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COS0ALL/301/4/2012

TutorialLetter301/4/2012

SchoolofComputing
Thistutoriallettercontainsimportantinformation
forallthestudentsintheSchoolofComputing.


TABLEOFCONTENTS
1.WELCOMETOTHESCHOOLOFCOMPUTING...........................................................................................3
2.COMMUNICATIONWITHTHEUNIVERSITY...............................................................................................3
2.1.LISTOFUSEFULUNISAEMAILADDRESSES.................................................................................................3
3.COMMUNICATIONWITHTHESCHOOLOFCOMPUTING........................................................................4
4.COMMUNICATIONWITHTHELECTURERS................................................................................................5
4.1.EMAIL(RECOMMENDED)................................................................................................................................5
4.2.TELEPHONIC........................................................................................................................................................5
4.3.APPOINTMENTS..................................................................................................................................................5
5.COMMUNICATINGWITHTUTORS..............................................................................................................5
6.COMMUNICATINGONTHEINTERNET.......................................................................................................6
6.1.THEMYUNISAWEBSERVER.............................................................................................................................6
6.2.THEOSPREYWEBSERVER................................................................................................................................6
7.NAMESANDTELEPHONENUMBERSOFYOURLECTURERS....................................................................7
8.GENERALINFORMATIONREGARDINGOURMODULES.........................................................................10
9.IMPORTANTINFORMATIONREGARDINGTHELIBRARY.......................................................................10
9.1.REQUESTINGBOOKSFROMTHELIBRARY..................................................................................................10
9.2.REQUESTINGJOURNALARTICLESFROMTHELIBRARY............................................................................11
10.TUTORIALMATTER..................................................................................................................................12
11.ASSIGNMENTS..........................................................................................................................................13
11.1.THEPURPOSEOFASSIGNMENTS...............................................................................................................13
11.2.STUDYINGINGROUPS..................................................................................................................................13
11.3.PLAGIARISM....................................................................................................................................................13
11.4.EXAMINATIONADMISSION.........................................................................................................................14
11.5.SEMESTER/YEARMARK..............................................................................................................................14
11.6.DOINGANDSUBMITTINGASSIGNMENTS................................................................................................14
11.7.PRACTICALWORK..........................................................................................................................................15
12.COMPUTERASSISTEDLESSONS.............................................................................................................16
13.FREQUENTLYASKEDQUESTIONS..........................................................................................................16

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1.WELCOMETOTHESCHOOLOFCOMPUTING
WewelcomeyouasaregisteredstudentintheSchoolofComputingandwishyouasuccessfulyearofstudy.
Thepurposeofthistutorialletteristoprovideyouwithgeneralinformationregardingthemodulesofferedbythe
school as well as the names and contact details of your lecturers. To avoid unnecessary duplication, general
information applicable to all the modules may not be repeated in the individual tutorial letters for each module.
TutorialLetter101foreachmodulecontainsimportantinformationspecifictoamoduleincludingyourassignments.
Refer to the brochure my Studies @ Unisa (included in your study package) for general information about
assignments,examinations,booksellers,regionaloffices,myUnisa,theuseofthelibrary,etc.
2.COMMUNICATIONWITHTHEUNIVERSITY
Pleaserefertopage3ofthebrochuremyStudies@UnisatoobtainthecontactdetailsoftheUniversity.
2.1.LISTOFUSEFULUNISAEMAILADDRESSES
BelowyouwillfindalistofUnisaemailaddresses.
Generalenquiries
undergrad@unisa.ac.za

studyinfo@unisa.ac.za

Undergraduatestudentaffairs

GeneralUndergraduateAffairsEnquiries
FirstEnquiries,requestsforcalendars

admission@unisa.ac.za

Admissionsoffice(applicationforexemptioncertificates)
artes@unisa.ac.za

BA,NDP,COM.,CRT,ENV
artesspes@unisa.ac.za

BCur,BA(SS),BInF,Bmus,DSE,NURS,BVA
econ@unisa.ac.za

BCom,BCompt,Economics&Management

BPrimED,BSecED,HED,PGCE,NPDE,ABET
educare@unisa.ac.za
international@unisa.ac.za

Allinternationalstudents
jus@unisa.ac.za

BIur,BProc,LLB
scientia@unisa.ac.za

BSc,Nat.Cert.inDatametrics,Nat.DipinIT
theologiae@unisa.ac.za

BTH,DiplomainTheology

All registration related queries in BSc, Nat. Cert. in Datametrics and Nat. Dip in IT should be directed to
scientia@unisa.ac.zaor0124415704.

