The Department of Journalism and Media Studies was conceived in 1999, following recommendations by the Williams Commission in 1989. The Commission noted that communication and information science were fast becoming major technological developments globally. In view of these fast developments in information technology, the Commission recommended that the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) establish a Faculty of Communication and Information Science to meet these challenges. This Faculty would incorporate the Department of Journalism and Media Studies which would be tasked with offering sound technical and theoretical training in broadcast and print journalism while also highlighting the dynamic, exciting world of new information technologies. Following these recommendations by the Commission, NUST had wide-ranging consultations with stakeholders from the media fraternity, civil society, government and the general Zimbabwean community in 1999. The consultation process was important for surveying the needs of these key stakeholders to ensure that the university formulated a relevant programme that addressed the pressing professional requirements of the local media while at the same time adhering to regional and international journalism and media standards. The Journalism and Media Studies Department offers three programmes. An undergraduate Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It is a four-year full-time programme with a versatile curriculum that academically, practically and technically adequately addresses most of the problems faced by journalists locally, regionally and internationally. There is a Master of Science Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. This is a Block release MSc programme studied over a period of 24 months, of which a minimum of 12 months are for the dissertation. The Department also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations on block release.
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THE DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN
The Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design (LAUD) is a relatively new department in the Faculty of The Built Environment (FOBE). It introduced its inaugural undergraduate programme, BSc (Honours) Property Development and Estate Management (PDEM)in 2014 and post graduate programme Masters of Urban Design (MUD)in 2011.The departmental staff members are dedicated and fully engage themselves in teaching, research, publications and community development projects. Theprogrammes which are run by the department are detailed below.
PROGRAMMES ON OFFER
BSc in Property Development & Estate Management Honours Degree
The Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Property Development and Estate Management (BSc PDEM)Programme is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe. The programme blends property management with property development while centralizing the legal framework within which property transactions takes place. It covers the property development process in its totality embodying all types of property and their management aspects. Unavailability of a degree of this nature at the moment in Zimbabwe creates a vacuum within the built environment fraternity. Whilst some of the available courses in the built environment look at the development process, none is looking at how to deal with the property once the development process has lapsed. This programme is therefore specially designed to fill in this void. Fundamentally, the programme could not have found a better place than within the Faculty of the Built Environment [FOBE]. It blends well with already established courses within the built environment like quantity surveying and architectural studies. Nationally, only the University of Zimbabwe through the Department of Rural and Urban Planning has introduced a related programme at undergraduate level: BSc Honours Degree in Real Estate Management. Otherwise, people who practise in the property industry are either diploma holders obtained from HEXCO and The Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe or have attained degrees in this field from outside Zimbabwe. Therefore, besides complementing training offered by the identified local institutions, the BSc PDEM will give an opportunity to our society to develop graduates of the right stature with requisite skills, expertise and knowledge to deal with real property challenges some of which have been a common feature in local newspapers. Besides enrolling post A’ level students, the programme will also offer opportunities for diploma holders to attain degrees in their chosen profession. More importantly, the programme has a wide market given the wide spectrum of the real property industry stretching from central government, local authorities, financial institutions and the property developers. ... READ MORE
Master of Urban Design
Urban Design is a new phenomenon which deals with the urban microform at the macro-scale. The focus is on the shaping of various pieces of urban land at macro-scale and with spaces between them at micro-scale levels. It also deals with designing and construction of urban elements. In this regard, this programme aims at educating students with a background in town planning; architecture and other related disciplines in The Built Environment field. The main objective is to develop theoretical frameworks that will be used in practice and develop urban landscapes. Urban Design is responsible for the creation of great urban centres, world heritage cites, landmarks, skylines, street furniture, transport and energy systems, defensible open spaces and environmental ambience. Therefore this programme seeks to capacitate urban developers and managers with the necessary skills and technology to introduce, design and manage urban services. For instance the focus will be on the sound provision and management of housing units, energy supplies, water and sewer reticulation systems, transport networks, storm water drains, communication and recreational facilities, public lighting, corridor, attraction centres and service buildings. The programme will further equip urban developers and managers with the Research, Training and Development (RT&D) techniques to keep themselves abreast with urban environmental changes. It also deals with a number of cross cutting issues like urban agriculture, climate change, urban sociology and urban disaster management, land economics and Urban Design Information Systems (UDIS) as well as sustainable SMART cities. ...READ MORE
MASTER OFSCIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This is an 18 MONTHS full time OR 36 MONTHS part time Degree Progamme.
