See the General Rules applicable to all Faculties. The following Rules apply to the Faculty of Science only.
See the Faculty Web Page (http://www.scifac.ru.ac.za) for further information on activities and programmes in the Faculty of Science.
The following degrees and diplomas may be awarded in the Faculty of Science:
Name To be denoted by the letters Bachelor of Science BSc Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) BSc(InfSys) Bachelor of Science (Software Development) BSc(SofDev) Bachelor of Science with Honours BSc(Hons) Master of Science MSc Doctor of Philosophy PhD Doctor of Science DSc Diploma in Fisheries Science (Postgraduate) DipFisheriesSc Higher Diploma in Environmental Biotechnology HDipEnvTechS.2
S.2.2 In the rules and tables that follow, subjects are denoted sometimes by their full names, and sometimes by course codes and numbers (for example the subject Botany 1 (or BOT 1) consists of the two semester credit courses BOT 101 and BOT 102). The first or only digit of the number denotes the level (year) at which the subject is offered; a 3 digit number denotes a semester-course or semester-credit subject.
S.2.3 As a result of the semester structure of degrees it may happen that a major in a particular subject may sometimes be earned for a set of subjects that do not all carry the name of the major subject itself (see Rule S.23.5).
S.4.1 Candidates shall not normally be admitted to any of the full curricula for the degree of Bachelor of Science unless either they are in possession of a matriculation certificate issued by the Matriculation Board, or have obtained a certificate of exemption therefrom; and have obtained at least an E symbol in Mathematics on the Higher Grade in the matriculation examination, or a pass in Mathematics deemed to be the equivalent of the above, or they have successfully completed a year of study under the provisions of the Science Foundation Programme.
S.4.2 Except with the permission of Senate, candidates shall not be admitted to any of the full curricula for the degree of Bachelor of Science unless they have obtained a pass in Physical Science or Biology in the matriculation examination, or in another examination deemed by the Senate to be equivalent thereto.
Notwithstanding any exceptions to Rule S.4 approved by Senate, candidates will not normally be admitted to various courses in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics unless they have obtained a pass in Mathematics on the Higher Grade in the matriculation examination, or have completed Mathematics 1E. It should be noted that these restrictions apply to some courses that act as ancillary requirements to certain major subjects (see Rule S.23.5); ineligibility to register for an ancillary course may thus preclude certain major subjects from being selected for a candidate's degree.
A limited number of students who do not meet the strict criteria of Rule S.4 may be admitted to certain curricula that are arranged under the auspices of the Science Foundation Programme (see Rules S.44 to S.46).
Candidates for the ordinary degree must obtain not less than eighteen semester-credits (or in some combinations, twenty semester-credits) in courses in various approved subjects.
Candidates may present themselves for examination in the following subjects:
S.8.1 Group A
Subject Code Courses (offered as 6 semester-credit major subjects) Botany BOT 101,102,201,202,302 Chemistry CHE 101,102,201,202,301,302 Computer Science CSC 1B0,1L1,101,102,201,202,301,302 Economics ECO 101,102,201,202,311,312,313,314, 315,316,317,318 Earth Science EAR 101 Geography GOG 102,201,202,301,302 Geology GLG 102,201,202,301,302 Human Kinetics & Ergonomics HKE 101,102,201,202,301,302 Mathematics MAT 1L0,101,102,1E1,1E2,201,202,301,302 Physics PHY 101,102,1E1,1E2,201,202,301,302 Zoology ZOO 101,102,201,202,301,302 (offered as 4 semester-credit major subjects Applied Mathematics MAP 201,202,301,302 Applied Statistics AST 302 Biochemistry BCH 201,202,301,302 Entomology ENT 201,202,301,302 Environmental Science ENV 201,202,302 Ichthyology ICH 201,202,301,302 Mathematical Statistics MST 201,202,301,302 Microbiology MIC 201,202,301,302 (offered as ancillary courses only) Anatomy & Physiology (Pharm) PC 210 Applied Physiology and Anatomy APA 201,202 Biology BIO 101,102 Biodiversity BIO 301 Applied Environmental Freshwater Studies ECL 301 Electronics Literacy PHY 1E2 Logic LOG 101 Statistics STA 101,102,110,130S.8.2 Group B
Group B comprises all other subjects currently offered for credit towards any undergraduate Bachelor's degree at Rhodes University.
S.9.1 A candidate for the degree must obtain credit in all the required courses in at least two subjects, to be known as major subjects.
