BSc Computing and BSc Informatics - Main differences?

Mocke

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Good day,

I am looking to go and study further and to broaden my knowledge. I am looking to go and study something in the line of BSc Computing at UNISA but saw that they also offer BSc Informatics as well. I tried to find out what the main differences are between these two degrees but can't get a clear answer on the internet :confused:. According to a Yahoo Answers post (found here: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110331044129AATlarw) the differences are:

"COMPUTER SCIENCE" concerns itself primarily with the internal features, structure and behavior of computer systems. The Information about major addresses the relationship between what is inside the computer and what is outside.

"INFORMATICS" courses cover programming languages, information retrieval and management, human-computer interaction, and the architecture, design, development, and analysis of software. "

So can anyone please elaborate and explain to me what the main differences are between these two qualifications and what possible careers opportunities there might be for both?

Thank you very much
:)
 

Bar0n

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Good day,

I am looking to go and study further and to broaden my knowledge. I am looking to go and study something in the line of BSc Computing at UNISA but saw that they also offer BSc Informatics as well. I tried to find out what the main differences are between these two degrees but can't get a clear answer on the internet :confused:. According to a Yahoo Answers post (found here: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110331044129AATlarw) the differences are:

"COMPUTER SCIENCE" concerns itself primarily with the internal features, structure and behavior of computer systems. The Information about major addresses the relationship between what is inside the computer and what is outside.

"INFORMATICS" courses cover programming languages, information retrieval and management, human-computer interaction, and the architecture, design, development, and analysis of software. "

So can anyone please elaborate and explain to me what the main differences are between these two qualifications and what possible careers opportunities there might be for both?

Thank you very much
:)

CompSci is much more mathematicial and theoretical: AI, neural networks, algorithmics, compilers, etc.

Informatics will focus on practical programming, software engineering and patterns, human-computer interaction, database management, etc.
 

cguy

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Computing is more "science" and Informatics is more "business". It really depends on your headspace as to what's best for you. Plenty of businesses need computer science types not informatics types and vice versa.
 

Njabulod

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CompSci is much more mathematicial and theoretical: AI, neural networks, algorithmics, compilers, etc.

Informatics will focus on practical programming, software engineering and patterns, human-computer interaction, database management, etc.

+1
 

Mocke

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Thank yo very much for the replies everyone!
I think I have a good understanding now and can make a better informed decision on what to go and study
 

Bar0n

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I wish I asked this question a few years ago. I'm doing Comp Sci, have 5 modules left, and I am absolutely over it!

I was not born for studying yo.

Stick with it. It's a good course.

I wanted to do CompSci but it was not offered at my university. They offered mainly Informatics with some CompSci subjects thrown in: i.e. a mess. My M.Sc. is currently more CompSci based and I occasionally feel that there are some gaps in my education that I now need to go back and plug.
 

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I wish I asked this question a few years ago. I'm doing Comp Sci, have 5 modules left, and I am absolutely over it!

I was not born for studying yo.

Started a BSc Hon in Computing this year - no idea what they talking about as I haven't done a regular BSc lol!
 

Nerfherder

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I wish I asked this question a few years ago. I'm doing Comp Sci, have 5 modules left, and I am absolutely over it!

I was not born for studying yo.

Me too... but I at that stage they only had the Bcom informatics not BSC... and it was a problem changing to Bcom.
 

Beavis

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Sorry for hijacking this old'ish thread...

I also want to enrol and study further... I definitely want to focus more on the programming aspects and contemplating between BSc Informatics or the Ndip IT...

Any advice which one is more focused on software design, as it seems both are. The business / financial modules is cool and see both routes cover them.
Also in which programming languages are the BSc/ Ndip, for some reason Unisa is not so clear on these questions.

At first I was leaning towards the Ndip, but are now more considering the BSc Informatics as study time looks to be similar and the BSc is a higher NQF

Urghhh why is it so hard to decide.... tehehehe
 

Bar0n

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Sorry for hijacking this old'ish thread...

I also want to enrol and study further... I definitely want to focus more on the programming aspects and contemplating between BSc Informatics or the Ndip IT...

Any advice which one is more focused on software design, as it seems both are. The business / financial modules is cool and see both routes cover them.
Also in which programming languages are the BSc/ Ndip, for some reason Unisa is not so clear on these questions.

At first I was leaning towards the Ndip, but are now more considering the BSc Informatics as study time looks to be similar and the BSc is a higher NQF

Urghhh why is it so hard to decide.... tehehehe

I'd pick a B.Sc. over a diploma any day.
 

Bryn

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Sorry for hijacking this old'ish thread...

I also want to enrol and study further... I definitely want to focus more on the programming aspects and contemplating between BSc Informatics or the Ndip IT...

Any advice which one is more focused on software design, as it seems both are. The business / financial modules is cool and see both routes cover them.
Also in which programming languages are the BSc/ Ndip, for some reason Unisa is not so clear on these questions.

At first I was leaning towards the Ndip, but are now more considering the BSc Informatics as study time looks to be similar and the BSc is a higher NQF

Urghhh why is it so hard to decide.... tehehehe

There isn't even a decision to make. BSc is the only option.
 

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good thread, i want to study next year, i'm heavily interested in Java programming, now i could just go do that on its own but i need a Degree for future. what do you guys recommend ??

keep in mind, i will be resigning to do this so i need to do it right the first time.
 

froot

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good thread, i want to study next year, i'm heavily interested in Java programming, now i could just go do that on its own but i need a Degree for future. what do you guys recommend ??

keep in mind, i will be resigning to do this so i need to do it right the first time.

Go and do the above degree, and go do a few Java certs. You don't do a degree for the programming language.
 
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