Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce in Business Informatics

Qualification stream: Business Informatics
Qualification code: 98300 - BIS
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 101104
APS/AS: 21
The College has replaced MNI3701 with MNB3701. Students that have passed MNI3701 in this qualification, will retain the credit and will not be required to complete MNB3701. Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet
Purpose statement:
This qualification aims to produce graduates who are able to provide for the current needs in the business workplace in areas such as systems analysis, database development and software systems design, enhancement, management and evaluation. Successful graduates will be able to demonstrate: - Professional and ethical responsibility in their roles within the economy and society. - Proficiency in innovative, scientific, economic and managerial activities. - Understanding of underlying concepts and principles of Business Information Systems and the ability to apply this in the workplace. - Ability to access and evaluate scientific information and apply a high level of skills including problem-solving, written and spoken communication. - Competence in applying knowledge through basic research methods and practice. - Gainful economic activity and valuable contributions to society in science and technology, through a business prism. - Competencies and skills in systems analysis and design, database design and implementation, interaction design and project management. Graduates with this qualification should be able to integrate knowledge and skills to provide South Africa and other countries with people who can make a constructive contribution to the world of business and who are empowered to play leadership roles in society.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
AIN2601 - Practical Accounting Data Processing Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & (either AIN1501 or INF1505) (except for qualification code 90017)
AUE2602 - Corporate Governance in Accountancy Pre-requisite:FAC1502 (except for qualification code 90017)
AUI2601 - Internal Auditing: Theory and Principles Pre-requisite:FAC1502 (except for qualification code 90017)
COS2626 - Computer Networks I
ICT2621 - Structured Systems Analysis and Design Pre-requisite:ICT1521 (or XCT1521) & ICT1541 (or XCT1541) or INF1505 (or XNF1505) or COS1521 (or XOS1521)
ICT2622 - Object-Oriented Analysis Pre-requisite:ICT1521 (or XCT1521) & ICT1541 (or XCT1541) or INF1505 (or XNF1505) or COS1521 (or XOS1521)
INF2603 - Databases I Pre-requisite:INF1505 (or XNF1505)
MNG2601 - General Management
Group B. Choose 1 from the following
FAC2601 - Financial Accounting for Companies Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & FAC1601 (except for qualification code 90017)
INF2611 - Visual Programming II Pre-requisite:INF1511 (or XCT1511)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
AUI3702 - The Internal Audit Process: Test of Controls Pre-requisite:AUI2601 & AUE2602 (AUI2601 Not applicable to 98309)
AUI3703 - The Internal Audit Process: Specific Engagements and Reporting Pre-requisite:AUI2601 & AUE2602
INF3703 - Databases II Pre-requisite:ICT2621 or ICT2622 or INF2603
INF3705 - Advanced Systems Development Pre-requisite:ICT2621 & ICT2622
INF3707 - Database Design and Implementation Pre-requisite:ICT2621 or ICT2622 or INF2603
INF3708 - Software Project Management
INF3720 - Human-Computer Interaction II Co-requisite:INF1520 (or XNF1520)
MNB3701 - Global Business Management IA Pre-requisite:MNG2601
MNG3701 - Strategic Planning IIIA Pre-requisite:MNG2601 (Not applicable to BTEXP, BTSMN, 98222 & 98235)
MNG3702 - Strategic Implementation and Control IIIB Co-requisite:MNG3701