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Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Information Systems (CG031INF01)

Part Time Curriculum Distributed Commercial Information Systems INF4015W and Part Time BCom (Hons) in Information Systems INF4024W


The programme comprises two modules:

The Postgraduate Diploma, 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 report (thesis).

The Honours 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.


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

·       A 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.


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 required to prove Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) and submit a Portfolio of Evidence (POE). Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) may be proven by completing assessment(s). 


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 and 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.

Information Systems Management Coursework Outline


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 system delivery, project management, relevant technologies and strategic IT management. It is highly relevant for the roles of Systems Analysts, Business Analysts, Architects, Project Managers, System Development Managers, IT Strategists and IT Entrepreneurs. The course is suitable for a variety of candidates, including:

  • Someone who has previously completed a Information Systems degree 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 work environment.
  • Someone who holds a technikon diploma in information systems or computer science or Unisa Diploma in has at least two or three years relevant IT experience and wishes to progress to more advanced study.
  • 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 have relevant commercial experience, and who wish to transition to a career in IT, especially those who have had exposure as sponsors or managers of IS-related projects or who have an IT function reporting to them.

The world of the IT professional is changing rapidly. Intended for candidates with business work experience, this programme addresses developments like graphical user interfaces, prototyping, systems, object orientation, components, middleware, , systems and electronic commerce against the deeper enduring principles of strategic IT management, system delivery methods and techniques, and project management. A central principle is that of linked business and IT architectures. The course includes the following major modules:

  • State of the Art System Delivery/Development Methods and Techniques (Object Orientated Systems Analysis using UML, Patterns, Architectures, Iterative Methodologies, Agile Methods)
  • Technology (Architectures: Client/server, Multi-tier, Distributed, Cloud computer; Operating Systems; Virtualization; Open Source; Database; Internet; Communications: LANs, WANs, Mobile; XML; Service Oriented Architecture; Middleware; Security)
  • Project Management (Project definition, scoping, feasibility, estimating, risk management, planning, critical path and critical chain methods, execution, quality management, people management and monitoring and reporting)
  • Strategic Management of IT (Business and IT alignment, inter-organisational systems, architecture-based management, outsourcing, e-commerce, customer operated systems, knowledge management, IT futures, innovative business models)

Following the , the students who do not enrol 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 very flexible but a written project report of no less than 50 pages, as well as a presentation of the is expected on completion. The report will be treated if necessary


Commencing in January or February, successful candidates will complete the coursework in November. In the following year, will do their work-related or may continue on to Honours study subject to entrance requirements and other prerequisites.There are four weeks. The dates for these ‘block’ weeks will be announced as soon as possible. These are intensive and candidates will attend Monday through Friday from 09h00 till late.  If you cannot ensure your attendance at the full-time weeks, you are advised to delay your registration for this program to a future year.A variety of assignments, papers and presentations will be required of students throughout the program. Some of this work will be completed in groups.Three examinations will be written. Details on their dates and weights will be communicated during the course. Candidates are also assessed continuously for their attendance, participation and contribution during the year.


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

  • Written papers and essays: 21%
  • Written Examinations: 50%
  • Student Presentations and assignments: 29%

Students missing more than 20% of the classes may be asked to leave the programme. (Missing a full-time week represents 20% of classes!)

In order to pass the course students must obtain:
  • An average course mark of at least 50% for the entire year; and
  • An average (i.e. overall) examination mark of 50%; and
  • No supplementary examinations will be given.


During the programme, we may on occasion invite guests from industry and other institutions to participate in the Thursday evening plenary 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.

Prescribed Books

Prescribed texts are as follows:

  • System Delivery Module: Bennett‚ McRobb‚ Steve & Farmer‚ Ray. Object-oriented Systems Analysis and Design Using UML. McGrawHill‚ 4th (or 3rd) Edition‚
  • Technology Module: Readings will be given during the course. A recommended background reading for those new to the IT Architecture landscape IT Architecture for Dummies‚ Kalani Hausman & Susan Cook (Wiley‚ Hoboken (NJ)‚ 2011).
  • Project Management Module: (Useful to have: Information Systems Project Management by Fuller M‚ Valacich J & George J. Prentice Hall but now out of print.) Readings/e-book will be given.
  • Strategic Management Module: Readings will be given.
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Contact and Queries
Nocky Bobo (See contact details below)

Last updated : 13 Apr 2018

Staff Members on this course :

Prof. Ulrike Rivett Professor

021 650 4213
3.48 Leslie Commerce
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Additional Information :
Director of the School of IT ; Lecturer: INF1002F, INF3011F, INF3003W

Nocky Bobo Administrative Officer

021 650 4670
Leslie Commerce

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Administrator: Postgraduate Diploma

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