Commerce Degree Structure
The structure of a Commerce degree
Given below are examples of standard curricula. It should be noted that subject choices may be limited by the lecture timetable. Courses may however be taken in different year order to those set out below in order to avoid timetable clashes where they occur.
1. BACHELOR OF BUSINESS SCIENCE
The degree of Bachelor of Business Science is a four year career-focused degree premised on the application of quantitative methods. The curriculum for this degree aims to provide a thorough grounding in the principles of the candidate’s chosen field of expertise to the postgraduate level, supported by ancillary subjects which will equip candidates for the professional and managerial requirements of their chosen field at the highest level.
Five specialised curricula are offered are: Economics, Information Systems, Management, Quantitative Management, and Computer Science.
Entry into the second and fourth years of study for the degree is by permission of the Faculty Board.
The curriculum for the degree consists of compulsory courses in Accounting, Commercial Law, Communication, Computing, Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics, together with courses in subjects comprising fields in which the student has a special interest. In-depth specialisation takes place in the fourth academic year during which the student will generally be taking honours courses. The degree can be taken with specialisation in any one of the following fields, or jointly in two of these fields:
Economics Computer Science Quantitative Management
Information Systems Management
An example of a curriculum in each of these fields of specialisation is given below. Note that other subject combinations are possible.
Curriculum 1: (Economics)
|First year||Second year||Third year||Fourth year|
|Computer Science 112Economics 1Management 1Mathematics 1CStatistics 1DAccounting 1||Economics 2Management 2Commercial Law 1Mathematics 2 orMathematical Statistics 2Professional Communication||Economics 3 and 3 BManagement 3||Economics Honours with an optional paper in Strategic Management.|
Curriculum 2 (Information Systems)
|First year||Second year||Third year||Fourth year|
|Accounting 1Computer Science 112Economics 1Management 1Mathematics 1CStatistics 1D||Economics 2Information Systems 2Management 2Commercial Law 1Mathematics 2 orMathematical Statistics 2||Economics 3Information Systems 3Professional Communication||Information Systems Honours or Joint Honours with an optional paper in Strategic Management.|
Curriculum 3 (Management)
|First year||Second year||Third year||Fourth year|
|Accounting 1Computer Science 112Economics 1Management 1Mathematics 1CStatistics 1D||Economics 2Information Systems 2Management 2Commercial Law 1Mathematics 2 orMathematical Statistics 2||Information Systems 3Management 3Professional Communication||Management Honours or Joint Honours (including Strategic Management 4 paper).|
Curriculum 4 (Quantitative Management)
|First year||Second year||Third year||Fourth year|
|Accounting 1Computer Science 112Economics 1Management 1Mathematics 1CStatistics 1D||Commercial Law 1Economics 2Management 2Mathematical Statistics 2Information Systems 2||Mathematical Statistics 3Management 3Professional Communication||Mathematical Statistics Honours or Joint Honours with an optional paper in Strategic Management.|
Curriculum 5 (Computer Science)
|First year||Second year||Third year||Fourth year|
|Accounting 1Computer Science 112Economics 1Management 1Mathematics 1C||Computer Science 2Commercial Law 1Economics 2Management 2Mathematics 2 orMathematical Statistics 2Statistics 1D||Computer Science 3Management 3Professional Communication||Computer Science Honours or Joint Honours with an optional paper in Strategic Management.|
2. BACHELOR OF COMMERCE
This is a three-year degree aimed at providing the graduate with a good academic grounding in the major subject areas of Commerce. The curricula provide for specialisation up to third year level in two or more of any of the following fields: Accounting, Economics, Information Systems, Law, Management, Science, Social Science and Statistics, in any of four curricula as follows:
The General Curriculum allows for a wide combination of subjects in second and third year including at least two major subjects. Provided the appropriate combination of courses is chosen, the curriculum enables students to qualify as members of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators with the minimum of additional examinations. Further particulars are available from the Student Adviser. Extensive exemption is also available from the examinations for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
The Accounting Curriculum is intended for students wishing to enter the accounting profession or to take the BCom degree with an accounting emphasis. If this curriculum is followed, the Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy (PGDip(Accounting)) can be completed in one further year of study after credit is also obtained for Auditing 1, Management Accounting and Finance 1, and Taxation 1. Students who obtain a BCom degree with this curriculum will qualify for exemption from the entire Foundation Stage of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations together with papers 5 and 8 in the Certificate stage. Extensive exemption is also available from the examinations for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Further particulars may be obtained from the Head of the Department of Accounting.
The Law Curriculum is intended for students wishing to enter the legal profession, or to take a BCom degree with a legal emphasis. Following this curriculum, a candidate can obtain enough exemptions from the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree subjects to complete the LLB requirements in two further years of study.
The Inter-Faculty Curriculum enables students to include a major subject in the Social Sciences in their BCom degree, and, depending on the subjects chosen, is suitable for candidates interested in personnel management or industrial relations. This curriculum also enables students to include a Science major or any Humanities major in their degree.
Curriculum 1: (General)
This curriculum is designed for those who wish to specialise in one or more of the following fields: Accounting, Economics, Information Systems, Management or Statistics.
