Psychology

Chairperson Mrs N Ncube

Acting Chairperson : Mrs Neddie Ncube
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About the Department

Background 

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology Degree Programme at Midlands State University started in August 2004. It is a four-year full-time programme. The programme is designed for students for careers where it is critical to understand human behaviour to effectively realize individual organizational or community goals. Emphasis will be placed on the psychological impact of the individuals encounter with the environment, for instance effects of challenges such as drought, HIV/AIDS, Child Abuse, Floods, Land Reform Programme, Road Traffic Accidents, Gold Panning and War. Thus, the ultimate aim of the Programme will be to enhance the quality of human life. The (Honours) Psychology programme qualifies a graduate for further study or train in a particular field of specialization and to ultimately register as a qualified psychologist with the Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

For consideration into the BSc Honours Psychology Programme a candidate should have a pass in Biology and Maths at Ordinary level and passes at A Level should be in at least two of the following subjects: Psychology, Sociology, English, Shona/Ndebele, History, Geography, Biology, Maths, and English.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour; therefore psychology graduates can apply their knowledge in any setting. After successfully completing the Honours Psychology degree programme, graduates can embark on a 2 years Master of Science degree or 3-year internship programme to qualify for registration as a Psychologist with Allied health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe. Graduates in Psychology can pursue further study and careers as professional psychologists in Clinical, Occupational, Educational, Forensic, Research, Academic, Environmental, Sport, and Community Psychology. In addition Psychology graduates can also become, human resource managers, careers advisors, social workers, general managers, counsellors, market researchers and work in advertising.

CONTACT DETAILS 

Department of Psychology

Midlands State University

P.Bag 9055

Gweru

Zimbabwe

Tel +263 54 260409 / +263 54 260450/ +263 54 260667

Regulations

1. INTRODUCTION

Psychology is defined as the study of human behavior. Much of the study focuses on the nature and causes of human behavior and mental processes in order to provide an understanding of human behavior in all of life settings; the family, community, industry etc.

2. AIMS

The BSc Honors Psychology programme aims to put Psychology within a historical, socio-cultural, political and economic context with particular emphasis on Zimbabwean realities while drawing examples from a global context.

Emphasis will be placed on the psychological impact of the individual’s encounter with the environment, for instance effects of challenges such as drought, HIV/ AIDS, child abuse, floods, land reform programme, road traffic accident, gold panning and political dislocation / war.

The ultimate aim of the programme is to enhance the quality of human life.

3. CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates in Psychology can pursue further study and careers as professional Psychologists in clinical, occupational, educational, forensic, research, academic, environmental, sports and community psychology. In addition Psychology graduates can also become training managers, human resource managers, careers advisors, social workers, general managers, counselors, market researchers, advertising, community development practitioners, management consultants, in penal or justice systems

4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4.1 Normal Entry

4.1.1 For normal entry into BSc Psychology Programme a candidate should have a pass in Biology and Mathematics at O’ Level and passes at A’ Level should be in the following subjects; Psychology, Sociology, English, Shona / Ndebele, History, Geography, Biology, Mathematics, and English

4.2 Special Entry

Candidates who have successfully completed a Diploma in Teaching or Nursing or have obtained equivalent qualifications may apply for admission into the Psychology programme. Candidates admitted under special entry may be exempted from certain modules at the discretion of the department.

4.3 Mature Entry

Refer to Section 3.3 of the General Regulations.

4.4 Visiting School Programme

BSc Honours Psychology programme is also offered on a three year visiting school programme.

4.4.1 Entry Requirements

All candidates applying for enrolment into the programme must be employed in a relevant field approved by the department. Candidates who possess diplomas relevant to the programme such as teaching, policing, human resources, marketing and other relevant qualifications are eligible for entry. Candidates can also be enrolled on a mature entry basis and must possess five `O’ Levels including Mathematics and Biology.

5. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Optional modules are offered subject to availability of staff in the department. Work related learning placements shall be approved by the department.

6. ASSESSMENT

The method of assessment includes continuous assessment, examinations, work related learning and dissertation.

Overall assessment shall be computed as follows:

Continuous assessment 40%

Examination 60%

7. FAILURE TO SATISFY EXAMINERS

Refer to Section 9 of the General Regulations

8. WORK RELATED GENERAL GUIDELINES

Refer to Section 8 of the Faculty Regulations

9. PROVISIONS FOR PROGRESSION

Refer to Section 6 of the Faculty Regulations

10. DEGREE STRUCTURE

Level 1 Semester 1

Code Module Description Credits
PSY101 History of Psychology 4
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology 4
PSY103 Introduction to Social Psychology 4 PSY109 Psychobiology 4
HCS115 Introduction to Information Technology 4
CS101 Communication Skills 4

Level 1 Semester 2

Code Module Description Credits
PSY110 Human Development 4
PSY111 Human Learning and Information Processing 4
PSY112 Motivation and Personality 4
PSY116 Mental Health 4
PSY117 Human Diversity 4
HRM115 Principles of Sociology 4

