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School Administrator: Mrs K Lesiba

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Department of Biological and Agricultural Sciences

General introduction

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Sciences is a small but dynamic department in the School of NAS which focuses currently on undergraduate training in biology, zoology and botany.

The Agriculture programme is set to be launched only in 2020, together with a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences. Our aim is to produce well-rounded biologists and conservation ecologists that will be able to make a significant input to biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability programmes in South Africa but also within a global context.

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The Department has strong botanical and zoological disciplines which contribute to a well-balanced undergraduate biological sciences programme. Seven full-time academics and two support staff cater to the needs of students at all levels. Focal areas of research, based on staff expertise and interests, cover aspects such molecular systematics, phylogenetics, plant eco-physiology, population ecology, avian moult and migration, aquatic macro-ecology, landscape ecology, plant-invertebrate interactions, and mammalian herbivory.

Future research thrusts and niches include responses of plants and animals to climate change, arid zone ecology and adaptation, invasive biology, and wetland conservation and management, particularly within the Northern Cape Province.

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Head of DepartmentSenior Lecturer, Zoology: Dr DM Harebottle

PhD (UCT); MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (UKZN)

Senior Lecturer, Zoology: Dr Marietjie Landman

PhD Ecology (NMU); BSc Hons Zoology (UPE); BSc Biology (UPE)

Senior Lecturer, Botany: Dr A Adebowale

PhD (UKZN); MSc; BSc Hons (OAU)

Lecturer, Agriculture: Ms MA Bopape

MTech; BTech (TUT)

Lecturer, Botany: Ms E Nenzhelele

MSc (UCT); BSc Hons; BSc (UNIVEN)

Lecturer, Botany: Dr T Musvuugwa

PhD (SU); MSc (UCT); BSc Hons (NUST, Zimbabwe)

Lecturer, Zoology: Mr RV Modiba

MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (UNIVEN)

Laboratory Technician, Ms PK Letebele

BSc Hons: BSc (UFS)

Laboratory Technician, Ms M Digashu

BSc Hons; BSc (UFS)

 

Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) is one of four departments in the School of Natural and Applied Science.

Its main objective is to respond dynamically to the evolution in computer technology and ICT.

The Department offers various undergraduate and postgraduates qualifications in the field of Computer Science, ICT and Data science. The programmes offered are; Diploma in ICT (Application Development), BSc Computer Science and Mathematics, BSc Data Science and BSc Hons in Data Science.

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By studying programs offered in the Department, students gain not only knowledge but also a unique way of thinking about creating solutions to real-world problems using computational thinking. 

Through innovative teaching-learning process and teamwork approach, our curriculums will give learners a great understanding of the digital world in a deeper way, which will allow them to adapt more quickly to technological change. 

Through industry-institute collaboration such Accenture Campus Internship program, the Department provides a platform for learners to enhance their employability skills. 

The Department has a team of 16 highly enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated full-time staff members who are always ready to engage with learners and through their on-going research, are well informed of about new developments in the field of computing and ICT.

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Head of Department: Lecturer, Computer Science: Mr T Baitshenyetsi
MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (NWU); SAP

Senior Lecturer, Information Technology: Dr T Tuyikeze
PhD (UFH); MIT (NMMU); BTech (NMMU); NDip (WSU)

Senior Lecturer, Information Systems: Dr G Mwansa
PhD (Unisa); MSc (UNAM); BSc (UNZA)

Senior Lecturer: Computer Science: Dr Akugbe Arasomwan
Dip (Data Processing); BSc; MSc; PhD in Computer Science

Senior Lecturer: Computer Science: Dr Colin Chibaya
MSc, PhD

Lecturer, Computer Science; Dr AJ Mwanza
DEd (WSU); MSc (NUST); BSc (UNZA); PGDE (UCT); CCAI (CISCO)

Lecturer, Information Systems: Dr Y Gundu
PhD: MCom: BSc Hons: BSc (UFH): Dip. PC Maintenance & Network: Dip. Web Designing & E-Commerce (BCE, London)

Lecturer, Information Technology: Mr G Rudolph
MTech IT; BTech; N. Dipl. (CPUT)

Lecturer, Computer Science, Mr L Serutla
MSc (Sherfield, UK); BSc (NUL)

Lecturer, Information Systems: Ms FT Matsebula
MTech (TUT)

