Introduction to Information Systems Short Course2022-03-30T06:49:24+02:00

Project Description

Introduction to Information Systems

This short course will provide students with a real-world understanding of Information Systems (IS) upon which a career can be built. The course curriculum focuses on developing practical skills that equip students to incorporate and manage various aspects of technology in the workplace.

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Course curriculm

This course contains 8 substantive units and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Information Systems
  • Unit 2: Hardware and Software
  • Unit 3: Data and Databases
  • Unit 4: Networks and Communication
  • Unit 5: Processes and People
  • Unit 6: Information Systems Development
  • Unit 7: Information Systems Security and Ethics
  • Unit 8: Information Systems Trends and Issues

The skills and knowledge gained from this course can be applied across a wide variety of positions and industries. However, career paths that may immediately benefit from the learning material in this course include:

  • Managers at various levels in an organisation
  • Small business owners
  • Employees in profit and non-profit organisations as well as government institutions

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    Short Course Certificate

  • Course Duration:
    6-12 months

  • Study method:
    Fully online or Internet supported

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Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you, download our 2022 intake schedule to see when the next cohort starts.

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Students can choose between 2 study methods for this course. Whichever study method you choose you will have access to an expert Course Lecturer.

Method 1: Fully Online

  • Online and downloadable course material
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • Master your studies from our cutting-edge interactive student portal, iCan

Method 2: Internet Supported

  • Distance learning with textbooks and internet support (blended learning)
  • Study material is couriered and e-books can be downloaded
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • The use of iCan, our student portal, is supplementary for online learning activities
  • Grade 12 (Standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account

Recommended data:

  • At least 1GB of data per month for fully online study method
  • +/- 500MB of data for online supported study method

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment. The fees for this course vary depending on which study method you choose.

  • Choose how you want to pay: Monthly instalment plan or in full on enrolment.

  • Choose how you want to study: Fully online or with textbooks (online supported).

Fully Online

  • All course content is delivered online.
  • Monthly instalments from: R424 p/m
  • Instalment terms from: 6 – 18 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability

Online Supported

  • The course is delivered with text books and online support.
  • Monthly instalments from: R498.16 p/m
  • Instalment terms: 18 or 24 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability
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What do your course fees include?

Once you have completed your course and met all the qualifying criteria you will receive a Short Course Certificate from iQ Academy. Your Certificate is printed and couriered to you free of charge!

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your course lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.


Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

Thanks iQ, for making it possible for everyone to study without feeling the financial pressure with your fee structures. The lectures are amazing. Looking forward to the future now…thank you!

Xolelwa Johanna Thuputlela

“You will never regret it”

Challenging as it was but I am grateful to our facilitators who were with us throughout. I’d encourage everyone to take a course with iQ, you will never regret it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Anna Ivy Masondo

“This is so easy to do”

It’s so much easier studying online, downloading all my study guides through my cell phone without a laptop. It’s a good experience for me. This is so easy to do!

Vesnant Singo

“Education paves the way to success”

I began my journey with iQ & never looked back. I was promoted from receptionist to admin manageress. I truly believe education paves the way to success.

Roxanne Naidoo


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Introduction to Information Systems: FAQ’s

In the past eight years, we have seen an exceptional growth in technology that has transformed how we live our daily lives and how organisations run their business.

Students who invest in staying up-to-date on Information Systems and develop their abilities to incorporate new technology into the workplace will set themselves apart as leaders in the field. Developing these skills will ensure that students not only understand the impact technology can have on people and processes but also business’s proftibality.

The skills and knowledge gained from this course can be applied across a wide variety of positions and industries, allowing students to choose a career in almost any industry that requires technological skills.

Technology is an integral part of all types of businesses including non-profit organisations and government institutions, it is relevant to a wide variety of industries.

The focus of this course makes it suitable for individuals entering the world of work and those in various levels of management as well as small business owners. Students with or without an Information Systems background can benefit from the learning material in this course. By the end of the course, students will walk away with practical skills and knowledge that can be applied at various levels.

After completion of this Information Systems Short Course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the concept of information systems;
  2. Explain the concepts of computer hardware and software;
  3. Explain the various ways of organising data and information;
  4. Explain the concept of computer networks;
  5. Provide an overview of how information systems support business processes and the people involved in information systems;
  6. Provide an overview of how information systems are developed;
  7. Provide an overview of the main elements of information systems security and the ethical implications associated with information systems; and;
  8. Provide an overview of the trends and issues in information systems.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Information Systems
    Understand the concept of information systems and what types of business systems are used as well as how they can be utilised for organisations to gain a competitive advantage.
  • Unit 2: Hardware and Software
    Learn about the essential hardware components of computer systems, understand popular types of systems and learn how to identify software issues and trends that can impact organisations and individuals.
  • Unit 3: Data and databases
    Understand data management concepts and approaches and learn about big data, relational database models and common functions of database management systems.
  • Unit 4: Networks and Communication 
    Develop a sound understanding of computer networks and how the internet and World Wide Web work.
  • Unit 5: Processes and people 
    Learn how Information Systems support business processes and the people involved in Information System
  • Unit 6: Information Systems Development 
    Understand the development lifecycle of systems and various development methodologies and implementation options.
  • Unit 7: Information Systems Security and Ethics 
    Understand the main elements of Information Systems Security and the ethical implications associated with Information Systems.
  • Unit 8: Information Systems Trends and Issues 
    Learn about current and future trends such as artificial intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) while understanding the issues faced by organisations in a global economy.

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