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. Course work emphasizes
fundamental elements of Computer Applications. The IT project provides a unique hands-on experience. 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.
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 well-educated, 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 qualification is to provide a career- focussed, professional qualification featuring industry- referenced knowledge and skills transfer, technological competencies, critical crossfield 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 & Design but will gain exposure to a wide range of related topics. The diploma student will be knowledgeable and competent in the discourse and practice of the ICT discipline and have specialist knowledge of the Applications Development. 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.