Lecturer, Communication and Information Engineering: Mr M Nkomo
MSc (Shadong Univ. of Science & Tech., China), BEng Hons (National University of Tech., Zimbabwe)

Lecturer, Computer Science: Ms N Mpofu
MSc (Zimbabwe)

Junior Lecturer, Information Technology: Mrs E Mamabolo
BTech (TUT); BSc (Vista)

Junior Lecturer, Information Technology: Mrs M Modiba
BTech (TUT)

Junior Lecturer, Computer Science: Mrs M Mokeresete
MSc, BSc Hons (NWU), BSc (Amity)

Junior Lecturer, Information Systems: Mr ETC  Makhoere
BCom Hons, BCom (NWU)

 

Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Mathematics Sciences Department is comprised of dedicated individuals who are conversant and passionate about the teaching of mathematical sciences and who believe in creating an environment which is safe and welcoming for students.

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The Department believes in providing diverse learning experiences, offering multiple avenues of learning and is committed to preparing graduates who will be able to work in different areas such as teaching, theoretical research and quantitative work in industrial organisations.

Most courses in the fields of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics are all available for students to explore.

The Department endeavours to equip our students with the following attributes; confidence in the ability to use any mathematical sciences concepts, problem-solving and creativity skills, leadership skills. Such skills will build character in our students, stimulate healthy ideas, and achieve our educational objective of producing talented graduates who will contribute to the development of the nation.

The Department focuses on the following research areas:

·       Numerical Analysis

·       Differential Equations

·       Fluid Dynamics

·       Mathematical Statistics and Machine learning

·       Biostatistics

·       Linear Models.

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MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
HOD: Dr ST Sikwila, Applied Mathematics
PhD (Univ Limerick, Ireland), BSc Hons (UZ)

Senior Lecturer, Applied Mathematics: Dr D Mothibi
PhD (NWU), MSc (SU), BSc Hons, BSc (NWU)

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics: Dr S Nkokobe
PhD (RU), MSc, BSc Hons, BSc (UFH)

Lecturer, Operations Research: Mr R Bappoo
MPhil (NUST, Zimbabwe), BA Hons (Delhi University, India), PG Dip (Higher Education) (RU), Ed Planning & Admin (New Delhi), ACE (UKZN)

Lecturer, Actuarial Science: Mr MI Mabokgole
MSc (UFS)

Lecturer, Statistics: Mr L Chaka
MSc, BSc Hons (Unisa), BSc (ZOU)

Lecturer, Statistics: Mr A Whata
MSc, BSc Hons, BSc (UZ)

Lecturer, Statistics and Operations Research: Mr Albert Antwil
Lecturer, Mathematics, Mr ZB Shozi
MSc (SU), BSc Hons, BSc (UniZulu)

Statistics Lecturer, Mr Lyson Chaka
Mathematics Lecturer, Zekhaya Shozi
Senior Lecturer Mathematics, Dr Sithembele Nkonkobe
Senior Lecturer Pure Mathematics, Dr Edward Inyangala
Senior Lecturer Pure Mathematics, Dr Meenakshi Devi


Department of Physical and Earth Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Chemistry: Dr JF Sefadi
PhD (UFS)

Lecturer, Chemistry: Dr TE Tshabalala
PhD, MSc, BSc Hons; BSc (Wits)

Lecturer, Physics, Dr KG Sekonya
PhD; MSc (Wits); BSc Hons; BSc (UL)

Lecturer, Geography: Dr TH Kabanda
PhD (NWU)

Lecturer, Physics: Dr PP Mokoena
PhD; MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (UFS)

Lecturer, Chemistry: Mr TR Mashile
MSc (UP); BSc Hons, BSc (UL)

Lecturer, Physics: Mr FS Komati
MSc; BSc (Ed) (NWU)

Lecturer, Geography: Mr J Hlatywayo
MSc; MCom (UKZN), BSc Hons, Dip Education (UZ)

Lecturer, Chemistry: Ms KV Phungula
MSc; BSc Hons, BSc (UFS)

Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry: Ms MPJ Mabuza
BSc Hons; BSc (UFS)

Laboratory Assistant, Geology: Ms D Nepfumbada
BSc Hons, BSc (UFS)

Laboratory Assistant, Physics: Mr MD Buthelezi
BSc Hons; BSc (UKZN)

Laboratory Assistant, Physics: Mr LL Seleise
BSc Hons; BSc (UL)

Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry: Mr AT Hunt
BSc Hons; BSc (UFH)

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