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(Note: The final interpretation of all regulations in this Prospectus for Postgraduate Studies shall be vested in Council).


NOTE The Prospectus for Postgraduate Studies is valid for 2011 only. Curricula and syllabi may be amended for 2012. It is obtainable free of charge from: The Registrar Polytechnic of Namibia Private Bag 13388 Windhoek NAMIBIA Location: Telephone: Fax: Website: E-mail: 13 Storch Street, Windhoek (+264-61) 207 2008 / 2118 (+264-61) 207 2113

Although the information contained in this Prospectus has been compiled as accurately as possible, Council and Senate accept no responsibility for any errors and omissions, which may occur. The Polytechnic retains the right to amend regulations or conditions without prior notice. Due to the rapidly changing external environment that many programmes operate in, and the Polytechnics desire to remain constantly relevant in its offerings, some programmes may be significantly amended after publication of this Prospectus. Please consult our website for the latest versions of our curricula, syllabi and academic regulations. The fact that particulars of a specific programme, field of study, subject, or course have been included in this Prospectus does not necessarily mean that such a programme, field of study, subject, or course will be offered in the academic year 2011. Polytechnic of Namibia/Office of the Registrar.


RECTORS FOREWORD Walter Bagehot, an English journalist and economist who lived in the 19th century, once said, the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. That is the true spirit of an explorer. One who dares to venture into un-trodden paths and sail in uncharted waters. The prevailing global financial/economic predicament is the most serious since the Great Depression of the last century. Stock markets have fallen and remain jittery; large financial institutions been bailed out or taken over by governments, or have simply folded; the increase in the commodity prices has not relented, thus affecting poorer countries growth more negatively; and even the wealthiest governments have formulate austerity measures to save their economies. This crisis has indeed changed the world forever. What is Namibias response to this changed world? Are we going to watch the unfolding events at the sidelines, or are we going to translate them into new opportunities? Often, were caught up in the daily struggle for survival and routines - obscured by the challenges and difficulties that we dont realise the many opportunities that lie beyond the moment or the dark cloud of gloom. The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the world crisis: one brush stroke symbolises danger, the other opportunity. This is the advice we give to our nation. Just like an explorers instinct to preserve and overcome obstacles in his chosen path, the Polytechnic of Namibia has remained resolute in deciphering the hidden opportunities or treasures that lie ahead. We say that with a great measure of confidence because the Polytechnic provides a rich teaching and learning environment for our faculty, staff and students, one with many academic pathways and global opportunities. Over the years, we have launched bold and exciting new initiatives which represent fundamental shifts in our educational approach, and the new curriculum model is a case in point. It is a curriculum developed in a multi-cultural environment that speaks to the modern economy, the latter which requires graduates with diverse foundational and advanced knowledge, and specialised skills and world-of-work experience. The many national and international partnerships and awards we have earned simply tell a story of the recognition of our success and appreciation. We offer high-class teaching and learning, research and services across a wide range of disciplines, and develop export-quality manpower. It is a well-known fact that our students and graduates are well accepted internationally and have the advantage in the job market they have bright prospects and are almost always certain of employment. In short, the Polytechnic is a crucible for understanding and mastering the world man is born into. We look equally curiously at a particle of sand as we do at a particle of gold, because both are unique and must be understood for their value and utility. Our meaning and relevance to the society is reflected in the relevant and wide range of qualifications at under- and post-graduate levels we offer in sought-after disciplines such as Architecture, Business, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Information and Communication Technology, Engineering (including Mining and Transport), Health Sciences, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management, Natural Resource Management (including Land Management), and Hospitality and Tourism Management. The qualifications, research and services are tailored to respond to the specific and evolving needs of business and industry, and are supported by a network of specialised entities such as the Centres for Teaching and Learning, Entrepreneurial Development, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, as well as the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics, the Namibia Business Innovation Centre, and the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB). The new knowledge economy will be managed by knowledge workers those who are well educated, well skilled and versatile. Our desire is to see our nation under visionary and capable leaders - leaders with imagination and foresight, and who are excellent at the art of strategic thinking. They are the pillars of sustainable innovation. I welcome you all warmly to the Polytechnic and trust you to unleash your potential so that you can fly where the eagles fly. Faithfully, Dr. Tjama Tjivikua Founding Rector


HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Higher education in Namibia started around 1979/80. Prior to this, all students wishing to pursue higher education had to go to South Africa or other countries abroad. The Polytechnic of Namibia has its roots in the establishment of the Academy for Tertiary Education by Act No. 13 of 1980. Classes in Teacher Training and Secretarial Courses started on 14 January 1980. Five years later, another Act, number 9 of 1985 was promulgated and the Academy consisting of a university component (the present University of Namibia), a Technikon, and College for Out-of School Training was established. The Technikon offered a total of 17 diploma and certificate courses in Agriculture and Nature Conservation, Personnel Management, Public Administration, Cost Accounting, Secretarial Training, and Communicative and Legal Training. The College for Out-of-School Training (COST) offered 13 certificate courses in Technical and Commerce/General areas. Some of the courses included pre-tertiary teacher training. Shortly after independence in 1990 it was resolved that the three components be collapsed into two independent higher education institutions, namely, a university and a polytechnic. Act No. 18 of 1992 that established the University of Namibia was promulgated and this left the Technikon and COST in some limbo, but they were placed under the auspices of the new university until the promulgation of the Polytechnic Act. Two years later, with the establishment of the Polytechnic of Namibia by Act No. 33 of 1994, Technikon Namibia and the College for Out-of-School Training (COST) merged to become the Polytechnic of Namibia. The Act provides for the gradual phasing out of vocational training courses and the granting of degrees by the Polytechnic. The former City Campus (former Academy) became the Polytechnic and its first Rector, Dr. Tjama Tjivikua, was appointed on 4 August 1995, and the first meeting of Council was held on 10 August 1995. This event accelerated and completed the delinkage of the two institutions of higher education in December 1995. The Polytechnic thus became an independent and autonomous institution in January 1996. It held its first graduation ceremony at which the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Sam Nujoma, delivered the keynote address on 18 April 1996. The Polytechnics governing structure includes the Council, its supreme policy-making body, the Senate, which is responsible for the academic component of the institution, the Rector, its chief academic and administrative officer, and a Students Representative Council. Today, the Polytechnic offers 31 Certificates (29 Undergraduate and 2 Postgraduate Certificates), 21 Diplomas, 39 Bachelor degrees,15 Bachelor Honours degrees and 6 Masters degrees in sixty-seven programmes ranging from Architecture, Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice and Entrepreneurship to Engineering (including Mining and Transportation), Geoinformation Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Bio-medical and Environmental Health Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Nature Conservation.


MISSION AND VISION VISION To be a premier university of science and technology educating leaders for the new economy.

MISSION To promote national competitiveness by providing multiple opportunities for excellent education, applied research, innovation and service.


CONTENTS Note Rectors Foreword Historical Perspective Mission and Vision Contents Contact Details Officers of the Polytechnic Members of Council Members of Senate Academic Calendar 2011 Academic Year 2011: Dates for Semester and Year Courses 2011 and 2012 Meetings 2011 CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK AND QUALIFICATIONS Curriculum Framework Qualifications GENERAL INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS General Information Academic Regulations Curriculum Regulations Recognition of Prior Learning Class Attendance Assessment Re-registration for a Qualification Maximum Study