S.9.2 A candidate who selects both major subjects from courses chosen from Group A shall obtain a minimum of 18 semester-credits, of which at least 14 semester-credits must be chosen from Group A. The remaining 4 semester-credits may also be chosen from Group A, or alternatively, may be chosen from subjects offered in a single department in Group B, provided that the Dean is satisfied that the combination is academically sound.
S.9.3 A candidate may select at most one major subject from Group B. In this case the entire degree shall be made up of a minimum of 20 semester-credits. Apart from the courses and required ancillary courses needed for the major subject itself, the other credits for the degree shall all be earned for subjects in Group A, provided that in the case of Music at most 8 semester-credits shall be allowed for courses in Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Practical Studies. Registration for a major subject in Group B shall be subject to the rules of the Faculty in which the department which offers the subject is placed.
S.10.1 Except as provided in Rules G.44 to G.47, candidates shall not be admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) unless they have attended approved courses subsequent to their first registration as matriculated students for at least three years.
S.10.2 Except as provided in Rules G.44 to G.47, candidates shall not be admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Science (Software Development) unless they have attended approved courses subsequent to their first registration as matriculated students for at least four years.
Candidates shall not normally be admitted to the full curriculum for the degrees of Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) or Bachelor of Science (Software Development) unless either they are in possession of a matriculation certificate issued by the Matriculation Board, or have obtained a certificate of exemption therefrom; and have obtained at least an E symbol in Mathematics on the Higher Grade in the matriculation examination, or a pass in Mathematics deemed to be the equivalent of the above, or they have successfully completed a year of study under the provisions of the Science Foundation Programme.
S.12.1 A limited number of students who do not meet the strict criteria of Rule S.11 may be admitted to certain curricula that are arranged under the auspices of the Science Foundation Programme. See Rules S.44 to S.46).
S.12.2 It should be noted that the curriculum for the degree requires students to obtain credit in Computer Science 1, for which entrance is restricted to those who have obtained a pass in Mathematics on the Higher Grade in the matriculation examination, or are registered for Mathematics 1E.
S.13.1 A candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) must obtain 20 semester-credits in courses as set out in the following curriculum:
FIRST AND SECOND YEARS 1. Computer Science (CSC 1 and CSC 2) 2. Information Systems (INF 2) 3. Economics (ECO 1) or Management (MAN 1) 4. Accounting (ACC 1) 5. Statistics (STA 110 or STA 130, or an alternative course in Statistics) 6. Logic (LOG 101) 7. Mathematics (MAT 102 or MAT 1E2) 8. Electronics Literacy (PHY 1E2) 9. Two further semester-credits in Management or Economics or Mathematics or Statistics or Mathematical Statistics or some other subject approved by the Dean. THIRD YEAR 1. Computer Science 3 2. Information Systems 3, or one of the following: Accounting 3, Applied Statistics 3, Economics 3, Mathematical Statistics 3, Management 3, Mathematics 3.
S.13.2 Candidates will be advised at registration as to how the first two years of the degree are to be structured, taking into account timetable constraints and their previous performance or experience in Computer Studies and Mathematics.
S.13.3 A candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Software Development) must obtain credit in the following courses:
FIRST AND SECOND YEARS 1. Computer Science (CSC 1 and CSC 2) 2. Information Systems (INF 2) 3. Economics (ECO 1) or Management (MAN 1) 4. Accounting (ACC 1) 5. Statistics (STA 110 or STA 130) 6. Logic (LOG 101) 7. Mathematics (MAT 102 or MAT 1E2) 8. Electronics Literacy (PHY 1E2) 9. Two further semester-credits in Management or Economics or Mathematics or Statistics or Mathematical Statistics or some other subject approved by the Dean. THIRD YEAR 1. Computer Science 3 2. Information Systems 3 FOURTH YEAR 1. Computer Science and Information Systems 4
S.13.4 Candidates who complete the third year of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Software Development) and who fail the fourth year or who do not meet the subminimum requirements for acceptance into Computer Science and Information Systems 4 may be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (Information Systems). Such candidates may not subsequently be admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Science (Software Development), but may be admitted to an Honours degree.
If a candidate selects more than the minimum number of courses required for a degree, the additional courses may be in any of the subjects prescribed in Rule S.8.
S.15.1 At the start of the year students will normally register for both components of a semesterised subject, unless they make it clear that they intend taking only one of the semester-courses to obtain a single semester-credit, or to complete an outstanding component of a semesterised subject.
