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WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES


PROSPECTUS

2018

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WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES

MTHATHA CAMPUS

Prospectus 2018

Faculty of Natural Sciences


MTHATHA CAMPUS
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How to use this prospectus


Note - this prospectus contains material and information applicable to the whole campus.

It also contains detailed information and specific requirements applicable to programmes that are offered by the
campus.

This prospectus should be read in conjunction with the General Prospectus which includes the University’s General
Rules & Regulations, which is a valuable source of information.

Students are encouraged to contact the Academic Head of the relevant department if they are unsure of a rule or an
interpretation.

Disclaimer

Although the information contained in this prospectus has been compiled as accurately as possible, WSU accepts no
responsibility for any errors or omissions. WSU reserves the right to make any necessary alterations to this
prospectus as and when the need may arise. This prospectus is published for the 2018 academic year.

Students should note that the offering of programmes and/or courses as described in this prospectus is not
guaranteed and may be subject to change. The offering of programmes and/or courses is dependent on viable
student enrolment numbers being met (as determined by the HOD) and physical and human resources being
available.

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In this Prospectus:

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1. Introduction & Welcome by the Page 1


Dean of the Faculty

2. Faculty Vision & Mission Page 2

3. Staff Page 6

4. Departments & Programmes Page 10

4.1 Department of Biological & Page 10


Environmental Sciences

4.2 Department of Mathematical Page 73


Sciences & Computing

4.3 Department of Chemical & Page 188


Physical Sciences

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1. INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME BY THE DEAN OF THE


FACULTY

Welcome to the Faculty of Natural Sciences. We offer a wide range of highly acclaimed programmes at
undergraduate and graduate levels. Our graduates find employment in the private sector and with government
and there is renewed effort by the faculty to guide our graduates to create their own businesses and remain self-
reliant. The faculty makes every effort to ensure that your stay with us is as comfortable as possible. We have a
Science Students Society, a grouping of our young, friendly and hardworking students who are ready to welcome
you and work with you throughout your academic career. You will meet fellow students and staff coming from
different parts of the country and interestingly also others coming from other countries other than South Africa.
You will learn to live and work in unison with all these people and it is this universality of people, cultures and
knowledge that constitutes a university. I assure you that your stay with us will be an enjoyable one.

As you may be aware, our government has prioritised amongst other disciplines Mathematics and Science as
focus areas for development. Therefore, the Faculty of Natural Sciences falls within this focus and you should be
proud to be part of this exceptional group of people who are passionate about mathematics and scientific
innovation, the cornerstones of our economy and development. By the time you leave our faculty you shall be
well trained and skilled to face the challenges of the work environment.

1.1 Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Natural Sciences comprises the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences,
Mathematical Sciences and Computing as well as Chemical and Physical Sciences. It offers undergraduate and
postgraduate programmes ranging from Diplomas, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours) and
Master of Science. The faculty is located at the Nelson Mandela Drive site of the Mthatha campus.

1.2 Contact Details

Dean Head of Department Head of Department Head of Department


Faculty of Natural Sciences Biological & Environmental Mathematical Sciences & Chemical & Physical
Sciences Computing Sciences
Prof ND Jumbam Ms VN Majiza Prof W Sinkala Prof S Chikwembani

047 502 2186 047 502 2380 047 502 2413 047 502 2919

1.3 Merger of Legacy Institutions

Walter Sisulu University was founded on 1 July 2005 through the merger of the University of Transkei (Unitra),
Eastern Cape Technikon and Border Technikon. Apart from Education, Humanities and Social Sciences that these
three institutions contributed to the merger, the University of Transkei also brought along the basic sciences,
while the Eastern Cape and Border Technikon brought along the engineering sciences and technology. This
newly merged comprehensive higher education institution has positioned itself as a developmental university
with the need to increase efficiency and service delivery of its programmes across all campuses.


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1.4 Two Tier Governance Structure

The programmes and qualifications offered in the faculty are managed by the Dean. The departments are
managed by Heads of Departments (HoDs). They are in charge of courses and programmes together with the
learning and teaching activities. They see to it that the quality of total service rendered in the departments is
maintained to the highest level.

1.5 Academic Focus of the Faculty

The academic focus of the faculty is to offer mathematics and basic science programmes that respond to the
needs of the work environment. Students are so well prepared that they are able to respond competently by
using their knowledge and judgment in addressing discipline related problems and challenges.

2. FACULTY VISION AND MISSION


2.1 Vision of the Faculty

The faculty will be a leading centre offering a range of programmes geared towards producing human capital
that uses acquired knowledge in addressing workplace challenges of sustainable development and poverty
alleviation.

2.2 Mission of the Faculty

In pursuit of its vision, the faculty will be at the forefront of research and innovation generating new knowledge
and marketable products that in turn will lead to new startup businesses. Our highly skilled graduates will remain
marketable but not only as job seekers as was traditionally the case but capable of starting up small businesses
and creating job opportunities not only for themselves but for the broader community.

The faculty prides itself of highly qualified and competent academic staff whose function is not only that of
teaching, research and community engagement activities but also that of supporting and nurturing young and
developing academic staff and ascertaining continuity. Where there are still gaps, the faculty will attend to them
and make sure that students and staff are exposed to state-of-the-art equipment that necessitates the fulfillment
of the research and teaching goals listed.

The faculty shall continue to make learning and teaching attractive and enjoyable to our students and staff.
Excellent scholarship can only be achieved in an environment that is free of intimidation, friendly and secure.


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2.3 Programmes Offered In the Faculty

Department Programmes Duration


(Full-time) Years

Diploma in Pest Management 3


Biological &
Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences):Extended 4
Environmental Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies):Extended 4

Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) 3

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies) 3

Bachelor of Science in Pest Management 3

Bachelor of Science Honours (Botany) 1

Bachelor of Science Honours (Geography) 1

Bachelor of Science Honours (Zoology) 1

Master of Science (Botany) 2

Master of Science (Geography) 2

Master of Science (Zoology) 2

Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics): Extended 4


Mathematical Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Applied Statistical Sciences): Extended 4
& Computing
Bachelor of Science (Computer Science): Extended 4

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics): Extended 4

Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics) 3

Bachelor of Science (Applied Statistical Sciences) 3

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 3

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) 3

Bachelor of Science Honours (Applied Statistical Sciences) 1

Bachelor of Science Honours (Mathematics) 1

Bachelor of Science Honours (Computer Science) 1

Master of Science (Statistical Sciences) 2

Master of Science (Applied Mathematics) 2

Master of Science (Mathematics) 2

Chemical & Physical Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Extended 4


Sciences
Bachelor of Science Extended (Physics) with Chemistry sub major 4

Bachelor of Science Extended (Physics) with Mathematics sub major 4

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry 3


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Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry sub major 3

Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Mathematics sub major 3

Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry) 1

Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics) 1

Master of Science (Chemistry) 2


Master of Science (Physics) 2

2.4 Departmental Seminars

There are regular departmental seminars organised by a seminar coordinator appointed by the Head of
Department. All academic members of staff take turns in presentations interspersed by presentations from
research students.

2.5 General Programme Rules

A programme in each discipline must contain at least 50% of credits from courses in that discipline. Credits
brought from other institutions may be recognised but must be less than 50% of the WSU credits. A student
must register for courses worth a minimum of 120 and a maximum of 128 credits each year. To proceed to the
next level of study a student must pass two-thirds of what he/she was registered for in the year preceding the
progression year and meet the prerequisites of the courses he/she intends to register.

For a student to graduate he/she must have accumulated a minimum of 360 or 480 credits through his/her
period of study (provided he/she has met the minimum of 120 credits each year), and passed all the core and
foundation courses. If there was a year that a student did not meet the minimum of 120 credits, he/she will be
required to come for an extra time to make up for the shortfall. The extra 8 credits on top of 120 credits cannot
be used to cover for the shortfalls. To qualify for an Honours degree a minimum of 120 credits is required. Two
external examiners and one internal examiner must assess the Master’s dissertation.

An attendance of at least 80% in all lectures (theory and practical) is compulsory for all students. A student with
an attendance of less than 80% is not eligible to write any examination in that course. This rule becomes
effective from the date the student gets registered. Upon late registration, a student may be allowed to attend
classes provided they have missed less than 20% of the total tuition of that particular course. An attendance
register must be signed by the student during the first part of the lecture. This register will either be distributed
by the lecturer or by the tutor(s) or demonstrator(s).

Assessment and examination of all undergraduate and honours programmes shall take place on a continual basis
throughout the course of each module culminating in a written or oral examination at the end of each semester.
Weighting shall be in the ratio of 60% continuous assessment to 40% written or oral examination. The overall
aggregate pass mark shall be 50%. Papers of exit-level courses including the research paper are sent to
external examiners for moderation.

A student must attain a minimum semester mark of 40% in a course to be allowed to write examinations on it.
A student with an overall mark of between 40% and 48% subject to a minimum mark of 40% for both
continuous assessment and final examination qualifies for a supplementary examination. A student qualifies to
write an automatic supplementary examination for a course in a particular semester if it is the last outstanding


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course for the student to complete his/her studies and has written the final examination for that course at least
once.

Concurrent registration is not allowed. Students will be allowed to register for courses in higher levels provided
prerequisites for those courses are met and that there are no timetable clashes.

2.6 Retention of Semester Mark

A student with a semester mark (DP) of not less than 60% may apply to retain it for one academic year
only.

2.7 Exclusion Rules

The maximum permissible period of study is five years for a three year Diploma or Degree and six years for the
Extended Programme. When a student reaches the maximum allowed period for the programme, he/she will not
be allowed to re-register for the same programme, as per university rules (G7.3). A first year student who fails
to obtain the minimum number of credits required to proceed to the next level will also be excluded on academic
grounds (G7.1). An extended programme student is allowed one extra year to complete the curriculum for the
first two years of the programme beyond which he/she will be excluded from the programme. If an extended
programme student fails in his/her first year, he/she is not permitted to fail in the second year, else he/she will
be excluded from the programme, as per university rules.

A student is allowed to repeat a course once. If a student fails a course twice, he/she will be excluded from the
course as per university rules (G7.2). An excluded student can, however, present himself/herself for re-
registration after proof that he/she has rehabilitated himself/herself after one year and shows potential to
complete the programme within the minimum stipulated period, as per university rules.

2.8 Progression Rules for Programmes in the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Students should take note of the institutional rules G7-G11 on re-admission of students to undergraduate
programmes. A student that progresses at a slower rate than that set out below, will be refused further re-
admission on the grounds of “poor academic performance”.

2.8.1 Three year Diploma or BSc (mainstream)

At the end of academic period (year) 1 2 3 4 5

Minimum credits a student must have obtained 72 144 216 288 360

2.8.2 Four year BSc (extended)

At the end of academic period (year) 1 2 3 4 5 6

Minimum credits a student must have obtained 80 160 240 320 400 480

Notes:
Credits refer to SAQA credits; academic period refers to each year that the student is enrolled.


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3. STAFF

3.1 Faculty Administrative Staff

Dean: Prof ND Jumbam, MSc (THL-Merseburg), PhD (TU-Graz), CChem,MRSC.


Acting Faculty
Administrator: Ms NP Dangazele, BA, BA Hons, MA (WSU)
Faculty Secretary: Vacant

3.2 Faculty Academic Staff

3.2.1 Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

3.2.1.1 Academic Staff

Professor Prof BN Nkeh-Chungag, BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (Yaounde), PhD (Wits), MPH (WSU)
Professor Vacant
Professor Vacant
Senior Lecturer Dr GE Okuthe, BSc, MSc (Astrakhan), MSc (Guelph), PhD (Wits)
Senior Lecturer Dr AS Niba, BSc Hons (Calabar), MSc (Ibadan), MSc (Natal), PhD (UKZN)
Senior Lecturer Dr CM Musampa, MSc Econ, PhD (London)
Senior Lecturer Dr JM Kalule-Sabiti, BSc, MSc (Makerere), PhD (Durham)
Senior Lecturer Vacant
Senior Lecturer Vacant
Senior Lecturer Vacant
Senior Lecturer Vacant
Lecturer Dr IM Egbichi, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD (Stellenbosch)
Lecturer Dr S Kuria, BSc Hons, MSc (Nairobi, Kenya), PhD (Rhodes)
Lecturer Dr MDV Nakin, BSc Hons, HDE, MSc (Unitra), PhD (Rhodes)
Lecturer Dr FK Kuriah, BSc (Jabalpur), MSc (Mohanial), PhD (Fort Hare)
Lecturer Dr TS Dlaza, BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (UWC), PhD (UCT)
Lecturer Dr MK Soviti, BA Hons (Vista), MSc (Rhodes), PhD (Texas University)
Lecturer Ms VN Majiza, BSc Hons, HDE, MSc (Unitra)
Lecturer Mr WD Dzemo, BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (Dschang), MSc (WSU)Vacant
Lecturer Mr SG Cawe, BSc (UBS), PostgradDip Rural Survey (ITC,Netherlands), MSc (Unitra)
Lecturer Ms N Gxaba, BSc (Unitra), BSc Hons, MSc (UWC)
Lecturer Mrs B Thomas, BSc Hons (WSU), MSc (Kerala, India)
Lecturer Mrs A Abraham, BA (Kerala), BA Hons, MSca), HDE (Unitra)
Lecturer Mr A Bango, BA Ed, BSc Hons (Unitra),MSc EM (UFS), LLb (WSU)
Lecturer Ms Z Magayiyana, BSCEN, BSG (Hons), MSc (WSU)
Lecturer Mrs S Thomas, BA Hons, BEd, MA (NEHU, India)
Lecturer Ms CKE Betek, BSc (UYDEI), BSc Hons, MSc (WSU)
Lecturer Mr A Mngeni, BScEN, BSG (Hons), MSc (WSU)
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3.2.1.2 Administrative and Academic Support Staff

Head of Department Ms VN Majiza, BSc Hons, HDE, MSc (Unitra)


Admin Assistant Vacant

Secretary Vacant

Senior Lab Assistant Ms N Matiloshe, BSc Hons (Fort Hare), MSc (Rhodes)
Senior Lab Assistant Ms N Gwadiso, BSc Hons (Unitra)
Senior Lab Assistant Mr ABC Ntshanga, BA Ed, BA Hons (Unitra)
Senior Lab Assistant Ms BN Mbolekwa, BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (WSU)
Senior Lab Assistant Ms AN Mbuyiswa, BSc Hons, MSc (WSU)
Senior Lab Assistant OJ Phokwe, BSc Hons (Medunsa)
Lab Assistant Mr S Mjobo BSc Hons (WSU), MSc (UKZN)
Lab Assistant Ms SK Ntongana, BSc (Unitra), BSc Hons (UFH)
Lab Assistant Ms Y Ndamane, BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (WSU)
Lab Assistant Mr RN Mangaliso, BScEN, BSG(Hons), MSc (WSU)
Lab Assistant Vacant
Lab Assistant Vacant
Lab Assistant Vacant
Lab Assistant Vacant
Herbarium Curator Dr K Immelman, MSc (UCT), PhD (Natal)
Chief Museum Curator Mr HD Kali, BSc Hons (Unitra), BEd (Unisa), MSc (Wits)
Research Associate Mr EE Plumstead MSc (Unitra)
Senior Lab Attendant Mr M Nkaitshana
Laboratory Attendant Mr D Wopula, BSc, BSc Hons (Unitra), MEd (WSU)
Laboratory Attendant Ms ZV Abenta
Laboratory Attendant Ms D Funo
Laboratory Attendant Ms L Moshoeshoe
Laboratory Attendant Mrs PN Nomqolo

3.2.2 Department of Mathematical Sciences and Computing


3.2.2.1 Academic Staff

Associate Professor Prof KW Binyavanga BSc.Hons, MA (Dar es Salaam), PhD (Stellenbosch)


Associate Professor Prof W Sinkala BSc (UNZA), MSc (UZ), PhD (UKZN
Senior Lecturer Dr RM Panicker BSc, B.Ed., MSc(M.G. Univ. Kerala). PhD (Rhodes)
Senior Lecturer Dr WH Moolman B.Com (Stellenbosch), B.Com(Hons) (Stellenbosch),
M.Com (Natal), D.Com (UDW), Diploma in Datametrics
(Unisa)
Lecturer Dr JS Nasila BSc (Madras), Post Bacc. Diploma (SFU), MSc (Simon
Fraser), PhD (UFH)
Senior Lecturer Dr M Chaisi BSc (NUL), MSc (Wales), PhD (UKZN)
Lecturer Mr C Kabuya BSc (Hons) (UNZA), MSc (UZ), OCP Java SE 7
Lecturer Mr S Nyika BSc (Hons) (Cuba), MSc (NUST, Zimbabwe)
Lecturer Mr L Tinarwo BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc (Fort Hare)
Lecturer Mr A Otieno BSc, MSc(WSU)
Lecturer Mr L Majeke BSc, BSc(Hons) (Unitra), MSc (UFH)
Jnr Lecturer Ms NN Matu BSc, BSc (Hons) (UFH)
Jnr Lecturer Mr O Yalezo BSc, BSc (Hons) (NMU)


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Junior Lecturer Mr B Mathew BSc (Hons)


Junior Lecturer Ms NG Fumba Bcom General, Bcom Hons (Business
Management) (WSU), ICDL (UFH)
Junior Lecturer Ms N Nokwali BA ED (Unitra), ICDL (UFH), A+ (Mkhombe
Business Solutions)
Junior Lecturer Ms NG Benxa Bcom Accounting (WSU), ICDL (UFH)
Junior Lecturer Ms N Mtengwane B-Juris, LLB, Pastel Accounting, A+
(Unitra), ICDL (UFH)
Lab Assistant Mr M Ngcizela BSc (WSU)

3.2.2.2 Administrative and Academic Support Staff

Head of Department: Prof W Sinkala BSc (UNZA), MSc (UZ), PhD (UKZN)

Secretary: Mrs V Ndamase - Nee ND: Office Management &Technology (ECT), PGCE (WSU)
Maliwa

3.2.3 Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences


3.2.3.1 Academic Staff

Professor Prof ND Jumbam, MSc (THL-Merseburg), PhD (TU-Graz), CChem,MRSC


Professor Prof BS Nakani, MSc (Fort Hare), PhD (Wits)
Professor Prof A Oyedeji, BSc Hons, MSc (Uniport), PhD (Ibadan)
Associate Professor Prof S Chikwembani, BSc (Malawi), MSc (Bristol, UK), PhD (Northwestern, USA)
Senior Lecturer Dr JA Marks, BSc Hons (Wales), PhD (Sheffield)
Senior Lecturer Dr W Masamba, BSc Hons, PhD (Louvain), CChem, MRSC
Senior Lecturer Dr TE Nomkoko, MSc (Unitra), PhD (UCT)
Senior Lecturer Dr PF Tseki, BSc (NUL), BSc Hons (SFU), MSc (Manitoba), PhD(Nottingham)
Senior Lecturer Dr M Chirwa, BSc (UNZA), PG Dip ISP (Uppsala, Sweden), MSc (UNZA), PhD (Twente,
Netherlands), Cert ICRIM (ICS & ICTP, Italy)
Lecturer Mr T Ngarivhume, BSc (Jose Verona), MSc (Havana)
Lecturer Mrs M Mathews, BSc, MSc & BEd (Kerala, India), MEd (Unitra)
Lecturer Mr T Mavunganidze, MSc
Junior Lecturer Mr T Dyeyi, BSc Hons (Bethel College, Kansas, USA)
Junior Lecturer Mr JK Okyere-Bamfo, BSc Hons (Kumasi, Ghana)
Junior Lecturer Mr B Mapuranga, BSc & BEd (Filial, Cuba), BSc Hons (Fort Hare)

3.2.3.2 Administrative and Academic Support Staff

Head of Department Prof S Chikwembani, BSc (Malawi), MSc (Bristol, UK), PhD (Northwestern, USA)
Laboratory Tech (NMR) Mr B Mzimkulu, Bsc Hons Chemistry
Laboratory Assistant Mr M Ndungane, BSc (Fort Hare), BCompt (Unitra)
Laboratory Assistant Mr TF Nkalashe, BSc Hons (Unitra), MSc (WSU)
Senior Lab. Attendant Mrs PP Mtukwane, B Com(Ed) (Unitra)
Senior Lab Attendant Mrs G Mpina


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3.2.4 Faculty Committee Structure

COMMITTEE Department of Biological and Environmental Department of Chemical Department of


Sciences and Physical Sciences Mathematical Sciences
and Computing

Community Mr HD Kali 047 502 2378 (hkali@wsu.ac.za) Dr P Tseki (ptseki@wsu.ac.za) Ms N Matu


Engagement Ms S Thomas 047 502 2059 (sthomas@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2602 (nmatu@wsu.ac.za)
and Ms OJ Phokwe 047 502 2938 (ophokwe@wsu.ac.za) Dr J Marks (jmarks@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2529
International Ms CK Betek 047 502 2478 (cbetek@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2405 Mr O Yalezo
ization Dr MK Soviti 047 502 2518 (msoviti@wsu.ac.za) (oyalezo@wsu.ac.za)
Ms N Matiloshe (nmatiloshe@wsu.ac.za)
047 502 2375 Mr S Nyika
Mr W Dzemo (wdzemo@wsu.ac.za) (snyika@wsu.ac.za)

Research & Dr A Niba 047 502 2894 (aniba@wsu.ac.za) Dr W Masamba Mr C Kabuya


Higher Dr T Dlaza 047 502 2600 (tdlaza@wsu.ac.za) (wmasamba@wsu.ac.za) (ckabuya@wsu.ac.za)
Degrees Dr I Egbichi (iegbichi@wsu.ac.za) 047502 2487 047 502 2762
047 502 2274 Mr L Tinarwo
Dr S Kuria 047 502 2170 (kkuria@wsu.ac.za) (ltinarwo@wsu.ac.za)
Dr MJ Kalule-Sabiti (msabiti@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2762
047 502 2377
Dr GE Okuthe 047 502 2823 (gokuthe@wsu.ac.za) Dr WH Moolman
(wmoolman@wsu.ac.za)

Teaching and Ms Z Magayiyana 047 502 1964 Mr T Ngarivhume Mrs L Abrahams


Learning (zmagayiyana@wsu.ac.za) (tngarivhume@wsu.ac.za) (labrahams@wsu.ac.za)
Mr W Dzemo (wdzemo@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2617 047 502 2943
Ms Y Ndamane (yndamane@wsu.ac.za) Mrs M Mathews Dr M Chaisi
047 502 2273 mmathews@wsu.ac.za (mmchaisi@wsu.ac.za)
Ms S Ntongana (sntongana@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2885 047 502 2270
Mr A Mngeni (amngeni@wsu.ac.za)Ms AN Mbuyiswa Dr P Tseki (ptseki@wsu.ac.za) Mr B Mathew
(ambuyiswa@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2602 (bmathew@wsu.ac.za)
047 502 2127 047 502 2622

Quality Mr SG Cawe 047 502 2670 (scawe@wsu.ac.za) Dr M Chirwa Dr RM Panicker


Assurance Mr ABC Ntshanga (antshanga@wsu.ac.za) Mr Bamfo (rpanicker@wsu.ac.za)
047 502 2526 (jbamfo@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2230
Ms AN Mbuyiswa (ambuyiswa@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2651 Mr A Otieno
047 502 2127 Prof A Oyedeji (aotieno@wsu.ac.za)
(aoyedeji@wsu.ac.za) 047 502 2271
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4. DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMMES

4.1 DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL


SCIENCES

4.1.1 Information about the Department

The Department is one of the most vibrant departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences offering undergraduate
and postgraduate programmes in Biological and Environmental Sciences. Its main focus areas include developmental
biology, physiology, ecology, evolution, systematics, rural development, tourism and eco-tourism, climate change,
Geographical Information Systems, Environmental Impact Assessment, conservation and management of natural
resources and biodiversity particularly as it relates to the flora and fauna of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The Department has a research hut about 150m from the sea in the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve (on the Wild
Coast). Facilities are basic but it has running water, geyser, generator power, kitchen, shower and toilet, bench space
and six beds. The geyser, fridge and stove are run on gas (at the cost of the researcher).

4.1.2 Vision and Mission of the Department

4.1.2.1 Vision

The Department strives to be a Centre of Excellence for teaching and research regionally as well as internationally,
and to become a flagship department for Walter Sisulu University. The department is dynamic, providing leadership
for scientific solutions, excellence and synergistic exchange in basic and applied research and instruction with
emphasis in Ecology, Conservation Biology and Environmental stress.

4.1.2.2 Mission

To realise its vision, the Department is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service.
Departmental programmes are geared to support the strategic goals of the University as it positions itself to become
a comprehensive university catering for the rural development needs of the Eastern Cape and the rest of South
Africa. The Department is committed to providing an environment open to all sectors of the community for the
extension, sharing and application of knowledge in the biology of plants and animals including their evolution and
environments through research and teaching of the highest institutional, regional, national and international
standard.

4.1.3 Goals of the Department

The Department aims to:


• Recruit, retain and graduate an academically well prepared and diverse student body ready to contribute to
nation building.
• Train students in biological and environmental sciences relevant to local issues and for careers elsewhere.


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• Give young people in the Eastern Cape the hope and opportunity of aspiring and realising their economic
and scientific dreams.
• Equip its graduates with entrepreneurial skills that will make them self-reliant following completion of their
studies.
• Attract and retain well qualified, competent and motivated staff that will maintain the highest possible
standards of teaching, research and community engagement programmes.
• Sustain a supportive academic environment which encourages critical and independent thought.
• Make the department a major research centre with well-equipped laboratories with a focus on both basic
and applied research relevant both to the Eastern Cape and the nation.
• Develop collaborations that will enhance teaching, research and service missions locally, regionally,
nationally and internationally.
• Increase its fiscal strength while promoting teaching, research and community service.

4.1.4 Values of the Department

The department believes that students and staff have equal responsibilities to acquiring knowledge. Staff should
maintain their expertise through ongoing investigations and presentations in pursuit of scholarly activities. Students,
on the other hand, should develop communication, analytical and critical thinking skills relevant to biological and
environmental sciences as well as other disciplines.

4.1.5 Student Societies in the Department

Science Students Society.

4.1.6 Programmes in the Department

4.1.7 Purpose of the Qualification


4.1.7.1 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

The programme is designed to provide students with a basic Biological Sciences Degree which will draw upon courses
in Chemistry and Physics and provide a foundation for further study at the graduate level in Botany/Zoology and/or
health sciences.

4.1.7.2 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies)

The aim of the programme is to produce graduates that can be involved and participate in finding solutions to
contemporary environmental issues.

4.1.7.3 Diploma in Pest Management

Students with a basic background in the biological, physical and environmental sciences are trained to identify,
combat and contain pest problems within natural and agro-allied systems in an ecologically friendly manner.


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Bachelor of Science (Pest Management)

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Pest Management Program will draw upon courses in Chemistry and Physics to
provide a foundation for further study at graduate level in Botany, Zoology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
and/or crop/livestock protection/improvement.

4.1.7.4 Bachelor of Science Honours (Botany)

The programme serves to introduce students to independent thinking, research techniques, self-motivation and self-
reliance, whilst receiving a considerable amount of mentoring from qualified staff. The programme is well balanced
as it provides the necessary courses meant to guide the students towards their chosen career path. The rigorous
practical sessions, seminars, assignments and research projects offered by the programme provide the students with
adequate experiential knowledge and skills needed for an MSc study or internship programme.

4.1.7.5 Bachelor of Science Honours (Geography)

The programme is designed to introduce students with an undergraduate background in Environmental Science,
Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, and Geography to the advanced techniques of analysing and
evaluating environmental challenges through advanced courses and research.

4.1.7.6 Bachelor of Science Honours (Zoology)

The BSc (Hons) Zoology can be viewed as a fast-track programme for academically-able students who aspire to do
an MSc in Zoology/Biology. Those who do not wish to study further may take the BSc (Hons) degree simply to
provide a stronger qualification that enhances their prospects of a career in Zoology. The purpose of this programme
is to provide a postgraduate course to build on knowledge gained from a degree in zoology, botany, biological
sciences or a related field. The aims are to develop problem solving skills and the ability to produce, understand and
critically evaluate information in a range of biological sciences. Learners are encouraged to learn both the principles
of biology and practical applications such as the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources. On
completion of the course, students will not only have improved their knowledge of and skills in zoology, but they can
also be confident that they will fit in easily with research groups elsewhere.

4.1.7.7 Master of Science

The aim is to allow students to apply the skills they acquired from the Honours programme to analyse and address
problems and contribute to sustainable development through research. The MSc programme is designed to be a
fast-track programme for academically able students who aspire to do a PhD degree in Zoology or related fields by
thesis only. The degree is based on an approved dissertation, although additional examination and coursework may
be required. The prerequisites for entry to the MSc are a good pass (60%) in Botany, Zoology or Geography at
Honours level. Master’s students are encouraged to publish their thesis research in international scientific journals.

4.1.8 Entrepreneurship and Professional Development of Students

The Department is committed to finding principles and mechanisms for allowing staff and students to be involved in
commercial activities and thus have opportunities for direct, immediate and broad-based influence in a way that
strengthens rather than compromises the programme.


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4.1.9 Career Opportunities


4.1.9.1 Career Opportunities in Biological Sciences

Graduates may work for the Department of Education, Department of Environmental Affairs, South African National
Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Council for Scientific and Industrial research
(CSIR), Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Department of Science and Technology, private
consultancies, Medical Research Council, municipalities, universities, etc.

4.1.9.2 Career Opportunities in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Impact Analysysts/Practitioners, Consultants and Researchers, Surveyors, Foresters, Hydrologists,


Cartographers, Geologists, Geographers, Water Resources Management Experts, Soi Scientists, Policy Planners,
Tourism and Ecotourism Planners, Urban and Regional Offiecrs and Planners, GIS Technicians/Managers and Remote
Sensing Technicians/Experts, Lecturers/Teachers, Environmental Management Experts and many more environmental
related career opportunities depending on the area of specialization.

4.1.9.3 Career Opportunities in Pest Management

Graduates with a Diploma or Degree in Pest Management can work with the Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) division of the
Dept of Agriculture, agro-allied chemical and food industries, Pest control industries/organisations, Natural resource
conservation establishments. Typical employers: Dept of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dept of Environmental
Affairs & Tourism (DEAT), Endangered Wildlife Trust, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI),
Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Council for Scientific and Industrial research (CSIR), etc.

4.1.10 Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme


4.1.10.1 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

Basic Practical skills in carrying out scientific investigations on plants and animals (e.g. microscopy, biochemistry,
plant and animal identification, chemical analysis of plants, ecological techniques, microbiological techniques, etc).
Broad theoretical background of a variety of fields e.g. Evolutionary survey of the plant and animal kingdoms, Form
and Function in plants and animals, Cell Biology, Genetics and Development, Ecological surveys and analyses,
Application of principles to solve conservation issues, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Animal
Behaviour & Physiology, Economic Biology.

4.1.10.2 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies)

On completion of the programme, students should be able to understand, model, analyse, evaluate and solve
different environmental challenges.

4.1.10.3.1 Bachelor of Science (Pest Management)

With a sound knowledge of animal (insect) ecology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) philosophies, a BSc
degree holder in Pest Management should be able to initiate, plan and implement adaptive pest control programmes
in collaboration with necessary stakeholders from the Department of Agriculture and other service providers.
Graduates should also be able to manipulate technical equipment, capture and analyse field and laboratory data and
write periodic technical reports where necessary with minimal supervision. They should play a role in pest control
concept development, planning and implementation of IPM approaches as the need arises.


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4.1.10.3.2 Diploma in Pest Management

Graduates with a Diploma in Pest management would have a good background in the natural sciences,
be able to diagnose pest problems and manipulate relevant pest control equipment with minimal
supervision. Graduates will also have a good understanding of agricultural pests, their damage
diagnostics and control. They will be able to communicate with farmers on issues pertaining to the
rational use of conventional approaches in an integrated manner in combatting and containing
pests.4.1.10.4 Bachelor of Science Honours

On completion of the programme, students should be able to model, describe, analyse, evaluate, and solve different
challenges using different techniques and settings. The students should also be able to conceptualise and design
studies in any biological or environmental challenge. The students should be creative and independent thinkers. The
programme aims to develop problem solving skills and the ability to produce, understand and critically evaluate
information in a range of biological and environmental sciences. Learners are encouraged to learn both the
principles of botany, geography and zoology and practical applications such as the sustainable management and
conservation of natural resources. Skills acquired at undergraduate level are refined and students are given more
independence to explore research questions in a project. The theoretical courses are more in-depth than the
undergraduate ones and students are expected to read independently.

4.1.10.5 Master of Science

• This is a research based programme. Through this programme students will be expected to work independently
(through the guidance of a research promoter) in evaluating and analysing biological and environmental
challenges through their research projects. An MSc graduate should be able to:Understand the title of the
dissertation and translate it into a rigorous research plan.
• Communicate (orally and written) scientific concepts clearly to a scientific audience.
• Present a scientific report and answer questions which follow from the report satisfactorily.
• Express scientific thoughts and findings in a paper.
• Respond to questions, comments, criticism satisfactorily about his/her research work.
• Participate constructively in a conference/congress in the midst of his/her peers.
• Undertake research work that contributes to the broad understanding of the field or discipline in which the
research work is undertaken.
• Write a fluent scientific report on his or her research work which includes: an acceptable format, proper use of
the language, precise communication of scientific findings, clear presentation and organisation of scientific
results and findings, understanding of the scope and limitations of the research work undertaken, clear
understanding of the findings from the research work undertaken, understanding of the conclusions that may be
inferred from the work in advancing science.


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4.1.11 Programme Information


4.1.11.1 Minimum Admission Requirements

4.1.11.1.1 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

BSc (4 year Extended programme)


Senior Certificate with Matric exemption. SG (D) or HG (E) in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and
English. Using the National Senior Certificate, the certificate should indicate “qualified for degree” and include a
minimum achievement rating of 4 in the range 50% to 54% in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and
English.

BSc (3 year programme)


Senior Certificate with Matric exemption. SG (D) or HG (E) in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and
English. Using the National Senior Certificate, the certificate should indicate “qualified for degree” and include a
minimum achievement rating of 4 (55% and above) in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and English.

