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Welcome to Belgium Campus We are delighted that you are interested in studying at Belgium Campus, South Africaâ€™s most progressive and innovative institution dedicated solely to the study of Information Technology. After all, Information Technology makes the world tick. Just try to imagine your life without e-mail, the internet, cell phones, Facebook or 3G. Individuals, businesses and Government rely heavily on the expertise of qualified IT personnel; creating a constant high demand for a skill set that is in short supply in South Africa. At Belgium Campus we make sure that we produce graduates who possess the skills as demanded by the modern global environment in order to fill this crucial skills gap. To accomplish this goal we continuously adapt our academic offerings to the needs of the industry, producing graduates with the relevant technical skills, early specialisation in areas dictated by the business world and essential life skills. As a successful graduate of Belgium Campus you can enter the job market with confidence; the confidence that comes from knowing that you are a highlyvalued professional, ready to compete at the highest level. In order to compete at this level, Belgium Campus offers nationally and internationally accredited diploma and bachelorâ€™s degree programmes that train future experts in all fields of IT. So not to be left behind and keep up with industry demands, Belgium Campus is always evolving by offering exciting elective modules such as Industrial Robotics, Gaming and Computer-Human Interaction to name a few. Our new Innovation Hub allows our students to actively participate in applied research and create innovative solutions. To be proficient and a success in all that Belgium Campus has to offer also depends on your attitude towards life; this is why we expect a high level of self-discipline from all our students. After all, self-discipline will push you to attend class, finish assignments on time or study for an exam when itâ€™s more tempting to hang out with your friends. Self-discipline is one of the most important contributing factors to success, both at Belgium Campus, in the business world and life in general! If you are ready to take up the challenge, if you are passionate about Information Technology and committed to giving your studies your all; then we look forward to welcoming you to Belgium Campus. Enrico M. Jacobs Vice-Chancellor
Index About Belgium Campus
Why should I choose Belgium Campus?
Academic curriculum â€˘ Diploma in Information Technology â€˘ Bachelor Degree of Computing
Student Guidance and Support
Term dates: 2014 academic year
About Belgium Campus Belgium Campus was established in 1999 as a Belgian tertiary educational institution with an international orientation and Christian background. The inspiration behind the institution was the realisation that traditional institutions of higher learning; such as Universities, often end up producing students who are not employable!
Everything we do at Belgium Campus is geared towards empowering our students with the relevant skills they need to get down to work from their first day on the job. That’s what makes our qualifications so unique; not only are they of the highest academic standard in South Africa, but they are constantly streamlined by the industry and its needs. Over the past decade, our Future Proof Approach to education has proven to be spot on and it is one of the reasons why Belgium Campus graduates have an employment record of 100%. This has earned Belgium Campus praise for our “hard work and passion” in producing students who can participate in the economy and for the institution’s cooperation with stakeholders in creating an integrative and responsive education system. As for the business sector, the R8 Million in scholarships we’ve received from a wide range of South African businesses last year alone is a clear indication of the trust they place in the calibre of students we send into the marketplace.
Mission Our ‘Official’ mission statement: To supply the industry with highly qualified and experienced Information Technology personnel through the provision of high quality, practice-orientated education and training of an international standard on a variety of aspects. This will contribute towards economic growth and the creation of wealth. Put differently in less formal terms, it comes down to the following: We offer our students the best business-orientated IT education possible; when they graduate they can immediately add value to any company that employs them. To enable us to offer our students a superior education, we need to partner with as many businesses as possible to ensure we tailor our
curriculum to their needs and obtain their financial assistance to give as many students as possible access to Belgium Campus. In return, we’ll supply them with employees who have the skills to make any business and the economy thrive.
Vision To transform South Africa into a prosperous region there is a great need for highly skilled graduates who have the right competences, and higher education has a great role to play in this development process. Belgium Campus realises that it has to do things differently from the traditional model that Universities operate in. The strategy of a University has a significant impact on regional development through cooperation with industry and business, by educating and delivering the necessary workforce on all different levels. Belgium Campus is at the forefront of what a modern University should be, by investing in people, attracting investors, running community programmes and engaging with the local community and authorities. Belgium Campus conducts its operations in the Spirit of Ubuntu – for the benefit of all.
