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  • Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates in Science

    Rules and Syllabuses

    Science

    Official address

    All correspondence should be addressed, as far as is possible, directly to the relevant person or school.

    The address is as follows: The Faculty Registrar, Faculty of Science University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Private Bag 3, Wits, 2050

    Telephone number: (+27) 0-11-717-6013/6014

    E-mail: Science.ug@wits.ac.za or Science.pg@wits.ac.za www address: http://www.wits.ac.za/academic/science

    This handbook is one of a series of 8 handbooks produced by the Communications and Publications Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2018.

    Published by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

    Printed by ABC Press, a division of ABC Printers (Pty) Ltd.

    Faculty of Science Wits gives you the edge.

  • Contents General Rules for the Faculty of Science Introduction 8 G1 Definitions 8 G2 Powers of the University 10 G3 Application of Rules 11 G4 Admission 11

    4.1 Application for admission 11 4.2 Medical fitness 11 4.3 Discretion of the Senate to admit 11 4.4 Proficiency in English 11 4.5 Faculty or qualification-specific requirements 12 4.6 Certificate of good conduct 12 4.7 Credits and exemptions 12 4.8 Credits for previous study 12 4.9 Admission to an undergraduate diploma, certificate, licentiate or other qualification 13 4.10 Admission to the degree of bachelor 13 4.11 Admission to a programme leading to a higher qualification 14 4.12 Admission of occasional students 16 4.13 Admission of study–abroad/ international occasional students 16

    G5 Registration 16 5.1 Registration and renewal of registration 16 5.2 Concurrent registration at other institutions or faculties or for other qualifications 16 5.3 Registration as a student prior to registration for a qualification 16 5.4 Late registration 16 5.5 Registration for twelve months for senior doctorate 17 5.6 Cancellation of registration due to ill health 17 5.7 Cancellation of registration as a result of unsatisfactory performance/progress 17 5.8 Change of registration 18 5.9 Cancellation of registration by student 18 5.10 Refusal of permission to register 18

    G6 Attendance 18 6.1 Statutory minimum attendance 18 6.2 Failure to attend 18 6.3 Outside work, visits, tours, fieldwork, vacation employment, non- examined courses 18 6.4 Exemption from attendance 19 6.5 Attendance requirement for students for qualification 19 6.6 Limitation on the activity of a student for reasons of ill health 19

    G7 Curricula 19 7.1 Senate approval of curriculum 19 7.2 Condonation of breach of rules 20 7.3 Restriction on choice of courses 20 7.4 Special curricula 20 7.5 Change of rules during a student’s registration 20 7.6 Study-abroad component/ foreign electives 20 7.7 Credits 21 7.8 Minimum requirements of study 21

  • 7.9 Withdrawal of, or refusal to grant credits and/or exemptions 21 7.10 Sub-minimum rule 21

    G8 Requirements for Award of Qualification 21 G9 Degree of Master 21

    9.1 General 21 9.2 The programme of master proceeding by research 21 9.3 Programme by research and coursework 22 9.4 Conditions for the conferment of the degree of master by research 22 9.5 Supervision of full-time members of staff 22 9.6 Abstract and style of Dissertation or Research Report 22 9.7 Copies of Dissertation or Research Report 22 9.8 Formal declaration 22 9.9 Acknowledgement of conferment of degree if material is published subsequently 23 9.10 Completion of all requirements for the degree of master 23

    G10 Degree of Doctor of Philosophy 23 10.1 Fulfilment of requirements for conferment of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy 23 10.2 Supervision of full-time members of staff 23 10.3 Copies of thesis 23

    G11 Senior Doctorate 24 11.1 Conditions for the conferment of the degree 24 11.2 Notice of intention to apply for candidature 24

    G12 Conversion of candidature for higher qualifications 24 12.1 General 24 12.2 Conversion from a programme leading to the degree of master by research to a programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy 24 12.3 Conversion from a programme leading to a degree of master by coursework and Research Report to a programme leading to the degree of master by research 25

    G13 Assessment 25 13.1 General 25 13.2 Examiners 26 13.3 Eligibility for assessment 26 13.4 Additional oral or other form of assessment 26 13.5 Supplementary assessments 26 13.6 Deferred assessments 27 13.7 Re-assessment 27 13.8 Absence from assessment 27