To be admitted to the MSc in Construction Project Management degree programme, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
STRUCTURE OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME
EXAMINATION AND MARKING SCHEMES
Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours Degree
To be admitted to the Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours degree, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
AQS1101 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF QUANTITY SURVEYING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Introduction to Quantity Surveying and the construction industy. An overview of the building design and construction process, the scope of the activities of construction, project management and the responsibilities of the stakeholders and discussion of the work environment in engineering architecture and site construction.
PLC1101 PEACE, LEADERSHIP, CONFLICT AND TRANSFORMATION
The course is tailored in a manner to provide students with intellectual skills on the symbiotic relationship that exist on the three tier terms (peace, leadership and conflict). The course attempts to probe into the interplay between these thematic motifs and show their role ad complementarities in the process of human development. The course further seeks to provide a skills kit on how to analyse conflicts, identify their underlying causes, evaluate hoe conflict undermines the productive use of resources thereby plaguing development and how responsible leadership transforms adversity into peaceful, equitable and just global society in harmony with nature.
AQS1102 DESCRIPTIVE GEOMENTRY
This course gives an introduction to the purpose of architectural drawings and the process of communication through presentation and working drawings, types of two dimensional drawings and heir uses. Architectural lettering, relationship between scale and degree of detail, the use of hatching, the layout of architectural drawing sheets, dimensions- are some of the topics also covered in this course. Quantity Surveying professionals deal with working drawings and also architectural presentation drawings. The main aim and objectives of this course is to make students able to interpret the architectural presentation and working drawings in detail.
AQS1104 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Definitions of Economics, Economics as a social science Differences between Macro Economics and Micro Economics. Wants, Needs and Demand, Scarcity, Choice and Opportunity Cost, The Economic problem, Factors of production and Economic Systems.
AQS1105 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION LEGISLATION
Introduction to risk and safety regulations, accident prevention, public welfare, discussion of laws, safety equipment and inspection procedures. Lectures and seminar discussions also cover other legal obligations and model building by-laws in Zimbabwe.
AAR1108 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS 1
An introduction review of the materials used in construction, of their physical properties and characteristics, and the processes they undergo to convert them to building materials.
AQS1108 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (Fit to PLC1101-2)
History and development of management, thought, functions of management, organisational structures, decision making, communication centralisation and decentralisation, delegation, leadership and motivation, controlling budgeting and non-budgetary controls.
AQS1109 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The course introduces students to the use of computers with special reference to computer hardware, system software and computer network. Also covered in this course are communication systems with focus on hardware and software, data transmission, the internet and email.
AQS1110 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION 1
The course examines the construction process and the materials used in construction of simple structures through lectures, case studies and project assignments. Students will be required to study a building under construction and create a portfolio for documenting the project.
AQS1201 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF QUANTITY SURVEYING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT II
A continuation of the course taught in the first semester with introduction to the scope of activities of construction, project management and the responsibilities of the stakeholders; discussion of the work environment in engineering architecture and construction, prerequisite AQS1101.
PLC1201 PEACE, LEADERSHIP, CONFLICT AND TRANSFORMATION
A continuation of the course taught in the first semester.
AQS1203 MEASUREMENT 1
This is an introduction to Mensuration and Measurement in accordance with the System of Measurement of simple structures e.g. foundations, brickwork, surface beds, carpentry, joinery and ironmongery, glazing, doors, windows, floors and pavings. Lectures will also focus on measurement of simple structures e.g. internal and external finishes, roof work, plumbing and external works. The course is a prerequisite for AQS 2208.
AQS1204 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Principles of Macroeconomics builds our principles of microeconomics. It seeks to introduce students to how economic aggregates such as national income, investment, savings, taxation, imports, exports, government expenditure, fiscal and monetary policies/employment/ unemployment and inflation are related to micro-economic behaviour. Emphasis is put on the definition; measurement and inter-linkage of these.
AQS1205 LAW: CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING I
Lectures covering an introduction to Law to Tort and Contract, product liability, professional liability, surveying law, patents.
AAR1206 INTRODUCTION STRUCTURAL DESIGN
An introduction to the static and dynamic behaviour of the major structural systems applied in architecture. An examination of monolithic wall, post-lintel and multistory framed construction, tunnels, vaults and domes, suspended, catenary and tensile structures, etc, to enable the students to develop their understanding of the structural principles that underlay their physical structural forms.
AAR1208 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS II
A continuation of the course taught in the first semester, with an examination of constructional systems, and the ways in which materials are used in construction, and visits to construction sites.