Postgraduatestudentaffairs
postartes@unisa.ac.za
postecon@unisa.ac.za
posteducare@unisa.ac.za
postjus@unisa.ac.za
postscientia@unisa.ac.za
posttheologiae@unisa.ac.za

BAHon,MA,DLittetPhil
BComHon,MCom,DCom,MBL,DBL,HonsBAdmin,MAdmin
Education
LLM,LLD
Science
Theology


Otherdepartmentsandemailaddresses:
aegrotats@unisa.ac.za
assign@unisa.ac.za

despatch@unisa.ac.za
exams@unisa.ac.za
gaudeamus@unisa.ac.za
remark@unisa.ac.za
recheck@unisa.ac.za

finan@unisa.ac.za

Studentinformation

Aegrotatexams
Assignments
Despatch,studymaterial
Examinations
GraduationAffairs
Remarkpapers
Recheckpapers
Finance

condiscipuli@unisa.ac.za
counselling@unisa.ac.za
vospresc@unisa.ac.za

Library

Fellowstudentnames
Studentcounsellingandcareerdevelopment
Enquiriesaboutprescribedbooks

biboasis@unisa.ac.za
bibweb@unisa.ac.za
librill@unisa.ac.za

bibdbase@unisa.ac.za
bibhelp@unisa.ac.za
biboplei@unisa.ac.za
webpub@unisa.ac.za

GeneralLibrarycatalogue(OASIS)enquiries
LibraryWebcoordinator
Interlibraryloansenquiries
Enquiriesaboutsubjectdatabases
LibraryInformationDesk
EnquiriesabouttrainingpresentedbytheLibrary
EnquiriesabouttheSelectOnlineBibliographyofSouthAfrican
History
HelpwithOASISPINnumbers
SendaquestiontotheLibrarystaff

bibpin@unisa.ac.za

bibrefq@unisa.ac.za

RPL(Recognitionofpriorlearning):

rpl@unisa.ac.za
AlinktoUnisa's'Contact'page
http://www.unisa.ac.za/contact/index.html
3.COMMUNICATIONWITHTHESCHOOLOFCOMPUTING
The home page of the school of computing is http://www.cs.unisa.ac.za/. Please do not phone the School of
Computingregardingnonacademicmatters.FornonacademicqueriesseeSection2ofthistutorialletter(previous
section).
Anemailaddresscomputing@unisa.ac.zahasbeencreatedfortheschool.Thisemailaddressisintendedfor
students to report any concerns regarding their modules/studies in the school. However, do note that we
expect you to first report your academic concerns to the respective lecturers. Only in the event that your
concernswerenotdealtsatisfactorilybythelecturersthenyoumayusetheaboveaddress.

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HELPWITHINSTALLATIONOFPRESCRIBEDSOFTWARE
IfyouhaveproblemswiththeinstallationofprogrammingsoftwareorwithcompilingaprograminC++,Delphior
VisualBasic,youmayphoneoneofthefollowingnumbers:
0124298860
0124298861
0124298862
0124298864
0124298865
0124298866

4.COMMUNICATIONWITHTHELECTURERS

0124298863

4.1.EMAIL(RECOMMENDED)
Ifyouhaveaproblemregardinganyaspectrelatingtothecontentofthemodule,youcanaddressittothespecific
moduleemailaddressthatisprovidedonmyUnisa.Alwaysprovidethestudentnumberinyouremail.
PleaseusetheseaddressesonmyUnisaandnotyourlecturers'individualaddresses(unlessyouarespecificallyasked
todoso).
AllnonresultemailenquiriesconcerningEUP1501shouldbedirectedtoeuc@unisa.ac.za.
AllEUP1501resultqueriesshouldbedirectedtoeucresult@unisa.ac.za.

4.2.TELEPHONIC
Section7of thistutorialletterlistsall the modules,lecturersforthemodules,theirtelephonenumbersand their
officenumbers.Ifyoucannotgetholdofoneofthelecturersonthespecificmodule,leaveavoicemailoryoumay
phone the secretary at the numbers given below. Leave your name, student number and telephone number. The
lecturerwillcontactyouassoonaspossible.
ModulesofferedbylecturersonthePretoria&Floridacampuses:0124296122.

4.3.APPOINTMENTS
Wewouldliketomeetyouandhelpyouasmuchaswecan,butpleasemakeanappointmentbeforehandifyou
wishtoseeuspersonally.Weareusuallyavailableforappointmentsweekdaysfrom08h00to13h00.
5.COMMUNICATINGWITHTUTORS
Severalmodules,especiallyfirstyearmodules,havetutors.ContactyournearestUnisaregionalofficeformore
informationandconsultTutorialLetter101oftherelevantmodule.