Level 2 Semester 1

Code Module Description Credits
PSY202 Psychopathology 4
PSY204 Psychology of Counselling 4 4
PSY206 Research Methods in Psychology 4
HRM117 Principles of Human Resource Management 4
GS201 Gender Studies 4
PSY219 Fundamentals of Statistics 4

Level 2 Semester 2

Code Module Description Credits
PSY209 Human Resource Psychology 4
PSY211 Statistics in Psychology 4
PSY212 Community Psychology 4
PSY216 HIV/AIDS and Psychological Wellbeing 4
PSY 217 Counseling Skills and Processes 4
PSY 218 Psychology of Gender and Development 4
HRM 117 Principles of Human Resource Management 4

Level 3 Semester 1 and 2

Code Module Description Credits
PSY 301 Work Related Learning Report 15
PSY 302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
PSY 303 Employer Assessment Report 10

Level 4 Semester 1

Code Module Description Credits
PSY 404 African Psychology 4
PSY 409 Therapeutic Psychology 4
PSY 410 Psychometrics 4
PSY 411 Environmental Psychology 4
PSY 414 Organisational Psychology 4
PSY 416 Cognitive Processes 4

Level 4 Semester 2

Code Module Description Credits
PSY 403 Psychology and Law 4
PSY 405 Psychology and Sport 4
PSY 408 Dissertation 8
PSY 413 Applied Social Psychology 4
PSY 415 Emotional Intelligence 4

11. MODULE SYNOSPES

PSY 101 History of Psychology

The student travels the journey from the philosophical and physiological foundations of psychology to the present state of the discipline. Changes through the different perspectives driven by the battle over what (subject matter) and how (methods) psychology should be studied are highlighted as well as the prominent personalities associated with different school of thought.

PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology

This module is designed to introduce students to basic terms, concepts and fields of study in psychology. Topics include; Physiological bases of behaviour, Consciousness, Sensation and Perception, Intelligence, Learning and Psychological Disorders.

PSY 103 Introduction to Social Psychology

The module is an introduction to understanding how human behaviour and experience is shaped by environmental factors such as people, events and situations. Topics include Social Perception, Social Cognition, Attitudes, Prejudice and Discrimination, Social Influence, Groups and Individuals.

PSY 109 Psychobiology

Biological processes underlie all aspects of behaviour. The link between the normal functioning and dysfunction in the nervous system, other systems in the body and genetics is examined to answer questions such as, How does injury in the spinal cord produce pain in the leg? What explains development of secondary sexual characteristics and enable behaviour involved in reproduction? Processes involved in detecting environmental stimuli (sensation will also be studied).

PSY110 Human Development

This module focuses on the development of individuals from conception up to old age. Focus will be on physical ,moral, social, emotional and cognitive developmen.In addition the module will focus on milestones of

development such as adolescence,mid life crises age as well as death and bereavement

PSY 111 Learning And Information Processing

Learning and information processing are crucial to acquisition of important skills for adapting to changing day-today conditions in our world. The module examines principles that help to explain how experience affects many forms of behavior. It covers topics such as Classical, Operant Conditioning and Observational Learning, Models of Memory, Kinds of Memory, Forgetting and Memory and the Brain. Emphasis will be on how these can be applied to promote desirable behavior such as healthy lifestyles and occupational safety, good study habits as well as reducing or eliminating such behaviors as aggression and smoking.

PSY 112 Motivation and Personality

The module aims to give an understanding of what initiates, drives and maintains human behavior. It provides a summary of knowledge accumulated to the present day on motivation and personality. Topics will include theories on the nature and forms of motivation, e.g. Sexual, achievement and work motivation. Theories about the nature of personality, how personality forms are examined, as well as the relationship between motivation and personality will be covered.

PSY116 Mental Health

The module focuses on how to stay mentally healthy and achieve psychological wellbeing. Topics to be covered include resilience, self esteem, stress management among others.

PSY117 Human Diversity

the module focuses and celebrates individual differences. Special attention will be given to means of managing diversity in the workplace as well as other circles. The module will also look at special populations including the disabled,marginalized, sexually different populations and racial and ethnic differences.

HRM115 Principles of Sociology

Refer to the department of Human Resource Management

HRM117 Principles of Human Resources Management

Refer to the Department of Human Resources Management

GS 201 Gender Studies

Refer to the department of Gender Studies

PSY 202 Psychopathology

Mental disorders are disturbances of behavioral and psychological functioning that are not culturally accepted, cause distress and overall impaired functioning. The module explores the changing conceptions of mental disorders and studies interpretations of abnormal behavior According to various theoretical models.

PSY 204 Psychology and Counseling

The aim is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with various problems within health, welfare, legal, and education, industrial and counseling settings.

PSY 206 Research Methods in Psychology

A basic module tailored to give the student an overview of the ways in which psychologists add to knowledge about human behavior, in addition the ethical standards designed to guide this research for the protection of both human and animal participants. Students should be able to describe the research process, evaluate published psychological research and carry out basic procedures for analysis.