Vision and Quality Assurance Belgium Campus’s vision is to become a trademark that is associated with quality; quality in our educational offerings, day to day operations, and in applied research. To attain this, quality must come from within through strategic management and be implemented by the people who believe in this common vision. This vision is shared by academia, students, the industry, and local policymaking authorities. With education in transition, Belgium Campus’s dedication to quality and the pursuit of excellence in everything we do, will ensure that we stay at the forefront, equipping our students with top of the line academic qualifications and practical knowledge. In turn the industry will gain employees of the highest calibre.
“When we get the ‘why’ right, the OUTCOME is truly amazing!” 2
Christian Values Our Christian vision on humanity and society ensures an open climate and promotes cooperation between different cultures, races and religions. We place special emphasis on the importance of human dignity and the protection of the weaker. In this way we develop an intellectual atmosphere that is at the same time conducive to spiritual development. This is essential to prevent the evolution of science and technology creating a humanity gap.
Accreditation and Recognition •
Belgium Campus is a registered PHEI (Private Higher Education Institution) with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET), registration no. 2003/ HE08/001 All qualifications are accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and listed with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) All Qualifications are benchmarked by the KHLim (Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg - Limburg Catholic University College Association Catholic University Leuven) against the accreditation protocol of the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation.
Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie: Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) The auditing panel concluded that the Bachelor Degree of Computing, developed by Belgium Campus, complies with all parameters to the Professional Bachelor’s Degree as is set and described in the accreditation framework of the NVAO and the audit protocol of the VLIR-VLHORA. The auditing commission also assessed the Institutional Quality Assurance System in place at Belgium Campus and reported that all individual standards were met. It also noted that in terms of: Vision of the Quality of Education Offered, Policy and Outcome Belgium Campus achieved exceptionally good standard ratings.
Bi-lateral Agreements As of 2002 Belgium Campus has a Bi-Lateral agreement with the KHLim which was last amended on the 13th of March 2013. This agreement serves as a means by which Belgium Campus and its international partner work together to ensure the high quality of its qualifications through benchmarking and quality reviews. It furthermore allows the exchange of staff members, lecturers and students; the active co-operation in selected research projects and the co-submission of valuable projects to national and or international government or agencies for the funding of such projects. This active cooperation is to the benefit of the students, the staff, the institutions, and the region.
International Recognition In 2007 and again in November 2012, an official benchmarking audit was conducted by the Limburg Catholic University College (KHLim), a member of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. This benchmarking exercise was not only beneficial to see if our programmes are of the same standard, but also allowed us to compare educational standards, institutional standards and accreditation requirements. During the audit and site visit, the panel made use of the Accreditation Protocol as set by the VLIR (Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad: Flemish Interuniversity Council) based on the accreditation framework of the NVAO (Nederlands
Erasmus Mundus Belgium Campus ITversity is proud to be an associate of the European Union’s prestigious Erasmus Mundus programme in the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South African (ema2sa) framework. Through ema2sa, Belgium Campus cooperates with world class universities including: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Pierre et Marie Curie Université (France), Karonlinska Institutet Stockholm (Sweden), Masarykiana Universitas Brno (Czech Republic), Universidad de Granada (Spain), University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and the University of Hull (United Kingdom). The ema2sa programme provides a mobility scheme that addresses student and academic exchanges for the purpose of studying, teaching, training and research. It includes a generous monthly subsistence allowance, tuition fee waiver, roundtrip flight ticket and full travel, health and accident insurance coverage. At the moment there are three Belgium Campus students in the programme who are doing their post-graduate studies in Europe. All three are doing extremely well when compared with their European peers who may have the “home ground advantage”. The emsa2sa is not only an exciting academic experience but a cultural one as well where students gain new insight and exposure on an international level.