6.COMMUNICATINGONTHEINTERNET
TheInternetprovidesanalternativemeansofcommunicationwiththeadministrativesectionsofUnisa,withyour
lecturers and with other students. It is a useful wayto obtain information, get assistance from your lecturers and
keepintouchwithyourfellowstudents.Internetfacilitieswhicharecurrentlyavailableareasfollows:
6.1.THEMYUNISAWEBSERVER
ForstudyattheSchoolofComputingyouneedtohaveregularaccesstomyUnisa,UNISAsofficialwebbasedself
serviceportal.Thissystemcan,forexample,beusedto

submitassignmentselectronically(multiplechoiceaswellasotherkindsofassignment).ConsultmyUnisafor
theformatofyourassignmentsandsubmissionprocedure.

checkassignmentdates;

trackassignmentstoseewhetherornottheyhavebeenreceived,registeredandcorrectlyuploaded.Itis
yourresponsibilitytomakesurethatanassignmentreachesUnisa.

findoutifanassignmenthasbeenmarked;

findoutwhatmarkshavebeenawardedforaspecificassignment;

downloadstudymaterial.Itisveryimportantthatyouusethisfacilityif,forwhateverreason,youdonot
receiveyourprintedstudymaterialorsoftwareintime.

readmoduleannouncements;

viewprescribedbooks;

findnamesoffellowstudentswhohavechosentosharetheircontactdetailswiththerestoftheclass;

find(provisionary)examinationdates;

takepartindiscussionsontheforums.

TheURLformyUnisaishttp://my.unisa.ac.za/.HowtoregisterandaccessmyUnisaisgiveninmyStudies@Unisa
(pagenumber21).WerecommendthatyouvisitmyUnisaatleastonceaweek.
6.2.THEOSPREYWEBSERVER
TheSchoolofComputinghasitsownwebserver.TheURLishttp://osprey.unisa.ac.za/.Toaccesstheserviceslisted
below,youhavetopersonalisetheRegisteredStudentspageforyourmodules.Todothisselectthemodulesyou
haveregisteredforinthelistgivenontherighthandsideandclickthesubmitbutton.
Thispageusescookiestostoreyourpreferences,somakesurethatthesecuritysettingsonyourbrowserallowyou
tostorecookies.Similarlyifyouwanttochangeyourpreferences,youwillhavetodeletethecookies.
AfterpersonalizingtheWebpageasaregisteredstudent,youcanaccessthefollowingfunctionsonOsprey:

Moduleforums
Staffavailabilitypage(studentscancheckbeforetheyphone)
Softwaredisk

Somestudentshavereportedthatattimes,theyareunabletologintotheforumsusingearlierversionsofInternet
Explorer (typically in combination with Win2000). If you encounter this problem, try using Netscape/Mozilla, or
upgradeyourversionofInternetExplorer.

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The osprey and myUnisa forums serve as an alternative means of communication and interaction with other
students doing a particular module, thereby creating a learning community. They are lecturerindependent,
althoughsomelecturersdomakeuseoftheseforumstocommunicatewithstudents.

7.NAMESANDTELEPHONENUMBERSOFYOURLECTURERS
Givenbelowisthelistofmodules,lecturersforthemodules,officenumbersandtheirtelephonenumbers.Office
numbersthatstartwithB&C,andTvWarelocatedintheFloridaandMuckleneuk(Pretoria)campusesrespectively.
Ifyoucannotgetholdofthelectureronthespecificmoduleleaveavoicemessageorcontactthesecretaries(see
Section4.2).

Module
EUP1501

COS1501
COS1511

COS1512
COS1521
INF1505
INF1520
INF1511
COS2601

COS2611
COS2614
COS2621
COS2626
COS2633
COS2661
INF2603
INF2611
COS3701
COS3711

Lecturer(s)
MrsKEngelbrecht
MrsMSerote
DrRNienaber
MrsDBecker
MsFMokwana
MrsMSchoeman
MrsPleRoux
MrsDduPlessis
MrPChoshi
MrsMSchoeman
MsCNombewu
MrSSsemugabi
MsHAbdullah
MrMJMaboe
MrsBChimbo
MrDMothisi
MrsPGouws
MrPChoshi
MrsCReyneke
MsDMokwana
MrsDBecker
MrTMasombuka
MrsAThomas
MrsTHorne
MsHAbdullah
OfferedbyDeptof
Mathematics
MrsBChimbo
MsDMokwana
MrMMujinga
MrsPGouws
MrsCReyneke
MrTMasombuka
MrCPilkington
MrsAThomas

Roomnumber
TVW890
TVW878

Telephonenumber
0124293954

TVW892
TVW8160
TVW874
TVW887
TVW855
TVW8160
TVW874
TVW881
C345
TVW865
TVW9154
TVW8104
TVW8160
TVW861
TVW8160
TVW880
TVW8160
TVW892
TVW884
TVW885
TVW877
TVW865

