Master of Science in Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

Offered as a Block Release Programme
  • 18 MonthsCourse Duration
  • PostgraduateSkill level
  • $8553.00


Applications to study for this programme are  Open.

The Master of Science in Information Systems is designed specifically for those graduates that need to learn more about the utilisation of information technology in business environments. The target groups in this respect are those IT practitioners in senior and management positions.

The programme is aimed at equipping the graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills and values to be effective in modern information technology based business environments. Graduates should be able to recommend the use and uptake of modern information technologies in business organizations to solve identified information systems business needs, analyze the threats and opportunities of the use of technology in businesses to bring about a competitive advantage for those businesses utilizing information systems, as well as debate on the issues of ethics and social implications of the use of computing technology in the business environments.

An Honors degree with a degree class of at least 2.2 in Computing (Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science, Software Engineering) or its recognized equivalent in Electronic Engineering. Relevant work experience (at least two (2) years) in an Information and Communications Technology related field will be an added advantage. Students that do not have any qualification in object oriented programming will be required to take Object Oriented Programming as an option during the First Block.

The minimum duration of the programme will be 18 months, and it will be offered on a Block Release mode over three semesters. The first two semesters will be by lecture mode, and the last semester will be dedicated to a dissertation. Four (4) courses shall be taught per semester and course choice will depend on the availability of expertise. Each semester shall comprise of one block which is one (1) month (four (4) weeks which may be split into two comprising 2 weeks each). Each course shall be 56 hrs.



Object Oriented Programming (SCIS 5101)
Principles of OOP vis-à-vis Structured Programming Principles, Object Orientation
Declarations and Access Control, Flow Control Exceptions and Assertions, Strings, I/O, Formatting, and Parsing, Coding Standards, Clarity and Maintainability.

Enterprise Database Systems (SCIS 5102)
The ER model, Motivation for Complex data types, User defined abstract data types and structured types, Subclasses, Super classes, Inheritance, Specialization and Generalization,Constraints and characteristics of specialization and Generalization, Relationship types of degree higher than two; Concurrency control and recovery management; Database security management; Distributed database functions and client-server architecture.
Object-oriented concepts and OODDBMS architecture Web interfaces to the Web; Overview of XML; Structure of XML data, Document schema, Querying XML data; Storage of XML data.

e- Commerce (SCIS 5103)
(IS) management in E-Commerce, IS planning for enterprise-wide e-Commerce, Competitive IS strategies for e-Commerce, Marketing and economic issues in Electronic Commerce for IS managers, Security Issues in e-Commerce, Organizational web sites and Intranets. Web Application options in Electronic Commerce, Business Process Integration for the IS professional, Content Management issues for e-Commerce sites, Organizational Control Strategies, Risk Management, Best Practice in Internal Control, Co-operate Fraud, Crisis Management.

Information Systems Strategy (SCIS 5104)
Information & techniques for providing information, Networks & Electronic Data interchange;Types of Information Systems, IT security requirements, Organizational Policy, IS and general audit responsibilities, Internal Controls.

Financial and Management Accounting (SCIS 5105)
Preparation of Financial Statements of Companies, Statements of Company Income;Statements of Changes in Equity, Statements of Financial Position Statements of Cash Flows, Notes to the Financial Statements, Use of Accounting Packages, Interpretation of Financial Statements, Legal and Regulatory Framework, Introduction to Management Accounts, Analysis and classification of costs, Absorption and Activity Based Costing, Cost volume profit analysis, Budgeting and Variance Analysis, Budgetary Control, Investment Appraisal.


Computer Network Management (SCIS 5201)
Network-Centric World Digital Transmission and Networking Fundamentals, Elements of Communication Networks and Services, Local Area Networks and Medium Access Control.Applications and Layered Architectures, Advanced Network Architectures, Network Security Protocols, Network Management Protocols, Next Generation Networks.

ICT Project Management (SCIS 5202)
Project rationale, Project scope, Budgeting and scheduling issues, Managing project risk, Project quality management, Managing organizational change, Leadership & Conflict management, Leadership theories.

Business Intelligence Systems (SCIS 5203)
Introduction – DSS, Modeling, Application Development, Data analysis and display,DSS development, Decision Analysis, Optimization, Queuing and Inventory Modeling. Advanced DSS development topics,Simulation.

Information Systems Security and Auditing (SCIS 5204)
Developing an Information Security Policy, Physical Computer Security, Biometrics and Digital Signatures, Network Intrusion Detection and Prevention System, Wireless and Mobile Network Security, E-commerce Security, Risk Management & Analysis, Biba Integrity Model, Nature of IS Audit, Audit responsibilities against fraud, IS audit guidelines and standards.

Research Methods (SCIS 5205)
Research Planning and Design, Proposal writing, Data Collection, Literature Review, Research Techniques, Sampling and Sampling Techniques, Validity and Reliability,Research Report Writing, Ethical Issues in Information Systems Research, Measures of Central Tendency, Measures of Variability, Plotting and Displaying Data.


Dissertation (SCIS 6101)
Candidates will be allowed to submit a dissertation only after successfully completing their taught courses.

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Mr Walter Magagula

Mr Walter Magagula

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