CareerPossibilitieswithaBelgium Campus Qualification Some of the most important employers can be found among larger companies and public authorities. The need for professionals within the IT Departments of banks, insurance companies, computer companies or multinationals is extensive. As an IT specialist, you are responsible for solving customers’ problems by creating, installing and maintaining installations, computer systems and software systems. You may also be required to design advanced software systems, be the architect of those systems and implement different aspects of the project lifecycle. Another sector that requires IT specialists is the Educational sector. High Schools, Universities and other Tertiary Educational Institutions, as well as other institutions offering learnerships or other “business to business” training have a need for qualified IT Lecturers and Professors. Furthermore you can conduct research at academic institutions in the industry. South Africa’s economic growth, foreign investments and its membership in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group of emerging economies, creates a perpetual need for well qualified IT professionals. In addition, the everchanging and everevolving nature of the IT industry in itself ensures a constant demand for new IT experts.
Why should I choose Belgium Campus? Tertiary Education Our tertiary education is more than just practice orientated. Our insights and methods have a theoretical foundation which gives our studies more depth resulting in a broader education for you. Most importantly, we are consistently aligning our course content to actual requirements of the business industry. This advantage gives our students the edge in the job market.
Practice Orientation We apply our theoretical knowledge to the latest software requirements of the industry, complemented with the analysis of current work-based case studies. We will first teach you the essential skills and knowledge of any particular discipline on an international and industry accepted standard. This will give you the know-how and insight to exploit this knowledge using the latest tools employed by the industry. Workplace training forms an integral part of the study programme and equips our students with real experience. Due to our Belgian roots, our Bachelor-students have the opportunity to complete their one year in-service training at one of the top IT companies in Belgium as part of our bi-lateral agreements. This not only allows students to partake in an international academic or corporate environment; but they also learn at the “University of Life”. Here they find themselves immersed in a new culture, exposed to international literature, media and expertise; they learn a new kind of independence away from what one comes to expect in South Africa.
The Result? Our graduate students are people with a wide theoretical and critical knowledge but with broad practical experience. In addition our graduate students are in high demand within both the national and international IT market.
Infrastructure Belgium Campus is well equipped with modern computer classrooms, a wireless network, internet/intranet facilities and
an electronic/physical library. The majority of our academic staff and support personnel are on campus fulltime and available to help you with all your needs. Furthermore, student assistance and advice is available through our professional counsellor.
The Innovation Hub The Innovation Hub is the perfect way to expose our students to applied research which puts the ideals of responsibility, relevance and impact into practice. The Innovation Hub is where students are valued as creators of knowledge. They get the opportunity to take the reins of 10 “fictional companies”; and this with the support from Belgium Campus in the spheres of admin, marketing, legal and infrastructure. Our students are given a chance to architect new and innovative IT solutions without too many “background worries”. If their ideas prove viable, it may lead to positive spin-offs for them with ongoing support from Belgium Campus. The Innovation Hub’s dedication to this kind of new and relevant research and thinking makes it the perfect avenue for students to address and develop solutions which have an impact on personal, industrial and regional development. This type of progressive and interactive research will serve as the basis for Belgium Campus’s upcoming Research Master’s degree.
Small Campus The Belgium Campus only caters for a small number of students and the result is a very social atmosphere with greater interaction between students and lecturers. There is time and space available for individual attention and counselling. Our class sizes are limited to 24 students with one computer per student. This type of personal attention is very important as the change from high school to tertiary education can have a significant impact on a student. Catering for a small student body however does not mean that we have less student facilities available. For student advice and counselling you can always contact our pool of staff, lecturers, support personal and our counselling department. They are there to help you with your specific needs and problems.
Admission requirements Green Environment Belgium Campus is nestled in the rustic green environment of Heatherdale, North of Pretoria against the Magaliesberg. This quiet setting is ideal for studying where students can easily study outside accessing the campus network via their laptops or PDAs… or they can simply relax in the sun and enjoy their beautiful surrounds.