0124296614
0124298866
0124296857
0124296008
0124296860
0124298865
0124296857
0124292102
0114712753
0124296361
0124292112
0124296933
0124298863
0124296866
0124298865
0124296777
0124298866
0124296614
0124296865
0124296439
0124296450
0124296361

TVW8104
TVW8160
C366
TVW861
TVW880
TVW884
C370
TvW885

0124296933
0124298866
0114713784
0124296866
0124296777
0124296865
0114712130
0124296439


COS3712
COS3721
COS3751
COS3761
INF3703
INF3705
INF3707
INF3708
INF3720
COS407C
COS4807
COS4840
COS451G
COS4851
COS452H
COS4852
COS461J
COS4861
HPCOS81
COS492R
COS4892
INF417N
INF4817
INF420H
INF4820
INF425N
INF4825
INF431L
INF4831
INF460R
INF4860
INF483Y
INF4883
COS498X
INF412H
ICT1512
ICT1513
ICT1521
ICT1531
ICT1532
ICT1541

ICT2611

MrLAron
MrCDongmo
DrWvanStaden
MrsEViljoen
MrPMkhize
MrsEMwim
MsMLoock
MsLMMoeti
MrBChipangura
MrEOchola
MsJPMabila
MrTvanDyk
MrKHalland

TVW889
C367
C373

C348
TVW875
TVW8114
TVW881
TVW873
TVW9158
TVW8160
TVW863
HONOURSMODULES
TVW888

0124296815
0114712247
0114712561
viljoe1@unisa.ac.za
0114713565
0114712831
0124296381
0124292129
0124296376
0124296780
0124292104
0124296676
0124296493

MrKHalland
MrsTHorne

TVW888
TVW877

0124296493
0124296450

ProfEvanderPoel

C343

0114713218

MrsDduPlessis

TVW855

0124296860

MrJMentz
ProfHGelderblom
ProfJAvanderPoll

TVW8108
TVW8102
TVW891

0124296494
0124296631
0124296230

ProfKPadayachee

TVW8106

0124296460

MrTvanDyk
ProfHGelderblom
ProfMEloff

TVW863
TVW8102
TVW8100

0124296676
0124296631
0124296336

MrEDembskey

C357

0114712268

MrBChipangura

TVW873

0124296376

MrJMentz

TVW8108

0124296494

ProfMEloff
ProfMEloff

TVW8100
TVW8100
DIPLOMAMODULES
MsDvanHeerden
TVW876
MsDvanHeerden
TVW876
MrLAron
TVW889
MrTFlanagan
C342
ProfIOOsunmakinde
C369
MrEOchola
TVW9158
MrsDScholtz
TVW8110
MrMMoraba
TVW9155
MrKPhorah
TVW8155
MrCDongmo
C367
MrAMohlala
TVW8160

0124296336
0124296336
0124296069
0124296069
0124296815
0114713902
0114712831
0124296780
0124296910
0124292111
0124292108
0114712247
0124298861

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ICT2612
ICT2613
ICT2621
ICT2622
ICT2631
ICT2632
ICT2641
ICT2642
ICT3611
ICT3612
ICT3713
ICT3714
ICT3722
ICT3621
ICT3631
ICT3641
ICT3642
EUC1501
IAD2M1X
IAD2M2X
IAD3M1Y
IAD3M2Y
MNI231R
CPS401I
DBS401I
DEV401I
DSO401I
NTW401I/CMN401E
OPS401I
PRJ4M1I
PRJ4M2I
INT401I
SED401I
RIT4801

MsRvanderMerwe
C352
MrESMtsweni
C380
DrMvanderMerwe
C340
MrSSsemugabi
C345
MrPMkhize
C348
MsAMafanele
C379
MrCPilkington
C370
MrDBisschoff
C341
MrsRVorster
C351
MrSSingh
C371
MrGLeuta
TVW8160
DrWvanStaden
C373
DrMvanderMerwe
C340
MrsPleRoux
TVW887
MrKPhorah
TVW9155
MrsPleRoux
TVW887
MrDMoraba
TVW9155
MsRvanderMerwe
C352
MrESMtsweni
C380
MrBChipangura
TVW873
MrDBisschoff
C341
MrsDScholtz
TVW8110
MrsRVorster
C351
MsENaude
TVW871
MsMPhahlane
TVW9160
MsENaude
TVW871
MrGLeuta
TVW8160
MrSSingh
C371
MrsLNaidoo
TVW882
MrsLNaidoo
TVW882
MrGHoward
C346
BTECHMODULES
MrEDembskey
C357
MrPMkhize
C348
MrsEMwim
TVW875
ProfIOOsunmakinde
C369
ProfKPadayachee
TVW8106
MrTFlanagan
C342
ProfISanders
C355
MrMMujinga
C366
ProfEvanderPoel
C343
MsPMathimbi
C347
ProfEvanderPoel
C343
MsPMathimbi
C347
MrGHoward
C346
MsMLoock
TVW8114
MsLMMoeti
TVW881
MrJMentz
TVW8108

