UNISA Short Course in Strategic Information Systems Planning in Practice

UNISA Short Course in Strategic Information Systems Planning in Practice

Short Course in Strategic Information Systems Planning in Practice (75566)Purpose

This course aims to equip practitioners with the expertise in strategic planning for the IS/IT Departments in general, and of the complexities concerning the implementation of such a plan that it aligns with the overall plans of the organisation. Within an organisation, such people are able to provide sound business advice, guidance and support at a strategic planning level to a range of people to ensure that such plan is accepted and communicated to all stakeholders.

Target group

The short course is suitable for practitioners who advise and assist their informatics department management to prepare and present a coordinated and organised strategic plan.
 Admission requirements

  • Matriculation certificate qualification.
  • Prior experience: Although a Matric qualification is required, students will benefit most if they already have some prior industry IT management experience.
  • Writing skills: The ability to write academic assignments
  • Study skills: The ability to study independently through the medium of written tuition material


Semester course
 Language medium


Registration periods

for more information about the registrations visit http://cs-cert.unisa.ac.za
e-mail address: cense@unisa.ac.za
 Tuition method

The ODL model of Unisa is applicable
Prescribed material: Course material consists of prescribed articles and an optional, supplementary textbook. Study material will be in English only.Tutorial letters: Students will be provided with tutorial material necessary for the understanding of the course contents as well as the completion of required assignments.IT Management Workshops: Under certain circumstances practical workshops may be organised should the need arises.Telephone and e-mail support: This will be the preferred means of communication.The Internet: It will be used as an additional communication medium between the lecturers (for feedback on assignments) and the students (assignment submission). Forum and myUnisa support will be used.
 Kind of assessment

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Compulsory assignments and case studies
Summative assessment:
Two-hour written examination and Unisa certificate will be awarded to a candidate who obtains a final mark of at least 50%
 Strategic Information Systems Planning in Practice (CSSP1DH)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Using Information Systems for competitive advantage:

Course introduction and coverage of the e-economy, information and data, five forces model; three generic strategies, the value chain, business partnerships and alliances

  • Designing and testing key electronic-commerce:

Strategies, designing and testing key electronic-commerce strategies, mass customisation; disintermediation, global reach.

  • Building Business Intelligence using IT:

Coverage of the items for collecting business intelligence evidence, data manipulation; data marts, data farms and intelligent agents

  • Keys to success in E-Commerce:

Identifying and applying keys to success in electronic-commerce, IT infrastructures, protecting people and information, emerging trends and technologies.
 Course leader

Prof J A van der Poll BSc Hons (Stell) PhD (UNISA)
Centre for Software Engineering
Office: 8-091 Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 6230
E-mail: vdpolja@unisa.ac.za
 Programme administrator(s)

Centre for Software Engineering
Office: Block C 3-06, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA
Tel: 011 670 9131 / 9139
E-mail: cense@unisa.ac.za