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IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Networking Engineering

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Network Engineering will provide candidates with a thorough theoretical grounding and knowledge base in the key principles of network engineering and enterprise network management. These are the key disciplines that inform the professional practice of network engineering and design. Graduates will be equipped with the practical skills to integrate network design goals, network infrastructure and services requirements and technologies to produce enterprise network solutions. The design for this degree has been informed by a demand identified in industry for specialised network engineers and to graduate solution-focused, logical and creative thinkers geared for designing and managing networks for both South African and international markets. This degree will also develop graduates’ abilities to design, implement, and manage innovative, integrated network solutions, and will nurture an understanding of the role Network Engineering and design play in terms of information systems and applications, connectivity, high availability, redundancy and security in a networked environment. Graduates will be able to engage appropriately with non- technical management executives and stakeholders in planning and designing corporate networking solutions.

The IIE Bachelor of Information and Computer Sciences in Network Engineering degree is a three-year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.

Minimum Admission
Requirements

English
Maths/HG Math
Lit/SG
Notes
NSC: Bachelor
pass with
30%40% or60%
NC(V): Bachelor
pass with
50%50% or60%
SC: Endorsement
with
33.3%40% or50%
SC(a): Bachelor
pass with
40% or50%A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR
with a min. of 33.3% in SC
InternationalAn USAf Exemption Certificate is required and meeting the relevant
Maths and English requirements.
A cognate Higher Certificate or 240 credit
Diploma OR an Advanced Certificate or 360
credit Diploma may satisfy the minimum
admission requirements to degree studies
If discipline not cognate at least
20% of credits must be academic
literacy or numeracy related.
Senate Discretionary Admissions:
Mature Age ExemptionCandidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of
registration with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher
or standard grade subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed
simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognised higher-grade subject; OR
Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of
registration.
An USAf exemption Certificate is required.
Recognition of Prior
Learning (RPL)
Candidates must demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s
resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary
conditional admission (if applicable).
USAf approved cognate
foundation programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme
from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional
Maths/Math Lit criteria falls away.
An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will
facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf,
once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.
Transfer studentsCandidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of
a cognate degree may be admitted. The additional Maths/Math Lit criteria falls
away. However, if a student completed less than 120 credits, the admission criteria
on the NSC or equivalent apply.
OQSF qualificationsCandidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided
the OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5. An USAf Exemption
Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the
student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has
provided proof of payment to USAf
General Education
Development (GED) - An
USA qualification
developed by the
American Council on
Education (ACE)
Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have an USAf Foreign
Conditional Exemption Certificate as well as NBT: AQL results and have obtained a
score of at least 51 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 40 for
Quantitative Literacy (QL).
The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Network Engineering is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 370-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID :97838).

This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities.

This programme will enable students to critically apply a well-rounded strategic knowledge base to professional entry-level practice across a broad range of enterprise types and industries. Career opportunities for graduates of this degree include:

  • Networking Engineering
  • Network Administration
  • Database Administration
  • Network Support
  • Network Architecture and Design
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Enterprise Management

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the three years of this degree

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Network Engineering degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7 - the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at both private and public South African institutes of higher education. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree at any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call your nearest IIE’s Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.”