0114712929
0114713019
0114713863
0114712753
0114713565
0114713135
0114712130
0114712109
0114712208
0114712721
0124298862
0114712561
0114713863
0124296008
0124292108
0124296008
0124292111
0114712929
0114713019
0124296376
0114712109
0124296910
0114712208
0124296406
0124293875
0124296406
0124298862
0114712721
0124298941
0124298941
0114712273
0114712268
0114713565
0124298682
0114712831
0124296460
0114713902
0114712858
0114713784
0114713218
0114712038
0114713218
0114712038
0114712273
0124296381
0124292129
0124296494


MPSET92
DPSET02

ProfEKritzinger
ProfHLotriet

M&DMODULES
TVW845
TVW867

0124298547
0124292132

8.GENERALINFORMATIONREGARDINGOURMODULES

Pleasenotethatsomeofourmodulesaresemestermodulesandsomeareyearmodules.Ayearmoduleruns
overthewholeyear(withthe examinationinOctober/November)andasemestermodulerunsoverthefirst
halfoftheyear(withtheexaminationinMay/June)andoverthesecondhalfoftheyear(withtheexamination
inOctober/November).YouneedATLEAST8hoursstudytimeperweekforeverysemestermodule.In2009
allfirstlevelmodulesinourSchool(exceptCEM101AandEUC131T)wereofferedassemestermoduleswhileall
other modules were year modules. In 2010 all the first and secondlevel modules (except EUP1501) were
offeredassemestermodules.In2011allundergraduatemodulesinourSchoolareofferedassemestermodules
(exceptEUP1501).Semestermodulesareofferedinbothsemesters.

Inmanyofourmodulesyouarerequiredtoworkonacomputer.Ifyoudonothaveaccesstoacomputeritmay

bepossibletousethefacilitiesatoneofUNISAscomputerlaboratories.Informationregardingthisisgivenin
thebrochuremyStudies@Unisa.
EUP1501(previouslyCEM101AandEUCPRAC):InTutorialLetter101theprocedureyouneedtofollow
whenbookingforyourpracticalexamsisexplained.
9.IMPORTANTINFORMATIONREGARDINGTHELIBRARY
ThelibrarianresponsiblefortheinformationneedsoftheSchoolofComputingis:
DrFilistaNaud,Tel:+27114712471,Fax2email:0866663094,Email:fnaude@unisa.ac.za
YouwillneedalibraryPIN(personalidentificationnumber)formostofyourlibrarytransactions.TocreateyourPIN,
go to http://oasis.unisa.ac.za and Login. If you have problems with your PIN, go to the help screen at
http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=12068.
9.1.REQUESTINGBOOKSFROMTHELIBRARY
Electronicrequests
ThepreferredwayofrequestingabookisonlineviaOASIS,thelibraryscatalogue.
Gotohttp://oasis.unisa.ac.za/illb,or
viamyUnisa,gotohttp://my.unisa.ac.za>Login>Library>Librarycatalogue,or
formobileaccess(AirPAC),gotohttp://oasis.unisa.ac.za/airpac

Postalrequests
Booksmayalsoberequestedbycompletingonelibrarybookrequestcardforeachbook.
Theseshouldbemailedto:
UnisaLibrary
RequestServices

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POBox392
0003UNISA
SouthAfrica

orfaxedto+27124292925.
Telephonicbookrequests
Thiscanbedonebyphoning+27124293133.Pleasesupplythereservationordernumber(RON).
Enquiriesaboutrequestedbooksshouldbeaddressedtobibcirc@unisa.ac.za;telephonicenquiriescanbemadeat
+27124293133/3134.Anafterhourvoicemailserviceisalsoavailableatthesenumbers.
9.2.REQUESTINGJOURNALARTICLESFROMTHELIBRARY
Recommendedjournalarticles
ThesecanbedownloadedfromOASIS.FirstclickonloginandcreateyourlibraryPIN.Undersearchoptions,clickon
Coursecodesearchandtypeinyourcoursecode,eg.CST1501.ClickontheElectronicreservesforthecurrentyear.
ThearticlesareavailableinPDF(portabledocumentformat).
TheAdobeReadershouldbeloadedonyourcomputersothatyoucanvieworprintscannedPDFdocuments.This
canbedownloadedfreeofchargefromhttp://www.adobe.com.
Additionaljournalarticles
ThepreferredwayofrequestingjournalarticlesisonlineviaOASIS,thelibraryscatalogue.
Gotohttp://oasis.unisa.ac.za/illj,or
viamyUnisa,gotohttp://my.unisa.ac.za>Login>Library>Librarycatalogue,or
formobileaccess(AirPAC),gotohttp://oasis.unisa.ac.za/airpac

