Courses offered by JCSE

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme - 2021

Many people working as professionals in the digital economy do not have formal qualifications in an ICT-related discipline.  The JCSE offers a coherent series of Wits University accredited short courses that are aimed at equipping the working professional with a relevant body of knowledge and a coherent set of core skills. We call this the “Continuing Professional Development“, or CPD, Programme. 

The CPD Programme is structured around two tracks: 

  • The Management Track: aimed at those who intend to develop their career as team leaders, project managers and thereafter into middle and senior management roles.
  • The Technical Track: aimed at those who see their future in senior technical roles.

Foundational Courses

Courses Common to Both Tracks

Management Track

Technical Track

CourseRegister byStarts onEnds OnExamFee
Course 1: Software Eng.14-May-202119-May-202115-Jun-202117-Jun-2021R14,500
Course 2: DT Lifecycle18-Jun-202123-Jun-202128-Jul-20214-Aug-2021R14,500
M1: S/ware Project Management6-Aug-202111-Aug-202115-Sep-202122-Sep-2021R14,500
T2: Database Systems6-Aug-202111_Aug-202115-Sep-202122-Sep-2021R14,500
M3: CIO Practice - Level 222-Sep-202127-Sep-202111-Dec-202117-Dec-2021TBA
T3: Cyber Security24-Sep-202129-Sep-202120-Oct-202127-Oct-2021TBA
M2: Foundations of Capability18-Oct-202125-Oct-202129-Oct-202129-Oct-2021R10,500
T1: Software Testing22-Oct-202127-Oct-20211-Dec-20218-Dec-2021R14,500


Software Engineering Principles and Methods

Leading organisations apply modern approaches to delivering software more quickly, with higher quality and at competitive costs. These outcomes rely on the adoption of appropriate software engineering principles and methods.

Learn about key development concepts from plan-driven to agile

This course is certified as an official Wits University short course.

Both online and face-to-face versions of this course. Six 4-hour sessions + assignment+ exam
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Course 2

The Digital Transformation Lifecycle

All organisations - from the very large to the very small - are feeling increasing pressure to "go digital". The course covers a general digital transformation journey and provides practical guidance at each stage.

How should business leaders and owners tackle digital transformation

This is a new course. It is currently being reviewed pending its certification as a Wits Short Course.

Both online and face-to-face versions of this course. Six 2-hour sessions + tutorials + group project + exam
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Software project management

Medium and large software development projects are complicated. They require planning, resource allocation, monitoring and tracking. Both plan-driven and agile approaches are covered in this course.

The course covers techniques for ensuring that projects deliver vaue

This is an officially certified Wits University Short Course.

Both online and face-to-face versions offered. 6 sessions.
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Course M-2

Foundations of Capability

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) was developed at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA as a tool for assisting organisations in working to develop solutions on time, within budget and of high quality. This course introduces CMMI v 2.0 which supports Agile and DevOps methodologies.

An Official Introduction to CMMI v 2.0

JCSE offers this internationally certificated course in partnership with the CMMI Institute in the USA.

2 days. Online.
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Course M-3

Wits Certificate in CIO Practice - Level 2

This Interdisciplinary Professional Practices course deals with Disruptive Technologies and Digital Operations. It covers the disruptive forces of technology, enterprise resource planning systems, advancing digital benefits realisation, digital operations, and digital strategy and leadership.

Online introduction to CIO Practice

This online course is the second of 3 modules. It is an official Wits Certificated course taught in partnership with the LINK Centre. Presented over 3 months with two 1 week-long sessions.
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Software Testing

Where 'software testing' is not properly distinguished from 'debugging', the resulting software is of low reliability and low trustworthiness. Proper software-testing, by contrast, is based on sound formal-logical theory, the introduction into which is the topic of this advanced-level course.

Covers both the theory and practice of software testing

Taught online over 6 weeks. Weekly learning assignment on video + 2-hour interactive session per week
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Database systems

Large information models are an important component in many modern digital applications. The course covers the principles underlying information modelling and database design and implementation. Topics covered include aspects of Big Data, including associated means of data storage and management, like Hadoop and NoSQL databases.

A broad introduction to the theory and practice of modern data systems

This is an officially certified Wits University Short Course.

Both online and face-to-face versions offered. 6 sessions.
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Certificate in Cyber-security Professional Practice and Leadership

The growth of the information society is accompanied by new and serious threats. Essential services such as water and electricity supply now rely on ICTs, as do most businesses and organisations. This course introduces key aspects of cybersecurity which has now been firmly established both within academia and as a practice in industry and government.

Taught by top experts in cybersecurity in partnership with Wits LINK Centre

Taught both online and face-to-face.

Wits University short course.
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I Am Prof Barry

I’m the overall coordinator of the JCSE’s Education and Training Programme. I have assembled a selection of up-to-date courses presented by experienced lecturers all of whom have had extensive practical experience in driving digital transformation in a South African context.

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As part of Wits University the JCSE is able to offer courses that are of the highest quality but cost far less than most commercial courses


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