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Division of Information Systems

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Information Systems

Summary

Wits is a remarkable university that is internationally distinguished for its excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice. Wits is taking the lead in reimagining trendy Braamfontein to further our contribution towards delivering high level scarce skills for the global knowledge economy. Our location in Johannesburg, the economic and industrial heartland of the continent, places us in good stead to interact with the public and private sectors, civil society and other social agents to effect meaning­ful change in society. 

From trying to discover what lies beneath the Earth's surface to saving lives through better healthcare systems, Wits is on the ground, making a difference. We have over 50 active projects on the African continent and the University is represented globally through our partnerships, collaborations, staff and student exchanges and our alumni around the world.  Wits was also the co-founder of the African Research Universities Alliance. 

With more than 85% of our research published in accredited international journals, we encourage cross-disciplinary research and collaborate with the best researchers and institutions across the globe. From telling the story of life, to finding solutions to deep level mining problems; from searching for the Higgs Boson at CERN, to understanding the complexities of human interaction, Wits is at the forefront.

Located close to “Africa's Richest Square Mile”, the corporate and financial hub of both the county and the continent, we have cultivated strong linkages with leading local and international professional services firms who compete strongly every year to employ our graduates. Amongst others, we regularly supply graduates to ABSA, Accenture, Amazon, BSG, Deloitte, EY, Facebook, First National Bank, Google, Investec, KPMG, MTN, Nedbank, Oracle, PWC, Rand Merchant Bank, SAP, Standard Bank, Telkom and Vodacom. We also supply graduates to the public sector, whilst many of our students follow their own exciting entrepreneurial paths.

Bachelor Programs

Focused on the development of high calibre and work-ready Information Systems professionals, the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in Information Systems takes a systemic and experiential approach to the analysis, design, implementation, management and strategic use of information systems and technology. Technology is now the beating heart of a dynamic, information and knowledge-driven world that needs people to point the way, people who “get it”. The demand for such professionals is increasing exponentially whilst supply remains low. Our unique young professionals solve “real world” problems, using technology to build systems that allow for quicker and smarter responses to changes in dynamic and complex environments.

 

The Bachelor of Commerce Honours (BCom Hons) in Information Systems degree is a one (1) year (full time) or two (2) year (part time) programme primarily informs students about issues surrounding the management of technology. The degree exposes students to emerging trends in IS. Introductory knowledge for academic research is also covered, with students completing a year-long research report. Students learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to case studies, how to conduct theoretical and empirical research, how to communicate clearly in both a written and verbal formto work together in a team environment, how to argue soundly and how to reference their work.

Master Programs

The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree (by Coursework) in Information Systems is an intensive academic programme including both research and coursework components. Through coursework in the first year, candidates learn about the latest trends in the information systems environment, issues in IS management and advances in IS research. Students are introduced to the research process in the early stages of the course in order to begin to formulate a research topic, and the second year of the course entails the student completing a research report under Faculty supervision. The research year brings students into close contact with Faculty as we jointly explore opportunities and problems in the use, development, management and impacts of information systems on individuals, organisations and society. The programme has been carefully crafted to balance industry relevance with academic rigour. Students will study topics in research methodology, explore advances in research areas such as IT adoption and IS management, and gain exposure to contemporary issues in IS practice.

The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree (by Research) in Information Systems is an intensive research programme supported by a curriculum designed to provide students with the skills they need to effectively carry out their research work. The research undertaken will be closely aligned to the research of the division of Information Systems to ensure that research students work closely with Faculty. The degree can be studied either full-time (over 2 to 3 years) or part-time (over 4 to 6 years). The programme is not offered in distance mode and students have to be resident in Johannesburg and available to participate in the programme on campus.

PhD Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Systems is an intensive research programme supported by a curriculum designed to provide students with the skills they need to effectively carry out their research work. The research undertaken will be closely aligned to the research of the division of Information Systems to ensure that research students work closely with Faculty. The degree can be studied either full-time (over 2 to 3 years) or part-time (over 4 to 6 years). The programme is not offered in distance mode and students have to be resident in Johannesburg and available to participate in the programme on campus.

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