Postalrequests
Journalarticlesmayalsoberequestedbycompletinganarticlerequestcardforeachitem.Theseshouldbemailed
totheaddressabove(Section9.1.,underPostalrequests)orfaxedto+27124292925.
Enquiries about requested articles should be addressed to bibcirc@unisa.ac.za and telephonic enquiries can be
madeat+27124293432.
Thefollowingpointsareparticularlyimportant:
ThemyStudies@Unisabooklet,whichispartofyourregistrationpackage,listsalltheservicesofferedbytheUnisa
Libraryathttps://my.unisa.ac.za/portal.

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BranchLibraries
AlistofUnisasbranchlibrariesisavailableat
http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=6981.
The Branch Librarians at each regional centre offer training in the use of the librarys catalogue and keyword
searches.
Clientswithspecialneeds
Ifyouhavespecialneeds,pleasecontactyourBranchLibrarianforassistanceorgoto
http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=7095orcall+27124293206formore
information.
Literaturesearches
The search request form is also available in both PDF and MS Word on OASIS under Library Links > Request a
LiteratureSearch.Requestsforliteraturesearchescanbeemailedtolibsearch@unisa.ac.za,faxedto
+27124298101,
ormailedto
IRRequestServices:InformationSearchLibrarians
DepartmentofLibraryServices
UNISA

POBox392
0003UNISA
SouthAfrica

PersonalLibrarians
IfyouintendvisitingthePretoriaorFloridacampus,youarewelcometomakeanappointmentwithyourPersonal
Librarian to learn how to use the librarys information resources or to consult the Branch Librarians at the
InformationDesk.
10.TUTORIALMATTER
Inadditiontogeneraltutorialletterslikethisone,thetutorialmatterforeverymoduleconsistsoftutorialletters
specificallymeantforthatmodule,aswellasaprescribedbook,astudyguidewhereapplicable,andpossiblyalso
recommendedbooksandadditionalreferencematerial.Specificsoftwaremightalsobepartofthetutorialmatter.
Howtoacquiretheprescribedbook,studyguide,recommendedbooks,additionalreferencematerialandsoftware
isexplainedinTutorialLetter101ofthemodule.
Softwareisrequiredinsomemodules.InsomecasesitwillbeprovidedtoyouonaCDaspartofyourstudypackage
and in other cases you will have to acquire it yourself. Full details are given in Tutorial Letter 101 of the relevant
module.Ifitisindicatedinthe101thatyoushouldusesoftwarethatisprovidedonaCDandifyou,foranyreason

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whatsoever, do not receive the CD in your study package, you need to download the software on the CD from
osprey(refertoSection6.2inthistutorialletter).Thisisofspecialimportanceforthesemestermodules(wherethe
study programme does not provide any leeway). You may, for example, copy the software onto a memory stick
(flashdisk)andinstallitfromthereontoyourcomputer.
Ifyouneedhelpwiththeinstallationofprescribedsoftware,seeSection3.
11.ASSIGNMENTS

11.1.THEPURPOSEOFASSIGNMENTS
Althoughexaminationadmissionaswellasthesemesteroryearmarkforamoduleisdeterminedbyassignments,
thisisnottheirmainpurpose.Weconsiderthecompletionofassignmentsanessentialpartoftheeducationaland
learning process. By doing an assignment you get the opportunity to determine your own understanding of the
tutorial matter and we get the chance to ascertain whether your knowledge and understanding are adequate (in
ordertobeabletogiveyoubetterguidance).SinceUnisaisanOpenDistanceLearninguniversity,wehavenoother
waytoattainthisgoal.
Assignments are therefore primarily intended to help you to understand the tutorial matter. Some modules use
assignments toascertain whetherornotyouareabletoapply thetheorybecauseexaminationquestionsmaybe
moretheoretical.
Thepurposeofassignmentsisnotachievedwhenyoudonotsubmityourownwork.Forthisreasonlecturersare
strictaboutduedates.Thesolutionsaresentoutafterthosedates.
11.2.STUDYINGINGROUPS
Youarewelcometoworktogetherinsmallgroups.Thiscanbeveryusefulandstimulating,andmayresultingreater
enjoyment of your studies as compared with studying in isolation. You may phone the University to obtain the
names of other students in your area. Refer to Tutorial Letter 101 of the relevant module: some lecturers may
expectyoutolistthenamesandstudentnumbersofthemembersifyouworkingroups.
Weexpect,however,thateachmemberofthegrouptodohisorherownassignmentsandwillwriteandsubmit
hisorherownprograms.Thepurposeofassignments,asexplainedabove,isnotachievedwhenyoudonotsubmit
your own work. So, discuss problems, find solutions, etc., in the group but then do the assignments yourself. It is
dishonestandunethicaltosubmittheworkofsomebodyelseasyourown.
11.3.PLAGIARISM
Plagiarismistheactoftakingwords,ideasandthoughtsofothersandpassingthemoffasyourown.Itisaformof
theftwhichinvolvesanumberofdishonestactivities.PleaserefertoStudentDisciplinaryCodeavailableonmyUnisa.
N.B.: Note that copyright exists on Unisa tutorial matter. You are, for example, not allowed to use any Unisa
solutionswhenyoudoassignments.

