oa Alternation - The effective use of computer systems at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



As Information Communication Technologies mature, it is expected that the use of powerful, multifunctional networked and wireless computer systems will form as an ubiquitous part of every-day life as the cell phone has become today (Klopper 2002, 2005), also in institutions of higher education. The case study conducted on the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal begins to provide answers regarding the effective use of the computer systems at residential tertiary institutions. Data was gathered by randomly selecting 90 persons, staff members and students of different Faculties at the University of whom eighty respondents completed and returned the questionnaires. The data was analysed and processed using the application software Microsoft Excel. Recommendations and conclusions drawn from the findings were the need for teaching and training in computer hardware, computer literacy and the need for computer access and print services facilities.

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