4.1.11.1.2 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies)

BSc (4 year Extended Programme)


Senior Certificate with Matric exemption. SG (D) or HG (E) in Mathematics, English, Physical Science and either
Geography, Life Sciences, Agriculture or Tourism. For the NSC curriculum, a minimum achievement rating of 4 (50-
54) is required for the same subjects, and the applicant should qualify to proceed with a “degree programme”.

BSc (3 year programme)


Senior Certificate with Matric exemption. SG (D) or HG (E) in Mathematics, English, Physical Science and either
Geography, Life Sciences, Agriculture or Tourism. For the NSC curriculum, a minimum achievement rating of 4
(55% and above) is required for the same subjects together with an APS score of 28 from the 7 subjects that the
students took in Grade 12. Students who have obtained a minimum achievement rating of 3 in Physical Sciences
may be admitted provided they do not register for Physics or Chemistry as electives.

4.1.11.1.3 Bachelor of Science (Pest Management)


Senior Certificate with Matric exemption. SG (D) or HG (E) in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and
English. Using the new National Senior Certificate, the certificate should indicate “qualified for degree” and include a
minimum achievement rating of 4 in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and English. Diploma holders in
Pest Management wishing to do a BSc in Pest Management must apply in writing through the Head of Department to
be considered for admission. These graduates will be eligible for admission into year II of the BSc programme in
Pest Management provided they have a cumulative mark of 60% and above at the end of the course.

Diploma in Pest Management


Using the National Senior Certificate for admission into the three-year (360 credit) Diploma in Pest Management
programme, the certificate should indicate ‘qualified for Diploma’ and include a minimum achievement rating of
English (3), Life Sciences (4), Mathematics (3) and Physical Sciences (3).


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4.1.11.1.4 Bachelor of Science Honours

Entry is by selection. Bachelor of Science in Biological, Environmental Science/Studies/Geography or equivalent


qualification and an average of 60% for third year Botany, Zoology or Environmental Sciences coures is required.
Students who do not meet this requirement but interested will have to undergo a departmental assessment to
establish their potential to undertake the programme.

Note: Each case will be evaluated on its own merit by the HoD in consultation with the relevant Lecturers.

4.1.11.1.5 Master of Science

Entry is by selection and a BSc (Hons) is a prerequisite for admission to the programme. In addition, a prospective
student should submit a proposal of no less than 200 words. Students who do not meet this requirement but
interested will have to undergo a departmental assessment to establish their potential to undertake the programme.

Note: Each case will be evaluated on its own merit by the HoD in consultation with the relevant Lecturers.

4.1.12 Selection Criteria into Undergraduate Programmes

In addition to the minimum admission requirements, students aspiring to register for a Bachelor’s degree must show
proficiency in the English language. A National Benchmarking Test must be completed and successful students may
be considered for the Extended or three year Bachelor of Science degree in Biological or Environmental Sciences.
Prospective students can also apply for mature age exemption if they are over the age of 23. A student with a school
leaving certificate may be admitted provided that he or she has obtained a certificate of conditional exemption from
the matriculation board.

4.1.13 General Programme Rules


4.1.13.1 Bachelor of Science Honours

The programme is by coursework and mini research. The minimum duration of study is one year and the maximum
is two years (fulltime). A student is expected, within a minimum of one year (without exception) to develop a
proposal on his/her own topic or a topic given to her/him by his/her supervisor, present it in a departmental seminar,
conduct research, orally present the results in a departmental seminar and hand in a written report of the findings for
further assessment by internal and external examiners. A student will only be granted permission to graduate once
all the internal and external quality assurance requirements have been met.

4.1.13.2 Master of Science

All Master’s students are expected, within a minimum period of two years (without exception), to develop a proposal
on their own topic or on a topic given to them and present it in a departmental seminar, conduct research and orally
present their results in a departmental seminar and if possible in national and international conferences. A written
dissertation of his/her findings is assessed by internal and external examiners. Masters’ proposals must serve at the
Higher Degrees committees of the faculty and university within three months of registration. On completion, a
student will only be granted permission to graduate once all the internal and external quality assurance requirements
have been met.


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4.1.14 Curriculum

4.1.14.1 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) Extended Programme (MT5605)

The first 2 years of Extended BSc Biological Sciences (4 years) = BSP I

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Extended Cell Biology, Genetics I* EBSP1M1 16

Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16

Foundation Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8

2 Extended Cell Biology, Genetics II* EBSP1M2 16

Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16

Foundation Life Skills ELSK1M2 8

Academic Literacy II EACL1M2 8

Total core credits 88

Electives required 32

Total Credits 120

2 1 Extended Plant Form & Function* EPFU1M1 8

Extended Animal Form & Function* EAFF1M1 8

Extended General Chemistry III ECHE1M3 16

Foundation Computer Literacy I ECLT1M1 8

2 Extended Plant Diversity* EPDI1M1 8

Extended Animal diversity* EADI1M1 8

Extended General Chemistry IV ECHE1M4 16

Foundation Computer Literacy II ECLT1M2 8

Total core credits 80

Electives required 40

Total credits 120

* Core syllabi are the same as those of the BSc programme.


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Electives

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Integrated Mathematics I EMAT1M1 16

2 Integrated Mathematics II EMAT1M2 16

2 1 Physics for Life Sciences I PHY11M3 16

Integrated Mathematics III EMAT1M3 16

Understanding Human Behaviour PSY11M1 8

2 Physics for Life Sciences II PHY12M4 16

Integrated Mathematics IV EMAT1M4 16

2 Determinants of Human Behaviour PSY12M3 8

4.1.14.2 BSc Biological Sciences Programme (MT5609)

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Plant Form & Function BSP11M1 8

Animal Form & Function BSP11M2 8

General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16

Animal Diversity BSP11M5 8

Foundation Communication Skills COK11M0 8

Computer Literacy I CLT11M1 8

2 Cell Biology, Genetics & Development BSP12M2 16

Plant Diversity BSP12M4 8

General Chemistry II CHE12M1 16

Foundation Computer Literacy II CLT12M2 8

Total core credits 104

Electives 16

Total credits 120


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2 1 Ecology BSP21M2 16

Higher Plant Systematics BSP21M3 16

Applied Statistics I APS11M1 16

2 Biochemistry BSP22M4 16

Invertebrate Form & Function BSP22M5 16

Mycology & Microbiology BSP22M6 16

Applied Statistics II APS12M1 16

Total core credits 112

Electives 8

Total Credits 120

3 1 Vertebrate Form & Function BSP31M1 16

Plant Physiology BSP31M2 16

Plant Pathology BSP31M3 16

2 Animal Behaviour & Physiology BSP32M5 16

Conservation Biology BSP32M6 16

Economic Biology BSP32M7 16

Total core credits 96

Electives 32

Total credits 128

Electives
Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Physics for Life Sciences I PHY11M3 16

Pre-Calculus and Calculus I MAT11M1 16

2 Physics for Life Sciences II PHY12M4 16

Pre-Calculus and Calculus II MAT12M1 16

1 Understanding Human Behaviour PSY11M1 8


2
2 Determinants of Human Behaviour PSY12M3 8

Intro to the Physical Environment GEO11M2 16


1
3 Intro to Environ Survey Techniques I GEO11M1 16

2 Intro to Environ Survey Techniques II GEO12M1 16


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4.1.14.3 First 2 Years of BSc Environmental Studies Extended Programme1 (MT5605)

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8


1 Foundation
Life Skills ELSK1M2 8

Core Fundamentals of Environmental Survey EGEO1M1 16


Techniques I

Electives Choose from semester 1 courses below 32


1

2 Foundation Academic Literacy II EACL1M2 8

Core Fundamentals of Physical Environment EGEO1M2 16

Electives Choose from Semester 2 courses below 32

1 Foundation Computer Literacy I ECLT1M1


8

Core Fundamentals of Environmental Survey EGEO1M3 16


Techniques II
2
Electives Choose from Semester 1 courses below 48

2 Foundation Computer Literacy II ECLT1M2 8

Core Fundamentals of Human Environment EGEO1M4 16

Electives Choose from Semester 2 courses below 48

At the end of the two years, the Extended programme students join the mainstream at the second year
level.


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List of Electives

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16

Extended Cell Biology Genetics I EBSP1M1 16

Integrated Mathematics I EMAT1M1 16

Extended General Physics I EPHY1M1 16


1
Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16
2
Extended Cell Biology Genetics II EBSP1M2 16

Integrated Mathematics II EMAT1M2 16

Extended General Physics II EPHY1M2 16

1 Applied Statistics I APS11M1 16

Extended Plant Form and Function EPFU1M1 8

Extended Animal Form and Function EAFF1M1 8

Introduction to Microeconomics ECO11M1 16

Physics for Life Sciences I PHY11M3 16

Insect Structure and Function PMP11M1 16

Insects and Man PMP11M2 16


2
2 Extended General Chemistry III ECHE1M3 16

Extended General Chemistry IV ECHE1M4 16

Extended Animal Diversity EADI1M1 8

Introduction to Macroeconomics ECO12M2 16

Physics for Life Sciences II PHY12M4 16

Insects and Environment PMP12M1 16

Applied Statistics II APS12M1 16


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Pre-requisites & co-requisites

Code Course Name Pre-requisites Co-requisites

EGEO1M1 Fundamentals of Environmental Survey Techniques I EGEO1M2

EGEO1M2 Fundamentals of Physical Environment EGEO1M1

EGEO1M3 Fundamentals of Environmental Survey Techniques II EGEO1M2 EGEO1M4

EGEO1M4 Fundamentals to Human Environment EGEO1M1 & EGEO1M2

GEO11M1 Intro to Environmental Survey Techniques I GEO12M1

GEO11M2 Introduction to Physical Environment GEO11M1

GEO12M1 Intro to Environmental Survey Techniques II GEO11M1

GEO12M3 Introduction to Human Environment

GEO21M1 Environmental Survey Techniques GEO11M1/ EGEO1M1 & GEO22M1


GEO12M1/ EGEO1M3

GEO21M2 Atmosphere and Terrain Analysis GEO11M2/ EGEO1M2

GEO22M1 Environmental Survey Techniques GEO11M1/EGEO1M1 GEO21M1


& GEO12M1/EGEO1M3

GEO22M3 Environment and Development GEO12M3/EGEO1M4

GEO22M4 Soil Science GEO11M2/EGEO1M2

GEO31M1 Geographical Information Systems I GEO21M1 & GEO22M1 GEO32M1

GEO31M2 Terrestrial Resources Management GEO21M2

GEO31M3 Tourism and Ecotourism GEO22M3

GEO31M6 Research Methodology GEO21M1 & GEO22M1

GEO32M1 Geographical Information Systems II GEO21M1 & GEO22M1 GEO31M1

GEO32M4 Rural Resources Management GEO22M3

GEO32M5 Environmental Impact Assessment GEO22M3


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4.1.14.4 3-Year BSc Environmental Studies (MT5612)

Year Level Semester Course name Course Code Credits

1 1 Foundation Computer Literacy I CLT11M1 8

Communication Skills COK11M0 8


Core
Intro to Environmental Survey Techniques I GEO11M1 16

Introduction to Physical Environment GEO11M2 16


Elective
Choose 16-credit worth courses from the list 16
of semester 1 electives below

2 Foundation Computer Literacy II CLT12M1 8

Intro to Environmental Survey Techniques II GEO12M1 16


Core
Introduction to Human Environment GEO12M3 16

Elective Choose from Semester 2 courses below 16

1 Core Environmental Survey Techniques I GEO21M1 16

Atmosphere and Terrain Analysis GEO21M2 16

Electives Choose from the semester 1 electives below 16 or 32

2 2 Core Environmental Survey Techniques II GEO22M1 16

Environment and Development GEO22M3 16

Soil Science GEO22M4 16


Electives
Choose from Semester 2 electives below 16 or 32

Geographic Information Systems I GEO31M1 16

1 Terrestrial Resources Management GEO31M2 16

Tourism and Eco-Tourism GEO31M3 16

Research Methodology GEO31M6 16

3 Geographic Information Systems II GEO32M1 16

Aquatic Resources Management GEO32M2 16

2 Rural Resources Management GEO32M4 16

Environmental Impact Assessment GEO32M5 16

Environmental Law ENV42M2 8


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List of Electives

Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 Plant Form and Function BSP11M1 8

Animal Form and Function BSP11M2 8

Animal Diversity BSP11M5 8

Insect Structure and Function PMP11M1 16

Insects and Man PMP11M2 16

Applied Statistics I APS11M1 16

Physics for Life Sciences I PHY11M3 16

General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16

Intro to Microeconomics ECO11M1 16

Pesticides and Applications PMP21M2 16

Ecology BSP21M2 16

Higher Plant Systematics BSP21M3 16

Microeconomics ECO21M2 8

Mathematical Economics ECO21M3 8

Cell Biology, Genetics BSP12M2 16

Plant Diversity BSP12M4 8

Applied Statistics II APS11M2 16

General Chemistry II CHE12M1 16

Physics for Life Sciences II PHY12M4 16

Insects and Environment PMP12M1 16

Intro to Macroeconomics ECO12M2 16


2
Invertebrate Form and Function BSP22M5 16

Macroeconomics ECO22M2 8

Environmental Economics ECO22M3 8

Development Economics ECO22M4 8

Integrated Pest Management PMP32M3 16

Conservation Biology BSP32M6 16

Economic Biology BSP32M7 16


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4.1.14.5 Bachelor of Science Pest Management Programme (MT5607)

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


Insect Structure and Function PMP11M1 16
1 1 Core Insects and Man PMP11M2 16
General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16
Plant Form & Function BSP11M1 8
Foundation Computer Skills CLT11M1 8
English for Academic Purposes ELS11M5 8
2 Foundation Communication Skills COK11MO 8

English for Academic Purposes ELS12M5 8

Core Plant Diversity BSP12M4 8


Insects & Environment PMP12M1 16
Total 128
Applied Statistics I APS11M1 16

1 Core Pesticides & Applications PMP21M2 16

Crop Pests of South Africa PMP24M1 16

Applied Statistics II APS12M1 16


2
Biochemistry BSP22M4 16

Mycology & Microbiology BSP22M6 16


2 Core
Introduction to Parasitology PMP22M2 16

Post Harvest Technology PMP23M2 16

Total 128

3 1 Core Helminthology HMT31M2 16*

Plant Physiology BSP31M2 16

Plant Pathology BSP31M3 16

2 Core Animal Behaviour & Physiology BSP32M5 16

Conservation Biology BSP32M6 16

Insect Taxonomy PMP32M2 16

Integrated Pest Management PMP32M3 16

Electives Economic Biology BSP32M7 16

Introduction to the Physical Environment GEO11M2 16

Core 96


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Electives 32

Total 128

3 Year Diploma in Pest Management (MT5606)

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


1 1 Core Insect Structure and Function PMP11M1 16
Insects and Man PMP11M2 16
Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16
Plant Form & Function BSP11M1 8
Foundation Computer Skills CLT11M1 8
English for Academic Purposes ELS11M5 8
2 Core Plant Diversity BSP12M4 8

Foundation Communication skills COK11M0 8

English for Academic Purposes ELS12M5 8

Cell Biology, Genetics & Evolution BSP12M2 16

Insects & Environment PMP12M1 16

Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Core 112

Electives 16

Total 128


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1 Core Intro to Research Methods PMP30M0 16#

Agric Statistics PMP30M1 16#

Introduction to Physical Environment GEO11M2 16


3 Elective

2 Core Biochemistry BSP22M4 16

Mini-Research project PMP32102 60#

Elective Soil Science GEO22M4 16

Core 92

Electives 32

Total 124

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Extended General Chemistry III ECHE1M3 16

Pesticides & Applications PMP21M2 16


1 Core
Crop Pests of South Africa PMP21M4 16

Introduction To Biostatistics IBS1M2 16

Elective Higher Plant Systematics BSP21M3 16


2
Extended General Chemistry IV ECHE1M4 16
2 Core Mycology & Microbiology BSP22M6 16

Intro to Parasitology PMP22M2 16

Post Harvest Technology PMP23M2 16

Core 112

Elective 16

Total 128

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4.1.14.6 Bachelor of Science Honours (Botany) – MT5608

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Scientific Methodology BOT41M8 10


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1 GIS and Computer Literacy BOT41M9 16

1 Statistical Methods BOT4M10 16

1-2 Project BOT41M6 30

Electives: Select any three of the following courses:

1 2 Plant Systematics BOT41M1 16

2 Ecology BOT41M2 16

2 Plant Physiology BOT41M3 16

2 Ethnobotany BOT41M4 16

2 Biotechnology BOT41M5 16

1 2 Conservation Biology BOT41M7 16

4.1.14.7 Bachelor of Science Honours in Geography (MT5610)

Option-A

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Advanced GIS (C) GEO40M1


24

1 Advanced Research Methods (C) GEO40M3 16

1-2 Research Project GEO40M4 32

1 1 Geomorphology GEO40M5 16

2 Philosophy and Methodology (C) GEO40M2 16

Applied Environmental Science GEO40M6 16

Applied Meteorology & Climate Change GEO40M7 16

Water Resources Management GEO40M8 16

Option-B

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Advanced GIS (C) GEO40M1 24


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Advanced Research Methods (C) GEO40M3 16

Agricultural Geography GEO41M2 16

1-2 Research Project GEO40M4 32

2 Philosophy and Methodology (C) GEO40M2 16

Development GEO40M9 16

Population Geography GEO40M0 16

Settlement Geography GEO41M1 16

LIST OF ELECTIVES

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Conservation Biology BOT41M7 16

Ecology and Management of Freshwater Resources ZOO42M3 16

Conservation Ecology ZOO42M4 16

2 Plant Systematics BOT41M1 16

Ecology BOT41M2 16

Ecology and Management of Terrestrial Resources ZOO42M1 16

Ecology and Management of Marine & Coastal Resources ZOO42M2 16

4.1.14.8 Bachelor of Science Honours (Zoology) – MT5602

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 1 Scientific Methodology ZOO41M1 16


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Eco-physiology ZOO41M2 16

Ecology & Management of Terrestrial Resources ZOO42M1 16

Ecology & Management of Marine & Coastal Resources ZOO42M2 16


2
Ecology & Management of Freshwater Resources ZOO42M3 16

Conservation Ecology ZOO42M4 16

1-2 Project ZOO42M5 40

4.1.14.9 Master of Science (Botany) – MT5614

Year Level Course Name Course Code Credits

1&2 Dissertation BOT50M0 180

4.1.14.10 Master of Science (Geography) – MT5613

Year Level Course Name Course Code Credits

1&2 Dissertation MGE50M0 180

4.1.14.11 Master of Science in Zoology (MZO50M0)

Year Level Course Name Course Code Credits

1&2 Dissertation MZO50M0 180

4.1.15 Articulation

4.1.15.1 Bachelor of Science in Biological or Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science Honours (Botany, Geography, Environmental Sciences/Studies or Zoology) or an equivalent


qualification.

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4.1.15.2 Bachelor of Science in Pest Management

In the meantime, graduates with a two-year Diploma qualification in Pest Management with an average final year
mark of 60% and above are eligible to apply and be considered for admission into year II BSc degree in Pest
Management. Students admitted under this criterion will spend an extra year (registered in level II BSc in Pest
management) to validate APS11M1 (Applied Statistics I), APS12M1 (Applied Statistics II), CHE11M1 (General
Chemistry I), CHE12M1 (General Chemistry II) and an elective course in order to be eligible for promotion to level III
BSc (Pest Management).

Three-year (360 credits) Diploma in Pest Management graduates will be eligible for admission into year III BSc in
Pest Management.

4.1.15.3 BSc Honours (Botany, Geography or Zoology)

Master of Science

4.1.15.4 Master of Science

PhD

4.1.16 Core Syllabi of Coures in the Department


4.1.16.1 Undergraduate Core Courses in Biological Sciences

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP11M1 PLANT FORM & FUNCTION 5 8 1

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week per week

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 7 80

Content or Syllabus: Overview of the plant body, Primary structure of shoots, Leaf form and structure, Primary
structure of roots, The role of roots, stems and leaves in asexual reproduction, Defensive mechanisms in plants,
The flower, Pollination & Fertilisation, The seed and fruit, Dispersal of seeds and fruits.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP11M2 ANIMAL FORM & FUNCTION 5 8 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of weeks Notional hours
week per week

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 7 80

Content or 1. Introduction. 2. Protection, support & movement. 3. The nervous system. 4. Senses. 5. The
Syllabus endocrine system. 6. Circulation & immunity. 7. Gas exchange. 8. Nutrition & Digestion. 9.
Temperature Regulation. 10. Osmoregulation & excretion. 11. Reproduction & development.
Practicals: laboratory practicals.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, assignment, tutorials, practicals. The final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP11M5 ANIMAL DIVERSITY 5 8 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of weeks Notional hours
week per week

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 7 80

Content or Classification and Taxonomy. Kingdoms of Life. Kingdom Protista. Kingdom Animalia. Diagnostic
Syllabus features, evolutionary relationships, diversity and/or life cycles.
Practicals: Laboratory practicals.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, assignment, tutorials, practicals. The final mark
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP12M2 CELL BIOLOGY, GENETICS & 5 16 2


DEVELOPMENT

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Content or A: Introductory Molecular and Cellular Biology


Syllabus Biology – the big picture and general introduction. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and
biology.
The Cellular environment; The frontier between cell and environment – the cell membrane
structure, constituents, properties and trans-membrane transport, cell junctions and
communications; Internal cellular support and localisation – the cytoskeleton; DNA structure
replication and packaging; RNA transcription and modification, gene regulation, various forms of
RNA (mRNA, rRNA, tRNA) and the genetic code: Translation and protein synthesis and
modification – the endomembrane system; Genetic engineering/biotechnology; Genetic material
concepts – prokaryotes and eukaryotes, vegetative reproduction – the cell cycle in prokaryotes
and eukaryotes; Virus structure and reproduction, cancer; Somatic tissues and differentiation.
B: How cells capture and utilise energy; energy and chemical activity in cells; enzymes and
concepts of enzyme catalysis; aerobic respiration; photosynthetic and respiratory electron
transport; chemiosmotic hypothesis; anaerobic respiration; photosynthetic carbon assimilation.
C: Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction.
D: Mendelian Genetics An introduction to basic Mendelian genetics including monohybrid and
dihybrid crosses, sex chromosomes and sex determination and some of the commoner genetic
disorders. Emphasis will be on the correct use of terminology forming the basis for further
genetic studies.
E: Animal development. Introduction to animal embryology.
Practicals: experiments chosen from approved Cell & Molecular Biology sections.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, assignments, tutorials, practicals. The final mark
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP12M4 PLANT DIVERSITY 5 8 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
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Content or Syllabus: Introduction, Classification systems, Alternation of generations, Detailed descriptions of


the general characteristics, classification, reproduction and evolutionary trends of the following kingdoms: Monera
(Archaebacteria and Eubacteria), Mycetae (Zygomycotina, Ascomycotina and Basidiomycotina), Protista (Algae),
Plantae (Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae and Angiospermae)
Practicals: Examples of morphology and reproduction in the four kingdoms.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, Essay, Assignment, Practical reports, Term test. The final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP21M2 ECOLOGY 6 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 2 x 60min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Basic ecosystem processes: photosynthesis, C3, C4 and CAM photosynthetic pathways,
decomposition, energy flow, nutrient cycling, the hydrological, nitrogen, carbon and phosphorus cycles, primary
production, secondary production, food chains and food web theory. Populations: unitary and modular organisms,
density and dispersion, mortality and survival, survivorship curves, life and fecundity tables, age and size
structure, discrete and continuous population growth, exponential and logistic growth, density dependence and
density independence, modeling of population growth. Population interactions. Predator-prey systems, life-history
patterns, reproductive effort, semelparity & iteroparity, r- and K-election. Community parameters. Species
diversity. Island biogeography. Life forms. Succession models.
Practicals: Lab simulations and field trips.
Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, practical reports, assignment. The final mark will be obtained from
the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: BSP11M1, BSP12M4, BSP12M2, BSP11M5, CHE11M1, CHE12M1

Concurrent Subjects: APS11M1, APS12M1

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP21M3 HIGHER PLANT SYSTEMATICS 6 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number Notional hours


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Content: Introduction. Historical summary. Evolution and diversity of green plants: Evolutionary trends, Origin
of gymnosperms, Origin of angiosperms. Code of Nomenclature. Taxonomic characters; Morphology: Terminology
of: Roots, Stems, Leaves, Inflorescences, Flowers, Fruits, Ovules and seeds. Comparative Anatomy, Embryology,
Cytology, Electron microscopy, Palynology, Palaeobotany, Chemosystematics, Ecological evidence, World Biomes,
South African Biomes. Plant-animal interactions. Phylogenetics. Gymnosperms: Classification, Morphology,
Reproductive features. Gymnosperm Family descriptions: Angiosperm classifications: Cronquist, Tahktajan,
Angiosperm Phylogeny Group. Evolution, Variation and Biosystematics. Flowering plant family descriptions:
Monosulcates, Eudicots/Tricolpates.

Practicals: Keying out of a variety of plant families. Recognition of trees on campus. Plant collection.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essay. Assignment. Class tests. Practical reports. Term tests. Plant collection. Field
trips. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio
3:2.

Pre-requisites: BSP11M1 and BSP12M4

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP22M4 BIOCHEMISTRY 6 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of weeks Notional hours
week per week

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 2 x 60min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Introduction to biochemistry, Chemical reactions and the molecules of life, Carbohydrates,
Lipids, Proteins, Nucleotides and nucleic acid. Energy relationships in living things: Energy, the essence of life,
Laws of thermodynamics, Couple reactions, ATP synthesis, Enzymes. Photosynthesis: Basic requirements for
photosynthesis, Light dependent and light independent reactions. Cellular respiration, Glycolysis, Aerobic and
Anaerobic respiration. DNA replication: Discovering DNA structure, DNA and protein synthesis, RNA and protein
synthesis. Lipid metabolism.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, assignments, practicals. The final mark will be obtained from the
Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Entry Assumptions/Pre-requisites: CHEM11M1, CHEM12M1 & BSP12M2

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP22M5 INVERTEBRATE FORM AND 6 16 2


FUNCTION

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Content or Theory: 1. Kingdoms of Life. 2. The Metazoa. 3. Porifera. 4. Cnidaria. 5. Platyhelminths. 6.


Syllabus Mesozoa. 7. Nematoda. 8. Annelida. 9. Lophophorates. 10. Mollusca. 11. Arthropoda. 12.
Onychophora. 13. Echinodermata. 14. Chordata.
Practicals: Laboratory and field practicals.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, assignments, practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites Animal Form & Function (BSP11M2); Animal Diversity (BSP11M5)

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP22M6 MYCOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY 6 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of weeks Notional hours
week per week

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Introduction to bacterial and fungal morphologies. Bacterial and fungal classification.
Environmental factors that govern the growth and development of bacteria. Bacteria and man. Food poisoning

Practicals: Laboratory practicals


Continuous Assessment (CA): Theory tests, assignment and practical reports. The final mark will be obtained
from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Entry Assumptions/Pre-requisites: BSP12M4 and BSP12M2

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP31M1 VERTEBRATE FORM & FUNCTION 7 16 1

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Content or Theory:
Syllabus Comparative anatomy: Introduction to vertebrate form and function. Biological design – form
and function. Integument. Head skeleton. Supporting tissue- skeleton. Axial skeleton.
Appendicular skeleton. Muscular system and Locomotion. Digestive system. Respiratory system.
Circulatory system. Reproductive system. Excretory system and osmoregulation. Nervous
system.
Evolution: What is evolution? The origin of life. Theories of evolution.
Practicals: Laboratory practicals.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, practicals, terminology tests, assignments,
project. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative
Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites BSP11M2; BSP11M5

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP31M2 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 7 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of weeks Notional hours
week per week

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Water balance of plants: sources of water to plants, how water is absorbed and
transported within plants, transpiration and various factors affecting it, stomata structure and functions. Plant
mineral nutrition: micro and macro elements essential for plant growth. Stress physiology: various abiotic stresses
on plant growth and development, yield and productivity including acclimation and adaptation techniques. Solute
transport and phloem translocation, Regulation of plant development: role of hormones and their biochemistry,
photoperiodism and phytochrome, Circadian rhythms & bud and seed germination.
Practicals: Laboratory practicals and experiments.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignments, practical reports and theory tests. The final mark will be obtained
from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisite: BSP22M4

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP31M3 PLANT PATHOLOGY 7 16 1

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Content or Syllabus: Causes of plant disease. Physiology of host-parasite relationships. Plant disease
epidemiology and management.
Practicals: Laboratory practicals.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Theory tests. Assignment. Practical reports. The final mark will be obtained
from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Entry Assumptions/Pre-requisites: BSP11M1 and BSP22M6

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP32M5 ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR & 7 16 2


PHYSIOLOGY

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 15 160

Content or Theory: Part One: Animal Behaviour


Syllabus General introduction, natural selection; development of behaviour; proximate and ultimate
causes of behaviour; Acquiring resources; Partners; Biological clocks and parenting; anti-
behaviour and social behaviour.

Theory: Part Two: Animal Physiology


Nervous systems and sensory physiology; Circulatory system: Fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds,
and mammals; Gas exchange and physiology of ventilation: respiration in water vs. air,
respiratory organs, Ventilation in amphibians, birds, and mammals; Kidney functioning in
mammals; Food, nutrition, digestion; Muscle and movement; Endocrine and Reproductive
physiology.

Practicals: Laboratory experiments.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Theory tests, practical reports, assignments, projects. The final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio
3:2.

Pre-requisites BSP11M2; BSP11M5; BSP12M2; APS11M1; APS12M1

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP32M6 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 7 16 2

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Content or Theory:
Syllabus What is conservation biology? The biology of human-caused extinctions; Systematics and
endangered species conservation; Biology of small populations; Population viability analysis;
Species interactions and biodiversity conservation; Global biodiversity patterns; Diversity,
stability, and ecosystem function; Habitat fragmentation; Theory and design of conservation
reserves.
Design of reserve systems; Ecosystem management; Landscape change and conservation
objectives; Species invasions; Conservation of genetic resources; Decision making under
uncertainty: statistical decision theory; Assigning a value to biological diversity: philosophy,
ethics, and conservation biology; Philosophical problems for environmental ethics.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, assignments, practical reports. The final mark
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites BSP11M5; BSP12M4; BSP21M2/PMP12M1.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP32M7 ECONOMIC BOTANY 7 8 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number Notional hours


week per week of weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 7 80

Content or Syllabus: Plants and History. Plants as stimuli of exploration and exploitation. Pre-Columbian
contacts between the Old and New worlds. Millets and cereals. Sugar producing plants. Legumes and oil
producing plants. Beverages and fermentation. Rubber producing plants. Economic importance of trees. Drug
plants. Gum, tannin, resin, etc. Fibre producing plants. The future of plants in relation to humanity.
Continuous Assessment (CA): Class tests, practicals and assignment. The final mark will be obtained from the
Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: BSP21M3.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BSP32M7 ECONOMIC ZOOLOGY 7 8 2

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Content or General introduction -E conomic importance of insects, Beneficial and harmful insects, Pollinators
Syllabus of crops, Apiculture, Lac culture, Sericulture, Predators of pests, Parasites of pests, Productive
insects, Scavengers. Neutral insects-injurious insects, Pests of agriculture and forestry &
control, Pests of stored grains, Household pests, Insects of medical and veterinary importance,
Mites & ticks and their control.
Human diseases and their control, Pharmaceuticals from animals, Rats and their control, Aids.
Venomous snakes of Africa, Snake venom & its importance Human food value: Poultry,
Economic importance of mammals: Piggery, Dairy industry, Leather industry, Wool industry, Fur
& Fur industry. Aquaculture: Fish culture & systems, Prawn fishery, Pearl culture, Edible
freshwater fishes of South Africa, By-products of fishing industry.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Theory tests, assignments, practical reports. The final mark
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites BSP11M5; APS11M1; APS12M1

4.1.16.2 Undergraduate Core Courses in Environmental Studies

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EGEO1M1 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL 5 16 1


SURVEY TECHNIQUES I

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1. The Science of the Earth, 2. Introduction to Cartography and Cartographic techniques, 3.


Orthophoto analysis and Map Interpretation of Landscape Phenomena, 4. Analysis and
Content or
Interpretation of Satellite Imagery, 5. Introduction to Remote Sensing and Geographic
Syllabus
Information Systems, 6. Land Use Zoning and South African Land-Use Zones, 7. Aerial Photo
Mapping and Interpretation of physical and cultural Landscapes.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practical reports, tutorials. The final
Assessment mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio
3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EGEO1M2 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE PHYSICAL 5 16 2


ENVIRONMENT

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 2 x 60 min 15 160

Introduction to Geomorphology: study of landforms and land forming processes, plate


tectonics, major features of the earth’s surface, hydrological cycle, earth’s resources and
development.

Introduction to Climatology: Distinction between weather and climate, characteristics and


factors affecting climate, the climate of Africa and Southern Africa, weather elements and their
Content or
measurements, types of precipitation, solar radiation and the factors affecting the receipt of solar
Syllabus
radiation, long wave radiation and net radiation on the earth’s surface.

Introduction to Biogeography: concept of the biosphere and the domain of biogeography,


structure of the biosphere, principle characteristics of the biosphere, ecosystem concept, major
ecosystems of the earth, magnitudes and classification of the world ecosystems
(natural/artificial), human impact on the biosphere, ecology and eco-development.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, presentations, tutorials. The final mark
Assessment
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EGEO1M3 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL 5 16 1


SURVEY TECHNIQUES II

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1. Application of Satellites and Radar Imagery in Weather Forecasting. 2. Analysis and


Content or
interpretation of Drainage Systems. 3. Acquisition, interpretation, and presentation of
Syllabus
Environmental Data. 4. Surveying and Surveying Techniques.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, presentations, tutorials. The final mark
Assessment
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EGEO1M4 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE HUMAN 5 16 2


ENVIRONMENT

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

1. Nature and Scope of the Human Environment. 2. Urbanisation and Urban Development. 3.
Content or Population and Migration. 4. Rural Settlements. 5. Resources and Resource Utilisation. 6.
Syllabus Economic, social and political processes in Human Environment. 7. Man as an Ecological Agent.
8. Spatial Structure and Organisation of the Human Environment.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practical reports, tutorials. The final
Assessment mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio
3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO11M1 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEY 5 16 1


TECHNIQUES I

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1. The Science of the Earth. 2. Introduction to Cartography and Cartographic techniques. 3.