Various combinations of subjects are possible, and it must be stressed that the following is just one example of a number of general curricula that can be followed:
|First year||Second year||Third year|
|Accounting 1Commercial Law 1Computer Science 112Economics 1Management 1Theory of Finance and Statistics 1D||Economics 2Two of:Accounting 2Management 2Information Systems 2One further approved course from list eg. Psychology 1Professional Communication||Two of:Management 3Economics 3Information Systems 3Accounting 3|
* Computer Science 101 is a pre-requisite for Information Systems 2
Curriculum 2: (Accounting)
Students who wish to enter the Accountancy profession are advised to follow this curriculum, which will enable them to register for the DipAcc(PG) in their fourth year of study and also entitle them to be registered with the Institute of Accounting Technicians. They are also exempted from the Foundation stage and two papers in the Certificate stage of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations. Entry into the DipAcc (PG) is subject to the approval of the Faculty Board which only admits candidates with a good academic record. Accounting Honours is also an option for selected students.
|First year||Second year||Third year|
|Accounting 1Commercial Law 1Computer Science 112Economics 1Management 1Theory of Finance and Statistics 1D||Economics 2Accounting 2Information Systems 2 (Accounting)Introduction to Professional AccountingIntroduction to TaxationProfessional Communication for Accountants||Accounting 3Auditing 1Management Accounting and Finance 1Tax 1|
Curriculum 3 (Law)
This curriculum is designed to enable students to complete the LLB degree in two further years of study. A number of different subject combinations are possible, the following being one example:
|First year||Second year||Third year|
|Accounting 1Economics 1Legal Theory 1Management 1Theory of Finance and Statistics 1D ora modern language||Economics 2Management 2Legal Theory 2English 1Professional Communication||Economics 3Legal Theory 3|
Curriculum 4: (Inter-faculty)
This curriculum is designed for students who wish to combine a study of commerce subjects with subjects in Science, Social Science or Humanities. A number of different subject combinations are possible, the following being one example:
|First year||Second year||Third year|
|Accounting 1Economics 1Management 1Psychology 1Commercial Law 1 or [Theory of Finance + Staistics 1D] orMathematics 1C||Economics 2Organisational Psychology 2Management 2Commercial Law 1 (if not taken in 1st year or any other course)Professional Communication||Organisational Psychology 3Management 3|
Bachelor of Economics (BEco)
This is a three-year degree which is designed for students who wish to include the maximum number of Economics courses and related subjects in their curriculum. The BEcon degree offers a suitable preparation for candidates interested in economic forecasting and analysis and economic planning, in both the public and private sectors. The following specialized curricula are offered:
The Bachelor of Economics (Environmental Science) is intended for students wishing to pursue careers in the economic aspects of environmental studies. The curriculum is designed to train students in the application of economic principles to environmental studies, and combines courses from the Faculties of Science and Commerce.
The Bachelor of Economics (Mineral Economics) is intended for students who wish to become economists with a geological background. The curriculum is designed to apply economic principles to the exploitation of mineral resources, and combines courses from the Faculties of Science and Commerce. Because of timetable constraints this degree cannot be completed in the minimum period of three years.
Commerce Extended Studies Programme
This programme is intended to supplement the instruction of major subjects within the Commerce Faculty. Students enrolled in the Commerce Extended Studies Programme receive additional literacy and numerical instruction via extended, augmented or developmental courses. Successful completion of the programme is recognized with the awarding of a certificate. Students, after successfully completing the two years of the programme, are awarded with 165 SAQA credits and may proceed to the regular degree streams – BCom, BEco – offered by the Faculty.
Education Degree Structure
There are two ways to qualify as a professional teacher. First option is to complete a four year undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree. Rhodes offers the foundation phase only. The second option offered at Rhodes is that of first completing a three year Bachelor’s degree in another faculty, e.g. Humanities, Commerce, Science, and then ‘capping’ it with a one year PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). If you opt for the degree + PGCE route, you are strongly advised to check your subject choices with the Dean of Education before you embark on your degree, in order to ensure that you will ultimately be eligible for the PGCE.
Bachelor of Education Foundation phase (BEd)
The Rhodes BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching is an initial teaching programme designed to produce capable, well-educated teachers with a strong sense of self. Successful learning and teaching depends on students having confidence in themselves and their knowledge and abilities, the resilience and self-reliance to overcome difficulties, and the capacity for critical reflection to enable them to introspect and learn from experience. Living in a multilingual society, students also need confidence in their ability to speak and teach at least two languages. These capacities are essential if BEd students are to become caring, competent, critical and creative teachers.
The BEd is a 4-year, full-time programme which prepares students to teach in Grades R to 3. The programme develops strong capabilities. It gives students a well-rounded education, as well as providing them with subject knowledge, pedagogy and appropriate experience for teaching. The programme aims to prepare students to teach in a diversity of contexts, but especially in rural schools in the Eastern Cape where isiXhosa is the language of learning and teaching.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
This one-year full-time course prepares graduates for teaching in the Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase of the General Education and Training band; the Further Education and Training band and non-formal contexts. The qualification is recognised by the national Department of Education as a qualification for either primary (grades 1 – 7) or secondary school teaching (grades 8-12). It is also recognised and valued internationally.
An undergraduate degree (e.g. BA, B.Soc Sc, BCom, BMus, BSc). For secondary schools you are required to have teaching subjects as part of your undergraduate degree. This course is open to graduates and is recognised by employing authorities as a qualification for either the Intermediate Phase or Senior Phase of the GET band and the FET band of schooling.
