Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Information Science Honours

Qualification code: 90072
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 109046
APS/AS: 60
This qualification can be completed in one year. Students choosing to do it over more than one year are advised to register for the Research Report in their final year of study.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to provide students with a balanced, integrated overview of the discipline and to enhance their understanding of the fundamental, broad conceptual framework of Information Science and Applied Information Science. The purpose of the programme is further to provide the foundation for lifelong learning, independent study and research aimed at providing solutions to African problems. Aligned to the strategic plan of UNISA to become the African University by shaping futures in the service of humanity, graduates from the programme should ideally be critical thinkers, problem-solvers and game-changers in facing current and future challenges and opportunities pertaining to Information Science in Africa and the world at large. To this end, the main expected outcome of this programme is for students to become fully acquainted with the latest conceptual frameworks, approaches to and models in Information Science, as well as with key research areas in the subject field. Students should develop a holistic awareness of the current state of affairs, explore areas of advanced research and recognise new directions. They should also respond critically to texts and apply substantiated viewpoints related to the individual modules and to the subject field of Information Science in general.
This qualification will be presented via distance learning mode.

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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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.