IT & Software

Information Systems

Course Fee R799.00

This course is designed to introduce the student to Information Systems. The course starts with an introduction to Information Systems, why we use them, and the benefits of good data, as well as how to develop an Information System. It then goes on to discuss the Computer Hierarchy in detail, including what a manager should know about Computer Hardware and Primary and Secondary storage devices. Computer Software is also discussed and Database elements are also covered. The course aims to assist anyone that would like to broaden their knowledge regarding the purpose of specific Information Systems. 


This course will provide a broad overview of the field of Information Systems for anyone who is interested to pursue a career in this field. It will also help those not familiar with Information Systems, or who do not have a background in Information Systems, to understand the key concepts related to information systems security, and how this should be managed.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the Difference between Information Systems and Information Technology
  • Discuss the benefits of Good Data and Good Information
  • Identify types of Information Systems
  • Understand the Computer Hierarchy, Computer Data, Primary and Secondary Storage devices.
  • Discuss Operating Systems and Application Software
  • Understand the purpose of a Database and have a thorough knowledge of Computer Networks, which include LAN, Wireless Technologies, Mobile Technologies and Cloud Computing.



Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!

In the 6 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Introduction To Information Systems.
CHAPTER 2 Defining information
CHAPTER 3 Computer Hierarchy
CHAPTER 4 What does a manager need to know about computer software?
CHAPTER 5 What is the purpose of a database?
CHAPTER 6 What is a computer network?

Dr Liezel Cilliers


Dr. Liezel Cilliers is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. She holds a DPhil in Information Systems. She specializes in the field of Information Systems with specific interest in information security, technology in education and health care. She has published extensively in these fields in both international conferences and journals.

Dr. Salah Kabanda


Dr. Kabanda is a Y2-Rated NRF Researcher at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests are in ICT4D, Ethics in the development and use of information systems and M/E-Commerce

Not sure if this is the right course for you?

Let one of your career counselors help you make the right choice.

Related Courses

Business Information Systems

Convener: Dr Liezel Cilliers

This course is designed to introduce the student to Information Systems in the business environment. The course starts with an overview of Information Systems in the...
read more

Privacy And Security In Information Systems

Convener: Dr Liezel Cilliers

This course is designed to introduce the student to the various privacy and information security concerns in Information Systems in the business environment. The course starts...
read more

Website Management

Convener: Dr Liezel Cilliers

Who should be doing this course? This course will help you to maintain your own website. The website can be used to advertise products or provide information about clubs or...
read more

Website Metrics

Convener: Dr Liezel Cilliers

This course is designed to teach the basic principles of website metrics. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the importance of website metrics and how...
read more