S.15.2 Students will be allowed to register after July for semester-courses held in the second semester in subjects for which they have not previously been registered (provided that they have met the prerequisite requirements for such courses). Such registrations will be at the discretion of the Dean, in consultation with the Head of the Department concerned.
S.15.3 Subject to any exceptions approved by the Senate, the last date for registration and change of course in the Faculty of Science shall be the end of the second full week of the semester in which the course begins.
S.15.4 Candidates who fail to perform adequately in the first semester component of a subject may have their registrations for any second semester component of that subject cancelled. This decision may sometimes be reversed, on appeal through the Head of Department to the Dean of the Faculty.
S.15.5 Candidates are strongly advised to include at least six second-year level semester-courses in their curricula.
S.16.1 In all those subjects offered at a given level as a pair of semester-credit courses, where both credits are not obtained, an aggregate of at least 50% in the pair shall be deemed equivalent to credit in a 2-credit aggregate course for that subject.
S.16.2 Students who do not obtain credit in both components, but who meet the requirements of an aggregated course, will have their academic transcripts amended to show that an aggregated continuing credit (ACR) or aggregated non-continuing credit (NCR) has been achieved in the appropriate subject, as the Department may allow.
S.16.3 Credit will not be given for an aggregate course in addition to credit for one or more of its semester-credit components.
S.17.1 Credit for any course normally requires that a student score an overall mark of at least 50%. At the discretion of the Board, non-continuing credit may occasionally be awarded for an overall mark of at least 48%.
S.17.2 Credit for an aggregate course also requires that a student has met any adequate performance subminima imposed for each constituent.
S.17.3 Subjects for which aggregated credit may be granted are shown in the table that accompanies Rule S.23.
S.17.4 If an aggregate pass is not achieved, credit in any semester-credit course passed can still be earned towards the degree as a whole.
S.17.5 In the case of first-year first semester subjects, candidates awarded supplementary examinations in terms of Rule S.25.1 who have scored the necessary subminimum may be permitted either to write the supplementary examination in November, or to take a chance of obtaining an aggregate pass if the Department feels that their performance in the remaining (November) paper may achieve this. Students in this category will be required to elect in writing by the end of the third term which option they intend to exercise.
S.17.6 Aggregate course credit will normally only be granted on the basis of marks earned for the first semester course of a subject obtained in June (or for the replacement mark earned during the November supplementary examination for that course) and for the second semester course obtained in November of the same year.
S.17.7 Aggregate course credit will only be given for two semester-courses offered within a single subject, with the following exceptions:
Aggregated credit Comprised of a semester-course in each of Biology 1 Botany (BIO 101) and Zoology (BIO 102) Geography 1 Earth Science (EAR 101) and Geography (GOG 102) Geology 1 Earth Science (EAR 101) and Geology (GLG 102) Introductory Molecular Biochemistry (BCH 201) and Microbiology Biology IMB2 (MIC 202) Mathematics 1C Mathematics (MAT 101 or MAT 1E1) and Statistics (STA 110 or STA 130) Physics with Electronics 1E Physics (PHY 1E1) and Electronics (PHY 1E2)
For the purposes of Rule G.7 as it applies to the Faculty of Science, students may be refused permission to renew registration in the Faculty if they are deemed to be unable to profit from further study, or if they have failed
S.18.1 by the end of their first year of full-time attendance at this university to have obtained four semester-credits; or
S.18.2 at the end of their second year of full-time attendance at this or any other university to have obtained eight semester-credits; or
S.18.3 at the end of their third year of full-time attendance at this or any other university to have obtained twelve semester-credits, including those for two non-initial courses; or
S.18.4 at the end of every calendar year of study to have passed a minimum of half of the courses/semester credits for which they were originally registered; or
S.18.5 to complete the undergraduate degree within a period of five years; or
S.18.6 (for students enrolled on the Science Foundation Programme) by the end of the Foundation year of study to have achieved an average of 60% in the courses read in order to qualify for entry into mainstream courses in the following year.
S.19.1 A candidate is not allowed to obtain credit for certain overlapping combinations of subjects. The table below lists, for each of certain subjects and courses, those other courses for which credit will not also be given:
Subject Credit may not be obtained in more than one of: Accounting ACC 1; ACC 1F/ACC 1G Botany BIO 101; BOT 101 Computer Science CSC 1L1; CSC 101; CSC 1B1 Mathematics MAT 1; MAT 1C; MAT 1E Statistics STA 1; MAT 1C; STA 110; STA 130 Statistics MST 3; AST 3 Physics PHY 1; PHY 1E1 Psychology PSY 2; ORG 2 Psychology PSY 3; ORG 3 Zoology BIO 102; ZOO 101
Except with the permission of Senate, candidates shall be deemed to be in their first year of study until they have obtained at least six semester-credits in the first level courses specified in Rule S.8 or S.13; they shall be deemed to be in their third year of study when they have obtained at least ten semester-credits and are engaged in or have passed the final courses of a major subject. Otherwise they shall be in their second year of study.
