Postgraduate

Information Systems Honours courses


INF4012W ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS AND BPM COURSEWORK
60 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: L Seymour

Objective: This course exposes students to the principles and practices of Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration, to allow them to apply and integrate these principles to BPM and integration projects. It is highly relevant for the roles of Business Process Experts, ERP Business Analysts, Enterprise systems Managers or Systems
integrators.

Course outline:
Four full-time weeks are spread across the year with two examinations. This course covers enterprise systems, strategic ICT management and Business process management (BPM) integrated around a central architectural theme. Students are exposed to ERP software and software tools used in business process modelling and business process integration. Students are coached in business and academic writing, group work and reviewing literature and have to apply their skills and knowledge to real business cases and reflect on their practice. Strategic ICT Management and IT Project Management includes IS strategy and the strategic use of ICT, evaluating ICT, funding ICT, formulating IT Business Cases, acquisition, implementation, upgrading, support and usage as well as evaluating the organisational impact of ICT. IT Project Management frameworks are introduced and applied at the organisational level.

BPM includes methods and techniques to identify, model, measure and improve processes as well as process technologies and governance. Enterprise Systems includes ERP concepts such as organisational data, master data and the integration of standard business processes as implemented in a leading ERP system in the following areas: Sales, Procurement; Inventory Management; and Financial Accounting. The technical content includes managing change, customizing, transaction management, integration, report creation and auditing.

DP requirements: None
Assessment: Students will be evaluated on multiple deliverables and overall participation as follows: Written papers and essays 18%; Written examinations 50%; Class and group contribution 16%; Student assignments 16%. All modules will be examined. The examinations may be written at the end of each module on dates announced at the start of the semester, and/or in combined papers in July and November. A sub- minimum of 45% is required for the combined exam marks.


INF4015W INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSEWORK
60 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: S Roodt

Objective: This course is designed for students who have practical business and IS experience and aims: to deepen expertise in topics relevant to the course, to develop critical reading and writing skills, and to formalise and extend knowledge gained through work in industry.

Course outline:
This programme covers system development, technology, project management and strategic use of information technology as applied to modern organizational information systems.

There are four modules integrated around a central architectural theme:
System Development methods and techniques including: object orientation, components, patterns, requirements analysis, object domain modelling, business process engineering, prototyping, event modelling and architecture driven design development tools (January full time week plus3 weeks).
Technology including: architectures, database, communications, SOA, internet, middleware, mobile technologies, virtualization, cloud computing, information management, business intelligence, security (12 weeks).
Project Management including: project definition, scoping, feasibility, estimating, risk management, planning, execution, quality management, people management and monitoring and reporting (July full time week plus 3 weeks).
Strategic Management of IT including: Business and IT alignment, inter-organisational systems, architecture-based management, managing IT talent, business analytics, outsourcing, knowledge management, IT futures, innovative business models, leveraging emerging technologies for competitive advantage and innovation, strategic technology trends (12 weeks).

DP requirements: Students must attend at least 80% of lectures.
Assessment: Students will be evaluated on multiple deliverables and overall participation as follows: Written papers and essays 25%, Written examinations 50% (A sub-minimum of 50% is required for the combined exam marks.) Class and group contribution 15%, Student presentations 20%. Examination requirements: Each of the four modules will be examined. The examination may
be written at the end of each module on dates announced at the start of the semester, and/or in combined papers in June and November. A sub-minimum of 45% is required for the combined exam marks.


INF4016W COMPUTER FORENSICS COURSEWORK
60 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: M Kyobe

Course outline:
This course is designed for specialist investigators and managers in computer forensics and aims to:

  • deepen expertise in topics relevant to the course,
  • develop critical reading and writing skills, and
  • formalise and extend knowledge gained through work in industry.

This course identifies the risk factors arising from the use of technology. It aims to equip the student with an understanding of the legal issues involved, how to manage such investigations, to manage and to detect such crimes. The course covers:
Legal aspects of computer forensics, the right to privacy and access to evidence, operating systems concepts, application system concepts, forensic application software, computer forensic investigations and procedures, investigation project management, computer security concepts and research methodology.