Boarding Facilities Are you coming from far or do you not like to commute? We can help you. We can accommodate 160 students both on and off campus with several room options available: single rooms, double rooms and en-suite bathrooms. There is an on-campus restaurant available which serves three meals per day from Monday till Friday. For students in residence over weekends, freshly prepared meals are available from our restaurant for a small additional fee, or they can use the weekend kitchen to prepare their own meals. Our chefs endeavour to ensure that each resident receives a balanced healthy diet and that there is sufficient quantity for healthy appetites.
Belgium Campus does not put an age restriction on their students but a minimum academic and intellectual standard for admission, namely: • A senior certificate/ National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59) or an equivalent foreign qualification that has been converted by SAQA (South African Qualification Authority). • Proficiency in the English language. • A passing grade in Belgium Campus’ admission/aptitude test. Additional Admission requirements for a degree include: • Mathematics with an achievement rating of 4 or better. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is applicable and valuable, please ask for more information should it be applicable to you. Foreign students and students with a foreign diploma should contact the campus or SAQA (www.saqa.org.za) to determine the equivalent South African Qualification.
Do You Not Know What to Choose? Maybe you haven’t made up your mind yet, don’t know what direction to choose or you might still have some unanswered questions? No problem; simply contact us on (012) 542-3114 at any time with your queries. You can even make an appointment to come and see us on campus to have your questions answered by one of our consultants. Alternatively you can visit us on our Open Day to attend our workshops and speak with staff, students, alumni and industry representatives. Please consult our website for the Open Day dates.
What is it?
Course Accreditation and Structure
The Diploma in Information Technology as offered by Belgium Campus is a practice-orientated qualification consisting of two years of academic forming followed by a 12 month internship at a South African company. All modules accumulate to 388 credits in total.
Duration: NQF: HEQF*: Credits: SAQA ID: 63621
3 years 2 years academic+1 year workplace training. level 5 level 6 388
* The DHT, CHE and SAQA are currently in the process of converting from the current NQF to the new HEQF.
Who should choose a Diploma? You have a specific career in mind and want a quick study path that focuses on your career development in a specific area without the addition of cross-discipline subjects. A diploma is the shortest course of study and it the least expensive type of academic credential. Diplomas consist of courses that help you develop course competency in a single subject area, thus they help you acquire new skills quickly to launch a new career. A diploma will help you get educated and get on with your life.
Prerequisites • • • •
A National Senior Certificate with an achievement rating of 4 or better. Proficiency in the English Language. A pass on the Belgium Campus admission test.
The academic program consists of two phases: A generic foundational phase and a specialisation phase. The foundation phase gives the student insight into the field of Information Technology. The specialisation phase is career-orientated. Throughout the course students are groomed to become real professionals. This means that a strong focus is placed on knowledge, execution skills, social skills and professional skills. The cultivation of these skills is seamlessly integrated into the curriculum.
Specialisation: Software Development In this stream you will learn to become a proficient programmer. You will learn the paradigms of objectorientated (OO) programming, event-driven programming and the applications you develop will be deployed on desktops, networked computers, the internet and multiplatform devices. You will typically work as a member of a team and receive specifications of what to programme from a system architect, a software engineer or a system designer. You will deliver software products that meet the set requirements.
