Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Security and Network Engineering)

Programme overview:

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Security and Network Engineering) next start date Next start date: 8 February 2022
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Security and Network Engineering) study mode Study mode: Full-time and online part-time options
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Security and Network Engineering) duration Duration:
Minimum: 3 years
Maximum: 5 years
Online Programme Management (Part-time)
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Security and Network Engineering) support Support: Fully supported

Programme details:

NQF Level 7 | Technology | Degree
The specialised nature of this degree prepares you for work in many areas in the Information Technology industry that are related to Computer Networking, Network Analysis, Cybersecurity and
IP Network Engineering.

Security and Network engineering is a branch of Information Technology that is inclined towards the application of principles used in the field of engineering and computing, for the design and implementation of computer networks which focuses on high-level design and planning.

This qualification is specially designed for students interested in the selection and configuration of appropriate data communication components to meet users and corporate needs. It will also help students in gaining the expertise required for the construction of a reliable and high-performing network integrating LAN, WAN, Internet, and intranet components which entail network modelling and analysis.

Furthermore, students will be equipped with the knowledge required to secure a network by adopting relevant policies and practices to prevent and monitor unauthorised access, misuse, modification, or denial of computer network and network-accessible resources.
Substantial knowledge required to defend computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks will also be gained.

You will also develop essential skills for the world of work, such as analytical and abstract thinking, effective decision-making, self-discipline, being innovative, adapting to change, working in teams and communicating effectively.

Intake 1: February 
Intake 2: April 
Intake 3: July 
Intake 4: September 

More information:

Entry requirements
• National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an international school-leaving certificate equivalent to NQF level 4. Universities South Africa (USAf) exemption certificate to be provided.

• 50% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics. Students with Mathematics Literacy (50% or more) must enrol for, and complete, Introduction to Mathematics and Mathematics for Degree Studies B (IT) before attempting Mathematics 1A. Students with Pure Mathematics (less than 50%, but greater than 30%) must enrol for, and complete, Mathematics for Degree Studies B (IT) before attempting Mathematics 1A.

• Alternatively, a prospective student should have successfully completed the relevant Eduvos foundation programme. On successful completion of the relevant foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAf) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.
• Alternatively a student should have successfully completed a relevant higher certificate qualification.
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Annual Price Tier 1 R 65000 R 63000 R 60000
Annual Price Tier 2 R 78000 R 77000 R 77000
Annual Part Time R 41100 R 37000 R 37000
Monthly Price Tier 1 R 7017 R 6801 R 6477
Monthly Price Tier 2 R 8421 R 8313 R 8313
Monthly Part Time R4437 R 3994 R 3994

Tier 1 Campuses: Bloemfontein, Cape Town - Claremont, East London, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Nelson Mandela Bay, Potchefstroom, Vanderbijlpark

Tier 2 Campuses: Midrand, Cape Town - Tyger Valley, Pretoria, Bedfordview, Durban

Programme accreditation
• Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE)
• South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
Possible career options
Career choices for you as a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology graduate are varied, and employment opportunities exist in both IT and in business:
• Database Administration
• Database Management
• IT Management
• IP Network Engineering
• Project Administration
• Systems Analysis and Design
• Hardware, Network and Cybersecurity
• Cloud Computing
This qualification is offered at the following campuses
Bedfordview, Bloemfontein, Cape Town - Claremont, Durban, Cape Town - Tyger Valley, East London, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Nelson Mandela Bay, Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Vanderbijlpark
Qualification structure
Year 1
This year of study lays the foundation down for students and aims to focus on the basic principles of programming with regards to specific software languages, computer literacy (Microsoft), the fundamentals of hardware and networking as well as the general knowledge on what IT is about.
• Computer Skills (ITSK110)
• Advanced Information and
• Computer Skills (ITAS120)
• Business English (SSBE111)
• Computer Network and Security (ITCN102)
• Introduction to Information Systems (ITIS111)
• Human Computer Interaction (ITHI121)
• Mathematics 1A (ITMT111)
• Introduction to Programming (ITPL111)
• Procedural Programming (ITPP111)
• Technical Writing and Communication (ITWC121)
Year 2
This year of study builds on the foundation of the first year. More group engagement is encouraged, and focus is placed on specialised modules that prepare the students for this specialised stream.
• Database System Design, Implementation and Management (ITDI211)
• Databases Management System (ITDB221)
• Systems Analysis and Design (ITOO211)
• Internet Server Management (ITCO221)
• IT Project Management (ITPM221)
• Advanced Networking (ITNT202)
• Python Network Programming (ITPN202)
• Data Structures and Algorithms in Python (ITDP221)
• Network Security (ITNS221)
Year 3
During this year students are encouraged to think for themselves. All modules focus mainly on higher-order thinking and are stated below:
• Operating Systems (ITOP321) 
• Social Practices and Security (ITSC311)
• Object Oriented System Analysis and Design (ITOO311)
• Web Development and e-Commerce (ITEC301)
• Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ITSM321)
• Soft Skills for IT Professionals (ITST321)
• Cloud Computing: A Practical Approach (ITCC321)
• Industry 4.0 (ITIR311)
• Project: Cyber Security (ITNP320)