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MPhil IT Governance

Introduction

The MPhil in Information Technology Governance is a formal master’s programme offered by the Faculties of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology, Business and Economic Sciences and Law.

The MPhil aims to equip graduates with advanced knowledge and skills towards governing the information technology and information systems as critical business assets in modern-day enterprises.

Learning objectives

The MPhil in IT Governance will equip the candidate with:

  1. A sound knowledge and understanding of the role that information, information technology and information systems play in an enterprise and the ability to integrate and align IT and business objectives;
  2. To properly manage associated IT risks;
  3. To establish suitable information security management practices;
  4. To introduce or evaluate an IT control framework to provide assurance;
  5. To implement effective IT service management practices;
  6. To understand, integrate and apply legal and regulatory frameworks to the information technology and related environments and
  7. To instil the required research skills to address innovative and complex aspects towards implementing good IT governance.

Mode of offering: block release

Block release mode of delivery has several advantages to both students and employers of students (and potential students).

Advantages include:

  • Students can study from their home location or place of work;
  • Students do not have to attend classes on a regular basis;
  • Students who are employed can use vacation leave to attend the lecturing blocks and
  • Employers can plan staff development and support students to further their studies and expertise.         

This mode of delivery will have students in the classroom for a compulsory lecturing block of three days per module. Two modules will be offered per trimester and the lecturing blocks of the two modules will run back-to-back, meaning six consecutive days per trimester, if registered for both modules.

The first trimester will run from January to April, the second trimester from May to August and the third from September to November.

The lecturing blocks will be late March (for first trimester modules), late July (for second trimester modules) and late October (for third trimester modules). It will be compulsory to attend the three-day lecturing block for a module to be allowed to write the respective examination. Exact dates for lecturing blocks will be made available at the start of each module.

Examination

Module examinations will be written in May, August and November respectively.

Before and after lecturing blocks, students will be required to do preparation work and submit assignments that will form part of the admission mark that is required for access to the respective examination.

Admission requirements

Any 120-credit NQF Level 8 qualification with an information technology (IT), information systems (IS) and/or auditing focus with at least three years industry experience in or exposure to relevant IT or IS environme

Career opportunities

Over the last decade career and job opportunities in the IT governance domain have grown enormously. Information systems auditors, information security managers and IT risk managers are in huge demand, both locally and abroad.

Curriculum

Module Name

Module Code

Trimester

Lecturing Block

Examination

Credit Value

NQF Level

Information Technology Management

RITM501

1

Late April

May

15

9

Information Systems Assurance*

RISA501

1

Late April

May

15

9

Information Security Management

RISV502

2

Late July

August

15

9

Information Technology Service Management*

RTSM502

2

Late July

August

15

9

Information Technology Risk Management*

RTRM503

3

Late October

November

15

9

Information Technology Law

JILT503

3

Late October

November

15

9

Research Treatise**

RRIS500, RRTI500, and JRTV500

1

None

When completed

90

9

* Offered during a different trimester in 2019

** May only register Research Treatise after four modules have been passed

Cost (2017)

Modules:

RITM501, RISA501, RISV502, RTSM502, RTRM503, JILT503

R1980

Module:

Research Treatise

R11850

Total cost:

R23730

Travel and subsistence expenses for contact sessions

What to do if interested?

Applications can be made online or application forms can be acquired from and submitted to Farren Foutie at Farren.Foutie@mandela.ac.za.

Registration enquiries

Farren Foutie

School of ICT
Nelson Mandela University
P.O. Box 77000
Port Elizabeth
6031

Tel: 041 504 3603
E-mail: Farren.Foutie@mandela.ac.za

General enquiries

Prof Rossouw von Solms

E-mail: Rossouw@mandela.ac.za

 

Prof Houdini Fourie

E-mail: Houdini.Fourie@mandela.ac.za