Career Possibilities You will typically be employed as a programmer, a database developer or a web programmer. Major Technologies .NET Framework, C#, Java, PHP, SQL and WPF
Specialisation: Infrastructure This is track focused on training future system and network administrators. As an administrator you will be responsible for installing, maintaining, supporting and upgrading networked desktops, servers and mobile devices. You will ensure that users have access to all resources on the network, on the internet or in the Cloud, while safeguarding the intellectual property of the company. Career Possibilities You will typically administer the IT infrastructure of a small to medium sized company or become a specialised administrator (network, mail, security) for a larger enterprise. Major Technologies TCP/IP, Linux, Windows Server, Cisco, Mainframe, Apache, Firewall systems, e-mail systems
Specialisation: Graphic User Interface Think of the look and feel of a web application, the interface of a self-check-in kiosk at an airport, an App on your smartphone or tablet, personalised avatars, the interface of a custom built application for small or medium sized enterprises or even clever gesture interfaces for gaming consoles. This specialisation stream prepares you to build natural and attractive user interfaces. The curriculum equips you with the necessary combination of programming skills and design sensibilities. Career Possibilities You will typically be employed as the presentation layer expert of a software development team. You will have knowledge of the diverse range of customers who will use a specific product. Major Technologies VWPF, XNA Game Studios, .NET Framework, Photoshop, Flash, HTML 5
NewElectiveSubject:Roboticand Hardware Programming Belgium Campus’s Robotic and Hardware Programming Elective Module allows students to develop and acquire these valuable skills, before being deployed in industries that require proficient hardware programming specialists. This allows students to interact and develop their knowledge with regards to industrial devices and technology. The course covers the following subjects: • • • • •
GSM Technologies PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) Hardware Control Scorbots Interfacing and Interface Programming
Belgium Campus has a collection of two SCORBOT robotic arms, Pick and Place robots and stepper motor controllers. All these have accompanying software, allowing students to gain practical and extensive experience. Students electing this subject are prepared for industries where such technology is essential in daily operations.
Bachelor Degree of Computing Course Accreditation and Structure Duration: 4 years 3 years academic+ 1 year workplace training NQF: level 6 HEQF*: level 8 Credits: 506 SAQA ID: 62689 * The DHT, CHE and SAQA are currently in the process of converting from the current NQF to the new HEQF.
Who Should Choose a Degree? You want to have a strong foundation that keeps your career options open. You want to understand the core of a problem
and know how to build an effective and efficient solution. You can quickly move between different domains and apply your analytical skills to solving problems. You are not bound by any specific technology but have the skills to adapt to the given situation. The bachelor’s degree remains the standard of entry into many professional careers. Four year degrees may seem expensive, but the long term benefits generally outweigh any temporary financial setbacks. In addition to a higher income, bachelor degrees can have other benefits. Bachelor degree students are exposed to other cultures by meeting international students, signing up for overseas programmes and by reading books from across the globe. In this way students can broaden their appreciation for today’s multicultural society. Job mobility results from advanced levels of knowledge, the prestige of a university degree and relevant internship experience. This means that a University Graduate usually has more career options than an employee who does not have a degree.
Prerequisites • • • • •
A National Senior Certificate with an achievement rating of 4 or better. Proficiency in the English Language. Mathematics with an achievement rating of 4 or better. A pass on the Belgium Campus admission test.
What is it? The Bachelor’s Degree of Computing offered at Belgium Campus consists of three years of academic training and one year of in-service training. The degree is accredited for 506 credits, which compares favourably with similar degrees from other higher education institutions where a Bachelor’s Degree usually amounts to 360 credits and an Honours Degree to 480 credits. The curriculum contains the theoretical foundation that leads to: • Conceptualisation • Modelling • Abstract and critical thinking • Analytical thinking • Learning to recognise and solve problems
It is important to learn the theory behind the theory, the â€˜whyâ€™ question. Learn to understand different cases and problems, to reach conclusions and learn to formulate solutions. At the same time it is essential to apply theories and make theories tangible by presenting good practices and solutions and integrating work based examples throughout the different disciplines. Practical exercises, assignments and projects are a true representation of day-to-day business tasks. Assessment is done on both academic content and the validity of its implementation. This means that students will acquire businessspecific skills and soft skills; including communication skills, customer satisfaction, becoming a team player and/or team leader and learning to teach others. The academic program consists of a fundamental set of subjects that are generic to all streams, core subjects that are unique for each specialisation stream and elective subjects that are unique to your specific interests. In their fourth year, students do internships at national or international companies. In this final year, students conduct academic research and present their findings in a formal dissertation to prove the achieved required outcomes of a bachelorâ€™s degree.
