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MPhil local admissions:
- By hand :
  Enquiries Counter
  Administration
  Building A
  University of
  Stellenbosch
- Electronically: http://www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies

Closing date: 30 October 2013
PMhil international admissions:
- International or non-South African students
  must apply through the Stellenbosch
  University Office for international Students,
  accessed at:
  http://www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies

Closing date: 14 September 2013 for the January Semester
SHORT COURSES
MPHIL DEGREE
CALENDAR
    • 10130 – 743 Human Geographical Research Application 743 (30) (A & E)
      Course Duration:
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      NQF:
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      Course overview:
      • Application of scientific-thinking skills and research methodologies in the Human Geographical field;
      • Data compilation and processing techniques according to departmental guidelines;
      • Conducting an individual research project under supervision and according to a fixed reporting programme to a departmental panel and student peers.
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    • 10131 – 714 Urban Analysis and Synthesis (30) (E)
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      Course overview:

      The module aims at generating post-graduate urban scholars with core competencies in analysing, assessing, and synthesising trends and patterns in urban studies and to acquire practical skills and capabilities required to engage, research and develop a career in the field of urban studies. Specific aims are to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary theory, policy and practice on selected urban themes to understand the multiple dynamics of the city and the urban experience, to develop critical understanding of the various aspects of contemporary urban discourse, encourage an enquiring, analytical and creative approach, to encourage self-confidence in independent thinking, critical self-awareness and self-evaluation through tutorial and report sessions.

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof. Ronnie Donaldson

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    • 11887 – 715 Tourism Analysis and Synthesis (30) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • This module examines the link between geography, research and tourism;
      • The disciplinary dilemma of Tourism Studies;
      • Tourism, recreation and leisure: Origins, Eras and directions;
      • Progress in Tourism management: From the Geography of tourism to the geographies of tourism;
      • The relationship between Tourism and Development; Crucial issues faced by developing countries in resolving the development dilemma;
      • The consumption of tourism from the tourist perspective; The Tourism development Dilemma a synthesis

      Continuous assessment:

      Tutorials, Powerpoint presentation, research essay, test 1, team research project and presentation, final test.

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof. Sanette Ferreira

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    • 12187 – 716 Spatial Modelling and Geographical Communication (30) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:

      Application and development of spatial models through the use of geographical information systems.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      P Geographical Information Technology 341

       

      Course Coordinator: Mrs. Zahn Munch

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    • 124 (16) – Introduction to Human-Environmental Systems (3L, 3P) (T)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Nature of human geography;
      • Demography of world population;
      • Food resources;
      • Urbanisation: models of urban structure;
      • functional areas in cities, cities developing countries;
      • Politico-geographical organisation: nations and states in conflict, regions in the news;
      •  Environmental systems on a global scale: fluvial, arid, karst, coastal and  glacial environments;
      • Ecosystems and humans;
      • Utilisation of environmental resources: global occurrence, use and depletion of non-renewable energy, water and soil resources;
      • Practical mapping and graphics

       

      Course Coordinator: Dr M Spocter

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    • 12825 – 717 Disaster Risk Studies (30)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Disaster risk and its implications for sustainable development in southern Africa. Interdisciplinary perspectives on disasters, risks, hazards and vulnerability;
      • International and national disaster-risk management frameworks;
      • Community-based disaster risk assessment and applications

       

      Course Coordinator: Mrs T Zweig | Dr A Holloway | Ms Vimbai Chasi

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    • 154 (16) – Introduction to Earth Systems Science (3L, 3P) (T)
      Course Duration:
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      • Introduction to earth systems science;
      • Star-forming processes;
      • The solar system and the earth;
      • Internal earth processes;
      • Mineral- and rock-forming processes;
      • Origin of magma and igneous rocks;
      •  External structure of the earth;
      • Ecosystems and humans;
      • Formation of continents;
      • Plate tectonics;
      • Geological time scale;
      • Metamorphic rocks and mountain building;
      • Humans and tectonics: earthquakes and volcanoes;
      • The hydrosphere;
      • Surface water processes;
      • Groundwater processes;
      •  Theory of the origin and evolution of life;
      •  Practical mapping.

