towards research and the production of an empirical research 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 OR 
  • A degree OR NQF Level 7 Diploma in another cognitive field (e.g. BA‚ BCom‚ BSc‚ LLB) OR 
  • Five or more years relevant‚ high-quality IT work experience (see the section on RPL below)

NB: Places are limited and candidates may be screened via 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 IT work experience are required to prove Recognized Prior Learning (RPL), submit a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) and complete an assessment.

A POE should contain the following:

  • Letter of motivation 
  • Reference letters indicating proven work experience 
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes all Job titles held 
  • Current job description 
  • Testimonial from their current line manager


  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 applications and applicants that have a chance of being accepted (based on the evidence they submitted e.g. CV and POE) are selected and advised of the RPL assessment. 
  3. Applicants complete RPL assessment. 
  4. Applicants who complete the short assessment, and whose POE is evaluated as providing evidence of equivalent knowledge, will be offered places on the relevant streams. 
  5. Applicants whose application documents or assessment are evaluated as NOT providing evidence of equivalent knowledge, will not be admitted on to the qualification but could reapply the following year and repeat the application process.

Business and Systems Analysis Coursework Outline Objectives
This course is designed for Non-IT Graduates and IT Graduates. For Non-IT it will act as a conversion course to fast-track graduates into IT qualifications and potential candidates must have an undergraduate degree. Educational outcomes for this postgraduate diploma are aimed at developing new and creative approaches that extend and redefine existing knowledge of professional practice in the areas of Information Systems and Business and Systems Analysis. The course focusses on an alternative approach that will create an awareness of the complexity of problems and the need to embrace the uncertainty that will more successfully lead to:
  1. Improving organizational processes
  2. Exploiting opportunities created by technology innovations
  3. Understanding and addressing information requirements
  4. Analysing requirements and designing software solutions
  5. Managing change and measuring performance of new solutions
The shortage of Business and Systems Analysis skills is impacting the operational growth and sustainability of companies in different sectors in South Africa. Some of these companies are either importing talent from other emerging markets or moving work (and their businesses) off-shore as a result.
The programme has been specifically designed to stem the tide of offshoring as well as to increase the competitiveness and growth of the Western Cape region and beyond. The programme will provide students with opportunities to try out their conceptual knowledge so that it becomes contextual or grounded in a developing world where theory needs to guide practice, and practice to inform theory.

The coursework will cover the following major areas:

  • Understanding Organisations and Information Systems
  • User Requirements Gathering and Fact-finding Techniques
  • Business Case Formulation 
  • Business Process Modelling 
  • Data Modelling for Relational Databases
  • Analysis and Design to formulate the User Requirements Specification
  • Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Change Management 
  • Project Management in the IT Industry‚ including a new mindset for project managers in the field.
  • Key IS topics that include Research‚ Reflective Practice‚ as well as the tradition of design in Information Systems

The course will run from January to November. It will comprise four blocks‚ the duration of each block will be one week.
These blocks will be intensive, and attendance will be compulsory Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00
  • Block one will commence in January
  • Block two will happen in March/April (depending on public holidays)
  • Block three will run in June/July
  • Block four will run in September.
There will be continuous and summative assessments during the year. Categories of assessment include essays‚ work assignments‚ presentations‚ the mid-year and final written exams. Work assignments will be related to the candidate’s work environment‚ whereas essays and presentations will focus on relevant theory to effectively integrate theory and practice. 


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

    • Academic writing assignments - 15% 
    • Technical writing assignments - 35% 
    • Written examinations - 50%
A sub-minimum of 45% is required for the combined exam marks. Failure to attend at least 80% of the UCT sessions and failure to achieve a year mark of more than 50% may‚ at the discretion of UCT‚ result in your exclusion from 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 October/November.


Check the UCT Fees Handbook (search for INF4018W). For all fee-related issues‚ please contact the Student Fees Office (

Standard fees do not apply to international students and students who do not have South African citizenship. If you fall into either of those categories please contact the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO).

Last updated : 26 Aug 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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