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Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Honours (BCSH413)

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.

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 with 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 Masters 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.