Unizulu Geography Department



Unizulu Geography Department, this qualification is aimed at producing graduates who intend to become atmospheric scientists. The qualification leads from a foundation in the mathematical, physical sciences and geographical sciences and is followed by a sound grounding in all aspects of atmospheric science and physics. With this qualification, the students should have the theoretical and practical knowledge to solve problems in atmospheric science and physics.



Employment opportunities
This qualification provides the basis for employment in the technical workplace or will allow students to continue to further study in in atmospheric science or physics at postgraduate level. The graduates can also be employed as environmental officer. They can be employed by various government departments which deal with environmental issues like Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Other employers include the South African Weather Service and private companies. The graduates who are interested in teaching geography and physical science can study for a postgraduate teaching diploma after this degree.



Entrepreneurial opportunities
The people with entrepreneurial interest can establish their business which will consultancy service such as conducting environmental impact assessments or air quality studies for government and private sector.

Vertical articulation for higher degree studies
The graduates who have obtained this degree can pursue BSc Honours in Geography or BSc Honours in Physics. Those who are interested to pursue careers in teaching geography and physical science can register for Postgraduate Diploma in the Faculty of Education.



Horizontal articulation with other qualifications

This degree requires students to do majors in geography and physics. The students can switch their academic programme to BSc Geography and Hydrology at second year level. The switch will require them to add one more year in their studies because they are required to add another major course in Hydrology.

Contact details for inquiries
Programme coordinator
Dr NB Mbatha, BSc (Physics), BSc (Hons) (Physics), MSc (Physics), PhD (Atmospheric Physics)
Email: MbathaNB@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: 035 9026400.

Head of Department
Mr AT Mthembu, B Paed (Geography), BA (Hons) (Geography), MA (Geography),
Email:MthembuA@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: 035 9026329.

FACULTYFACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS:GEOGRAPHY AND HYDROLOGY
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR)BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORSGEOGRAPHYHYDROLOGY
ABBREVIATIONBSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODESBSC24
EXIT NQF LEVEL7
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN ENGLISH
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN GEOGRAPHY
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEASE 60% (LEVEL 5) IN MATHEMATICS (CALCULUS ELECTIVE) OR AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN MATHEMATICS (OTHER ELECTIVES)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE
MINIMUM CREDITS FOR ADMISSIONNATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE WITH DEGREE ENDORSEMENT WITH AT LEAST 30 NSC POINTS
MINIMUM DURATION OF STUDIES3 YEARS
PRESENTATION MODE OF SUBJECTS:DAY CLASSES
INTAKE FOR THE QUALIFICATION:JANUARY
REGISTRATION CYCLE FOR THE SUBJECTS:JANUARY
READMISSION:SUBJECT TO PRIOR PERFORMANCE AND CURRENT APPLICABILITY OF PASSED MODULES
TOTAL CREDITS TO GRADUATE:360
SUBJECT NAMESUBJECT CODESUBJECT CREDITSNQF LEVELPREREQUISITE SUBJECT(S)CO-REQUISITE SUBJECT(S)
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 1
INTRO TO PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHYSGES111 HM155
EITHER ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTSSSTT111 EC155
OR PLANT CYTOLOGY, GENETICS & PHYSIOLOGYSBOT111 EE155
EITHER CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO)SPHY121 CE155
OR CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTERSPHY111 AE155SMTH111(SLMH111)
EITHER CALCULUS ISMTH111 FE155
OR INTRO TO ZOOLOGY ISZOL111 AE155
OR COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ISCPS121 XE155
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO TO GEOLOGYSHYD112 DM156
INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHYSGES112 HM156
EITHER CALCULUS IISMTH112 FE156SMTH111(SLMH111)
OR MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCESSMTH122 CE155
EITHER ELECTROMAGNETISM, NUCLEAR & MODERN PHYSICSSPHY112 AE156SPHY111(SLPH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
OR PLANT MORPHOLOGY, TAXONOMY & MYCOLOGYSBOT112 EE156SBOT111(SLBT111)
OR INTRO TO ZOOLOGY IISZOL112 AE156SZOL111(SLZL111)
OR COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IISCPS122 XE155
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
INTRO TO SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGYSHYD211 FM156SGES111
GLOBAL LANDFORMS & CARTOGRAPHYSGES211 BM156SGES111
EITHER INTRO TO SOIL SCIENCESAAG211 EE156
OR ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTSSSTT111 EC155
OR ADVANCED CALCULUSSMTH221 HE156SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
EITHER PLANT GROWTH & DEVELOPMENTSBOT211 GE156SBOT111(SLBT111) SBOT112(SLBT112)
OR ANIMAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGYSZOL211 CE156SZOL111(SLZL111) SZOL112(SLZL112)
OR MECHANICS SPECIAL RELATIVITY & PROPERTIES OF MATTERSPHY211 CE156SPHY111(SLPH111) (SPHY121 60%)(SLPH121 60%) SPHY112(SLPH112) (SPHY122 60%)(SLPH122 60%) SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
OR INTRO TO EXTENSION & RURAL DEVSAAE211 DE156
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO TO SUBSURFACE HYDROLOGYSHYD212 FM156SHYD112
HYDROMETEOROLOGYSGES222 BM156SGES111
EITHER GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMSSHYD222 XE156SGES211
OR LINEAR ALGEBRA & DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONSSMTH222 HE156SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)SMTH221
EITHER DEMOGRAPHICS, HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTSGES212 DE156SGES112
OR MODERN PHYSICS, PHOTONICS & WAVESSPHY212 CE156SPHY111(SLPH111) (SPHY121 60%)(SLPH121 60%) SPHY112(SLPH112) (SPHY122 60%)(SLPH122 60%) SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGYSHYD311 AM157SHYD211 SSTT111(SSTT122)
GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGYSHYD321 CM157SHYD212
ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES & POLLUTIONSGES321 EM157SGES222
CLIMATE DYNAMICS & WEATHER VARIABILITY AND PREDICTIONSGES341 GM157SGES222
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
HYDROLOGICAL MODELLINGSHYD332 AM157SHYD211 SHYD212      SHYD311 SHYD321
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENTSHYD342 CM157
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENTSGES312 EM157SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)
ENVIRONMENTAL FIELDWORK AND RESEARCHSGES322 GM157SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)

