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Wits Integrated Experience in Science, Commerce and Engineering

For the fourth  year running, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Faculty of Science, joined by the Faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) as well as Commerce, Law and Management (CLM), will run the Wits Integrated Experience in Science, Commerce and Engineering 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, EBE and CLM as well as the integrated nature of various branches within the  disciplines (Science, EBE 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,8 March 2019. Download the programme here.

During this day, students will be exposed to specialist academics in Science, EBE and CLM and will gather information related to an aircraft accident investigation. The scenario for the WIESCE 2019 short course is this:

Learners will partner with Wits academics in reviewing causes of previous aircraft crashes, investigating possible causes of the current crash, investigating the impact such crashes have on the stock market and in processing the data collected.

Afterwards, project work in teams will lead to a report-back presentation in front of a panel of “experts”, which will take place on Friday, 26 April 2019. This will culminate in an awards 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 Science  including disciplines of Chemistry, Physics,  Geography, Geology, Applied Mathematics, and Molecular and Cell Biology as well as Engineering issues related to metal fatigue and fuel contamination
  • Introduction to basic laws, principles and procedures within Commerce, Law and Management, including Economic and Business Science.
  • Engagement with emerging technologies, including  working with large data sets, statistical models, computer applications, geochemical and hydrological  analyses.
  • Engagement with emerging trends and practices in business,  law, economics, data management and disaster management.
At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:
  • Identify and solve a problem using scientific thought, methods and techniques in which responses display critical and creative thinking
  • Collect, organise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team or group
  • Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and or language skills to present their findings reliably and accurately in writing and verbally
  • Challenge preconceived notions of the identity of a scientist/engineer/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.

Click on 'Contact us and Registration' to register and find payment details. 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 Friday 1 March 2019.