The Polytechnic of Namibia is in the process of transforming into the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Congruent with its new mandate, the institution intends to increase its suite of postgraduate programmes and contribute to knowledge creation through research and scientific investigation, with an emphasis on applied research. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will be a prominent feature on the institution’s research agenda in future.
The PhD in Informatics was conceptualised against the back - drop of the above imperatives in order to train scientific researchers in various fields of study related to Informatics (e.g. Business Informatics and Web Informatics). Students will develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches, and develop competence in the application of qualitative, design, mixed - mode and quantitative research methodologies through participation in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members. The precise focus of the research will be determined through dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty of CI.
The development of research competence has prime priority in the context of this PhD programme. Students are required to investigate, design, and conduct independent research, where Informatics is the research focus, apply advanced methods and techniques and/or deal with a sophisticated application problem connected with the topic of interest. The research output, in the form of a thesis, must contribute meaningfully and substantially to the existing body of knowledge in the field/area of specialisation through comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of existing knowledge.
The Bachelor of Informatics aims at providing educational opportunities for students who are interested in and motivated to work as Informatics Specialists in Business Computing, Information Systems or related practices. This programme is purposefully designed to provide skillful, competent and motivated graduates for the increasing and numerous challenging tasks of Business Computing and Informatics in the country and the region at large. Students will have the opportunity to develop the required cognitive /intellectual skills, practical as well as key transferable skills, and apply these in order to address/solve Computing and Informatics (CI) problems/challenges in the context of an organisation.
Overall, this programme aims at:
The programme intends to provide a diverse range of skills and competencies that are both discipline - specific and job - related. The programme also intends to facilitate the development of highly generic cognitive and intellectual skills that would enable graduates to apply their knowledge and learnt competencies to the practices of Business Computing and Informatics, taking into consideration international generally accepted practice
The Post Graduate Certificate in Informatics (Information Systems Audit) programme is primarily designed to provide students with deeper insight, intellectual and cognitive skills related to their professional field and area of employment and help them to advance their career of choice. This programme will further expose students to advanced concepts, theories, tools, and methods of Information Systems Audit. The overarching aim of this programme is to prepare students for a career in the Information Technology (IT) audit field and for certification as an information systems auditor or information security specialist. Students will be able to take - up a certification course in this field and may become members of professional/association bodies such as the In formation Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). The Post Graduate Certificate in Informatics (Information Systems Audit) will not lead to further academic study, but graduates would gain credit for relevant courses should they opt to register for the Bachelor of Informatics Honours.
The Bachelor of Informatics Honours is a postgraduate specialisation degree that aims at consolidating and deepening the knowledge and skills of students in the main cognate area of learning, as well as developing their capacity to conduct supervised research of an applied nature. The programme is purposefully designed to expose students to advanced concepts, theories, tools, and methods of Informatics. In this context, specific emphasis is placed on internationally accepted general standards and practices, as well as key attributes that would enable graduates to assume supervisory/middle management and applied research positions in the Computing industry, academia, and in the public sector in general.
The Master of Informatics programme is of interdisciplinary nature and aims at students interested in, and adequately qualified and motivated, for graduate education to become scientific researchers in various fields of study related to Informatics. In this context, Informatics is defined a s the study of the structure and behaviour of natural and artificial systems that generate, process, store, and communicate information. Informatics also includes the study of the cognitive, social, legal, and economic impact of such information systems.
The programme will enable students to deepen their knowledge of a particular Informatics discipline for application, research and/or management purposes. Possible fields of specialisation include Web Informatics and Business Informatics. The precise focus of the research will be determined through dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty of CI.
Students will develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches, and develop competence in the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods through participation in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members. The development of research competence has prime priority i n the context of this programme. Students are required to design, undertake and report on research where Informatics is the research focus and apply techniques and/or deal with a specific application problem connected with the field of interest.