Geography

Science

[QUALIFICATION CODE SPHD07, MODULE CODE SGES800]

A thesis (SGES800) on an approved topic. An oral examination on the contents of the thesis may be required. Also see General Rules and consult with the Head of the Department.

Arts

[QUALIFICATION CODE ADPH10, MODULE CODE AGES800]



A thesis (AGES800) on an approved topic. An oral examination on the contents of the thesis may be required. Also see General Rules and consult with the Head of the Department.



Geography

TITLEHISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY OF GEOGRAPHY
CODESGES501DepartmentGeography                  and Environmental Studies
PREREQUISITESNoneCo-requisitesNone
AIMThe module is intended to provide students with background knowledge about the history and philosophical thought of geography. The history of geography will focus on the development of geography through the ages. The module will give an insight into the philosophy of the subject. The module will expose the students to the methodology of the discipline.
CONTENTThe module will cover the following topics:Ancient geography, as well as the German and French schools of Geography A history of the development of specific branches of the discipline.The contribution of prominent scholars to the field of geographyThe meaning and development of concepts such as dualism, determinism, environmental perception and regionalism.The four traditions of geographyThe use of models and theories in geographyThe quantitative and scientific paradigms in geography.The emergence of modern philosophy or paradigms in geography: positivism and phenomenology.The emergence of post-modernism in geography.The study of the following paradigms: Humanistic, Welfare, Behavioural, Radical and Feminist Geography.The value of geographic knowledge in the contemporary world. Development of Geography and geographic thought in South Africa.
ASSESSMENTAssignments, oral presentations and final examination
DP REQUIREMENTCompletion of all assignments and 100% attendance.
TITLEAPPLIED CLIMATOLOGY
CODESGES502DepartmentGeography and Environmental Studies
PREREQUISITESSGES341 or SGES222Co-requisitesNone
AIMThis module serves as an introduction to the field of Applied Climatology. Climate penetrates into many facets of today’s world, and will continue to do  so in the future. We will investigate the many faces of Applied Climatology, both from physical and cultural perspectives. Practical applications of Atmospheric Science and Climatology to weather-sensitive sectors are explored extensively throughout the module. The Applied Climatology Module is designed for the advanced student with a sound background of Atmospheric Science and/or related disciplines.
CONTENTAtmospheric and Oceanographic Data; The Climate System: controls on climate; The tropics and subtropics; Tropical Cyclones of the SW Indian  Ocean; The subtropical ridge and attendant westerly waves; Subtropical deserts; Spatial and temporal patterns of climate variability; The mean climate of southern Africa; Ocean currents and ocean-atmosphere interactions; The El Nino Southern Oscillation; Climate monitoring and prediction; Climate Change; Remote sensing of the earth-ocean-atmosphere system;  Weather,  Climate and Society; Climate Impacts on food systems, water resources, human health and the environment.
ASSESSMENTPractical exercises, Homework, Project, Mid term tests and Final Exam
DP REQUIREMENT30% Continuous Assessment Mark and 80% Attendance of theory and practical classes
TITLEENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
CODESGES503DepartmentGeography and Environmental Studies
PREREQUISITESBSc GeographyCo-requisitesNone
AIMThis module introduces the student to environmental management concepts,   its problems, concepts, problems and policies. It provides the skills and knowledge to research and understand the issues related to environment and sustainable development. The module also introduces students to major environmental issues confronting a developing society.
CONTENTEnvironmental Ethics and Environmental Education in South Africa; Integrated Environmental Management; Environmental Economics and Evaluation; Environmental Law; Air pollution; Environmental auditing and ISO 14000;  Water pollution, Waste management; Coastal Zone Management; Droughts and desertification; Sustainable development; Mineral resources;  Radiation and Pesticides; Soils, Nature conservation in South Africa and environmental heritage of international standing; Land-use planning; Mountains, Freshwater and marine ecosystemsCase studies on environmental managementi)         Environmental Audits of UNIZULU waste managementii)        South Durban Industrial Basiniii)        Emission levels exceedences e.g. Forskoriv)       Visit to Richards Bay Clean Air Associationv)        Used tyre dumping on gullies in rural areasa)         Municipal Bye Laws e.g. UMhlathuze Municipality DWAF regulationsComparison  of RSA’s Environmental and Water Lawswith  those of the USAEIA of Roads, Airports, Stadiums, Housing projects, Industries, Mining,etc
ASSESSMENTAssignments, practical exercises, oral presentations and final examination
DP REQUIREMENTCompletion of all assignments and 100% attendance
