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Summary

Information Systems II consists of three half-year (semester) courses: IS201, IS202 and IS203.  Undergraduate students are required to complete a first-year semester course in computing offered by the Department of Computer Science, before registering for Information Systems II.

Students following the Accounting professional route are required to register for IS201 and IS203, and students following an Information Systems professional route are required to register for IS201 and IS202.  Students are permitted to register for both IS202 and IS203 should they so wish.

  • IS201 is an introductory first-semester course taken by both Information Systems and Accounting majors, with an average class size of about 300 students. The course includes the following topics: Information Systems Theory; Business Systems; Business Decision Support; Development Methodologies.
  •  IS202 is a semester course focusing on systems development which is taken by Information Systems Professional students, with an average class size of about 150 students. It includes the following topics: Information Systems Analysis; Application Architecture; Information Systems Design.
  • IS203 is a custom-designed semester course for Accounting Professional students, with an average class size of about 150 students. It includes the following topics: Accounting Information Systems Theory and Practical; Managing Projects; IT Governance; Accounting Information Systems Security and Control.

Further information and contact details are available on the course website.

Learning outcomes

Information Systems 201 is a first semester course offered in the second year of study.  It serves as an the entry-level course for students majoring in Information Systems, building on the CS112 service course offered by the Department of Computer Science. Students are attracted to the course out of a fundamental need to know how computer technologies can be used to manage organisations' most elusive and valuable resource, information. The course also services BCom students majoring in Accounting, including students following the Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy.

Information Systems 202 is a second semester course offered in the second year of study.  The course is taken by students intending to major in IS within the Commerce Faculty, or studying for the specialist BSc(InfSys) and BSc(Software Development) degrees in the Faculty of Science.  Information Systems 202 focuses on the first two stages of the systems development life cycle (Analysis and Design), and rovides a foundation for future IS professionals on which to base further study into systems development.

Information Systems 203 is a second semester course offered in the second year of study to Accounting and general interest students who will not be continuing with IS as a major subject for their degree. It builds on concepts and skills taught in the first semester Information Systems 201 course. The IS203 course content focuses primarily on aspects of IT planning, use and control within a financial context (as outlined in the curriculum guidelines of the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants), and develops both theoretical knowledge and practical application skills.

Presence of students On-campus

Prerequisites

Undergraduate students are required to complete a first-year semester course in computing offered by the Department of Computer Science, before registering for Information Systems II.

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