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School of Information Technology

What do we offer?

Programme content:The content of the current M.IT program (which is targeted at industry in general) has been adapted to make provision specifically for librarians at tertiary institutions and LIS faculty members. All the same content and topics are dealt with; examples are, however, to a very large extent taken from the library environment. In addition, more emphasis is placed on Web 2.0 and related technologies and four modules have been added, viz. one on information retrieval, one on digital repositories. One on Web 2.0 tools in the library and one on the knowledge society and international librarianship.


The content of the program is as follows:

 

Year 1: 2015

Module title and description

Schedule

Content

Web Trends in the library

8 credits

MIT 865

Year Module; presented during 2015

February to November

Coordinator:
Dr Cecilia Penzhorn

Social networking and other Web 2.0 tools offer a wealth of opportunities for the design and delivery of new and innovative resources and services in libraries. This module provides an understanding of the basics of Web 2.0 and instruction in the practical implementation of various Web 2.0 tools and technologies. Students will furthermore be instructed on the specific uses and applications of these Web 2.0 tools in the library environment.

Digital repositories

8 credits

MIT 866

Year Module; presented during 2015

February to November

Coordinator:

Dr Heila Pienaar

This module aims to address a series of topics applicable to the development and implementation of digital repositories, with the emphasis on repositories in an academic context. The course presents the opportunity to acquire a wide spectrum of knowledge covering the necessary core concepts and technologies, the processes involved in the establishment and running of repositories, and of evaluating various approaches and aspects. This will provide information professionals with a sound foundation for offering quality information services in the digital environment.

The Knowledge Society and international librarianship

8 credits

MIT 867

Year Module; presented during 2015

February to November

Coordinator:

Prof Archie Dick

This module evaluates concepts and approaches to the study of the Knowledge Society from the perspective of LIS professionals in Africa. It also examines contemporary challenges, trends, and issues in globalization for international and regional library services development, such as Open Access initiatives, the internationalization of LIS education, and international employment, as well as issues related to the freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.

Facilitating information retrieval and information use

8 credits

MIT 868

Year Module; presented during 2015

February to November

Coordinator:

Prof Ina Fourie

The module intends to enable managers of library and information services to manage opportunities to ensure optimal access to electronic information resources and the use of information in their specific contexts and with support of the latest ICTs.

IT systems in libraries

8 credits

MIT 869

Year Module; presented during 2015

February to November

Coordinator:

Prof Shana Ponelis

The course investigates typical large IT systems that a typical medium to large library will need to manage. The themes covered are: OPACS, Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) systems, including HR (human resource) management systems; Open Source Software; IT Security policies; Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

Knowledge Management

8 credits

MIT 872

Year Module; presented during 2015

February to November

Coordinator:

Ms Marietjie Schutte

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the fundamental concepts and theories of knowledge management. Participants will be introduced to tools and techniques relevant to knowledge sharing, retention and dissemination. Attention will also be paid to planning and implementing a knowledge management initiative, with special focus on the academic library environment.

Network technologies

6 credits

MIT 873

First Semester; presented during 2015

February to June

Coordinator:

Dr Marlene Holmner

The purpose of the module is to provide students with an introduction to different types of networks and network management, including the different technologies available such as broadband and wireless. The course focuses on fundamentals and general principles rather than technical details. Current broadband initiatives in Africa and the influence this will have of the working environment of information professionals will also be addressed.                


Organizational behaviour and leadership

6 credits

MIT 875

First Semester; presented during 2015

February to June

Coordinators:

Ms Joan de Beer & Mr Meinhard Peters

This module is designed to give students an understanding of how organizations and leadership in organizations work, and how to manage yourself and others in an organizational environment. The module follows a sequence of "individuals, groups and teams". Individuals include the student's own perspective, how to determine your own strengths and weaknesses, how to tailor-make your environment to capitalize on your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses. Under "groups" we consider how groups form, and how they function. Aspects such as conflict management, as well as group dynamics are considered.

Strategic ICT management

5 credits

MIT 876

Second Semester; presented during 2015

July to November

Coordinator:

Prof Ian Strydom

An overall theme of the module is that ICT is a strategic enabler and the management of ICT is a responsibility of not only ICT specialists and ICT managers, but also ICT-knowledgeable business managers. As a departure point the context for studying the management of information and communication technology in the new economy or e-World is analyzed. The primary objective is to increase student awareness and understanding of how ICT can be used as a strategic resource in an ever-changing business environment, with specific reference to libraries.

IT Research

MIT 862

Year Course

Coordinator:

Dr Cecilia Penzhorn

Basic Research Methodology.

Year 2: 2016

Mini-Dissertation

90 credits

MIT 840

Year Project; specifically taking place during the Third and Fourth Semester.

Coordinator:

Prof Theo Bothma  

Mini Dissertation.

Individual Supervisors will be assigned to the students.

 

Computing in perspective

6 credits

MIT 874

Third Semester; presented during 2016

February to June

Coordinator:

Dr Katherine Malan

The aim of this module is to serve as an introduction to the basics concepts of computing. Algorithms will be explored on different levels of abstraction; this will include some basic modeling of algorithms and code using UML; understanding the nature of programming and how to work with programmers. We will also be exploring some relevant topics in Computer Science such as computer security (hacking etc.), artificial intelligence, computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW) and software engineering.

ICT project management

5 credits

MIT 877

Third Semester; presented during 2016

February to June

Coordinator:

Prof Ian Strydom

This course is designed to put IT project management in the context of library, business and general management. It is not intended to teach students the fundamentals of project management, nor will it go into more depth in the discipline of project management than graduate courses on the subject. It is assumed that students already know the basics of project management and that being a project manager is not their ultimate career aspirations, but that they may have project managers reporting to them.

IT financial management

6 credits

MIT 878

Third Semester; presented during 2016

February to June

Coordinator:

Prof Ian Strydom

This module gives an overview of the financial management responsibilities of the ICT manager in a library; clarification of what financial management means to the ICT manager; discussion of various financial concepts which the ICT manager will encounter, e.g. accounting concepts, IS audit and control, total cost of ownership, etc. It also provides clarification of functions which the ICT manager will be required to perform, e.g. budgeting, asset management, etc.

 

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