COURSE BACKGROUND

Systems developers are required to create, maintain, audit and improve the IT systems within an organisation. A system developers function can extend to include database management, web programming, multimedia and writing code and more.

The work of an IT systems developer is one that requires a strong technical component and a desire to keep learning. The world of information technology is constantly changing as the world moves rapidly into the digital age.

This qualification ensures a fast-track entry into the programming and software development field, and will equip you with the skills necessary to solve problems in the context of software development, including the process of conceptualising, designing and updating software solutions. You will learn how to create software solutions using popular software development tools, technologies, platforms, internet architectures and databases.

This qualification ensures a fast-track entry into the programming and software development field, and will equip you with the skills necessary to solve problems in the context of software development, including the process of conceptualising, designing and updating software solutions. You will learn how to create software solutions using popular software development tools, technologies, platforms, internet architectures and databases.

Upon graduation, you will be able to communicate effectively with fellow IT staff and users of information technology, understanding the role of technology in a business context and to be able to address business problems with appropriate information technology solutions. You will also be able to apply the principles of creating computer software by carrying out, under limited supervision, a task of reasonable size to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge, techniques and skills needed in one or more area of majoring/specialization that the qualification offers.

What will I learn? 

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Use a logical methodology to troubleshoot the common types of hardware and software problems typically encountered in the day-to-day operations of a department in an organization.
  • Understand the role of technology in the business context.
  • Demonstrate basic application support skills
  • Demonstrate operating system support skills
  • Demonstrate network support skills
  • Relate business problems and information technology solutions
  • Demonstrate appropriate technical reporting skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate customer care in the context of IT support
  • Function appropriately in a change management process within a support team
  • Demonstrate hardware support skills for server computers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Systems Support contextualized within a selected work area

Duration of Study

You may register for a maximum of 1 year. This will ensure that you complete your qualification within the required time frame (providing that you pass all modules). There are 7 Modules to complete (Credits: 185).

Maximum number of modules per semester

You may register for a maximum of 4 modules in the first semester and 3 modules in the second semester. This will ensure that you complete your qualification within the required time frame (provided that you pass the modules you registered for).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

This qualification may be achieved through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

Achieving unit standards through RPL

Any learner wishing to be assessed to achieve credits in respect of any or all of the unit standards specified in this qualification may arrange to do so without having to attend further education or training.

Achieving the qualification through RPL

To achieve the qualification through RPL, the learner must submit him/herself to be assessed against the integrated assessment criteria of this qualification.

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Effective Communication

On completion of this module, you should be able to:-

  • Write a technical report.
  • Analyse feedback contexts and apply constructive feedback techniques.
  • Conduct a technical practitioners meeting.
  • Present information in a public setting.
Module 2: Technology in the business context

On completion of this module, you should be able to:-

  • Use computer technology to research a computer topic.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethics and professionalism for the computer industry in South Africa.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of estimating a unit of work and the implications of late delivery.
  • Explain the principles of business and the role of information technology
 
Module 3: Problem Solving Techniques

On completion of this module, you should be able to:-

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the handling of error in a computer programming environment.
  • Demonstrate logical problem solving and error detection techniques.
  • Test a computer program against a given specification.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of sort and search techniques used in computer programming.
Module 4: Systems Development

On completion of this module, you should be able to:-

  • Apply information gathering techniques for computer system development.
Module 5: Business problems and IT solutions

On completion of this module, you should be able to:-

  • Create database access for a computer application using structured query language.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the internet and the  worldwide-web.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Database Management Systems.
Module 6: The principles of creating computer software

On completion of this module, you should be able to:-

  • Apply principles of creating computer software by developing a complete
    programme to meet given business specifications.
  • Produce documentation for a computer program to agreed standards.
  • Manage software development source files using appropriate tools.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of web-sites in business.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of advanced object-oriented programming.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of implementing and managing an e-Commerce web site.
  • System Analyst
  • System Designer
  • System Developer
  • System Administrator
  • Computer Programmer
  • System Analyst
  • Web Development & Design

If you love programming and would like to pursue a career in software development or related fields then this is a great choice for you. To qualify you need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have passed Grade 11 or its equivalent (NQF Level 3)
    Including English language and Mathematics/Mathematical literacy
  • Have Completed End User Computing Level 5
  • Have Passed Level 4

Upon completion, a National Certificate will be issued from the Department of Higher Education & Training through MICTSETA.

The qualification is made up of the following modules which are done over a period of 12 months.

Semester 01: Concept of Computer Architecture, Introduction to networking, Introduction to System Analysis, Computer Packages.

Semester 02: Web Design, Computer Programming, Software Development, Software Development Project.

DURATION11 MONTHS
REGISTRATION FEER350
DEPOSIT FEER950
MONTHLY FEER1200.00(11 MONTHS)
COURSE FEER14500

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