Orthophoto analysis and Map Interpretation of Landscape Phenomena. 4. Analysis and
Content or
Interpretation of Satellite Imagery. 5. Introduction to Remote Sensing and Geographic
Syllabus
Information Systems. 6. Land Use Zoning and South African Land-Use Zones. 7. Aerial Photo
Mapping and Interpretation of physical and cultural Landscapes.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practicals, tutorials. The final mark will
Assessment
be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO11M2 INTRODUCTION TO THE PHYSICAL 5 16 1


ENVIRONMENT

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
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4 x 50 min 2 x 60 min 15 160

1. Introduction to Geomorphology: study of landforms and land forming processes, plate


tectonics, major features of the earth’s surface, hydrological cycle, earth’s resources and
development.
2. Introduction to Climatology: Distinction between weather and climate, characteristics and
factors affecting climate, the climate of Africa and Southern Africa, weather elements and their
Content or
measurements, types of precipitation, solar radiation and the factors affecting the receipt of solar
Syllabus
radiation, long wave radiation and net radiation on the earth’s surface
3. Introduction to Biogeography: concept of the biosphere and the domain of biogeography,
structure of the biosphere, principle characteristics of the biosphere, ecosystem concept, major
ecosystems of the earth, magnitudes and classification of the world ecosystems
(natural/artificial), human impact on the biosphere, ecology and eco-development.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, tutorials, presentations. The final mark
Assessment will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO12M1 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL 5 16 2


SURVEY TECHNIQUES II

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1. Application of Satellites and Radar Imagery in Weather Forecasting. 2. Analysis and


Content or
interpretation of Drainage Systems. 3. Acquisition, interpretation, and presentation of
Syllabus
Environmental Data. 4. Surveying and Surveying Techniques.

Continuous Assessment (CA):Three tests, assignments, practicals, tutorials.


Assessment The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in
the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO12M3 INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMAN 5 16 2


ENVIRONMENT

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 2 x 60 min 15 160

1. Nature and Scope of the Human Environment. 2. Urbanisation and Urban Development. 3.
Content or Population and Migration. 4. Rural Settlements. 5. Resources and Resource Utilisation. 6.
Syllabus Economic, social and political processes in Human Environment. 7. Man as an Ecological Agent.
8. Spatial Structure and Organization of the Human Environment.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, tutorials, presentations. The final mark
Assessment
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO21M1 ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEY TECHNIQUES I 6 16 1

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1. Characteristics of quantitative research. 2. Nature and scope of statistics. 3. Measures of


Content or
Central Tendency. 4. Measures of Variation. 5. Measures of Relative Standing. 6. Measures of
Syllabus
Shape. 7. Graphical Representation of Data. 8. Sampling and Sampling Techniques. 9.
Introduction to Inferential Statistics.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA):Three tests, assignments, tutorials. The final mark will be obtained
from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO21M2 ATMOSPHERE AND TERRAIN ANALYSIS 6 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160

Geomorphology: classification of rocks and associated landforms; introduction to fluvial


geomorphology; drainage basin studies; evolution of fluvial landscapes; Cycle of Erosion,
Introduction to climatic Geomorphology; runoff and sediment yields; Theories of slopes and
slope development; Application of geomorphic processes, e.g., mass movement in land
management and conservation.

Climatology: Atmospheric composition and structure – changes in atmospheric pressure,


Content or
thermal structures, gas laws, net radiation, greenhouse effect, mechanism of heat transfer;
Syllabus
Introduction to general circulation – the heat engine-movements within atmosphere and ocean
masses, laws of atmospheric motion, development of circulation models; the water balance
concept.

Biogeography: structure and status of biogeography; Ecosystems and systems concepts;


ecological succession, energy circuits; food chains and food webs; ecosystem diversity and
stability; ecosystem population dynamics and ecological niche areas.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, presentations.


Assessment CA reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute
40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO22M1 ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEY TECHNIQUES II 6 16 2

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Content or Characteristics of qualitative research, Research paradigms, types of qualitative research,


Syllabus Qualitative data collection techniques, and Analysis and presentation of qualitative data.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practicals, tutorials. CA reduced to 60%
Assessment is the contribution to the Final Mark.
Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO22M3 ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT 6 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160

Causes and Effects of environmental degradation, Population growth and resource utilisation and
depletion, Environmental issues and spatial planning, Air and water quality management,
Content or
Hazardous and solid waste management, Economic impacts of environmental controls, Global,
Syllabus
national and regional environmental planning and management programmes/initiatives, and
Sustainable development and sustainability.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, presentations.


Assessment CA reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark.
Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO22M4 SOIL SCIENCE 6 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
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4 x 50 min 2 x 60 min 15 160


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Introduction to soil science, Soil forming processes, Pedology and adaphology, Soil nomenclature
Content or
and classification, Characteristics of soil, Soil plant water relationship, World soils and soil
Syllabus
mapping, and Soil degradation and conservation.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, tutorials.


Assessment CA reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark.
Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO31M1 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS 7 16 1


(GIS) I

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Principles of remote sensing, Basic processes in Remote Sensing, Energy Sources and
Content or Electromagnetic Energy, Matter-Energy interactions, Definition and technical overview of GIS,
Syllabus History of GIS, Components of a GIS, GIS Data collection and inputting, GIS data modeling, GIS
capabilities, Maps and GIS.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practicals, tutorials. CA reduced to 60%
Assessment is the contribution to the Final Mark.
Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO31M2 TERRESTRIAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 7 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160


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Environmental problems, Environmental crisis and laws of nature, Environmental economics,


Content or
Food and water resources management, Environmental pollution, and Solid and hazardous waste
Syllabus
management and their effects on the ecosystem.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark.
Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO31M3 TOURISM AND ECOTOURISM 7 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160

Introduction To Tourism and Ecotourism, classification of Tourism, Global, national and regional
Content or
tourism trends, Impacts of Tourism-led development and their management,Pro-poor Tourism,
Syllabus
Tourism and poverty alleviation in South Africa (with case studies), Tourism Entrepreneurship
and Small Business Development in South Africa.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark.
Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO31M6 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 7 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number Notional hours
week week of weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160

Introduction to the nature of research, Basic concepts in research, Process and techniques
Content or related to conducting research, Research in environmental and geographical setting, Preparation
Syllabus for conducting research, Methods and sources of research data, Data collection, capture, analysis
and summarisation, Presentation of research findings, and Challenges in conducting research.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment
contributes 60% to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO32M1 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II 7 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160


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Designing and managing a GIS database, GIS application areas, Remote Sensing Systems, Data
Content or
Acquisition and processing in Remote Sensing, The state of GIS in developing countries,
Syllabus
Managing GIS projects, and Answering questions using GIS.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment
contributes 60% to the Final Mark. Written examinations constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO32M4 RURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 7 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160

Introduction to the principles of and approaches to resource management, Classification of rural


Content or resources, Sustaining, conserving and managing rural resources, Resources and ecosystem
Syllabus sustainability in rural areas (including problems associated with resource degradation –
deforestation, biodiversity loss, poverty, desertification, etc), and Rural land use systems.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment
contributes 60% to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO32M5 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT 7 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 15 160

Introduction to key concepts, History of and trends in Environmental Assessment, Burning


debates in Environmental Assessments, Steps in Environmental Assessment process, Global and
Content or
National Legal developments in Environmental Assessment process, Parties to and responsibilities
Syllabus
of Environmental Assessment Process, Efficacy and efficiency of South Africa’s Environmental
Assessment Process (including challenges thereof).

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment
contributes 60% to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

4.1.16.3 Undergraduate Core Courses in Pest Management

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP11M1 INSECT STRUCTURE & FUNCTION 5 16 1


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week weeks weeks

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Content or Syllabus: An overview of Class Insecta and their place in the Animal Kingdom. General morphology
(head, thorax and abdomen). Form and function of structures located in the different body regions.

Practicals: Cover the external morphology: head and associated structures, thorax and associated structures and
abdomen and associated structures. Dissection of insect specimens to display the tracheae system, digestion
system, reproduction system, and excretion system.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP11M2 INSECTS & MAN 5 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per 2 weeks Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min; Field work 6´5h 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Theory: 1. Foundational concepts: Insects in the hypothetical phylogeny of arthropods,
annelids & onychophorans, reasons for insects success 2. Synopsis of harmful & beneficial insects: Outline of
man’s relationship with insects. 3. Importance of insect pest life cycles to their control. 4. Introduction to methods
& principles in pest control. 5. Organisation in social insects & their benefits e.g. bees in apiculture 6. Basic
aspects of pollination ecology.

Practicals/Experiments in: Household/industrial pest control, Crop pests, Livestock/veterinary pests and medical
entomology.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP12M1 INSECTS & ENVIRONMENT 5 16 2


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Content or Syllabus: Defining ecology, and the common terms used in describing insect ecology. Populations
and their characteristics. Factors affecting population change. Ecosystems and agro-ecosystems. The ecological
role of insect outbreaks. Dynamics of insect life systems. The relationship between insects and plants: types of
feeding, disease transmission (bacterial, fungal and viral). Defense of plants against insects (chemical, physical
etc). Insect pollination of plants. The relationship between insects and animals.

Practicals: involve identifying different groups of insects collected from the natural ecosystems and agro-
ecosystems. Learning how to collect insect specimens using different sampling methods. Visits to nature reserves
to observe insects on their natural habitats. Visit to farms to observe insects on agro-ecosystems.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP21M2 PESTICIDES & APPLICATIONS 6 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per 2 weeks Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 3 x 60 min 15 160

Field work 3 x 5 h

Content or Syllabus: Legislation & Safety Issues in pesticide usage in SA, Methods & Principles for insect & mite
control, Herbicide usage in weed control, Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with SA examples.

Practicals: Pesticide identification & classification, Safe usage of pesticides, Pesticide formulation and application.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: CHE11M1, CHE12M1, PMP11M1, PMP11M2, PMP12M1.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP24M1 CROP PESTS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA 6 16 1


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Content or Syllabus: What are crops and why grow crops. Factors affecting food production.
Different categories of crops and pests associated with them. Crops grown in Mthatha, Eastern
Cape and South Africa. Life cycles of selected insect pests including birds, weeds, rodents. Fruit
pests, horticultural pests, cereal pests, tree crop pests (cocoa, coffee, palms, etc).

Laboratory practicals involve identifying different types of damages caused by pests to crops,
common features used in identifying the pests. Field work involves visiting local farming
communities to identify pests on the fields and also collecting specimens for laboratory work.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: PMP11M1, PMP11M2, PMP12M1

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP22M2 INTRODUCTION TO PARASITOLOGY 6 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: 1. Foundational concepts: Introductory Parasitology: parasites and the nature of parasitism;
effects of parasite-host interactions; host resistance & immunity to parasites. 2. The biology of the common
parasites of domestic animals and diseases associated with them. The focus is on parasites drawn from: Protozoa;
Nematoda; Trematoda; Cestoda and Arthropoda.

Practicals: Involve identification of the parasites studied; application of insecticides for pest control.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: CHE11M1, CHE12M1, PMP11M1, PMP11M2, PMP12M1.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP23M2 POSTHARVEST TECHNOLOGY 6 16 2


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Content or Syllabus: Major types and Importance of fresh agricultural produce in human nutrition, Economic
importance of post harvest (PH) losses of agricultural produce, PH physiology, Sources of PH damage to fresh
produce, Effects of PH harvesting & handling on quality of produce, packaging & hauling, Grain storage physiology,
Types of Grain spoilage & storage, pest detection methods, Grain storage pests & their control.

Practicals: Introduction to PH storage & handling equipment at the Kei Fresh produce depot in Mthatha. Detection
& assessment of PH losses of commercial produce, Questionnaire administration to Kei Fresh management, Fruit
hawkers, vegetable hawkers and root crop hawkers in Mthatha.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: CHE11M1, CHE12M1, PMP11M1, PMP11M2, PMP12M1.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

HMT31M2 HELMINTHOLOGY 7 16 1

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials per 2 weeks Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Classification of Helminth parasites; an overview of Helminth life cycles; Structural
morphology and the biology of common Helminth parasites of domestic animals (horses, cattle, pigs, sheep &
goats, poultry & ostriches and dogs); pathogenesis and clinical signs of specific parasite infestations on domestic
animals; control of helminth parasites in the different domestic animals.

Practicals: Mainly Familiarisation and identification of the parasites studied; fecal collection; fecal egg examination
and familiarisation with the common antihelminthes and their application.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

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PMP32M2 INSECT TAXONOMY 7 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per 2 weeks Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week 2 weeks weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Evolution & Phylogeny of Phylum Arthropoda, Foundational concepts in insect taxonomy,
classification & systematics, Important components of biological classification, Pterygotes & Apterygotes within
Class Insecta. Major Insect orders of importance in South Africa.

Practicals: Insect sampling techniques, Specimen processing: pinning & preservation, Developing and using
specimen identification keys.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisite: PMP24M1

Co-requisite: PMP32M3

Course Code Course Course NQF Level Credits Semester

PMP32M3 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT 7 16 2


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Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per 2 Number Notional hours
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Content or Syllabus: A brief introduction of insects and humans and how they interact. Definition of the
integrated pest management concept. History of pest management (Pre and post insecticide era). Pest
management strategies and tactics. Kinds of pests and likely strategies e.g. key pests. The current status of pest
management. Difficulties of implementing it. Natural enemies and the concept of biological control. Parasites,
parasitoids and predators. How biological control is implemented. Ecological management of the crop environment.
Overview of insecticides, their advantages and disadvantages. Plant resistance to insects. Ecological backlash and
its management. Integrated pest management programmes.

Practicals: Include pesticides types, uses and hazards, pesticides applying equipment, pest sampling methods,
identifying different groups of insects collected from the natural ecosystems and agro-ecosystems. Visits to nature
reserves to observe and collect insects on their natural habitats. Visit to farms to observe and collect insects on
agro-ecosystems.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignment, Class tests, Term test, Tutorials, Practicals. The final mark will be
obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: All Level I PMP Courses.

4.1.16.4 Postgraduate Core Courses in Botany

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M1 PLANT SYSTEMATICS 8 16 2


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Content or Syllabus: The nature of systematic botany. The species concept. Sources of variation. Evolutionary
theory. Classification methods, both artificial and natural. Numerical taxonomy. Cladistics. Choice of characters for
classification and the value of triangulation. Use of new suites of characters: secondary plant compounds, protein
structure, nucleic acids. Rules of nomenclature. Basic molecular methods. Multivariate and cladistic methods.
Biogeography. Systematics in Biodiversity & Conservation. Curation of natural history collections. Speciation:
isolation mechanisms, variation, adaptation, Darwin and natural selection. Epigenetics. Classification of three major
plant groups: Poaceae, Asteraceae and Fabaceae.

Continuous Assessment (CA): A series of current papers will be studied. Essays. Assignments. The final mark
will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M2 ECOLOGY 8 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hrs
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 12 160

Content or Syllabus: Introduction to multivariate analysis, classification, ordination, South African vegetation,
biomes and veld types; introduction to biogeography, the role of fire in South African ecosystems, human impacts
on ecosystems.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essays, Assignments. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark
(CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M3 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 8 16 2

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4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 12 160

Content or Syllabus: Germination studies, Plant tissue analysis, photoperiodism and its application in Agriculture
and horticultural studies. Relevance of biotechnology in modern society. Secondary metabolites; Biochemical origin
and biosynthesis; classes and categories; importance of secondary metabolites (applications in society and
industry). Herbal medicine and phytochemistry. Trade in medicinal plants. Conservation of medicinal plants through
various propagation techniques. Biotechnology of crops and medicinal plants.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essays, Assignments. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark
(CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M4 ETHNOBOTANY 8 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 12 160

Content or Syllabus: Plants and history. Plants as stimuli of exploration. Pre-Colombian contacts between the
New and Old worlds. Origin and evolution of food plants. Plant extracts and their economic importance.
Fermentation and beverages. Plants in the South African culture. Significance of plant material in rites and
ceremonies. Hut construction. Wood carving. Weapons. Fuel. Food from the veld. Cultivated wild plants.
Preparation of food. Beverages. Cosmetics. Medicine and magic. Plants used for cottage industries. Musical
instruments. Plants in relation to humanity.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essays, Assignments. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark
(CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M5 BIOTECHNOLOGY 8 16 2

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4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 12 160

Content or Syllabus: Principle of aseptic culture, Basic media components, Callus culture, Cell suspension culture,
Organogenesis, Somatic embryogenesis, Anther culture for haploid plant production, Protoplast isolation and plant
regeneration, Cryopreservation for germplasm conservation, Transgenic plants (GMO) Ethics in Biotechnology,
Environmental release, Food safety and quality, Social and economic consequences, Intellectual property,
Recombinant DNA & Genetic Engineering.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essays, Assignments. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark
(CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M6 PROJECT 8 30 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

300

Content or Syllabus: An in-depth, original study oriented towards one of the Courses in the Honours programme.

Assessment: Seminars, proposal presentation, research output.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M7 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 8 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 12 160

Content or Syllabus: Defining conservation biology. Biological diversity. Valuing biodiversity. Threats to biological
diversity. Conservation at the population and species levels. Protected areas. Conservation and human societies.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essays, Assignments. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark
(CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M8 SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY 8 10 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours


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week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 ´ 180 min 0 12 100

Content or Syllabus: What is science? And why do we it? - history of science. The Scientific method and how to
recognise fakes. Formulating a hypothesis. Use of the library and the internet for literature reviews, some internet
terms, Nettiquette Plagiarism. Writing an abstract, and forming a literature list. Critical reading. Taking and
editing photographs. Planning a project, including budgeting of time and money.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essays, assignments, tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester
mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT41M9 GIS & COMPUTER LITERACY 8 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 ´ 180 min 0 12 160

Content or Syllabus: The introduction and definition of GIS. How does GIS differ from Computer Aided Design,
Cartography, Database Management Systems and Remote Sensing. Spatial data models – how are the real world
processes represented in a GIS? Raster and Vector Data Modelling, Differences between raster and vector.
Advantages and disadvantages of each. Data input: how raw data is captured and translated into digital form.
Data sources for GIS: advantages and disadvantages of each. Data analysis and legal aspects of data. Project
Design and Management. Practical: Idrisi for Windows.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Essays, assignments, tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester
mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOT4M10 STATISTICAL METHODS 8 16 1

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Content or Syllabus: Principles of Experimental design; Overview of statistical techniques. Hypothesis testing.
Parametric statistics: Independent t-test; paired t-test; one sample t-test; t-distribution (applications only); F-
distribution (applications only);n1-way Anova; 2-way Anova; 3-way Anova; Multiple range test; Factorial designs.
Non-parametric tests: Chi-square distribution v (testing for association and proportional distribution); Contigency
tables; Sign test; Kruskal-Wallis test; Mann-Whitney test; Split plot design; Regression and Correlation; Manova.
SPSS: defining variables; labes; data capturing analysis under 1-way, 2-way, 3-way Anova and Independent t-
test; plotting. Wilcoxon signed test; Friedman test.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Practical skills using students’ projects; theory tests; intensive assignment;
practical test. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in
the ratio 3:2.

4.1.16.5 Postgraduate Core Courses in Geography

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M1 ADVANCED GIS 8 16 1


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Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
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4 x 50 min 13 160

Modelling and analysis of spatial problems. Data collection and techniques of spatial analysis for
Content or both raster and vector models, with emphasis on natural resource-based applications. Spatial
Syllabus thinking, data issues, vector GIS, raster GIS, Boolean operations, spatial analysis, DEMS, and
applications of GIS and remote sensing in the management of natural resources.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40%
of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M2 PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY 8 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 13 160

Introductory epistemology and ontology, theories of scientific changes, evolution of geography


Content or
and its philosophical schools, standard multivariate parametric statistical techniques, categorical
Syllabus
data analysis, research design and execution.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, presentations.


Assessment CA reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark.
Written examinations (EA) constitute 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M3 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS 8 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
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The value and forms of research; ethics in research; problem identification and
conceptualisation; research and project design; field surveys and data collection; social
Content or
information gathering and community interfacing; laboratory methods for research; quantitative
Syllabus
and qualitative analysis of environmental and related data; cost-effective analysis and evaluation;
proposal documentation for, and reporting on, research and project activities.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60%is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40%
of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M5 GEOMORPHOLOGY 8 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 13 160

Advanced study of fluvialaeolian, glacial and periglacial landforms, coastal process, hazards and
Content or features, integrated coastal resources management, drainage basin analysis, erosion and
Syllabus associated problems, models on geomorphology, morphological mapping, land resources
surveys, remote sensing and GIS applications in geomorphology.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40%
of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M6 APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 8 16 2

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4 x 50 min 13 160

Principles and conceptual basis of environmental science, ecological foundation of resource


development and conservation, contemporary problems of resource management and
conservation, biomass harvesting and its environmental implications, environmental degradation
Content or
and resource productivity, carrying capacity estimates, hazard and risk management,
Syllabus
environmental management and management tools, wildlife conservation, urban environmental
challenges, ecological dynamics and human impact on ecosystems, marine and coastal
management.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40%
of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M7 APPLIED METEOROLOGY & CLIMATE 8 16 2


CHANGE

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number Notional hours
week week of weeks

4 x 50 min 13 160

Atmospheric dynamics, physics, measurements and instrumentation, hydrometeorology,


Content or
micrometeorology and atmospheric pollution, agrometeorology, application of remote sensing
Syllabus
and GIS in meteorology.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40%
of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M8 WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 8 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
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4 x 50 min 13 160

Thematic issues in the sustainability of water resources development, including social,


institutional, planning and coordination, environmental, technical, financial issues and private
sector participation; water as an economic good and the conditions and challenges in managing
the resource; market conditions and failures, and public policy in resource management;
Content or
competing uses of water, demand-supply management, and conjunctive use schemes; traditional
Syllabus
institutional approach of fragmented management; principles of integrated water resources
management as a comprehensive approach to resource management; key elements of
integrated management emphasising inter-generational and intra-generational equity;
privatisation and user participation in resource management; case studies, especially from the
southern Africa region.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations. CA


Assessment reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute 40%
of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M9 DEVELOPMENT 8 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 13 160

Approaches to regional development, measuring regional development, role of urbanisation in


Content or regional planning, growth pole and growth centre models, coordinated development, eco-
Syllabus development and environmental protection in development planning, theoretical development
planning in developed and developing countries.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, presentations.


Assessment CA reduced to 60% is the contribution to the Final Mark. Written examinations (EA) constitute
40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO40M0 POPULATION GEOGRAPHY 8 16 2

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 13 160


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The population debate, relationship between fertility and socio-economic development,


perspectives on studies of population distribution and redistribution, the role of population in
Content or resource development, effects of development on population characteristics using case
Syllabus studies drawn from developing countries, effects of hunger on population characteristics,
world population policies and their effects on population characteristics, world population
trends, migration and development.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations.


Assessment
CA constitutes 60% and written examinations (EA) 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO41M1 SETTLEMENT GEOGRAPHY 8 16 2

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 13 160

Origin and growth of settlements, classification of settlements, internal structure of urban


Content or
settlements, rural settlements forms and processes, patterns of interaction within and
Syllabus
between settlements, planning of settlement structures and networks.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, presentations.


Assessment
CA constitutes 60% and written examinations (EA) 40% of the Final Mark.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

GEO41M2 AGRICULTURAL GEOGRAPHY 8 16 1

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 13 160

Origin and evolution of agriculture, models of agricultural behaviour and systems approach
to food and agricultural planning, ecological approach to food production, carrying capacity
Content or on agricultural land, agricultural development and economic growth, role of infrastructure
Syllabus and land tenure systems in promoting agriculture, improvement and transformational
approaches to agricultural development in developing countries, spatial processes and
location change.

Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, class exercises, presentations.


Assessment
CA constitutes 60% and written examinations (EA) 40% of the Final Mark.

4.1.16.6 Postgraduate Core Courses in Zoology

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ZOO41M1 SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY 8 16 1


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Content or Philosophy of science; Sampling and experimental design; Study skills (time management,
Syllabus reading skills, literature databases, proposal writing, essays, theses report, scientific papers,
critical analysis of information, computer literacy, use of internet and e-mail); Presentation of
results (seminar skills, poster and graphic designs); Statistics for life sciences (hypothesis
testing, probability theory, distributions, types of data, summarising data, T-test analysis,
relevant biological software programmes).

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practical test and a summative
assessment. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative
Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ZOO41M2 ECO-PHYSIOLOGY 8 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 7 160

Content or Introduction to eco-physiology; Adaptation; Thermoregulation and effect of changes in


Syllabus environmental temperature on growth and survival; Water relations; Adaptation to extreme
environments (deserts, polar regions, shorelines), Respiration and adaptation to high and low
altitudes, Circulation; Nutrition and energy; Communication and senses; Reproduction.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Assignments, tests, practicals, project.

The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in
the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

ZOO42M1 ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT OF 8 16 2


TERRESTRIAL RESOURCES


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Content or Terrestrial ecosystems: Form and function (Description of at least two systems from forest,
Syllabus savannah, mountains, deserts, Form: biomass comparisons, biogeography, Processes; e.g.
herbivory, co-evolution; resource partitioning); Human impacts on terrestrial ecosystems (e.g.
fire ecology, invasive species, agriculture, deforestation, a forestation, pollution).

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practical test, and a summative
assessment.

The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative Assessment (E) in
the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

ZOO42M2 ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT OF MARINE & 8 16 2


COASTAL RESOURCES

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 7 160

Content or Estuarine Systems; Physical environment of an estuary; Fishes of South African estuaries;
Syllabus Estuarine systems and ichthyofauna; Management issues relating to estuaries (recreation,
sedimentation, freshwater extraction, pollution, mangrove utilisation); Marine Systems; Physical
environment and currents; Major fisheries (biology and sustainable yield e.g. hake, clupeoids,
abalone, lobster, shrimp).

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, practical test and a summative
assessment. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and Summative
Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

ZOO42M3 ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT OF 8 16 2


FRESHWATER RESOURCES


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Content or Ecology, Evolution, Methods of Ecological Research, Special Features of Aquatic habitats; The
Syllabus individual in its habitat; Aquatic Populations; Interactions-Competition, Predation; Topic, outline,
and initial reference list for term paper due; Interaction-Predation, Parasitism, Symbiosis; Topic,
outline and initial reference list returned with comments; Taxa, and life histories of freshwater
organisms; Aquatic communities; Energy flow and nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems;
Management of freshwater ecosystems (water quality and quantity, Water Act, river
rehabilitation, integrated catchment management and stakeholder roles); Introduction to
aquatic toxicology and bio-monitoring.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignmnets, a practical assessment and a
summative assessment. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and
Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

ZOO42M4 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 8 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 7 160

Content or Introduction: Biodiversity Conservation; Conservation Management – Protected areas: reserve


Syllabus selections and design; Conservation Management outside protected areas: CBNRM, co-
management; Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
Policy and Legislation: South African and International.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, a practical assessment and a
summative assessment. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and
Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ZOO42M5 ZOOLOGY MINI PROJECT 8 40 1&2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
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N/A N/A 0 400

Assessment Project proposal and final project presentations, Internal and External Examination of mini-
thesis.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ZOO42M6 BASIC COMPUTER & GIS SKILLS 8 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 0 7 160

Content or MS Word tutorial; MS Excel tutorial; MS PowerPoint; Arch View GIS tutorial.
Syllabus

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA): Three tests, assignments, a practical assessment and a
summative assessment. The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (CA) and
Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

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4.2 DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND


COMPUTING

4.2.1 Information about the Department

Mathematical Sciences and Computing form the cornerstone of modern science as it is concerned with the solution of
real-world problems. Consistent with this philosophy, the programmes offered in the department are designed to
provide the necessary foundation for the students. The department strives to improve its leadership role in the
training of students in Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science so that they contribute to the
development of the country. It promotes excellence in appropriate research and offers career orientated degree
programmes. In addition the department also offers service courses to other departments.

4.2.2 Programmes in the Department

The department offers a general Bachelor of Science degree under various streams: Applied Mathematics,
Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Corresponding postgraduate programmes are also offered in the
department.

4.2.3 Vision of the Department


The Department of Mathematical Sciences and Computing will be a leading department that offers innovative
educational and research programmes in mathematical sciences and computing.

4.2.4 Mission of the Department

In pursuit of its vision, the department will:

• provide a modern educational environment supported by appropriate technology for instruction and
research;
• design innovative programmes in teaching and research that will produce highly skilled graduates;
• have a caring approach to teaching, create an environment to engage in solving real-world problems and
societal challenges.


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4.2.5 Minimum Admission Requirements and Programme Characteristics


4.2.5.1 Admission Requirements

4.2.5.1.1 BSc (3 year programmes)

Senior Certificate with Matriculation, Conditional or Mature Age Exemption if the applicant is 23 years old on the year
of registration with SG (D) or HG (E) in Mathematics, Physical Science, and English. Using the new National Senior
Certificate, certificate should indicate “qualified for degree” and include a minimum achievement rating of 4 (50%) in
Mathematics, Physical Science and English.

4.2.5.1.2 Recognition of Credits from Other Institutions

Not more than 50% of the credits from other institutions will be recognized. All exit level courses will be done in the
department. One exit level subject may be recognised provided prior permission to register for that subject at
another institution is sought by the student from Senate. Also see General Prospectus Rule G15 & G16. All exit level
courses will only be exempted under extraneous conditions.
4.2.5.2. BSc (4 year Extended programmes)

Same as the 3 year programme except that the minimum number of credits 480 and the minimum duration of the
programme is four years of full time study.

Programme Outcomes

Critical Outcomes

The learner will be able to:

• Understand the main concepts and techniques in the respective disciplines.

• Develop a culture of critical and analytical thinking that may be required in problem solving including the

mathematical modeling and formulation of real-world problems.

• Utilise the acquired skills in various disciplines such as Science and Engineering, Economic Sciences, Social

Sciences and Humanities.

Accreditation & Quality Assurance: CHE, HEQC & SAQA accredited.

4.2.6 Programme Rules (Undergraduate)

In order to be allowed to proceed to the next level, the following criteria must be satisfied:
All core Courses must be passed at the current level.

4.2.7 Admission Rules

Admission into the programme is contingent upon:

• Meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the programme; selection into the programme,
(selection is limited by enrolment limits).
• Admission is on a first come first served basis for students who qualify in terms of selection criteria.

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See also General Prospectus Rules.

4.2.7.1 Registration requirements that must be met (Computer Science Students)

• First time entering students must enroll for all the required courses at that level (i.e. at S1/ Level).
• If a student fails courses spanning multiple levels then the student must firstly enroll for the courses at the
lower level. Consideration for enrolment of courses at the higher level will only be considered if the pre-
requisite criteria for these courses are met AND if there are no timetable clashes.
• A student will not be allowed to jump levels or enroll for courses at more than two levels (e.g. a student
with S1/Year1 courses outstanding cannot enroll for S2/Year3 courses but will be required to complete the
S1/Year1 first).
• No student will be allowed to register for any courses in the B Sc: Computer Science mainstream
programme until he/she has obtained the 120 credits required for the first four semesters of extended
programme
• The Head of Department may limit the number of courses that a student may enroll for when poor
academic progress is evident.

4.2.7.2 Re-Admission of Continuing Students

• See Faculty progression rules on Section 2.8.


• A student who completes all core Courses and pre requisite Courses will progress from one level to the
next.

4.2.8 Completion Rules

• All courses and Courses in the curriculum must be completed.


• A minimum of 120 credits must be earned at each level of the curriculum.
• A minimum total of 360 credits must be completed for the three year programmes.
• A minimum total of 480 credits must be completed for the four year programmes.

4.2.9 Programme Information

4.2.9.1 Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics): BSCA

Mathematics is a scarce skill in South Africa and is crucial to the scientific and technological development that leads
to economic development of the country. In view of this, the long term plan of the department envisages the
establishment of a linkage between the department, industry and commerce.

4.2.9.1.1 Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics will prepare the student for jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences,
mathematical modelling, cryptography, teaching, as well as postgraduate training leading to a research career in a
discipline of Mathematical Sciences. A strong background in Applied Mathematics is also necessary for research in
many areas of computer science, social science, and engineering.


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4.2.9.1.2 Purpose of Qualification

To provide basic mathematical knowledge tailored for application in the solution of technical problems in the
marketplace, and for further training at a higher level in various specialisations of Mathematical Sciences.

4.2.9.1.3 Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

A BSc Applied Mathematics graduate should be able to:


• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and principles in mathematics; have a
sound mathematical base for further training in mathematics and/or other fields of study that require a
mathematical foundation.
• Develop a culture of critical and analytical thinking and be able to apply scientific reasoning to societal
issues;
• Demonstrate the ability to write mathematics correctly.
• Manage and organise own learning activities responsibly.
• Demonstrate the ability to solve mathematical problems.

4.2.9.1.4 Programme Characteristics

4.2.9.1.4.1 Academic and Research Oriented Study

The degree programme is designed to provide basic mathematical knowledge tailored for application in
the solution of technical problems in the marketplace, and for further training at a higher level in various
specialisations of mathematical sciences. The courses in this programme are developed co-operatively using inputs
from internal and external academic sources on a continuous basis.

4.2.9.1.4.2 Practical Work

Practical work in tutorials and computer laboratories provides the practical experience and encourages the
development of computing and research skills that will form the base for future work, academic and research
engagement.

4.2.9.1.4.3 Teaching and Learning Methodology

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, practicals in which independent study is integrated.

4.2.9.1.5 Programme Structure Information

The entire programme is designed to consist of at least 50% of the credits from Mathematics and/or Applied
Mathematics. See the sections for the Minimum Admission Requirements and Programme Rules. Student must take
all the core Courses and foundational Courses at each level. Relevant electives for which the student has the required
pre-requisites must then be chosen so that the student has a minimum of 120 credits at each level. However, no
student may register for more than 128 credits in any given academic year.


