UNISA Short Course in Research in Informatics in Practice

UNISA Short Course in Research in Informatics in Practice

Short Course in Research in Informatics in Practice (75558)Purpose

This course is intended for Informatics students and practitioners wishing to embark on research in a specific topic, typically at postgraduate level. It will be useful for students interested in understanding the methodological and conceptual issues involved in conducting Informatics research.

Target group

Professionals in the Informatics and Computer Science area who are not familiar with research and reporting processes and individuals with an undergraduate background in the field, as well as those moving into postgraduate and formal research areas.
 Admission requirements

An applicable B Degree or an equivalent NQF qualification
 Duration

Semester course
 Language medium

English

Registration periods

for more information about the registrations visit http://cs-cert.unisa.ac.za
e-mail address: cense@unisa.ac.za
 
 Tuition method

The ODL model of Unisa is applicable. The following will be used:
Prescribed material: Course material consists of a study guide, available in English only.Tutorial letters: Students will be provided with tutorial material necessary for the understanding of the course contents as well as the completion of required assignments.Telephone and e-mail support: This will be the preferred means of communication.The Internet: It will be used as an additional communication medium between the lecturers (for feedback on assignments) and the students (assignment submission). Forum and myUnisa support will be used.
 Kind of assessment

Note:
Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Continuous assessment by means of assignments and solving of problem statements students will be required to complete assignments such as a proposal that will form an integral part of a portfolio that will be examined.
Summative Assessment:
A final proposal that will be published. The best 10 proposals to be presented in a conference to the community.
 Research in Informatics in Practice (CSRI1DM)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Problem conceptualisation and specification:

Introduction, preparing for the project experience, ethics, research fraud, research processes (qualitative or quantitative approach), how projects benefit all, evaluation of problems, ensuring that the problem has the potential to be solved

  • Tools for Evaluating the Research:

Estimation sheet project, tools of research, the problem statement, flow charting the problem statement, discussion of research project details, project Ideas

  • Research purposes, objectives and questions:

Writing detailed research purposes and objectives, analyse and evaluate library websites, writing detailed research questions/hypotheses, writing definitions, creating sub-problems, importance of the study into context, detailed limitations of the study, focus, issues terminology

  • Data criteria, and research methodology and Data collection methods:

Explaining what data is, types of data, data criteria, integrity, connecting data and variables, discuss how data can be collected, survey, Delphi, focus groups, laboratory, field, observations, interviews, construction of the instrument

  • Population and Sampling:

Criteria for population, calculation of sample, evaluation of sample, sampling methods, managing the sample, motivating the sample, ensuring that the sample is reliable and will supply responsible results

  • Review of literature:

Keywords – check and confirm, identify and use tools to be used to search for literature, ensure reliable information that is used for literature, Identify and apply how to read articles, apply academic writing, creation of a concept matrix, how to conduct a detailed literature review, ensure that references are in the correct format

  • Research Questions and Instrument design:

Identification of research questions and acid test, can the problem be broken down into smaller parts? Subsidiary research questions, discuss the key components of research data to be used, draft a letter to go with the instrument.

  • Research Methodology:

Discuss different ways to present the instrument development, the evaluation of data collection and decided upon, ensuring that the data collected will help answer the research questions/hypotheses, measure criteria, bias, statistical tests

  • Support tools and proposal/report:

Project management and the application of project management to research, time management and the possibility of using aged data, relationship between time management and project management in research, layout of the proposal, use of templates to ensure that it is in the required format, proposal with detailed problem statement, mini literature review, objectives, research methodology and research questions, completed article that meets with accredited journal requirements

  • Design and Methodology and data discussion:

Explain the difference between research methodology and research design, explain where each one fits in, the role of research design, the challenge of explaining what the difference is between research design and research methodology, types of research design, generation of graphs, tables, statistical test
 
 Course leader

Prof J A van der Poll BSc Hons (Stell) PhD (UNISA)
Centre for Software Engineering
Office: 8-091 Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 6230
E-mail: vdpolja@unisa.ac.za
 
 Programme administrator(s)

Centre for Software Engineering
Office: Block C 3-06, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA
Tel: 011 670 9131 / 9139
E-mail: cense@unisa.ac.za


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.