AQS1208 ENGINEERING SURVEYING
The course introduces students to definitions, classes and branches of surveying. It also covers theory of errors, chain surveying. Theodolites and theodolite work: Triangulation: Calculations and theory Resection: Calculations Areas and Volumes: Setting out engineering plans and specifications. Curve Ranging; Quality take off, planning and scheduling Deformation Survey.
AQS2104 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION II
The course examines the construction process and the materials used in construction of multi-storey buildings through lectures, case studies and project assignments. Students will be required to study a building construction and create a portfolio for documenting the project.
AAR2105 STRUCTURAL DESIGN I
An introduction to structural systems, and their underlying physical principles, using historical and contemporary precedents. Simple methods of calculation are introduced, and field trips, and laboratory demonstrations are included.
AQS2106 LAW: CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING II
A continuation from Part I, Second Semester with Lectures and seminar discussions covering in detail topics of contracts, product liability, professional liability, surveying law, patents, and preparation of documents utilized by quantity surveyors, engineers and architects,Proposals and bidding, technical investigations, test reports and design documents.Prerequisite: AQS 1205.
AQS2108 CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS
Discussions of fundamental principles and basic techniques used in economic comparisons of various investment options, project appraisals, cost analyses of equipment and facility/ property ownership, retirement and replacement, considering the time value for money, inflation, depreciation, maintenance and related costs. Principles of engineering/technological economics, including compound interest, present worth, annuity, sinking fund, capital recovery, equivalence and uniform gradient series, are conceptualized.
AQS2109 STATISTICS I
Randomness, probability. Random variables, probability distribution and density function.
AAR3103 BUILDING SERVICES I
A study of infrastructural services of water supply, drainage, sewage treatment: electricity: and telephone installations.
AQS2201 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION III
The course investigates a range of conventional construction systems, for foundations, walls, suspended floors and roots. Systems are compared in timber, steel, masonry, and reinforced precast concrete. Lecturers are supplemented by demonstrations and site visits.
AQS2203 TECHNIQUES OF GATHERING INFORMATION AND REPORT WRITING
Introduction and development of use of exploring source and preparation of specialised and technical information, document research organisation, format and style. Drafting and interpretation of in-depth technical reports and comprehensive specification in the various forms of surveying, construction and engineering.
AQS2205 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATES AND PRICING
Concepts and techniques of pricing, forecasting and estimating cost materials, engineering, construction and service operations, equipment, projects and systems; preliminary, detailed procedures using qualitative, quantitative and computer methods.
AQS2207 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN QUANTITY SURVEYING
Practical application of computer software in Quantity Surveying context; software instruction, including word processing, use of spreadsheets, data bases and specialised Quantity Surveying Software. Emphasis is laid on the generation of technical documents, bills of quantities, cost and tender reports, and interim valuations.
AQS2208 MEASUREMENT II
Introduction to Measurement of complex structures e.g. reinforced concrete multi-storey frames – the framed foundations, stepped foundations, reinforced concrete beams, columns, slabs, flat roofs, complex roofs, alterations and additions to existing structures. Pre-requisite for AQS 4107 and AQS 4204.
AQS2209 STATISTICS II
Binomial poissin, exponential and normal distributions. Histograms, data analysis. Standard estimations and their distribution, confidence intervals. Hypothesis testing, linear regression quality control.
AQS 2210 BUILDING DESIGN ECONOMICS
The study of efficient use of resources in the pursuit to increase the rate of growth in construction and development work in the most efficient manner. The examination is made into the cost implications of various building forms, functional requirement and construction methods. Influences of site and market conditions, and economics of fabrication and industrialisation, as well as in use techniques in Building design, are also studied.
AAR 3203 BUILDING SERVICES II
A study of the integrated mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems that enable large complex buildings to function efficiently as working environments. Air conditioning systems. Acoustics.
AQS 3001 INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT
The 4-year Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours Degree Programme shall include an Academic Year of Supervised Industrial Attachment either with a professional quantity surveying firm or with a building contract. This attachment will expose the students to commercial systems and practicalities not encountered in the classroom. The Industrial Attachment shall be taken during Part III of the programme before they return to NUST for a final preparation of the outside world.
AQS 4001 QUANTITY SURVEYING RESEARCH PRACTICAL PROJECT
Lectures and discussions on preparation of dissertations. With practice and lectures, students will choose topics of their choice and prepare a dissertation individually.