PSY219 Fundamentals of Statistics

The module introduces students to the fundamentals of statistic, addressing the nature of statistics.It begins by looking at statistics and numbers, the analysis of numerical relationship and the interpretation of statistics. In practical statistical work complete accuracy is rarely possible, hence the use of approximations and rounding off figures. The module looks at data collection as an important aspect of statistics. The module will cover the construction of tables, graphs, bar charts pie charts histograms frequency curves as orderly ways of presenting data.

PSY209 Human Resource Psychology

The module focuses on the application of psychological principles to the management of human capital. Topics covered will include work study, recruitment and selection, labor relations, employee motivation. Issues to do with employee appraisal will also be dealt with, as well as the management of training.

PSY211 Statistics in Psychology

This module assumes that students have done and passed module (219) on fundamentals of statistics. It is a continuation of PSY 219 assuming that students have basics and foundations of statistics. It takes students through the association of measured variables, regression and prediction, statistical inferences and hypothesis testing. It also covers Chi-Square (x2) and it uses an introduction to the analysis of variance (ANOVA), one -way -ANOVA and the assumptions of the ANOVA .

PSY 212 Community Psychology

Community Psychology deals with the origins of the different models of community psychology and public health as well as key concepts such as prevention, participation and empowerment. Some community problems will be focused on highlighting how principles from community psychology can be used to effect change.

PSY 218 Psychology of Gender and Development

The first part of the module looks at psychological issues to do with gender. This is done through the study of such topics as, culture and construct of gender, theories of gender related differences and comparing male /female personality, intellect and emotions.

PSY217 Counseling Skills and Processes

The module looks at practical techniques used in counseling. The module builds upon the theoretic base set in PSY204.The module will cover practicals through role plays and analyses of the role plays with the aim of providing learners with hands on skills to deal with various problems presented by clients in the society.

PSY216HIV and AIDS and Psychological Wellbeing

The module takes into context issues related to HIV and AIDS. Topics covered will tackle issues relating to stigma, behavior change, psychosocial support, and adherence to ART. The themes of hedonic and Eaudamoic wellbeing will also be covered and put into context of the HIV and AIDSS problem

PSY 416 Cognitive Processes

The aim is to enable students to understand how human organize and interpret information to produce the conscious experience of objects, events and people. Theories, methods and research issues in cognitive psychology and how these apply to different fields will also be studied.

PSY410 Psychometrics

The module provides the student with grounding in psychometric test theory and practical application of knowledge of psychological testing in industry, clinical, educational settings. Contextual issues are emphasized.

PSY411 Environmental Psychology

An examination of the interaction between the environment and human behavior. Topics include Effects of the urban environment, Individual differences in response to population density, Motivating environmentally responsible behavior, Effects of pollution, natural disasters and climatic conditions on behavior.

PSY414 Organizational Psychology

The module is a study of how knowledge from psychology can be applied in the work context. It will cover topics traditionally falling under Organizational, Industrial and Personnel Psychology.

PSY409 Therapeutic Psychology

The aim is to introduce the student to a selection of psychotherapeutic interventions. Other alternatives such as biological therapies will also be highlighted.

PSY 403 Psychology and Law

This module provides an understanding of the inter-connectedness of law and psychology. Issues of concern include: crime prevention and rehabilitation of offenders, persuasive communication, group dynamics/jury decision making. External factors affecting courtroom behavior, e.g. the media, profiles of criminals. Other psychological issues when dealing with children and special population are also raised.

PSY 404 African Psychology

The aim is to give an Afro-centric view of psychology. Topics include: developmental theories personality in the African setting; child and adult psychopathology in Africa and the roots of psychology in Africa.

PSY 405 Psychology and Sport

The module looks at how psychological principles, theories and research can enhance sport and physical activities. Issues examined include: Confidence, Motivation, Concentration, Team-building and Interpersonal relations, Personality and stress management.

PSY 408 Dissertation

PSY 413 Applied Social Psychology

The module looks at the selected topic in social psychology as well as their applications to consumer behavior, physical and mental health, education, work settings, politics and cross cultural psychology.

PSY 415 Emotional Intelligence

Different theories of emotional intelligence, emotional tests, emotional awareness, management of emotions and the link between emotional intelligence and IQ, from the thrust of this module.

REGULATIONS FOR POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN STUDENT MANAGEMENT (DSM)

1. INTRODUCTION

The Post Graduate Diploma in Student Management is offered over two semesters and block release basis and is designed for individuals who work with students in both formal schools, colleges, universities, education offices and related environments as well as those who aspire to wok in similar settings.

2. OBJECTIVES

The Diploma is intended to equip graduates with the following attributes:

2.1 greater appreciation of the needs of students based on the diversity of their abilities, strengths, weaknesses, disabilities and multicultural backgrounds.

2.2 a unique and comprehensive view of academic, administrative and professional understanding of student management.

2.3 improved communication, interactive and personal skills, developed and delivered through class lectures and research reports.

2.4 comprehensive training based on proven theoretical perspectives guided by current research for identifying and responding to diverse student needs and issues.

