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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
110958  Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 
ORIGINATOR
Mancosa (PTY) LTD T/A Management College of Southern Africa 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Postgraduate Diploma  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Generic Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Not Applicable  NQF Level 08  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  EXCO 01168/19  2019-08-08  2022-08-08 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2023-08-08   2026-08-08  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management is directed at those employed within the information technology environment. Qualifying learners will be imbued with the skills of aligning business strategies and technology to effectively perform their duties. The qualification aims to build skills in information technology to generate value to an organisation through the use of technology.

With the current skills need, and the lack of postgraduate qualifications in information technology management, this qualification aims to produce qualifying learners who are in possession of the following attributes:
  • Analytical thinking;
  • Ability to manage complex problems within the information technology environment;
  • Ability to effectively direct a team towards an objective;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Decision-making skills;
  • Ethical conduct;
  • An understanding of corporate governance principles;
    And
  • Social responsibility.

    Rationale:
    Today's best technology to manage and process data is the utilisation of Information Technology (IT). IT must be seen as an investment and not an expense. Information Technology has revolutionised the phase of business around the world. Local businesses have become global in how they operate due to a simple website. This could lead to roles like consultancy in business intelligence, as well as many other IT leadership roles.

    The revolution in personal communication and computation power is changing organisational roles and tasks and is offering increased effectiveness and productivity to organisational designers who choose to take advantage of technological innovations. The qualification bridges the gap between your existing tech knowledge and managerial capabilities. It covers core units, and allows learners to choose electives and shape their qualification to their interests or career aspirations. It provides the learner with progression into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Masters qualification within a specialised field upon completion of the Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology Management.

    The focus of the qualification is on how businesses can make the best use of computer technology to provide the information needed to achieve their goals. In the same way as your own needs and priorities are unique to you, each organisation has different goals and requirements, and the successful implementation of information systems requires a thorough understanding of the business issues involved as well as the different technologies that are available.

    Developing the required skills for the economy entails providing access to relevant information technology management qualifications, which is a key objective of the qualification. There is a high demand for the qualification, according to the market survey conducted.

    The advances in technology not only call for people who can work with the hardware and software (Information Technology Specialists), but also those individuals who have a sound understanding of how organisations make use of computers to function effectively and efficiently. The ability to understand the various business processes and create a link between the users or customers and the technology is the primary role of the Information Technology Manager. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    This qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning. In the cases where prior learning is to be recognised for purposes of access to the qualification:

    It is assumed that the learning derived from work or life experience will be a major element in the profiles of non-standard entrants primarily by means of a portfolio of evidence. Such 'non-standard' learners will be selected on the recommendation of a senior manager from applicants' organisations/companies.

    Where prior learning is recognised for advanced standing, credit will be given for prior certificated learning in accordance with established practice at South African higher education institutions. Credits may only be accumulated for modules, which are prescribed within the structure of a named award.

    Entry Requirements:
    The minimum entry requirement for this qualification is:
  • Bachelor in Information Technology, NQF Level 7, 360 Credits.
    Or
  • Advanced Diploma in Information Technology, NQF Level 8, 120 Credits. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of the following compulsory and elective modules at Level 8 totalling 120 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules, 120 Credits:
  • Information and Technology Management, 15 Credits.
  • Research for Computing, 15 Credits.
  • Information Technology Law, 15 Credits.
  • Information Security, 15 Credits.
  • E-Business, 15 Credits.
  • Strategic Management, 15 Credits.
  • Artificial Intelligence, 15 Credits.

    Elective Modules, 15 Credits (Choose/Select one):
  • Supply Chain Management, 15 Credits.
  • Project Management, 15 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply appropriate security frameworks to be able to manage strategies to the information security needs of an organisation.
    2. Critically appraise the legal process of using technology and implement appropriate policies, standards to curb the utilisation.
    3. Interrogate different approaches that can be used for research in computing and information systems.
    4. Assess the modern trends in information systems and how their application in business systems influence strategic and organisational decision making.
    5. Demonstrate the ability to independently acquire the skills to strategically manage a business on the Internet platform.
    6. Critically evaluate the drivers of strategy implementation.
    7. Assess the use of applying artificial intelligence approaches to a business to solve problems. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Review and apply security frameworks for appropriateness and to manage strategies to the organisational information security requirements.
  • Implement security framework strategies together with a view to improve sound security structures of an organisation.

