IT Diplomas and Short Courses


Technikon SA is a distance education tertiary institution enabling prospective students to study in their own time at home.

The National Diploma Information Technology is offered with specialization in the following areas:
  • Business Applications (Mathematics not required)
  • Software Development
  • Web and Applications Development
  • Technical Applications

The minimum recommended study period for the diploma is 3 to 4 years depending on the chosen specialization area.

The diploma will be awarded to the student who has passed 12 subjects of prescribed curriculum.

The diploma consists of the following:

FIRST YEAR: (all subjects in first year are compulsory for all specialization areas)

  • Information Systems I 
     - Theory
     - Word processing and spreadsheet
     - PC Databases
  • Development Software I
     - Programming Concepts
     - Introduction to COBOL (to change in 2003)
  • Systems Software I (to change in 2003)
     - Hardware Concepts (A+)
     - Networking Concepts (Net+)
  • Information Technology Skills I:
     - Language and Life Skills
     - Entrepreneurship and Legal issues when starting your own business


Information Systems II: Structured & OO Systems Analysis and Design Information Systems II: Structured & OO Systems Analysis and Design Information Systems II: Structured & OO Systems Analysis and Design Information Systems II: Structured & OO Systems Analysis and Design
Development Software II: Oracle Development Software II: Oracle    
  Graphical User Interface Design I Graphical User Interface Design I Graphical User Interface Design I
  Technical Programming I Technical Programming I Technical Programming I
  Technical Programming II Technical Programming II Technical Programming II
      Technical Programming III: Project and advanced topics (* Project Management)
Information Systems III: Databases Information Systems III: Databases    
Development Software III: Project, Project Management and advanced topics Development Software III: Project, Project Management and advanced topics    
  Internet Programming II: Internet fundamentals and JAVA Internet Programming II: Internet fundamentals and JAVA Internet Programming II: Internet fundamentals and JAVA
    Internet Programming III: Project, project manage-ment and advanced topics  
    Web Management II  
    Web Management III  
      Systems Software II
      Systems Software III
Business Analysis II      
Business Analysis III      
Accounting Skills I      
Cost and Management Accounting I      

* will change in 2003
For a list of the prerequisites and subject codes of the above, please download the IT Yearbook from our website:

Admission requirements:

  1. ·Matric (Grade 12) or N3.
Registration procedure:

Fill in a registration form obtainable from Technikon SA's website and follow the procedures as listed on the website. Contact (011) 670-9000 for details on registration dates, procedures and regional offices or on website:


The BTech: Information Technology will be awarded to a student who has passed NINE subjects of the prescribed curriculum. The minimum recommended duration for the degree is two years.

        Below are the subjects available for the degree.

IMPORTANT: Study material for IT subjects forming a part of the BTech is only available on the Internet. This means that you must obtain all material via TSA's virtual campus This is not applicable to the subject: Research Methodology and approved non-IT subjects. Students should note that BTech subjects are only available for registration in the 1st and 2nd registration cycles of 2002. This applies to IT subjects only, i.e. the subject: Research Methodology and approved non-IT subjects will still be available for registration in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd registration cycles of 2002.        


  • Functional Management
  • Research Methodology
  • Project IV (practical project and research script)


  • Development Software IV
  • Software Engineering IV
  • Operating Systems IV
  • Networks IV
  • Database Systems IV


  • Computer Security IV
    A maximum of two approved subjects at fourth year level from anther discipline

Please note that the structure of the BTech Degree will change in 2003 because of the introduction of specialization areas at this level. For more information visit our website at:

Admission requirements:
  • A National Diploma: Information Technology or equivalent qualification with Information Systems III and Development Software III/Commercial Programming III or an applicable university degree.
  • An overall average of 60% for the major subjects (Information Systems and Development Software) or equivalent subjects at the third-year level.
  • Employment in an IT-related capacity.
  • Access to the Internet.

  • Applications that do not fall within these parameters will be considered on merit.