       

      Course Coordinator: Earth Sciences

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    • 211 (16) – Earth Observation (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      • Principles of remote sensing and earth observation
      • The electromagnetic spectrum
      • Reflectance characteristics of various objects on the earth’s surface
      • Atmospherical interaction with electromagnetic energy
      • Digital imagery; image resolution
      • Satellite systems
      • Image enhancement and pre-processing
      • Unsupervised and supervised image classification
      • Accuracy assessment
      • GIS integration

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – C Geography and Environmental Studies 214

      – C Mathematics 114 or C Mathematics (Bio) 124

       

      Course Coordinator: Mr Nitesh Poona

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    • 214 (16) – Geographical information Systems (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Introductory overview and comprehension of GIS in context of geo-information science; The nature of geographical data, data models, coordinate systems and map projections;
      • GIS processes: Data capturing, ordering and storage, manipulation and analysis;
      • Map design and cartographical visualisation with a GIS;
      • GIS applications.

       

       

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geo-Environmental Science 124

      – C Mathematics 114 or C Mathematics (Bio) 124

       

      Course Coordinator: Mrs Gretha Groeneveld

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    • 225 (16) – Urban and Tourism Development (3L, 3P) (T)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Urbanised world;
      • Africa in the global context of urbanisation;
      • Developed and developing cities parallel;
      • Internal urban structure;
      • Urban economy (including tourism potential);
      • Housing;
      • Transportation;
      • Future urban form scenarios;
      • Tourism geography concepts;
      • Tourism and mobility;
      • Tourism development challenges.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geo-Environmental Science 124

       

      Course Coordinator: Dr M Spocter

       

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    • 241 (16) – Spatial Data Management (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Map projections and coordinate systems;
      • spatial data modeling (e.g. vector, raster, object-orientated);
      • topology and topological dimensions;
      • topological-dimension conversions;
      • geodatabases;
      • data model and format conversions;
      • data generalisation and aggregation.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geography and Environmental Studies 214

       

      Course Coordinator: Dr Helen de Klerk

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    • 242 (16) – Digital Photogrammetry (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Principles of digital photogrammetry;
      • Stereo vision and parallax;
      • Types of photogrammetry;
      • Image sourcing and acquisition;
      • Flight planning;
      • Sensor orientation and image characteristics;
      • Interior and exterior orientation;
      • Ground control and tie-point collection;
      • Least-squares adjustment and coordinate transformations;
      • Image processing (contrast and spectral enhancement,
      • Image matching, mosaicing);
      • Topographical-map production;
      • GIS integration

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geographical Information Technology 211

      – P Mathematics 114 or P Mathematics (Bio) 124

       

      Course Coordinator: Dr Jaco Kemp

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    • 265 (16) – Environmental Studies (3L, 3P) (T)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Energy, moisture and wind as climatic elements;
      • Movement in the atmosphere: air circulation at global, regional and local scales;
      • Significant climatic phenomena to humans: El Nino, tropical cyclones and tornadoes;
      • South African weather and climate;
      • Atmospheric environmental problems in South Africa: drought, air pollution, floods, hail and frost;
      • Analysis of climatic data: collection, processing and interpretation;
      • Synoptic maps and weather forecasting;
      • Soil erosion, acid mine water drainage, water pollution, strategic risk management planning.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geo-Environmental Science 124

       

      Course Coordinator: Dr M Spocter

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    • 311 (16) – Spatial Data Acquisition (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Spatial data types and models,
      • Acquisition and creation of spatial data,
      • Digitizing and scanning,
      • Field data collection, global navigation satellite systems,
      • Uncertainty and error,
      • Data quality, national and international data providers and warehouses,
      • Metadata and standards,
      • Spatial data as property,
      • Data sharing.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – Geographical Information Technology 241

       

      Course Coordinator: Dr Jaco Kemp

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    • 312 (16) – Spatial Analysis (3L, 3P) (E)
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      Course overview:
      • Query operations and query languages;
      • Geometric measures;
      • Spatial analytical operations;
      • Surface analysis;
      • Geostatistics; network analysis;
      • Analysis design;
      • Fuzzy sets

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geography and Environmental Studies 214

      – P Geographical Information Technology 241

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof Adriaan van Niekerk

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    • 314 (12) – Geography of Tourism (2L) (T)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Geographical concepts and tourism;
      • Tourism system; tourism industry;
      • Influences on tourism development:
      • Environmental and locational aspects, climate change, crime;
      • Tourist attractions and destinations;
      • Strategic importance for South Africa;
      • Transfrontier parks;
      • Industrial heritage;
      • Tourism environments: ecotourism, archaeotourism, urban tourism, medical tourism,
      • Food-and-wine tourism;
      • Tourism impacts; tourism development;
      • Imitation of place and time;
      • World heritage sites;
      • Sustainable destinations.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geography and Environmental Studies 265 (from 2014)

