Applied Information Systems

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Information Systems


The University of Johannesburg is recognised in South Africa as an institution that meets the needs of industry and business. Our programmes focus on providing students with sought-after industry knowledge and skills. Our diplomas and degrees are innovative and flexible, allowing students to focus on an area of IT that meets their interest while providing a core of basic IT skills. This innovation is demonstrated by the recent introduction of specialisations in Software Development, Web and Application Development, Information and Technology Management as well as Support Services. These specialisations include traditional aspects of IT such as software development, secure systems, network management and information systems. These specialisations are offered at diploma as well as graduate level. Applied Information Systems (AIS) is a discipline that combines the activities of business and information communication technology to facilitate and exploit the use of IT to foster and support business activities within the enterprise and externally to its clients. Information Technology is one of the most exciting, expanding and evolving fields. There is a chronic shortage of IT professionals, and the demand is steadily increasing as the development of business opportunities requires well-trained specialists in the latest innovative technology.


Bachelor Programs


The purpose of the programme is to strengthen and deepen the student’s knowledge and to develop the student’s applied competence in analysing, interpreting and understanding of information systems development processes, principles and methods. It further develops the intellectual independence, research and professional skills of the student. The qualification prepares students to meaningfully contribute to organisations’ information systems development, acquisition, utilisation and quality thereof.  The core modules run through from first year to final year.


Master Programs

The purpose of the programme is to develop the applied competence of student on an advanced (executive) level in the mastering, analysis, interpretation and understanding of IT Management principles and methods. Through a Masters dissertation, the student will show evidence of scientific research and the ability to reflect thereon in the holistic context of IT Management. The programme will assist in the continuing professional development of experience and senior managers and leaders will be enhanced for both South African delegates and, increasingly, promote the development of IT Management skills for students and executive delegates which both local and international context.   

PhD Programs

Through the doctoral thesis, in which the qualification finally culminates, a qualifying student would show evidence of independent and original scientific work. The thesis would constitute a decided contribution to knowledge of and insight into the subject discipline as well as the field of research. Qualifying students would display applied competence in research methodology, and the proper written and/or oral communication in the research process and findings. The student should be able to reflect on his/her research decisions and applications to assess the effect thereof in the holistic context of research in the information technology management industry.

Other Programs

The aim of this qualification is to provide students with knowledge and skills to develop software solutions to solve business problems effectively using the latest technologies.


The purpose of the programme is to develop the applied competence of learners in developing, analysing, interpreting and applying information technology business management principles and methods. The programme prepares the learners to meaningfully contribute to the effective and efficient business management of information technology in organisations.


On completion of the programme students will be able to demonstrate competence in;


  1. Analyse and understand the interdependency between business and information technology

  2. Make decisions and accept responsibilities

  3. Communicate effectively using models, visual and language skills

  4. Work effectively in a team

  5. Collect organise and critically evaluate information in order to assess the situation correctly

  6. Demonstrate an understanding that the problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation and therefore look at the system as a whole 





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