Lecture times: The lectures will be taught in four block weeks that are normally scheduled during the university breaks. Four full-time weeks during February, April, July and September. Guest experts will be used to enrich the programme by lecturing certain of the topics where they have highly specialised knowledge and experience.

DP requirements: None
Assessment: Written papers and essays 50%, Written examinations 50% Examination requirements: Each of the four modules will be examined. The examination may be written at the end of each module on dates announced at the start of the semester, and/or combined papers in June and November. A sub-minimum of 45% is required for the combined exam marks.


INF4017H INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT
60 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: S Roodt

Course entry requirements: INF4015W (Information System Coursework) or (INF4016W Computer Forensics Coursework) or INF4012W (Enterprise Systems and BPM Coursework) or INF4018W (business and Systems Analysis Coursework) or INF4018W (Business and systems Analysis Coursework)

Course outline:
Students are required to complete and report on a work-related project which demonstrates clearly how the knowledge gained in their coursework course has been or can be applied to a real-world setting. This can be in an employed situation, as part of volunteer work or can also use be in another practical setting. The project is not classified as research and hence is not similar to a research dissertation. The nature of the project is very flexible but a written project report of no less than 50 pages is required on completion, as well as presenting their report via an oral assessment format. In the case of students who completed the INF4016W course, the nature of the project will be a complete investigation of, and report on a hypothetical computer forensics investigation, including an oral presentation. The student should prepare a short description of the proposed project after which the student may be allocated a responsible staff member in the department who can act as a “supervisor/mentor”. The staff member may help the student with the scope and possible questions. All 4018W (BASA) students are required to consolidate their individual coursework deliverables into a final work project report which they are required to submit.

DP requirements: Submission of all deliverables including an unmarked progress report in July.
Assessment: There are two deliverables which will be assessed: A proposal must be submitted and approved at the start of the course (weighting of 20% towards final mark);The final work project - A minimum of 50% must be obtained in order to pass (weighting of 80% towards final mark);The marks for the above assessment will be combined to produce a final INF4017H course mark and an
overall mark of 50% is required to pass.
 


INF4018W BUSINESS AND SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
60 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: L Seymour

Course entry requirements: An undergraduate degree; or meet the RPL requirements of the department. Candidates should have access to a mentor in a business analysis environment.

Course outline:
This is an applied program in Information Systems Business and Systems Analysis. Graduates learn how to analyse, model and design appropriate technology laden products and services that meet organisational needs together with appropriate project processes to realise the benefits from such products and services. The course is structured across four full-time weeks spread over the year. The full-time weeks comprise theory lectures and hands-on practical class exercises, designed to carefully integrate theory and practice. The aim is to guide students through a transformative process of following, detaching and becoming fluent, while also taking responsibility for their own growth. Students on the programme are required to use an organisational project or a process that they are busy working on, which will be developed and evolve in the course of the year. Students will learn to independently research, write coherently and lucidly, form valid arguments, understand organisations and information systems, analyse organisational processes and information, formulate a business case, design organisational processes and data structures, formulate a user requirements specification document, gain knowledge about business intelligence, understand IT governance, and implement project management techniques pertinent to the IT industry.

Lecture times: The lectures will be taught in four block weeks that are normally scheduled during the university breaks.

DP requirements: Failure to attend at least 80% of the UCT sessions and failure to achieve a year mark of more than 50% may, at the discretion of UCT, result in your exclusion from the UCT programme
Assessment: There will be continuous and summative assessments for the program through academic essays (15%), work assignments (35%), and exams (50%). Examination requirements: Students will be examined in May and November. A sub-minimum of 45% is required for the combined exam marks of equal weighting.


INF4024W    INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH PROJECT 
60 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8 

Convener:  S Kabanda 

Course entry requirements: This course is restricted to students admitted into the honours programmes in Information Systems and the honours programme in Management Information Systems. 

Objective: The course provides a first research exposure leading to an Honours Degree. Candidates will be expected to develop critical reading, analysis and research design skills, as well as to demonstrate good writing skills. 

