The BScHons (Information Technology) is a highly challenging postgraduate degree that prepares you for senior positions in the computer industry, for entrepreneurship and for academia.
Our qualification provides you with advanced knowledge and practical skills in seven compulsory modules with a strong emphasis on database administration, project management, business analysis, programming and information systems’ design. You will cover modules such as Soft Skills Development for IT Professionals, Information Systems, Computer Science and Databases. Within the structure of two research modules, you will direct and drive your own independent research project that will culminate in a dissertation. In addition, you will learn how to plan, organise and manage projects with an emphasis on finding now and innovative ways of doing so. You will develop skills that are crucial for the workplace and for management such as critical, analytical and independent thinking, meeting deadlines, perseverance and adaptability, working in groups and communicating effectively.
We attribute the success of this honours degree to its unique blend of academic rigour and real-world application as well as a curriculum that is relevant, current and industry driven. For all these reasons, our graduates have excellent management and entrepreneurial abilities, which make them highly sought after in commerce and in IT.
If you want to take your undergraduate IT science degree to another level, our BSc Honours in IT is a challenging postgraduate degree that prepares you for senior positions in the computer industry, for entrepreneurship and for academia.
Lead the way in the computer industry.
Teaching methods and assessment
- We use a blend of lecture-led learning and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).
- Our teaching staff is a mix of full-time academics and working professionals to ensure you benefit from quality academic and industryspecific inputs.
- You have access to campus resource centres, information technology and programming labs and WiFi.
- You attend lectures and small group sessions, practical classes and guest presentations.
- You complete a research project and submit a research dissertation.
- Throughout the degree, you have to complete practical assignments and conduct individual and group research projects. You have to demonstrate theoretical understanding and technical application via examinations, simulations, case studies and analysis of information technology related problems.
Students are introduced to the basic principals of Information Technology.
Soft Skills Development for IT Professionals
Information Systems 4A
Software Development 4A
Computer Science 4A
Year 4 module descriptions
Software Development 4A (ITSD411)
The purpose of this course is to equip students with skills that are marketable. Bearing in mind that there are many opportunities in the ever growing PDA and cell phone industries, but very few programmers with the suitable knowledge, this course aims to give our students the competitive edge in the market place, thus enabling them to function with confidence. Our goal is to provide a qualification with a high level of exposure to subject matter relating to a specific field of specialisation – in this instance, the understanding of advanced PDA JAVA software development techniques to develop applications that run on mobile devices. At the end of the course, the student must understand the principles involved in mobile devices. The student should also be able to distinguish between the different types of techniques/technologies and know how each of those techniques can be applied in an organisation or corporate environment. Students should also gain an understanding of the architecture of mobile devices and the needs of clients.
Computer Science 4A (ITCS402)
The purpose of this module is to give the student an in-depth understanding of the need of businesses systems that can handle the rapid changes associated with business. There is no time or resources to build or rebuild IT systems from scratch every time a change is needed. A smarter approach is required that fosters rapid implementation using existing resources. Moreover, companies could do with a sustainable, scalable foundation that provides flexibility, scalability and reliability, which is beyond the fixed, monolithic and inflexible architectures of the past. Therefore, students need the knowledge gained in their undergraduate studies i.e. software development, systems architecture, computer science and systems analysis and design, in order to understand the principles involved in service-oriented architecture development of applications. Students get exposed to solutions concerning issues such as the rethinking of practices currently in use to build systems, reconsidering the skill level in an organisation, and redefining the ways in which team members collaborate. These solutions encompass staff composition, adaptive process management, service based interoperability, and integration.
Database 4A (ITDB411)
In Data Administration, students are exposed to subject matter relating to a specific field of specialisation – in this instance, the understanding of data mining techniques to extract, clean and transport data in a more useful format to users for decision-making purposes. The knowledge that students acquire in the Data Administration and Data Mining course can be used to make informed decisions on the data in the system. Students will also learn how to identify trends and patterns in data that can assist them in the decision-making process. Upon completing the course, students should understand the principles involved in data mining. They should also be able to distinguish between the different types of decision support systems and how each of those systems can be applied in an organisation or corporate environment. Students will also gain an understanding of data warehouse design and the difference between transactional databases and data warehouses.
Research Methodology (CORM410)
The purpose of this subject is to equip the student with basic knowledge and skills to understand the research process and to plan a quantitative or qualitative study. This will also lay the basis for further, more advanced training in research methodology. The module will allow students to comprehend the research process from selecting a topic through to data analysis and research reporting. At the end of the module the student will submit a research proposal that will serve as a pre-requisite for the research project.
