Background and structure
Stellenbosch University offers the MCom (Computer Auditing) degree as a part-time two year programme. The programme consists of a lectured component in the first year of study as well as a dissertation and accredited article on an approved topic that has to be written in the second year of study. The programme runs in a two-year cycle (i.e. commences every second year) and the next programme commences in February 2020, provided that a sufficient number of qualifying application are received. The programme is presented in English.
The programme applies a hybrid model, relying on virtual as well as face-to-face lectures. The programme consists of several short sessions throughout the year, as well as block lectures. Students from Stellenbosch and surrounding areas can attend all the lectures in Stellenbosch, while students from outside of Stellenbosch can participate in the short session lectures using the online platform, but must attend the block lectures at the Stellenbosch campus in person. Therefore, out-of-town students must be willing to travel and take leave from employment at least three times per year for each year of study. Attendance of lectures, virtual or otherwise will be compulsory.
The programme has the following objectives/outcomes:
- To provide students with concepts, theory and frameworks to deal with computer assurance in practice. This is covered in lectures.
- To expose students to the technical details in modern information technology environments to enable them to apply computer assurance principles in practice.
- To provide students with an opportunity to apply the above in practical environments with the use of case studies, which are done individually or in teams, depending on the topic, after each lecture.
- To equip students with the conceptual skills to deal with future technologies and issues (i.e. life-long-learning).
The dynamic content of the programme reflects the recent changes in the business and technology environments:
- Legislation and recommendations, from for example, King IV requires IT Governance to be considered as part of a business model of an organisation to ensure strategic alignment of business and information technology, value delivery and risk management.
- Technology continues to evolve rapidly with the internet forming the foundation of this evolution.
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning are being incorporated in all applications. These new technologies need to be governed.
- These changes give rise to increased complexity of computer assurance.
The programme is structured to cover the above issues at conceptual, technical and governance level. The emphasis is placed on addressing the information technology gap that arises between the expectation resulting from high-level policies and processes and the actual practice of implementing, configuring, maintaining and operating information technology components. This becomes essential to providing credible computer assurance and effective IT Governance.
The following diagram summarises the scope of the programme:
Lectures are presented by:
- Prof Willie Boshoff CA(SA), PhD(Computer Science), MCom (Accounting and Auditing), HonsBCompt, HonsBSc(Computer Science). In the academic sphere, Prof Boshoff has become well known for his ability to transfer knowledge of an international standard to students. He is the Managing Director of ITBLUE Solutions (Pty) Ltd. in Stellenbosch.
- Prof Riaan Rudman CA(SA), BBusSc (Hons), PGDA, MBusSc (Finance), MAcc (Computer Auditing) cum laude. Riaan has been involved with the MCom (Computer Auditing) programme for the past ten years. He is a Professor at Stellenbosch University and lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The programme is led by Prof Riaan Rudman
It is advisable that all prospective students ensure that the meet the minimum entrance requirements for a Masters-degree at Stellenbosch University before applying to the University. This is particularly relevant to applications that studies at non-South African tertiary institutions.
The minimum entrance requirements to the programme are as follows:
• the degree BAccHons or equivalent AND registration as a Chartered Accountant (SA);
• a relevant BComHons degree that includes the outcomes required for this programme and relevant work experience or registration with a relevant professional body.
Academic results achieved in the applicant's post-graduate and undergraduate degrees are taken into account in the selection process.
Technical and other requirements
The programme is predominantly a residential course, but students have the option to make use of the Stellenbosch University's virtual platform, SUNStream (Adobe Connect) to attend the sessions.
In order to make use of the virtual platform, you should have access to:
- High-speed internet access which is capable to carry video and voice;
- Latest version of Adobe Connect; and
- Webcam and microphone.
Attendance of all sessions, virtual or otherwise, are compulsory.
The exact dates and times of the lectures will be communicated at the commencement of the course and will be confirmed after discussions and agreement with the class.
Students are required to attend block lectures during the month of April and September during the first year of study, and February and June during the second year of study. Block lectures will be between three to four days and be during the week or over the weekend. The first year of the programme concludes with assessment, which might require attendance of the assessment in Stellenbosch.
The approximate cost of the programme is available upon request from the Student Fees Division of the University at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the programme costs, students are also expected to attend a writing workshop, as well as a research methodology course in the second year of the programme. The approximate costs of these programmes are available on request from the programme administrator.
Out-of-town students are responsible for covering their own travel costs, accommodation and related private costs for the block lectures and assessments.
The programme does not have programme specific funding opportunities available. For information about scholarships and bursaries, refer to the Bursaries and Loans Department and Postgraduate Funding Office
Applications open on 1 August 2019 and close on 1 November 2019. Applications are web-based and are processed via the Post-graduate Office and the Stellenbosch University prospective student portal.
Students are also expected to complete an information sheet, which must be emailed to Ms Ilse Frans before 1 November 2019 if it has not already been uploaded to the application portal.
Please note that only a limited number of students can be accepted into the programme. Applications will be considered in November 2019 in accordance with the selection policy of the School of Accountancy, after which applicants will be notified in writing.
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Interested parties can obtain further information about the programme from the Calendar Part 10 or contact Ms Ilse Frans, programme coordinator, in this regard:
Ms Ilse Frans
Tel: +27 21 808-3400
E-mail: Ms. I Frans
For questions about the programme content, contact:
Prof Riaan Rudman:
Tel: +27 21 808-2701
E-mail: Prof. R.J. Rudman
Postal address: School of Accountancy, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602.