    How to enrol:

    Students who want to enrol for the BTech must apply officially for admission from the academic administrative official of the Programme Group: Information Technology. The following documents must be included with your application:

    1. 1)A copy of each of your previously obtained degrees/diplomas. If you are unsure whether your qualifications will be sufficient for admission to the BTech degree, also include copies of certificates for all training courses/seminars/workshops related to the IT discipline that you attended.
    2. An academic record for each qualification obtained.
    3. A concise curriculum vitae. Please supply sufficient details of current and previous employment.
    4. The completed application form included at the back of the yearbook (available on TSA's web site).
    Technikon SA will not necessarily admit all students for the degree programme and may require the student to complete more subjects if the student's previous qualifications and/or results are considered inadequate for the BTech degree programme.

    In order to speed up the registration process, please fax your application to our head office in Florida before attempting to register. The fax number is (011) 471-3270. We will evaluate your application and provide you with feedback via e-mail.

    Registration enquiries may also be sent to:


    The Information Technology Programme Group also offers distance education programmes in Industry-accredited programmes, such as the A+, Net+, MCSD, MCSE, Microsoft Office User Specialist (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook), Visual Basic 6, etc. Following are details in this regard. The registration form for short courses is available on the website:

    Type of short course:
    Part-time or distance learning

    Types of course material / support provided:

  • Manual(s)
  • CDs containing video clips, exam test questions, NEXTSim job simulations, etc.
  • Stiffy (applicable to MOUS course)

    No prerequisite is necessary, e.g. matric. However, guidelines are given in some instances, for example: before attempting MCSE it would be a good idea to have passed A+ certification as well as Net+ certification. A PC with a CD-ROM drive.

    Method of study
    Student works through the manuals, in conjunction with the CD or stiffy.

    Starting time and duration:
    The student starts the course when he/she feels ready. The duration of the courses will depend on the individual. If the student feels that he/she is ready to write the examination after a month, he/she will be allowed to do so.

    The examination can take place at any Sylvan Prometric Testing Centre. Technikon SA's Prometric Testing Centre is only available at the Florida campus. The prices of the examination ARE NOT INCLUDED in the price of the short course. The prices of the examination will vary from centre to centre and from course to course.

    Information regarding pricing can be obtained by phoning (011) 471-2208, or e-mail

A+ Technical course - concerns the "insides" of the computer. After doing the A+ certification examination, you should be able to fix, upgrade or build a PC as well as install and fix software on a PC
Net+ Also known as Network+. This course covers the generic networking principles, e.g. the network system world wide is based on the TCP/IP protocols, etc.
MOUS Microsoft Office User Specialist - consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Perfect for administrative and secretarial employees.
MCSE Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
MCDBA Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
Novell CNE Novell Certified Network Engineer

Word Excel PowerPoint Access FrontPage Outlook


  1 = Beginners   2 = Intermediate   3 = Advanced

You may select the level most applicable to you. For example if you are proficient in Word, you might be interested in Word Advanced, but if you have no knowledge of PowerPoint, you may choose PowerPoint Beginners level. There are a variety of other short courses that are not listed here. Contact (011) 471-2208 or e-mail or browse the website at: for other courses.

    If you decide to purchase a short course, fill in the short course registration form (included at the back of this calendar), sign it and fax it to us.
    (NOT for payment of student accounts, only short course payments)

    Pay the course fee into the following account:
  Branch Name: Horison
  Branch Code: 630841
  Account Number: 570160931
  Reference Number: E0201199

The reference number is very important!! Please write it on the deposit slip. The deposit slip must be faxed, together with the registration form to:
ATTENTION: R Vorster (011) 471-3987

Exemption granted towards TSA's formal IT programmes

The following table gives an indication of subjects that form a part of our instructional programmes, from which you may be exempted upon completion of the short courses listed below:

Code Subject Name Short Course Exam Requirements
INY1M2I Information Systems I: Word Processing and Spreadsheets MOUS Word & Excel Levels 1, 2 Microsoft Office Proficient or Core (Word & Excel)
INY1M3I Information Systems I: PC Databases MOUS Access Levels 1, 2, 3 Microsoft Office Core (Access)
SSO1M1S Systems Software I: Hardware Concepts A+ Both A+ examinations.
SSO1M2S Systems Software I: Networking Concepts N+ or Net+ N+ or Net+ examination.

All exemptions are subject to evaluation by the IT Programme Group who may decide to award or not award the exemption.