TITLEGEOMORPHOLOGY
CODESGES504DepartmentGeography and Environmental Studies
PREREQUISITESNoneCo-requisitesNone
AIMThe geomorphology module is intended to provide the students with the analysis and interpretation of geomorphological concepts. The students are expected to understand the geomorphological theories and models. The  forces and processes (both endogenic and exogenic) shaping the landforms are studied in terms of their spatial distribution and their respective intensities.
CONTENTAspects to be studied will include:The operation of endogenic forces; The influence of geology and  fragmentation of Gondwanaland on the geomorphology of Southern Africa through time.The major geomorphic events in the Southern African Sub-continent following the fragmentation of Gondwanaland.; Quaternary geomorphology of Southern Africa. Weathering; Soil formation and its influence on geomorphology.Soil classification and the soil distribution in Southern Africa.Early landscape models compared to the modern geomorphological approaches.Fluvial geomorphology; Basin sediment systems (erosion) Slope geomorphology. Mass movementCoastal geomorphology pf Southern Africa; Karsts systems Granite landscape; Wind erosion and depositsPans and lakes; Fieldwork in geomorphology
ASSESSMENTAssignments, oral presentation, mid-term test, practical exercises and final examination.
DP REQUIREMENTCompletion of all assignments and 100% attendance
TITLEURBAN GEOGRAPHY
CODEAGES505DepartmentGeography and Environmental Studies
PREREQUISITESNoneCo- requisitesNone
AIMThe module is intended to provide students with background  knowledge  about the key elements of urban geography, in particular those that relate themselves more to third world countries as against first and second world countries. It will examine philosophies and methodologies and principles relating to (a) current evolving methodologies (b) external and internal relationships among cities (c) problems associated with cities.
CONTENTThe module will cover the following topics:The philosophy and methodology of urban geography. Phenomenological and positivistic approach in urban geography.The concept of open-space system in the planning of residential areas in South Africa.Migration as an urban phenomena in South AfricaHousing in South Africa; Squatter Settlements in developing countries Problems and prospects of micro-enterprises in the South African urban economySpatial inequalities in the South African residential landscapeUrban planning policy in South Africa; Urban land-use change in Empangeni Informal housing around Empangeni.City Models- past, present and the future;Sites of Inclusion and Exclusion: Gated residences in South Africa Impacts of urban planningFuture Global Cities; City Trends and Globalization; Urban Regeneration;Role of transportation in the city: the case of Gautrain;Legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the South African Cities;
ASSESSMENTAssignments, practical exercises, oral presentations and final examination
DP REQUIREMENTCompletion of all assignments and 100% attendance
TITLERURAL GEOGRAPHY
CODEAGES506DepartmentGeography and Environmental  Studies
PREREQUISITESNoneCo-requisitesNone
AIMThis module aims to encourage discussion of what rural means in a country that has undergone both political and economic transition. It aims to assess rural development approaches. Attention will be paid to what characterizes rural areas in the developing worlds and draw comparisons with the developed world.
CONTENTThe module is designed to interrogate issues in rural geography as analyzed by researches, planners, and policy makers.Introduction to Rural Geography,Rural deprivation and socio-economic exclusionRural livelihoods, Economic activities and rural economies,Rural development approaches and other alternative form of development, Rural women and empowerment; Natural resources management,Land politics, Rural governance; Globalization, Indigenous Knowledge System, Issues of theory, policy and practice (Africa, Asia and  South  America)
ASSESSMENT30% Continuous Assessment Mark 70% Formal end of module theory (3 hours)
DP REQUIREMENTCompletion attendance of all assignments and the written mid term test 100%
TITLERESEARCH PROJECT
CodeSGES509DepartmentGeography and Environmental Studies
PrerequisitesNoneCo-requisitesNone
AimThe module is aimed at preparing students with skills for independent scientific research. Under guidance from academic staff, students undertake pure or applied research of on a topic of their choice relating to the field of Geography. This module builds on research skills gained in SGES322 during level 3.
ContentThe content will largely depend on the topic chosen, but students are expected to undertake an extensive literature survey; conduct some fieldwork as part of data collection; analyse data and interpret results; and present a written report of the research that is well presented, logically structured and accurately referenced. Students will also make oral presentations of their work at various stages of the research project.
AssessmentIndependent research project mini-dissertation, oral presentations
DP RequirementCompletion of research project

