Vaal University of Technology

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Course Programmes

National Diploma: Information Technology

Three year full-time course with two and a half years class attendance and six months in-service training / practical project. The course is offered at Vanderbijlpark and Ekurhuleni.

The IT Diploma is offered in two specialised fields: Business Applications & Software Development.

Career Opportunities

Computerisation of most facets of modern society creates a multitude of possibilities. In-service training includes the development of prototypes or systems and / or the supervised support of existing systems. The typical entry level is that of a Programmer with a quick advance to the level of Senior Programmer. Further promotions are to the level of Systems Analyst, Network Administrator or Database Administrator.

Curriculum

Year 1

Development Software

Year 2

Development Software

Information Systems I

Systems Software I

Development Software I

Programming Logic I

Accounting Skills I

Information Technology Skills I

Communication I / EDL

Information Systems II

Development Software II

Business Analysis II

Systems Software II

Web Management II

Communication II

 

Year 3

Development Software

Year 1

Business Applications

Development Software III

Business Analysis III




 

 

Information Systems I

Systems Software I

Development Software I

Programming Logic I

Accounting Skills I

Information Technology Skills I

Communication I / EDL

Year 2

Business Applications

Year 3

Business Applications

Information Systems II

Development Software II

Business Analysis II

Systems Software II

Web Management II

Communication I

Information Systems II

Business Analysis III

 

 

 

 

Assessment

The department follows two assessment strategies: Exams and CASS (Continuous Assessment). For the Continuous Assessment (CASS) strategy, no formal exams are written. Therefore all marks obtained during the semester will make up a learner’s final mark. This makes it crucial for every learner to work hard during the semester on all tests and activities to constantly build a good final mark to ensure a pass in the subject module. Each Learning Guide will indicate which tests (theory and practical) and activities (assignments and projects) will contribute (summative assessment), according to a pre-determined weight, to the final mark. Weights for calculating the final mark will also be reflected in your Learning Guide. All other tests and activities will be formative assessment to help learners to learn and understand the work.

For the Exam strategy, formal exams are written. All marks obtained during the semester will make up a learner’s year mark. This makes it crucial for every learner to work hard during the semester on all tests and activities to constantly build towards a good year mark to ensure a pass in the final exam. Each Learning Guide will indicate which tests (theory and practical) and activities (assignments and projects) will contribute, according to a pre-determined weight, to the final mark. Weights for calculating the final mark will also be reflected in your Learning Guide. All other tests and activities will help learners to learn and understand the work.

Articulation Options

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Information Technology

The BTech: IT is offered at both the Vanderbijlpark and Ekurhuleni campus. It is offered on a part time basis. Different subjects are offered at the two campuses. The minimum duration is 18 months. Ten modules must be completed, this includes a research project.

NB: It is imperative that students wishing to apply for BTech: Information Technology, have an average of 60% for their final year subjects.

Admission Requirements:

ND: Information Technology.

(Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit).

Duration:

Two Years if attended at one campus.

Curriculum:

Compulsory Subject Choice Subjects (Choose 4)

Information & Technology Management IV

Advanced Information & Technology Management IV

Project Management IV

Strategic Information Systems IV

Research Methodology IV

Project IV (Research Project)

Software Engineering & Design IV

Artificial Intelligence IV

Expert Systems IV

Computer Security IV

Networks IV

Operating Systems IV

Database Administration IV

Magister Technologiae: Information Technology

Admission Requirements:

BTech: Information Technology and Research Methodology as a prerequisite

(Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit).

Duration:

Minimum two years, maximum three years part-time study.

Curriculum:

Research project by dissertation.

Doctoris Technologiae: Information Technology

Admission Requirements:

MTech: Information Technology.

(Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit).

Duration:

Minimum two years, maximum four years part-time study.

Curriculum:

Research project by thesis.

Work Integrated Learning

Although the IT Diploma does not have a formal Work Integrated Learning component the third year learners do a project for six months. This could either be within a working environment or a self-chosen project. The learner is responsible to obtain practical development work since the project entails a complete working application.