Specialisation: Business Intelligence In the Business Intelligence Specialisation option, students gain in-depth knowledge of the processes and techniques used to transform data into information. Information is essential for any executive to make effective decisions that increase the value of an enterprise. Students learn how to collect and organise data into large scale data stores and date warehouses. This data is then analysed and transformed, and the results are presented as multi-dimensional visualisations.
Career Possibilities You will typically be employed as a decision support specialists, data miner, data analyst, data visualiser, business systems analyst or a data warehouse manager. Major Technologies .NET framework, C#, Java, SQL, Oracle, Mathematical and Statistical analysis packages, BI system
Specialisation: Software Engineering Students following the Software Engineering option gain thorough knowledge and experience of the software development lifecycle. They learn to analyse business requirements and design solutions using the industry-standard Unified Modelling Language. Programming paradigms such as object-oriented, eventdriven and asynchronous programming are taught and applied to a range of programming languages to construct desktop applications and distributed application. These students will pursue careers constructing data-driven business systems, technical software controlling automated hardware systems and robots, or applications for the lucrative gaming industry. Students are taught Software Engineering disciplines and learn to build multi-tiered applications consisting of reusable components. Skills are acquired not only in technical areas, but also in business systems analysis and process engineering to nurture a holistic approach to the business of system development. Elective subjects allow for further specialisation in game development, business application development or hardware control interface systems. Career Possibilities
Data Mining is a fast growing discipline that extracts valuable information from available data. Mathematical and statistical analyses are important tools that an information specialist must master in order to generate output that is of value to an enterprise. The management science algorithms of operations research enable solving of complex optimisation problems. Additionally students must learn how to compose results into effective reports and present these to stakeholders at all levels. Fundamental business knowledge is essential in order to contribute meaningfully to any organisation in any specific sector.
You will typically be employed as a software engineer, software designer, software architect, lead programmer, database designer, project manager, mobile application developer or a web application developer. Major Technologies .NET framework, C#, Java, SQL, Oracle, PHP, Unity, XML, HTML 5, Project Management, Visio, XNA Game Studio, WPF, Android
Every year, Belgium Campus follows an academic theme and this year that theme is istart with its emphasis being on starting something great! The istart theme has grown from 2012’s Future Fit theme where the values or “ways of being” were considered in growing and sustaining success. These themes are extracurricular activities that allow students to add additional value to their studies. These values help students improve their personal conduct, communication skills and teamwork allowing them to really increase their personal value leading to growth and change. The istart theme focuses on how the potential of technology can create innovative solutions that solve industry challenges or fulfil community needs. To achieve this, the key ingredients - Education, Innovation and Fun - will help students generate ongoing solutions for every new challenge they tackle along the way. istart brings true relevance, responsibility and impact to the projects which students take part in, making it a useable learning experience in the real world. This brings us to the “istart equation”, Einstein’s famous E=mc². It reminds us that the amount of positive energy we bring to task stands in direct relation to the amount of positive outcomes we can expect to generate. To take full advantage of istart and the challenges that arise as students delve into finding solutions, students are equipped with the following
Social Intelligence New Media
Novel Adaptive Thinking Computatational Thinking
Cognative load Management
“Breathe together to breed excellence” ~ E Jacobs ~
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Student Guidance and Support Bursaries and Scholarships
Together with the Belgian Developmental Cooperation and the national and international industry; scholarships and bursaries are made available. For the 2013 academic year, a total of R8 million was allocated for both open and closed scholarships. Bursaries are reserved for deserving students at participating schools, while open scholarships are offered to students based on the results of their aptitude tests. A limited number of bursaries may be awarded to students requiring financial assistance. This helps to avoid a common problem in South Africa where talented students are excluded from higher education due to financial restrictions. Scholarships and bursaries are for one academic year only.
Belgium Campus has developed its own study books. This has been necessitated by the fact that most books available on the market do not teach you from novice to expert; nor do they give you a general insight, understanding and view of the subject. There are two books for most subjects:
Some books have to be bought by the student at his/her expense. Students will receive a full list of any additional books (if required) during the first week of the academic year. With the exception of some additional books, all study books are included in the price of the programme.