GEOGRAPHY AND STATISTICS

NO NEW ENROLMENT IN 2017 FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

FACULTYFACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS:GEOGRAPHY AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR)BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORSGEOGRAPHY                                                                                STATISTICS
ABBREVIATIONBSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODESBSC26
EXIT NQF LEVEL7
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN ENGLISH
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN GEOGRAPHY
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEAST 60% (LEVEL 5) IN MATHEMATICS
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSA PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE
MINIMUM CREDITS FOR ADMISSIONNATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE WITH DEGREE ENDORSEMENT WITH AT LEAST 30 NSC POINTS
MINIMUM DURATION OF STUDIES3 YEARS
PRESENTATION MODE OF SUBJECTS:DAY CLASSES
INTAKE FOR THE QUALIFICATION:JANUARY
REGISTRATION CYCLE FOR THE SUBJECTS:JANUARY
READMISSION:SUBJECT TO PRIOR PERFORMANCE AND CURRENT APPLICABILITY OF PASSED MODULES
TOTAL CREDITS TO GRADUATE:360
SUBJECT NAMESUBJECT CODESUBJECT CREDITSNQF LEVELPREREQUISITE SUBJECT(S)CO-REQUISITE SUBJECT(S)
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 1
INTRO TO PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHYSGES111 HM155
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTSSSTT111 EM155SMTH111(SLMH111)
CALCULUS ISMTH111 FC155
EITHER CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTERSPHY111 AE155SMTH111(SLMH111)
OR CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO)SPHY121 CE155
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHYSGES112 HM156
STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTSSSTT112 EM156SMTH111(SLMH111)
SMTH112(SLMH112) SSTT111
CALCULUS IISMTH112 FC156SMTH111(SLMH111)
EITHER ELECTROMAGNETISM, NUCLEAR & MODERN PHYSICSSPHY112 AE156SPHY111(SLPH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
OR INTRO TO GEOLOGYSHYD112 DE156
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
GLOBAL LANDFORMS & CARTOGRAPHYSGES211 BM156SGES111
DISTRIBUTION THEORYSSTT211 CM156SSTT111 SSTT112 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)SMTH221
ADVANCED CALCULUSSMTH221 HC156SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
INTRO TO SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGYSHYD211 FE156SGES111
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
EITHER DEMOGRAPHICS, HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTSGES212 DEM156SGES112
OR HYDROMETEOROLOGYSGES222 BEM156SGES111
STATISTICAL INFERENCESSTT212 CM156SSTT111 SSTT112 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)SMTH222
LINEAR ALGEBRA & DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONSSMTH222 HC156SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)SMTH221
EITHER DEMOGRAPHICS, HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTSGES212 DE156SGES112
OR HYDROMETEOROLOGYSGES222 BE156SGES111
OR INTRO TO SUBSURFACE HYDROLOGYSHYD212 FE156SHYD112
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
EITHER URBAN ENVIRONMENT & RECREATION PLANNINGSGES311 AEM157SGES212
OR ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES AND POLLUTIONSGES321 EEM157SGES222
EITHER LAND USE AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENTSGES331 CEM157SGES211
OR CLIMATE DYNAMICS & WEATHER VARIABILITY AND PREDICTIONSGES341 GEM157SGES222
RANDOM PROCESSESSSTT311 FM157SSTT211 SSTT212SMTH221 SMTH222
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNSSTT321 HM157SSTT211 SSTT212SMTH221 SMTH222
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENTSGES312 EM157SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)
ENVIRONMENTAL FIELDWORK AND RESEARCHSGES322 GM157SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)
LINEAR MODELSSSTT312 FM157SSTT211 SSTT212SMTH221 SMTH222
TIME SERIESSSTT322 HM157SSTT211 SSTT212SMTH221 SMTH222