    Associated Assessment Outcome for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Evaluate legal processes of using technology and implement appropriate polices and standards to curb the utilisation.
  • Demonstrate legal processes of using technology to enhance implementation of technology regulations within the organisation.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Evaluate diverse approaches to understand how these approaches are used in computing and information systems.
  • Investigate different research methodologies to define and improve Information technology processes, both within an organisation and externally with suppliers and certified customers, as the ultimate goal.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Assess modern trends in information systems to understand how their application in business systems influence strategic and organisational decision making.
  • Evaluate information technology trends to exhibit the improvement and presentation of new technology functions and examine their impact on operations of the business decision making.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Acquire and demonstrate skills to understand how to strategically manage a business on the Internet platform.
  • Gain information technology skills to demonstrate independent transformation in the way businesses interact with internet of things.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Evaluate drivers of strategy to understand how to manage a business.
  • Review relevant implementation strategies to improve management of a business.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • Assess and apply artificial intelligence approaches to understand how a business solves problems.
  • Identify artificial intelligence to undertake a feasibility approach in determining whether the resources in place are adequate for business decision making.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Assessment methods measure the extent to which the student has achieved competence in the different areas of study.

    These assessment methods include:
  • Assignments (Report writing, interpretative and analytical problem solving and research).
  • Tests.
  • Written Examinations. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Country: United Kingdom.
    Institution: Metropolitan School of Business Management.
    Name of Qualification: International Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (IT) Management.

    The International Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management prepares learners to become specialists in the Information Technology sector so they can meet the needs of modern businesses, especially at the middle levels of organisations. It is designed to meet the increasing demand in the work place for IT professionals with a wide knowledge of business management, technical skills and the capacity to offer support in the implementation of IT-based solutions in a business environment.

    Learning Outcomes:
  • Thorough understanding of Central Processing Unit, Memory and Output Devices.
  • Develop the knowledge of different versions of windows, basic windows elements and file management through windows.
  • Introductory knowledge of Database Management System (DBMS).
  • Critically analyse Database Architecture and Modelling.
  • Develop entity relationship model.
  • Understand database normalisation.
  • Introductory knowledge of SQL.
  • Critically analyse Database Security and integrity.
  • Introductory knowledge of Database Management System (DBMS).
  • Critically analyse Database Architecture and Modelling.
  • Develop entity relationship model.
  • Understand database normalisation.
  • Introductory knowledge of SQL.
  • Critically analyse Database Security and integrity.

    Content:
  • IT tools and networks.
  • Database management systems.
  • Management information systems.
  • Information systems development.
  • Enterprise resource planning.
  • Project management.

    International Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management is similar to the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management is offered with 120 Credits. Both qualifications are aimed at preparing learners to become specialists in the Information Technology sector so they can meet the needs of modern businesses, especially at the middle levels of organisations. The focus area of the qualifications is very much similar both focusing on information technology with major hinge on management, both programmes offers Project management skills, so that the successful student will acquire Information Technology Management skill set.

    Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management offers 7 modules with one elective module making it 8 modules for one year whereas International Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management offers 6 modules with no option of electives. The qualification provides learners with knowledge area in artificial intelligence, Law in Information Technology and focuses on the specialised knowledge area of Supply Chain Management along with other management module. Whereas the qualification in International Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management provides enterprise Resources Planning and touches on the area of Database Management, Management Information Systems. The duration of the qualifications offered differ as International Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management is offered for 6-9 months and Postgraduate in Information Technology Management is offered for one year.

    Country: India.
    Institution: All India Management Association (AIMA).
    Name of Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management.

    Purpose of Qualification:
    With the increasing use of technology in all sectors of economy, AIMA CME has redesigned and revitalised its flagship program PGDITM offered in Distance Mode. The qualification is a balanced blend of management and IT courses to address the industry's need of "Techno-Managers" who can understand the business functions and at the same time knows the technology to make it more effective.

    The qualification aims at providing in-depth knowledge in all verticals of management along with cutting edge tools of Information Technology.

    Aims of the qualification:
  • To offer a right blend of Technology and Management knowledge/Skills.
  • To make "Techno-Managers", who, with their forte of domain expertise and IT proficiency can incorporate business smart IT strategies, and best of clan practices, thus providing competitive edge to businesses.
  • To develop an aptitude for identifying business needs and transforming them into IT systems, for global enterprises in various sectors.
  • To get an understanding of key areas of IT management e.g. Enterprise Management, Knowledge & Information Management and Internet & Intranet.
  • Case Study Development.
  • To imbibe skills which can contribute to contemporary organizations by improving business processes and functions through the planning, analysis, implementation and management of information technology.
  • To imbibe leadership qualities for proficiently driving the organisation into the next century.