S.21.1 Candidates may present themselves for examination in not more than eight semester-courses in the first year of study; provided that the Senate may permit candidates to present themselves for examination and obtain credit in two additional semester-courses approved by the Senate.
S.21.2 Candidates may present themselves for examination in not more than eight semester-courses in their second year of study and not more than six semester-courses in their final year of study; provided that candidates in their final year of study may be permitted by Senate to present themselves at supplementary examinations for which they are eligible under Rule G.37, so as to obtain two additional semester-credits in subjects in which they have previously failed.
Except with the permission of Senate, candidates may not enter the second year of any subject unless they have obtained at least six semester-credits in first-year level courses, and may not enter the third year of any subject until they have obtained at least ten semester-credits.
S.23.1 Except with permission of the Senate, candidates may not enter courses in any subject unless they have satisfied all prerequisite conditions imposed for entry into such courses, and may not obtain credit for any subjects until they have obtained credit in all prescribed ancillary courses for such subjects.
S.23.2 There may be prerequisite (ancillary) requirements that must be met before a candidate may register for a particular course, and similar requirements that must be met before a candidate may obtain credit for a given course. Credit requirements will usually be stricter than registration requirements, which might stipulate "adequate performance" in an ancillary subject (or even at a lower level in the same subject) rather than "credit".
S.23.3 Permission of the Senate is necessary to attend any course concurrently with a higher level course for which it is a prerequisite. Permission will not normally be given to attend a required first course concurrently with a final course. Applications in this regard should be made in writing to the Dean of the Faculty at Registration.
S.23.4 A candidate who has passed the final course of a major subject, but has failed in a prescribed ancillary subject, may rewrite the examination in that ancillary subject without being required to rewrite the examination in the related major subject.
S.23.5 The accompanying tables summarise, for each major subject, those constituent credits and ancillary subjects in which credit must be obtained, and, for specific constituents, the prerequisite credits needed for registration. The following notes apply to the courses marked with the appropriate superior numbers in the tables below; for further details, candidates should consult the departmental entries elsewhere in the Calendar.
1. Entry into the second semester-course requires that a candidate has performed adequately in the first semester-course.
2. Permission may be given to register for this course concurrently with the course for which it is a required ancillary.
3. Either Applied Mathematics 2 or Mathematics 2 is strongly recommended, and is required for admission to honours in Physics or Electronics.
4. A candidate who has passed Organizational Psychology 2 may take Psychology 3, but only with the permission of the Head of the Department. A candidate who has completed Psychology 2 may not proceed to Organizational Psychology 3, except with the permission of the Head of the Department, in which case additional coursework assignments will normally be set in which a specified level of performance must be achieved. In the event that candidates do not attain the specified level of performance by the end of the first term their registration will revert to Psychology 3.
5. Credit in Mathematics 1C is an acceptable qualification for entry into Mathematical Statistics 2, but not into Mathematical Statistics 3 or Applied Statistics 3, for which credit is required in Mathematics 1.
6. By permission of Senate on the recommendation of the Head of the Department.
7. A student who majors in two of Botany, Environmental Science, Economics, Entomology, Geography or Zoology may not count BIO 301, ECL 301, ECO 317, GOG 301 or ZOO 301 as a constituent credit of both major subjects.
