QUEENSTOWN CAMPUS ORIENTATION TEAM
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Queenstown Campus of the Walter Sisulu University. You have chosen one of the few campuses in South Africa where students study in a tranquil and stable environment and finish within the prescribed period. We attract students from all over South Africa. The programmes we offer are lectured by excellent and suitably qualified lecturers. All of them are in possession of postgraduate qualifications.
In the last three years, a total of 1200 students graduated at the Queenstown campus. It has two delivery sites-one in Queenstown, known as Grey Street and the other in Whittlesea, informally
referred to as Masibulele. Most lectures for the programmes falling under the Faculty of Economics and Information Technology Systems are offered at Grey Street. Almost all Education programmes are offered at Whittlesea. There is transport between the two sites. We offer library services as well as computer laboratories at each of the two sites.
The Queenstown Campus offers both urban and rural experiences. Students are advised to make the best of these experiences and learn as much as they can. Some academic programmes will require that they interact with the surrounding communities while sport also takes them to these communities. At all times, students are reminded that the communities they go to also have both good and bad elements just as they are found in all corners of South Africa. You are therefore advised to be vigilant and take care of yourselves and belongings as you would in communities of your origin.
The campus has two faculties as reflected above. More faculties will be established at a later stage. Please ensure that at all times, your actions reflect the pride you have in being part of your faculty.
I urge you to make you’re studies a priority while you allow some room for recreation. Support a culture of learning by attending lectures regularly. Always remember that the market urgently needs you and that your family and community are waiting for you to plough back. Spend time reading for your assignment. Write every test as if it was your final exam and join a study group so you may benefit from the support provided by your peers. If you do these, you are on the ROAD to SUCCESS.
Prof McGlory Speckman
Economics and Information Technology
I take pleasure in welcoming you to the Faculty of Economics and Information Technology Systems. Our faculty derives its strength from its vision of aspiring to be an intellectual, technological and research hub for generating knowledge necessary for participation in the local and global environment. We take pride in being one of the faculties at Walter Sisulu University producing a new generation of highly skilled and well-rounded graduates who are trained to address complex societal challenges through the use of innovative learning and teaching, technology and research-based solutions in this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our programmes are tailored accordingly.
As you join us for orientation this year, you are beginning a journey that will be smooth at times and bumpy at other times. The orientation is therefore the first step to prepare you for the road ahead of you. I have no doubt that that you will use this time profitably.
Let me end by assuring you that the university is fully committed to assisting you to achieve a transition from school to university. Let us all work together for the good of our nation and ourselves.
Dr Patrick Bwowe
Acting Dean: Economics and ITS
Education and School Development
I wish to welcome all of you who choose to be trained as teachers in this exciting era against the backdrop of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. You will hopefully be part of a generation that will bring innovation and transformative learning in our classrooms. In the next four years, you will participate in a number of tasks and projects that are real and practical with the aim of improving learning and teaching in our local schools and the schooling system in general.
The Faculty of Education and School Development at the Queenstown campus of Walter Sisulu University is committed to providing programmes that focus on developing creative, critical and reflective competencies. We want to ensure that all our students emerge as agents of change in pursuit of excellence and innovation as well as the betterment of lives through the use of technology.
I am pleased to inform you that you are joining a team of academics and students who are committed to making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. This should rub off you as you interact with them daily. We therefore, encourage you to participate in all faculty activities, academic and developmental programmes and to share in the experiences of all those who were here before you.
Our faculty prides itself in upholding a culture of learning on this campus. I am inviting you to join hands with us and your fellow students in this regard.
Ms Bulelwa Mkabile-Masebe
Welcome to the home away from home environment of Student Development and Support Services. The department prides itself in providing qualitative out- of -class experience for holistic development. We create space for students to learn in a user- friendly, supportive and relaxed environment.
Four major units dedicated to providing qualitative service to students are:
We cater for your welfare by providing shelter for security. Accommodation service is outsourced to reliable and accredited service providers. Access is through NSFAS or other bursary schemes funding. Accommodation is limited and available on a first come first served basis. You are advised to make this your top priority.
We strive to assist you to graduate alive by helping you adopt healthy lifestyle. The Health Services Unit (Clinic) is run by a professional nurse and a part time medical doctor.
Sports, Arts & Culture Unit
You will be exposed to various sporting codes that offer both recreational and professional sport. Your talent in the artistic arena is about to unfold as you will be exposed to activities such as drama, poetry, music, dance and debate. Involve yourself, learn and develop.