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4.2.9.1.5.1 General Programme Rules


4.2.9.1.5.1.1 Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Sciences and Computing)

The programme takes a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years to complete. A student will not
graduate if he/she has not completed his/her core and foundation Courses. A student must accumulate a minimum
of 120 and a maximum of 128 credits for him/her to have completed a year, failing which he/she will have to
complete the outstanding credits in the fourth or fifth year. Credits accumulated on and above 120 cannot be used
to cover up for the shortfalls in any year. Concurrent registration is not permitted. A student is not allowed to
repeat a course more than once; such a student will be excluded on academic grounds. A student must attain a
minimum semester mark of 40% in a Course to be allowed to write examinations on it. 80% attendance of a Course
is a must for a student to be allowed to write examinations. Even if a student attains a minimum semester mark of
40% in that Course, he/she will not be allowed to sit for that Course’s examination if this requirement is not met.
This 80% attendance rule becomes effective from the date the student gets registered. Upon late registration, a
student may be allowed to attend classes provided they have missed less than 20% of the total tuition of that
particular Course/cour

4.2.9.1.5.1.2 Bachelor of Science Honours

The programme is by coursework and mini research. The minimum duration of study is one year (fulltime) and two
years (part-time) and maximum is two years (fulltime) and four years (part-time). A student is expected, within a
minimum of one year (without exception) to develop a proposal on his/her own topic or a topic given to her/him by
his/her supervisor, present it in a departmental seminar, conduct research and orally present the results in a
departmental seminar and hand in a written report of such findings for further assessment by internal and external
examiners. A student will only be granted permission to graduate once all the internal and external quality assurance
requirements have been met.

4.2.9.1.5.1.3 Master of Science


All Master’s students are expected, within a minimum of two years (without exception) to develop a proposal on their
own topic or on a topic given to them and present it in a departmental seminar, conduct research and orally present
their results in a departmental seminar and if possible in national and international conferences. A written thesis of
his/her findings is assessed by internal and external examiners. Masters proposals must serve at the higher degrees
committees of the faculty and university within three months of registration. On completion, a student will only be
granted permission to graduate once all the internal and external quality assurance requirements have been met.

4.2.9.1.5.1.4 Doctor of Philosophy

4.2.9.1.5.1.2 Progression Rules

To progress from year to year the student must fulfill the requirements of the curriculum. If a student has
successfully completed 75% of the Courses in a level, they may register for Courses in the next level (Rule G17.1).

4.2.9.1.5.2.1 Completion Rules

Students must complete a minimum of 360 credits for a Bachelor of Science programme or 480 credits for the
Extended Bachelor of Science programme. All the foundation and core Courses must be passed. A minimum of 120
(max 128) credits per level are required. Papers of third year Courses are sent to external examiners for moderation.
All the foundation and core Courses for this qualification must be passed to be eligible for graduation.


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4.2.9.1.5.2.2 Bachelor of Science Honours

To qualify for an Honours degree a minimum of 120 credits is required. All papers and the research project papers
are moderated by external examiners.

4.2.9.1.5.2.3 Master of Science

Two external examiners and one internal examiner assess the dissertation.

4.2.9.1.5.2.4 Doctor of Philosophy


A thesis shall be axamined by one internel examiner and three external examiner approved by Senate. The internal
examiner may be the same peron as the supervisor. The thesis must satify at least two eternal eaminers in order to
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Year Semester Course Type Course/Course Code Credits


level

1 Precalculus & Calculus I MAT11M1 16


1
Core
Introduction to Linear &
1 APM11M1 16
Vector Alg.
1
Precalculus & Calculus I MAT11M1 16

Foundation Computer Literacy ELSK1M0 8

Communication Skills COK11M0 8

Computer Literacy CLT11M1 8

2 Core Precalculus & Calculus II MAT12M1 16

Linear Programming &


2 Core APM12M1 16
Applied Computing

Foundation Communication Skills COK11M0 8

Total core credits 80

Electives required 40

Total credits 120

Year Semester Course Name Course Credits


level Code
Multivariate Calculus MAT21M1 8
2 1
Ordinary Differential Equations MAT22M1 8

Numerical Analysis I APM21M1 16


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Linear Algebra I MAT22M2 8

Eigenvalue Problems and Fourier


APM22M1 16
Analysis

Total core credits 64

Electives required 56

Total credits 120

Year Semester Course/Course Code Credits


level

3 1 Numerical Methods APM31M1 16

Complex Analysis MAT32M2 16

2
Mathematical Programming APM32M1 16

1 Linear Algebra II MAT31M2 16

Total core credits 64

Electives required 56

Total credits 120


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4.3.9.1.5.2 List Of Electives

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

1 General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16

Information Systems and


CSI11M1 8
Applications

1 Problem Solving and


CSI11M2 8
Programming

General Physics I PHY11M1 16

Probability & Distribution


STA11M1 16
Theory I

General Chemistry I CHE12M1 16

Object-oriented Programming CSI12M1 8

2
General Physics II PHY12M2 16

Probability & Statistical


STA12M2 16
Inference I

2 Mechanics I APM22M2 16

Analytical Chemistry II CHE22M2 16

Physical Chemistry II CHE21M5 16

1
Programming in JAVA CSI21M1 14

Mechanics & Waves PHY21M1 16

Probability & Distribution


STA21M1 16
Theory II

2 Inorganic Chemistry II CHE22M3 16


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2 Organic Chemistry II CHE21M4 16

Thermodynamics and Modern


PHY22M2 16
Physics
2
Operating Systems CSI22M1 14

Statistical Inference II STA22M2 16

3 1 Inorganic Chemistry III CHE31M3 16

Organic Chemistry III CHE31M4 8

Introduction to Artificial
CSI31M1 14
Intelligence

Software Engineering I CSI31M2 14

Electromagnetism and Quantum


PHY31M1 24
Mechanics

Linear Models STA31M1 16

2 Analytical Chemistry III CHE32M2 16

Physical Chemistry III CHE32M5 16

Environmental Chemistry –
CHE3207 12
2003

Data Management CSI32M1 14


2
Software Engineering II CSI32M2 14

Statistical Mechanics and Solid


PHY32M2 24
State Physics

Sampling Theory STA32M3 16


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4.2.9.1.5.3 Prerequisite Courses

Year Course Course Name Prerequisite


Level Code

1 MAT11M1 Precalculus& Calculus I Faculty admission requirements

APM11M1 Introduction to Linear & Vector Alg. Faculty admission requirements

MAT12M1 Precalculus & Calculus II Faculty admission requirements

APM12M1 Linear Programming & Applied Faculty admission requirements


Computing

2 MAT21M1 Precalculus & Calculus I,Precalculus&


Multivariate Calculus
Calculus II

MAT22M1 Precalculus & Calculus I,Precalculus &


Ordinary Differential Equations
Calculus II

APM21M1 All Level IAPM courses, MAT11M1,


Numerical Analysis I
MAT12M1

MAT21M2 Precalculus& Calculus I,Precalculus&


Real Analysis I
Calculus II

MAT22M2 Precalculus & Calculus I,Precalculus &


Linear Algebra I
Calculus II

APM22M1 Eigenvalue Problems and Fourier All Level I APM courses ,MAT22M1
Analysis

APM22M2 Mechanics I All Level I APM courses, MAT21M1

3 MAT31M1 Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I, Linear


Real Analysis II
Algebra I

MAT31M2 Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I, Linear


Linear Algebra II
Algebra I

APM31M1 Numerical Methods APM21M1, APM22M1

ATA31M2 Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I, Linear


Abstract Algebra
Algebra I

MAT32M2 Complex Analysis Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I, Linear


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APM32M1 Mathematical Programming APM21M1, APM22M1

4.2.9.1.6 Award of Qualification

The qualification will be awarded after satisfaction of the programme requirements, including obtaining a minimum
of 360 credits.

4.2.9.1.7 Programme Tuition Fees

Students are referred to the Walter Sisulu University institutional Fee Booklet for costs of tuition fees, application
fees, registration fees, late registration-fees and other student fees.

4.2.9.1.8 Articulation

Vertical

Vertical Articulation is possible with: BSc Hons Mathematics and BSc Hons Applied Mathematics, NQF Level 8

Horizontal

Within WSU

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by WSU, e.g. BSc Applied Statistical
Science.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by other institutions, subject to the
relevant institution’s admission requirements.

4.2.9.2 BSc Applied Mathematics (Extended Programme): BSCEA

The first 2 years of the BSc Applied Mathematics (Extended Programme) are equivalent to the first year of the BSc
Applied Mathematics programme. In the last two years of the BSc Applied Mathematics (Extended Programme) the
students follow the BSc Applied Mathematics programme from Level II.


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4.2.9.2.1 Core and Foundation Courses

Year Semester Course/Course Code Credits


level

1A 1 Mathematical Methods I EAPM1M1 16

Integrated Mathematics I EMAT1M1 16

Foundation Computer Science Fundamentals ECSI1M1 16

2 Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8

Mathematical Methods II EAPM1M2 16

Integrated Mathematics II EMAT1M2 16

Foundation Life Skills ELSK1M2 Year-long

Academic Literacy II EACL1M2 8

Introduction to Programming ECSI1M2 16

Total core credits

Electives required 0

Total Credits 120

1B 1 Mathematical Methods III EXMM1M1 16

Integrated Mathematics III EIMT1M1 16

Foundation Introduction to Computer Architecture EICA1M1 16

2 Mathematical Methods IV EMAM1M2 16

Integrated Mathematis IV EIMT1M2 16

Foundation Introduction to Programming II EIPR1M2 16

Total core credits 96

Electives required 24

Total Credits 120

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Year level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1A 1 Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16

2 Extended General Physics II EPHY1M2 16

2 Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16

1B 1 Extended General Physics III EPHY1M3 16

1 Extended General Chemistry III ECHE1M3 16

1 Probability & Distribution Theory I STA11M1 16

2 Extended General Physics IV EPHY1M4 16

2 Extended General Chemistry IV ECHE1M4 16

2 Statistical Inference I STA12M2 16

4.2.9.2.3 Prerequisite Courses

Course Code Course Name Prerequisite

EAPM1M1 Mathematical Methods I Admission requirements as in section 1.6

EAPM1M2 Mathematical Methods II Admission requirements as in section 1.6

EXMM1M1 Mathematical Methods III EAPM1M1, EAPM1M2

EMAM1M2 Mathematical Methods IV EAPM1M1, EAPM1M2

EMAT1M1 Integrated Mathematics I Admission requirements as in section 1.6

EMAT1M2 Integrated Mathematics II Admission requirements as in section 1.6

EIMT1M1 Integrated Mathematics III EMAT1M1, EMAT1M2

EIMT1M2 Integrated Mathematics IV EMAT1M1, EMAT1M2

4.2.9.2.4 Articulation

Vertical

Vertical Articulation is possible with: BSc Hons Mathematics and BSc Hons Applied Mathematics, NQF Level 8

Horizontal

Within WSU

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by WSU, e.g. BSc Applied Statistical


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relevant institution’s admission requirements.

4.2.9.3 Bachelor of Science (Mathematics): BSCM

Mathematics is a scarce skill in South Africa and is crucial to the scientific and technological development that leads
to economic development of the country. In view of this, the long term plan of the department envisages the
establishment of a linkage between the department and industry and commerce.

4.2.9.3.1 Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics will prepare the student for jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences,
mathematical modeling, and cryptography; for teaching; as well as postgraduate training leading to a research
career in mathematics. A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for research in many areas of
computer science, social science, and engineering

4.2.9.3.2 Purpose of Qualification

To provide basic mathematical knowledge needed for placement in jobs requiring a significant amount of
mathematical maturity, and for further training at a higher level in various specialisations of mathematics.

4.2.9.3.3 Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

A BSc Mathematics graduate should:

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and principles in mathematics.


• Have a sound mathematical basis for further training in mathematics and/or other fields of study that
require a mathematical foundation.
• Develop a culture of critical and analytical thinking and be able to apply scientific reasoning to societal
issues.
• Demonstrate ability to write mathematics correctly.
• Be able to manage and organise own learning activities responsibly, be able to demonstrate ability to solve
mathematical problems.

4.2.9.3.4 Programme Characteristics

4.2.9.3.4.1 Academic and Research Orientated

The programme is mainly academic and research orientated because academic study is combined with related
practical work aimed at developing more conceptual mathematical than computational outcomes. The courses in this
programme are developed co-operatively using inputs from internal and external academic sources on a continuous
basis.


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Practical work in tutorials and computer laboratories provides the practical experience and the development of
computing and research skills that will form the basis of future work, academic and research engagement.

4.2.9.3.4.3 Teaching and Learning Methodology

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, practicals in which in which independent study is integrated.

4.2.9.3.5 Programme structure Information

The programme is designed to consist of at least 50% of the credits from Mathematics and/or Applied Mathematics.
See sections for the Minimum Admission Requirements and Programme Rules.

4.2.9.3.5.1 Core and Foundation Courses

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

1 1 Precalculus& Calculus I MAT11M1 16

Introduction to Linear & Vector Alg. APM11M1 16

Foundation Communication Skills CLT11M1 8

2 Precalculus& Calculus II MAT12M1 16

Linear Programming & Applied 16


APM12M1
Computing

Integrated Mathematics II EMAT1M2 16

Foundation Computer Literacy CLT11M1 8

Communication Skills COK11M0 8

Total cedits 80


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Multivariate Calculus MAT21M1 8


1
Ordinary Differential Equations MAT22M1 8

Numerical Analysis I APM21M1 16


2

Real Analysis I MAT21M2 8

2
Linear Algebra I MAT22M2 8

Eigenvalue Problems and Fourier


APM22M1 16
Analysis

Total credits 64

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

3 Real Analysis II MAT31M1 16

1
Linear Algebra II MAT31M2 16

Numerical Methods APM31M1 16

Abstract Algebra ATA31M2 16

2
Complex Analysis MAT32M2 16

Mathematical Programming APM32M1 16

Total credits 96


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4.2.9.3.5.2 Electives

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16

Information Systems and Applications CSI11M1 8

1
Problem Solving CSI11M2 8

General Physics I PHY11M1 16


1

Probability & Distribution Theory I STA11M1 16

General Chemistry I CHE12M1 16

Object-oriented Programming CSI12M1 8


2

General Physics II PHY12M2 16

Probability & Statistical Inference I STA12M2 16

Total credits 40

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

Analytical Chemistry II CHE22M2 16

Physical Chemistry II CHE21M5 16

2 1
Programming in JAVA CSI21M1 14

Mechanics & Waves PHY21M1 16


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1 Probability & Distribution Theory II STA21M1 16

2 Mechanics I APM22M2 16

Inorganic Chemistry II CHE22M3 16

Organic Chemistry II CHE21M4 16

2 2
Thermodynamics and Modern Physics PHY22M2 16

Operating Systems CSI22M1 14

Statistical Inference II STA22M2 16

Total credits 56

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

Inorganic Chemistry III CHE31M3 16

Organic Chemistry III CHE31M4 8

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence CSI31M1 14


1
3

Software Engineering I CSI31M2 14

Electromagnetism and Quantum


PHY31M1 24
Mechanics

Linear Models STA31M1 16

2 Analytical Chemistry III CHE32M2 16


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Software Engineering II CSI32M2 16

2
Statistical Mechanics and Solid State
PHY32M2 12
Physics

Sampling Theory STA32M3 14

Total credits 24

4.2.9.3.5.3 Prerequisite Courses

Level Course Code Course Name Pre-requisite

1 MAT11M1 Admission requirements as in section


Precalculus& Calculus I
1.5

APM11M1 Introduction to Linear & Admission requirements as in section


Vector Alg. 1.5

MAT12M1 Admission requirements as in section


Precalculus& Calculus II
1.5

APM12M1 Linear Programming & Introduction to Linear & Vector


Applied Computing Algebra

Level Course Code Course Name Pre-requisite


2 MAT21M1 Precalculus& Calculus I,Precalculus&
Multivariate Calculus
Calculus II

MAT22M1 Ordinary Differential Precalculus& Calculus I,Precalculus&


Equations Calculus II

APM21M1 All Level IAPM courses, MAT11M1,


Numerical Analysis I
MAT12M1

MAT21M2 Precalculus& Calculus I, Precalculus&


Real Analysis I
Calculus II

MAT22M2 Precalculus& Calculus I,Precalculus&


Linear Algebra I
Calculus II

APM22M1 Eigenvalue Problems and All Level IAPM courses , MAT11M1,


Fourier Analysis MAT12M1, MAT22M1

APM22M2 Mechanics I All Level I APM courses, MAT21M1


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3 MAT31M1 Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I,
Real Analysis II
Linear Algebra I

MAT31M2 Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I,


Linear Algebra II
Linear Algebra I

APM31M1 Numerical Methods APM21M1, APM22M1

ATA31M2 Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I,


Abstract Algebra
Linear Algebra I

MAT32M2 Multivariate Calculus, Real Analysis I,


Complex Analysis
Linear Algebra I

APM32M1 Mathematical Programming APM21M1, APM22M1

4.2.9.3.6 Award of Qualification

The qualification will be awarded after satisfaction of the programme requirements, including obtaining a minimum
of 360 credits..

4.2.9.3.7 Articulation

Vertical Articulation is possible with: BSc Hons Mathematics and BSc Hons Applied Mathematics, NQF Level 8

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by WSU, e.g. BSc Applied Statistical
Science.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by other institutions, subject to the
relevant institution’s admission requirements.

4.2.9.4 Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) Extended Programme: BSCME

The first 2 years of the BSc Mathematics (Extended Programme) are equivalent to the first year of the BSc
Mathematics programme. In the last two years of the BSc Mathematics (Extended Programme), the students follow
the BSc Mathematics programme from Level II.


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4.2.9.4.1 Core and Foundation Courses

Level Semester Course Type Course Name Code Credits

EAPM1M1 16
Integrated Mathematics I

Mathematical Methods I EMAT1M2 16

1 EAPM1M2 16
Core Course Integrated Mathematics II

Mathematical Methods II EMAT1M1 16

1A
Computer Science
ECSI1M1 16
1 Fundamentals

Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8

Foundation Introduction to
ECSI1M2 16
2 Programming I

Academic Literacy II ACL1212 8

(Year) Life Skills ELSK1M2 8

Total core
1&2 120
credits

Electives
1&2 0
required

1&2 Total credits 120


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Level Semester Course Type Course Name Code Credits

1 Integrated Mathematics EIMT1M1 16


III

1
Mathematical Methods III EXMM1M1 16

1A 2
Core Course EIMT1M2 16
Integrated Mathematics
IV

2 EMAM1M2 16
Mathematical Methods IV

Introduction to Computer
1 Foundation EICA1M1 16
Architecture

Introduction to
2 EIPR1M2 16
Programming II

Total core
96
credits

Electives
24
required

Total credits 120


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4.2.9.4.2 Electives

Course
Level Semester Course Name Credits
code

1 Extended General Physics I EPHY1M1 16

1 Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16


1A
2 Extended General Physics II EPHY1M2 16

2 Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16

Level 1b

1 Extended General Physics III EPHY1M3 16

1 Extended General Chemistry II EGCH1M1 16

1 Probability & Distribution theory I STA11M1 16


1A
2 Extended General Physics IV EPHY1M4 16

2 Extended General Chemistry IV ECHE1M4 16

2 Statistical Inference I STA12M2 16

4.2.9.4.3 Prerequisite Courses

Level Course Name Pre-requisite

Admission requirements as in section


Integrated Mathematics I
1.6

Admission requirements as in section


Integrated Mathematics II
1.6

Integrated Mathematics III EMAT1M1, EMAT1M2

Integrated Mathematics IV EMAT1M1, EMAT1M2


1
Admission requirements as in section
Mathematical Methods I
1.6

Admission requirements as in section


Mathematical Methods II
1.6

Mathematical Methods III EAPM1M1, EAPM1M2

Mathematical Methods IV EAPM1M1, EAPM1M2


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Integrated Mathematics I
1.6

Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2

4.2.9.5 Bachelor of Science (Applied Statistical Sciences): BSCAS

Statistics is an important area of study and is needed in various sectors of government and industry and commerce.
In view of this, the long term plan of the department envisages the establishment of a linkage between the
department and industry and commerce.

4.2.9.5.1 Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Applied Statistical Science will prepare the student for jobs in many
different sectors of the economy, including Agriculture, Banking, Economic Planning, Education, Engineering,
Forestry, Health Research, Insurance, Manufacturing, Market Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Scientific Research,
Social Research, Transport.

4.2.9.5.1 Purpose of Qualification

To provide basic statistical knowledge in applied mathematics, computer science, mathematics and statistics with an
inclination towards application in the solution of technical problems in the marketplace, and for further training at a
higher level in various specialisations needing a sound foundation in statistical Sciences.

4.2.9.5.2 Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

A BSc Applied Statistics graduate should:


• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and principles in applied statistics,
• Have a sound basis in applied statistics for further training in this area and/or other fields of study that
require a foundation in applied statistics.
• Develop a culture of critical and analytical thinking and be able to apply scientific reasoning to societal
issues.
• Demonstrate ability to apply statistics.
• Be able to manage and organise own learning activities responsibly.
• Be able to demonstrate ability to solve real-world problems requiring the application of techniques in
statistics.

4.2.9.5.2 Programme Characteristics

4.2.9.5.2.1 Academic and Research Oriented Study

The programme is mainly academic and research oriented because academic study is combined with related practical
work aimed at developing more conceptual mathematical than computational outcomes. The courses in this
programme are developed co-operatively using inputs from internal and external academic sources on a continuous
basis.

4.2.9.5.2.1 Practical Work

Practical work in tutorials and computer laboratories provides the practical experience and the development of
computing and research skills that will form the basis of future work, academic and research engagement.


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4.2.9.5.2.2 Teaching and Learning Methodology

Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, practicals in which in which independent study are integrated.

4.2.9.5.3 Programme Structure Information

The entire programme must consist of credits from core Courses in Statistics and related areas in the school. A
student must take all the Core Courses and Foundational Courses at that level. Relevant electives (for which the
student has the required pre-requisites) must then be chosen so that the student has a minimum of 120 credits at
that level. However, no student may register for more than 128 credits in any given academic year.

4.2.9.5.3.1 Core and Foundation Courses

Course Course
Level Semester Course Name Credits
type code

Extended General
EPHY1M1 16
Physics I
1
Extended General
ECHE1M1 16
Chemistry I
Foundation
1A
Extended General
EPHY1M2 16
Physics II
2
Extended General
ECHE1M2 16
Chemistry I

Course Course
Level Semester Course Name Credits
type code

Probability &
1 STA11M1 16
Distribution Theory I
Core
Probability & Statistical
2 STA12M2 16
Inference I

1 Computer Literacy CLT11M1 8


Foundation
1
1&2 Communication Skills COK11M0 8

Total core credits 48

Elective credits
72
required

Total credits 120


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Level Semester Course Name Code Credits

1 Probability & Distribution Theory II STA21M1 16

2 Statistical Inference II STA22M2 16

2 Total core
32
credits

Elective credits
98
required

Total credits 120

Level Semester Course Name Code Credits

Sampling Theory & Methods STA32M3 16


2
Stochastic Processes & Time Series
STA32M2 16
Forecasting

Linear Model & Multivariable


1 STA31M1 16
Distribution theory
3
Total core
48
credits

Elective credits
72
required

Total credits 120

4.2.9.5.3.2 Electives

Course
Level Semester Course Name Credits
code

General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16

1 Information Systems and


CSI11M1 8
1 Applications

Problem Solving and


CSI11M2 8
Programming

1 General Physics I PHY11M1 16


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Precalculus& Calculus I MAT11M1 16

Precalculus& Calculus II MAT12M1 16

2 General Chemistry I CHE12M1 16

Object-oriented Programming CSI12M1 8

General Physics II PHY12M2 16

Introduction to Linear & Vector


1 APM11M1 16
Alg.

Linear Programming & Applied


2 APM12M1 16
Computing

Year
Semester Course Name Course Code Credits
Level

General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16

2 1 Information Systems and Applications CSI11M1 8

Problem Solving and Programming CSI11M2 8

General Physics I PHY11M1 16

Precalculus& Calculus I MAT11M1 16

Precalculus& Calculus II MAT12M1 16

General Chemistry I CHE12M1 16

2 Object-oriented Programming CSI12M1 8

General Physics II PHY12M2 16

1 Introduction to Linear & Vector Alg. APM11M1 16

Linear Programming & Applied


2 APM12M1 16
Computing

Level Semester Course Name Credits


Course


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Numerical Analysis I APM21M1 16

2 Real Analysis I MAT21M2 8

Linear Algebra I MAT22M2 8

Eigenvalue Problems and Fourier


APM22M1 16
Analysis
2 1
Mechanics I APM22M2 16

Analytical Chemistry II CHE22M2 16

Physical Chemistry II CHE21M5 16

Programming in JAVA CSI21M1 14

Mechanics & Waves PHY21M1 16

Multivariable Calculus MAT21M1 8

2 Inorganic Chemistry II CHE22M3 16

Organic Chemistry II CHE21M4 16

Thermodynamics and Modern


PHY22M2 16
Physics

1 Operating Systems CSI22M1 14

Ordinary Differential Equations MAT22M1 8

Minimum total credits 56 56

Code
Level Semester Course Name Credits
Name

Numerical Methods APM31M1 16

Linear Algebra II MAT31M2 16

1 Inorganic Chemistry III HE31M3 16

3 Organic Chemistry III CHE31M4 8

Introduction to Artificial
CSI31M1 14
Intelligence


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Software Engineering I CSI31M2 14

Electromagnetism and Quantum


PHY31M1 24
Mechanics
1
Linear Models & Multivariable
STA31M1 16
Distribution Theory

Analytical Chemistry III CHE32M2 16

Physical Chemistry III CHE32M5 16

Environmental Chemistry – 2003 CHE3207 12

Data Management CSI32M1 14

2 Software Engineering II (CSI32M2 14

Statistical Mechanics and Solid


PHY32M2 24
State Physics

Complex Analysis MAT32M2 16

Mathematical Programming APM32M1 16

4.2.9.5.3.3 Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Prerequisite Concurrent

STA11M1 Admission Requirement MAT11M1

APM11M1

STA12M2 Admission Requirement MAT12M1

APM12M1

STA21M1 STA11M1; STA12M2; MAT11M1; MAT21M1; MAT21M2;


MAT12M1; APM11M1; APM12M1 APM21M1

STA22M1 STA11M1; STA12M2; MAT11M1; MAT22M1; MAT22M2


MAT12M1; APM11M1; APM12M1
APM22M1

STA31M1 STA21M1; STA22M2 MAT31M1; MAT31M2;


APM31M1


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STA32M2 STA21M1 MAT32M1; MAT32M2

STA22M2 APM32M1

4.2.9.5.4 Award of Qualification

The qualification will be awarded after satisfaction of the programme requirements, including obtaining a minimum
of 360 credits.

4.2.9.5.4 Articulation

Vertical

Vertical Articulation is possible with BSc Hons Applied Statistics, NQF Level 8

Horizontal

Within WSU

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by WSU, e.g. BSc Applied Statistics, NQF
Level 7, course to the admission requirements of that qualification.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by such institutions, subject to the relevant
institution’s admission requirements.


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4.2.9.6 Bachelor of Science (Applied Statistical Science) Extended: BSCEAS

The first 2 years of the BSc Statistical Science (Extended Programme) are equivalent to the first year of the BSc
Statistical Science programme. In the last two years of the BSc Statistical Science (Extended Programme) the
students follow the BSc Statistical Science programme from Level II.

4.2.9.6.1 Core and Foundation Courses

Level 1a (BSCEAS)

Course Name Code Credits Semester

Core

Integrated Statistics I ESTA1M1 16 1

EMAT1M1 16 1
Integrated Mathematics I
Integrated Statistics II ESTA1M2 16 2

EMAT1M2 16 2
Integrated Mathematics II
Foundation

Computer Science Fundamentals ECSI1M1 16 1

Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8 1

Introduction to Programming I ECSI1M2 16 2

Academic Literacy II ACL1212 8 2

Life Skills ELSK1M2 8 (Year)

Total core credits 120 1&2

Electives required 0 1&2

Total credits 120 1&2

Level 1b (BSCEAS)

Course Name Code Credits Semester

Core

Integrated Statistics III EIST1M1 16 1

EIMT1M1 16 1
Integrated Mathematics III
Integrated Statistics IV EIST1M2 16 2


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EIMT1M2 16 2
Integrated Mathematics IV
Foundation

Introduction to Computer Architecture EICA1M1 16 1

Introduction to Programming II EIPR1M2 16 2

Total core credits 96 1&2

Electives required 24 1&2

Total credits 120 1&2

4.2.9.6.2 Electives

Level 1a (BSCEAS) – An elective cannot be taken, presently, at this year because of exceeding
credits.

Course Name Code Credits Semester

Extended General Physics I EPHY1M1 16 1

1a Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16 1

Extended General Physics II EPHY1M2 16 2

Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16 2

Seme
Level Course Name Course Code Credits
ster

1 Introduction to Linear & Vector Algebra APM11M1 16

1 Extended General Physics III EPHY1M3 16

1 Extended General Chemistry III ECHE1M3 16


1b
2 Linear Programming & Applied Computing APM12M1 16

2 Extended General Physics IV EPHY1M4 16

2 Extended General Chemistry IV ECHE1M4 16


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4.2.9.6.3 Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Code Course Name Pre-Requisite

ESTA1M1 Integrated Statistics I Admission requirements as in section 1.6

ESTA1M2 Integrated Statistics II Admission requirements as in section 1.6

EIST1M1 Integrated Statistics III ESTA1M1, ESTA1M2

EIST1M2 Integrated Statistics IV ESTA1M1, ESTA1M2

EMAT1M1 Integrated Mathematics I Admission requirements as in section 1.6

EMAT1M2 Integrated Mathematics II Admission requirements as in section 1.6

EIMT1M1 Integrated Mathematics III EMAT1M1, EMAT1M2

EIMT1M2 Integrated Mathematics IV EMAT1M1, EMAT1M2

4.2.9.6.4 Award of Qualification

The qualification will be awarded after satisfaction of the programme requirements, including obtaining a minimum of
360 credits.

4.2.9.6.5 Articulation

Vertical

Vertical Articulation is possible with BSc Hons Applied Statistics, NQF Level 8

Horizontal

Within WSU

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by WSU, e.g. BSc Applied Statistics, NQF
Level 7, course to the admission requirements of that qualification.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 7 qualifications offered by such institutions, subject to the relevant
institution’s admission requirements.

4.2.9.7 Bachelor of Science (Computer Science): BSCCS

The BSc Computer Science programme is in line with the requirements of South African Qualifications Authority
(SAQA), the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). The programme is
aimed at providing basic knowledge towards further training to become computer scientists. It is designed to be


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relevant to the socio-economic needs of the region and the continent in general and to produce graduates who are
required locally, nationally, and internationally in the scientific, business and computing industries.

4.2.9.7.1 Career Opportunities

Computer scientists devise new ways to use computers. Progress in the Computer Science areas of networking,
database, and human-computer-interface enabled the development of the World Wide Web. Now Computer Science
researchers are working with scientists from other fields to make robots become practical and intelligent aides, to use
databases to create new knowledge, and to use computers to help decipher the secrets of our DNA. They develop
effective ways to solve computing problems. For example, computer scientists develop the best possible ways to
store information in databases, send data over networks, and display complex images. Their theoretical background
allows them to determine the best performance possible, and their study of algorithms helps them to develop new
approaches that provide better performance.

Computer science spans the range from theory through programming. While other disciplines may produce graduates
with more immediately relevant job-related skills, computer science offers a comprehensive foundation that permits
graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas.

4.2.9.7.2 Exit Level Outcomes

The qualifying learner should have the ability to:

• Work in a broad range of positions involving tasks from theoretical work to software development and
demonstrate:
o An intellectual understanding of, and an appreciation for, the central role of algorithms and data structures.
o An understanding of computer hardware from a software perspective, for example, use of the processor,
memory, disk drives, display, etc.
o Those fundamental programming skills to permit the implementation of algorithms and data structures in
software.
o Those skills that are required to design and implement larger structural units that utilise algorithms and data
structures and the interfaces through which these units communicate.
o An understanding of software engineering principles and technologies so as to ensure that software
implementations are robust, reliable, and appropriate for their intended audience.
• Understand the possibilities and limitations of what computer technology (software, hardware, and networking)
can and cannot do. There are three levels:
o An understanding of what current technologies can and cannot accomplish.
o An understanding of computing's limitations, including the difference between what computing is
inherently incapable of doing vs. what may be accomplished via future science and technology.
o An awareness of the impact on individuals, organisations, and society of deploying technological
solutions and interventions.
• Understand the concept of the lifecycle, including the significance of its phases (planning, development,
deployment, and evolution), the implications for the development of all aspects of computer-related systems
(including software, hardware, and human computer interface), and the relationship between quality and
lifecycle management.
• Understand the essential concept of process, in at least two meanings of the term:
o Process as it relates to computing especially program execution and system operation.
o Process as it relates to professional activity especially the relationship between product quality and the
deployment of appropriate human processes during product development.


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4.2.9.7.3 Programme Curriculum

The entire programme consists Computer Science Courses and other complementary Courses. Essential
underpinnings of the programme may be abstract, for example, formal theory rooted in mathematics, or they may
address professional values and principles. Regardless of their form or focus, the underpinnings must highlight those
essential aspects of the discipline that remain unaltered in the face of technological change. The discipline’s
foundation provides a touchstone that transcends time and circumstance, giving a sense of permanence and stability
to its educational mission. Students must have a thorough grounding in that foundation.

