Information Systems have become an indisputable part of our world and play a vital role in modern organisations. In this fast-moving world we have a dire need to understand and cope with the explosion of information and the turbulence of the world in which we find ourselves. Informatics is the name given to the academic discipline concerned with looking at the design of computer-driven systems and their integration with organisational and social systems. The course focuses not only on a deep understanding of technology, but also adds a deep understanding of societal and organisational dynamics, and knowledge systems. The programmes in Informatics are unique in the South African context as they combine hard, technical subjects with either subjects from the social sciences, management sciences or geo-informatics. This balanced approach incorporates elements including modelling, database design, programming and a wide variety of other options for students with differing interests. By considering informatics in a holistic fashion, these courses enable students to understand the real-world implications of the subject matter, rather than simply indulging in an academic study.
Careers in Informatics
In decades gone by, job descriptions were few and easy. Most jobs were well defined, consisted of repetition and had little variety. Today we are faced with a very different reality. Studies show that 80% of the jobs people will do in five years time, do not even exist yet!
These courses are not designed to train you for only one specific job (in all likelyhood you will have several jobs during your lifetime!) They do, however, introduce you to the realities of work in the Knowledge Economy.
Our graduates go on to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities including (but not limited to):
- Software Developer
- Database Administrator
- Enterprise Architect
- Systems Analyst
- Academic Researcher
- Information Officer
- IT Consultant
- Information Technology Manager
Stellenbosch University offers two undergraduate degrees which fall within the broader academic domain generally referred to as Informatics.