Student Development & Governance
This unit prides itself in developing student leaders. It also offers programs that empower students with general life skills. Some socialisation aspects will come through community engagement that will expose you to lots of vibrant and interactive networking platforms.
Ms Nobuhle Mpambani
Deputy Director: Student Development and Support Services
Meet our 2019 SRC
About the Orientation
1. Aims of First Year Orientation Programme
Different institutions have different emphases during orientation based on the focus and identity of a given institution. But the basic concern that is common among them all is that students should SUCCEED throughout their career as students. To this end, the duration of Orientation differs from institution to institution. Some take two weeks, others take a week while in other institutions, Orientation takes place over a three week period.
At Walter Sisulu University, a week has been set aside for Orientation. It has the following aims:
- Welcoming first year students to their new campus and context
- Helping first year students to make an adjustment from high school to university
- Equipping first years with knowledge and skills they will need for their career as students
- Giving first years a foretaste of what to expect in the academic lecture- room
- Exposing students to various career choices on offer
- Helping first year students to set themselves personal and academic goals.
- Helping first years to develop healthy working patterns and habits that will help them make success of their entire career as
- Informing students about the academic support and facilities available
- Who are the role players?
During Orientation, first year students will be introduced to all the role players who will have a hand in their development while at WSU. They will include the Campus Rector, Deans of the faculties and Heads of Departments, Student Development Practitioners, Finance, lecturers, the SRC, Centre for Learning and Teaching Development staff and Peer Mentors, Campus Protective Services, Sport and Residences officers. We believe in a philosophy of an integrated approach to student development.
The Student Development Practitioner receives students’ general concerns or challenges. The Residences officer is the person who immediately responds to challenges pertaining to the residences.
2. Who must attend?
First Year Orientation is COMPULSORY for all first year students. There are about 800 first year students accepted in Queenstown for the 2019 academic year. The programme is created so as to benefit all those who want to succeed from the start.
However, students also need the support of their parents or guardians in order for them to succeed. At first year level in particular, this support is crucial. It assures the students that although they are expected to work independently and conduct themselves as mature individuals, they have not just been dumped at the university. They still belong to parents and their families. If the PARENTS and families attend the WELCOMING CEREMONY and hear what is being said to their children, they will be able to work in partnership with the university authorities in supporting their children towards success.
3. What should they bring along?
First year students who will be attending the Programme must bring to sessions this booklet, a bottle of drinking water (because Queenstown is very warm in summer), a pen and a notebook. Their programme for the entire Orientation period is contained in this booklet. They will also need to refer to this booklet long after the orientation is over in order to remind themselves of what they have learnt.
Parents are only invited to the Welcoming Day ceremony. They are not expected to bring along anything. Some refreshments will be served to parents after the ceremony. Those whom for health reasons must eat something during the ceremony may bring some fruit or something else to chew.
4. Welcoming Ceremonies
The Welcoming ceremony for students and parents is an important event. First Year students will for the first time, meet the Rector of their new academic home, the Deans and Heads of Departments on campus. They will also be introduced to Student Affairs and their future lecturers.
It is also a rare privilege for both parents and the staff of the university to be able to meet during Welcoming Day as the time for studies quickly goes past, and the students go out of the university without their parents ever having met the staff. In the past, the campus was small and it was possible to interact at more personal levels but the campus has now grown bigger and continues to do so. For these reasons, parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their children to the Welcoming Day ceremonies
There will be one ceremony at the Whittlesea site, starting at 8:30 for 9:00. It will be followed by a light lunch. Thereafter, parents may go and see where their children will be staying.