The qualification will be awarded after satisfaction of the programme requirements, including obtaining a minimum of
360 credits

Y-Semester , Y-Year, F-Foundation, C- co-Courses, Electives- E

Leve Sems Cours Course Name Course CRED S F/C/ PRE-


l ter e type Code ITS / E REQUISIT
Y E

1 1 Core Information CSI11M1 8 S C Admission


Courses Systems & Requirements
Applications

Problem Solving CSI11M2 8 S C Admission


11M2 Requirements

Computer Literacy CSI11M3 8 S C Admission


And Web Appl Requirements

Communication COK11M0 8 Y F Admission


Skills Requirements

Pre-Calculus & MAT11M1 16 S C Admission


Calculus Requirements

Plus 1 Additional
Elective

1 1 Electives General Physics PHY11M1 16 S E Admission


Requirements

Intro Linear APM11M1 16 S E Admission


&VectAlg Requirements

Probability & STA11M1 16 S E Admission


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Distribution Requirements

Intro To ECO11M1 16 S E Admission


Microeconomics Requirements

Intro to Business BMA11M1 16 S E Admission


Management Requirements

Level Semster Course Course Name Course Credits S/Y F/C/E Pre-
type Code requiasite

2 1 Core Computer Literacy CSI12M3 8 S C CSI11M3


And Web Appl II
Moule

Intro. To Object- CSI12M1 8 S C CSI11M2


Oriented
Programming

Computer CSI12M2 8 S C Admission


Organisation & Requirements
Architecture

Precalculus & MAT12M1 16 S Admission


Calculus II Requirements

Plus 1 Additional
Elective

Electives General Physics PHY12M2 16 S E Admission


Requirements

Linear Programming APM12M1 16 S E APM11M1

Statistical Inference STA12M2 16 S E Admission


Requirements

Intro To Macro- ECO12M2 16 S E Admission


Economics Requirements

Management of the BMA12M2 16 S E Admission


Enterprise Requirements


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2 2 Core Programming In CSI21M1 14 S C CSI11M2,


Course Java & Networking CSI12M1

Data CSI21M2 14 S C CSI12M2,


Communications CSI12M1

Plus 2 Additional
Electives

2 2 Electives Multivariate Calculus MAT21M1 8 S E MAT11M1,


MAT12M1

Real Analysis I MAT21M2 8 S E MAT11M1,


MAT12M1

General Physics OR PHY11M1 Or 16 S E

Mechanics And PHY21M1 16 PHY12M1


Waves

Intro Linear & Vect APM11M1 16 S E Admission


Alg OR OR Requirements
16 S
Numerical Analysis APM21M1 MAT11M1,
201 MAT12M1,
APM12M1

Probability & Distr STA11M1 Or 16 S E Admission


OR STA21M1 Requirements

Probability STA11M1,
Distribution Theory STA12M2
201

Intro To ECO11M1/ 16 S E
Microeconomics OR
Micro- 8 ECO11M1
Economics21M2 ECO21M2 ,ECO12M1

Mathematical ECO21M3 8 S E ECO11M1


Economics ,ECO12M1


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Intro to Business BMA11M1 16 S E


Management OR
16 BMA12M2
Principles of BMA21M1
Management

Level Semster Course Course Name Course Credits S/ F/C/ Pre-


type Code Y E requiasite

2 2 Core Operating Systems CSI22M1 14 S C CSI12M1,CSI12M


Course 2

Data Structures CSI22M2 14 S C CSI12M1,CSI12M


2

Plus 2 Additional
Electives

2 2 Electives Ordinary Differential MAT22M1 8 S E MAT11M1,


Equation MAT12M1

Linear Algebra I MAT22M2 8 S E MAT11M1,


MAT12M1

Thermodynamics & PHY22M2 16 S E MAT11M1,


Modern Physic MAT12M1,
PHY12M2

Eigen Value Problems APM22M1 16 S E MAT11M1,


202 MAT12M1,
APM12M1

Statistical Inference II STA22M2 16 S E STA11M1,


202 STA12M2

ECO12M1 16 S E
Intro To OR
Macroeconomics 8 ECO11M1
ECO22M2 ,ECO12M1
Micro-Economics 21M2


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Management of the BMA12M1 16 S E


Enterprise OR
BMA22M2 16 BMA11M1,
Operations BMA12M1
Management

Leve Semster Course Course Course CREDITS S F/ PRE-


l type Name Code / C/ REQUISIT
Y E E

3 1 Core Course Mechanics PHY21M1 OR 16 S E PHY21M1,


and Waves PHY22M2,
OR PHY31M1 24 MAT21M1,
MAT21M2,
Electromagn MAT22M1,
etism & MAT22M2
Quantum
Mechanics

Probability STA21M1 OR 16 S E STA11M1,


Distribution STA31M1 STA12M2
Theory 201
OR STA21M1,
STA22M2
Linear
Models &
Multi-
Variable
Distribution
Theory

Micro- ECO21M2 8 S E ECO11M1


Economics ,ECO12M1
2012

Mathematica ECO21M3 8 S E ECO11M1


l Economics ,ECO12M1

Principles of BMA21M1 16 S E BMA11M1,


Managemen BMA12M2


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Numerical APM31M1 16 S E MAT21M1,


Methods MAT21M2,
MAT22M1,
MAT22M2,
APM22M1,
APM21M1

Real MAT31M1 16 S E MAT21M2,MAT2


Analysis II 2M2, MAT21M1

Linear MAT31M2 16 S E MAT21M2,MAT2


Algebra II 2M2, MAT21M1

3 2 Core Course Intro to CSI31M1 14 S C CSI22M2,


Artificial CSI21M1,
Intelligence MAT12M1

Software CSI31M2 14 S C CSI21M1,


Engineering CSI22M2
Electives

Plus 2
Additional
Electives

Mechanics PHY22M2 OR 16 S E PHY11M1,PHY1


and Waves 2M2, MAT11M1,
OR PHY32M1 24 MAT12M1PHY21
M1, PHY22M2,
Electromagn MAT21M1,
etism & MAT21M2,
Quantum MAT22M1,
Mechanics MAT22M2

Electives Probability STA32M3 16 S E STA21M1,


Distribution STA22M2
Theory 201
OR

Linear
Models &
Multi-


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Variable
Distribution
Theory

Micro- STA22M2 OR 16 S E STA11M1,


Economics STA12M2
2012 STA32M2 16
STA21M1,
STA22M2

Mathematica ECO 22M4 8 S E ECO11M1


l Economics ,ECO12M1

Principles of ECO22M3 8 S E ECO11M1


Managemen ,ECO12M1
t

Numerical BMA22M2 OR 16 S E BMA11M1,


Methods BMA12M2
BMA32M1
BMA22M2,
BMA21M1

Real MAT32M2 16 S E MAT21M2,MAT2


Analysis II 2M2, MAT21M1

Linear ATA31M2 16 S E MAT21M2,MAT2


Algebra II 2M2, MAT21M1

APM32M1 16 S E MAT21M1,
MAT21M2,
MAT22M1,
MAT22M2,
APM22M1,
APM21M1

Database CSI32M1 14 S C CSI22M2,


Managemen CSI22M1,
t Systems CSI21M1

Software CSI32M2 14 S C CSI31M2


Engineering


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4.2.9.7.3.1 Clarity on Electives

• Electives – Recommended electives are listed, however, students at any level may select any other electives
subject to the time-table and prerequisites.
• Students are not allowed to have all their electives at Level one. Students must ensure that the chosen elective
can at least allow them to do level 3 courses.
• Students to ensure that the elective path chosen at the time of registration must be followed till completion
otherwise students forfeit the credits accumulate if they change the elective path.

4.2.9.7.4 Promotion Rules

All core and pre-requisite courses must be completed.

4.2.9.7.5 Exit Rules

All courses and Courses must be completed.

4.2.9.7.6 Exclusion

Maximum 3 years plus two additional years allowed.

4.2.9.8 Bachelor of Science (Computer Science - Extended Programme): BSCECS

Extended curriculum programmes lead to the same qualifications as the mainstream programmes. Extended
curriculum programmes have been developed for all undergraduate programmes in the department, in order to
enhance student development and to improve chances of successfully completing the degree. In the extended
curriculum programme the first year curriculum is extended over two years with additional academic support and
tuition. Because the extended curriculum programmes lead to the same qualifications the job opportunities are
exactly the same as all the corresponding diploma and degree programmes listed in this prospectus.

4.2.9.8.1 Core, Foundation and Elective Courses (STUDY LEVEL: 360 CREDITS OVER 4 YEARS)

1 F=Foundation, C=Core , E=Elective

Year Semester Course Name CODE CREDITS S/Y F/C/E PRE-REQUISITE


Level


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1A 1 Computer Science ECSI1M1 16 S C Admission


Fundamentals Requirements

Integrated Maths I EMAT1M1 16 S C Admission


Requirements

Life Skills I ELSK1M2 8 Y F Admission


Requirements

Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8 S F Admission


Requirements

ELECTIVES

1A 1 Mathematical Methods I EAPM1M1 16 S E Admission Requirements

Integrated Statistics I ESTA1M1 16 S E Admission Requirements

Extended General Physics EPHY1M1 16 S E Admission Requirements

Year Semester Course Name CODE CRED S/Y F/C PRE-REQUISITE


Level ITS /E

1A 2 Introduction to ECSI1M2 16 S C Admission Requirements


Programming I

Integrated Maths II EMAT1M2 16 S C Admission Requirements

Academic Literacy I ACL1212 8 S F Admission Requirements

ELECTIVES

1A 2 Mathematical Methods II EAPM1M2 16 S E EAPM1M1

Integrated Statistics II ESTA1M2 16 S E Admission Requirements


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Extended General Physics II EPHY1M2 16 S E Admission Requirements

Year Semester Moule Name Moule Code CREDIT S/Y F/C/E PRE-REQUISITE
Level S

1B 1 Introduction to EICA1M1 16 S C ECSI1M1


Computer Architecture

Integrated Maths III EIMT1M1 16 S C MAT111

Plus any two electives

ELECTIVES

Extended General EPHY1M3 16 S E EMAT1M2,


Physics III EMAT1M1, EPHY1M2
,EPHY1M1

Mathematical Methods EXMM1M1 16 S E EAPM1M2


III

EIST1M1 16 S E ESTA1M2

Intro to Macroeconomics ECO11M1 16 S E Admission


OR Requirements
BMA11M1
Intro to Business
Management

Year Level Semester Moule Name Moule CREDITS S/Y F/C PRE-REQUISITE
Code /E

1b 2 Intro to Programming II EIPR1M2 16 S C ECSI1M2

Integrated Maths IV EIMT1M2 16 S C EIMT1M1


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Plus any two electives

ELECTIVES

Extended General EPHY1M4 16 S E EMAT1M2, EMAT1M1,


Physics IV EPHY1M2 ,EPHY1M1

Mathematical Methods IV EMAM1M2 16 S E EXMM1M1

Integrated Statistics IV EIST1M2 16 S E EIST1M1

ECO12M2 16 S E ECO11M1

BMA12M2 BMA11M1

Legend: Y: Year S: Semester F: Foundation C: Core E: Elective

STUDY LEVEL 2: SEMESTER 1

As for 2-year Main Stream programme

STUDY LEVEL 2: SEMESTER 2

As for 3-year programme

Students are encouraged to take CSI12M3 as an elective

STUDY LEVEL 3: SEMESTER 1

As for 3-year programme in 3nd year Level

STUDY LEVEL 3: SEMESTER 2

As for 3-year programme in 3nd year Level

4.2.9.8.2 Admission Requirements, Underpinning Knowledge And Programme Rules

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4.2.9.8.3 Distribution of Credits Over the Levels

Study Level 1A: 60. (NQF level 5)


Study Level 1B: 60. (NQF level 5)
Study Level 2: 120. (NQF level 6)
Study Level 3: 120. (NQF level 7)

4.2.10 Service Courses offered by the Department

Course Name Code Credits Level Semester Faculty/Dept

Special Mathematics I SPM11M1 16 I 1 FBML

Special Mathematics II SPM12M1 16 I 2 FBML

Applied Statistics I FBML, FNS,


APS11M1 16 I 1
EDUCATION

Applied Statistics II APS12M1 16 I 2 FBML, FNS, FEDS

4.2.11 Postgraduate Programmes in the Department

The postgraduate programmes in the department are designed to provide basic knowledge needed for placement in
jobs requiring a significant amount of maturity in mathematical sciences and/or computing, and for further training at
a higher level in various relevant specialisations. The skills imparted through programmes offered in the department
are scarce skill in South Africa and are crucial for the scientific and technological development that leads to economic
development of the country. In view of this, the long term plan of the department envisages the establishment of a
linkage between the department, industry and commerce. After the successful completion of the programme the
student will be able to utilise the acquired skills in various disciplines mentioned above.

4.2.11.1 Career Opportunities

Many opportunities become available to students who complete the programmes offered in the department.

4.2.11.1.1 Applied Mathematics/Mathematics

Actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, and cryptography; for teaching; as well as postgraduate training
leading to a research career in mathematics. A strong background in applied mathematics is also necessary for
research in many areas of computer science, social science, and engineering.

4.2.11.1.2 Applied Statistical Sciences

Agriculture, Banking, Economic Planning, Education, Engineering, Forestry, Health Research, Insurance,
Manufacturing, Market Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Scientific Research, Social Research, and Transport.

4.2.11.1.3 Computer Science

• Systems/Business Analyst/Developers: Combining computing knowledge and business graduates should be able
to link between the programmer and the user, converting the user's requirements into computer system designs.


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• Web Programmer - These are the people who convert systems designs into a form understood by the computer.
Application programmers are concerned more with business requirements, whereas technical programmers are
concerned primarily with more complex tasks.
• Network specialists: These are experts in areas such as Data Communication Networks, Databases and
Operating Systems.
• Graduating students can have careers in research and development at academic institutions.

4.2.11.2 Minimum Admission Requirements

4.2.11.2.1 Bachelor of Science Honours

An average of 60% in the relevant undergraduate Courses for the discipline.

4.2.11.2.1 Master of Science

A good BSc Honours degree in a relevant discipline. The department may put additional requirements.

4.2.11.3 Bachelor of Science Honours (Mathematics): BSM

The programme requires that a student does FOUR courses from the list in the table below and a Compulsory
Research Project. However, a student who chooses MAT4101 may not choose either MAT4105 or MAT4107. The
required minimum total credits is 120.

4.2.11.3.1 Curriculum Information

Course Name Course Code Credits Pre-Requisite

Algebra MAT4101 24 ATA31M2

Classical Analysis MAT4102 24 MAT31M1

Functional 24 MAT31M1
MAT4103
Analysis

General Topology MAT4104 24 MAT31M1

Group Theory MAT4105 24 MAT31M1, ATA31M2

Measure Theory MAT4106 24 MAT31M1

Ring Theory MAT4107 24 MAT31M1, ATA31M2

Differential 24 MAT22M1
MAT4108
Equations

Research Project 30 Admission Requirements


MAT4109
(Compulsory)


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4.2.11.3.2 Articulation

Vertical

Vertical Articulation is possible with: MSc Mathematics, NQF Level 9

Horizontal

Within WSU

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 8 qualifications offered by WSU, e.g. BSc Hons Applied
Mathematics, NQF Level 8, subject to the admission requirements of that qualification.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 8 qualifications offered by other institutions, subject to the
relevant institution’s admission requirements.

4.2.11.3 Bachelor of Science Honours (Applied Statistical Science)

The programme requires that a student does FOUR courses from the list in the table below and a Compulsory
Research Project. The required minimum total credits are 128.

4.2.11.3.1 Curriculum Information

Course Name Moule Code Credits Prequisition Code

STA 21M1 & LinerModel &


Advanced Probability
STA 40M1 24 Multivariable Distribution STA31M1
and distribution theory
Theory

STA 22M2 & LinerModel &


Advanced Parametric
STA40M2 24 Multivariable Distribution STA31M1
statistical inference
Theory

Advanced sampling LinerModel & Multivariable


STA40M3 24 STA31M1
theory & methods Distribution Theory

Advanced design and


STA40M4 24 Sampling Theory Methods STA32M3
analysis of experiments

Advanced general LinerModel & Multivariable


STA40M5 24 STA31M1
linear model Distribution Theory

Advanced Analysis of LinerModel & Multivariable


STA40M6 24 STA31M1
contingency tables Distribution Theory

LinerModel & Multivariable


Advanced STA40M7 24 STA31M1
Distribution Theory
nonparametric


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statistical inference

Advanced Multivariate LinerModel & Multivariable


STA40M8 24 STA31M1
distribution theory Distribution Theory

Advanced special
Stochastic Processes & Time
topics: Time series STA40M9 24 STA32M2
Series Forecasting
analysis

Honours project
STA40M 32
(compulsory)

4.2.11.3.2 Articulation

Vertical

Vertical Articulation is possible with MSc Statistics, NQF Level 9

Horizontal

Within WSU

Horizontal Articulation may be possible with some NQF Level 8 qualifications offered by WSU.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 8 qualifications offered by other institutions, subject to the
relevant institution’s admission requirements.

4.2.11.4 Bachelor of Science Honours (Computer Science)

The Computer Science programme provides students with the advanced skills needed for careers involving the
design, configuration, and implementation of computer systems and software. Topics studied during the programme
include algorithms, artificial intelligence, computer networks, databases, Advanced Enterprise Java Programming and
web Computing. Students who successfully complete an extra Honours year can use their enhanced skills to pursue
more interesting research and development positions in the ICT industry. An Honours degree also naturally leads to
further study for a research higher degree at Masters or Doctorate level

The Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) programme is taken over one full-time year or two part-time years.
Entry to the honours programme is possible for graduates of other cognate disciplines. Enquiries regarding admission
should be directed to the Head of Department. This one year programme is normally undertaken by students with an
excellent academic record in the Bachelor of Computer Science degree who wish to broaden their knowledge as
further preparation for professional practice or to meet the requirements for admission to a research degree.
Students enrolled in the programme are required to complete a project and directed electives in computer science.

By the end of the programme learners should be able to:

• Create complex software applications and perform detailed systems analysis.


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• Perform basic research with minimal assistance.

Computer Science Honours is a one-year 120 credit programme made up of six 15-credit coursework Courses and an
individual, supervised project worth 30 credits.

At the discretion of the HOD, two of the coursework Courses may be external to Computer Science Courses.

4.2.11.4.1 Curriculum Information

Course Name Modul Code Credits Semester Course Type Pre-requisites

Research Project CSH42M0 30 1&2 Core Admission


Requirements

Advanced OO Design and CSH41M1 15 1 Elective Admission


Programming Requirements

Advanced Data Communications and CSH41M2 15 1 Elective Admission


Networking Requirements

Research Methodology CSH41M4 15 1 Core Admission


Requirements

Web Engineering CSH41M3 15 1 Elective Admission


Requirements

Artificial Intelligence CSH42M2 15 2 Elective Admission


Requirements

Database Systems CSH42M4 15 2 Elective Admission


Requirements

Advanced Enterprise Java CSH42M1 15 2 Elective CSH41M1

Advanced Algorithms and Data CSH42M3 15 2 Core CSH41M1


Structures

4.2.11.4.2 Articulation

Vertical Articulation is possible with MSc Computer Science/Information Technology, NQF Level 9

Horizontal – within WSU


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Horizontal Articulation may be possible with some NQF Level 8 qualifications offered by WSU.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 8 qualifications offered by other institutions, subject to the relevant
institution’s admission requirements.

4.2.11.5 Masters Programmes

The required minimum total credits for an MSc is 180, which may be accumulated entirely from a dissertation.

Programmes offered Duration Duration

Full-time Part-time

MSc Mathematics 2yrs 4 yrs

MSc Applied Mathematics 2yrs 4 yrs

MSc Statistical Science 2yrs 4 yrs

MSc Computer Science * 2yrs 4 yrs

*Currently not offered.

Vertical

Vertical Articulation is possible with: PhD Mathematics, NQF Level 10

Horizontal

Within WSU

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 9 qualifications offered by WSU.

Other Universities

Horizontal Articulation is possible with NQF Level 9 qualifications offered by other institutions, subject to the
relevant institution’s admission requirements.


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4.2.12 Syllabi Details for all Courses

4.2.12.1 Syllabi of Courses: Extended Programmes

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EAPM1M1 Mathematical Methods I 5 16 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 160

Content / 1. Coordinate Systems: Review of Coordinate Systems in 2 and 3 dimensions


Syllabus 2. Vectors: Introduction to vectors, Vector Operations, The Dot Product, The Cross
Product, Applications to Coordinate Geometry and Mechanics
3. Laboratory Work on Vectors with MATLAB

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EAPM1M2 Mathematical Methods II 5 16 2

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 160

Content / 1. Matrix Theory: Matrices and Matrix Operations, Determinants, Inverses.


Syllabus 2. Systems of Linear Equations: Introduction to Systems of Linear Equations,
Gaussian Elimination, Gauss-Jordan Elimination, Systems of Equations and
Invertibility,
3. Laboratory Work on Linear Algebra with MATLAB
Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EXMM1M1 Mathematical Methods III 5 16 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 160


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Content / 4. Sets: Set Operations, De Morgan’s laws, Power Set, Cartesian Products, Indexed
Syllabus Families of Sets, Laws of Algebra of Sets
5. The Fundamental Counting Principle, Permutations, Combinations, The Binomial
Theorem, The Principle of Mathematical Induction.
6. Logic: Logical Operations and Truth Tables, Tautologies and Contradictions, Logical
Equivalence.
7. Boolean algebra: Boolean Polynomials, Introduction to Two-Terminal Circuit Series-
Parallel and Bridge Circuits, Postulates of Switching Circuits, Boolean Identities,
Identity Elements, Inverses, and Cancellations.
8. Laboratory Work on Discreet Mathematics with MATLAB
Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EMAM1M2 Mathematical Methods IV 5 16 2

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 160

Content/ 1. Linear programming: Introduction, LP Models, The Diet Problem, The Work-
Syllabus Scheduling Problem, A Capital Budgeting Problem, Short-term Financial Planning,
Blending Problems, Production Process Models,
2. Multi-period Decision Problems: An Inventory Model, Multi-period Financial Models,
Multi-period Work Scheduling, The Graphical Method, The Simplex Method –
Maximization, The Simplex Method – The Dual, The Simplex Method – Mixed
Constraints
3. Laboratory Work on Linear Programming with MATLAB
Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EMAT1M1 Integrated Mathematics I 5 16 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Algebraic Expressions: Factorisation; Remainder and Factor theorems; Nature of roots
Syllabus of a quadratic equation; Simplification of rational expressions; Radicals and Exponents;
Change of subject of formula
Sets: Definitions and Examples; Operations on sets; Venn Diagrams
Real Numbers: The Real number system; Inequalities – linear, quadratic, rational and
absolute value; Intervals on the Real line
Functions: Definitions; Ways of representing a function (descriptive, algebraic, numerical
and graphical); Polynomial, Rational, Absolute value, Exponential and Logarithmic functions;


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Symmetry; Even and Odd functions; Inverse of a function


Limits and Continuity: Limit of a function; Standard limits; Limit theorems (without
proof) and their applications; Continuous functions (A geometric and computational
approach, minimising the rigorous epsilon-delta approach)
Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EMAT1M2 Integrated Mathematics II 5 16 2

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Differentiation, curve sketching, mean value theorems, applications of derivatives and
Syllabus partial differentiation

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EIMT1M1 Integrated Mathematics III 5 16 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Intergration and its rules, areas, volumes and rotations of curves, Differential Equations
Syllabus (first order, first degree).

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EIMT1M2 Integrated Mathematics IV 5 16 2

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks


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4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Mathematical Induction: Principle of Mathematical Induction and its applications to


Syllabus standard proofs
Sequences and Series: Arithmetic and Geometric sequences and series; Power series
expansions; Taylor &Maclaurin series; Binomial series
Complex Numbers: Cartesian and Polar co-ordinates and the conversion from one co-
ordinate system to the other; Modulus and Argument; The Argand plane; De Moivre’s
theorem; Euler’s formula
Vectors: Basic concepts; Vector operations; The Dot product and the Cross product;
Application to co-ordinate
Matrices: Definitions and Examples; Algebra of matrices; The Inverse of a square matrix;
The Determinant of a square matrix; Properties of Determinants
Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ESTA1M1 Integrated Statistics I 5 16 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Descriptive Statistics: Different kinds of variables and measurement scales; Tabular and
Syllabus graphic presentation of data. Construction of frequency tables and their graphic
presentation; Relationship of histogram with frequency curve; Stem & leaf diagram;
Commonly used fractiles: their meanings and properties, Descriptive measures of central
tendency and their properties; Descriptive measures of variation/dispersion and their
properties. Economic Statistics (Index Numbers): Characteristics of index numbers of
prices; Types of index numbers of prices & Methods of their construction: simple
aggregative , weighted aggregative; quantity index numbers; cost of living index
numbers.

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ESTA1M2 Integrated Statistics II 5 16 2

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160


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Content / Point & Interval Estimation : Meaning of point estimate . Illustrations with commonly used
Syllabus point estimates for population mean , variance ,and proportion . Basic normal-theory
interval estimation of these parameters (both one-sample & two-sample cases). Hypothesis
Testing : Normal-theory one-and two-sample-based tests of hypotheses about population
means , variances & proportions. The chi-square test for independence .

Simple Regression : Elementary treatment of the simple linear model.

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EIST1M1 Integrated 5 16 1
Statistics III

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Set Theory: Definition and examples of a set; Common set operations using Venn diagram;
Syllabus Basic laws of set algebra. Counting Techniques: Product rule for counting; concept of
permutation and associated rules; concept of combination and associated rules. Probability I:
Definition of probability. Basic rules for probability. Distributions I: Discrete probability
distributions in general. The simple treatment of properties and probably calculations
involving discrete uniform distribution, the Bernoulli, binomial, negative binomial
Hypergeometric& Poisson distributions. Continuous distributions in general . The simple
treatment of properties and probability calculations involving continuous uniform distribution ,
the normal and the associated sampling distributions .

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EIST1M2 Integrated 5 16 2
Statistics IV

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Point & Interval Estimation of parameters in general. One - and - two sample tests of
Syllabus hypotheses about population means, variances,& proportions. Correlation and regression.
Significance tests in correlation. Linear regression point prediction. Curvilinear regression,


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significance tests in simple linear regression. Introduction to non-parametric tests. The sign
test, Wilcoxon's paired-sample test, Mann Whitney U-test

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ECSI1M1 COMPUTER SCIENCE 5 16 1


FUNDAMENTALS

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials Number Notional hours
per week of weeks

4 x 1 hr 2 x 1 hr 14 160

Content / Theory: 1.Fundamentals of IS: Data, Information, Importance and Requirements of IS. 2.
Syllabus Information Systems and Organisations: Types and Characteristics of Information Systems from
an Organisational and Functional Perspective 3.Hardware and Software Fundamentals:
Computer Types and Components, System and Application Software. 4. Networks: Wired and
Wireless Technologies. 5. Security and Control. 6. Decision Making: DSS and MIS. 7.
Information System Development: Classic System Development Life Cycle.

Practicals: Consist of 7 tutorials/practicals chosen from each section of content covered.

Entry rules Admission criteria

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): The contribution of CA to the semester


mark(SM) is 60% comprising 3 major tests (MT), 3 assignments (AA), 3 tutorial assignments
and progression (TA). CA = 50% (MT) + 25% (AA) + 25% (TA).

rules Students with CA less than 40% are not allowed to sit for the examination (EA).

Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination


(EA) to the semester mark (SM) is 40%. SM = 60 %( CA) + 40 %( EA).

To qualify for semester mark (SM) students must obtain an examination mark of not less than
40%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.


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ECSI1M2 Introduction to Programming 5 16 2


1

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials Number of weeks Notional hours
per week

4 x 1 hr 2 x 1 hr 14 160

Content / Syllabus Theory: 1. Object oriented and structured programming, polymorphism and inheritance,
programming languages, basics of a C++ program. 2. Data types, declarations, input and
output, assignments, operators (arithmetic, logical, relational) 3.Conditional and switch
statements, while and for loops, control statements. 4. Functions with return type void,
function overloading. 5. Input from a file, output to a file, reading to the end of the file,
arrays.

Practicals: Consist of 14 practicals chosen from each section of content covered.

Entry rules Admission criteria

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): The contribution of CA to the semester


mark(SM) is 60% comprising 3 major tests (MT), 3 tutorial assignments (TA) and practical
and progression assessment (PA). CA = 50% (MT) + 25% (PA) + 25% (TA).

rules Students with CA less than 40% are not allowed to sit for the examination (EA).

Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the


examination (EA) to the semester mark (SM) is 40%. SM = 60 %( CA) + 40 %( EA).

To qualify for semester mark (SM) students must obtain an examination mark of not less
than 40%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must


obtain an overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level


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EICA1M1 Introduction to Computer 5 16 1


Architecture

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials Number Notional hours
per week of weeks

2 x 2 hrs 2 x 2hrs (x 14 112


2 groups)

Content / Theory: General concepts, CPU structure, Processor design, ALU, Bus and Register
Syllabus operations, Number systems, Floating point numbers, Alphanumeric codes, BCD, binary
arithmetic – positive and negative values. Design Logic, Boolean algebra, Logic gates.
Combinational Logic circuits, flip-flops, Multiplexers and decoders, Counters and registers.
Memory and storage techniques, Storage devices, virtual memory and memory management.
i/o addressing and interrupts, microprocessors, RISC, CISC technology. Introduction to
assembly language programming.

Entry rules Admission criteria

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Assignments(40%), Two Tests (40%)
and 12 tutorial assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination
(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA).

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain


an overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

EIPR1M2 Introduction To 5 16 2
Programming II

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Content / Theory:Classes, Objects and data abstraction, Inheritance, composition, information


Syllabus hiding, polymorphism, Pointers, virtual functions, templates, exception handling.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests


(40%), 12 tutorial assessments(10%) and 12 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination
(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA).

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain


an overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

4.2.12.2 Syllabi of Courses: Main Programmes

Note: For courses in Economics and Business Management please refer to the prospectus of the Faculty of Business
Management Sciences and Law.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APM11M1 INTRODUCTION TO 5 16 1
LINEAR AND
VECTOR ALGEBRA

Lectures/ week Pracs/ week Tutorials/ week No. of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13

Content / Introduction to Systems of Linear Equations, Gaussian Elimination, Matrices and Matrix
Syllabus Operations, Inverses Systems of Equations and Invertibility, Determinant, Cramer’s rule,
Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, LU-Decomposition, Cryptography, Sets and Set Operations, The
Fundamental Counting Principle, Permutations, Combinations, The Binomial Theorem, Basic
Concepts of Probability, Probability Models, Vectors and Vector Operations, The Dot Product,
The Cross Product, Applications to Mechanics. Laboratory Work on Vectors and Linear Algebra
with MATLAB.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.


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APM12M1 Linear 5 16 2
Programming &
Applied
Computing

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13

Content / Boolean Algebra: Introduction Two-Terminal Circuit Series-Parallel and Bridge Circuits
Syllabus Postulates of Switching Circuits Boolean Identities Identity Elements, Inverses and
Cancellations. Linear programming: Introduction, LP Models, The Diet Problem, The Work-
Scheduling Problem, A Capital Budgeting Problem, Short-term Financial Planning, Blending
Problems, Production Process Models, Multi-period Decision Problems: An Inventory Model,
Multi-period Financial Models, Multi-period Work Scheduling, The Graphical Method, The
Simplex Method – Maximization, The Simplex Method – The Dual, The Simplex Method –
Mixed Constraints

Applied computing. Introduction to MATLAB. Laboratory Work with MATLAB involving


manipulating Matrices, Linear Algebra, Linear Programming.

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APM21M1 Numerical 6 16 1
Analysis I

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13

Content / Introduction to numerical analysis: Iterative Methods, Programming with MATLAB,


Syllabus Interpolation and polynomial approximation: Difference Operators, Constructing Difference
Tables using MATLAB, Lagrange Polynomial Interpolation, Hermite Interpolation, Divided
Differences, Hermite Revisited, Error Estimation, Numerical differentiation and integration:
Differentiation, integration, Newton-Cotes Formulae, Composite Integration. Initial value
problems, Existence Theorem, Euler Method, Higher Order Taylor Methods, Runge-Kutta
Methods, Midpoint Rule, Higher Order R-K Methods, Multistep Methods, Adams-Bashforth


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Technique, Adams-Moulton Technique, Predictor Corrector Method

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APM22M1 Eigen-Value Problems and 6 16 1


Fourier Analysis

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number Notional hours
of weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13

Content / Fourier Series: Orthogonality& Normality (Orthonomality) of trigonometric functions, Odd &
Syllabus Even functions, Trigonometric series: Full range & Half range Fourier Series, Parseval
Identity. Partial Differential Equations: How initial & boundary value problem relate to
(PDEs),Wave Equation, Heat Equation, Laplace Equation, How the separation of variables
technique leads (in the simplest examples) to Fourier Series. Eigenvalue Problems: Sturm-
Liouville Equation eigenfuctions& corresponding eigenvalues of Sturm-Liouville problem,
Sturm-Liouville problem for equation y¢¢+ly =0 (eigenvalues &eigenfunctions),
Orthogonality of Sturm-Liouvilleeigenfunctions, Series solution Ordinary Differential
Equations: Bessel, Legendre, Hermite and associated functions, Solution of Bessell
Equation, recurrence relations, Solution of Legendre equation: Legendre polynomials &
Rodrigues formulae, Green formulae and application to Laplace equation, Vibration of
rectangular & circular membrane, Fourier integral & transformation

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APM22M2 Mechanics I 6 16 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13

Content / Particle kinematics in three dimensions. Curvilinear coordinates; spherical and cylindrical.
Syllabus Newton’s law of motion. Conservation of energy. Gravitational and potential theory.
Conservation of linear momentum. Collisions. Conservation of angular momentum. Central
forces and planetary motion.


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mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark(DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APM31M1 Numerical 7 16 1
Methods

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13

Content / Laplace & Poisson equations: Elliptic, Heat equations-Parabolic, Wave equations-Hyperbolic.
Syllabus Finite difference method: Replacement of partial derivatives in a given equation by
corresponding finite difference quotients. Further treatment of the patterns lead us to:
Gauss-Seidel Method for Elliptic case. Crank Nicholson Method for Parabolic equations.
Present Numerical Method for Parabolic equations. The Finite Element Method
(introduction).

Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
Assessment
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APM32M1 Mathematical 7 16 2
Programming

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1x 100 min 13

Content / Linear programming: Basic ideas and concepts of program formulation, Simplex method,
Syllabus Dual problem solution & its relation to the primal. Nonlinear programming (NLP)
background involves classification of problems/programs according to: Minimization of
unconstrained NLPs, Linearly constrained NLPs that include a special subclass of quadratic
programs concerned with minimization of quadratic functions, Objective function having
appropriate convexity property. Solution Methods: Lagrangian function with associated
multipliers and conditions, Kuhn-Tucker conditions for inequality constrained minimization
problems.

Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
Assessment
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester


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MAT11M1 Precalculus & 5 16 1


Calculus I

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Sets, definitions, examples, operations on sets, complementation and DeMorgan’s laws. The
Syllabus real number system, graphs of linear, quadratic, polynomial and rational functions,
exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, inequalities. Linear systems.
Limits, continuity and differentiability of functions of a single variable, curve sketching,
maxima and minima, mean value theorems, indeterminate forms.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT12M1 Precalculus & 5 16 2


Calculus II

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Mathematical induction, permutations and combinations, binomial theorem, complex numbers
Syllabus and polar coordinates. Introduction to integration, integration of simple functions,
fundamental theorem of integral calculus. Further techniques of integration, introduction to
series and sequences, power series and Taylor polynomials and Taylor's theorem,
introduction to differential equations (ordinary differential equations of first order).

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT21M1 Multivariate 6 8 1
Calculus

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 80


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Content / Functions of several variables, surfaces, continuity, partial derivatives, implicit functions, the
Syllabus chain rule, higher order derivatives, Taylor's theorem, local extrema and saddle points,
multiple integrals, line integrals, Green's theorem, Jacobians, spherical and cylindrical
coordinates.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT21M2 REAL ANALYSIS I 6 8 2

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 80

Content / Real number system as a complete ordered field, real sequences, convergent sequences,
Syllabus monotone sequences and monotone convergence theorem, subsequences, Cauchy
sequences and Cauchy's general principle of convergence, infinite series and various tests of
convergence, functions on closed intervals.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT22M1 Ordinary Differential 6 8 1


Equations

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of weeks Notional hours
week

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 80

Content / Second order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, non-homogeneous
Syllabus equations, special methods for particular integrals, variation of parameters, higher order
differential equations, solution in series, applications.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.


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MAT22M2 Linear Algebra I 6 8 2

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of weeks Notional hours
week

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13 80

Content / Further properties of matrices and determinants, real vector spaces, basis and dimension,
Syllabus linear transformations, eigenvalues, diagonalisation.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT31M1 Real Analysis II 7 16 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

2 x 50 min 2x 50 min 13 160

Content / Countable and uncountable sets, topology of real line; open and closed sets of R and their
Syllabus properties, limit points and the Bolsano - Weirstrass Theorem for sets, subsequences and
the Bolzano - Weierstrass Theorem, compact sets and the Heine-Borel Theorem, uniform
continuity, Riemann integration, uniform convergence.

Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
Assessment
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT31M2 Linear Algebra 7 16 1


II

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

2 x 50 min 2 x 50 min 13 160

Content / Inner product spaces, the Cauchy - Schwarz and triangle inequalities, orthogonality and
Syllabus orthonormal bases, the Gram -Schmidt orthogonalisation process, complex inner product
spaces. eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalisation of a matrix, real symmetric matrices,
complex eigenvalues, quadratic forms.

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mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

ATA31M2 Abstract Algebra 7 16 2

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

2 x 50 min 2x 50 min 13 160

Content / Group Theory; definition and examples, elementary properties, subgroups, cosets,
Syllabus Lagrange's Theorem. Ring Theory; definitions, elementary properties, subrings and ideals,
integral domains and fields, residue class rings, polynomial rings, congruences, prime and
maximal ideals. Homomorphism Theorems; factor groups and rings, the Fundamental
homomorphism theorem, embedding theorems.

Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
Assessment
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT32M2 Complex 7 16 2
Analysis

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

2 x 50 min 2x 50 min 13 160

Content / Functions of a complex variable, limit, continuity and differentiability, power series,
Syllabus integration, singularities and the calculus of residues, uniform convergence.

Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
Assessment
mark will be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA11M1 Probability & 5 16 1


Distribution
Theory 1


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Content / Data analysis and Descriptive Statistics


Syllabus
Different kinds of variables and measurement scales. Construction and Graphical
presentation of frequency distributions. Cumulative frequency; the ogive and percentiles.
Measures of central tendency; the Mean, Median and Mode. Measures of Spread; Mean
Deviation, the Standard Deviation and the Quartile Deviation.

Probability Distributions

Introduction to the concept of probability. Counting techniques, Baye’s theorem. Discrete


probability distributions, including the Bernoulli, the Binomial, Poisson, Hyper-geometric, and
Negative Binomial. Continuous Probability distributions including the Uniform, the Gamma,
the Beta and the Chi-Square distributions, the Normal distribution.

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA12M2 Statistical 5 16 2
Inference I

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Inferential Statistics: The Central Limit Theorem. Introduction to Sampling distributions
Syllabus including the t-distribution, the Chi-Square distribution and the F-distribution. Estimation of
parameters. One and Two sample tests of hypotheses for means. The F-test. Simple
Correlation, Simple Linear Regression

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA21M1 Probability & 6 16 1


Distribution
Theory II

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160


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Content / Combinatorial analysis, axioms of probability, conditional probability and stochastic inde-
Syllabus pendence. Introduction to the concept of a random variable. More detailed treatment of
discrete probability distribution, Introduction to mathematical expectation and moment
generating functions, Jointly distributed random variables, independent random variables,
marginal and conditional distributions. The bivariate normal distribution, Functions of random
variables; sums of random variables, The central limit theorem. Chebychev's inequality, De-
Moivre-Laplace theorem. Poisson approximation to the binomial distribution.

Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
Assessment
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA22M2 Statistical 6 16 2
Inference II

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1x 100 min 13 160

Content / Estimation: Properties of good estimators. Unbiased estimators. Consistent estimators.


Syllabus Maximum likelihood, method of moments, and least squares estimators. Interval estimation;
confidence intervals for means, difference between two means, proportions. Confidence
intervals for variances and ratio of variances.

Hypothesis testing: Testing a statistical hypothesis; the Newman-Pearson Lemma, the power
function of a statistical test. likelihood ratio tests. Applications of hypothesis testing; tests
concerning means, difference between two means, variances, proportions, differences among
k proportions.

Analysis of contingency tables, correlation and regression analysis, including multiple linear
regression and correlation. Introduction to time series forecasting

Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
Assessment
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA31M1 Multivariable Distribution Theory & 7 16 2


Linear Models

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours


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Content / Syllabus Multivariate Distribution Theory: Random Vector: p-dimensional case , Joint distribution
and their applications: p-dimensional case; Marginal & Conditional distributions and their
applications to probability calculations, Marginal and Product Moments; Mean Vector; Covariance
Matrix; Dispersion Matrix; Expectation of Random Quadratic Form. Joint Moment Generating
Function and its applications; The Multivariate Normal Distribution; Quadratic Forms in Normal
Variates.

Linear Models: Concepts related to linear models; point and interval estimation; hypothesis
testing; violation of assumptions; applications of linear models.

Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
Assessment
will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA32M2 Time Series & Stochastic Processes 7 16 2

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 1x 100 min 13 160

Content / Stochastic Processes: Introduction to stochastic processes. Finite markov chains with special
Syllabus emphasis on two state markov chains. Classification of states. The basic limit theorem of markov
chains. Simple markov processes. The Poisson process. Birth and death processes. Introduction to
inference for markov chains and markov processes.

Time series forecasting: Forecasting a time series with no trend, forecasting a time series with a
linear trend, forecasting a time series with a quadratic trend. Forecasting seasonal time series. The
multiplicative decomposition model, Winter's method. Forecasting a time series with additive sea-
sonal variation; the use of regression models. Application of forecasting techniques.

Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
Assessment
be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours
per week weeks

1 x 2 hrs 1 x 3 hrs(x 2 groups) 1 x 1hrs (x 14 84


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Content Theory:The Web, HTTP protocol Basics, HTML 5, CSS, JavaScript and basics in XML.

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests (40%), 12
tutorial assessments(10%) and 12 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA) to
the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). Re-examination (Not
compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an overall assessment of
between 40 and 49%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSI 11M1 Introduction to Information 5 8 1


Systems and Application

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

1 x 2 hrs 1x2hrs 2 x 2hrs (x 2 14 84


groups)

Content / Theory: Fundamentals of IS, Data and Information; Importance of Information Systems;
Syllabus Computer Based Information Systems, Information System Requirements: Input, Process, Output,
Information Systems as seen by the user, End-User Computing Applications; Office Automation;
Distributed computing

Hardware Fundamentals, Software Fundamentals, User Interfaces, Command driven interfaces;


Menu driven interfaces; Icon and pointer based interfaces, Operating Systems; Applications
Software; Programming languages, Developing Information Systems, The classic systems
development life cycle

Business Information Systems, Transactions Processing, Management Information Systems,


Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems

Entry rules Admission criteria

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Assignments(40%), Two Tests (40%), 12
tutorial assessments(20%)


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to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA).
rules

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSI 12M1 Introduction to Object 5 8 2


Oriented Programming

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours
per week weeks

1 x 2 hrs 1 x 3 hrs( x 2 groups) 1 x 1hrs (x 14 84


2 groups)

Content / Theory: Classes, Objects and data abstraction, Inheritance, composition, information hiding,
Syllabus polymorphism, Pointers, virtual functions, templates, exception handling.

Entry rules Admission criteria

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests (40%), 12
tutorial assessments(10%) and 12 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules

Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA) to
the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA).

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.


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CSI 11M2 Problem Solving 5 8 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours
per week weeks

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSI 12M2 Time Series & Stochastic Processes 5 8 2

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional
week weeks hours

1 x 2 hrs 2 x 2hrs (x 2 14 84
groups)

Content / Syllabus Theory: General concepts, CPU structure, Processor design, ALU, Bus and Register
operations, Number systems, Floating point numbers, Alphanumeric codes, BCD, binary
arithmetic – positive and negative values. Design Logic, Boolean algebra, Logic gates.

Combinational Logic circuits, flip-flops, Multiplexers and decoders, Counters and


registers. Memory and storage techniques, Storage devices, virtual memory and
memory management. i/o addressing and interrupts, microprocessors, RISC, CISC
technology. Introduction to assembly language programming.

Entry rules Admission criteria

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Assignments(40%), Two Tests


(40%) and 12 tutorial assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the


examination (EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA).

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must


obtain an overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

1 x 2 hrs 1 x 3 hrs(x 2 groups) 1 x 1hrs 14 84


(x 2
groups)

Content / Syllabus Theory: The Basics of a C++ Program, Data Types, Arithmetic Operators and Operator
Precedence Expressions, Type Conversion, Input, Increment and decrement Operators,


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Output Preprocessor directives, Creating a C++ Program. Input/Output, I/O Streams and
Standard I/O devices, Using predefined functions in a program, Input failure, Control
Structures, Relational Operators, Logical Operators and logical Expressions, Selection: if and
if ….else

Switch structures, Control structures , Looping, User defined functions, Value returning
functions, Void functions without parameters, Void functions with parameters, Value
parameters, Reference variables as parameters, Value and reference parameters and
memory allocation, Scope of an identifier, Global variables, Static and automatic variables,
Function overloading, Functions with default parameters, User defined simple data types,
namespaces and the string type, Enumeration type, Arrays and strings, Applications of
arrays (searching and sorting), List processing, Bubble sort, Selection sort, Insertion sort,
Binary search, Vector type (class), Records, Pointers, linked lists

Entry rules Admission criteria

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests


(40%), 12 tutorial assessments(10%) and 12 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination
(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA).

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain


an overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CSI 21M1 Programming In Java & 6 14 1


Networking

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours
per week weeks

1 x 2 hr 1 x 2 hr 14 140

Content / Theory: 1. Java classes, Using data within a program, Using methods, classes and Objects,
Syllabus Advanced Objects Concepts, Making Decisions, Looping, Characters, Strings and strings Buffer,
Arrays, Applets, Graphics, Introduction to inheritance, Advanced inheritance Concepts,


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Understanding Swing Components, Using layout Managers and the event Model, Exception
Handling, File input and output, Multithreading and animation, Working with Mysql Databases and
Java, Java Server Pages (JSP).

Practicals: Consist of 14 practicals chosen from each section of content covered.

Entry Rules Pre-requisites:CSI12M1and CSI12M2, CSI1203 and MAT12M1

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory):Two Assignments(20%), Two Tests (50%), 12


tutorial assessments(10%) and 12 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA)
to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Moule Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CSI 21M2 Data Communications 6 14 1

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours
per week weeks

1 x 2 hr 1 x 2 hr 14 140

Content / Theory: Introduction to Computer Networks, Historical Overview, Communications Technology;


Syllabus Messages &switching : messages & packets, store & forward, circuit switching, multiplexing; Layered
network architecture: Over view of layered model – OSI Model: Physical layer, Data link layer,
Network layer, Transport layer, Resources Access, Session layer, Presentation layer, Application
layer; Computer-networks (revisited); Recent Development in communication technology Computer
Communications Architectures, LAN Systems, Inter-network Protocols, Inter-network Operation,
Transport Protocols, Network Security, Distributed Applications

Practicals: Consist of 14 tutorials chosen from each section of content covered.

Entry Rules Pre-requisites: CSI11M1, CSI11M2, CSI12M1and CSI12M2, MAT11M1, CSI11M2, CSI1203 and


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MAT12M1

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory):Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests (40%), 12


tutorial assessments(10%) and 5 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA) to
the overall assessment (OA) is 40%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory):

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CSI 22M1 Operating Systems 6 14 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

1 x 2 hr 1x2 hrs 1 x 2 hr 14 140

Content / Theory: Overview of operating systems, functionalities and characteristics of OS. Hardware
Syllabus concepts related to OS, CPU states, I/O channels, memory hierarchy, microprogramming, The
concept of a process, operations on processes, process states, concurrent processes, process
control block, process context. Job and processor scheduling, scheduling algorithms, process
hierarchies. Problems of concurrent processes, critical sections, mutual exclusion. Mutual exclusion,
process co-operation, producer and consumer processes. Semaphores: definition, init, wait, signal
operations. Critical sections Interprocess Communication (IPC), Message Passing, Direct and Indirect
Deadlocks. Memory organisation and management, storage allocation. Virtual memory concepts,
paging and segmentation, address mapping. Virtual storage management, page replacement
strategies. File organisation: blocking and buffering, file descriptor, directory structure File and
Directory structures, blocks and fragments, directory tree, UNIX file structure.

Practicals: Consist of 8 tutorials chosen from each section of content covered.

Pre-requisites:CSI12M1and CSI12M2,MAT12M1

Entry Rules

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory):Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests (40%), 12


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and tutorial assessments(10%) and 8 Practical assessments(20%)


progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA) to
the overall assessment (OA) is 40%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory):

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CSI 22M2 Data Structures 6 14 1

Lectures per week Practicals per week Tutorials Number Notional hours
per week of weeks

1 x 2 hr 1 x 3hr 14 140

Content / Theory: Introduction to Data Structures, and Abstract Data Types. Overview, Arrays, declaration,
Syllabus limitations of arrays. Overview, Strings Manipulation, Multidimensional arrays, applications, Analysis
and Design of Algorithms. Complexity functions. The big-O notation. Sorting & Searching
Algorithms, Pointers & Dynamic Structures, Linked-Lists: Singly-linked lists, Doubly-linked lists,
Circular linked lists, Ordered lists, Stacks – Definitions & declaration, Stack operations, Stacks
implemented as linked lists, Application; Queues – Definition and Declaration, Implementation,
Queue operations, Queues implemented as linked Lists, Priority Queues, Application; Trees –
Definition & Declaration, Recursive algorithms, Implementation, Binary trees, Binary Search trees,
Binary tree traversal, Application. Templates, Implementing Generic Data Type. Practicals: Consist
of 14 practicals chosen from each section of content covered.

Entry Rules Pre-requisites: CSI11M1, CSI11M2, CSI12M1and CSI12M2, MAT11M1, CSI11M2, CSI1203 and
MAT12M1

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory):Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests (40%), 12


tutorial assessments(10%) and 12 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA) to
the overall assessment (OA) is 40%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory):


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Level

CSI31M1 Introduction to Artificial 6 14 1


Intelligence

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours
per week weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 14 140

Contents/ Theory: Introduction to AI, Definitions, Early work-A Historical Overview, The Turing Test,
Syllabus Intelligent Agents, The Idea of an Agent, Types of Agents, Types of Environments, Solving
Problems by Search, Problem Solving agents, Formulating Problems, Searching for Solutions
Search Strategies, Uninformed Search Strategies, Breadth First Search, Depth First Search,
Uniform Cost Path Search, Informed Search Methods, Best-First –Search, Greedy Search, A*
Search, Game Playing, The 8 Puzzle, The 8 Queens problem, Tic-Tac-Toe, First Order Predicate
Logic, Representation, Reasoning and Logic, Propositional Logic, Syntax and Semantics, Using
First Order Logic, Learning Methods, Neural Networks and Learning.
Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have Passed all Second Year Courses, CSI22M2, CSI21M2

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments (AA),
threetutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA) and a re-
and progression examination (RA).

rules
Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA)
to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course credit
students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSI31M2 Software Engineering 1 6 14 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials Number Notional hours
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weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 14 140

Content / Theory: Need for Software Engineering, Problems in software development, What is software
Syllabus engineering? software process: the waterfall model, prototyping approaches, evolutionary
development models, project management: scheduling, cost estimation, requirements & design
analysis: requirements engineering, analysis, definition, specification, requirements document,
functional and non-functional requirements, requirements evolution: use-cases, class diagrams,
state diagrams, software design: principles of design, designing for reusability, adaptability and
maintainability, design quality software architecture, testing: test plans, testing methods, test
strategies software maintenance and evolution.: software change and maintenance, software re-
engineering, software configuration management.

Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry rules OTHER (specify): CSI22M2, CSI21M2

ssessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments (AA),
three tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA) and a re-
and progression examination (RA).

rules
Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA)
to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course credit
students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Exclusion from A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student excluded from
Course a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another university for credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CSI32M1 Database Management 7 14 1


Systems

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials Number Notional hours


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Content / Theory: File Systems and Databases, The Relational Database Model, Structured Query Language
Syllabus (SQL), Entity Relationship (E-R) Modeling, Normalisation of Database Tables, Database Design,
Transaction Management and Concurrency Control, Distributed Database Management System,
Object-Oriented Databases, Database Administration, Database and The Internet.

Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have Passed all Second Year Courses, CSI22M2, CSI21M2

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory):Two Assignments(30%), Two Tests (40%), 12


tutorial assessments(10%) and 5 Practical assessments(20%)
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA)
to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course credit
students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CSI32M2 Software Engineering II 7 14 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials Number Notional hours
per week of weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 14 140

Content / Theory: Software Engineering principles revisited, Downstream software Computing activities,
Syllabus Internet software Architectures and Technologies, N-Tier Architectures, CORBA, Java EE and
.NET architectures, Web Services, Design Patterns, GOF design Patterns, Web Architecture
Patterns, UML Object Diagrams, Challenges and Pitfalls of Software Design, Techniques for
design, Design as decision making and evaluation of trade-offs, Examples taken from Object
Oriented Design, Architecture – Driving forces, Various examples, Code Construction - UML to
code, code to UML, Configuration Management –Source code control and management , Source


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code processing , Group work support, Versions and Variants, CVS, Quality Assurance -Defect
costs, Reliability, Standards, Testing – Types of test, verification and validation, Black and White
Box testing, Test analysis and generation, Metrics – Examples and uses,

Process and Project metrics, Object orientation metrics.

Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have Passed all Second Year Courses, CSI31M1

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments (AA),
three tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA) and a re-
and progression examination (RA).

rules
Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA)
to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course credit
students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain an


overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

4.2.12.3 Syllabi of Courses: Honours Programmes

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4101 Algebra 8 24 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 1x 100 min 13

Content / Ring theory; the isomorphism theorems, polynomial rings, the division algorithm, unique
Syllabus factorisation domains, euclidean domain, theory of fields, Galois theory. Group theory; the
isomorphism theorems, permutation groups, Sylow theorems, p-groups.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (DP)x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4102 Classical Analysis 8 24 1


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4 x 50 min 2 x 50 min 13

Content / Study of the further properties of a function of a complex variable, conformal mappings, infinite
Syllabus products, analytic continuation, entire functions.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4103 Functional 8 24 1
Analysis

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 2 x 50 min 13

Content / A brief review of the theory of metric spaces, normed spaces and their completeness (Banach
Syllabus spaces), linear transformations, Hahn-Banach theorem, reflexivity, open mapping theorem, closed
graph theorem and the principle of uniform boundedness, basic theory of Hilbert spaces and finite
dimensional spectral theory.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4104 General 8 24 1
Topology

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 2 x 50 min 13

Content / Topological spaces, metric topology, convergence of sequences and nets in topological spaces,
Syllabus continuity and homeomorphism, countability and separation, compactness, connectedness, product
topology.

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be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4105 Group Theory 8 24 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Isomorphism theorems, permutation groups, Cayley's theorem, Sylow theorems, p-groups,
Syllabus classification of finite groups of low order, free groups, free abelian groups, fundamental theorem
of abelian groups, group representations, the fundamental group in topology.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4106 Measure Theory 8 24 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 2 x 50 min 13

Content / Measures; rings and algebras of sets, measures, outer measures, Borel measures on R, integration;
Syllabus measurable functions, product measures, the Lebesgue integral, decomposition and differentiation
of measures; signed measures.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4107 Ring Theory 8 24 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours

4 x 50 min 2 x 50 min 13

Content / Isomorphism theorems, embedding theorems, polynomial rings, the division algorithm, unique
Syllabus factorisation domains, Euclidean domains, radical theory in commutative rings, theory of finite


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fields, Galois theory.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

MAT4108 Differential 8 24 1
Equations

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 2 x 50 min 13

Content / Study of ordinary differential equations, including modeling physical systems, e.g. predator-prey
Syllabus population models; Analytic methods of solving ordinary differential equations of first and higher
orders: Laplace Transform methods, series solutions, etc; Nonlinear autonomous systems: critical
point analysis and phase plane diagrams; Numerical solution of differential equations;

Introduction to partial differential equations.

Assessment Semester mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Semester mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4001 Advanced Probability and 8 24 1


distribution theory

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Probability axioms, probability of finite sample spaces, conditional probability, and Bayes' theorem.
Syllabus Random variables; Transformation of random variables; Order statistics. Moments and moment
generating functions, Special distributions, Modes of convergence; convergence in probability,
almost sure convergence, The weak and the strong laws of large numbers, The central limit
theorem, Sampling distributions.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark will
be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.


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STA4002 Advanced parametric statistical 8 24 1


inference

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Tests of significance; Point estimation; minimum variance unbiased estimation least square
Syllabus estimation, maximum likelihood estimation, Interval estimation, Hypothesis testing; Neyman-
Pearson theory. Generalised likelihood ratio test, Asymptotic theory, Bayesian methods.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4003 Advanced sampling theory and 8 24 1


methods

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Advanced treatment of the commonly used sampling procedures, Multi-stage and multiphase
Syllabus sampling; Non-sampling errors, Sequential sampling; Sequential probability ratio test, Sampling
inspection and quality control.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4004 Advanced design and 8 24 1


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analysis of experiments

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Confounding in factorial experiments, Fractional replication, Response surface designs,


Syllabus Incomplete block designs.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4005 Advanced general linear model 8 24 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Applications of the general linear model, The regression model, Applications of the regression
Syllabus and design models, The components -of-variance model.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4006 Advanced Analysis of contingency 8 24 1


tables

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number Notional hours
week of weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Contingency tables and the chi-square test, 2x2 tables, McNemar's test, Combining information
Syllabus from several tables, Measures of association for contingency tables; Multi-dimensional tables,
Log-linear models for contingency tables.


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will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4007 Advanced nonparametric statistical 8 24 1


inference

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number Notional hours
week of weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / Introduction to order statistics; Goodness-of-fit tests; the chi-square test, the Kolmogorov -
Syllabus Smirnov one sample test. The sign test, the signed-rank test; Two-sample problem; Mann-
Whitney U-test; Linear rank test statistics for the location and scale parameters.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4008 Advanced Multivariate 8 24 1


distribution theory

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 13

Content / The multivariate normal distribution, The Wishart distribution, Hypothesis testing concerning
Syllabus mean vectors, Application of Hotelling's T2 –statistics, Multivariate analysis of variance.
Introduction to principal components, factors analysis, and discriminant analysis.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4009 Advanced special topics: Time 8 24 1


series analysis


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Content / Estimation in the domain; Estimating the autocovariance and the autocorrelation functions,
Syllabus Interpreting the correlogram Fourier transformation; Deterministic Sinusoidal perturbation,
Fourier analysis, Simple Sinusoidal model, The Nyquist frequency, Periodogram analysis,
Transforming the truncated autocovariance function, Hanning and Hamming techniques,
Smoothing the periodogram, Fourier transform. Confidence intervals for the spectrum, A
comparison of different estimation procedures, Analysing a continuous time series, Bivariate
processes, Cross-covariance and Cross-correlation function,

State-space models and the Kalmanfilter; Steady models, linear growth models, Forecasting;
Univariate and Multivariate forecasting procedures, Modeling seasonality using dummy variable
regression.

Assessment Year Mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

STA4010 Honours project 8 32 1


(compulsory)

Advanced special topics:


Time series analysis

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
weeks

2 x 50 min 1 x 50 min 26

Content / The topic for the Honours project must be chosen from one of the nine Course topics listed
Syllabus above.

The findings from the project must be submitted in a short dissertation which will be examined
by its supervisor and at least one external assessor.

Assessment Year mark (DP) will be obtained from assessments based on assignments and tests. Final mark
will be obtained from the Year Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.


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Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH4203 Advanced Algorithm and Data 8 15 1


Structure

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 15 150

Content / Theory:
Syllabus
Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have relevant programming experience at undergraduate level

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments (AA), three
tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA) and a re-examination
and (RA).
progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA) to
the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course credit
students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (None)

Exclusion A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student excluded from a
from Course course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another university for credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH41M3 Web Engineering 8 15 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 15 150


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Content / Theory: 1. Web technologies, HTTP, web clients and web servers, Markup languages
Syllabus HTML. Web programming languages for clients and servers, Web clients and client side
technologies e.g. XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Cookies, AJAX, Web servers and server-side
technologies e.g. CGI,Perl, PHP, ASP.NET,sessions,database connectivity, Database Driven
systems, XML including DTDs , schemas, namespaces, XSLT,DOM and SAX. Web services
e.g. SOAP, WSDL, ASP.NET.Website development tools and multimedia e.g. Visual Studio,
Macromedia studio. Web site design issues: e.g. state preservation, navigation, access,
content management.

Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have relevant programming experience at undergraduate level

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments
(AA), three tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA)
and progression and a re-examination (RA).

rules

Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination


(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for
course credit students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (Not compulsory): To qualify for re-examination students must obtain


an overall assessment of between 40 and 49%.

Exclusion from A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student
Course excluded from a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another
university for credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH42M0 Research Project 8 30 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
weeks

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Content / Theory: Comprises a substantial project usually involving a literature review together with
Syllabus a theoretical and/or practical investigation of a computer science problem. Technical
content will be dependent on the project undertaken. Project work is embodied in a
research paper and presented in a seminar. Additional instruction and assistance in
research paper preparation, seminar preparation delivery will be given.

Entry Rules Applicant must have relevant programming experience at undergraduate level and has
completed the Research Methodology Course.

Assessment Examination (None): Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two Seminar


Presentation, One oral and system demonstration. Final Research Report. To qualify for
and progression course credit students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

rules
Re-examination (None)

Exclusion from A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student
Course excluded from a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another
university for credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH41M4 Research Methodology 8 15 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 15 150

Content / Theory: Communication and presentation skills, project management, scientific and
Syllabus technical writing, experimental design and validation, literature review, citing and
referencing, Referencing tools, Research methods in Computer Science, EndNote, Stages
of Research

Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

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Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments
(AA), three tutorial assignments (TA), an examination (EA) and a re-examination (RA).
and progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination
(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for
course credit students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (None)

Exclusion from A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student
Course excluded from a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another
university for credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH42M1 Advanced Enterprise Java 8 15 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials Number Notional hours


week per week of weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 15 150

Content / Theory: Introduction to Distributed Systems and Enterprise Software, Java Remote
Syllabus Method Invocation, JNDI, Java Message Service. Java Database Connectivity, Data Access
Pattern, Java Persistence API.-JavaMail API; EJB ARCHITECTURE.- The EJB Architecture.-
Stateless Session EJBs. Message-Driven EJBs; SERVLETS/JSP/JSF.- Web Applications in
Java.- Session Management and Lifecycle Monitoring.- Java Server Pages.- JSP Tags and
Implicit Objects.- JSP Tag Libraries.- Request , Dispatching.- Filtering.- Securing Web
Applications.- Deployment Configuration.- Accessing EJBs from Servlets/JSPs; ADDITIONAL
TECHNOLOGIES.- Deployment Issues: transactions.- Deployment Issues: Security.-
Stateful Session EJBs. Web Services; DESIGN.- JEE Patterns, AJAX, JSF

Practicals: Consist of 10 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have relevant programming experience at undergraduate level

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments
(AA), three tutorial assignments (TA), a Mini Project assessment (PA), an examination (EA)
and progression and a re-examination (RA).


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rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination
(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for
course credit students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (None):

Exclusion from A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student
Course excluded from a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another
university for credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH42M4 Database Systems 8 15 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 15 150

Content / Theory: The three level architecture for database systems, Internal level, The relational
Syllabus database model, Relational algebra, relational calculus and SQL,Database design, Data
security, integrity, recovery, concurrency and optimisation, Distributed databases:
Distribution architectures, Distribution design, Distributed query processing and
optimisation , Distributed concurrency control , Distributed reliability protocols, New
distribution architectures Object-oriented databases, Data Mining : Exploring Data,
classification, Association analysis, cluster Analysis, NoSQL and the Big Data concepts

Practicals: Consist of 10 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have done an undergraduate Database Management Course

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments
(AA), three tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA)
and progression and a re-examination (RA).

rules
Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination
(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for
course credit students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.


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Re-examination (None)

Exclusion from A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student
Course excluded from a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another
university for credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH41M1 Advanced Object-Oriented 8 15 1


Programming and Design

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 15 150

Content / Theory: Features of object-oriented programming languages; Classes revisited; Inheritance;


Syllabus Design techniques using UML; Design patterns; Abstract classes and interfaces; Inner classes;
Objects as wrappers; Containers and collections; Dynamic versus static typing; Facilities for
building GUI interfaces; Event handling; Exception handling; Stream- based file I/O,
serialisation, Socket Programming; Testing of object-oriented programs (e.g. with JUnit);
Annotations and Reflection, Generics. Case studies (ranging from simple to real-world
complexity) using UML notation will be used throughout.

Practicals: Consist of 10 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have relevant programming experience at undergraduate level

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments (AA),
three tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA) and a re-
and examination (RA).
progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination
(EA) to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course
credit students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

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Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CSH41M2 Advanced Data Communications 8 15 1


and Networking

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 15 150

Content / Theory: 1 Frames and Topologies, LAN Features, Building WANs, sensor and Adhoc Wireless
Syllabus networks, Internet Addressing, Sockets, IP Datagrams, Error Checking and UDP, TCP and NAT,
DNS, RPC and Middleware, Network Programming, VPNs Networks from a designer’s point of
view; systems , transmission techniques and control , protocols, and security issues in use in
LAN,MAN and WAN.

Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have relevant programming experience at undergraduate level

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments (AA),
three tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA) and a re-
and examination (RA).
progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA)
to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course credit
students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (None)

Exclusion A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student excluded
from Course from a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another university for
credit.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

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week week of weeks

3 x 50 min 1 x 3 hrs 1 x 50 min 15 150

Content / Theory: knowledge representation, reasoning, and learning, Reasoning under Uncertainty,
Syllabus Natural Language Processing, machine learning, Probability and Bayesian Networks

Practicals: Consist of 5 labs based on what is covered during lectures.

Entry Rules Applicant must have relevant programming experience at undergraduate level

Assessment Continuous Assessment (CA) (Compulsory): Two class tests (CT), five assignments (AA),
three tutorial assignments (TA), a practical assessment (PA), an examination (EA) and a re-
and examination (RA).
progression

rules Examination (Compulsory): One examination (EA). The contribution of the examination (EA)
to the overall assessment (OA) is 40%. OA = 60%(CA) + 40%(EA). To qualify for course credit
students must obtain an overall assessment of 50%.

Re-examination (None)

Exclusion A student will be excluded from the course after failing the Course twice. A student excluded
from Course from a course may be re-admitted after presenting a similar course from another university for
credit.

4.2.12.3 Syllabi of Service Courses

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

SPM11M1 Special Mathematics I 5 16 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / Sets and basic notations, subsets and counting, operations on sets, Venn diagrams,
Syllabus introduction to counting numbers, integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers.
Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic expressions, factors and
factoring, simplification of fractions, integral and zero exponents, radicals. Definitions and
examples of linear and quadratic functions and their graphs, solutions of a system of
linear equations in two and three variables, solutions of quadratic equations, solutions of
equations containing- radical signs, absolute values and equations in quadratic form,


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solution of a system of one linear and one quadratic equations, solutions of inequalities –
linear, quadratic, rational and absolute values. Matrices and their basic properties,
determinants of orders two and three matrices, solutions of systems of linear equations
containing two or three unknowns using Cramer’s rule, inverse of a 2X2 matrix and its use
to solve systems of linear equations with two variables. Permutations, combinations and
Binomial Theorem.

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APS12M1 Special 5 16 1
Mathematics II

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content /
Syllabus
Definition and examples of exponential and logarithmic functions, graphs of exponential
and logarithmic functions, exponential and logarithmic equations and their solutions.
Analytic geometry of straight line and circle. Plane trigonometry, laws of sines and
cosines and the solutions of triangles. Limits, derivative and its geometric interpretation,
differentiation of polynomials and rational functions. Arithmetic and geometric sequences
and series. Fractions, percentages, simple and compound interest. Linear inequalities
and linear programming.