3. CAREER PROSPECTS

· Rehabilitation centres

· Guidance and counselling institutes

· Records administration and registration office

· Education and higher education offices

· Student affairs departments at colleges and universities

4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4.1 Normal Entry

For normal entry a candidate should have satisfied the University Academic Regulations, have a pass in English Language at `O` Level, have a good first degree in appropriate fields such as sociology, education or related field

4.2 Special Entry

Other degree holders should be eligible for entry at the discretion of the department

5. GENERAL PROVISIONS

5.1 The Post Graduate Diploma in Student Management is a block release programme

5.2 Normally, a student will be required to complete the programme in not less than two semesters from the date of first registration

5.3 Each module is worth 4 credits except the project which is worth 6 credits

6. Credits

6.1 Students should earn at least 38 credits to be allowed to graduate.

6.2 To successfully complete the programme a student should pass all the core modules.

7. Assessment

7.1 Examinations shall be written at the end of each semester and are comprised of three hour papers for all theoretical modules.

7.2 Continuous assessment includes tests, assignments and or presentations.

7.3 A student is normally required to attain 100% attendance of tutorials.

8. Weighting

8.1 Examinations for modules will contribute 70% towards the final mark.

8.2 Continuous assessment contributes 30% towards the final mark of a module.

9. Marking Scheme and Diploma Classification

Refer to Section 26.1 of the General University Academic Regulations

10. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Level 1 Semester 1

Core Modules

Module Code Module Description Credits
DSM501 Foundations in Student Management 4
DSM502 Student Development 4
DSM503 Leadership and Administration 4
DSM 504 Psychotherapeutic Theories, Processes and Practice 4
DSM 505 Research Methods and Statistics 4

 

Level 1 Semester 2

Module Code Module Description Credits
DSM 506 Training and Career Development 4 4
DSM 507 Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence 4
DSM 508 Students Diversity 4
DSM 509 Research Project 6

MODULE SYNOPSES

DSM 501 Students Management in Collegiate Settings

This module introduces the students to the foundational, philosophies of the profession, examines the integration of students management functions and administrators in higher education, explorers the variety of roles students affairs professionals play on college campuses. It also seeks to develop an understanding of institutional culture and the professional’s role within those cultures.

DSM 502 Student Development

The module focuses on the theories, assessments devices and intervention strategies related to student development and learning in student management and higher education settings.

DSM 503 Leadership and Administration

The module analyses the concept of leadership in the organization. It will also examine how various leadership styles could be used with students, emphasis is placed on the goals, purpose and functions of higher education.

DSM 504 Psychotherapeutic Theories, Processes and Practices

This module examines theories and techniques used in helping individuals with personal, social, vocational and educational problems. Group psychotherapy and multicultural issues are also examined.

DSM 505 Research Methods and Statistics

The module is intended at grounding students in the philosophy of research methodology and the debates surrounding what is known as warrantable and scientific knowledge and research. The module further explains how statistics enhances the research process.

DSM 506 Training and Career Development

The module helps impart knowledge on students on how to be good trainers in the various areas in which they work with students. Also issues to do with career guidance and counselling will be looked into taking into cognizance the diversity in students’ abilities.

DSM 507 Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence

Students are exposed to the various aspects of stress including the psychophysiology of stress as well as its impact on the immune system. Ways of effectively managing stress will also be discussed. The second part imparts students with skills on how to interpret, understood, draw meaning from and manage different emotions with particular reference to emotions experienced by students.

DSM 508 Students Diversity

The module focuses on how students of various diversity, could be accommodated in tertiary education. It will also explore how the excluded could be included in the Zimbabwe higher education system.

DSM 509 Research Project

Students are expected to do a research project based on issues learnt in the field of student’s management. Students should also show an understanding of research methods and use of statistics learnt.

Regulations for the MaSter OF SCIENCE in Community Psychology DEGREE (MSCP)

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Social Sciences Regulations and the General Academic Regulations for Post Graduate Degrees, hereinafter referred to as the General Postgraduate regulations.

1.2. The degree shall be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with the Faculty Regulations

2. OBJECTIVES

2.1 To produce graduates who have skills in Psychotherapy as well as knowledge in working with people in the community

2.2 Extend mental health services to all, particularly previously socio- economically disadvantaged and marginalised groups

2.3 Transform the way psychological problems and solutions are conceptualized thus enabling a contextual analysis that takes cognisance of local knowledge and social issues.

3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

3.1 To qualify for entry into the Master of Science Community Psychology a student should have good Honours degree in Psychology

4. GENERAL PROVISIONS

4.1 As read in the General University Regulations

4.2 The programme shall be completed over four semesters

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1 Formal examinations will be held at the end of each semester

5.2 Coursework shall account for 40% of the overall assessment while the final examination will account 60% of the overall assessment.

5.3 The aggregate pass mark shall be 50%

5.4 To be admitted for examinations, a candidate must:

5.4.1 Be a registered student of the University in accordance with the General Postgraduate Regulations

5.4.2 Have satisfactorily attempted approved modules of study including submission of all written assignments and tests or any other work that constitutes continuous assessment.