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11.4.EXAMINATIONADMISSION
Inordertobeallowedtowritetheexaminationinamoduleyouhavetosubmitacompulsoryassignmentofthe
module before a specified date. You will find information about exactly which assignment will determine
examinationadmissionaswellasitsspecificduedateinTutorialLetter101oftherelevantmodule.
Thefollowingisalsoimportant:

Pleasemakeanoteofyourexaminationdatesandarrangewithyouremployerforleaveingoodtime.

Makesurethattherearenoclashesonyourexaminationtimetable.ContacttheDepartmentofStudent
Administrationifclashesdooccur.

11.5.SEMESTER/YEARMARK
The marks that you obtain by submitting assignments will contribute to the final mark obtained for a specific
module. For most modules the marks that you obtain for the contributing assignments will be converted to form
10%ofthefinalmarkforthemodule.Thisisthesemestermarkoryearmark.
The weight of the contribution of every assignment to the semester or year mark differs from assignment to
assignmentandfrommoduletomodule.Insomecasestheassignmentshaveidenticalweightsandinothermodules
not.YouwillfindfullinformationinTutorialLetter101ofaspecificmodule.
An example: Suppose a specific module has 4 assignments with weights of 20%, 25%, 25% and 30%, respectively.
Nowsupposethatyourmarksforthefourassignmentsare20%,80%,60%and50%,respectively.Yousemester/year
markwillbecalculatedasfollows:
(0.20x0.20)+(0.80x0.25)+(0.60x0.25)+(0.50x0.30).
Thisgivesus0.04+0.2+0.15+0.15=0.54.Thusyoursemesteroryearmarkisequalto54%.
Ifweconvertthisto10%ofyourfinalmark,itwillbe5.4%.
Theexaminationwillinmostcasesform90%ofthefinalmarkforthemodule.
Itshouldbeclearthatitistoyouradvantagetocompleteandsubmitasmanyassignmentsaspossibleandtodo
yourbestineveryoneofthem.
N.B.:Theyearmarkonlycontributesifyouobtain40%ormorefortheexamination.
11.6.DOINGANDSUBMITTINGASSIGNMENTS
Weareawareoftheverydifficultconditionsunderwhichmanystudentsstudy,andthatunforeseencircumstances
mayoccur.Wethereforeadviseyoutostartyourstudieswellinadvance,aftercarefullyplanningthetimeyouhave
available for studying, to suit your circumstances. This planning should be done using the due dates of the
assignmentsasaguideline.DuedatesforallassignmentsarespecifiedinTutorialLetter101ofeverymodule.You
shouldpost yourassignmentearly enough toensurethatitwill arriveatUnisaonorbeforethe due date. Please
notethatitisyourresponsibilitytomakesurethatyourassignmentsreachtheUniversity.Youmaycheckthisby

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usingmyUnisa.Wetrytomarkassignmentswithin4weeksoftheduedate.Pleasemakeenquiriesifyouhavenot
yetreceivedamarksixweeksaftertheduedate.
AssignmentsmaynotbesentdirectlytotheSchoolofComputingsinceeveryassignmentmustfirstberegisteredat
theAssignmentSection.
RememberthatyourassignmentmusthavepreciselythesamenumberastheonespecifiedinTutorialLetter101of
themodule.EventhoughAssignment2maybethefirstassignmentdonebyyou,itmustbenumbered02andnot
01.
StudentswhowishtodotheirassignmentsonawordprocessorcanuseA4printingpaper,whichmustbethesame
sizeastheofficialassignmentpads.Pleaseleaveablankspaceforthelecturer'scommentsontherighthandsideof
each page. The assignment must still be put into an assignment cover. You may, of course, also submit the
assignmentelectronicallythroughmyUnisa.Inthatcasethecompleteassignmenthastobesubmittedasonefile.
Consult myUnisa for detailed information regarding the submission of assignments. Electronically submitted
assignments should be in one of the formats specified on myUnisa. If such an assignment contains diagrams and
figures,werecommendthatyouconvertittoPDFformatbeforeyouuploadittomyUnisa.Disk2012containsaPDF
printerdriverthatyoumayuseforthispurpose.AcrobatReaderwillalsobesuppliedsothatyouwillbeabletoopen
the.pdffileafterconversioninordertomakesurethattheformatiscorrectbeforeyousubmittheassignment.The
softwareonDiskisdownloadablefromosprey.
EXTENSIONOFDUEDATES