AQS 4102 CONSTRUCTION PLANNING SIMULATION AND SCHEDULING
Focuses on fundamentals of planning, simulation and scheduling construction projects. The principles of Operations Research, including Queuing, Simulation, Linear Programming, Network Analysis, Transport and Assignment models, are conceptualized.
AQS4105 STANDARD FORMS OF CONTRACT FOR BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING
Lectures and a practical application of the Standard forms of Contract for Buildings and Civil Engineering.
AQS4106 CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING
Examination and analysis of the practices of financial and management accounting in the construction industry, including accounting processes, internal control, cost elements, overhead allocation and financial reports.
AQS4107 MEASUREMENT III
This course introduces students to measurement of different types of civil engineering works, plumbing and structural steelworks. The focus is on external works in roads, bridges, surface and subsurface drainage systems.
AQS4108 CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND METHODS
Advanced study in method of planning scheduling projects relate to heavy and large-scale construction, coursework focusing on the more complex issues of building construction estimating, considering both quantity surveying and pricing of labour, materials and equipment costs to determine resource allocations, levelling cost curves; application of manual computer network systems; team Research Project.
AQS 4001 QUANTITY SURVEYING RESEARCH PRACTICE PROJECT
A continuation from the semester.
AQS4203 CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
Exploring the critical factors in national, regional and local markets that determine development opportunities, business and construction cycles, regional and urban growth trends restructuring of urban space, commercial and industrial location theories, and demographic analysis and projection techniques; principles of managerial finance focusing on financial markets, financial statement analyses, planning and control, working capital management and international finance, discussion centered on the research required to find the best financial packages projected development, including assessment of market potential strategies, appraising alternative funding opportunities, capital budgeting and estimating debt, cash flow and appraisal techniques, joint ventures and partnerships, various loan structures, and micro-computer applications.
AQS4204 MEASUREMENT IV
The course’s is to equip students with skills of measurement with special focus on electrical and mechanical services. It also includes measurement of specialist items found in building works.
AQS4207 PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND ESTATE MANAGEMENT
Lecture and discussion topics including techniques for selecting, organising, and managing the development team, scheduling and risk management, negotiating strategies, utilising government financing and subsidy programmes and marketing, managing completed projects, tax assessment procedures and appeals, negotiating public private partnerships, various loan structures, and micro-computer applications.
AQS4209 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
Lectures and discussions; exploration of the ethics of the profession: values, ethical theory and practice; moral reasoning; morality in law and codes. Professional standards and societies; extensive use of case studies.
AQS 4210 INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION: CONTRACTS AND ARBITRATION
Technical and legal assessment of market potential developing overseas strategies, appraissing alternative funding opportunities, estimating and tendering joint ventures and partnership.
Master Of Science in Architecture Degree
This programme is a professional degree qualifying the graduate to further themselves into the various steps of professional accreditation. The programme consists of continuous assessment on issues that pertain to building design, building science, professional practice, environmental design, building technology, sustainability, urban theory, architectural conservation and other areas covered in the elective courses. The thesis design report which is supposed to be relevant to the field of architecture solving current local and global challenges brings together what has been covered in all courses completed in the duration of the programme and becomes the final requirement for the degree. Exploration of graphic presentation techniques, written work and physical models is of importance during its course. Students are provided with an intense and immersive experience in architecture with a series of exercises of increased complexity that allow for investigative, exploratory and analytical design.
Structure of The Degree Programme
The programme is a ONE YEAR OR TWO SEMESTERS Degree Programme on a full- time basis which consists of a design thesis taught courses required for a candidate to be later eligible to sit for professional practice examinations. The programme also runs on a Part-time basis over three blocks (18 months) Degree Programme on a part-time basis.
ADMISSION/ ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
To be admitted to the Masters of Architecture Degree Programme, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
Fluency in English or any other language for the exchange of knowledge in the African environment will be an added advantage.
Distinction: 70% and above
Merit : 60%-69%
Pass : 50%-59%
Fail : 49% and below
Bachelor of Architectural Studies Honours Degree
The Department has a clear commitment to the fundamental qualities which create a healthy, efficient, beautiful and life-enhancing built environment: good design, sound buildings, efficient management and social responsibility.
These qualities underlie all courses in all our programmes. The department is dedicated to the academic formation, creative and intellectual development, and professional preparation of each individual student, so empowering them to shoulder their future responsibilities, whether as practising professionals, academics, administrators, researchers or citizens, with confidence, sound judgment, secure knowledge, and sensitivity to the needs of the community and of the environment.
