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Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences for 2019

Why study Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences?

Demand for information technology graduates exceeds supply in most economies – developed and developing. Whether you’re looking to study a wide range of IT modules or specialise in a particular IT niche, the globally relevant and recognised Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences degree offered at IIE MSA can get you there.

This IIE degree is divided into two focus areas based on the interest of the students; 1. The Business Systems focus area, and 2. The Application Development and Networks focus area. The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences will provide candidates with a thorough theoretical grounding and knowledge base in the key principles of Computer and Information Systems. These are the key disciplines that inform the professional practice of Information Technology (IT). Graduates will be equipped with the practical skills to apply the theory obtained in the degree in enterprises. The design for this degree has been informed by a demand identified in industry for Information Technology specialists and to graduate solution-focused, logical and creative thinkers geared for both South African and international markets. This degree will also develop graduates’ abilities to design, implement, and manage innovative, integrated IT solutions, and will nurture an understanding of the role IT plays in the information systems and applications in a business environment. Graduates will be able to engage appropriately with management executives and stakeholders in planning and designing corporate solutions.

IT professionals are found across organisations and enterprises with the current move to online business, connected offices, cloud computing and global trends in the economy. Only when IT professionals understand the relevant technologies and how they fit together can they design, upgrade or implement effective corporate solutions. The success of organisations is dependent on information and communications technology meeting the needs of the business in ways that align with corporate strategy.

Studies range from non-technical areas, such as organisational needs, to hardware, software, network and multimedia technologies. Students also learn the development and management skills needed to create and implement computer-based systems. Further skills include advanced programming, system analysis and design, project management software engineering and information and networks depending on the focus area of interest.

Students who continue on to the honours programme will polish their knowledge, preparing them for a more specialised career in the IT industry, further study or research.

Successful completion of this programme leads to an IIE qualification.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are able to effectively use, develop and manage IT-based systems across various settings, such as business, government and industry. Depending on the focus area chosen by the student career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Application developers or Programmers
  • Software Engineers
  • Software developers
  • Web developers
  • Systems administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Solutions architects
  • Information systems Analyst or managers
  • Data Analysts
  • IS Consultant
  • Business systems Analysts
  • ICT solution consultants
  • Project Managers
  • Information Systems Architects
Duration

3 years full-time

Accreditation

Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 7, SAQA ID 88605

Fees for 2019
  • Domestic

    Fees are subject to change annually.

    R 94,750.00 (6,451.52 USD) per annum

  • International

    Fees are subject to change annually.

    R 94,750.00 (6,451.52 USD) per annum

    International fee per 48 credit points
    48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year

Domestic/South African students are advised to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each unit in full before the commencement date of the unit.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure

Payment Methods

For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/

Intakes

First Semester (February)

Attendances

On-campus at IIE MSA : full-time

Programme code

BCIS313

Entry requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)
Bachelor pass with English (30%) and Mathematics (40%) or Mathematics Literacy (60%)

National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V))
Bachelor pass with English (50%) and Mathematics (50%) or Mathematics Literacy (60%)

Senior Certificate (SC)
Endorsement with English (33.3%) and Mathematics HG (40%) or Mathematics SG (50%)

Senior Certificate (Amended) (SC(a))*
Bachelor pass with Mathematics HG (40%) or Mathematics SG (50%)

*A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of 33.3% in SC

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

International Students

An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies and meeting the relevant Maths and English requirements or requisite English test e.g. TOEFL, IELS

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Study areas for the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

Business systems

All organisations, from the largest multinational to the smallest start-up, need information technology (IT) to carry them through change and ensure their long-term viability.

As a business information systems analyst, you will be at the forefront of change, guiding organisations toward their goals.

In this major, you will develop a thorough understanding of business information systems, fundamental business IT concepts and how IT can be used to tackle business needs.

With the capacity to communicate with and understand the needs of software developers, business managers and users, you will be in demand to lead communication across all levels of business problem solving.

Application Development and Networks

The Application Development and Networks stream will equip you with the skills to develop software applications and systems for business. Business’ rely on these systems to function in a competitive and efficient manner in today’s competitive environment. World wide there is a shortage of software developers so there are opportunities to take your skills and apply them across various platforms connecting to databases for compete and functional systems. Software quality and testing is a vital part of any business IT system which is applied before the deployment of the systems to the users. Systems thinking is a major component in any enterprise and these areas are covered in Systems Analysis ad Design and Software Engineering.

The degree will also equip you with the principles of networks and the security of information and your applications. Your final year will expose you to a year long project where you will interact with a business to create a software solution to solve one of their business problems.

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