Each student receives a student card when they enrol at our campus. Students can use this card to get additional discounts outside of campus, for example when going to a movie, buying books, going to the gym or when booking a trip at a travel agency etc. The student card also includes a USB memory stick making it easy for students to save and transport documents and files.
Mode of Instruction Belgium Campus provides contact classes; students are expected to attend classes from Monday to Friday, for the time scheduled for their registered classes. There will be four hours of facetoface instruction per day. Students must have a class attendance of at least 85% per module.
Computer Classrooms Our classes and library are equipped with computers which are accessible to everyone. All computers have access to the intranet and the internet. If you have your own laptop or PDA, you’re welcome to bring it along and hook it up to the campus’s wireless network.
A generic theoretical book which will give you an overview of a subject and place it into a specific context without using a specific product but with adaptability to any related product. The second book is more product-specific for the practical component.
Examination System Exams are written in June and November each year, with re-exams scheduled for early January. To spread the study pressure more evenly and to make students more accustomed to the format of questions, continuous evaluations and tests are performed during the whole year and form part of the final mark.
Website Our website is accessible from anywhere. It does not only provide information about the campus, but it also has an interactive section where students can access their latest results and balance statements. Furthermore you can see the class and exam schedule, enrol for exams, put your CV online and interact with other students. It’s also the main mode for the distribution and submission of homework, assignments and projects, as well as for the submission of progress reports by students and their mentors during in-service training.
Wireless Network When we say that we are using state-of-the art technology, we’re not cutting any corners. The entire campus ground is covered wirelessly for network access. Wherever you are; in a classroom, in the library or outside sitting on a bench… just switch on your laptop and enjoy instant connection to the entire campus network, access to the internet and your own email. This on-line wireless system is accessible to every student at any time of the day. Why should you expect anything less from a topranked ITversity?!
Library If you would like to do research on a specific topic, you can go to our library. In addition to the approximately 2800 physical books, there are about 2000 e-books which are not only accessible from inside the library, but also from anywhere on the campus. Furthermore you can access the internet for additional information. A range of magazines and international journals are also available. You’ll have access to the library from 08:00-21:00, Monday to Friday.
Study Room The Study Room is available to all students who are currently enrolled and is equipped with computers with all the necessary software to enable you to complete practical projects or assignments. The study room is open from Monday to Friday, 08:00-00:00 and closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public/campus holidays.
Counselling Service and Student Guidance Life doesn’t always run according to plan. External factors and situations can interfere with your actual motivation, financial status, relationships, etc. Sometimes it will be to your benefit, but other times you might experience this in a negative way. To help our students through these possibly unpleasant episodes in their lives, Belgium Campus provides counselling and guidance for all students who are in need of support, free of charge through the qualified Psychologist who is part of
the permanent staff. To further assist students through their time spent here at Belgium Campus; the university offers mentorship programs, peer learning, extra classes and study methods can be reviewed if students feel they are struggling in certain aspects of their studies.
Students with Special Needs Belgium Campus is committed to offering people with disabilities or specific need access to all courses. If you suffer from a long-term medical condition, disability or have specific needs, we may be able to provide you with assistance to complete your studies and examinations. As a learning service we are able to offer you a flexible accessible way of learning and endeavour to: • Assist you to participate fully, as your circumstances allow, in all aspects of study. • Help you study effectively and on an equal terms basis with other students. • Assist you to build towards national qualifications for your skills, through formal assessment.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) Your student life will not be complete without a Student Representative Council. It creates the opportunity for you to forge relations, connections and friendships that could open doors for you in the future. Each class has a Class Representative that serves on the SRC. The SRC has the following objectives: • Student representation and the protection of student rights. • The organisation of recreational events and company visits. Beginning with the orientation day at the start of the academic year, the SRC offers many off- and on-campus social events. The SRC encourages social interaction between day students and hostel students through regular activities.
