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Studying Information Systems at UCT

The Department of Information Systems’ mission is to be a leading African centre for research and study of information systems, producing world class graduates and research while playing a positive role in the upliftmen and empowerment of our community. This is only possible through the excellent endeavour of our academic staff, all with strong IS/IT background, in theoretical and research areas, as well as contemporary industry experience. Read more ...

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Training wannabe techies
20 May, 2019

Ever wondered what it takes to programme a robot to move in a certain pattern or specific direction? If you’re in grades 10, 11 and 12, you could soon find out – and have a go at getting a robot to do your bidding.

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Information Technology (IT) is co-hosting a six-day holiday camp from 1 July aimed at providing high-school pupils with an opportunity to experience the world of technology and coding first-hand, and to find out more about possible careers in the tech space.

The holiday camp is being run in collaboration with CodeSpace Academy, a tech academy that trains and equips students with the skills they need to excel in the global IT industry.

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BCS accreditation for School of IT
12 April, 2019

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Information Technology (IT) has become one of only two institutions in Africa to boast British Computer Society (BCS) Chartered Institute for IT accreditation – for four of its degree programmes.

The degrees that were unconditionally accredited with an A1 recommendation are BSc(Hons) in computer science, BBusSc(Hons) in computer science, BCom(Hons) in information systems and BBusSc(Hons) in information systems.

Accredited degrees entitle students to apply for professional membership of the BCS. They also meet the evidence of breadth of knowledge in the assessment for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

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Rating system improves working conditions on digital platforms
29 March, 2019

Researchers from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Information Systems (IS) Department formed part of the team that created the first-ever ratings system for working conditions on digital platforms.

The Fairwork Foundation, in collaboration with Oxford University, the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, the University of Cape Town, the University of Manchester and the University of the Western Cape, has created a ratings system to evaluate the working conditions on platforms like Uber, Taxify, SweepSouth and NoSweat.

As part of a 30-month project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), Professor Jean-Paul Van Belle and Dr Paul Mungai, both with UCT’s IS Department, investigated to what extent the Fairwork principles are adhered to by digital labour platforms operating in South Africa.

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