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APS11MM1 Applied Statistics 5 16 1

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content / INTRODUCTION :Introduction to statistical concepts, Different kind of variables


Syllabus
COLLECTION OF DATA: Population and Sample, Data Types – Discrete and Continuous,


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Method of collecting data. PRESENTATION OF DATA: Frequency Distribution, Construction of


Frequency Tables, Construction of Cumulative Frequency Tables, Graphical Representation of
Distribution (Histogram, Ogive , Bar chart, Pie chart. MEASURES OF LOCATION AND
DISPERSION: 1. Central Location (grouped and ungrouped data), Mean, Median, and Mode. 2
Measures of Dispersion (grouped and ungrouped data) Range, Interquartile Range, Mean
Deviation, Quartile Deviation, Standard Deviation. CHEBYSHEV’S RULE. PROBABILITY:
Basic Probabilities namely, Definition, Properties of probability, Probability concepts, Glossary
probability terms and venn diagrams, Counting rules ,Law of total probability, Baye’s theorem,
Mathematical Expectation, Probability Distribution- Binomial, Poisson, Hypergeometric, Uniform,
and Normal. INDEX NUMBERS: Price index , Laspeyre's price index, Paasche's price index,
Quantity index, Laspeyre's quantity index and Paasche's quantity index

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

APS12MM1 Applied Statistics 5 16 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours
week

4 x 50 min 1 x 100 min 13 160

Content /
Syllabus
REGRESSION ANALYSIS: Scatter diagrams, Linear Regression and Method of Least Squares

CORRELATION ANALYSIS: Pearson’s Correlation Coefficients and Determination

TIME SERIES: Definition, Components of time series, Trend analysis, Seasonal Analysis

SAMPLING DISTRIBUTION: Sampling and Sampling methods, Sampling distribution of the


single sample statistic, Mean and Proportion. Confidence Interval Estimate for single population
parameter Mean and Proportion. Confidence Interval Estimate for difference between two
parameters that is Two population means and Two population proportions. HYPOTHESIS
TESTING: Procedures in hypothesis testing, Test for Single population mean, Single population
proportion, Difference between two population means, Difference between two population
proportions, Population variance, Equality of variances, The Chi-Squared Test ,Goodness of fit,
Test for independence and ANOVA

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

COURSES OFFERED BY PLATO CENTRE

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester


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CLT 11M1 Computer 5 08 1


literacy

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours
week

Only for Concepts of


Information
Technology Course

4 x 45 min 4 x 45 min 13 80

Content / Concepts of Information Technology


Syllabus
File Management

Ms Word

Ms Excel

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CLT 12M2 Computer 5 08 2


literacy

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours
week

4 x 45 min 13 80

Content / Ms PowerPoint
Syllabus
Ms Access

Internet

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

BOP 16M1 Computer and 5 8 1


graphical


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communication

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per week Number of weeks Notional hours
week

Only for Concepts of


Information
Technology Course

6 x 45 min 6 x 45 min 13 80

Content / Concepts of Information Technology


Syllabus
File Management

Ms Word

Ms Excel

Ms Powerpoint

Ms Access

Internet

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

HIN 11Z0 Hospitality information systems 5 06 1&2

Lectures per week : Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional
Only for Concepts of week weeks hours
Information
Technology Course

2 x 45 min 2 x 45 min 26 60

Content / Concepts of Information Technolog5y


Syllabus


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File Management

Ms Word I

Ms Excel I

Assessment Continuous assessment (Tests based on all the 4 Courses). A student must obtain 50%
and above in all the tests in order to pass the Course.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

HIN 21Z2 HOSPITALITY INFORMATION 06 2


SYSTEMS
5

Lectures per week Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional
week weeks hours

3 x 45 min 13 60

Content / Ms Word II
Syllabus
Ms Excel II

Ms PowerPoint

Internet

Assessment Continuous assessment (3 Tests based on Ms Word II, Ms Excel II and Powerpoint). A
student must obtain 50% and above in all the 3 tests in order to pass the Course.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

HIN 31Z1 Hospitality information systems 5 06 2

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials Number of Notional


week per week weeks hours

3 x 45 min 13 60

Content / Databases : Ms Access


Syllabus
1. Database Concepts and getting started with Access : Planning a structure, Field names, Data


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types and field widths, Field properties, primary key, Screen layout, Database window, Database
objects and views, Creating and saving a database file

2.Creating and modifying tables: Entering records on a datasheet, Switching between design view
and datasheet view, Correcting errors
3. Table relationships: Relational database: Display relationships, Relationship types, Creating
relationships between tables : one-one and one to many, Enforcing Referential integrity, Delete
relationships, Editing relationships
4. Creating and modifying forms: Creating forms, Moving between different views, Modifying form
layout : form design view, Inserting Image/graphics in a form

5. Retrieving information: Find/search; filter, Queries, Characteristics of queries, types of queries,


Calculations in a query

6. Reports: Creating a report using report wizards, Editing reports, deleting a report

7. Prepare outputs: Preparation, Printing

Assessment Continuous assessment (Test, Marked Class Exercise & and an Assignment). A student
must obtain 50% and above in all the 3 tasks in order to pass the Course.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CNN12M2 Communication & 5 8 2


computer skills

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

Only for Concepts of


Information
Technology Course

4 x 45 min 4 x 45 min 13 80

Content / Concepts of Information Technology


Syllabus
File Management

Ms Word

Ms Excel

Ms Powerpoint

Ms Access

Internet

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obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

COL51M1 Computer literacy 5 08 1

Lectures per Pracs per week Tutorials per Number Notional hours
week week of weeks

Only for Concepts of


Information
Technology Course

4 x 45 min 4 x 45 min 13 80

Content / Concepts of Information Technology


Syllabus
File Management

Ms Word

Ms Excel

Ms Power Point

Internet

Assessment Semester Mark (DP) will be obtained assessments based on assignments and tests. Final
mark will be obtained from the Semester Mark (DP) x 60% + Exam Mark x 40%.

4.3 DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


4.3.1 Information about the Department

The Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes mainly in Chemistry and in Physics.

4.3.2 Mission of the Department

The mission of the department is to become a center of excellence both in teaching and research. Our direct aim is
to give young people in the Eastern Cape and beyond the hope and opportunity to realise their scientific aspirations,
foster economic growth that will create job opportunities.


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4.3.3 Goals of the Department

Build up the Department as a major research center, with well-equipped laboratories and well-qualified and
competent staff. To focus on both basic and applied research relevant to the Eastern Cape, the nation and the region
at large. To achieve excellence in teaching and engage actively in community partnership programmes.

4.3.4 Student Societies in the Department

Science students society.

4.3.5 Programmes in the Department


Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry)

Master of Science (Chemistry)

4.3.6 Purpose of Qualification


4.3.6.1 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

The programme is designed to produce graduates with solid foundations in all branches of chemistry. The graduates
also take additional mathematics courses up to level two thereby making them capable of understanding physical
science phenomena. The industrial and environmental chemistry courses offered will help students understand their
environments and make them environmentally conscious. Chemists are employed in every sphere of human activity.
Of all the sciences, chemistry graduates are the most employable. A chemistry degree is also a good basis for further
studies in chemical engineering, finance and business studies.

4.3.6.2 Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry)

Graduates of this programme receive a solid foundation in chemistry that opens up various career opportunities for
them. They find employment in education, research institutions and industry. A good number of students proceed to
postgraduate studies in chemistry.

4.3.6.3 Master of Science (Chemistry)

The Masters programme is currently by research only. Graduates of this programme generally continue their studies
to PhD level, or they may get employed in industry as research scientists and in government

4.3.7 Entrepreneurship and Professional Development of Students

A chemistry undergraduate degree is not only aimed at producing graduates that may be employed as chemists and
senior technicians in industries such as petrochemical, pharmaceutical, mining, metallurgy and educational
institutions, but also produce job-creators or employers in their fields of study as entrepreneurs.

Professional membership of staff and graduates with bodies, such as the South African Chemical Institute (SACI), the
South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP), is encouraged.

4.3.8 Career Opportunities


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Chemical, agricultural, pharmaceutical, mining and textile industries.

4.3.9 Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme


4.3.9.1 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Ability to utilise acquired skills in various disciplines in the work environment.

4.3.9.2 Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry)

Graduates are able to work with minimal supervision. Acquired skills can be used in research and other disciplines in
the work environment.

4.3.9.3 Master of Science (Chemistry)

Graduates of this programme are able to work without supervision. They are highly skilled and well sort after. They
are capable of performing various chemical manipulations, interpret data, draw conclusions and take important
decisions in work or research environment. A good number of graduates of this programme usually pursue their
studies further to PhD level.

4.3.10 Programme Information


4.3.10.1 Minimum Admission Requirements

4.3.10.1.1 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

BSc Chemistry (both 3- and 4-year programmes)

National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum of a 4 symbol in Mathematics, Physical Science
and English.

4.3.10.1.2 Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or equivalent qualification.

4.3.10.1.3 Master of Science (Chemistry)

Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry) or equivalent qualification.

4.3.10.1.4
4.3.11 Undergraduate Programmes and General Programme Rules
4.3.11.1 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

All students in year III are encouraged to take the Course CHE31M1. They are expected (without exception) to
research on a topic given to them, present the results of their findings in a departmental seminar and hand in a
written report of such findings for further assessment.

4.3.11.2 Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry)

All Honours students are expected (without exception) to research on a topic given to them, present the results of
their findings in a departmental seminar and hand in a written report of such findings for further assessment by
internal and external examiners.


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4.3.11.3 Master of Science (Chemistry)

All Masters Students are expected (without exception) to research on a topic given to them, present the results of
their findings in departmental seminars and if possible in national and/or international conferences. A written thesis
of his/her findings is assessed by internal and external examiners.

4.3.12 Progression rules


4.3.12.1 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Year II: To be allowed to register for BSc (Chemistry) level II a student must pass all Level I Chemistry
courses/Courses, prescribed Mathematics and Physics courses/Courses.

Year III: To be allowed to register for Chemistry level III a student must pass at least three Courses of Chemistry
Level II and must pass a minimum of one prescribed Level II Mathematics and one prescribed Level II Physics
courses/Courses.

4.3.13 Completion Rules

Students must complete a minimum of 360 credits for the 3 year Bachelor of Science degree programme. Students
must complete a minimum of 480 credits for the 4 year Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)/Bachelor of Science
(Physics) programme.

4.3.13.2 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) Extended

A minimum of 480 credits in approved programme Courses passed at 50% or better.

4.3.13.2 BachelorofSciences(Chemistry)

A minimum of 360 credits in approved programme Courses passed at 50% or better.

4.3.13.3 BachelorofScienceHonours(Chemistry)

A minimum of 120 credits in approved programme Courses passed at 50% or better; including the project.

4.3.13.4 Master of Science (Chemistry)

Presentation of research proposal at a departmental forum


Successful undertaking of the research work
Presentation of research results to a departmental forum
Presentation of research results at a recognised conference
Assessment of the research work by an internal assessor/supervisor and by two independent external examiners
recommended by the department through FACEX and the Directorate of Post-graduate Studies for Senate approval.

4.3.14 Programmes Articulation


4.3.14.1 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

BSc Honours (Chemistry).


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4.3.14.2 Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry)

Master of Science in Chemistry.

4.3.14.3 Master of Science (Chemistry)

4.3.14.4 Doctor of Philosophy

4.3.15 Programme Curriculum


4.3.15.1 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) Extended Programme

The first two years of the Extended BSc Chemistry (4years) are equivalent in General Chemistry content to the first
year of the Main (3 years) BSc Chemistry programme.

Table 1: BSc Chemistry Extended Programme Curriculum

Year Semester Course Course Code Credits


Level type

1 General Study Skills I GSS1111 8


Foundation
Computer Literacy CLT 11M1 8

Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16

Integrated Mathematics I EMAT1M1 16

1 Extended General Physics I EPHY1M1 16

Extended General Chemistry III ECHE1M3 16

Integrated Mathematics III MAT1113 16

Extended General Physics III EPHY1M3 16

Foundation English for Academic Purposes ELS1205 8

Elective Applied Statistics APS11M1 16

Extended General Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16

Extended General Chemistry IV ECHEIM4 16


2
Integrated Mathematics IV EIMT1M2 16

Extended General Physics IV EPHY1M4 16

Foundation General Study skills GSS1212 8

Computer literacy CLT1102 8

Elective Applied Statistics APS12M2 16


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The third year of the Extended BSc Chemistry is the same as the second year of the main stream BSc programme.

4.3.15.2 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Table 2: BSc Chemistry 3 year Programme Curriculum

Year Semester Course Code Credits


Level

Foundation English for Academic Purposes ELS1105 8

General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16

Pre-calculus and calculus I MAT11M1 16


1 General Physics I PHY11M1 16

Only one 8 credit elective from elective Elective 8


1 list 1

Foundation English for Academic Purposes ELS1205 8

General Chemistry II CHE12M1 16

2 Pre-calculus and calculus II MAT12M1 16

General Physics II PHY12M2 16

Analytical Chemistry II CHE22M2 16

Physical Chemistry II CHE21M5 16

3 Multivariate Calculus MAT21M1 8

Real Analysis I MAT21M2 8

Mechanics and Waves PHY21M1 16


2b
Inorganic Chemistry II CHE22M3 16

Organic Chemistry II CHE21M4 16

4 Ordinary Differential Equations MAT22M1 8

Linear Algebra I MAT22M2 8

Thermodynamics and Modern Physics PHY22M2 16

Inorganic Chemistry III CHE31M3 16


5
Organic Chemistry III CHE31M4 16
c
3 Analytical Chemistry III CHE32M2 16

6 Physical Chemistry III CHE32M5 16

Research, Report and Seminar CHE31M1 16


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b. Students in level II of the BSc Chemistry are allowed to register for same level courses in mathematics or physics
to improve their background in mathematics and/or physics if they qualify to register for the courses.

c. Students in level III of the BSc Chemistry are allowed to register for same level courses in mathematics or physics
to improve their background in mathematics and/or physics if they qualify to register for the courses.

4.3.15.3 Pre-Requisites for the BSc (Chemistry) programme Courses

Table 3: Pre-Requisites

Course/Course name Prerequisite

Analytical Chemistry II General Chemistry Level I Mathematics AND Physics Level I

Physical Chemistry II

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry II

Inorganic Chemistry III Inorganic Chemistry Level II

Organic Chemistry III Organic Chemistry Level II

Analytical Chemistry III Analytical Chemistry Level II


Mathematics AND/OR Physics
Physical Chemistry III Physical Chemistry Level II
Level II
Research, Report and All prescribed Chemistry Course/courses
Seminar Level II

4.3.15.4 Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry): Strictly one year programme

Year Level Semester Course Code Credits

Organic Chemistry IV CHE42M4 16


1
Physical Chemistry IV CHE42M5 16

1 Inorganic Chemistry IV CHE41M3 16

2 Analytical Chemistry IV CHE41M2 16

Honours Dissertation & Research CHE42M8 64

4.3.15.5 Master of Science (Chemistry)

Year Level Semester Course Code Credits


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1 1 & 2 Masters dissertation Level I CHE51M8 90

2 1 & 2 Masters dissertation Level II CHE52M8 90

4.3.16 Core Syllabi of Programme Subjects


Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) & Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry) degree programmes

CHEMISTRY PROGRAMME CURRICULUM – BSCC [B Sc (CHEMISTRY)]

(Extended BSc only differs from Main BSc in the duration and total credits to complete each of the programmes)

4.3.16.1 BSc Chemistry (3 year Programme)

Year Level Course type Course Name Course Code Credits

GENERAL CHEMISTRY I CHE11M1 16

GENERAL CHEMISTRY II CHE12M1 16

1 PRECALCULUS & CALCULUS I MAT11M1 16

PRECALCULUS & CALCULUS II MAT12M1 16

Core Course GENERAL PHYSICS I PHY11M1 16

GENERAL PHYSICS I PHY12M1 16

COMPUTER LITERACY CLT11M1 8

COMPUTER LITERACY CLT12M2 8

COMMUNICATION SKILLS COK11M0 8


Total credits 120

PLANT FORM & FUNCTION BSP11M1 8


1 ELECTIVES
ANIMAL FORM & FUNCTION BSP11M2 8


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ANIMAL DIVERSITY EADI1M1 8

CELL BIOLOGY, & GENETICS BSP12M2 16


DEVELOPMENT

PLANT DIVERSITY BSP12M4 8

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL GEO11M1 16


TECHNIQUES

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL GEO12M1 16


TECHNIQUES

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEO11M2 16


ENVIRONMENT

Electives include any Physical Geography, Biological Sciences Courses offered at level I
with the approval of the Head of the department.

Year Level Course Course Name Course Code Credits


type

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II CHE22M2 16

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II CHE21M5 16


2
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY II CHE22M3 16

Core
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II CHE21M4 16
Courses

MULTIVARIATE CALCULUS MAT21M1 8

ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS MAT22M1 8

LINEAR ALGEBRA I MAT22M2 8

Total credits 88

2 ELECTIVES MECHANICS AND WAVES PHY21M1 16

THERMODYNAMICS, ATOMIC AND PHY22M2 16


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NUCLEAR

REAL ANALYSIS I MAT21M2 8

BIOCHEMISTRY BSP22M4 16

Electives include any Mathematics, Physics or Physical Geography at level II Course with
the approval of the Head of the department.

Year Level Course type Course Name Course Code Credits

SEMINAR/PRACTICAL PRESENTATION CHE31M1 16

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY CHE31M3 16

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY CHE31M4 16


3 Core Course
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY CHE32M2 16

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHE32M5 16

Total credits 80

Year Level Course type Course Name Course Code Credits

ELECTROMAGNETISM & QUANTUM PHY31M1 24


MECHANICS

SOLID STATE & STATS PHYSICS PHY32M2 24

REAL ANALYSIS II MAT31M1 16


3 ELECTIVES

LINEAR ALGEBRA II MAT31M2 16

ABSTRAC ALGEBRA MAT32M1 16

COMPLEX ANALYSIS MAT32M2 16


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GEOGRAPHICAL INFO SYSTEMS GEO31M1 16

GEOGRAPHICAL INFO SYSTEMS GEO32M1 16

Electives include any Mathematics and or Physics level III Course with the approval of the
Head of the Department.

4.3.16.2 Bachelor of Science Honours (Chemistry)

Year Level CORE COURSES COURSE CORE COURSES credits


DESCRIPTION

4 SEMINAR/PRESENTATION ANALYTICAL CHE41M1 16


CHEMISTRY

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY INORGANIC CHE42M2 16


CHEMISTRY

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY ORGANIC CHE41M3 16


CHEMISTRY

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY PHYSICAL CHE41M4 16


CHEMISTRY

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY PROJECT/DISSER CHE42M5 40


TATION

PROJECT/DISSERTATION CHE42M8 CHE42M8

Total credits 120

4.3.17.2 Programmes Detailed Curricula


4.3.17.2.1 General Chemistry Detailed Curriculum

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester


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CHE11M1 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 5 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

5 (4 lectures + 1 tutorial) 1(3 hours) 12 160

Content or Theory: 1. Matter and measurements; Mole concept and stoichiometry; Reactions between ions
Syllabus in aqueous solutions; Redox Reactions, Introduction to Acids and Bases, Atoms, Atoms,
Molecules and Ions; Atomic theory, Periodic properties of the elements; Basic concepts of
chemical bonding, Shapes of molecules

Course After engagement with the Course content and processes, the students should be able to:
Outcomes articulate basic chemistry terms/concepts, perform calculations based on chemical relationships,
comprehend and follow experimental procedure, carry out experiments in chemistry, interpret
experimental results, define different chemical methods, be aware of safety procedures in
handling hazardous materials.

Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Teaching Session
Breakdown
Lectures & Tutorials (4L + 12 5 60
1T)

Practicals 12 3 36

Total 96

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 12

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Total 7

Projected Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


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self study Private study 57


time
breakdown Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%, tests 60% and practical mark 25%


Assessment
(CA) Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE12M1 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 5 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals Number of Notional hours


per week weeks

5 (4 lectures + 1 tutorial) 1(3 hours) 12 160

Content or Theory: First year organic chemistry course = 24 lectures. 1. Introduction: Scope of organic
Syllabus chemistry. 2. General Principles. 3. Hydrocarbons. 4. Organic halogen compounds 5.
Alcohols. 6. Aldehydes and ketones. 7. Carboxylic acids and their derivatives. 8. Amines.

First Year Physical Chemistry Course = 24 lectures. 1. Intermolecular Forces, Liquids &
Solids. 2. Chemical thermodynamics. 3. Chemical equilibrium. 4. Acid and base equilibria. 5.
Electrochemistry. 6. Introduction to chemical kinetics.

Course After engagement with the Course content and processes, the students should be able to:
Outcomes articulate basic chemistry terms/concepts, perform calculations based on chemical
relationships, comprehend and follow experimental procedure, carry out experiments in
chemistry, interpret experimental results, define different chemical methods, be aware of
safety procedures in handling hazardous materials

Learning Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Session
and

Teaching Lectures & Tutorials (4L + 12 5 60


1T)
Breakdown
Practicals 12 3 36


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Total 96

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 12

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Total 7

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown Private study (include 57
assignments and self study)

Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%, tests 60% and practical mark 25%


Assessment
(CA) Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.

4.3.17.2.2 Analytical Chemistry Detailed Curriculum

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE22M2 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II 6 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 hours (at least 1 hour tutorial) 6 hours 12 160

Content or Tools of Analytical Chemistry: Introduction to Analytical Chemistry. Calculations used in


Analytical Chemistry. Errors in Chemical Analysis. Random Errors in Chemical Analysis.


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Syllabus Statistical Data Treatment and Evaluation. Sampling, Standardisation and Calibration.
Quality Assurance in Chemical Analysis

Chemical Equilibria: Aqueous Solutions and Chemical Equilibria. Effects of Electrolytes on
Chemical Equilibria. Solving Equilibrium Calculations Classical Methods of Analysis:.
Gravimetric Methods of Analysis. Titrimetric Methods of Analysis: Precipitation Titrimetry.
Principles of Neutralisation Titrations. Titration Curves for Complex Acid/ Base Systems.
Applications of Neutralisation Titrations. Complexation Reactions and Titrations.
Electrochemical Methods of Analysis. Introduction to Electrochemistry. Applications of
Standard Electrode Potentials. Applications of Oxidation / Reduction Titrations.
Potentiometry and Electrogravimetry

Course After engagement with the Course content and processes, the students should be able to:
Outcomes Draw a representative sample and prepare it for chemical analysis; apply appropriate
statistical techniques to obtain useful chemical information from raw data; operate a
chemical quality assurance programme; have a knowledge of sampling and the principles of
gravimetry and titrimetry; demonstrate competence in the practical use of gravimetric and
titrimetric techniques in carrying out analysis; have ability to perform the calculations
required to obtain useful chemical information from given analytical data.

Learning Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Session
and
Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48
Teaching
*Practicals 6 6 36
Breakdown
Total 84

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown Tests (All levels) 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 6

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Grand Total 7

Projected Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


self study
time Private study 69*
breakdown
Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%, tests 60% and practical mark 25%


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Assessment Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.


(CA)

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE32M2 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY III 7 16 2

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Pracs per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 hours (at least 1 hour tutorial) 6 hours 12 160

Content or Electrochemical Methods of analysis. Coulometry. Voltammetry. Spectral Methods of


Syllabus Analysis. Introduction to spectrophotometry. Molecular spectroscopy, Molecular
spectroscopy equipment, Atomic spectroscopy. Chemical Separation Methods, Solvent
extraction, Chromatography theory, Gas chromatography, Liquid chromatography,
Other Chromatographic Techniques, Supercritical fluid chromatography, Electrophoresis,
Affinity chromatography, Field Flow Fractionation, Mass Spectrometry for
chromatographers, Hyphenated (Ancillary) Methods, Multidimensional chromatography,
Introduction to Thermal Methods of Analysis, Introduction to Radiochemical Methods of
Analysis.

Course
Outcomes

Learning Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Session
and

Teaching Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48

Breakdown Practicals 12 6 36

Total 84

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests 2 2 4


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Assignments 2

Practical reports 6

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown Private study 59

Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%,tests 60% and practical mark 25%


Assessment
(CA) Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE41M2 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY IV 8 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals per Number of weeks Notional hours
week

3 lectures plus 1 tutorial/practical 16 180

Content or Theory: Advanced topics from analytical chemistry selected by the analytical group in
Syllabus consultation with the head of department.
Possible Topics include:1. Chemical Separation 2. Solvent extraction
3. Chromatography Theory; GC; Themal analysis 4. Liquid Chromatography; Advanced
aspects of LC; Other chromatographic techniques. 5. Advanced NMR 6. Introduction to
Spectroscopy; ataomic spectroscopy;molecular spectroscopy, 7. XRD, 8. FTIR.9. ICP, 10.
Electrochemistry
11. Advanced Chemometrics for Analytical Chemists (this include quality of analytical
measurements)

Learning and Learning and Teaching Session Number Hours Total


Teaching
Lectures & Tutorials/Pract 20 5 100
Breakdown
Total 100

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total


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Breakdown Tests (All levels) ½ 3 3

Assignments ½ 4 4

Literature/Lab projects 1 10 10

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Total 20

Projected Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


self study
Private study 1 h a day every week for 12 60
time
weeks
breakdown
Grand Total 180

Continuous Assignments 10%,Ttests: 40% and Laboratory Project+ practical mark 50%
Assessment
Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100
(CA)

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (CA) = 40 : 100. Student must obtain a
term mark of at least 40% and an exam mark of at least 40% to qualify for a
supplementary

4.3.17.2.3 Inorganic Chemistry Detailed Curriculum

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE22M3 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 7 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Pracs per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 hours (at least 1 hour tutorial): 6 hours 12 160

Content or Theory: 1.The chemical bond. 2. Descriptive chemistry of the P-block elements. 3.
Syllabus Coordination chemistry. 4. Inorganic rings, chains and cages

Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Teaching Session
Breakdown
Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48

Practicals 12 6 72


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Total 120

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 6

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Grand Total 7

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown
Private study 33

Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%, tests 60% and practical mark 25%


Assessment
(CA)
Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.


Supplementary

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE31M3 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY III 7 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Pracs per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 hours (at least 1 hour tutorial): 6 hours 12 160

Content or Theory: 1.The chemistry of d-block elements. 2. Structure of Transition metal


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Syllabus compounds. 3.The chemistry of f-block elements. 4. Introduction to organo-metallic


chemistry. 5.Introduction to bio-inorganic chemistry

Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Teaching Session
Breakdown
Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48

Practicals 12 6 72

Total 120

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 6

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Grand Total 7

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown Private study 33

Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%, tests 60% and practical mark 25%


Assessment
(CA) Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.


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Level

CHE41M3 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY IV 8 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Pracs per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 hours (at least 1 hour tutorial) 6 hours 12 160

Content or Theory: 1. Atomic Theory:1.1. Basic principles. 1.2 Transition metals – atomic
Syllabus structure and valence. 1.3. f-Transition metals. 1.4. Crystal and ligand field theories. 2.
Descriptive Transition Metal Chemistry: 2.1 The early 4d and 5d transition metals. 2.2.
The Platinum group metals. 2.3. Uranium chemistry. 3. ORGANOMETALLIC
CHEMISTRY: 3.1 General survey. 3.2 Methods of formation – Main Group Elements.
3.3 Some transition metal chemistry relevant to Organometalic chemistry. 3.4
Organotransition metal chemistry. 4. Homogeneous Catalysis: 4.1 General Principles.
4.2 Homogeneous catalysis system in operation. 5. Industrial Inorganic Chemistry

Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Teaching Session
Breakdown
Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48

Total 48

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Grand Total 7

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown Private study 33

Grand Total 160


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Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.

4.3.17.2.4 Organic Chemistry Detailed Curriculum

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE21M4 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 6 16 2

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals Number Notional hours


per week of weeks

4 hours (at least 1 hour tutorial) 6 hours 12 160

Content or Theory: 1.Basic Introduction and Revision 2. Stereo- and Alicyclic Chemistry 3.
Syllabus Nucleophilic substitution Reactions 4. Electrophilic substitution Reactions 5. Molecular
Rearrangements, 6. Oxidation Reactions 7. Reduction Reactions 8. Spectroscopic
Methods in Organic Synthesis

Learning Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Session
and

Teaching Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48

Breakdown Practicals 12 6 72

Total 120

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 6


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Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Grand Total 7

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown Private study 33

Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%, tests 60% and practical mark 25%


Assessment
(CA) Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CHE31M4 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III 7 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals Number Notional hours


per week of weeks

6 hours (at least 1 hour 6 hours 12 160


tutorial)

Content or Theory: 1. Groups Protection in Organic Synthesis 2. Alkylation of Carbanions 3.


Syllabus Formation of C-C bonds by base-catalysed Condensations 4. Formation of C-C bonds
by acid-catalysed Condensations 5. The Wittig Reaction 6. Cyclo-addition Reactions
(with emphasis on Diels-Alder Reaction) 7. Oxidations 9. Reductions 10. Further
Aromatic Chemistry 11. Heterocyclic Chemistry 12. Basic Theory of NMR (both 1H
and 13C NMR).

Outcomes After this course the student is expected to be able to: have deep understanding of
organic chemistry in general and organic synthesis in particular, design a method for
the preparation of a given compound, recognise named reactions, read and
understand literature preparative protocols, interpret NMR spectra to find the
structure and predict NMR spectra for a substance


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Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Teaching Session
Breakdown
Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48

Practicals 12 6 72

Total Year 120

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 6

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Grand Total 7

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown Private study 33

Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 15%, tests 60% and practical mark 25%


Assessment (CA)
Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.


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Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 hours ( + at least 1 hour 6 hours 12 160


tutorial)

Content or
Theory: Retrosynthetic Analysis: Introduction; Definaition of terms; C-X
Syllabus
disconnections; C-C disconnections; Alkene synthesis; Diels-Alder reaction;
Pericyclic reactions: definition; classification; Frontier Orbital Method; Cycloaddition
reactions: Diels-Alder reaction;[3+2]-Cycloadditon reactions; Electrocyclic
Reactions; Sigmatropic recations: Cope rearrangement; Oxy-Cope rearrangement;
Cheletropic reactions. Advance natural product chemistry, heterocylic chemistry and
advanced spectroscopy for structural elucidation of organic compounds.

Possible Topics: industrial chemistry, polymer chemistry, applied chemistry.

Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Session
Teaching

Breakdown Lectures & Tutorials 12 5 60

Total 60

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 3 6

Assignments 2 4 8

Literature/Practical projects 2 5 10

Examination 1 3 3


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Supp-examination 1 3 3

Total 30

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown
Private study 60

Grand Total 160

Continuous Assignments 20%,tests 40% and practical mark 40%


Assessment (CA)

Continuous assessment (CA): Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA): overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100. Student must
obtain a term mark of at least 40% and an exam mark of at least 40% to qualify
for a supplementary

4.3.17.2.5 Physical Chemistry Detailed Curriculum

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE21M5 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II 6 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals per Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 hours ( + at least 1 hour 6 hours 12 160


tutorial)

Content or Theory: 1.Introduction: units, mathematical review. 2. The First Law of


Syllabus Thermodynamics: Heat, Work, the First Law. 3. Applying the First Law: Heat Capacities,
Isothermal and Adiabatic Changes, Reversible and Irreversible Processes. 4.
Thermochemistry: Heats of Reaction, Temperature Dependence of Reaction Enthalpies,
Heat and Physical Changes. 5. The Second and Third Law of Thermodynamics: Heat


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Engines, Carnot Cycle, Entropy, Entropy Calculations and Absolute Entropies, the Third
Law. 6. Work, free Energy and Chemical Equilibrium: Maximum Work, Free Energy,
Thermodynamic Relations and their Manipulations. 7. The Equilibrium Constants for
Ideal Gas Reactions. 8. Equilibrium Constants for Real Gases: Real Gas Behaviour, Van
Der Waals Equation, Fugacity, Equilibrium Constants. 9. Phase Equilibrium: Stability of
Phases, the Phase Rule, One-Component Systems, Slopes on a Phase Diagram; the
Clapeyron Equation. 10. Colligative Properties of Ideal Solutions: Solutions, Raoult’s
Law: the Ideal Solution., Partial Molar Quantities, Mixing of Ideal Solutions, Dilute
Solutions and Henry’s Law, Activities, Osmotic Pressure, Freezing Point Depression and
Boiling Point Elevation. 11. Electrochemical Cells: Classification, EMF and Electrode
Potentials, Half-Cells, the Nernst Equation, Thermodynamic Data from Cell EMF’s. 12.
Chemical Kinetics: The Concept of Rate of Reaction, Empirical Order of Reaction: Zero,
First and Second-Order Reactions, Half-Lives, Determining the Order of Reaction.

Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Teaching Session
Breakdown
Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48

Practicals 12 6 72

Total 120

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 2 4

Assignments 2

Practical reports 6

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Grand Total 7

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown Private study 33

Grand Total 160


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Assessment
(CA) Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100.

Course Code Course Name NQF Credits Semester


Level

CHE32M5 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY III 7 16 1

Contact hours Lectures/Tutorials per week Practicals Number of Notional hours


per week weeks

4 hours (+ at least 1 hour 6 hours 12 160


tutorial)

Content or Theory: 1. Reaction Mechanisms: the Concept of a Mechanism, Opposing


Syllabus Reactions and Equilibrium Constants, Consecutive and Parallel Reactions, Rate–
Determining Step and Steady- State Approaches, Complex Reactions. 2.
Theoretical Approaches to Chemical Kinetics: Temperature Dependence of Reaction
Rate, the Collision Theory, the Activated Complex Theory, Unimolecular Reactions
and the Lindemann Theory. 3. Surface Work: Surface Tension and Surface Energy,
Bubbles and Drops, the Kelvin Equation, Gibbs Formulation for Adsorption, the
Langmuir Adsorption Isotherm. 4. Matter and Waves: Simple Harmonic Motion,
Wave Motion, Standing Waves, Blackbody Radiation and the Nuclear Atom, the
Photoelectric Effect, Spectroscopy and the Bohr Atom, the De Broglie Relation. 5.
Quantum Mechanics: the Schrodinger Equation, Postulates of Quantum Mechanics,
Operators, Solutions of Schrodinger Equation: the Free Particle, the Particle in a
Ring of Constant Potential , the Particle in a Box, the Particle in a Box with One
Finite Wall; Tunneling. 6. Rotations and Vibrations of Atoms and Molecules: the
Harmonic Oscillator: the Nature of the Harmonic Oscillator Wavefunctions, the
Thermodynamics of Harmonic Oscillator Wavefunctions, the Rigid Diatomic Rotor,
the Thermodynamics of the rigid Rotor.