(a) Major Subject Credit needed in each of Accounting ACC 1; ACC 2; ACC 3 Applied Mathematics MAT 1 or MAT 1E; MAP 2 or MAT 2; MAP 3 Applied Statistics MAT 1 or MAT 1E; MST 2; AST 3 Biochemistry CHE 1; BCH 2; BCH 3 Botany BOT 1; BOT 201; BOT 202; BIO 3017; BOT 302; CHE 1 Chemistry CHE 1; CHE 2; CHE 3; 4 of CSC 1L1, CSC 101, CSC 102, MAT 101, MAT 102, MAT 1E1, MAT 1E2, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 1E1, PHY 1E2, STA 101, STA 102, STA 110, STA 130 Computer Science CSC 1; CSC 2; CSC 3, MAT 102 or MAT 1E2 Economics ECO 1; ECO 2; ECO 3 Entomology ZOO 1 or BIO 16; CHE 1; ENT 201; ENT 202; ENT 301, 17 of BIO 301, ECL 301, ENT 302 Environmental Science GOG 1; 1 of BOT 1, BIO 1, GLG 1, ZOO 1 or ANT 1; ENV 201, ENV 202; ENV 302; 17 of BIO 301, ECL 301, ENA 301, ECO 317 + one other module in Economics 3, GOG 301, ZOO 301 Ethnomusicology EMU 1; EMU 2; EMU 3 Geography GOG 1; GOG 2; 27 of GOG 301, GOG 302, ECL 301 Geology GLG 1; GLG 2; GLG 3; 26 of CHE 101, CHE 102, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 1E1, PHY 1E2, MAT 101, MAT 102 Human Kinetics & Ergonomics HKE 1; HKE 2; HKE 3; APA 2 Ichthyology ZOO 1 or BIO 1; ICH 201; ICH 202; ICH 3; 2 of CSC 1L1, CSC 101, CSC 102, STA 1D, STA 1F, STA 101, STA 102, MAT 101, MAT 102, MAT 1E1, MAT 1E2 Organizational Psychology PSY 1; ORG 2 or PSY 2; ORG 34 Information Systems CSC 101; INF 2; INF 3 Legal Theory LEG 1; LEG 2; LEG 3 Management MAN 1; MAN 2; MAN 3; ACC 1; MAT 1 or MAT 1E or MAT 1C or (STA 140 & STA 130) Mathematics MAT 1 or MAT 1E; MAT 2 or MAP 2; MAT 3 Mathematical Statistics MAT 1 or MAT 1E; MST 2; MST 3 Microbiology ZOO 1 or BOT 1 or BIO 1; MIC 2; MIC 3; CHE 1 Musicology & MUS 1; MUS 2; MUS 3 Physics & Electronics PHY 1; PHY 2; PHY 3; MAT 1 or MAT 1E3 Practical Studies PST 1; PST 2 Psychology PSY 1; PSY 2 or ORG 2; PSY 34 Zoology ZOO 1 or BIO 16; CHE 1; ZOO 201; ZOO 202; ZOO 301 or ZOO 302; 17 of ZOO 301, ZOO 302, BIO 301, ECL 301 (b) Subject / Course Aggregate Prerequisite credit needed in Accounting ACC 101, ACC 1021 ACC 1 ACC 201, ACC 2021 ACC 2 ACC 1 ACC 3 none ACC 2 Applied Environmental Freshwater Studies ECL 3017 none 4 semester credits at second year level in BCH, BOT, CHE, ENT, ENV, GOG, GLG, ICH, MIC, ZOO Applied Mathematics MAP 201, MAP 202 MAP 2 MAT 1 or MAT 1E MAP 301, MAP 302 MAP 3 MAT 2 or MAP 2 Applied Statistics MST 301, AST 3021,5 AST 3 MST 2; MAT 1 or MAT 1E Biochemistry BCH 201, BCH 2021 BCH 2 CHE 1 BCH 301, BCH 3021 BCH 3 BCH 2 Biodiversity BIO 3017 none BOT 2 or ZOO 2 Biology BIO 101, BIO 102 BIO 1 Botany BOT 101, BOT 102 BOT 1 BOT 201, BOT 202 BOT 2 BOT 101 or ZOO 102; BOT 102; CHE 12 BOT 3027 none BOT 201; BOT 202; CHE 1 Chemistry CHE 101, CHE 1021 CHE 1 HG Matric Mathematics CHE 201, CHE 202 CHE 2 CHE 1 CHE 301, CHE 302 CHE 3 CHE 2; 42 of CSC 1L1, CSC 101, CSC 102, MAT 101, MAT 102, MAT 1E1, MAT 1E2, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 1E1, PHY 1E2, STA 101, STA 102, STA 110, STA 130 Computer Science CSC 1L1 CSC 1B CSC 101, CSC 1021 CSC 1 HG Matric Mathematics CSC 201, CSC 2021 CSC 2 CSC 1 CSC 301, CSC 302 CSC 3 CSC 2; MAT 102 or MAT 1E2 Economics ECO 101, ECO 1021 ECO 1 ECO 201, ECO 202 ECO 2 ECO 1 ECO 311 - ECO 3187 ECO 3 ECO 2 Entomology ENT 201, ENT 202 ENT 2 Students without credit in ENT at a lower level may be