Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Computing

Qualification stream: Computing
Qualification code: 98906 - COM
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 80466
APS/AS: 20
Students who want to register for Computer Science or Information Systems modules should: (a) Have access to an internet cafe, a Unisa Regional Learning Centre or other internet facilities. After registration, access to myUnisa on a regular basis is compulsory and (b) Have passed Computer Application Technology or Information Technology with a rating of 4 (new National Senior Certificate) or have passed Computer Studies (old Senior Certificate) or hold an Industry Standard qualification such as the ICDL in Computer Literacy. Students who do not satisfy this requirement are strongly recommended to register for XUP1501 before they register for XOS1511.
Purpose statement:
Successful learners should have: A systematic and coherent body of knowledge. An understanding of underlying concepts and principles of computing and the ability to apply this in the workplace. A high level of cognitive and other generic skills including problem-solving, written and spoken communication. The ability to access and evaluate scientific information; competence in applying knowledge through basic research methods and practice. Specific skills and applied competence leading to continued personal intellectual growth, gainful economic activity and valuable contributions to society in science and technology.
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.

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.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COS2601 - Theoretical Computer Science II Pre-requisite:COS1501 (or XOS1501) or MAT2612
COS2611 - Programming: Data Structures Pre-requisite:COS1512 (or XOS1512)
COS2614 - Programming: Contemporary Concepts Pre-requisite:COS1512 (or XOS1512)
COS2621 - Computer Organisation Pre-requisite:COS1512 (or XOS1512) & COS1521 (or XOS1521)
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)
STA1610 - Introduction to Statistics
Group B. Choose 2 from the following
COS2633 - Numerical Methods I Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511), MAT1512 (or XAT1512) & MAT1503 (or XAT1503)
COS2661 - Formal Logic II Pre-requisite:COS1501 (or XOS1501)
INF2611 - Visual Programming II Pre-requisite:INF1511 (or XCT1511)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COS3701 - Theoretical Computer Science III Pre-requisite:COS2601
COS3711 - Advanced Programming Pre-requisite:COS2611 & COS2614
COS3721 - Operating Systems and Architecture Pre-requisite:COS2614
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
Group B. Choose 4 from the following
APM3711 - Numerical Methods II Pre-requisite:COS2633
COS3712 - Computer Graphics Pre-requisite:COS2611 & MAT1503 (or XAT1503)
COS3751 - Techniques of Artificial Intelligence Pre-requisite:COS2611 & COS2661 (Not applicable to 98801-AMC & 98801-XAC)
COS3761 - Formal Logic III Pre-requisite:COS2661 (Not applicable to 98801-AMC & 98801-XAC)
INF3720 - Human-Computer Interaction II Co-requisite:INF1520 (or XNF1520)