Architecture is not a subject taught at high school, and for many, the meaning and essence of architecture is probably still something of a mystery. The Bachelor‘s degree program in Architectural Studies is concerned with the whole of the built environment: architects are creators of the built environment, and custodians also. The responsibilities of such a dual role requires that the course curriculum in architecture gives future architects not only the skills to design buildings and plan for urban development in the modern world, but also a deep understanding of people’s need for housing; and for buildings for a very wide range of functions and purposes.
So the course is a heavy one, a demanding one; it requires students who are both literate and numerate and blessed with an artistic sensitivity and creativity. It requires students who can understand the complex technological processes of the modern construction industry and master the skills of computer-aided architectural design and information technology. And it requires students who are willing and able to collaborate with those of other related professional and academic disciplines in the realization of complex integrated development projects.
To assist students to acquire such skills and capabilities, a wide range of courses and resources are made available to students of architecture. These provide the means whereby students may most effectively develop their natural talents and potential, and maximize their capabilities in chosen areas of specialization, in a programme which offers students alternative areas of specialist study through elective courses.
The Design Studio Course is central to the programme of study for each year, for it is through the integrated activity of architectural and environmental design that the student is enable to apply the accumulating body of knowledge that is acquired throughout the course in a holistic manner, and to demonstrate his or her competence as a creator and as a custodian of the environment.
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME
The Bachelor of Architectural Studies Honours Programme is a five-year design-oriented programme structured to integrate the basic elements of architecture (construction, structure, function, form and space) with the professional requirements of architectural practice responsive to the changing needs of society in the contemporary world.5 years.
EXAMINATION AND MARKING SCHEMES
DRAWING EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS for use in the Design Studio
Stationery for Theoretical Courses
All students need to provide themselves with the above equipment and materials. The Department will provide Drawing Boards and Tee-squares for use in the Design Studio. Students are encouraged to have their own drawing boards and Tee-Square and/or Parallel motion set for use at home/lodging.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS DEGREE IN INFORMATICS
The programme is aimed at equipping the graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills and values to be effective in modern information technology based environments. Graduates should be able to recommend the use and uptake of modern information technologies in organizations to solve identiﬁed information systems needs.They should possess the ability to analyze the threats and opportunities of the use of technology in businesses to bring about a competitive advantage for those businesses utilizing information systems, as well as debate on the issues of ethics and social implications of the use of computing technology in the business environments.
In order to qualify for normal entry candidates
must satisfy the Entry Regulations speciﬁed in the General Regulations and in so doing must also meet the following requirements:-
The candidate must have obtained a PASS in:
A 'level Mathematics and a PASS at A 'level in any Science Subject.
Special entry – Candidates who have successfully completed a National Diploma in Information Technology or its recognized equivalent may apply for entry into part 1.
Mature Entry - Candidates should be aged above 25 years with 2 years or more experience in an IT related ﬁeld.
PART I Semester 1
SCI 1101 Information Management Concepts
SCI 1102 Electronic Commerce
SCS 1100 Introduction to Information Technology and Computer Application
SCS 1102 Mathematical Foundation of Computer Science
ILI 1105 Communication Skills
PLC 1101 Peace, Leadership and Conﬂict Transformation
SCI 1201 Business Information Systems and Applications SCI 1202 Introduction to Mobile and Pervasive Computing SCI 1203 Data Visualisation and Reporting
SCS 1206 Visual Programming Concepts and Development
SORS 1201 Applied Statistics and Numerical Methods
PLC 1102 Peace, Leadership and Conﬂict Transformation
Part II Semester 1
SCI 2101 Research Methods
SCI 2102 Human Computer Interaction SCI 2103 Data Analysis and Simulation SCI 2104 Application Development
SCI 2105 Data Communications and Computer Networks
SCS 1202 Database Concepts
SCI 2201 Decision Support Systems
SCI 2202 Parallel and Distributed Processing
SCI 2203 Expert Systems
SCI 2204 Information Security and Auditing SCI 2205 Data Mining and Warehousing SCS2204 Internet and Web Design
SCI 3000 Industrial Attachment
PART IV Semester 1
SCI 4102 Health Informatics
SCI 4103 Policy Informatics I
SCI 4104 Advanced Mobile and Pervasive Computing
SCI 4010 Final Year Project
SCI 4201 Digital Forensics
SCI 4202 Geo-Informatics
SCI 4203 Policy Informatics II SCI4204 Bioinformatics II (Elective) SCI 4010 Final Year Project
CBU 4209 Project Management