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof Sanette Ferreira

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    • 323 (12) – The South African City (2L) (T)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Theory of urban structure: space and place in Western and Third World cities; transformation of the South African city: colonial to post-apartheid;
      • Cultural city image: mosaic of language, ethnic and minority groups;
      • Pressing urban problems: housing, service provision, social pathologies, urban management;
      • Sustainable urban development;
      • Case study: analysis and monitoring of transformation.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      P Geography and Environmental Studies 265 (from 2014)

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof. Ronnie Donaldson

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    • 341 (16) – Spatial Modelling (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Models in science;
      • Spatial models: types, construction, design and development;
      • Cartographic modelling: terminology, methodology, in and outputs, functions.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geographical Information Technology 312

       

      Course Coordinator: Dr Jaco Kemp | Mr. Nitesh Poona

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    • 342 (16) – Earth Observation (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Image pre-processing techniques (e.g. geometric, radiometric, atmospheric and topographic corrections);
      • Image transforms; geographical object-based image analysis (GEOBIA);
      • Image classification approaches and algorithms;
      • Earth observation workflows;
      • Image acquisition;
      • GIS integration

       

      Continuous assessment:

      – P Geographical Information Technology 211

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof Adriaan van Niekerk

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    • 358 (16) – Environmental Studies (3L, 3P) (T)
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      Course overview:
      • Geomorphology of South African rivers and drainage basins: run-off regime, basin morphology, stream and channel patterns;
      • Human-induced changes in rivers and river basins: impoundment, canalisation, interbasin transfers;
      • Water quality in South Africa: interaction between humans and the environment with special reference to industrial and agricultural pollution;
      • Use, development and management of South African water resources: impact of the Water Act.
      • South African environmental policies;
      • Environmental impact assessment process.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      P Geography and Environmental Studies 265 (from 2014)

       

      Course Coordinator: Mr. Bennie Schloms

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    • 363 (16) – Geographic Communication (3L, 3P) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Introductory survey and understanding of GIS;
      • The nature of geographic data, data models, co-ordinate systems and map projections;
      • GIS processes: data capture, classification and storage, manipulation and analysis;
      • Map design and cartographic visualising with GIS;
      • Application of GIS.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      P Geo-Environmental Science 124

       

      Course Coordinator: Ms Zahn Münch

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    • 49611 – 713 Geographical Information Systems (30) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Advanced spatial-database use, design and development; data quality assessment;
      • global positioning systems (GPS);
      • data generalisation and conflation;
      • spatial queries; 2.5D data structures and visualisation.

       

      Continuous assessment:

      P Geography and Environmental Studies 214

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof. Adriaan van Niekerk

       

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    • 63363 – 742 Environmental Geography Research Application (30) (E)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Application of scientific-thinking skills and research methodologies in the Environmental Geographical field;
      • Data compilation and processing techniques according to departmental guidelines. Conducting an individual research project under supervision and according to a fixed reporting programme to a departmental panel and student peers.
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    • 63371 – 711 Environmental Analysis and Synthesis (30)
      Course Duration:
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      Course overview:
      • Environmental thought and South African environmental policy, management structures and instruments;
      • Specialisation in environmental impact assessment;
      • The application of GIS in environmental analysis and management of natural hazards, special environments such as mountains and coastal regions and the conduct of multi-criteria decision-making.

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof. Hannes van der Merwe

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    • 63398 – 712 Advanced Remote Sensing (30)
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      Course overview:
      • Characteristics and use of the salient data sources and remote sensing platforms;
      •  Advanced techniques for enhancement of images for atmospheric and topographical correction and geographical registration;
      • Advanced classification techniques and practical use of the latest software (Definiens Erdas, PCI).

       

      Continuous assessment:

      P Geographical Information Technology 342

       

      Course Coordinator: Prof. Adriaan van Niekerk | Mr. Nitesh Poona | Dr. Jaco Kemp

       

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    • Urban and Regional Systems
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    • Urban Morphology, Management and Analysis
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  • Urban Morphology, Management
    and Spatial Statistics Analysis
    Urban and Regional Systems
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