allowed ENT 301, ENT 3027 none to register at the discretion of the Head of Department Environmental Science ENV 201, ENV 2021 ENV 2 GOG 1; 1 of BOT 1, BIO 1, GLG 1, ZOO 1 or ANT 1 ENV 3027 none ENV 201; ENV 202 Geography EAR 101, GOG 102 GOG 1 GOG 201, GOG 202 GOG 2 GOG 101 or GOG 16; GOG 102 or GOG 16 GOG 301, GOG 302 GOG 3 GOG 201 or GOG 26, GOG 202 or GOG 26 Geology EAR 101, GLG 102 GLG 1 GLG 201, GLG 2021 GLG 2 GLG 1 or GLG 102; 26 of CHE 101, CHE 102, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 1E1, PHY 1E2, MAT 101, MAT 102 GLG 301, GLG 3021 GLG 3 GLG 201 or GLG 202; GLG 101; 26 of CHE 101, CHE 102, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 1E1, PHY 1E2, MAT 101, MAT 102 Human Kinetics & Ergonomics HKE 101, HKE 1021 HKE 1 APA 201, APA 2021 APA 2 HKE 1 HKE 201, HKE 2021 HKE 3 HKE 1 HKE 301, HKE 3021 HKE 3 HKE 2; APA 2012 or APA 2022 Ichthyology ICH 201, ICH 202 ICH 2 ZOO 1 or BIO 1; CHE 12 ICH 301, ICH 302 ICH 3 ICH 201; ICH 202; 2 of CSC 1L1, CSC 101, CSC 102, STA 1D, STA 1F, STA 101, STA 102, MAT 101, MAT 102, MAT 1E1, MAT 1E2 Information Systems INF 201, INF 2021 INF 2 CSC 101; Must be a second-year student INF 301, INF 3021 INF 3 INF 201; INF 202 Introductory Molecular Biology IMB 2 CHE 1 BCH 201, MIC 202 Journalism & Media Studies JRN 1 JRN 2 JRN 1; Limited to a maximum of 110 students JRN 3 JRN 2 Legal Theory LEG 1 LEG 2 LEG 1 LEG 3 LEG 2 Management MAN 101, MAN 1021 MAN 1 MAN 211 - MAN 2141 MAN 2 MAN 1; ACC 12 MAN 311 - MAN 3141 MAN 3 MAN 2; ACC 1; MAT 1 or MAT 1E or MAT 1C or (Sta 140 & STA 130) Mathematics MAT 101, MAT 102 MAT 1 HG Matric Mathematics MAT 1E1, MAT 1E2 MAT 1E MAT 201, MAT 202 MAT 2 MAT 1 or MAT 1E MAT 301, MAT 302 MAT 3 MAT 2 or MAP 2 Mathematical Statistics MST 201, MST 2021 MST 2 two of MAT 101 or 102 or 1E(1) or 1E(2) or STA 1F or STA 1D MST 301, MST 3021,5 MST 3 MST 2; MAT 1 or MAT 1E Microbiology MIC 201, MIC 2021 MIC 2 ZOO 1 or BOT 1 or BIO 1; CHE 12 MIC 302, MIC 3021 MIC 3 MIC 2; CHE 1 Music MUS 1, EMU 1, PST 1 MUS 2, EMU 2, PST 2 MUS 1 or EMU 1 or PST 1 (respectively) MUS 3, EMU 3 MUS 2 or EMU 2 respectively) Organizational Psychology ORG 2 PSY 1 ORG 3 ORG 2 or PSY 24 Physics & Electronics PHY 1E1, PHY 1E2 PHY 1E PHY 101, PHY 1021 PHY 1 HG Matric Mathematics PHY 201, PHY 202 PHY 2 PHY 1; MAT 12 or MAT 1E PHY 301, PHY 3021,3 PHY 3 PHY 2; MAT 1 or MAT 1E Psychology PSY 1 PSY 2 PSY 1 PSY 3 PSY 2 or ORG 24 Statistics STA 101, STA 1021 STA 1 Matric Mathematics Zoology ZOO 101, ZOO 102 ZOO 1 ZOO 201, ZOO 202 ZOO 2 Students without credit in ZOO at a lower level may be allowed ZOO 3017, ZOO 302 none to register at the discretion of the Head of Department
S.24.1 Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule G.36, at the discretion of Departments in the Faculty of Science, a student's performance in a subject shall be assessed either
S.25.1 Students who have failed first-year first-semester courses but who have reached the necessary subminima may, on the recommendation of the Head of Department after consulting examiners, be admitted to supplementary examinations, normally written in November. Students who have passed first-year first-semester courses, but who wish to try to improve their classification may also be admitted to such examinations. Attention is drawn to Rule S.25.5.
