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Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours will provide candidates with advanced theories and knowledge in key disciplines of Computer and Information Systems. These key disciplines inform the professional practice of Information Technology (IT). Graduates will be equipped with research skills which will form the foundation of further post-graduate studies. The design for this honours degree has been informed by issues affecting enterprises and future technologies. This honours degree will also develop graduates’ abilities to understand 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. The success of organisations is dependent on information and communications technology meeting the needs of the business in ways that align with corporate strategy.

As a result of the knowledge driven economy, we bring competitive knowledge to industry, education and society. Our Honours degree focuses on contributing to research on information technology and systems in organisations and management, human-computer interaction and data science management by bringing context to information and knowledge.

Due to the rapid development of technology and technology management, it is essential to maintain, expand and enhance the knowledge in which you invest during your undergraduate degree. We would like to invite you to continue your studies at our Faculty and to enrol for our postgraduate course.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 88606).

Who is this degree aimed at?

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours degree is aimed at post-graduate students who are interested in working in various IT related roles in the private and public sectors and conducting research. The aim is to produce competent IT professionals who, by understanding emerging technologies and trends, will contribute to the success and growth of the enterprise.

What entry requirements will I need to study this Honours degree?

To be registered you must have satisfied the admission requirements as set out in the following links:

How is this degree structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours (BCIS Hons) degree is a one-year degree for full-time students. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in the module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.

What will I study?

The Honours degree offers two modules in the first semester, one module in the second semester with three 3 elective modules. Students need to select one of the three electives.

The research module spans both semesters and is a year-long module.

Curriculum – For Students Starting In 2020

First Semester
Advanced Topics in IT
Social Informatics

Second Semester

Emerging Technologies
Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

Select ONE of the available elective modules

Network Infrastructure
User Interface Design and Usability

Entire Year

Research

What about timetables?

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours can be completed in 1-year full-time or 2-years part-time. The academic year runs from February to November.

As far as possible timetabling is designed to accommodate student needs, but timetables remain subject to change throughout the year. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during the course of your studies. Class attendance is compulsory.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme.

How long do I have to complete this qualification?

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this qualification as a full-time student and 4 years as a part-time student.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours (BCIS Hons) degree (SAQA ID: 88606).

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this degree?

This degree will open up an attractive range of career options based on the specialisation that students previously acquired through their bachelor’s degree and the research area chosen for this study.

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE Bachelor
of Computer and Information Sciences honours degree?

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Application Development degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 8 – the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at both private and public South African institutes of higher education. The opportunity to apply for a Master’s degree at any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors. Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email enquiries@iiemsa.co.za  

Disclaimer: Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication. The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.

British Accreditation Council

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

IIE MSA students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.