FET Phase (Grades 10 − 12)
|School Subjects||University subjects|
|Life Sciences||Zoo 1, Botany 1 + one of Zoo 2, Botany 2, Microbiology 2, Entomology 2,Environmental Science 2|
|Computer Studies||Computer Science 2 OR Computer Science 1 + Information Systems 2|
|Computer Applications Technology||Computer Science 1 OR Information Systems 2|
|Design||A combination of subjects from a range of appropriate technology-related subjects, eg Practical Art, Computer Science, Design Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Architecture. Each application to be examined and decided on its merits, including consideration of matric subjects.|
|Dramatic Arts||Drama 2|
|Economics / Business Economics||Economics 2|
|Language – First AdditionalLanguage||A particular language at 2nd year level (for English – First Additional Language: English 2 + Linguistics 1 OR English 1 + Linguistics 2)|
|Language – Home Language||A particular language at 2nd year level|
|Life Orientation||Psychology 3 OR Psychology 2 + any one of the following:• Philosophy 2 • Biblical Studies 2• Anthropology 2 • Social work 2• HKE 2|
|Mathematics||Mathematics 2 OR Mathematics 1 + Maths Stats 2 / Applied Maths 2|
|Mathematics Literacy||Matric Mathematics + one or more of a range of possible subjects. Each application will be considered on merit.|
|Music||Musicology 3 + Instrument at 2nd year level + Theory of Music (Grade 8) + Piano (Grade 5)|
|Physical Science||Physics 2 + Chemistry 1 OR Physics 1 + Chemistry 2|
|Visual Arts||Studio Practice 2|
Senior Phase (Grades 7 – 9)
|School subjects||University subject(s) and minimum year level|
|Arts and Culture||At least two subjects from a range of appropriate Arts subjects, eg music, drama, anthropology, classics. Each application to be examined and decided on its merits, including consideration of matric subjects.|
|Economic Management Sciences||At least two subjects from a range of appropriate business subjects, eg accounting, management, economics. Each application to be examined and decided on its merits, including consideration of matric subjects.|
|Languages – First Additional Language||A 1st year in that language (or Linguistics 1 for English)|
|Languages – Home Language||A 1st year in that language|
|Life Orientation||Psychology 3 ORPsychology 1 + one of the following:• Philosophy 2 • Biblical Studies 2• Anthropology 2 • Social work 2• Sociology 2 • HKE 2|
|Natural Sciences||At least two of the following: Botany 1, Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Earth Sciences 1, Geography 1, Geology 1, Physics 1, Zoology 1.|
|Social Sciences||Geography 1 and/or History 1 (preferably both)|
|Technology||At least two subjects from a range of appropriate technology-related subjects, eg Practical Art, Computer Science, Design Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics. Each application to be examined and decided on its merits, including consideration of matric subjects.|
PGCE (Intermediate Phase, Grades 4 − 6) and
PGCE (Foundation Phase, Grades 1 − 3)
Any appropriate undergraduate degree − please check with the Dean or HOD that your subjects are relevant.
The Faculty of Humanities offers an excellent liberal arts education − an education for life and an education which is formative for almost any career choice. A liberal arts education provides students with critical reasoning skills, in particular the ability to analyse and evaluate arguments, to probe for hidden assumptions, to organise complex material in coherent ways; with an ability to understand the views of others; the ability to communicate well; a capacity to cope with ambiguity and uncertainty; and an acknowledgement of one’s own ignorance. It is an education that introduces students to the formative moments of their histories, their societies and their identities. It allows students to enjoy the worlds of music and drama and literature and languages.
The Faculty offers a wide range of possible degrees and course combinations.
The Faculty provides an education and not a training. As such it provides students with the critical skills and characteristics which are so important for our individual and national development. All of the above may be combined with degrees or courses which are more immediately career oriented than the liberal arts education. Specialised degrees in Journalism or Fine Art or Music are offered, but all within the context of a broad rather than a technical education.
A. BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
A BA degree normally takes three years to complete. Ten courses need to be completed which must include two major subjects. To obtain a major subject, first, second and third year level courses must be completed, e.g. History 1, History 2, History 3. Some majors require only two courses, e.g. Philosopy 2, Philosophy 3 and Classical Civilisation 2, Classical Civilisation 3. These are prerequisites to being admitted into these 2 major courses though.
Possible major subjects are listed below:
Afrikaans en Nederlands (2) Greek+
Applied Mathematics (2) Human Kinetics and Ergonomics
Art History and Virtual Culture Organisational Psychology (2)
BA Studio Practice (Fine Art) Industrial & Economic Sociology (2)
Classical Civilisation (2) Journalism & Media Studies
Computer Science Latin+
Drama Legal Theory
English Mathematical Statistics
English Language and Linguistics Music
Environmental Science (2) Philosophy (2)
German* Xhosa (Non Mother Tongue)*
+ With the exception of Latin IB, other Latin and Greek courses will only be offered if staffing resources permit. The courses indicated with (2) are possible 2 year major subjects. Please note that apart from Classical Civilisation, all courses do have a specific 1st year subject prerequisite.
++ An Introductory course is offered in this language, four years being required to complete a major in French if one does not begin with Matric level.
* The German and isiXhosa courses are designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of the language.