S.25.2 Students will be required to have at least four semester-credits, and to have reached the necessary subminima, before being eligible for admission to supplementary examinations for first-year second-semester courses, to be written in January/February.
S.25.3 Only in exceptional circumstances will supplementary examinations be allowed in second- or third-year courses for subjects administered in the Faculty of Science.
S.25.4 Results of supplementary examinations for courses offered in the second semester are classified on the basis of passing or failing only.
S.25.5 A candidate who sits a supplementary examination for a first semester course shall have the mark and classification earned in the later examination recorded for that semester-credit course, and any computation of an aggregate course mark shall be performed on the basis of the marks earned for the later examination, and not on the basis of the highest mark ever obtained.
The degree certificate of a candidate who passes in class 1 in the final course of a major subject shall be endorsed with distinction in that subject. For the purpose of this rule, the final mark in a major subject shall, where applicable, be taken as the average mark of the semester-credit component courses.
Candidates shall not be admitted to any course for an honours degree unless they have been awarded the ordinary degree, or have been admitted to the status thereof; or have completed all the requirements therefor, except the requirements regarding attendance. Attention is drawn to the provisions of Rule G.49 of the General Rules.
S.28.1 Candidates shall not be admitted to any course for the honours degree unless they have obtained the permission of the Board of the Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the Department concerned. Normally candidates will not be admitted to an honours course unless they have obtained at least a second class pass in the final year of the subject in which they wish to take honours.
S.28.2 In addition to Physics with Electronics 3, credit in either Applied Mathematics 2 or Mathematics 2 is required for admission to honours in Physics or Electronics.
S.28.3 The continued registration of Honours candidates beyond the first semester may be dependent on a satisfactory review of their progress.
A candidate who has satisfied the requirements of Rule S.27 by completing an ordinary degree in a faculty other than Science may, with the approval of Senate, be admitted to the status of BSc, and allowed to study for the degree of BSc(Hons).
S.30.1 A candidate shall attend the University for not less than one academic year after satisfying the requirements of Rule S.27, and pursue a course of advanced study in a subject approved by the Senate.
S.30.2 The following subjects have been approved by the Senate for this purpose:
African Vertebrate Biodiversity, Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Entomology, Environmental Water Management, Environmental Science, Ergonomics, Geography, Geology, Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, Landscape Process and Management, Marine Biology, Mathematical Physics/Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Spatial Development, Telecommunications, Zoology.
S.30.3 A Group B subject (as defined in Rule S.8) may also be offered for the honours degree; except that a candidate for an honours degree in such a subject may be required to obtain permission to transfer registration to the Faculty in which the subject is normally offered, and to proceed to an honours degree in that Faculty, depending on the combination of papers to be offered.
S.31.1 The honours degree normally requires a period of one year's full-time study.
S.31.2 Senate may, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department concerned, permit candidates to take honours courses over two years as full-time or as part-time students; provided that they attend the honours classes (including practicals) within the normal timetable of the Department, and that the honours course is spread over two years, but, except with the special permission of the Senate, no more than two years.
S.31.3 Students who originally register to take the honours degree over two years may, if progress is satisfactory, be allowed to change registration to complete the degree in the first year as full-time students. Full-time students who originally register to take the degree over one year may be advised by the Head of Department to take the degree over two years, or may opt to change registration to part-time. Any such changes must be effected no later than the end of the second week of the second semester.
S.31.4 Full-time candidates may withdraw from an Honours course during the second semester, but may not alter their registrations otherwise. On the recommendation of the Head of Department, candidates who withdraw may be permitted to register for the course in the following year, but will be required to complete all requirements for examination (including practical and project work) as though they had not previously been registered.
S.31.5 Any project work that forms part of the examinable material of an Honours degree must be completed and submitted before the final examinations are written.
A candidate may not take up any full-time employment while engaged in the course. However, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department concerned, with the approval of Senate, part-time employment is permitted.
An honours candidate may, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department concerned and with the permission of Senate, attend concurrently and write the examination in a maximum of two semester-credit undergraduate courses in the same or another department.
S.34.1 Subject to any exceptions approved by the Senate, or as provided in Rule S.34.2, the subject of an honours degree shall be one which the candidate has completed as a major subject for the ordinary degree.