Dress code Outside Class While on Campus Grounds • •
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We expect that you are dressed respectably at all times when on campus grounds. A student is not restricted as to the trousers or skirt that he or she can wear, but it may not be torn or disfigured in a distasteful way. Students are not allowed to wear any type of hats, caps, scarves or other types of head coverage. Hair should be well brushed, neat, tidy and clean. No harsh artificial colouring or styling is permitted. Students must have their student card visible at all times.
Inside the Class The following dress code is applicable to all students during the hours of formal and/or informal class and any tests/ examinations at the institute: •
All students must wear a buttoned white shirt with the Campus logo on it. No shirt of any other colour may be used. All students must wear the approved institute tie for students. 1.
In summer students do not have to wear the tie; in that case they can only leave the top button open.
In winter students do have to wear their ties. The tie must be properly knotted and the shirt must have all buttons closed. This also applies when a student wears a tie in summer.
3. In winter only a campus approved jersey or blazer is allowed. All students have to wear closed shoes during all class hours. Sandals are permitted in summer but they may not have Velcro closings. No flip flops (“plakkies”) are allowed at any time. During exams and re-exams students must wear their uniform with a tie.
Fees Application and registration fee
This in a non-refundable fee of R4000.00 paid by all applicants/ students before the beginning of each academic year.
Our boarding fees are for one entire academic year only and it covers accommodation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except during summer holidays), three meals per day from Monday to Friday (except during campus holidays and public holidays) and laundry.
Tuition Fees Our study fees are for one entire academic year and it covers all tuition fees, exams, re-exams (if any) and almost all books. Some books have to be bought by the student at his/her expense. Students will receive a full list of any additional books (if required) during the first week of the academic year. Bachelor Degree of Computing • 1st Academic year • 2nd Academic year • 3rd Academic year • 4th Year-practical
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47 900.00 52 450.00 56 000.00 6 000.00
Diploma in IT • 1st Academic year • 2nd Academic year • 3rd Year-practical
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47 900.00 52 450.00 6 000.00
For students in residence over weekend, freshly prepared meals are available from our restaurant for a small additional fee. •
Annual Fee from R35 945.00
Payment of Fees You can either pay the full tuition and/or boarding fees at the start of the academic year or you can choose one of the following payment options: 11 monthly payments or 4 quarterly payments in advance (only available for RSA citizens).
Term dates: 2014 Academic Year Semester 1 Tuesday 21 January 2014 (first years) - Fri 13 June 2014 Wednesday 22 January 2014 (all others) – Fri 13 June 2014 Semester 2 Mon 30 June 2014 – 21 Nov 2014 • Registration + Orientation • Academic start • Official Academic Opening
Tue 21 January 2014 (obligatory for all first years) Thu 23 January 2014 Thu 30 January 2014 18.00 for 18.30 (Obligatory for all students; parents to RSVP)
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Autumn Leave Mon 28 April 2014 – Fri 2 May 2014 Study Leave Mon 26 May 2014 – Fri 30 May 2014 Exams 1st semester Mon 2 June 2014 – Fri 13 June 2014 Leave Mon 16 June 2014 – Fri 27 June 2014
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Spring Leave Study Leave Exams 2nd semester Summer Holiday
Re-exams Tue 13 January 2015 – Fri 16 January 2015
Mon 1 September 2014 – Fri 5 September 2014 Mon 27 October 2014 – Fri 7 November 2014 Mon 10 November 2014 – Fri 21 November 2014 From Mon 24 November 2014
How to get to the Belgium Campus Physical address: 138 Sixth Avenue, Heatherdale (Akasia), Pretoria GPS: Belgian Campus or Belgium Campus Campus hours Monday till Friday: 08:00 â€“ 17:00
Contact Details Physical Address:
138 Sixth Avenue, Heatherdale (Akasia), Pretoria South Africa
Postal Address: P.O. Box 60782 Karenpark 0118
Tel: +27(12)542-3114 Fax: +27(12)542-1617 Website: www.belgiumcampus.ac.za Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An introduction to Belgium Campus