6. PROGRESSION

6.1 A student must pass eight modules in a level to progress to the next level

6.2 A student who fails three modules in the level will repeat the failed modules.

6.3 A student must earn at least 80 credits to graduate.

7. DEGREE WEIGHTING

7.1 For the purpose of degree classification, the degree shall be weighted as follows

Level One 50%

Level Two 50%

8. CAREER PROSPECTS

· Community Mental Health Centres

· Universities and colleges

· Community therapist

· Family and youth crisis centres

· Rehabilitation facilities

· Local governance

· Community groups

· Government hospitals

· Private practice

9. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Level 1 Semester 1

Code Module Description Credits
MCP701 Foundations of Community Psychology 4
MCP702 Psychological and Community Assessment 4
MCP703 Disability Studies 4
MCP704 Community Mental Health 4

Electives (choose one)

Code Module Description Credits
MCP705 Community Safety and Crime Prevention 4
MCP706 Critical Psychology 4

Level 1 Semester 2

Code Module Description Credits
MCP707 Community Intervention and Development 4
MCP708 Crisis and Trauma Intervention 4
MCP709 Psychotherapy 4
MCP710 Legal and Ethical Issues in Community Psychology 4

 

Electives (choose one)

Code Module Description Credits
MCP711 Health Psychology and Wellness 4
MCP712 Human Diversity 4

 

Level 2 Semester1

Core Modules

Code Module Description Credits
MCP801 Internship 1 8
MCP802 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 4
MCP803 HIV/AIDS and the Community 4
MCP804 Advanced Applied Social Psychology 4

Level 2 Semester 2

Core Modules

Code Module Description Credits
MCP805 Internship 2 8
MCP806 Dissertation 12

 

9. MODULE SYNOPSES

MCP 701 Foundations of Community Psychology

Aim of this module is to explore fundamental principles and practices of community psychology whilst working on real change issues in the community. Trends and advancements in community intervention as well as contemporary psychological theories and their application will be explored. Principles of community psychology and ecological psychology will also be covered.

MCP702 Psychological and Community Assessment

The aim of this module is to train professionals skilled in assessment within Zimbabwean context. The module will cover the nature and purpose of clinical assessment, informal assessment and the therapeutic relationship, the interview, psychological testing (general), psychological testing (clinical use), interpreting, synthesising and communicating assessment findings. This module will enhance the ability of learners to carry out professional psychological assessments and to develop skills in assessment practice, management and referral expertise.

MCP 703 Disability Studies

Identification, application, understanding and critical evaluation of disability issues is the cornerstones of this course. The course consists of two components: A theoretical introduction followed by applied component, both of which are driven by these guiding principles. The rights of people with disabilities will also de studied.

MCP 704 Community Mental Health

The module introduces the learner on how to support or treat people with mental disorders in a domiciliary setting instead of psychiatric hospitals. It covers services such as halfway homes, partial hospitalisation, primary care mental services, daycentres, community mental health centres, and self help groups for health so as increase accessibility, and lesson exclusion and stigmatisation.

MCP 705 Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Crime prevention and reduction, community safety and security alongside the challenge of `community governance’ are at the heart of many of the most significant and controversial questions about crime control, social control and social policy. The student will study the perceived failures and limitations of traditional approaches to crime prevention, and then investigate contemporary contexts of crime reduction, community safety and the rehabilitation of prisoners.

MCP706 Critical Psychology

The module covers social change as well as how to facilitate change processes in the community. The module focuses on contextual community development issues in Zimbabwe. Students will also explore fundamental theoretical and conceptual issues of critical psychology and how these can be used to alleviate community problems.

MCP707 Community Intervention and Development

This module helps the student to be aware of the ways in which to intervene in community settings emphasising primary and tertiary prevention. Intervention in times of disaster e.g. epidemic outbreaks will form the basis of this module. Community based intervention offers an approach to reduce disasters and calamities by changing community norms and behaviours and altering the physical environment of communities to reduce risk of mental illness. The module will also mainstream gender related development issues

MCP708 Crisis and Trauma Intervention

The module covers models and approaches used to help clients who are in crisis or trauma. It helps students build a knowledge base of physical and psychological reactions to various forms of abuse and trauma and develop support and referral networks. It also enables the students to be aware of the professional care and therapy approaches that a client in crisis requires.

MCP709 Psychotherapy

The aim of the module is to equip students with the necessary skills to deal with various psychopathological disorders. Psychotherapeutic interventions and other alternatives such as biological therapies will be covered. Case studies, role plays and in-class exercises will be used to illustrate the principles of therapeutic psychology. The module also examines various theories and techniques of psychology including psychoanalysis, individual psychology, person centred, existential, gestalt behaviour, rational emotive behaviour and cognitive therapies.

MCP710 Legal and Ethics Issues in Community Psychology

The module covers standards for professional conduct in Clinical-Community Psychology. It considers ethical and legal decisions such as scope of profession, competence, confidentiality, legal rights of clients and duty to warn and protect. Case examples, current regulations and standards on utilizing assessment data are discussed.

MCP711 Health Psychology and Wellness

Module is concerned with understanding how biology, behaviour and social context influence health and wellbeing. The module will cover ways of preventing illness, effects of disease, managing pain, improving adherence to medical advice and ways of reducing risky health behaviours such as alcohol and drug abuse, smoking and risky sexual behaviours through health action approaches, behaviour therapy, and applied behaviour analysis.