    G14 Academic Progression 27 14.1 Completion of courses prescribed for previous year of study 27 14.2 Standard required to proceed 27 14.3 Prerequisite non-credit bearing courses 27 14.4 Special curricula for students who cannot proceed to the next year of study 28 14.5 Re-attendance requirement for students who cannot proceed to the next year of study 28

  • G15 Results 28 15.1 Publication of results 28 15.2 Non-publication of results 28

    G16 Conferment of qualification 28 16.1 Congregation 28 16.2 Issuing of a certificate 28 16.3 Endorsement of certificate 28 16.4 Non-conferment of qualification 29 16.5 Permission to complete qualification by obtaining credits elsewhere 29

    G17 Conferment of Qualification with Distinction 29 G18 Honorary Degrees 29 G19 Intellectual Property 29 G20 Ethical Clearance 30 Joint Statutes of the Universities in the Republic of South Africa 30

    Senate Rules for the Faculty of Science 1 Application of Rules 32 2 UNDERGRADUATE 32

    2.1 General Degrees 32 2.1.1 Admission Rules 32 2.1.2 Curricula 34 2.1.3 Progression Rules 58 2.1.4 Completion Rules 59 2.1.5 Restriction on admission to courses: Pre- and co-requisite rules 60 2.1.6 Restriction on obtaining credits 87 2.1.7 Lapsing of credits or exemptions 89 2.1.8 Repeating of courses 89

    2.2 Diploma 89 2.2.1 Admission Rules 89 2.2.2 Curricula 89 2.2.3 Progression Rules 90 2.2.4 Completion Rules 90

    3 POSTGRADUATE 90 3.1 Diplomas 90

    3.1.1 Application of Rules 90 3.1.2 Admission Rules 90 3.1.3 Curricula 91 3.1.4 Completion Rules 92 3.1.5 Cancellation of Registration 92

    3.2 Degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours 92 3.2.1 Application of Rules 92 3.2.2 Admission Rules 93 3.2.3 Curricula 96 3.2.4 Progression Rules 115 3.2.5 Completion Rules 115

    3.3 Degree of Master of Science (MSc) 115 3.3.1 Application of Rules 115 3.3.2 Admission Rules 115 3.3.3 Curricula 116 3.3.4 Completion Rules 135

    3.4 Doctor of Philosophy 136

  • 3.4.1 Application 136 3.4.2 Admission Rules 136 3.4.3 Curricula 136

    3.5 Doctor of Science 138 3.5.1 Application 138 3.5.2 Admission Rules 138 3.5.3 Conditions for award of qualification 139

    Outcomes for the Faculty of Science 140-144 Syllabuses for the Faculty of Science 145-293

  • HIERARCHY OF ACADEMIC GOVERNANCE

    ACTS create the powers and responsibilities of entities by law.

    HIGHER EDUCATION ACT, ACT 101 OF 1997

    PROCEDURES

    SENATE’S RULES FOR FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY

    FACULTY STANDING ORDERS

    SCHOOL STANDING ORDERS

    STATUTES define how and what the University does to give expression to the provisions of the Act, and further includes features that are particular to Wits, for example, not all universities have a role for the Convocation.

    POLICIES define a plan of action determined by Council.

    REGULATIONS are subordinate to Acts and they define orders and authoritative direction. REGULATIONS are a set of directions on how RULES should be put into effect.

    RULES are made by Council for all areas of operation other than academic matters. Senate approves academic RULES, which are endorsed by Council. A RULE defines the principle to which action or procedure conforms. RULES set out what may or may not be done within a particular area of administration. These Rules are reviewed and published in the University Calendar each year.

    PROCEDURES set out the practical steps necessary to realise the object or purpose of Rules and Regulations.

    Standing orders expand on rules and/or policies and govern the manner in which all business shall be conducted. Standing orders are a set of instructions on how to carry out a task.

    Senate’s rules for faculties of the university are subordinate to the General Rules. These Rules are reviewed and published in the University Calendar each year.

    These standing orders are recommended by the School to the Faculty Board for approval.

    These standing orders are recommended by Faculty Board to Senate for approval.

    POLICIES OF THE UNIVERSITY

    SENATE STANDING ORDERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

  • ‘University Community’ means all students and employees of the University, persons officially associated with the University, former students and alumni at the University, as well as invitees, visitors and guests.

    Set out the preferred manner in which you carry out a process/procedures or course of action.

    UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

    CO