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Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

This degree is divided into two focus areas based on the interest of the students; 1. The Business Systems focus
area, and 2. The Applications Developments 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.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences 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 360-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 88605).

Who is the Bachelor’s degree aimed at?

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences degree is aimed at students who are interested in working in
various IT related roles in the private and public sectors. 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 Bachelor’s degree structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Bachelor of Information and Computer Sciences degree is a three-year degree. The modules are delivered on a
full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday. 
Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed thus
changes may occur in 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 in this Degree?

CURRICULUM – FOR STUDENTS STARTING IN 2020

A common first year is offered for all IIE BCIS students irrespective of the focus area selected. From the
second-year students can select one of two focus areas to complete their degree. The two focus areas are:

  • Business Systems
  • Application Development and Networks

First Year Modules

First Semester

Programming 1A (Java)

Programming Logic and Design

Network Engineering 1A

Mathematical Principles for Computer Science

Second Semester

Programming 1B (Java)

Network Engineering 1B

IT Professional Practice

Principles of Security

The students will then select one focus area to complete the degree.

Second- And Third-Year Modules

BUSINESS SYSTEMS FOCUS AREA

Second Year First Semester

Business Analysis 2A

Databases

Business Information Systems and Processes

Systems Analysis and Design

Second Year Second Semester

Business Analysis 2B

Advanced Databases

Software Engineering

IT Risk Management

Third year First Semester

Business Analysis 3A

IT Project Management

Introduction to Research

WIL 3A – Industrial Experience Project 1

Third Year Second Semester

Business Analysis 3B

IT Strategy and Governance

Business Decision Modelling

WIL 3B – Industrial Experience Project 2

OR


APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT AND NETWORKS FOCUS AREA

Second Year First Semester

Programming 2A (C#)

Databases

Web Development (Intro)

Systems Analysis and Design

Second Year Second Semester

Programming 2B (C#)

Advanced Databases

Software Engineering

Web Development (Intermediate) (PHP)

Third year First Semester

Usability

IT Project Management

Introduction to Research

WIL 3A – Industrial Experience Project 1

Third Year Second Semester

Application Development Security

IT Strategy and Governance

Software Quality and Testing

WIL 3B – Industrial Experience Project 2

What about timetables?

Our full-time programmes are aimed at students wishing to dedicate themselves to full-time face-to-face studies for
the duration of their qualification. This means that students are expected to be available throughout the day for
class in the academic year depending on how the timetable is structured. Students may also be required to write
assessments or submit coursework or assignments outside of normal class-time.

Students must understand that timetables remain subject to change throughout the year. Unfortunately, we cannot
guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during each year of your studies with us. In addition, where
students are repeating modules, these modules may be offered in the evenings or on weekends.  Students are
required to attend classes in order to remain up to date with the academic programme. Students who would like to
pursue part-time employment opportunities outside of the academic programme must prioritise their studies and
avoid committing to work schedules until after they have received their timetables and academic calendar from the
institution.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Bachelor’s 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; and have met all the Work Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

How long do I have to complete this qualification? 

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this qualification.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences degree (SAQA ID:
88605).

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

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

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

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences 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 7 – 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 postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours 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.