MCP712 Human Diversity

This module seeks to explore the psychosocial factors behind group and individual differences; how these differences are inherited, learned of both. The module also aims to help students appreciate the implications of group and individual differences in community settings; especially the effects of culture, ethnicity, gender, and religion on well being. Effects of human differences on community functioning will also be explored.

MCP801 Internship 1

The second year of the degree involves a community internship for 15 hours a week for 15 weeks at a community mental health site approved by the department. Its aim is to integrate theoretical knowledge with professional experience in a practical setting. Students are expected to document all client contact and cases dealt with at the placement. In addition to this students will attend a practicum class once every fortnight across the semester.

MCP802 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

Students will be trained in the basic and advanced research skills necessary to carry out effective research in the social sciences. Some specialized methods of gathering data in applied psychological research will also form part of this module as well as the study of statistics and data analysis procedures including probability theory, sampling techniques, hypothesis testing, regression analysis of variance and covariance, non parametric statistics and multivariate statistics.

MCP803 HIV/AIDS and the Community

The module looks at the various issues concerning HIV and AIDS. Issues of testing, positive living, and therapy will be covered. Biological progression of the syndrome will also form a major thrust of this module. Focus on infected and unaffected people and how family and community support systems can help improve the psychological wellbeing of those affected.

MCP804 Advanced Applied Social Psychology

The module will foster an understanding of how human behaviour and experience is shaped by the environmental factors such as people, events and situations. It will examine the construction of social reality, multicultural issues on mental health, human diversity guided by strong commitment to a set of principles including empowerment, competency building respect for diversity, prevention, participation and collaboration.

MCP805 Internship 2

The second year of the degree involves a community internship for 15 hours a week for 15 weeks at a clinical site approved by the department. Its aim is to integrate theoretical knowledge with professional experience in a practical setting. Students are expected to document all client contact and cases dealt with at the placement. In addition to this students will attend a practicum class once every fortnight across the semester.

MCP806 Dissertation

During their second year of the programme each student will carry out a research of interest in the field of community psychology. Students will work under supervision to design, conduct and write their research thesis. The thesis should be in line with current trends in the field of community psychology

REGULATIONS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN STUDENT MANAGEMENT DEGREE (MSM)

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Social Sciences Regulations and the University General Academic Regulations for Post Graduate Degrees, hereafter referred to as the General Postgraduate Regulations.

1.2 The degree will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with the Faculty Regulations.

2. OBJECTIVES

The programme is therefore intended to equip graduates with the following attributes:

2.1 greater appreciation of the needs of students based on the diversity of their abilities, strengths, weaknesses, disabilities and multicultural backgrounds.

2.2 a unique and comprehensive view of academic, administrative and professional understanding of student management.

2.3 improved communication, interactive and personal skills, developed and deliveredthrough class lectures and research reports.

2.4 comprehensive training based on proven theoretical perspectives and guided by current research for identifying and responding to diverse student needs and issues.

2.5 an appreciation and ability to evaluate the strength and limitations of individuals with special needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

2.6 ability to provide personal and vocational counselling, possible job placements and help students achieve their optimal level of independence and functioning.

3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

3.1 To qualify for entry into the Masters of Student Management a student should have a good first degree in Psychology or a degree from any university and a Post Graduate diploma in Student Management.

4. GENERAL PROVISIONS

4.1 The Masters Degree in Student Management is a block release programme

4.2 Students will be required to complete the programme in not less than three semester

4.3 Each module is worth 4 credits except the dissertation which is worth 8 credits.

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1 Examinations which shall normally be written at the end of each semester, comprise three hour papers for all theoretical modules.

5.2 Continuous assessment includes tests, assignments and or presentations.

5.3 A student is normally required to attain 100% attendance of tutorials.

5.4 Course work shall account for 40% of the overall assessment while the final exam will account 60% of the overall assessment.

6. PROGRESSION

6.1 A student should pass at least eight modules in the first level to progress to the next level.

6.1 A student who fails three modules in the first level will repeat the failed modules.

6.2 A student should earn at least 60 credits to graduate.

7. CAREER PROSPECTS

· Rehabilitation centres

· Guidance and counselling institutes

· Records administration and registration office

· Education and higher education offices

· Student affairs departments at colleges and universities

8. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Level 1Semester 1

Code Description Credits
MSM701 Advanced Psychotherapy 4
MSM702 Psychology of Adult Learning 4
MSM703 Entrepreneurship and Project Management 4
MSM704 Disability Studies 4

Electives (choose one)

Code Description Credits
MSM705 Health Behaviour 4
MSM706 Applied Social Psychology 4

Level 1 Semester 2

Code Description Credits
MSM707 Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Management 4
MSM708 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 4
MSM709 College Student Ecology 4
MSM710 Strategic Student Management 4

Electives (choose one)

Code Description Credits
MSM711 Planning and Analytical Systems 4
MSM712 Sports and Leisure 4

Level 2 Semester 1

Code Description Credits
MSM801 Gender and Development 4
MSM802 Critical Psychotherapy 4
MSM803 Religious Studies 4
MSM804 Dissertation 8

 

9. MODULE SYNOPSES

MSM701 Advanced Psychotherapy

The aim of this module is to impart skills in the theory and practice of counselling with special reference to the Zimbabwean context. Another aim of the module is to develop effective counselling skills and knowledge as well as personal and professional awareness when working with students.