Welcome Day programme is as follows:
SATURDAY: 19 JANUARY 2019 – WELCOME DAY FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
- 08:30 – 09:30 Arrival at the Whittlesea delivery site
- 09:00 – 09:45 Music Item
- 09:45 – 10:00 Academic Procession to the stage
- 10:00 – 10:10 Introduction of Campus Management
- and Academic Staff
- 10:10 – 10:20 Welcome: Campus Rector
- 10:20 – 10:25 Welcoming Message: Executive Director –
Student Support Services
- 10:25 – 10:30 Music item
- 10:30 – 10:35 Welcoming Message: SRC President
- 10:35 – 10:40 Welcoming Message: Acting Manager – Centre for Learning and Teaching Development
- 10:40 – 11:05 Address: Vice-Chancellor
- 11:05 – 11:08 Announcements by the Programme Directorand National Anthem
- 11:10 Academic procession leaves the hall
- 11:15 – 12:00 INTERACTION WITH PARENTS &
The ideal alumnus
The University trains people for employability or as job creators themselves. It takes a well-rounded person to do these. Such is a person who is able to function in all contexts because they:-
- Are committed to completing their studies
- Live by a value system
- Are critical thinkers
- Are deep thinkers
- Are good communicators
- Are able to read and write (literate) as well as count (numerate)
- Set themselves goals
- Are involved in community upliftment
- ·Understand and are sensitive to the issue of diversity
This is the ideal alumnus of Walter Sisulu University. During the first week of Orientation, you will be introduced to the concept of “graduate attributes”. On the following week, you will attend training on the above in groups. Please attend all sessions you are allocated to. It is for your own good.
5. Residences Programme
The University does not own residences in Queenstown at this stage. This is part of a future plan. All the residences used currently belong to private service providers. Those who qualify for NSFAS funding or are on a bursary or have upfront payment are considered first.
A short programme to welcome first years to the residences and to explain the rules will be organised for the Saturday evening and Sunday. It is important for all who reside in the residences to attend all programmes for residences.
6. Career Guidance and Programmes Advice
Research in several contexts has shown that most students who do not complete the degrees or diplomas they are registered for are invariably those who only realise after attending classes that they are in a wrong programme. Some endure for two years not performing well while others cancel a few weeks after registration and leave the university without approaching anyone for advice.
Embarking on university studies is like undertaking an important journey for which thorough planning is necessary. That planning may include research from documents and obtaining information from people who have previously undertaken the journey. One thing certain is that if planning is done thoroughly, the chances of reaching the destination are ninety-nine percent guaranteed.
There are professionals trained to determine an individual’s strengths and possible career path(s). These are counsellors who specialise in psychometric tests. In the absence of such people currently, the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development has a few programme advisors at the disposal of first year students. These advise students on possible study programmes to register for.
It is strongly recommended that first years who have not received career guidance prior to coming to register should use the services that are availed to them by the CLTD. The university wishes to see all the first years who register in 2019 going through to the final year and completing their studies within the prescribed period of study.
7. Working Groups
During Orientation, students will be divided into groups. Details of the programmes and modules falling under these programmes will be provided there.
8. Mock Lectures
Making a transition from the school system to tertiary education can be a daunting task for some people. The two systems are very different from each other. Teaching is done differently, the method of acquiring knowledge is different and the kind of support given to students is different from that which is given to learners at school.
If students are not aware of this from the start, they tend to find themselves at the deep-end. Its impact on their academic performance makes them feel that they are not “intelligent” enough to undertake university studies. That is often not true. Exposure to some of these hurdles to success before one embarks on a study programme helps one to do so with confidence and work towards success.
Mock lectures by the lecturing staff of the university are meant to give first years a foretaste of what to expect in a real forty-five minute lecture. They are not a waste of time as they are given by the lecturers whom the students will meet in class and are based on introductions to the modules students will be registering for. The notebooks and pens that you will bring with you will especially be useful at this stage.
Mock lectures also help first years to familiarise themselves with how a university time table works. They will be moving from one class to the next. Knowledge of where the next lecture venue will be is of value here.
Put differently, mock lectures are in fact, a simulation which requires the application of all the knowledge that is in place. Mock lectures only appear on the scene towards the end of the Orientation period.
9. Academic Development and Support Programmes
It is the wish of the university to put all the students entering the university for the first time through language, computer, reading, writing and analytical skills programmes. However, due to the availability of only a limited number of facilities at this stage, it will not be possible to offer the whole range. The CLTD will explain the range of the support they offer in this regard during one of the sessions on the programme.
10. Department of Student Development and Support Services
The Department of Student Development and Support Services (SDSS) is the department where all the student affairs functions are centralised. It is headed by the Executive Director: Students Support Services institutionally and by a Deputy Director: Student Support Services on campus. You will meet these as well as the staff of the campus SDSS during Orientation Week.
The Acting head of SDSS is Ms N. Mpambani. Her number is 040 842 6823. The email address is: email@example.com .
