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Wits Integrated Experience in Science

For the second year running, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Faculty of Science, joined by the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management (CLM), will run the Wits Integrated Experience in Science and Commerce targeted at Grade 11 learners.

This short course is designed to expose learners to skills and knowledge that create awareness of the vast career opportunities within Science and CLM as well as the integrated nature of various branches within the two disciplines (Science and CLM) and the integrated nature of skills and knowledge between disciplines. The course is fun, experiential and interactive and involves an integrated problem solving exercise that should assist participants in making informed decisions about subject choices, careers, and higher education opportunities, leading to the world of work.

The interactive, fun-filled, single day short course will take place on Friday, 28 July 2017.

During this day, students will be exposed to specialist academics in Science and CLM and will gather information related to an “impending meteorite impact” – the learners are partners with these academics in processing data collected and in proposing how to deal with such a crisis from a scientific, economic and management perspective. Afterwards, project work in teams will lead to a report-back presentation in front of a panel of judges, which will take place on Friday, 15 September 2017. This will culminate in a graduation ceremony on the same day, where certificates and prizes will be handed out. 

Course content summary

  • Introduction to basic laws, principles and units of measurement within the disciplines of the Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, including Chemistry, Physics, Archaeology, Geography, Geology, Palaeontology, Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science,
  • Introduction to basic laws, principles and procedures within the disciplines of Commerce, Law and Management, including Economics, Finance, Law, Management and IS
  • Engagement with emerging technologies, including robots and drones, large data sets, statistical models, computer applications, geochemical and geophysical analyses.
  • Engagement with emerging trends and practices in business, IS, law, economics, data management and disaster management.

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  1. Identify and solve a problem using scientific thought, methods and techniques in which responses display critical and creative thinking
  2. Collect, organise and critically evaluate information
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation
  4. Work effectively with others as a member of a team or group
  5. Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and or language skills to present their findings reliably and accurately in writing and verbally
  6. Challenge preconceived notions of the identity of a scientist/economist with respect to gender, race, age, etc.

The course will be offered at Wits University and participants will need to find their own way there.

A payment of R300 is required from each participating student.

Registration and payment will be done online at:  WIES REGISTRATION  

However, hardcopy registration forms will also be available to those without access to online facilities.

Registration and payment for this course should be done by Tuesday, 25 July 2017.

Should you require more information on this course or regarding participation in it, please contact:

Susan Benvenuti
Tel: 011 717 8162
Email: Susan.Benvenuti@wits.ac.za     or

Charis Harley
Tel: 011 717 6129
Email: Charis.Harley@wits.ac.za

 

 

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