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Closing date: 30 October 2016 for January 2017 Semester
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Closing date: 15 September 2016 for January 2017 semester
Geography can be taken as a subject within several different degree programmes,
within the following faculties:
- Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
- Faculty of Science
FACULTY OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES
FACULTY OF SCIENCES
    • BA DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
      Admission requirements:

      - Performance in Grade 12:
      - Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL
      - For the NSC an aggregate of at least 60%
      - Home Language 50%
      - First Additional Language 40%
      - If Economics is taken as a subject: Mathematics 60%
      - If Socio-Informatics is taken as a subject: Mathematics 50% or Mathematical Literacy 70%

      Career Opportunites:
      - Community development
      - Population development
      - Town and regional planning
      - Tourism management
      - Resource planning and management in the public & private sectors
      - Environmental planning and management in the public & private sectors

      Programme content and structure:
      The programme structure comprises 5 first-year subjects, 4 second-year subjects and 2 and a half third-year subjects. In all three years of study the three core disciplines, namely Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology/Social Anthropology, and Public and Development Management are compulsory, except for a limited choice in the final year. At the advanced level two and a half subjects out of the three are taken for a total of 120 credits.

      In order to enhance the content integration within and between the two major subjects as well as the overall coherence of the programme, students participate in various types of assignments, e.g. (interdepartmental) seminars, written work, practicals of various kinds, etc. These form part of the process of integrated assessment that the programme requires.

      Students who comply with the admission requirements for Mathematics may take Economics at the basic and intermediary levels. Students not taking Economics 178 at the basic level, must do Economics 288 (no admission requirements in Mathematics) at the intermediate level as the elective module. Economics 178 (basic level) or Economics 288 (intermediate level) is minimum requirements. This meets the requirement for economics related subject support in order to understand and deal with development realities. Note that Basic Xhosa is offered at basic level only.

      Programme composition:

      First year (134 credits)

      Compulsory modules:
      - Geo-Environmental Science 124(16), 154(16) (followed by Geography and Environment Studies in second and third years)
      - Information Skills 172(6)
      - Public and Development Management* 114(12), 144(12)
      - Sociology 114(12), 144(12)

      Elective modules
      (Plus two of the following subjects (48 credits)):
      - Afrikaans en Nederlands 178(24)
      - Basic Xhosa 114(12), 144(12)
      - Economics* 114(12), 144(12)
      - English Studies 178(24)
      - History 114(12), 144(12)
      - Philosophy 112(6), 122(6), 142(6), 152(6)
      - Socio-Informatics 114(12), 144(12)

      Second year (128 - 136 credits)

      Compulsory modules:
      - Geography and Environmental Studies 225(16), 265(16) (follows GeoEnvironmental Science at first-year level)
      - Public and Development Management* 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
      - Sociology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
        or
      - Social Anthropology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8) (Sociology at first-year level is a corequisite)

      Elective modules
      Plus continued study of one of the following subjects (32 credits), provided that Economics 288 must be taken if Economics 114, 144 have not been taken:
      - Economics* 288(32) or 214(16) and 244(16)
      - History 214(16), 244(16)
      - Philosophy 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
      - Socio-Informatics 224(16), 254(16), 262(8)
      *Please note that if Economics 114, 144 or Economics 178 are chosen in the first year, Economics 288 may not be taken for degree purposes.

      Third year (120 - 128 credits)
      The credit load is higher if Geography and Environmental Studies is chosen.

      Elective modules:
      Choose two and a half subjects from the following (2 x 48 + 1 x 24 credits or 1 x 48 + 1 x 56 + 1 x 24):
      - Geography and Environmental Studies 314(12), 323(12), 358(16), 363(16)
      - Public and Development Management* 314(12), 324(12), 348(24)
      - Sociology 314(12), 364(12) and two of 324(12), 334(12), 344(12), 354(12)
        Or
      - Social Anthropology 314(12), 324(12), 344(12), 354(12)

      Notes:
      Study in a subject at Honours level is permitted only if the subject was a major (minimum 48 credits) for which an average of 60% was attained.