These Sample Curricula are provided to illustrate how to build up a three year BA degree. Note that these are only examples of numerous possible curricula. Ancillary subjects may be chosen from a wide variety of Humanities courses.
|First year (4 courses)||Second year (4 courses)||Third year (2 courses)|
|English 1Geography 1Psychology 1*Xhosa (NMT) 1*||English 2Geography 2Psychology 2*History and Appreciation of Music*||English 3Geography 3|
|First year (4 courses)||Second year (4 courses)||Third year (2 courses)|
|Economics 1Philosophy 1Politics 1Maths 1||Economics 2Philosophy 2Politics 2*French 1*||Economics 3Philosophy 3|
|First year (4 years)||Second year (4 courses)||Third year (2 courses)|
|Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 1Psychology 1History 1*English 1*||Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 2Psychology 2Applied Physiology and Anatomy++Computer Science 1||Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 3 Psychology 3|
* ancillary courses
++ compulsory course for Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 3
B. BACHELOR OF FINE ART DEGREE
|First year (3 courses)||Second year (3 courses)||Third year (2 courses)||Fourth year (2 courses)|
|Art History and Visual Culture 1BFA Studio Practice 1One other BA course||Art History and Visual Culture 2BFA Studio Practice 2One other BA course||Art History and Visual Culture 3BFA Studio Practice 3||Art History and Visual Culture 4 and BFA Studio Practice 4.Practical options in Fine Art Studio Practice are: Graphic Design, Painting, Photographic Arts andSculpture.|
C. BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM DEGREE
|First year (4 courses)||Second year (4 courses)||Third year (2 courses)||Fourth year (1 courses)|
|Journalism 1English 1 and/or English Language & Linguistic 1Economics 1Politics 1||Journalism 2English 2 and/or English Language & Linguistic 2History 2Sociology 1||Journalism 3English 3 and/or English Language & Linguistic 3||Journalism 4|
It must be stressed that these are only examples of a number of possible curricula.
D. BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE
|First year (4 courses)||Second year (4 courses)||Third year (2 courses)||Fourth year|
|Instrumental Music Studies 1Music 1Ethnomusicology 1One other BA course (optional extra: Sound Technology 1)||Instrumental Music Studies 2Music 2Ethnomusicology 2(or Sound Technology 1)One BA course||Instrumental Music Studies 3Students must choose between Music 3 and Ethnomusicology 3||Five papers from a wide variety|
E. BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
To obtain a BSocSc degree you must obtain 10 credits. At least 5 credits (courses), including at least one major subject, must be chosen from the following:
Anthropology Economics Organisational Psychology
Industrial & Economic Sociology Politics Psychology
An African Language may be taken as the second major subject with a major in Anthropology. Other subjects which may be taken as major subjects for the BSocSc degree: Geography; History; Information Systems; Legal Theory; English Language & Linguistics; Mathematics; Mathematical Statistics; Philosophy; Computer Science; Environmental Science; Management.
The following are possible examples of degree structures:
|First year (4 courses)||Second year (4 courses)||Third year (2 courses)|
|Anthropology 1Sociology 1Politics 1Psychology 1Economics 1Management 1Accounting 1||Anthropology 2Sociology 2Politics 2Xhosa 1(NMT)Psychology 2Economics 2Management 2Organisational Psychology 2Statistics 1D/TOF||Anthropology 3Sociology 3Any two of: Economics 3Management 3Organisational Psychology 3|
* if you intend majoring in Management in a Bachelor of Social Science you need to obtain credit in Accounting 1, Economics 1, Statistics 1D and Theory of Finance (TOF) – therefore a good mathematics mark would be a requirement.
Humanities Extended Studies Programme
This programme offers an alternative route through a Rhodes degree in the humanities faculty. This programme is intended for South African English Second Language speakers who show potential to succeed at university but who might not achieve the entry requirements for a 3 year humanities degree. It is open to students with a matric exemption, not less than 28 admission points and at least a 4 for English as an additional language.
Entering this programme generally means that the degree must be taken over four years instead of three. Students take two mainstream humanities subjects from a limited choice of subjects offered. These two subjects are supported with additional extended studies classes. These classes aim to develop reading skills and conceptual understanding of the subjects, to give students assistance in preparing for tutorials and assignments and to develop subject specific vocabulary. In addition students take general skills classes which aim to provide students with skills they need to cope academically at university. Students also take computer literacy classes and an information literacy course.
After the first year, students can choose any subjects open to humanities students. Extended studies students are usually limited to taking a maximum of 3 credits in one year.
Sample extended studies degree
Year 1: (2 credits plus 2 support credits) Anthropology 1 Journalism and Media Studies 1
Year 2: (3 credits) Anthropology 2 Politics 1 Economics 1
Year 3: (3 credits) Anthropology 3 Politics 2 Psychology 1
Year 4: (2 credits) Economics 2 Politics 3
BACHELOR OF LAWS (LLB)
The LLB degree is the minimum academic qualification for practising law in South Africa. At Rhodes, the LLB degree is offered as a four year programme, a two-year programme, or a three-year programme. Only in exceptional circumstances will students who enter university for the first time register in the Faculty of Law at Rhodes. In their first year, all prospective LLB students register for a general degree in another faculty (Humanities, Science or Commerce) where they do some non-law courses as well as two law courses. Students may select courses from a wide range of subjects and a variety of permutations exists. Only in their second year, after obtaining sufficient information to make a proper decision, do students decide which route to follow. It also enables students who discover in their first year that they are not suited to a career in law to change their study direction without forfeiting a year of study. The Faculty’s resources are limited and students’ academic results play an important role when applications for admission into the LLB are considered.
1. A five year combined Law and Humanities OR Law and Commerce OR Law and
Science LLB stream
Students enter this stream with the intention of following a programme in Law and Humanities OR Law and Commerce OR Law and Science, leading to a BA/BSocSci or BCom/BBusSc or BSc and thereafter a two-year LLB. The objective of a broad-based education is achieved in this stream by including courses which ensure that students have a thorough grasp of at least one discipline outside Law. Students register for a BA, BSocSci, BCom, BBusSci or BSc in their first year of study and continue with that degree with Legal Theory as a major subject.