Course outline:  
The course commences with taught sessions in research techniques. The Department may, at its discretion, choose to cover these materials in evening sessions of three hours each or via short full-time blocks, not exceeding six days in duration. Thereafter students will select research areas and prepare research proposals. Students will be assigned to mentors, who will assist and guide them through the research process. Additional three-hour seminars covering academic writing and research methodology will be provided at appropriate times throughout the year. 

Lecture times: This course runs in 2 block session: One in the beginning of the 1st semester, and the second block runs in the middle of the 1st semester 

DP requirements: None 

Assessment: Students will be evaluated as follows: Interim deliverables 35%; Empirical report 65%. An overall mark of at least 50% is required to pass the programme and a minimum of 50% must be obtained for the Empirical Report.


INF4025S    INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT 

20 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8 

Convener: M Tanner 

Course entry requirements: Students should meet the entrance requirements to the IS Honours programme. 

Objective: The major objectives of the course are to research, present and discuss the major academic contributions in the field of IS development and management in seminars. To develop strong communication, interpersonal and change agent skills. To develop a community spirit through the Honours Outreach and Community Involvement Programme (HOCIP)   

Course outline:  
The course covers IS Management topics, which are selected based on current research from academia and industry. Students are required to research a topic, and firstly produce a seminar paper in collaboration with an academic. Once the seminar paper has been approved by the academic, students have to develop and present a seminar on the topic, and facilitate a question and answer session. Guests from industry are often invited to present their experience on the topic after the students. 

Lecture times: Monday and Thursday, 6th & 7th 

DP requirements: 75% attendance and participation in seminars, a minimum of 50% for seminar management (developing and presenting a seminar paper according to scope, quality and time guidelines), and a minimum of 45% in the final examination 

Assessment: Seminar and Associated deliverables 50%, Examination 50% 


INF4026F    APPLICATION & TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT 

20 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8 

Convener: M Tanner 

Course entry requirements: Students should meet the entrance requirements to the IS Honours programme. 

Objective: The major objectives of the course are to research, present and discuss the major academic contributions in the field of IS development and management in seminars. To develop strong communication, interpersonal and change agent skills. To develop a community spirit through the Honours Outreach and Community Involvement Programme (HOCIP), and Service in Context course 

Course outline:  
The course covers twelve IS application and technical development topics, which are selected based on current research from academia and industry. Students are required to research a topic, and firstly produce a seminar paper in collaboration with an academic. Once the seminar paper has been approved by the academic, students have to develop and present a seminar on the topic, and facilitate a question and answer session. Guests from industry are often invited to present their experience on the topic after the students.  

Lecture times: Monday and Thursday, 6th to 7th period 

DP requirements: 75% attendance and participation in seminars, a minimum of 50% for seminar management (developing and presenting a seminar paper according to scope, quality and time guidelines), and a minimum of 45% in the final examination.  

Assessment: Seminar Paper & Associated Deliverables 50%, Examination 50% 


INF4027W    SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT II 

40 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8 

Convener: M Tanner 

Course entry requirements: Students should meet the entrance requirements to the IS Honours programme. 

Objective: The main objectives of the course are to: 

Course outline:  
For the Systems Development Project II course, teams of students are required to identify and analyse a real-world IS problem, then design and develop a fully-functioning Information System. The software projects are formulated by Industry Sponsors and relate to real-life business problems that need to be solved to bring business value.  

Students are required to use agile methodologies (Scrum/Kanban) to manage their projects. The course combines theoretical elements of agile project management and software development methodologies with the practical implementation of these concepts through the completion of the team projects. 

Students should use and integrate Analysis, Design, Programming and Testing skills learned during other undergraduate courses in their projects. 

Students are required to work independently, liaise with their sponsors to gather requirements and produce a workable solution in four (4) Iterations.  

The course aims to equip students with problem-solving, team management, and technical skills, for them to be ready for a professional work environment  

DP requirements:  None  

Assessment: Vision Presentation 5%, BA & Innovation Document 5%, Iterations & Programming Assessment: 90% 

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