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Postgraduate Diploma in Management (in Information Systems) CG040INF05

Industry demand led to address the critical skills shortages of graduate-level business and systems analysis.


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

The Business and Systems Analysis coursework 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, 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) 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 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.


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The Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has the following terms for applicants wishing to for one of the Post Graduate Diplomas offered.

Applicants without a degree, however, have five or more years relevant, high-quality IT work experience required to prove Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) and submit a Portfolio of Evidence (POE). Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) may be proven by completing UCT assessments.

Applicants without a degree and have five years relevant working experience should apply online ( and submit the required documentation online. Once an applicant has submitted all the required documents online, UCT will assess the application and will thereafter advise if should proceed and complete the RPL UCT assessment.


  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 only those applicants that have a chance of being accepted (based on the evidence they submitted e.g. CV and statement of work experience) will be directed to register for the RPL assessment.
  3. Selected candidates are informed of the RPL assessment, and are advised that there is a separate fee to be paid.
  4. Applicants complete short assessment and are evaluated on several short exercises and assignments. There will also be an online submission process to manage the 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. All applicants who complete the short assessment will get a certificate of completion. Completion of the assessment requires students to have received a minimum mark of 50% for that assessment.
  6. Applicants who complete the short assessment, and whose submitted application documents (motivation letter, and statement of work experience) are evaluated as providing evidence of equivalent knowledge, will be offered places on the diplomas.
  7. Applicants who complete the short assessment, but whose application documents are evaluated as NOT providing evidence of equivalent knowledge, will not be admitted on to the qualification.
  8. Applicants who do not complete the short assessment, and/or are not deemed to have the equivalent knowledge will not be admitted on to the programme but could reapply the following year and repeat the application process.
Business and Systems Analysis Coursework Outline Objectives
This 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 Information Systems Business and Systems Analysis. The programme focusses on an alternative approach that will create an awareness of the complexity of problems and the need to embrace 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 critical shortage of Business and Systems Analysis skills is currently having a serious impact on 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:
  1. Understanding Organisations and Information Systems
  2. User Requirements Gathering and Fact-finding Techniques
  3. Business Case Formulation 
  4. Business Process Modelling 
  5. Data Modelling for Relational Databases
  6. Analysis and Design to formulate the User Requirements Specification
  7. Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  8. Change Management 
  9. Project Management in the IT Industry‚ including a new mindset for project managers in the field.
  10. Then will conclude‚ on key IS topics that include Research‚ Reflective Practice‚ as well as the tradition of design in Information Systems
This course commences in January.
Candidates are expected to complete the BASA coursework in one year, and a work-related project or research report in the second year. 
The course will run from January to November. It will comprise four blocks‚ the duration of each block will be one week. Block one will commence in the last week of January and end the first week of February‚ block two will happen in March/April (depending on public holidays)‚ block three will run in June/July and block 4 in September. These blocks will be intensive and attendance will be compulsory Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00
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. 
Exams will account for 50% of the total marks, 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.
Students will be evaluated on multiple deliverables and overall participation. The provisional 2019 mark allocations are as follows:

  1. Academic writing assignments - 15%
  2. Technical writing assignments - 35%
  3. Written examinations - 50%
Students missing more than 20% of the deliverables or 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.
Prescribed Books
Readings will be given during the course.
Please 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. Please contact the IAPO.
Michael Pollock (Course Convenor)
Nocky Bobo (Course Administrator)

Last updated : 18 Jun 2018

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Mr. Michael Pollock Senior Lecturer

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Nocky Bobo Administrative Officer

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