Soft Skills Development for the IT Professional (ITSS421)
The understanding of soft skills required in the Information and Communication Technology field enables students to be successful in business and industry. People with a technical aptitude often lack interpersonal skills, which are extremely important for people in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Higher education used to focus on knowledge and skills, and the student would enter the workplace lacking social skills. Modern research shows that Higher education should also focus on interpersonal dynamics to ensure that graduates make a smooth transition into the workplace. The main purpose of this module is to teach students more about interpersonal dynamics and show them how they could improve their relationships with others in the work environment. People in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field need to develop systems.
It is also the responsibility of the ICT person to train the client in using the system and to compile proper material. It is therefore extremely important for ICT people to know how to develop training material and how to train the client. The focus of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop professional training manuals and to present proper workshops in order to teach clients to use the systems that they have developed. Upon completing the course, the student should understand the principles involved in soft skills and be able to implement them successfully. The student should also be able to distinguish between the different types of soft skills and know how each of those soft skills can be applied in an organisation or corporate environment.
Information Systems 4A (ITIS421)
In Project Management students need the understanding of project management methodologies, in order to develop and implement projects more effectively. A project management methodology can be defined as a pre-defined set of tasks that are designed to provide a guide or a checklist for developing and implementing projects. This course will consider the tasks generic to various project management methodologies as well as various methodologies currently applied in practice. At the end of the course, the student must understand the principles involved in project management methodologies. The student should also be able to distinguish between the different project management methodologies and how each of those methodologies can be applied in an organisation or corporate environment. Students will also gain an understanding of project management methodologies and how the methodologies differ from each other. The reason why Project Management is included in the degree is to emphasise and elaborate on the different methodologies available in the market. Students must be able to select the best methodology in each project that they will be involved in, in a working environment. The Project Management course is included in the degree to empower students with the knowledge required to properly implement a project management methodology in each project that they will be involved in or in their own business or in industry.
Research Project (ITRP420)
This module addresses the synergy between quantitative and qualitative approaches to form a single research project. It will enable students to comprehend the research design through to data analysis and research reporting. Upon completing the module the student will submit a research project in the form of a mini-dissertation.
• You need a recognised undergraduate BSc degree in Informatics, Computer Science, Internet Communication, Information Technology or Information Systems or equivalent for the specific honours degree.
• You need a minimum of 60% average during the exit year of the applicable undergraduate degree.
• Specific modules may be required to have been completed at undergraduate level.
- Accredited by the South African Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
- Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
- Recognised by the Information Technology Association (ITA).
- Due to Pearson Institute’s membership of the Institution of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), as students you become members without paying membership fees.
The careers for you, as a Bachelor of Science Honours in Information Technology graduate, are varied and include:
• Database administration
• IT management
• Project administration
• Specialist technical positions in data mining and enterprise architecture
• Systems analysis and design
Qualification facilities and campuses
The Faculty Applied Science have 18 labs in the Information Technology Facility. Four labs are dedicated to programming off which one is specifically used by Hons students.
The qualification is offered at the Pearson Institute Midrand campus.
Additional notes / comments / information
• Mid-semester and study breaks
• Breaks - full day classes
How does this qualification make a student real world ready?
The qualification is unique to Pearson Institute and it prepares the student for the world of work in the Computer Science, Software Development, Research Methodology and Information System fields. The Soft Skills for IT professionals equip IT students with the necessary skills to communicate and present their final products in a professional manner.
How do we ensure that this qualification is of the highest academic standard?
The Faculty Applied Science makes use of external moderators for all modules to ensure that the theoretical aspects of the qualifications are aligned to the National Qualification Frameworks standards. The faculty also review the entire programme on a regular basis through Faculty Committees as well as the IT Advisory Board, to ensure that the theoretical aspects are aligned to other academic institutions and specifically to what industry needs and want. Through maintaining high academic standards Pearson Institute students are accepted into post graduate institutions not just in South Africa but also internationally. By ensuring that the qualifications are aligned to what industry needs and wants, our students find employment fairly easy. It is very important for the staff of the faculty to ensure that students can practically apply what they have been taught theoretically.
This qualification would be perfect for someone who...
Has a high quality academic standard with a strong emphasis on the key aspects of data administration, project management, computer science and software development needed to thrive in today’s global IT management market.
Success stories/Case studies
In 2015 four of Pearson Institute BSc IT Hons students are registered for their Masters at UP. A 2014 student submitted his research for an international mLearn conference with his supervisor and it was accepted.
Unique selling points
This Qualification does not just provide the learner with the academic basis for an Information Technology career but provide the learner with the ability to analyse and solve information technology problems in an innovative manner in the industry.