      Programme assessment:
      The contributing modules use conventional tertiary assessment techniques, namely tests, exams and written assignments. Skills modules may also be assessed continuously by means of practical applications.

      For details about assessment, consult the participating departments. Also consult their entries in Section 6, Module Contents.

      Subject combinations:
      All subject combinations are subject to timetable possibilities.

      Presentation:
      The contributing modules use the conventional tertiary tuition techniques: formal lectures, tutorials, practicals, group work, independent assignments, self-study, and field visits. At the advanced level, especially, more independent work by students is a consciously pursued aim. Tuition techniques are monitored constantly and adjusted according to experience. Consult language specifications for the medium of instruction.

      Enquiries:
      Programme co-ordinator: Mrs Z Munch
      021 808 9101 | zmunch@sun.ac.za
    • BA SOCIO-INFORMATICS (OPTION 2: Geo-Informatics)
      Admission requirements:

      - Performance in Grade 12:
      - Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL
      - For the NSC an aggregate of at least 60%
      - Home Language 50%
      - First Additional Language 40%
      - Mathematics 60%

      - If Mathematics is taken as a subject: Mathematics 70%

      Programme content and structure
      The programme offers two options.

      Option 1 (Information Systems) partly consists of compulsory subjects and modules, and partly of a number of electives. The core is the subject Socio-Informatics, with selected modules from Decision-making and Value Studies.

      Option 2 (Geo-Informatics) combines the subject Socio-Informatics with, among other, modules from Geography and Environmental Studies and, specifically in the second and third year, the modules in Geographical Information Technology.

      Please consult the Socio-Informatics website for more info.

      Programme composition:

      First year (144 credits)

      Compulsory modules:
      - Information Skills 172(6)
      - Socio-Informatics 114(12), 144(12)
      - Geo-Environmental Science 124(16), 154(16)
      - Economics* 114(12), 144(12)
      - Sociology 114(12), 144(12)
      - Mathematics (Bio)* 124(16)
      - Statistics* 186(18)

      Second year (136 credits)

      Compulsory modules:
      - Socio-Informatics 224(16), 254(16)
      - Geography and Environmental Studies 214(16)
      - Geographical Information Technology 211(16), 241(16), 242(16)
      - Business Ethics 214(8)

      Elective modules :
      Choose 32 credits
      - Economics* 214(16), 244(16)
      - Decision Making and Value Studies 222(8), 242(8)
      - Sociology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)

      Third year (136 credits)

      Compulsory modules:
      - Socio-Informatics 314(18), 334(18), 354(18), 364(18)
      - Geographical Information Technology 311(16), 312(16), 341(16), 342(16)

      Programme assessment
      For details on assessment particulars consult the respective departments. See also the entries of the departments concerned in Section 6, “Module Contents”.

      Academic development
      Consult Section 4, “Faculty-specific Information”, for further detail.

      Other information
      Subject combinations
      All combinations are subject to timetable considerations.

      Presentation
      The programme is presented by means of contact teaching through regular lectures, supplemented with seminars, tutorials and/or practical sessions.

      Consult “Language Specifications” for the medium of instruction.

      The contents and language specifications of standard modules are given in the departmental list of modules as set out in Section 6 (see Table of Contents for page numbers) or of modules offered in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (marked with*), in the Calendar, Part 10. Please note that most modules after the first year in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences are presented in Afrikaans.

      Enquiries
      Programme Co-ordinator: Mr D le Roux
      Tel.: 021 808 2027; E-mail: nodysa@sun.ac.za
      Department e-mail address: nodysa@sun.ac.za
      The programme’s home page: www.informatics.sun.ac.za
    • BSC EARTH SCIENCES
      Admission Requirements:
      - Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL and MAT
      - Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4
      - Physical Sciences 4
        If Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144 are taken:
      - Mathematics 6
        If Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154 are taken:
      - Mathematics 5

      Career opportunities:
      Geologist: National or International career in mining, exploration, applied mineralogy and environmental science.