    Content:
    Modules:
  • Business Statistics.
  • Managerial Economics.
  • Management Functions and Organisation Behaviour.
  • Business Communications.
  • Financial and Management Accounting.
  • Marketing Management.
  • Human Resources Management.
  • Operations Management.
  • Computer Networks.
  • Database Management System.
  • Decision Support Systems.
  • IT Governance.
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design.
  • Software Quality Management.
  • Enterprise Resources Planning.
  • Enterprise Application Integration.
  • Project Management.
  • Management Information Systems.

    Specialisation:
  • Financial Systems.
  • E-commerce.
  • Data Analytics & Business Intelligence.
  • HR system.

    Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management from AIMA and this qualification is similar in its purpose and aim as they both geared to provide successful learners skill that covers Information Technology and Management. The duration of the qualification is very much similar except that Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management from AIMA mode of offering is dual meaning both distance/e-learning as well as face to face.

    Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management from AIMA is very in depth with regards to the scope of the knowledge covered in the curriculum. This qualification offers 4 modules with each bringing in together a varied knowledge area in to one skill set. Under module 3 they provide specialisation content from which student to choose one module or area of specialisation. Module 4 provides advanced knowledge on Enterprise Resource planning and Enterprise application integration, which is regarded as the most crucial skill for one aspiring to be in a leadership positions.

    The institution's qualification provides learners with knowledge area in artificial intelligence, Law in Information Technology and focuses on the specialised knowledge area of Supply Chain Management along with other management module.

    Country: United Kingdom.
    Institution: The Open University.
    Name of Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management.

    Purpose of Qualification:
    The purpose of this qualification is to help learners manage technology and innovation more effectively and realise its potential benefits - making a real difference to their organisation and their own professional development. The course will focus on operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change, before engaging with a range of capabilities that are key to the development and delivery of technological innovation.

    Learning Outcomes:
    The general principles, terms and definitions used in the management of technology and innovation.
  • The techniques required to support your own research in the field of the management of technology and innovation, the Resource Based View (RBV) of organisations and a range of related theoretical, conceptual and applied material relevant to the study and application of the RBV across a variety of organisational, sectoral or industrial settings relevant to technological innovation and management.
  • Decision making in the management of technology and innovation to address problems in a range of sectors.
  • The impact of contextual forces on technology management and innovation within and between organisations including power-relations and politics, legal systems, ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues, international developments, corporate governance.
  • The role of technology management in the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services, customer expectations, services and orientation.
  • The development of appropriate technology policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.
  • A range of contemporary and pervasive issues regarding technology and the management of technology and innovation, which may change over time. Illustrative examples would include creativity and enterprise, eCommerce and eGovernment, knowledge management, sustainability, business ethics, values and norms, globalisation.
  • The Resource Based View (RBV) of organisations and a range of related theoretical, conceptual and applied material relevant to the study and application of the RBV across a variety of organisational, sectoral or industrial settings relevant to technological innovation and management.
  • a range of contextual and temporal variables that condition and shape the development, management and deployment of resources, competences and capabilities for technological innovation.
  • The role of business model development, innovation and use of technological innovation and how these models can be used to create and capture value.
  • The identification and development of a range of core and dynamic capabilities that are strategically significant for technology management and innovation.
  • The relationship between technology management, innovation, organisational climate and culture and risk.
  • The identification and development of a range of core and dynamic capabilities that are strategically significant for technology management and innovation.

    Content:
  • Managing technological innovation (T848).
  • Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849).
  • Data management (M816).
  • Digital forensics (M812).

    Both qualifications have the same credit bearing of 120 Credits. The focus area for both qualifications hinge towards Information Technology Management and the successful learner is expected to take a leadership role in an IT environment hence the modules that are offered in the qualifications are a combination of Information Technology and Management. Both qualifications include a strategic view towards Information Technology Management.

    The Open University Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology management is pitched at NQF Level 7 while this qualification is pitched at NQF Level 8. The institution's qualification includes Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology Law therefore it is partly aligned to the move towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows possibilities for both vertical and horizontal articulation.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Level 8.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Level 9. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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