SCHOOL OF COMPUTING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES WELCOMES BACHELOR OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TEC

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01 October 2021

The purpose of the BICT is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and computing skills to develop solutions for the needs of different industries and of society. It provides them with sufficient theoretical, analytical and practical knowledge in emerging ICTs to allow for professional and academic growth in careers such as applications development, analytics etc. to make a constructive contribution to industry and society at large.

The skill sets presented by the programme also allow the graduates to develop as holistic practitioners with creative and innovative skills, applied and cognitive competencies in the acquisition, interpretation and application of ICT principles ethically and in a professional manner. It further aims to equip them to become life-long independent learners who are capable of undertaking research in order to make original contributions to knowledge and society.

Programme Details

The Bachelor of ICT is at exit level 7 on the HEQSF, with a requirement of 360 credits. Students follow a structured curriculum over the three years. They undertake a comprehensive software development project in the final year and have the option to choose one elective module from the four on offer (Artificial intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Software Development for the Internet of Things, and Web Development).Students enrolled for this qualification have the added advantage of enrolling for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and other industry recognised certifications offered by the school in conjunction with industry partners. Graduates have the opportunity to acquire diverse skills through the projects they undertake that simulate the real world.

The aim is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and computing skills to develop solutions for the needs of different industries and of society. It will produce graduates who have the appropriate competencies and knowledge required to solve ICT business-related problems.

Course Details

The course provides students with sufficient theoretical, analytical and practical knowledge in emerging ICTs to allow for professional and academic growth in careers such as applications development, analytics and more. The skill sets presented by the programme also allow the graduates to develop as holistic practitioners with creative and innovative skills, applied and cognitive competencies in the acquisition, interpretation and application of ICT principles ethically and in a professional manner. It further aims to equip them to become life-long independent learners who are capable of undertaking research in order to make original contributions to knowledge and society.

It is offered over three years, full time. Teaching will be via contact, practical, virtual sessions and blended learning modes. The Bachelor of ICT is at exit level 7 on the HEQSF, with a requirement of 360 credits. Students follow a structured curriculum over the three years. They undertake a comprehensive software development project in the final year and have the option to choose one elective module from the four on offer (Artificial intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Software Development for the Internet of Things, and Web Development).

Admission requirements for students with a National Senior Certificate:

  • Bachelor endorsement
  • APS score of 32
  • English first or additional language at level 4
  • Mathematics at level 4

 Requirements for students with NCV (level 4):

  • NCV Level 4 with at least 60% in the fundamental subjects
  • Including English and Mathematics
  • AND at least 70% in four vocational subjects relevant to the field of Information technology

 Requirements for students with a Higher Certificate or Diploma in a relevant ICT Course:

  • Students may be able to progress or articulate into the BICT in some cases with credit accumulation and transfer.

The BICT will create opportunities for progression for graduates who intend to further their studies and careers by acquiring further qualifications. Students who complete this qualification can progress to Honours and thereafter to further postgraduate studies.

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