Having obtained the first degree, students then register for the LLB, to be completed over two years. To do so, one must have obtained sufficient law credits in the first degree, which is usually the case if one has majored in Legal Theory.
Normally candidates who obtained at least 60% in their Legal Theory major will be admitted, as will candidates from other universities who obtained an average of at least 60% in their previous year of study. Where a candidate has not met these requirements, the Dean of Law has the discretion to admit that person, on good cause shown and subject to availability of Faculty resources. Preference will be given to those candidates who obtained their first degree at Rhodes University.
2. A four year LLB stream
In their first year of university study students will be required to register in any one of the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Commerce, according to their subject choices. After their first year of study, those who meet the academic criteria may choose between following a five year (eg, BA or BCom LLB) curriculum, or a four-year LLB curriculum. Those who don’t meet the academic criteria must follow the five-year combined route.
Candidates who do not have a degree may be admitted to the second year of study for the LLB degree, provided that they have passed both the law courses offered in their first year of study (Foundations of Law and Introduction to Law) with an average of 60% as well as have obtained an overall average of 60% for three non-law courses studied in that year. (Students who do not meet these criteria must follow the five-year route.)
3. A three year LLB for graduate students
Students enter this stream after having completed a Bachelor’s degree without law subjects, or with insufficient law credits. They may be admitted to the second year of study for the LLB degree, provided that they obtained 60% for their major subjects. Where a candidate has not met this requirement, the Dean of Law has the discretion to admit that person, on good cause shown and subject to availability of Faculty resources.
|1ST year||2ND Year||PENULTIMATE YEAR||FINAL YEAR|
|Three non-law courses||One non-law course at Second Year level|
|First SemesterFoundations of Law||First SemesterConstitutional Law A;Law of Contract A;Law of Persons;Law of Property A;Legal Interpretation;||First SemesterCivil Procedure A;Company Law A;Criminal Law A;Criminal Procedure A;Law of Delict A;Legal Skills;Public International Law Legal practice (either first or second semester)||First SemesterAdministrative Law A;Civil Procedure B;Criminal procedure B;Individual Labour Law;Law of Sale and Lease; 2 Electives from the first semester|
|Second Semester||Second Semester||Second Semester||Second Semester|
|Introduction to Law||Constitutional Law B;Law of Contract B;Customary Law;Law of Life Partners;Law of Property B;||Company Law B;Criminal Law B;Jurisprudence;Law of Delict B;Law of Evidence A;Law of Partnerships and Trusts;Legal Practice (either first or second semester)||Administrative Law B;Law of Evidence B;Law of Insolvency and Winding up of Companies and Close Corporations;Law of Agency Insurance and Credit Agreements;Law of Succession and Administration of Estates;2 Electives from the second semester list|
BA, BCOM, BSC CURRICULUM: (3 YEARS), TO BE FOLLOWED BY A 2 YEAR LLB
This curriculum exempts one from the first two years of the LLB degree. The LLB curriculum following this degree will therefore be the same as that for the Penultimate and Final years of the LLB curriculum.
|1ST YEAR||2ND YEAR||3RD YEAR|
|Any three non-law courses||One non-law course at Second Year level;Two non-law courses at First Year level or Second Year level||One non-law course at Third Year level|
|Legal Theory 1First SemesterFoundations of Law||Legal Theory 2First SemesterConstitutional Law ALegal Interpretation||Legal Theory 3First SemesterLaw of Contract A;Law of Persons;Law of Property A;|
|Second semesterIntroduction to Law||Second SemesterConstitutional Law B;Customary law||Second SemesterLaw of Contract B;Law of Life Partnerships;Law of Property B;|
THE LLB CURRICULUM FOLLOWING A BA, BCOM OR BSC (LAW CURRICULUM): 2 Years
|PENULTIMATE YEAR||FINAL YEAR|
|First Semester||First Semester|
|Civil Procedure A;Company Law A;Criminal Law A;Criminal Procedure A;Law of Delict A;Legal Skills;Public International LawLegal Practice (either 1st or second semester)||Administrative law A;Civil Procedure B;Criminal Procedure B;Individual Labour law;Law of Sale and Lease; 2 Electives from first semester list|
|Second Semester||Second Semester|
|Company Law B;Criminal Law B;Jurisprudence;Law of Delict;Law of Evidence A;Law of partnerships and Trusts;Legal Practice (either 1st or 2nd semester)||Administrative Law B;Law of Agency, Insurance and Credit Agreements;Law of Evidence B;Law of Insolvency and Winding up of Companies and Close Corporations;Law of Succession and Administration of Estates; 2 Electives from the second semester list|
THE LLB CURRICULUM FOLLOWING ANY DEGREE WITH NO LAW COURSES: 3 Years
This route is for students who have a degree but either have no law credits at all, or insufficient law credits to qualify for the two-year option.
|1ST YEAR||2ND YEAR||3RD THIRD|
|First SemesterFoundations of Law;Constitutional Law A;Law of Contract A;Law of Persons;Law of Property A;Legal Interpretation||First SemesterCivil Procedure A;Company Law B;Criminal Law B;Criminal Procedure A;Law of Delict A;Legal Skills;Public International LawLegal Practice (either 1st or 2ndsemester)||First SemesterAdministrative Law A;Civil Procedure B;Criminal Procedure B;Individual Labour Law;Law of Sale and Lease; 2 Electives from the first semester list|
|Second SemesterIntroduction to Law;Customary Law;Law of Contract B;Law of Life Partnerships;Law of Property B;||Second SemesterCompany Law B;Criminal Law B;Jurisprudence;Law of Delict B;Law of Evidence A;Law of Partnerships and Trusts;Legal Practice (either 1st or 2ndsemester)||Second SemesterAdministrative Law BLaw of Evidence B;Law of Insolvency and Winding up of Companies and Close Corporations;Law of Agency, Insurance and Credit Agreements;Law of Succession and Administration of Estates;|
Details of the degree structure and requirements for the LLB degree can be found in the Faculty of Law section of the University Calendar, and are obtainable on request.
