University of Pretoria BIS Multimedia Requirements

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

BIS Multimedia (Code 12131013)

Programme coordinator
Office: IT Building 6-63, Hatfield Campus
Tel: +27 12 420 4861

Email: annique.smith@up.ac.za

Programme information

Modern information technology offers the possibility of information products being designed and created comprising various types of media over and above the traditional text medium. Information technology therefore results in the convergence of various previously separate traditional media. There is not a single discipline that handles the combination of information products. The Multimedia qualification in the Department of Information Science addresses this shortcoming. Any type of institution in all economic spheres, including government, may profit from a multimedia approach to information design, organisation and retrieval.

Multimedia documents include text, graphics, sound, video and animation. The purpose of this qualification is to enable students to understand the necessary concepts to build multimedia products and maintain the products. This programme is therefore a combination of theory and practice. The explosion of the web, as well as the exponential growth and power of information technology, requires the introduction of this degree following international trends.

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.
Minimum requirements
  • English Home Language or English First Additional Language: NSC/IEB – 4 or AS Level – D
  • Mathematics: NSC/IEB – 5 or AS Level – C
  • APS – 30
*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.
Teaching staff presenting the INL, INY, IMY and PUB modules
Curriculum

The curriculum for the BIS in Multimedia degree programme comprises of fundamental, core and elective modules in each study year. The degree is awarded after a minimum of at least 469 credits have been obtained successfully.

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Curriculum: Year 1

Minimum credits: 146

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  

6

S2

UPO 112 Academic orientation 112  

Y

 

Core modules (132 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 110 Multimedia: Mark-up languages 110 Departmental selection

12

S1

IMY 120 Multimedia: Multimedia for the web 120 IMY 110

12

S2

INL 110 Information Science: Introduction to information science 110  

12

S1

INL 120 Information Science: Organisation and representation of information 120  

12

S2

INL 140 Information Science: Information and communication technology 140  

12

S2

COS 132 Imperative programming 132 APS of 30, Maths level 5 in NSC

16

S1

COS 110 Program design: Introduction 110 COS 132, COS 151 and Maths level 5 in NSC

16

S2

COS 151 Introduction to computer science 151 APS of 30, Maths level 5 in NSC

8

S1

COS 122 Operating systems 122 COS 132

16

S2

VIO 102 Visual design 102 Maths level 5 in NSC, or WTW 114 or WTW 133 and WTW 143

16

Year

 

Curriculum: Year 2

Minimum credits: 184

Fundamental module (8 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

JCP 202 Community-based project 202  

8

Year

 

Core modules (176 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 210 Multimedia: Advanced mark-up languages (1) 210 IMY 110 or equivalent HTML knowledge

16

S1

IMY 211 Multimedia: Multimedia and hypermedia theory 211 Departmental selection

20

S1

IMY 220 Multimedia: Advanced mark-up languages (2) 220 IMY 210, COS 216

16

S2

PUB 210 Publishing: Copy-editing 210  

20

S1

COS 212 Data structures and algorithms 212 COS 110

16

S1

COS 216 Netcentric computer systems 216 COS 110

16

S1

COS 214 Software modelling COS 212

16

S2

COS 226 Concurrent systems 226 COS 122, COS 212

16

S2

COS 284 Computer organisation and architecture 284 COS 212 GS

16

S2

VIO 202 Visual design 202 VIO 102

24

Year

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Curriculum: Final Year

Minimum credits: 141

Core modules (105 credits)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

IMY 300 Multimedia: Project 300 COS 212

45

Year

IMY 310 Multimedia: Human-computer interaction 310 Departmental selection

30

S1

IMY 320 Multimedia: Trends 320 Departmental selection

30

S2

 

Elective modules (at least 36 credits*)

Code Module Prerequisites

Credits

Period

Select at least two of the following modules:
COS 301 Software engineering 301 COS 212, COS 214

27

Year

COS 314 Artificial intelligence 314 COS 110

18

S1*

COS 332 Computer networks 332 COS 216

18

S1*

COS 333 Programming languages 333 COS 110

18

S2*

COS 341 Compiler construction 341 COS 212

18

S1*

COS 330 Computer security and ethics 330 COS 110

18

S2*

COS 326 Database systems 326 COS 226

18

S2*

COS 344 Computer graphics 344 COS 110 and WTW 124 or WTW 146

18

S1*

*Please note:  The semester in which these modules are offered may vary from year to year.

Students who wish to continue with a BSc(Hons)(CS) should consult the Computer Science department for the correct admission requirements to the degree. COS 301 and three COS electives are compulsory admission requirements for BSc(Hons) (CS).

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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