MSM702 Psychology of Adult Learning

The module examines selected aspects of the learning process and the characteristics of adult learners. It will identify principles and conditions which affect adult learning and development, and will consider how the theories and ideas discussed can be applied to the field of student management.

MSM703 Entrepreneurship and Project Management

The module provides students with an introduction to the key issues facing potential entrepreneurs in developing a business concept, translating real ideas into achievable business opportunities. Specifically this module addresses the issue of finance, marketing and project development.

MSM704 Disability Studies

The module helps students appreciate the needs of students living with disabilities be they physical or psychological. Strength and limitations of students with special needs will be explored as well as facilitation of necessary facilities that these students need.

MSM705 Health Behaviour

The module focuses on different health behaviour patterns and models. Traditional and western training will be studied. The module also tackles the issue of ill health and treatment among students.

MSM706 Applied Social Psychology

The module fosters an understanding of how human behaviour and experience is shaped by environmental factors such as people, events and situations. It will examine the construction of social reality and multicultural issues in mental health.

MSM707 Legal and Ethical Issues In Student Management

The module focuses on issues that govern interaction with students with special emphasis on college or university regulations as well as general regulations. The rights of students as well as boundaries will form the major thrust of this module.

MSM708 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

Students gets training in the basic and advanced research and skills necessary to carry out effective research in the social sciences. Some specialised methods of gathering data will also form part of the module as well as the study of statistics and data analysis procedures.

MSM709 College Student Ecology

The module looks at the modern college and university and their students, with special emphasis on the diverse student populations. College student ecology includes exploration of trends in higher education, the impact of college on students, and current campus cultures.

MSM710 Strategic Student Management

The module focuses on issues of managing student institutions in an effective manner. Students will be groomed into effective managers and are made aware of issues to do with motivation of students among other attributes of management.

MSM711 Planning and Analytical Systems

The module imparts onto students skills on how to plan for their day to day issues as well as knowledge on how to help students in academic planning ranging from suitable subject combinations to day to day activities. Module will also focus on appropriate analytical skills.

MSM712 Sports and Leisure

The module focuses on encouraging students to participate in sports and leisure as part of their development. Various sporting disciplines such as tennis, soccer, netball, squash etc will be studied. Leisure activities such as body building, modelling and others leisure activities will also be looked at. Relationship between sport and health will also be explored.

MSM801 Gender and Development

This module helps students to be aware of ways in which to participate and influence development. The role of gender issues in promoting and hindering development will also be explored with special reference to the local context as well as current debates on gender.

MSM802 Critical Psychotherapy

Major thrust of the module is to impart knowledge and skills that are needed when dealing with individuals with special needs. Focus will be on special populations covering those with physical disabilities, those with psychological problems and foreign students.

MSM803 Religious Studies

Focus is on selected topics in religious studies and perspectives. Different types of religions such as Bantuism, Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity, will be discussed. Relationships, similarities and differences between religions will also be looked at as well as their relevance to student management.

MSM804 Dissertation

During their third and last semester each student will carry out a research of interest in the field of student management. Students will work under supervisors to design, conduct and write research thesis which are in line with the current trends in the field of student management.

LIBRARY DEPARTMENT

Vision

A world class and technologically driven information resource centre.

Mission

To provide access to appropriate information resources that support quality research, teaching and learning experiences of the Midlands State University community and other stakeholders.

1. INTRODUCTION

The MSU Library was established in March 2000 when the University began. The Library building was inherited from the Gweru Teachers College Library. Currently, the MSU Library encompasses a network of individual libraries; the Main Library and three branch libraries, namely, the Law Library, the Graduate School of Business Leadership Library and the Batanai Library. Through this network, the MSU Library is able to provide comprehensive services facilities taking a discipline-based approach.

For efficient and effective service delivery, the Library is divided into four sections, namely, the Acquisitions, the Electronic Learning Resource Centre, the Readers Services and the Technical Services Sections. The MSU Library serves seven (7) Faculties which are: Arts, Commerce, Education, Law, Natural Resources Management and Agriculture, Science and Technology and Social Sciences.

2. MSU Library Resources

Collection building is one of the important functions of an academic Library. The MSU Library develop its collection to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the MSU community. The Library collection consists of both print and electronic resources. The resources include hard copy books, e-books, e-journals, periodicals, dissertations and pamphlets.

2.1 Book collection

The value of a Library collection is measured by its usability and size. The MSU Library book collection consist of well selected, recent and relevant titles of books necessary for the University to effectively support its teaching, learning and research needs.

2.2 E-books

The MSU Library seeks to strengthen the Library’s ability to provide content in all formats. The Library provides access to a number of electronic book collections which are multidisciplinary. At every library site, there is a computer laboratory that provides access to these Library electronic resources.