LIST OF ELECTIVES WHICH COULD BE TAKEN IN THE FINAL YEAR OF STUDY:
|First Semester||Second Semester|
|Copyright and Trade MarksInternational Trade LawIntroduction to ConveyancingLaw of Banking and PaymentsLaw of Unjustified EnrichmentLegal AccountingNegotiation and Mediation (limited registration)Tax and Estate Planning||Arbitration (limited registration)Collective Labour LawCompetition LawConstitutional LitigationEnvironmental LawEthics and Professional ResponsibilityisiXhosaLaw of Patents, Designs and Geographical Indications|
In both the first and second semesters, a research paper may be completed for one semester credit. All electives will not necessarily be offered every year. The availability of options will depend upon teaching arrangements in the Faculty of Law. For the same reason electives may be taught in different semesters.
Provisional Sentence; Appeals, Reviews and Rescission of Judgment; Costs; Enforcement of Judgments and Administration Orders.
Collective Labour Law
Sources of Labour Law; Framework of the Labour Relations Act 55 of 1995; Organisational Rights; Collective Bargaining Structures; Collective Agreements; Agency Shop Agreements; Closed Shop Agreements; Worker Participation; and Industrial Action.
Constitutional Law A
Sources and general principles of constitutional law, historical survey of constitutional development in South Africa and a detailed analysis of the structures of government created by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996.
Constitutional Law B
The protection of human rights in a constitutional state. This will include a detailed analysis of the Bill of Rights and the state institutions supporting constitutional democracy (such as the Public Protector and the Human.
Collective Labour Law (one semester credit: one two-hour paper (70%), class work(30%), November examination)
Sources of Labour Law; Framework of the Labour Relations Act 55 of 1995; Organizational Rights; Collective Bargaining Structures; Collective Agreements; Agency Shop Agreements; Closed Shop Agreements; Worker Participation; and Industrial Action.
A new curriculum was introduced in 2013. The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at Rhodes University is a 4 year programme. The curriculum for this degree is laid down by the South African Pharmacy Council and all students must pass all courses of this prescribed curriculum to be awarded the degree in Pharmacy.
Whilst the general curriculum is prescribed, each of the universities that offer pharmacy, have different emphases, thus making transfers between different Schools or Faculties of Pharmacy in South Africa difficult.
In the final year students are permitted to select electives and undertake a research project in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.
The following is a brief description of the courses in the BPharm Degree:
Chemistry: Chemistry 101 (CHE 101) is held in the first semester and Chemistry 102 (CHE 102) in the second. CHE 101— includes learning about chemical symbols and numeracy, nuclear chemistry, atomic structure and bonding, chemical and physical equilibrium, introduction to organic chemistry. CHE 102—includes learning about properties of inorganic systems, chemistry and the environment, organic functional group chemistry, biological building blocks, reaction rates, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry.
Cell Biology: This course compares cell structure in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and examines cellular processes including cell to cell communication, photosynthesis and cell respiration. Cell division and fundamental genetics, including the structure of genetic material and how it controls cellular processes.
Mathematics for Life Sciences: A study of mathematical concepts and applications relevant for the study and practice of Pharmacy.
Anatomy and Physiology: A study of the functional anatomy and physiology of humans.
Pharmaceutical Biochemistry: A study of the important molecules found in living organisms.
Introduction to ICT (Information & Communication Technology): Fundamental concepts and applications of hardware, computing environments, editing and word processing, spread sheets, databases, other software packages, networks, the Internet, social issues, and the logic of problem solving.
Foundations of Pharmacy: An introductory course in Pharmacy, where learners will be introduced to the fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice, Pharmaceutics, and Ethics.
Anatomy Physiology, Pathophysiology & Pathology: A study of the functional anatomy and physiology of humans and of diseases and pathological conditions in different body systems, how diseases develop, their characteristics, features of common diseases and conditions as they occur in humans, and the effects of diseases on human functioning.
Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology: A study of the important molecules found in living organisms and of the role of Pharmaceutical Microbiologists and the application of microbiology in the practice of pharmacy, the health and economic implications of microbial contamination of pharmaceutical and hospital environments, the basic characteristics, pathogenesis, diagnosis, disease, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of microorganisms found in pharmaceutical and hospital environments, water and sewage systems.
Pharmaceutics: A 2½-year course covering basic pharmaceutical principles and their application to the formulation, production and assessment of medicinal products, microbiology and sterility.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry: A two-year course covering the study of the purity and chemical properties of various materials and formulations used in the practice of pharmacy.
Pharmacy Practice: A 2½-year programme, which examines Pharmaceutical Care and the role of the pharmacist; various aspects of management including performance management, organizational management, managing pharmaceutical supply; Understanding and influencing behavior; Primary Health Care; legal and psychosocial principles and their application in providing safe and effective medicine use by pharmacists and patients.
