Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Information Technology

Qualification stream: Information Technology
Qualification code: 98806 - ITE
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62396
APS/AS: 18
As from 2019 the semester modules ICT3713 and ICT3714 are not available and replaced with the year module ICT3715. Student who have not registered or passed both ICT3713 and ICT3714 before 2018 will have to register for the new module ICT3715 from the 2019 academic year onwards. Where a student has already passed and obtained credits for ICT3713, the student will be given a final chance to register and pass ICT3714 in the first or second semester of 2018. In the second semester of 2018, students who fail ICT3713 or has a supplementary will have to register the single capstone year module ICT3715 from the 2019 academic year onwards.
Purpose statement:
A Qualifying learner at this level is competent in the development of IT systems in a distributed computing environment, after specializing in one of the following fields: 1. Business Applications. The creation and customization of total integrated IT solutions to business problems and management of those systems. This also includes the analysis of business systems to provide decision support on appropriate technology for acquiring and processing knowledge essential for innovation, and for betterment of organisational responsiveness, effectiveness and / or efficiency. 2. Software Development Designing and producing software products and systems to meet specified needs so that they work reliably and their production and maintenance is cost effective. 3. Communication Networks Design, development, implementation and management of networks by integrating knowledge of modern network topologies and protocols to create an appropriate and adequate environment of communication and information sharing. 4. Web and Application Development To equip Web professionals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in IT using the Internet to create, build and maintain Web sites. This professional will also manage Web related functions of the organisation. 5. Information Systems and Technology Management Manage people and technology for creating, modifying and sustaining organisational information systems. 6. Intelligent Industrial Systems Design, development and maintenance of systems that have embedded logic. This includes artificial intelligence and servers that can do remotely control a process environment. 7. Support Services Identifies the various types of end users and explore their possible needs. These needs include support in the use of existing software packages, basic maintenance of computers and equipment, and support for the development of end users' own computer applications.
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
FAC1501 - Introductory Financial Accounting
ICT2611 - Graphical user Interface Programming Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511) or ICT1511 (or XCT1511) & ICT1513 (or XCT1513)
ICT2612 - Interactive Programming Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511) or ICT1511 (or XCT1511) & ICT1513 (or XCT1513)
ICT2613 - Internet Programming Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511) or ICT1511 (or XCT1511), ICT1512 (or XCT1512) & ICT1513 (or XCT1513)
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)
ICT2631 - Operating Systems Practice Pre-requisite:ICT1531 (or XCT1531) & ICT1532 (or XCT1532)
ICT2632 - Digital Logic Pre-requisite:ICT1531 (or XCT1531) & ICT1532 (or XCT1532)
ICT2641 - Business Informatics IIA Pre-requisite:ICT1541 (or XCT1541)
ICT2642 - Business Informatics IIB Pre-requisite:ICT1541 (or XCT1541)
Co-requisite:FAC1501 & ICT2641

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ICT3611 - Advanced Graphical user Interface Programming Pre-requisite:ICT2611
ICT3612 - Advanced Internet Programming Pre-requisite:ICT2612 & ICT2613
ICT3621 - Database Design Pre-requisite:ICT2621 & ICT2622
ICT3631 - Advanced Operating System Practice Pre-requisite:ICT2631 (not applicable to BTELN COS)
ICT3641 - Business Informatics IIIA Pre-requisite:ICT2641 & ICT2642
ICT3642 - Business Informatics IIIB Pre-requisite:ICT2641 & ICT2642
ICT3715 - Information and Communication Technology project Pre-requisite:ICT2621, ICT2641, ICT2642, ICT2611, ICT2612, ICT2613
Co-requisite:INF3708, ICT3621, ICT3641
ICT3722 - Database Practice Pre-requisite:ICT2621 & ICT2622
INF3708 - Software Project Management