Natural Science -Bsc IT

 

Overview:

SAQA ID:  100878

Note that the SAQA ID might change as a new SAQA ID might be issued.

There is an urgent need in South Africa (and globally) for more scientists and information technologists. The BSc in Information Technology qualification in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences aims to equip graduates with degree-level expertise and applicable skills in the field of Information Technology (Computer Science and Information Systems) and provide South Africa with graduates who possess specific and relevant theoretical expertise and practical skills in the IT field. The qualification strives to enable graduates to enter the labour market of Information Technology either as entrepreneurs or as employees of organisations at national or international level.  The BSc in IT degree is the right qualification for you if you want to become an IT practitioner that provides solutions to business and other related problems by developing and applying computer-based technology and techniques.

The goal is to provide all our students with complete and systematic knowledge and application skills of at least one modern relevant programming language, phases of a relevant system development life cycle (SDLC), database techniques and technologies, IT project planning and management techniques, and human-computer interfaces to be able to contribute in a professional and ethical manner and in accordance with modern acceptable methodologies to the design, development and delivery of computerised systems according to business needs and principles. Students are expected to have knowledge and understanding of the value of information in enterprises and of the technical functioning and processing of information sources and related facilities to collect, analyse, process, integrate and logically evaluate information with the help of applicable multidisciplinary concepts, structures, models, theories, principles and research methods to make a meaningful contribution to strategic decision-making and management of information and information sources.

With the basic and applied skills that the student will acquire through successful completion of this qualification, he/she will also be prepared and eligible to continue with postgraduate studies in the specialised fields of Computer Science and Information Systems at NQF level 8, thus either a BSc Hons degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in cognate fields.

Admission requirements:

The admission requirements for all formal academic qualifications offered by the University are set out in the Admission Policy as approved by Senate and Council  http://www.nwu.ac.za/content/policy_rules

Specific to the degree BSc in IT:

  • Applicants should be in possession of a grade 12 National Senior Certificate with university exemption.
  • Applicant should have an APS score of at least 26.
  • Applicant should have completed Mathematics (not Mathematics Literacy) level 4 (50 - 59%).
  • Information Technology or Computer Applications Technology as school subjects are not required.

Method of Delivery:

The programme is delivered by the School of Computer Science and Information Systems through the Unit of Open Distance Learning (UODL), Potchefstroom Campus. Contact classes and tutorials are mainly presented by means of interactive whiteboard (IWB) sessions, which can be attended at selected study centres, but also be followed from anywhere on a personal computer with Internet access. Lessons in some modules are presented using asynchronous online videos. All lessons presented by means of interactive whiteboards are stored on the Internet for students to access at a later stage.

Lecturers are available for students for extra support. Additional student support is provided by means of the Learner Management system:

http://efundi.nwu.ac.za/portal/

http://distance.nwu.ac.za/downloads

Learning and Examination Centres for the degree BSc in IT though distance mode of delivery are located in

Namibia Windhoek and Oshakati
North-west NWU Potchefstroom campus, NWU Mafikeng campus and Vryburg
Gauteng NWU Vaal Campus, Pretoria
Mpumalanga Ermelo
Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth
KwaZulu Natal Empangeni
Western Cape Parow

Registration:

Students register at the beginning of the year through the UODL and follow the curriculum according to each year and semester as indicated in the undergraduate yearbook of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (http://www.nwu.ac.za/e-yearbook-index).

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