2.3 E-Journals

The MSU Library service to the University community does not stop within the Library walls. The Library through the University’s Electronic Resource Centres provides access to a number of electronic journal databases.

2.4 Special Collections

The MSU Library Special Collections consists of print periodicals, past exam papers, Shona and Ndebele novels, African Writers Series, International Organisations material, maps, pamphlet collections, multimedia collections (CD Rom, Videos, Audio Cassettes) and Government publications, e.g Acts, Statutory instruments and Gazettes.

2.5 Reserve Collection

Books on high demand are placed under the Reserve Collection. They are borrowed for two hours each day for in-house use and overnight use up to 0900 hours the following day.

2.6 Reference Collection

The MSU Library Reference Collection consists of Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Manuals.

2.7 Institutional Repository

The MSU Library has established an Institutional Repository. An Institutionary Repository is a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution. Currently the Institutional Repository contains Past exam papers, dissertations, research papers and MSU journals.

3. LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP

3.1 The following persons are entitled to use the Library facilities:

· Registered students of the Midlands State University

· Academic and Non Academic staff of the MSU

· Approved Readers, e.g. students from other Universities

4. BORROWING PRIVILEGES

4.1 MSU Library users have got the following borrowing privileges:

Category Long Term Short Term (Reserve)

Students 2 1 Academic 6 2 Non Academic 4 2

5. OPENING HOURS

5.1 In an effort to afford the MSU Library users more time to access the Library, the Library opening hours are as follows:

Days During Semester Vacation

Monday – Friday 0900 hours 2230 hours 0800 hours 1645 hours

Saturdays and Sundays 0800 hours 1700 hours Closed

Public Holidays Closed Closed

6. OTHER LIBRARY SERVICES

· Interlibrary loans;

· Information Literacy Training;

· Photocopying;

· Binding;

· Information dissemination; and,

· Document delivery services.

7. GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

The main purpose of these rules is to safeguard the common interest of all library users and to enable the Library to function as efficiently as possible. Here is a brief outline of the MSU Library Rules and Regulations.

· Users must present a valid MSU or approved Readers ID card to the security personnel upon entering the Library.

· For security reasons bags and cases may not be taken into the Library. They should be left in the baggage room just by the Library entrance.

· Smoking, eating and consumption of beverages in the Library is strictly prohibited.

· Readers are expected to observe silence in the Library. A fine will be charged to all students who violate this rule.

· Cell phones should be put on silent mode. A fine will be charged to users who answer cell phones in the Library.

· Mutilation of Library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages is strictly prohibited.

· All items taken in and out of the Library are subject to security check at the Library exit.

· Library clearance will not be done for staff and students with overdue materials and unpaid fines.

· The Library will suppress results for all students with outstanding Library fines and / or lost books.

CONTENTS

Addresses and Telephone Numbers 1 Principal Officers of the University 2 University Council 3 Academic, Senior Administrative and Technical Staff 5 Faculties and Teaching Departments 76 Historical Note 78 General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees 87 Bridging Programme 124 General Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees 132

FACULTY OF ARTS

Regulations for the Faculty of Arts Honours and MastersDegrees 171 Department of African Languages and Culture 178 Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and MuseumStudies 199 Department of English and Communication 247 Department of Development Studies 273 Department of Historical Studies 309 Department of Theology and Religious Studies 332 Department of Theatre Arts Studies 362 Communication Skills Centre

FACULTY OF COMMERCE

Regulations for the Faculty of Commerce Honours and Masters Degrees 375 Department of Accounting 383 Department of Banking and Finance 461 Department of Business Management 412 Department of Economics 436 Department of Entrepreneurship 453 Department of Insurance and Risk Management 461 Department of Marketing Management 470 Department of Retail Management 486

Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management 503 Graduate School of Business Leadership 516

FACULTY OF EDUCATION

Regulations for the Faculty of Education Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters Degrees 553 Department of Adult Education 559 Department of Applied Education 595 Department of Educational Foundations, Management and Curriculum Studies 731 Department of Educational Technology 796 Gender Studies Centre

FACULTY OF LAW

Department of Private Law 802 Department of Procedural Law Department of Public Law

FACULTY OF NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURE

Regulations for the Faculty of Natural Resources Management and Agriculture General, Honours, Postgraduate Degrees and Masters 822 Department of Agricultural Economics and Development Department of Agronomy 846 Department of Horticulture 882 Department of Lands and Water Resources Management 892 Department of Livestock and Wildlife Management 912

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Regulations for the Faculty of Science and Technology Honours and Masters Degrees 950 Department of Biological Sciences 960 Department of Chemical Technology 981 Department of Computer Science 993 Department of Food Science and Nutrition 1013 Department of Information Systems 1042

Department of Mathematics 1055 Department of Physics 1083 Department of Surveying and Geomatics 1112

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Regulations for the Faculty of Social Sciences Honours and Masters Degrees 1133 Department of Geography and Environmental Studies 1137 Department of Human Resource Management 1169

Department of Local Governance Studies 1196 Department of Media and Society Studies 1209 Department of Music and Musicology 1250 Department of Politics and Public Management 1259 Department of Psychology 1275 LIBRARY 1315

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