Pharmacology: A 1½-year study of the interaction between medicaments and the human body; disease states and medicinal therapy used to relieve these; the toxic effects of household agents, medicines and street drugs.
Biostatistics: A study of statistics that is used in pharmaceutical and biomedical research, so as to use and understand different statistical methods used in research.
Pharmacotherapy: A study of the relevant pathophysiology of diseases and conditions, how mechanisms of action of medicines are used to treat these diseases and/or disorders to counteract their pathophysiological origins, synthesizing and integrating information to make an informed and rational pharmacotherapeutic decision justifying the selection of appropriate dosage forms.
Research Project: An individual project on an approved topic in any pharmaceutical field.
Electives: Candidates may select elective courses offered in other Faculties provided they are relevant to Pharmacy and can be accommodated in the time-table for that academic year.
The specific subjects for each year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree are listed below:
|BPharm 1||BPharm 2||BPharm 3||BPharm 4|
|Chemistry (Semester 1 & 2)||Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2(Semester 1 & 2)||Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3(Semester 1 & 2)||Pharmacology 4(Semester 1)|
|Cell Biology (Semester 1)||Anatomy Physiology, Patho-physiology & Pathology 2(Semester 1 & 2)||Pharmacology 3(Semester 1 & 2)||Pharmacotherapy(Semester 2)|
|Introduction to ICT ((Information& Communication Technology)(Semester 1)||Biochemistry, Microbiology &Immunology(Semester 1 & 2)||Pharmaceutics 3(Semester 1 & 2)||Research Project(Semester 1 & 2)|
|Mathematics for Life Sciences(Semester 1)||Pharmaceutics 2(Semester 1 & 2)||Pharmacy Practice 3(Semester 1 & 2)||Elective**(Semester 1 or 2)|
|Anatomy & Physiology 1(Semester 2)||Pharmacy Practice 2(Semester 1 & 2)||Biostatistics(Semester 1)||Pharmaceutics 4(Semester 1)|
|Biochemistry 1(Semester 2)||Pharmacy Practice 4(Semester 1)|
|Foundations of Pharmacy(Semester 2)|
Science Degree Structure
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
The ordinary first degree is taken over three years and the key feature of the BSc is its flexibility. Within the confines set by the timetable, it is possible for students to combine subjects in myriad ways to create curricula that meet their particular interests. This flexibility includes allowing students to take a major subject from commerce, the humanities and law such that students can major in environmental science and anthropology, biochemistry and law or geology and economics. As a Faculty, we appreciate the value that can be added by allowing students some flexibility when choosing their subjects. The BSc does not set out to educate or train a student for a particular career but rather allows for the construction of a knowledge and skills base that prepares a student for a wide range of possible careers or advanced study in their chosen subject. Emphasis is on discipline specific knowledge and skills as well as the cross cutting skills including experimental design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and scientific communication, that form the essential base for research. The flexibility in curriculum design creates an opportunity for students to decide if they are attracted to transdisciplinary academic training and education.
The Science Faculty offers four degrees:
- The BSc (Bachelor of Science) is the usual “first” degree in the Faculty, requiring a minimum of three years’ study after school. A wide range of subjects – most of which are “scientific” in nature – can be studied in order to qualify for this degree.
- The BSc (lnfSys) (Bachelor of Science (Information Systems)) is a 3 year degree intended for students who wish to become computer specialists in a commercial environment. It has a more rigid curriculum than the ordinary BSc degree.
- The BSc(SofDev) (Bachelor of Science (Software Development)) is a 4 year degree intended for students who wish to become computer specialists in a software systems environment.
- The BSc(F) – (Extended Studies Programme). This programme is taken by students who have the ability to undertake tertiary education but whose schooling or other experiences have left them not adequately prepared for university. These students spend two years as BScF students after which they join the BSc students and graduate with a BSc.
All of these degrees share a similar basic structure. In the typical BSc, a student will do eight semester courses in First Year, six in Second Year and four in Third Year. The four semesters in Third Year will belong to two subjects (= major subjects; e.g. Zoology 301 & 302 or Biochemistry 301 & 302). The same subjects will be taken in Second Year (Zoology 201 & 202; Biochemistry 201 & 202) with two additional semester courses. The subjects taken in First Year are those required to allow access to the chosen Second Year subjects and will include both those needed for the majors (e.g. First Year Zoology) and also any co-requisite subjects such as Chemistry for Zoology 2 or Maths 1 for Physics 2.
Full details on co-requisite subjects can be found on the web site.
Most subjects are taught through a full year with two semesters of work (Chemistry 101 and
Chemistry 102 = First Year Chemistry). A few are offered as stand alone single semesters
(Physics 1E2, Maths 101, introduction to ICT C5C1L and of these only CSC1L is taught in both semesters. Maths 1 is the only non-semesterized course in the science faculty. Most subjects are taught in all three academic years (Physics 1, Physics 2 and Physics 3) however a few are taught in Second and Third Years only (Entomology 2 and Entomology 3).
A typical BSc over three years might look like this:
|Year 1||CEL 101 ZOO 101||CSC 1L1 BOT 102||CHE 101 CHE 102||EAR 101 GOG 102|
|Year 2||ZOO 201 ZOO 202||ENT 102 ENT 202||CHE 201 CHE 202|
|Year 3||ZOO 301 ZOO 302||ENT 301 ENT 302|
Note: That in this example, the majors are Zoology and Entomology. First Year Zoology comprises CEL 101 (a cell biology course) and ZOO 101. To major in Zoology you need to pass CEL 101, ZOO 101 and BOT 102 AND Chemistry 1 (a co-requisite). Entomology is one of a number of subjects taught in Second and Third Years only. To major in Entomology, you must pass CEL 101, ZOO 101, BOT 102 and Chemistry 1. Clearly, subject choice in First Year is set by your selection of major subjects.