11. ORIENTATION WEEK I: PROGRAMME
ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
MONDAY: 21 January 2019
- 08:30 – 08:45 Opening and Introduction: Programme Director
- 08:45 – 09:15 Welcoming: Campus Rector
- 09:15 – 09:35 Dean: Faculty of Education
- 09:35 – 09:55 Dean: Faculty of Economics and Information Technology Systems
09:15 – 11:30 # Kuzoba Lit: Edu-fun and welcome of fresh students
in a new learning and social space
- 11:30 – 12:00 WSU Value Systems
- 12:00 – 12:30 Graduate attributes
- 12:30 – 13:00 Good stories about WSU: Alumni
- 13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
- 14:00 – 14:30 Financial Aid
- 14:30 – 15:30 Introduction to Library Orientation and WiSeUp
TUESDAY: 22 January 2019
STUDENT SERVICES DAY
- 08:30 – 09:00 Opening and Attendance Register
- 09:00 – 09:30 Student Governance and Development
- 09:30 – 10:00 Residence, Rules and Regulations, and Sporting Activities
- 10:00 – 11:00 Mental and Physical Wellness of Students
- 11:00 – 11:30 Security Awareness
- 11:30 – 12:30 Introduction to sports activities
- 12:30 – 13:00 SRC
- 13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
- 14:00 – 16:00 Library Orientation / WiSeUp Training / Campus Tour
WEDNESDAY: 23 January 2019
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS DAY
- 08:30 – 09:00 Opening and Attendance Register
- 09:00 – 09:20 HoD: Curriculum Studies
- 09:20 – 09:40 HoD: Management Studies
- 09:40 – 10:00 The Importance of double-checking registered modules.When can you change/cancel modules?
- 10:00 – 10:30 Students break into programme groups
- 10:30 – 12:00 Information on programmes, and mock lectures Introduction to Education programmes
- Introduction to Public Management Programme
- Introduction to Human Resource Programme
- Introduction to Accounting Programme
- Introduction to FIS Programme
- Introduction to B. Com Programme
- Introduction to LGF Programme
- Introduction to IT Programme
- Extended Curriculum Programme
- 12:00 – 12:30 information on Transport Services
- 12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
- 14:00 – 15:30 Library Orientation / WiSeUp Training / Reading and Writing Centre / Academic Advising
THURSDAY: 24 January 2019
08:30 – 09:00 Opening and Attendance Register
- 09:00 – 09:20 HoD: Information Technology Systems
- 09:20 – 09:40 HoD: Economics and Finance
- 09:40 – 10:20 Introduction to Life Skills
- 10:20 – 11:30 PAL and Special Interest Group programmes / Reading andWriting Centre
- 11:30 – 13:00 Library Orientation / WiSeUp Training / Academic Advising
- 13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
- 14:00 – 15:00 Library Orientation
FRIDAY: 25 January 2019
CAMPUS SPORTS DAY and TALENT SEARCH
- 09:00 – 09:30 Guidelines on the day’s programme
- 10:00 – 13:00 Games and talent shows
- 13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
ORIENTATION WEEK II: READINESS FOR THE TASK
28 JANUARY TO 1 FEBRUARY
Group work on:
- Basic numeracy skills
- Basic literacy skills
- Communication skills
- People skills
- Setting academic and personal goals
For further enquiries:
Mr V. Ramabele
Student Development and Support Services
Ms N. Mpambani: 0780436135
Mr D. Ntose: 0726152698
Mr T. Jaxa: 0825234423
Teaching & Learning Development
Mr O. Koraheng: 0842243313
Education: Ms B. Mkabile-Masebe: 0829392991
Economics & ITS: Dr P. Bwowe: 0732843584
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On behalf of the WSU Queenstown Campus Student Representative Council, I want to extend a warm welcome to all students who chose WSU Queenstown Campus to study and realize their academic careers. I am delighted to inform you that you have made a very wise choice as we continue to boast about the quality of the qualifications we receive at WSU. We boast of the fact that we lead the pack when it comes to academic excellence. The qualification that you will receive will enable you to be more competitive in the job market, comparatively speaking. It will also assist you to be able to start and run your own business with success.
I want to refer you to the wonderful words of Napoleon Hill: ‘Success comes to those who are success-conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure-conscious.’ This quote speaks to us. Dr Joseph Murphy teaches, ‘Your mind is your most precious possession. It is always with you, but its most amazing powers will be yours only when you have learned how to use it.’ Everything begins and ends in the mind.
May you have a wonderful 2019 academic year, may you enjoy your stay at this