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University of Pretoria BIS Information Science Requirements

The requirements for undertaking the University of Pretoria (UP) BIS Information Science.

BIS INFORMATION SCIENCE

BIS Information Science (Code 12240012)

Programme coordinator

Prof M Holmner
Office: IT-building 6-49, Hatfield Campus
Tel: +27 12 420 5215
E-mail: marlene.holmner@up.ac.za

Programme information

The increasing amount of information available and developing information needs have necessitated the training of information intermediaries to effectively facilitate the bringing together of users and the information they require.

This package focuses on the use of information technology and the processing of information products and is designed to train students in the management, retrieval and organisation of information, as well as to teach them how to add value to, package and distribute information. Students will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the management of one of the most important resources of enterprises – information and knowledge. Two or three specialisation options are available, depending on the electives chosen.

Admission requirements
  • The closing date is an administrative admission guideline for non-selection programmes. Once a non-selection programme is full and has reached the institutional targets, then that programme will be closed for further admissions, irrespective of the closing date. However, if the institutional targets have not been met by the closing date, then that programme will remain open for admissions until the institutional targets are met.
  • The following persons will be considered for admission: candidates who are in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university endorsement; candidates who are graduates from another tertiary institution or have been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution, and candidates who are graduates of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.
  • Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.
  • Grade 11 results are used for the conditional admission of prospective students.
  • A valid qualification with admission to degree studies is required.
  • Minimum subject and achievement requirements, as set out below, are required.
  • All lectures at the University of Pretoria are presented in English only.
  • If Informatics is selected at first-year level, an achievement level of 5 is required in Mathematics.
Minimum requirements
Achievement level:
English Home Language or English First Additional Language: NSC/IEB – 4
AS Level – D
APS – 28
*Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.
*International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.
Other programme-specific information

The semester in which modules are offered may vary from year to year.

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Teaching staff presenting the INL, INY, IMY and PUB modules
Curriculum: Year 1

Minimum credits: 122 or 132

Fundamental modules (14 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

AIM 111 Academic information management 111  

4

S1

AIM 121 Academic information management 121  

4

S2

ALL 121 Academic literacy for information technology 121  

6

S2

UPO 112 Academic orientation 112  

Y

 

Core modules (68 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 110 Information Science: Introduction to information science 110  

12

S1

INL 120 Information Science: Organisation and representation of information 120  

12

S2

INL 130 Information Science: Personal information management 130  

12

S1

INL 140 Information Science: Information and communication technology 140  

12

S2

OBS 114 Business management 114  

10

S1

OBS 124 Business management 124 (OBS 114)

10

S2

 

Elective modules (40 credits*)
Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator.

*Please note: Elective modules: Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator, at least 40 credits from any modules at year level one OR Select 50 credits from the INF elective group. Students who obtained at least 4 (50% – 59%) for Mathematics in the NSC will be admitted to Informatics 112 and students who obtained at least 5 (60 – 69%) for Mathematics in the NSC will be admitted to Informatics 154, 164 and 171.

Group A (50 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 112 Informatics 112 Maths level 4 in NSC or STK 113 (60%) and STK 123 (60 %) or STK 110

10

S2

INF 154 Informatics 154 Maths level 4 in NSC

10

S1

INF 164 Informatics 164 INF 154; AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

10

S2

INF 171 Informatics 171 Maths level 4 in NSC

20

Y

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Or

Group B (40 credits*)

*Please Note: Because credits are not calculated in the same way in all faculties, students should take note that the total number of credits required for Group B is at least 40.

Code Module Credits Period
  At least 40 credits* from any module(s) at year-level 1.

Choose modules in consultation with programme coordinator. e.g.:

12 credits each: AFR 110 & AFR 120; AGL 110 & AGL 120; EFK 110 & EFK 120; ENG 110 & ENG 120; KRM 110 & KRM 120; SLK 110 & SLK 120; SOC 110 & 120; or 10 credits each: PAD 112 & 122

40*

 
Curriculum: Year 2

Minimum credits: 160

Fundamental module (8 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

JCP 202 Community-based project 202  

8

Year

 

Core modules (92 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 210 Information Science: Information seeking and retrieval 210 AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and 121

20

S1

INL 220 Information Science: Representation and organisation 220 INL 210 or LP

20

S2

INL 240 Information Science: Social and ethical impact 240

20

S1

OBS 210 Business management 210 OBS 114 or OBS 124 with admission to examination in the other

16

S1

OBS 220 Business management  220 OBS 114 or OBS 124 with admission to examination in the other

16

S2

 

Elective modules (60-63 credits*)

Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator.

*Please note: Because credits are not calculated in the same way in all faculties, students should take note that the total number of credits required for Group A is at least 63 and for Group B at least 60.

Group A (63 credits*)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 214 Informatics 214 AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and 121

14

S1

INF 225 Informatics 225 INF 112, AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

14

S2

INF 261 Informatics 261 INF 214

7

S2

INF 271 Informatics 271 INF 164, INF 171, AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

14

Year

INF 272 Informatics 272 INF 164, INF 171, AIM 101 or AIM 102 or AIM 111 and AIM 121

14

Year

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Or

Group B (60 credits*)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 230 Information Science: User studies and dissemination 230  

20

S1

INL 260 Information Science: Economics and politics of information 260  

20

S2

INL 270 Information Science: Indigenous knowledge and communication 270  

20

S2

 

Curriculum: Final year

Minimum credits: 145

Core modules (75 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites Credits Period
INL 310 Information Science: Information organisation 310  

30

S1

INL 320 Information Science: Information and knowledge management 320  

30

S2

INL 370 Information Science: Experiential learning project 370 INL 210, INL 220 and INL 310 or registered for INL 310

15

Year

 

Elective modules (minimum 70-90 credits*)
Select one group in consultation with the programme coordinator.
*Please note: Because credits are not calculated in the same way in all faculties, students should take note that the total number of credits required for Group A is at least 70 and 90 for Groups B and C.

Group A (70 credits*)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 315 Informatics 315 LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S1

INF 324 Informatics 324 LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S2

And at least 40 credits for Business Management or Communication Management in Year Level 3.

40

Or

Group B (90 credits*)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INL 340 Information Science: Digital repositories 340  

30

S2

INL 360 Information Science: Socio-political aspects of information in a global context 360  

30

S1

INL 380 Information Science: Competitive intelligence 380  

30

S2

Or

Group C (90 credits*)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

INF 315 Informatics 115 LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S1

INF 324 Informatics 324 LP, INF 261, INF 225, INF 271 and INF 272

15

S2

And at least 60 credits from Group B.

60

 

However, if you meet the requirements and wish to apply to study this course. You can simply check the application processes.

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