      Possible Employer:
      The Council for Geoscience, Mintek, CSIR, the wide-ranging South African mining, mineral processing and exploration industries, and a variety of local and international geological and environmental science consultants

      Programme composition:

      First year (credits 148)
      - Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
      - Computer Skills 171(4)
      - Earth Science Field Skills 172(8)
      - Geo-Environmental Science 124(16), 154(16)
      - Scientific Communication Skills 172(8)

      Elective modules:
      - Physics 114(16), 144(16)
      - Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)
        or
      - Physics (Bio) 134(16), 154(16)
      - Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)
      - Biology 124(16)

      Second year (credits 133)

      Compulsory modules (credits 85)
      - Computer Skills 272(5)
      - Earth Science Field Skills 272(16)
      - Environmental Geochemistry 214(16)
      - Geology 224(16), 244(16), 254(16)
      Elective modules (credits 48) (At least 32 credits on second-year level)
      - Biology 144(16)
      - Chemistry 234(16), 254(16), 264(16)
      - Geographical Information Technology 211(16), 241(16), 242(16)
      - Geography and Environmental Studies 214(16), 265(16)

      Third year (credits 133)

      Compulsory modules (credits 85)
      - Computer Skills 372(5)
      - Earth Science Field Skills 374(16)
      - Geology 314(16), 324(16), 344(16), 354(16)

      Elective modules (credits 48) (At least 16 credits on third-year level)
      - Biodiversity and Ecology 224(16)
      - Chemistry 234(16), 254(16), 264(16)
      - Environmental Geochemistry 314(16)
      - Geography and Environmental Studies 358(16)
      - Geographical Information Technology 311(16), 312(16), 341(16), 342(16)
      - Soil Science 214(16)
    • BSC GEO-INFORMATICS
      Admission Requirements:
      - Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL and MAT
      - Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50%
      - Physical Sciences 50%
        If Mathematics and Physics are taken:
      - Mathematics 70%
        If Mathematics(Bio) and Physics(Bio) are taken:
      - Mathematics 60%

      Career opportunities:
      GIS specialists (Geographic Information Systems) and information experts work for:
      - Environmental consultants
      - Planning and Engineering Firms
      - Computer consultants
      - Government agencies involved in resource and infrastructure management,
         natural resource development and human development programmes
      - Mineral exploration and mining
      - Marketing
      - Service agencies Lecturer or researcher at a tertiary institution

      Programme composition:

      First year (credits 140)
      - Computer Skills 171(4)
      - Geo-Environmental Science 124(16), 154(16)
      - Scientific Communication Skills 172(8)

      Elective modules:
      - Mathematics 114(16), 144(16) plus
      - Physics 114(16), 144(16) plus
      - Computer Science 114(16), 144(16)
        or
      - Mathematics (Bio) 124(16) plus
      - Physics (Bio) 134(16), 154(16) plus
      - Biology 124(16) plus
      - Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
      Second year (credits = 127)

      Compulsory modules (credits 95)
      - Business Ethics 214(8)
      - Geographical Information Technology 211(16), 241(16), 242(16)
      - Geography and Environmental Studies 214(16)
      - Scientific Computing 272(5)
      - Statistical Methods 176(18)

      Elective modules (credits minimum - 32, maximum - 40)
      - Computer Science 214(16), 244(16)
        or
      - Socio-Informatics 224(16), 254(16), 262(8)

      Third year (credits - minimum 133, maximum - 141)

      Compulsory modules (credits 69)
      - Geographical Information Technology 311(16), 312(16), 341(16), 342(16)
      - Scientific Computing 372(5)

      Elective modules (credits - minimum 64, maximum - 72)
      This option may only be taken if there are no timetable clashes. If honours studies in Computer Science or Socio-Informatics is being considered, the full set of modules for the field of study concerned must be taken.
      - Computer Science 314(16), 334(16), 344(16), 354(16)
      - Socio-Informatics 314(18), 334(18), 354(18), 364(18)

      Enquiries:
      Programme co-ordinator: Prof A van Niekerk
      021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za
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