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The Information Systems undergraduate program makes you capable of adding to socio-economic growth. Information Systems careers in the various specialisations give graduates the opportunity to contribute to new economic growth and well as social growth.  The possibilities are end-less!  For those who aspire to a mass wealth several industries are waiting to be discovered.  For those who aspire for social development, social innovation and human development your abilities are sought in almost all developing countries for new programs in e-government, e-business, e-heath etc.  And for those who just want to do cool stuff there just are not enough graduates to fill the portfolio of positions that are available.

Career Specialisations and Knowledge

The IS discipline provides expertise that is critically important for an increasing number of domains. Graduates from our program choose any of the following specialised professional paths: Business Analyst, Software Architect, Software Engineer,ERP Specialist, Project Manager, IS/IT Auditor, Systems Analyst or Information Architect.

Aside from these specialised and very popular roles you can also work more generally in business consulting, business intelligence, or as an innovation professional.  At present there is dire shortage of skilled professionals to contribute to new economic growth and well as social growth.

High level abilities

The IS program is designed to develop specific knowledge and skills, foundational knowledge and skills, and domain fundamentals. Graduates emerging from the 3 year program are able to pursue any of the specialisations. The high-level IS capabilities that the program prepares graduates with are as follows:

  1. Improving organizational processes
  2. Exploiting opportunities created by technology innovations
  3. Understanding and addressing information requirements
  4. Designing and managing enterprise architecture
  5. Identifying and evaluating solution and sourcing alternatives
  6. Securing data and infrastructure, and
  7. Understanding, managing and controlling IT risks.

Knowledge and Skills

These high-level capabilities are translated into knowledge and skills in the following three categories:

1)    IS specific knowledge and skills, including
       a)    Identifying and designing opportunities for IT-enabled organizational improvement
       b)    Analyzing trade-offs
       c)    Designing and implementing information systems solutions, and
       d)    Managing ongoing information technology operations

2)    Foundational knowledge and skills, including
       a)    Leadership (being able to orchestrate new IT/IS initiatives) and collaboration
       b)    Communication
       c)    Negotiation
       d)    Analytical and critical thinking, including creativity and ethical analysis, and
       e)    Mathematical foundations

3)    Domain fundamentals, including
       a)    Organisational and business fundamentals
       b)    Key specializations such as community informatics (CI) or the use of ICT in development (ICT4D)
       c)    Evaluation of performance within these domains.

The UCT Program in Information Systems

The IS program at UCT is one of the few professional development programs that gives you the ability and skill to actually build and create new services and products.  Often our graduates develop their 3rd and 4th year projects into products they sell or business ventures which they launch; most importantly, these projects give graduate such confidence in their ability to solve real-world problems using IT/IS.  We have a legacy of great achievements (See student brag boards). Almost every year we have our top teams participate in national and international competitions.

Over the years the IS major has been refined and we are improving the program all the time.  Our track record in the graduates we produce and research outputs generated shows that we are the best program in Africa. IS graduates literally learn by designing and working with Information Systems in a carefully designed program. Our students are productive and gain confidence in their ability while they are in the program.  This is a reason why many start their own businesses or work for various companies in South Africa or Internationally immediately after they graduate.

As a goal we strive to meeting the demand for a new breed of professionals who are innovative and are skilled to create new products and services to bring forth a more sustainable, equitable and accessible world.  We educate for life to ensure that graduates continue to provide appropriate solutions for ongoing societal needs.

The Department of Information Systems is also a second home for students who want to change studies in the second year. The following webpages clearly indicate why:

ITWeb IT Salary Survey
FNB career page

An alumnus succinctly said:

"Information Systems suits the individual who values flexibility and taking initiative.  The structure of the project that I have been working on was very similar to that of the university projects and I felt far more confident doing this project knowing that I had already done two similar projects and encountered and overcome many of the issues associated with IT projects".