S.34.2 Candidates for Honours degrees in various subjects not offered as major subjects in the ordinary degree shall normally have credit in cognate major subjects as provided in the following table:
African Vertebrate Biodiversity Zoology Biotechnology Biochemistry or Microbiology Electronics Physics with Electronics Environmental Water Management Geography Environmental Science Botany or Entomology or Geography or Geology or Zoology or Environmental Science Ergonomics Human Kinetics and Ergonomics Landscape Process and Management Geography Ichthyology and Fisheries Science Ichthyology or Zoology Marine Biology Botany or Ichthyology or Zoology Mathematical Physics/Theoretical Physics Physics and either Pure or Applied Mathematics Spatial Development Geography Telecommunications Physics with Electronics
Candidates may, with the approval of the Senate, present themselves for examination in more than one subject; provided that the Heads of the relevant Departments have agreed upon the contents of the course and the structure of the examination. If more than 60% of the honours degree programme is given in one subject, the degree will be awarded in that subject. If between 40% and 60% of the degree programme is given in each of two subjects, the degree will be awarded as a joint degree in the two subjects.
Candidates who fail an honours examination may be permitted by the Senate to re-present themselves at most once for that examination, and for this purpose they shall be required to re-attend the course prior to such re-examination.
S.37.1 Subject to any exceptions approved by the Senate, a candidate must write all parts of the examination at one time, and shall not be exempted from any part of such examination; provided that students who are required to take the degree over two years may, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, and with the permission of Senate, write part of the examination at the end of the first year of study, and part at the end of the second year of study.
S.37.2 Exceptions have been approved for the following subjects, where parts of the examination may, at the discretion of the Head of Department, be written at any official examination session of the University.
Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Microbiology, Mathematical Statistics.
The registration of MSc and PhD students past the first year is conditional on the Dean receiving satisfactory reports on their progress.
The Higher Diploma in Environmental Biotechnology is an exit qualification for candidates who complete the coursework component of the Master's degree in Environmental Biotechnology, but does not require completion of a research project. (See the departmental entry for Biochemistry).
The Postgraduate Diplomas in Fisheries Science (Resource Management) and Fisheries Science (Aquaculture) are not offered at present. They have occasionally been offered in the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, and are intended for graduates who wish to obtain specialist career-oriented training in practical aspects of fisheries management and development, but do not intend to read for the honours or higher degrees.
S.39.1 Candidates shall not be admitted to the course for the Postgraduate Diploma in Fisheries Science (Resource Management) unless they have satisfied the requirements of a BSc degree (with Zoology, or equivalent, as a major), a bachelor's degree in Agriculture or Veterinary Science, or a qualification deemed equivalent by Senate.
S.39.2 Candidates shall not be admitted to the course for the Postgraduate Diploma in Fisheries Science (Aquaculture) unless they have satisfied the requirements of a BSc degree approved by the Head of the Department, or a qualification deemed equivalent by Senate.
Candidates shall not be admitted to these courses unless they have obtained the permission of the Board of the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department.
Candidates shall attend the University for the entire duration of the course, that is from 1 February to 30 November.
Candidates shall not be awarded either Postgraduate Diploma unless they obtain credit for all examinations as stipulated in the prospectus, and have satisfactorily completed and submitted their class work and research investigation on a subject approved by the Head of the Department.
The Diploma may be awarded with distinction.
Candidates shall not normally be admitted to the Science Foundation Programme unless they are in possession of a matriculation certificate issued by the Matriculation Board, or have obtained a certificate of exemption therefrom.
S.45.1 A student admitted to the Science Foundation Programme is required to complete a first year that will earn at least four semester-credits towards the intended degree.
S.45.2 A student admitted to the Science Foundation Programme will, however, normally be advised to register for a first-year curriculum that will earn six semester-credits if completed. This curriculum may incorporate courses such as English Language for Academic Purposes, Accounting 1F, Computer Science 1B, Mathematics 1L and Mathematics 1E that have been developed for the special purpose of supporting the Foundation Programme.
S.45.3 Attention is drawn to Rule S.18 and Rule S.23.
S.45.4 A student admitted to the Science Foundation Programme may be required to obtain credit in certain foundation courses before later being admitted to other full courses.
S.45.5 A student admitted to the Science Foundation Programme who does not have a pass in mathematics equivalent to one on the Higher Grade will be required to register for Mathematics 1L, and to obtain credit in that course over and above the normal 18 or 20 semester credits required for a degree.
S.46.1 A candidate admitted to a regular curriculum may be required by the Dean, on the advice of the Head of Department, to transfer into the Foundation Programme during the year.
S.46.2 A candidate admitted to the Foundation Programme may be permitted by the Dean to change registration to a regular curriculum during the first term.