Unisa launches innovative teaching and learning tool

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From left: Dr Louise van Dyk, Dr Hannelie Marx, Dr Elnerine Greeff, Prof Blessing Mbatha (CoD: Communication Science) & Prof Yolandi Slabbert

A team of lecturers from the Department of Communication Science in the College of Human Sciences (CHS) recently launched a teaching and learning tool to assist students to overcome the pitfalls of plagiarism. The new Writing for Academic Integrity tool was developed by Dr Elnerine Greeff, Dr Hannelie Marx, Prof Yolandi Slabbert and Dr Louise van Dyk.

The team says that the tool not only forms part of a bigger college project, but it utilises Google sites and offers a series of fun and informative video tutorials. These tutorials guide students through a variety of topics that are integral to academic writing: technical guidelines in academic writing, plagiarism, how to reference and advanced referencing.

The importance of this tool cannot be overstated, says the team, adding that academic writing, referencing, and subsequent issues surrounding plagiarism are areas that students tend to struggle with consistently. By providing them with this tremendously helpful and innovative tool, they now have all the crucial information at their fingertips.

“The video tutorials on the site are designed to act as a tool to add to the students’ academic arsenal to improve their writing and the academic integrity of their work,” Greeff explained. The site also provides students with the opportunity to interact with the creators – encouraging them to comment or ask questions.

However, it is not only the students who will benefit from using this tool. It provides lecturers with the opportunity to brush up on technical requirements and to always be ready with an answer at hand.

The team is currently negotiating the development of a mobile application. This is particularly significant, since it will be the first mobile application to be developed in CHS.

Greeff and the team encourage departmental staff to utilise the Writing for Academic Integrity site and to spread the word to students about this exciting new teaching tool available to them.

Click here for the link to the site.

*Compiled by Martine van der Walt-Ehlers, Tanja Botha & Janette Hanekom

 


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.