Odd UNISA qualification suggesiton

Phatfoo

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So I'm currently registering for my first year at UNISA (Computer Science), but in the Computer Science degree, there are two options:

Computing
Computing (specialisation)

Both have the same course code, but different prefixes. Computing uses COS (I think) while the specialisation option uses an XCO.

I didn't select the extended option. However, after being accepted to study the degree, my registration process gives me only the extended option.



I'm presuming it's nothing to worry about, since the course codes are the same, but then I don't understand why the two exist if they're the same.

Or do you think there is an error?
 

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If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the qualification, they will force you to do the extended programme
 

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If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the qualification, they will force you to do the extended programme

It appears I do meet the course requirements, but as I said, what is interesting is that the course codes are identical. Everything is the same, except the prefixes.
 

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It appears I do meet the course requirements, but as I said, what is interesting is that the course codes are identical. Everything is the same, except the prefixes.

Its the same modules, but you will be forced to do year instead of semester modules for the extended programme (AFAIK), once completed you will transfer to the normal BSc Computing programme

If you do meet the requirements go into UNISA to get transferred to the normal programme. The extended programme is meant for people who don't meet the requirements, e.g. maths, required for the course.
 

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These are the requirements:

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) or equivalent
with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, 50% in
Mathematics or at least N4 Mathematics passed with a minimum of 50% and N4 English, or N4 Communication, or N4 Communication Technology passed with at least 50%.
or
a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for
the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG
or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning, and with
at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics, or at least N4 Mathematics passed with a minimum of 50% and N4 English, or N4 Communication, or N4 Communication Technology passed with at least 50%.
To enter a degree students have to comply with all admission requirements, inclusive of the minimum APS of 20, and must be eligible for admission into degree studies. Applicants who have an APS of 20 to 24 will be considered for the extended (4) year Degree curriculum where applicable. Applicants who comply with the minimum statutory admission requirements but do not meet the additional College requirements, may follow Unisa's alternative pathway. Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

http://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corpor...-Science-in-Computing-Computing-(98906-–-COM)
 
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Phatfoo

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These are the requirements:

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) or equivalent
with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, 50% in
Mathematics or at least N4 Mathematics passed with a minimum of 50% and N4 English, or N4 Communication, or N4 Communication Technology passed with at least 50%.
or
a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for
the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG
or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning, and with
at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics, or at least N4 Mathematics passed with a minimum of 50% and N4 English, or N4 Communication, or N4 Communication Technology passed with at least 50%.
To enter a degree students have to comply with all admission requirements, inclusive of the minimum APS of 20, and must be eligible for admission into degree studies. Applicants who have an APS of 20 to 24 will be considered for the extended (4) year Degree curriculum where applicable. Applicants who comply with the minimum statutory admission requirements but do not meet the additional College requirements, may follow Unisa's alternative pathway. Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

http://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corpor...-Science-in-Computing-Computing-(98906-–-COM)

I do meet those requirements.

Here is part of the email granting me admission:

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It says nothing about the extended programme, which is where my confusion lies.

Trying to get them to answer the phone (pick a number - any number) is like trying to get Mugabe to step down. The lines are either permanently engaged or you sit in a queue that never seems to shrink.
 

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Don't bother trying to phone, go in and see someone. I've never been able to sort out anything with UNISA over the phone
 

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Thanks for all your comments. I went to UNISA, as you suggested, and here's what has happened:

My maths mark (from school all those years ago, haha) wasn't high enough so they put me onto the extended degree. Same degree, just a year longer because I'm too dumb to do it in three years.

But the first year modules change from semester modules to year modules, which means I have to register later this year for next year.

Kinda sucks, as it slows me down, but perhaps it will give me an opportunity to some online courses in the meantime, such as Khan Academy, Udacity, Code Academy, and so on.

What are your thoughts, friends?
 

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Thanks for all your comments. I went to UNISA, as you suggested, and here's what has happened:

My maths mark (from school all those years ago, haha) wasn't high enough so they put me onto the extended degree. Same degree, just a year longer because I'm too dumb to do it in three years.

But the first year modules change from semester modules to year modules, which means I have to register later this year for next year.

Kinda sucks, as it slows me down, but perhaps it will give me an opportunity to some online courses in the meantime, such as Khan Academy, Udacity, Code Academy, and so on.

What are your thoughts, friends?

Do a SQL course. Should help you from not doing the SQL portion of the degree..
 

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Do a SQL course. Should help you from not doing the SQL portion of the degree..

Great tip!

I'm also busy with a JavaScript course (not covered at UNISA), as well as a bit of Python. I think UNISA does a lot of C++, so perhaps I should start getting into that.
 

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Great tip!

I'm also busy with a JavaScript course (not covered at UNISA), as well as a bit of Python. I think UNISA does a lot of C++, so perhaps I should start getting into that.

Python is done in the Visual Design Programming module so you should be good.
Just speak to them to make sure whatever you study they will credit. You don't wanna spend money and they refuse to look at it
 

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Python is done in the Visual Design Programming module so you should be good.
Just speak to them to make sure whatever you study they will credit. You don't wanna spend money and they refuse to look at it

Just getting them to pick up the phone is a degree course on its own!
 

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Thanks for all your comments. I went to UNISA, as you suggested, and here's what has happened:

My maths mark (from school all those years ago, haha) wasn't high enough so they put me onto the extended degree. Same degree, just a year longer because I'm too dumb to do it in three years.

But the first year modules change from semester modules to year modules, which means I have to register later this year for next year.

Kinda sucks, as it slows me down, but perhaps it will give me an opportunity to some online courses in the meantime, such as Khan Academy, Udacity, Code Academy, and so on.

What are your thoughts, friends?

You really think a UNISA degree takes 3 years to complete. Unless you are an absolute prodigy, the only other possible way of doing it in three years is if you are single and unemployed.

5 years is a more realistic goal, very few people can do it in less than that. It took me 8 years (graduated last week) because life just gets in your way: death in family; marriage; kids being born; changing jobs; life threatening medical condition (twice); etc

Nothing wrong with filling in all that boring time you are going to have with some MOOC courses. I did that.
 

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You really think a UNISA degree takes 3 years to complete. Unless you are an absolute prodigy, the only other possible way of doing it in three years is if you are single and unemployed.

5 years is a more realistic goal, very few people can do it in less than that. It took me 8 years (graduated last week) because life just gets in your way: death in family; marriage; kids being born; changing jobs; life threatening medical condition (twice); etc

Nothing wrong with filling in all that boring time you are going to have with some MOOC courses. I did that.

What are MOOC courses?
 
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