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Title: Accreditation of academic programmes in computing South Africa
Authors: Gerber, A
Sinha, S
Van der Merwe, A
Kam, M
Keywords: Academic programme accreditation
Computer programmes
South African academic accreditation
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: Gerber, A, Sinha, S, Van der Merwe, A, and Kam, M. Accreditation of academic programmes in computing South Africa. 4th Software Engineering Colloquium, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 May 2012
Series/Report no.: Workflow;9900
Abstract: Over the past two decades, strong technical convergence has been observed between computing and engineering. Computing in this context includes Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology and Software Engineering. Within the traditional engineering disciplines (including Computer Engineering), academic programme accreditation is well established, but most academic computing programmes in South Africa are still unaccredited. Those that are accredited were reviewed by accreditation agencies from other countries (US, UK). The convergence between computing and engineering opened the debate and accentuated the need for accreditation within the wider computing profession in South Africa. IEEE, a transnational association with a range of activities in accreditation, believes that all engineering, computing, and engineering technology programmes leading to a first professional degree (such as 4 and 5-year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees) can and should be accredited. Accreditation should not hinge on, but rather be an input to, the determination of whether or not individuals who completed a programme are ready to practise, as well as at what level they can practise. This paper provides the status quo of accreditation of computing programmes in South Africa, as well as the current thinking and initiatives for developing accreditation agencies and accreditation procedures in the future.
Description: 4th Software Engineering Colloquium, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 May 2012. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY. The definitive version is published in IEEE Xplore. Doi: 10.1109/SE.2012.6242349
URI: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=6242349
ISBN: 978-1-4673-1648-4
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