Department of Information Systems

Welcome to the Department of Information Systems (IS) at the University of Fort Hare!  These pages serve as a brief introduction to the Department of IS. 

You may be a prospective student who is considering studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Information Systems or an existing student who has completed Information Systems subjects as required by your degree.  In both cases it is important to begin with an understanding of what you can expect from the subject area and what the subject area will expect from you.

Whether you seek information about the Department of IS or the courses we offer, these pages will be a useful resource and a good place to start your search.  Please use the menu on the right to explore this content.

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Cyber Security Law & Cyber-Crime Legislation Guest Lecture
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5 May 2017 | The Department of Information Systems invited attorney Mr Sizwe Lindelo Snail ka Mtuze to present a guest lecture entitled Cyber Security Law & Cyber-Crime Legislation. Cyber-crime and cyber security are contemporary problems around the world and it has become clear that the Internet and social media have become viable platforms for cyber terrorist activities. The lecture examined cyber-crime and cyber security legislation in Africa with an emphasis on South Africa with reference to international best practice. It dealt with the Counsel of Europe (COE) Cyber-Crime Convention, the Cyber-Crime common law prior to the Electronic Communication Transactions (ECT) Act and after, as well as the Cyber-Crime and Cyber Security Bill of 2017 and the South African Cyber Security Framework. The lecture was very well attended and very enlightening to all.

Delivery of Basic Computer Literacy Training

18 January 2017 | The Department of Information Systems delivered basic computer literacy training to all new first year students so that they are able to adequately make use of the various electronic teaching mediums available on the university network. Students were required to complete a competency assessment during the registration period. A student is considered competent if they successfully completed a task sheet with specific requirements. If a student was not able to complete the task list, they were required to attend information and practical sessions on specific computer-related topics. Typically, these sessions took approximately 10 hours and could be done over one or more days. Once the student had attended these sessions, they were reassessed.

2015 Department of Information Systems Open Day
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15 October 2015 | The Department of Information Systems invited students, staff and prospective students to its 2015 Open Day event. Visitors were encouraged to spend some time interacting with our students as well as browsing and learning about our third-year students' systems development projects and our Honours students' research projects. No doubt many visitors learned more about our interesting discipline and possible study and career opportunities.

Microsoft Windows Phone App Development Workshop at University of Fort Hare

25 May 2015 | Microsoft presented a Windows Phone app development workshop at the University of Fort Hare, East London campus. The learning workshop included a slide presentation as well as some hands-on labs to explore the app development process. The event was very well attended by over 50 Information Systems students from various levels of study - from first year to Masters.

University of Fort Hare Microsoft Student Partner, Tade Mustapha, confirmed that it was a success and students were quite receptive. She hopes that it not only sparked some interest in app development amongst Fort Hare students but also that this interest will be sustained. Various Microsoft-branded prizes, such as headsets, diaries, laptop bags, water bottles, flash disks and additional development tools, were handed out to the students during the course of the workshop.