THE BASIC BSC OVER FOUR YEARS
For some students it is necessary to reduce the workload in First Year and spread the degree over four years. In this case we try to gain at least eight and preferably ten semester credits in two years. A typical 4 year curriculum would look like this:
|Year 1||Maths 1||Computer ScienceCSC 101 CSC 102||PHY 1E2|
|Year 2||Stats 1STAT 101 STA 102||Physics 1PHY 101 PHY 102||Chemistry 1CHE 101 CHE102|
|Year 3||PHY 201 PHY 202||CSC 201 CSC 202||MAT 201 MAT 202|
|Year 4||PHY 301 PHY 302||CSC 301 CSC 302|
Note: The exact structure of the first two years is very variable but typically the student will only start Second Year subjects in Year Three. In this example the students has three additional credits.
The BScF (Extended Studies Programme) is a four year degree in which students who do not meet the usual Faculty entrance requirements are provided with an opportunity to complete a degree over four years. In First Year, these students do three specially designed courses, one in maths, one in computer literacy and an introduction to the concepts and methods of science. In Second Year, the students will take a selection of standard First Year courses and in their Third Year, they join the BSc year two group.
BSc (InfSys) and BSc (SofDev) are designed for students who plan to use computers in a commercial environment. The degree structure is not very fl exible and students must pass 20 semester credits; a typical example is presented below:
|Year 1||CSC 101||CSC 102||ACC 101||ACC 102||MAT 1||MAN 101||MAN 102||ECO 101||ECO 102|
|Year 2||CSC 201||CSC 202||INF 201||INF 202||STA 101 PHY 1E2|
|Year 3||CSC 301||CSC 302||INF 301||INF 302|
In these two degrees, students must pass the following courses:
First and Second Years
Computer Science 1 & 2
Information Systems 2
Economics 1, Management 1, Accounting 1
Statistics 1D or 101, Physics 1E2, Maths 1 or Maths 102 and one other course approved by the Dean.
Third Year (BSc (InfSys)).
Computer Science 3, and one of Information Systems 3, Accounting 3, Economics 3, Management 3, Pure Maths 3, Mathematical Statistics 3, Applied Statistics 3.
Third & Fourth Years (BSc(SofDev)).
Computer Science 3 and Information Systems 3, and Computer Science and Information Systems 4.
SUBJECT CHOICES IN THE ORDINARY BSc DEGREE.
The subjects that can be taken in a BSc degree are classified into two groups, A & B.
Group Acomprises subjects that you would expect to find in a Science Degree. Most are taught over three years (e.g. Botany, Chemistry, Physics) while some are taught in Second and Third Years only (e.g. Ichthyology, Entomology, Microbiology, Biochemistry). A few are non major subjects and used to provide necessary additional skills such as Electronics (PHY 1E2), Statistics (STATS 101) and Introduction to Computer Literacy (CSC 1L1).
Group Bincludes all other subjects including those taught in the Humanities (such as Anthropology and History) or Commerce (Accounting or Management) and Law.
If the two majors are from Group A the degree comprises 18 credits of which no more than 4 semester credits may come from a single department in Group B.
If one major is from Group B, then the degree comprises 20 credits and All credits EXCEPT those for the three years of the Group B major MUST come from Group A. A typical 20 credit degree with a Group B major looks like this:
|Year 1||PSY 101||PSY 102||HKE 101||HKE 102||CEL 101 ZOO102||PHY 1E1||PHY 1E2|
|Year 2||PSY 201||PSY 202||HKE 201||HKE 202||2 Other Credits||CSC 101||CSC 102|
|Year 3||PSY 301||PSY 302||HKE 301||HKE 302|
Note in this curriculum the student is majoring in Psychology (PSY) and Human Kinetics and Ergonomics (HKE). There are 20 credits of which ONLY the three years of Psychology are from Group B.
A few other examples of possible curricula follow:
One possible Biology curriculum:
|Year 1||Zoology 1CEL 101ZOO 101||PHY 1E1||BOT 102||Chemistry 1CHE 101CHE 102||Geography 1EAR 101GOG 102|
|Year 2||CEL 201 ZOO 201||BOT 201||BOT 202||STA 101CSC 1L2|
|Year 3||CEL 301ZOO 301||BOT 301||BOT 302|
In recent times several students have combined Legal Theory with Science, rather than only with Humanities or Commerce, and gone on to acquire the initials “BSc LLB” after their names before following specialised careers in Law. Here is a curriculum that might appeal to those who wish to become experts in Environmental Law:
|Year 1||Legal Theory 1||CEL 101||ZOO 101||PHY 1E1||BOT 102||CHE 101||CHE 102|
|Year 2||Legal Theory 2||ENV 201||ENV 202||BOT 201||BOT 202||EAR 101||GOG 102|
|Year 3||Legal Theory 3||ENV 301||ENV 302|
Finally, while many combinations of subjects are possible, some combinations are prevented by timetable clashes. You can use the online timetable clash checker at:
http://scifac.ru.ac.za/wwwtime/timetable.php to see if your chosen subjects will clash.