Learning Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Session
and

Lectures & Tutorials 12 4 48


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Teaching Practicals 12 6 72

Breakdown
Total 120

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 2

Assignments 2

Practical reports 6

Examination 1 3

Supp-examination 1 3

Grand Total

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours


study time
breakdown
Private study

Grand Total

Continuous Assignments 20%, tests 40% and practical mark 40%


Assessment (CA)

Continuous assessment (CA) : Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA) : overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100. Student must
obtain a term mark of at least 40% and an exam mark of at least 40% to qualify
for a supplementary

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

CHE41M5 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY IV 8 16 1


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week weeks

4 hours ( + at least 1 hour 6 hours 12 160


tutorial)

Content or Theory: Advanced Topics from Physical Chemistry selected each year by all
Syllabus members of the Physical Chemistry Staff. The Emphasis will be on motivating
students to undertake research by reading around the topics chosen.

Possible Topics: surface chemistry, polymer chemistry, properties of liquids
including viscosity, solids, quantum chemistry and advanced spectroscopy,
statistical mechanics.

Learning and Learning and Teaching Number Hours Total


Session
Teaching

Breakdown Lectures & Tutorials 12 5 60

Total 60

Assessment Assessment Sessions Number Hours Total

Breakdown
Tests (All levels) 2 3 6

Assignments 2 4 8

Literature/Practical projects 2 5 10

Examination 1 3 3

Supp-examination 1 3 3

Total 30

Projected self Self study Sessions Number Hours Total


study time
breakdown
Private study 60

Grand Total 160


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Continuous assessment (CA): Overall assessment (OA) = 60 : 100.

Examination Written examination (WA): overall assessment (OA) = 40 : 100. Student must
obtain a term mark of at least 40% and an exam mark of at least 40% to qualify
for a supplementary

4.3.18 Physics Programmes

4.3.18.1 Purpose of Qualification


4.3.18.1.1 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Mathematics sub major

Graduates of this course may work as physicists in product and process development and quality control.
Employment may be in a research lab or other work environments where knowledge of Physics is essential.
Companies such as ESCOM, SASOL, CSIR, NRF, mining and educational institutions are potential employers of
graduates from this course.

4.3.18.1.2 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry sub major

Graduates of this course may work in product and process development and quality control. Employment may be in a
research lab or other work environments where knowledge of Physics and Chemistry is essential. They may work as
physicists or chemists, supervising technicians and technologists in product and process development and quality
control. Companies such as SASOL, ESCOM, CSIR, NRF, mining and educational institutions are potential employers
of graduates from this course.

4.3.18.1.3 Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

Graduates of this course may work as physicists in product and process development and quality control.
Employment may be in a research lab or other work environments where knowledge of Physics is essential.
Companies such as ESCOM, SASOL, CSIR, NRF, mining and educational institutions are potential employers of
graduates from this course. These graduates are expected to take on more challenging roles in the work
environment than those with a 3 year BSc.

4.3.18.1.3 Master of Science (Physics)

In addition to characteristics indicated for the BSc Honours (Physics), MSc graduates are expected to take even more
challenging roles in research and solving Physics related problems in the workplace.

4.3.18.2 Entrepreneurship & Professional Development of Students

Practical aspects of Physics prepare students to develop processes and products that can lead to new inventions or
improve on existing inventions. This serves as a catalyst for self employment.


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4.3.18.3 Career Opportunities

Research in diverse institutions, education and industry.

4.3.18.4 Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme


4.3.18.4.1 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Mathematics sub major

Analyse Physics and Mathematics related problems and be able to offer meaningful solutions.
Use the acquired knowledge to improve existing processes in the work environment.
Competently operate Physics related equipment in a variety of applications.
Demonstrate the ability to provide support services where required.

4.3.18.4.2 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry sub major

Analyse Physics and Chemistry related problems and be able to offer meaningful solutions.
Use the acquired knowledge to improve existing processes in the work environment.
Competently operate Physics and Chemistry related equipment in a variety of applications.
Demonstrate the ability to provide support services where required.

4.3.18.4.1 Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

Graduates of this qualification are able to work with minimal supervision. Acquired skills can be used in research and
other disciplines in the work environment.

4.3.18.4.1 Master of Science (Physics)

Graduates of this programme are able to work independently. They are skilled and sort after. They are capable of
performing complex measurements, interpret data, draw conclusions and take important decisions in work or
research environment. A good number of graduates of this programme usually pursue their studies further to PhD
level.
4.3.18.5 Programme Information
4.3.18.5.1 Minimum Admission Requirements
4.3.18.5.1.1 Bachelor of Science Extended Programme

SG (D) or HG (E) in Mathematics and Physical Science and English. Using the new National Senior Certificate to a 4
year B Sc degree, Certificate should indicate “qualified for degree” and include a minimum achievement rating of 4 in
the range 50 % to 54 % in English, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Science and in two other content
subjects, preferably It (CAT), etc.

4.3.18.5.1.2 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Mathematics sub major

Matric exemption or equivalent qualification with a minimum of an E(HG) or D (SG) Mathematics,Physical Science &
English. Using the new National Senior Certificate to a 3 year B Sc degree, Certificate should indicate “qualified for
degree” and include a minimum achievement rating of 4 starting from 55 % and above in English, Mathematics,
Physical Science and in 2 other content subjects, preferably IT (CAT), etc. A certificate in Advanced Mathematics is
optional.


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4.3.18.5.1.3 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry sub major

A Matric exemption or equivalent qualification, with a minimum of E (HG) or D (SG) in Mathematics and Physical
Science & English. Using the new National Senior Certificate to a 3 year BSc degree, Certificate should indicate
“qualified for degree” and a minimum achievement rating of 4 starting from 55 % and above in English,
Mathematics, Physical Science and in two other subjects preferably IT (CAT), etc. A certificate in Advanced
Mathematics is optional.

4.3.18.6 Selection Criteria into Undergraduate Programmes


4.3.18.6.1 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry or Mathematics sub major

In addition to the minimum admission requirements (see 6.9.1.2 and 6.9.1.3) students aspiring for a degree of
Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry or Mathematics sub major must show proof of proficiency in English
language. For students who do not meet the normal entry requirements, the best scores in Physical Science and
Mathematics shall be considered.

4.3.18.7 Postgraduate General Programme Rules


4.3.18.7.1 Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

All Honours students are expected (without exception) to research on a topic given to them, present the results of
their findings in a departmental seminar and hand in a written report of such findings for further assessment by
internal and external examiners.

4.3.18.7.2 Master of Science (Physics)

All Masters students are expected (without exception) to research on a topic given them, present the results of their
findings in departmental seminars and if possible in national and/or international conferences. A written thesis of
his/her work shall be assessed by internal and external examiners.

4.3.18.8 Progression Rules


4.3.18.8.1 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Mathematics sub major

Year II: To be allowed to register for level 2 Physics Courses, a student must have passed all prescribed level 1
Physics and Mathematics Courses.
Year III: To be allowed to register for level 3 Physics Courses, a student must have passed all prescribed level 2
Physics and Mathematics Courses.

4.3.18.8.2 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry sub major

Year II: To be allowed to register for level 2 Physics Courses, a student must have passed all prescribed level 1
Physics and Mathematics Courses.
Year III: To be allowed to register for level 3 Physics Courses, a student must have passed all prescribed level 2
Physics and Mathematics Courses.

4.3.18.8.3 Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

This is a one year course.


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4.3.18.8.4 Master of Science (Physics)

To progress to the second year of the MSc degree a student must have shown credible promise in areas such as
literature review, proposal presentation and a tangible start on the research project.

4.3.18.8.5 Doctor of Philosophy

4.3.18.9 Completion Rules

Students must complete a minimum of 360 credits for a Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Chemistry or Mathematics
sub major. In the case of Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics), a minimum of 120 credits is required to complete
the programme. A Masters degree student requires a minimum of 180 credits to complete the programme.

4.3.18.10 Curriculum
4.3.18.10.1 Undergraduate Programmes

4.3.18.10.1.1 The first 2 years of extended BSc (Physics with Mathematics) (4years)

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

Extended General Physics I EPHY1M1 16

1 Integrated Mathematics I EMAT1M1 16

Computer Science Fundamentals ECSI1M1 16

Foundation Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8

1A Extended General Physics II EPHY1M2 16

2 Integrated Mathematics II EMAT1M2 16

Introduction to programming I ECSI1M2 16

Academic Literacy II ACL1212 8


Foundation
Life Skills ELSK1M2 8

Extended General Physics III EPHY1M3 16

1B 1 Integrated Mathematics III MAT1113 16

Introduction to Computer architecture CSI1113 16

Elective 16

Extended General Physics IV EPHY1M4 16

2 Integrated Mathematics IV EIMT1M2 16

Introduction to programming II CSI1214 16

Elective 16


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Electives for level 1B, Semesters 1 and 2

Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 Probability & Distribution Theory I STA11M1 16

Introduction to Vector & Linear Algebra APM11M1 16

2 Statistical Inference I STA12M2 16

Linear Programming & Applied Computing APM12M1 16

4.2.9.1.2 BSc (Physics with Mathematics)

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

1 1 General Physics I PHY11M1 16

Pre-calculus and calculus I MAT11M1 16

Information Systems and Applications CSI11M1 8

Problem Solving CSI11M2 8

Communication Skills COK11M0 8

Foundation Computer Literacy I CLT11M1 8

2 General Physics II PHY12M2 16

Pre-calculus and Calculus II MAT12M1 16

Introduction to Object Oriented Programming CSI12M1 8

Computer Architecture & Organisation CSI12M2 8

Foundation Computer Literacy II CLT12M2 8

Communication Skills COK11M0 8

2 1 Mechanics and Waves PHY21M1 16

Multivariate Calculus MAT21M1 8

Ordinary Differential Equations MAT22M1 8

Elective 32

2 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics PHY22M2 16

Real Analysis I MAT21M2 8

Linear Algebra I MAT22M2 8

Elective 32

3 1 Electromagnetism and Quantum Mechanics PHY31M1 24


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Linear Algebra II MAT31M2 16

Elective 32

2 Statistical mechanics and Solid State Physics PHY32M2 24

Complex Analysis MAT32M2 16

Elective 16

Electives for level 2, Semesters 1 and 2

Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Probability & Distribution Theory I STA11M1 16

1 Introduction to Vector & Linear Algebra APM11M1 16

Data Communication & Networking CSI2102 14

Statistical Inference I STA12M2 16

2 Linear Programming & Applied Computing APM12M1 16

Data Structures CSI2202 14

Electives for level 3, Semesters 1 and 2

Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Numerical analysis 201 APM21M1 16

Real analysis II MAT31M1 16

1 Introduction to artificial intelligence CSI3101 14

Software engineering CSI3102 14

Probability distribution theory STA21M1 16

Eigen value problems APM22M1 16

Abstract Algebra MAT32M1 16

2 Database management systems CSI3201 14

Internet applications CSI3202 14

Statistical inference II STA22M2 16

4.2.9.1.3 The first 2 years of extended B Sc (Physics with Chemistry) (4years)

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level


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Extended General Physics I EPHY1M1 16

1 Integrated Mathematics I EMAT1M1 16

Extended General Chemistry I ECHE1M1 16

Foundation Academic Literacy I EACL1M1 8

1A Extended General Physics II EPHY1M2 16

2 Integrated Mathematics II EMAT1M2 16

Extended Chemistry II ECHE1M2 16

Academic Literacy II ACL1212 8


Foundation
Life Skills LSK1012 8

Extended General Physics III EPHY1M3 16

1 Integrated Mathematics III EIMT1M1 16

Extended General Chemistry III ECHE1M3 16

Foundation Computer Literacy I CLT1111 8

Elective 16
1B
Extended General Physics IV EPHY1M4 16

2 Integrated Mathematics IV EIMT1M2 16

Extended General Chemistry IV ECHE1M4 16

Foundation Computer Literacy II CLT1212 8

Electives for level 1B, Semester 1

Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 Probability & Distribution Theory I STA11M1 16

1 Introduction to Vector & Linear Algebra APM11M1 16

4.3.18.10.1.2 Bachelor of Science (Physics with Chemistry)

Year Semester Course Name Course Code Credits


level

General Physics I PHY11M1 16

1 1 Pre-calculus & Calculus I MAT11M1 16

General Chemistry I CHE11M1 16


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Computer Literacy CLT11M1 8


Foundation
Communication Skills COK11M0 8

General Physics II PHY12M2 16

2 Pre-calculus & Calculus II MAT12M1 16

General Chemistry II CHE12M1 16

Computer Literacy CLT12M2 8


Foundation
English for Academic purposes II ELS1205 8

Mechanics and Waves PHY21M1 16

Multivariate Calculus MAT21M1 8


1
2 Ordinary Differential Equations MAT22M1 8

Physical Chemistry II # CHE21M5 16

Elective 16

Thermodynamics and Modern Physics PHY22M2 16

Real Analysis I MAT21M2 8


2
Linear Algebra I MAT22M2 8

Inorganic Chemistry II # CHE22M3 16

Elective 16

Electromagnetism and Quantum Mechanics PHY31M1 24


1
Inorganic Chemistry III # CHE31M3 16

Elective 32
3
Statistical mechanics and Solid State Physics PHY32M2 24
2
Physical Chemistry III # CHE32M5 16

Elective 16

Electives for level 2, Semesters 1 and 2

Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Probability & Distribution Theory I STA11M1 16

1 Introduction to Vector & Linear Algebra APM11M1 16

Introduction to Info. Systems CSI11M1 8


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Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Problem solving CSI11M2 8

Analytical Chemistry II CHE22M2 16

Statistical Inference I STA12M2 16

Linear Programming & Applied Computing APM12M1 16

2 Introduction to Programming CSI12M1 8

Computer Org. & Architecture CSI12M2 8

Organic Chemistry II CHE21M4 16

Electives for level 3, Semesters 1 and 2

Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

Numerical analysis 201 APM21M1 16

Real analysis II MAT31M1 16


1
Organic Chemistry III CHE31M4 16

Probability distribution theory STA21M1 16

Eigen value problems APM22M1 16

Abstract Algebra MAT32M1 16


2
Analytical Chemistry III CHE32M2 16

Statistical inference II STA22M2 16

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#CHE31M3 or CHE32M5 may be replaced by CHE31M4 (Organic Chemistry) or CHE32M2 (Analytical Chemistry). In
all cases Courses can only be taken if the required prerequisites have been satisfied.

4.3.18.10.1.3 Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1 Classical Mechanics PHY41M1 24

1 Mechanical Behavior of Materials PHY41M2 24

1 2 Advanced Electromagnetism PHY41M3 24

2 Quantum & Statistical Physics PHY41M4 24

1 to 2 Project PHY41M5 32


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4.3.18.10.1.4 Master of Science (Physics)

Year Level Semester Course Name Course Code Credits

1&2 Masters Thesis in Physics PHY5004 180

4.3.18.11 Articulation

4.3.18.11.1 Bachelor of Science in Physics (with Chemistry or Mathematics)

Bachelor of Science Honours in Physics or related discipline.

4.3.18.11.2 Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

Master of Science in Physics or related discipline.

4.3.18.11.3 Master of Science (Physics)

PhD in Physics or related discipline

4.3.18.12 Course Descriptions


4.3.18.12.1 Undergraduate Courses

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EPHY1M1 EXTENDED GENERAL PHYSICS I 5 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 45 min 1 x 150 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus:
Science – a way of knowing; Measurements in Physics; Kinematics; Dynamics; Kinetic Theory, Properties of
Matter & Modern Physics

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment mark (CA): To qualify for examinations, student must attain 40% continuous
assessment mark (CA = 60% major tests + 30% practicals + 10% tutorials, other assessments &
assignments). The contribution of CA to the overall Semester mark is 60%.
Examination Mark (EA): Paper I Theory (60%) + Paper II Practical (40%).
To qualify for overall assessment of semester mark, the student must obtain a minimum examination mark of
40%.
The contribution of examination mark to semester mark is 40%.


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Overall Semester mark : 60% CA + 40% EA.


To qualify for Course credit (16), student must obtain a minimum of 50% semester mark.
Supplementary Examination : To qualify for this, a student must obtain an OM of 40% to 49%

Entry Assumptions/Pre-requisites:
NSC – qualified to progress to a degree course - achievement rating of 4 in the range 50 % to 54% or better in
4 recognised content 20 credit subjects including Mathematics & Physical science. Rating 4 in English & Life
Skills.
Matriculation: Senior Certificate with a minimum of E(HG)/D(SG) in Mathematics & Physical Science. D(SG) in
English.

Other requirements: Minimum achievement of 3 in SATAP tests in English, Mathematics & Science.

Co-requisite : EMAT1M1

Course Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester


Name

EPHY1M2 EXTENDED GENERAL PHYSICS II 5 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 45 min 1 x 150 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus:
Thermodynamics; Magnetism, Static & Current Electricity; Electromagnetism; Wave theory, Longitudinal Sound
waves; Electromagnetic waves, Light & Optics

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment mark (CA): To qualify for examinations, student must attain 40% continuous
assessment mark (CA = 60% major tests + 30% practicals + 10% tutorials, other assessments &
assignments). The contribution of CA mark to overall Semester mark is 60%.
Examination Mark (EA): Paper I Theory (60%) + Paper II Practical (40%) .
To qualify for overall assessment of semester mark, the student must obtain a minimum examination mark of
40%.
The contribution of examination mark to semester mark is 40%.
Overall Semester mark (OM): 60% CA + 40% EA.
To qualify for Course credit (16), student must obtain a minimum of 50% semester mark.
Supplementary Examination: To qualify for this, a student must obtain a OM of 40% to 49%

Pre-requisites:
NSC – qualified to progress to a degree course - achievement rating of 4 in the range 50 % to 54% or better in
4 recognised content 20 credit subjects including Mathematics & Physical science. Rating 4 in English & Life
Skills.
Matriculation: Senior Certificate with a minimum of E(HG)/D(SG) in Mathematics & Physical Science and
D(SG) in English.


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Other requirements are SATAP tests in English

Co-requisite : EMAT1M2

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EPHY1M3 EXTENDED GENERAL PHYSICS III 5 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 45 min 1 x 150 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus:
Vectors; Motion in 2 or 3 dimensions; Newton’s Laws; Circular Motion; Energy transfer; Linear Momentum &
collisions; Static Equilibrium & elasticity; Temperature & heat; Kinetic theory of Gases; Heat engines, entropy &
second law of thermodynamics

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment mark : To qualify for examinations, student must attain 40% continuous
assessment mark ( CA = 60% major tests + 30% practicals + 10% tutorials, other assessments &
assignments). The contribution of CA to the overall Semester mark is 60%.
Examination Mark (EA): Paper I Theory (60%) + Paper II Practical (40%) .
To qualify for overall assessment of semester mark, the student must obtain a minimum examination mark of
40%.
The contribution of examination mark to the overall semester mark is 40%.
Overall Semester mark (OM): 60% CA + 40% EA .
To qualify for Course credit (16), student must obtain a minimum of 50% semester mark.
Supplementary Examination : To qualify for this, a student must obtain an OM of 40% to 49%

Pre-requisites:
A pass in EPHY1M1, EXGP1M2, EMAT1M1 & EMAT1M2

Co-requisite: MAT1113

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

EPHY1M4 EXTENDED GENERAL PHYSICS IV 5 16 2

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 45 min 1 x 150 min 1 x 60 min 15 160


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Content or Syllabus:
Wave motion; Sound waves; Superposition & standing waves; Electric fields; Gauss’s law; Electric potential;
Capacitance & Dielectrics; Direct current circuits; Magnetism

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment mark CA): To qualify for examinations, student must attain 40% continuous
assessment mark (CA =60% major tests + 30% practicals + 10% tutorials, other assessments &
assignments). The contribution of CA to overall Semester mark is 60%.
Examination Mark (EA): Paper I Theory (60%) + Paper II Practical (40%) = 100%.
To qualify for overall assessment of semester mark, the student must obtain a minimum examination mark of
40%.
The contribution of examination mark to the overall semester mark is 40%.
Overall Semester mark (OM): 60% CA + 40% EA.
To qualify for Course credit (16), a student must obtain a minimum OMof 50% .
Supplementary Examination: To qualify for this, a student must obtain an OM of 40% to 49%

Pre-requisites: A pass in EPHY1M1, EPHY1M2, EMAT1M1 & EMAT1M2

Co-requisite: EIMT1M2

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY11M1 GENERAL PHYSICS I 5 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours
week weeks

4 x 45 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus:
Introduction to Mechanics: Rectilinear Motion; Vector Algebra and Calculus; Motion in two and Three
Dimensions; Newton’s laws; Gravitational force and friction; Statics and Elasticity; Circular motion and other
applications of Newton’s Laws; Work, energy and power; Potential energy and conservation of energy; Linear
momentum and collisions; Rotation of a rigid object about a fixed axis; Rolling motion; angular momentum and
torque; Oscillatory motion; Fluid mechanics.
Heat and Thermodynamics: Temperature; Heat and the First Law of Thermodynamics; Kinetic Theory of Gases;
Heat, Energy; Entropy and Second Law of Thermodynamics

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment Mark: To qualify for an end of semester examination, a candidate must attain at
least a 40% continuous Assessment mark (CA = 60% Major Tests + 30% Practical Assessment + 10% from
tutorials, minor tests and other Assignments).
Examination Mark: End of Semester Examination: 100% (a candidate should obtain a minimum of 40%)
Overall Semester Mark: Final Semester Mark: 0.6 Continuous Assessment Mark + 0.4 Examination Mark.
Classification of Performance: Award of Course Credits: To qualify for the award of 16 credits, a candidate must
obtain a minimum of 50% in the overall Semester Mark.


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Supplementary Examination: To qualify to sit for this, a candidate should have obtained a semester mark of
40% to 49%.

Pre-requisites: To register for this course, a candidate should have passed NSC with a “B” designation or
equivalent. In addition, a grade of at least 4 should have been obtained in Mathematics and Physical Science.

Code Course NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY12M2 GENERAL PHYSICS II 5 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 50 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus:
Mechanical Waves: Wave motion; Sound waves; Superposition and Standing waves
Geometrical Optics: The nature of light and laws of Geometric Optics.
Electromagnetism: Electrostatics; Electric Potential, Gauss’ s Law; Capacitance and Dielectrics, Current and
Resistance, Direct Current Circuits; Magnetic Fields and Forces; Induced Fields and Forces.

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment Mark: To qualify for an end of semester examination, a candidate must attain at
least a 40% continuous assessment mark (CA = 60% major tests + 30% practical assessment + 10% tutorials,
minor tests and other assignments).
Examination Mark: End of Semester Examination: 100% (of which a candidate should obtain a minimum of
40%)
Overall Semester Mark: Final Semester Mark: 0.6 Continuous Assessment Mark + 0.4 Examination Mark.
Classification of Performance: Award of Course Credits: To qualify for the award of 16 credits, a candidate
must obtain a minimum of 50% in the overall Semester Mark.
Supplementary Examination: To qualify to sit for this, a candidate should have obtained a semester mark of
40% to 49%.

Pre-requisites: To register for this course, a candidate should have passed NSC with a “B” designation or
equivalent. In addition, a grade of at least 4 should have been obtained in Mathematics and Physical Science.

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY21M1 MECHANICS & WAVES 6 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 45 min 1 x 180 min 2 x 60 min 15 160


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Content or Syllabus: Vector fundamentals; Rectilinear motion of a particle; Position dependent forces; The
Harmonic oscillator; The general motion of a particle in three dimensions; Central forces; Dynamics of systems
of particles; Coupled oscillators; The wave equation.

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on quizzes, tutorials, lab
reports, and tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) in
the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: PHY11M1 , PHY12M2, MAT11M1, MAT12M1


Co-requisites: MAT21M1, MAT22M1

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY22M1 THERMODYNAMICS & MODERN 6 16 2


PHYSICS

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials per Number of Notional hours
week week weeks

4 x 50 min 1 x 180 min 2 x 40 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus:
Thermodynamics
Temperature, reversible processes and work, The First Law of thermodynamics, The Second Law of
Thermodynamics, Entropy, The thermodynamic Potentials and the Maxwell relations, General thermodynamics
relations, Change of phase, Open systems and the Chemical Potential, The third law of Thermodynamics.
Modern Physics
Atoms and Kinetic Theory (Atomic Theory of Matter, Kinetic Theory, Specific Heat of gases, The Maxwell
Distribution of Velocities and Brownian Motion). Elementary Particles (Discovery of the electron, quantisation of
electric charge, the photon, neutron, antiparticles and spin, discovery of X-rays). The Quantum Theory of Light (
Blackbody Radiation, The Rayleigh-Jeans Theory, Planck’s Theory of Radiation, Einstein’s transition Probabilities,
Amplification through Stimulated emission, the Ruby and Neon Lasers). The Particle Nature of Photons (The
Photoelectric Effect, The Compton Effect, The Dual Nature of Photons, the Wave Packet, The Uncertainty
Principle).
The Quantum Theory of Atom (Models of Thomson and Rutherford, Classical Scattering Cross-section, Bohr’s
Theory of Atomic Spectra, The Franck-Hertz Experiment, X-ray Spectra and the Bohr Theory). Nuclear Physics
(Binding Energy, Radioactivity, Nuclear Reactions, Nuclear fusion and fission). Nuclear Physics (Space-time and
dynamics, relativity of mass, length contraction and time dilation).

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on quizzes, tutorials, lab
reports, and tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) in
the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: PHY11M1 , PHY12M2, MAT11M1, MAT12M1


Co-requisites: MAT21M1, MAT22M1

Code Courses NQF Level Credits Semester


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PHY31M1 ELECTROMAGNETISM & 7 24 1


QUANTUM MECHANICS

Lectures Laboratory sessions per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


per week per week weeks

4 x 45 min 2 x 180 min 2 x 60 min 15 240

Content or Syllabus:
ELECTROMAGNETISM: Vector analysis: Gradient, divergence and curl, fundamental theorems of calculus,
Laplacian, curvilinear coordinate systems: Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical, Coulomb’s law and electric scalar
charges, electric fields and scalar potentials of distributed electric scalar charges: direct integration and Gauss’
law, Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations, equipotential surfaces, electric conductors, Biot-Savart law and magnetic
sources, magnetic fields and vector potentials, magnetic forces, magnetic fields by direct integration and
Ampere’s circuital law, Faraday’s law and induced emf , Electric and magnetic dipole moments and polarisations,
linear isotropic and homogeneous media, electric and magnetic fields due to polarised media, hysteresis,
Maxwell’s equations, boundary conditions
QUANTUM MECHANICS: Statistical interpretation of the double-slit interference experiment; Derivation of the
Schrödinger equation for a force-free region; Separation of the Schrödinger equation; Conditions of good
behaviour for wave functions; Simple barrier problems; One dimensional potential well of infinite height; Two
and three-dimensional problems, degeneracy; Parity; Graphical nature of wave functions; Operators in Quantum
Mechanics; The harmonic oscillator; The hydrogen atom; Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on quizzes, tutorials, lab
reports, and tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) in
the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: PHY21M1, PHY22M2, MAT21M1, MAT21M2, MAT22M1, MAT22M2


Co-requisites: None

Course Code Course Code NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY32M2 STATISTICAL MECHANICS & 7 24 2


SOLID STATE PHYSICS

Lectures per Laboratory sessions per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours
week per week weeks

4 x 50 min 2 x 180 min 2 x 50 min 15 240

Content or Syllabus:
STATISTICAL MECHANICS: Statistical equilibrium; The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution law; Thermal
equilibrium; Application to Ideal gas; Entropy and heat in terms of statistical probability; Heat capacity of ideal
monatomic and an ideal polyatomic gas; The principle of equipartition of energy; The Einstein Solid; Fermi-Dirac
distribution law; The electron gas; Application of Fermi-Dirac statistics to electrons in metals; Bose-Einstein
distribution law; The photon gas; Heat capacities of vibrating molecules and of solid bodies.
SOLID STATE PHYSICS: Crystals: binding, structure, defects and growing techniques. Lattices dynamics:
quantised vibrations, phonons and density of states, specific heat capacity and Debye law. Free electron theory
of metals: density of states, specific heat capacity, electrical conductivity and Hall effect, Pauli paramagnetism,
thermionic emission. Comparison of metals, insulators, semimetals and semiconductors, band structure.


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Magnetic properties of materials: types of magnetism, susceptibility and permeability. Dielectrics: polarisation,
temperature and frequency dependence of permittivity, ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials.
Semiconductors: holes and conduction electrons, intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, donors and acceptors,
temperature dependency of electrical conductivity

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on quizzes, tutorials,
seminar presentations, lab reports, and tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and
Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: PHY21M1, PHY22M2, MAT21M1, MAT21M2, MAT22M1, MAT22M2


Co-requisites: None

4.3.18.18.2.2 Postgraduate Courses

Admission to the BSc Honours studies in Physics is not automatic. Normally, on completion of the BSc degree, a
candidate must have scored an average mark of at least 60 % at third-year level in order to qualify for Honours. A
candidate who does not meet the above requirements may be admitted based on a successful interview conducted
by the Department.

Course Descriptions

Course Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester


Code

PHY41M1 CLASSICAL MECHANICS 8 24 1

Lectures per Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours


week weeks

6 x 45 min 2 x 60 min 15 240

Content or Syllabus: Coordinate transformations and fundamental principles; two-body problem. Calculus of
variations; Lagrangian mechanics with applications; Hamiltonian mechanics with applications; Motion under
central forces; Motion in rotating frames.

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on tutorials and tests. The
final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: B Sc (Physics)
Co-requisites: None

Moule Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester


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PHY41M2 MECHANICAL BEHAVIOURS OF 8 24 1


MATERIALS

Lectures per Tutorials per week Number Notional hours


week of weeks

4 x 45 min 2 x 60 min 15 240

Content or Syllabus: Stress, strain and elasticity theory; Theoretical cleavage strength of materials;
Theoretical shear Strength of materials; Cracks in brittle solids; Dislocations; Glasses; Ceramics; Polymers;
Metals.

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on quizzes, tutorials, and
tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: B Sc (Physics)
Co-requisites: None

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY42M3 ADVANCED 8 24 2
ELECTROMAGNETISM

Lectures per Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours


week weeks

6 x 45 min 2 x 60 min 15 240

Content or Syllabus: Maxwell’ equations in various forms, theoretical basis and derivations; Plane
electromagnetic waves in various media and at interfaces; Electromagnetism and relativity; Wave guides –
Planar, rectangular and optical wave guides; Electromagnetism in covariant relativistic formulation;
Electromagnetic radiation including the potentials and radiating dipoles.

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on tutorials and tests. The
final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: B Sc (Physics)
Co-requisites: None

Code Course NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY42M4 QUANTUM & STATISTICAL 8 24 2


PHYSICS

Lectures per Tutorials per week Number of Notional hours


week weeks

4 x 45 min 2 x 60 min 15 240


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Content or Syllabus: The Second Law of Thermodynamics; The Perfect Quantal Gas; Blackbody Radiation;
Systems with Variable Particle Numbers; The Formalism of Quantum Mechanics; Quantum Mechanics in Three
Dimensions.

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on quizzes, tutorials, and
tests. The final mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: B Sc (Physics)
Co-requisites: None

Course Code Course Name NQF Level Credits Semesters

PHY4205 PROJECT 8 32 1&2

Contact time per Seminars Number of Notional hrs


week weeks

4 hours 3 for the year 24 320

Content or Syllabus: This Course involves project work culminating in a dissertation.

Assessment: Courses mark (M) will be obtained from continuous assessment based on seminars. The final
mark will be obtained from the Course mark (M) and Summative Assessment (E) based on a dissertation in the
ratio 1:3.

Pre-requisites: BSc (Physics)


Co-requisites: None

4.2.11.2.2 MSc (Physics)

Prospective candidates must be in possession of a BSc Honours degree in Physics or related discipline. The course is
based on research, ending with a dissertation on a prior approved topic.

SERVICE COURSES IN PHYSICS

The two Courses that follow, PHY1103 and PHY1204, constitute a non-calculus course aimed at candidates majoring
in the Biological Sciences and others who do not intend to take Physics beyond year 1.

Course Code Moule Name NQF Level Credits Semester

PHY11M3 PHYSICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES I 5 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


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4 x 45 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Motion in a straight line; Motion in two dimensions; Newton’s laws of motion;
Statics and rotational dynamics; Work power and energy; Momentum; Solids and fluids.

Assessment: Semester mark will be obtained from continuous assessments of theory and practical. The
final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark and examination mark in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: Grade 12 Mathematics D (E) in Standard (Higher) or MASP100

Course Course Name NQF Level Credits Semester


Code

PHY12M4 PHYSICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES II 5 16 1

Lectures per Practicals per week Tutorials Number of Notional hours


week per week weeks

4 x 45 min 1 x 180 min 1 x 60 min 15 160

Content or Syllabus: Temperature and heat; Waves and sound; Electrostatics; Electric current and
resistances; Electromagnetism; Electromagnetic waves and optics; Modern Physics.

Assessment: Semester mark will be obtained from continuous assessments of theory and practical.
The final mark will be obtained from the Semester mark and examination mark in the ratio 3:2.

Pre-requisites: Grade 12 Mathematics D (E) in Standard (Higher) or MASP100

Introduction to Environmental Survey GEO12M01 16


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Techniques.

Students are required to take all core courses, specified foundation courses and enough elective courses giving them
a total of between 120 and 128 credits in each year level.


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