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Diploma in Computer Applications

Faculty of Computer Applications & System Engineering SAQA ID No. 88904 NQF 6 370 Credits 3 Years Register
The purpose of the Diploma in Computer Applications is to introduce the student to the design, analysis, and application of computers and computer-based systems.

Through course and laboratory experiences, students learn the principles essential in defining, designing, and building both general purpose and application-specific computer systems. The programme prepares students for careers in industry or for graduate study. A student who has completed this qualification will be competent in providing professional, technical and developmental support in the computer industry.

Career Opportunities

  • Software Developer
  • Windows-based Application Developer
  • Web-based Application Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Networks Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
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Section 1

Overview

Pervasive use of computers has resulted in an ongoing need for a wide range of highly skilled human capacity in ICT disciplines. The field is subject to rapid technological changes and therefore requires professionals who are welleducated, who keep up-to-date with the latest
developments in the field and who can engage
future trends and developments in the field. The purpose of this Diploma qualification is to provide a career-focused, professional qualification featuring industry-referenced knowledge and skills transfer, technological competencies, critical cross-field skills as well as attitudinal development. The programme deals with the
conceptualisation, design, development, implementation and testing of computer
software applications to meet the enormous
commercial and social demand for such products. Students are prepared for careers in Computer Programming and Systems Analysis and Design.
Pervasive use of computers has resulted in an
ongoing need for a wide range of highly skilled
human capacity in ICT disciplines. The field
is subject to rapid technological changes and
therefore requires professionals who are welleducated, who keep up-to-date with the latest
developments in the field and who can engage
future trends and developments in the field.
The purpose of this Diploma qualification is to provide a career-focused, professional qualification featuring industry-referenced
knowledge and skills transfer, technological
competencies, critical cross-field skills as well as attitudinal development. A computer application specialist is a support position that focuses mainly on software systems for their clients. They may not modify existing software, install new software
and troubleshoot any problems related to performance. The following key areas prepare students to work with the computer applications in typical business environments Microcomputer applications qualifying students will therefore be proficient in the general discourse of ICT but have
specialised knowledge and skills that are focused on Applications Development. The programme is designed to promote initiative and responsibility in an academic and/or professional context to respond to the local, regional and national, community and industry needs.

Section 2

Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate with an
    endorsement for admission to a Diploma and/or Degree; or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV)
    at NQF Level 4 with appropriate subject
    combination and levels of achievements; or
  • Mature Age Exemption for students
    above the age of 23 as set out in the
    Higher Education Regulations; or
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Section 3

Module Breakdown

Diploma in Computer Applications – Module Breakdown Year 1

Year 1 Total Credits: 120

Subject code

Semester 1

NQF level

Credits

DCASDT500
Software Development 500
5
10
DCAINS511
Information Systems 511
5
10
DCAPRO511
Programming 511
5
15
DCAWBT511
Web Technology 511
5
15
DCANET511
Networks 511
5
10

Subject code

Semester 2

NQF level

Credits

DCABCM500
Business Communication 500
5
10
DCAINS512
Information Systems 512
5
10
DCAPRO512
Programming 512
5
15
DCAWBT512
Web Technology 512
5
15
DCANET512
Networks 512
5
10

Module Breakdown Year 2

Year 2 Total Credits: 120

Subject code

Semester 1

NQF level

Credits

DCAMCM521
M-Commerce 521
5
10
DCASAD621
System Analysis and Design 621
6
10
DCAPRO621
Programming 621
6
15
DCAIPR621
Internet Programming 621
6
15
DCADBS521
Database Systems 521
5
10

Subject code

Semester 2

NQF level

Credits

DCAMCM522
M-Commerce 522
5
10
DCASAD622
System Analysis and Design 622
6
10
DCAPRO622
System Analysis and Design 622
6
15
DCAIPR622
Internet Programming 622
6
15
DCADBS522
Database Systems 522
5
10

Module Breakdown Year 3

Year 3 Total Credits: 130

Subject code

Semester 1

NQF level

Credits

DCACAT600
Computer Architecture 600
6
10
DCAIPM600
IT Project Management 600
6
15
DCAHCI600
Human Computer Interaction 600
6
10
DCAPRO631
Programming 631
6
15
DCACBS600
Cyber Security 600
6
15

Subject code

Semester 2

NQF level

Credits

DCAOPS600
Operating Systems 600
6
10
DCAITP600
IT Project 600
6
15
DCAPRO632
Programming 632
6
15
DCAWIL600
Work Integrated Learning 600
6
15
DCAMIS600
Management Information Systems 600
6
10
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