In some cases the due date of an assignment may be extended. Every module has its own procedures for this.
Sometimesitisimpossibletoextendaduedate,sometimesanassignmentmaybesubmittedacertainnumberof
days after the due date as long as a note is included, sometimes a lecturer has to be contacted, et cetera. The
informationisgiveninTutorialLetter101ofaspecificmodule.
11.7.PRACTICALWORK
MANYofthemodulesofferedintheSchoolofComputingincludeapracticalcomponent.Itisimportanttorecognise
thevalueofthepracticalassignments.Practicalworktakesupagreatdealoftimeandyoumust,therefore,start
doing it early. If you do not have access to a computer it might be possible to use the facilities at one of Unisas
computerlaboratories.FurtherinformationcanbeobtainedfromthebrochuremyStudies@Unisa.
Youwillneedsoftwareforthepracticalwork.Insomecasesyouhavetobuythesoftwareyourselfandinothercases
itissuppliedonaCDaspartofyourstudypackage.InformationregardingthiscanbefoundinTutorialLetter101of
therelevantmodule.Ifyouneedhelpwiththeinstallationoftheprescribedsoftware,refertoSection3.
NOTE:Itisunlikelythatyouwillbeabletopasstheexaminationofaprogrammingmoduleunlessyouhave
completedthepracticalassignmentsduringtheyear.

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12.COMPUTERASSISTEDLESSONS
Inthe101tutoriallettersofCOS1501,COS1521andCOS2601youwillfindinformationregardingcomputerassisted
lessonsthatmaybeorderedfromUnisa.
13.FREQUENTLYASKEDQUESTIONS
We receive many calls from students asking the same questions. We have therefore decided to include a list of
frequentlyaskedquestions(FAQs)inthistutorialletter.PleasereadthroughtheFAQsbeforephoningtheSchool.
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WHATISTUTORIALLETTER101(TL101)?

YouwillreceiveaTL101foreverymoduleforwhichyouareregistered.ItcontainsinformationsuchastheSCHEME
OFWORK,STUDYRESOURCESANDASSIGNMENTS.TheTL101containsessentialinformationsuchasinformationon
administrativematters,assignmentdetailssuchassubmissiondatesandtheactualassignmentquestions,aswellas
theprescribedtextbookforthatspecificmodule.ItisessentialthatyoureadcarefullythroughtheTL101foreach
module.
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ARETHEREASSIGNMENTSTHATINEEDTOCOMPLETE?DOIHAVETOSUBMITTHEASSIGNMENTS?

Each module has at least one compulsory assignment that you need to complete and submit by the due date
mentioned in your TL101. Please check carefully under the assignment section of your TL101 how many
assignment(s)youneedtocomplete,whatkindofassignment(s)theyareandwhatthesubmissiondate(s)are.
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DOIHAVETOBUYTHEPRESCRIBEDTEXTBOOKS?CANYOURECOMMENDANYFURTHERREADING
MATERIAL?

Ifyouarerequiredtobuyanytextbook(s)foryourmodule,particularswillbegivenintheTL101.Thesameapplies
torecommendedreading(s).
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WHATDOIDOIFIEXPERIENCEPROBLEMSWITHTHECONTENTOFTHESTUDYMATERIAL?

Contactyourtutororoneofthelecturersresponsibleforthemoduleimmediately.Pleasedonothesitatetocontact
us.Youcanphoneanyofthelecturersduringthemornings,makeanappointmenttocomeandseeuspersonally,
writealetterorsendanemail(recommended).Tutorsareavailableinpersonatregionallearningcentersonmost
Saturdaymornings.Youneedtoregisteratthecentretoattendtutorials.
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IHAVENOTYETRECEIVEDMYSTUDYMATERIAL.CANYOUSENDITTOME?

TheSchooldoesnotdespatchstudymaterial.Thisisdonebyadifferentdepartment.
YoucanalsofindanddownloadyourstudymaterialonmyUnisa.
6

WHENDOCLASSESSTARTATUNISA?

Thereare noclasses;Unisaisauniversitythatoffersdistancelearning,andisnotaresidential University.We do


not,therefore,offerclassestoourstudentsonadailybasis;butwedoofferselectedtutorialclasseswithatutoron

COS0ALL/301

aweeklybasisatUnisaLearningCentresthroughoutthecountry,orarrangedgroupdiscussionswiththelecturer.Be
wiseandfindoutmoreaboutthese!(RefertoTL101formoreinformation.)
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DOIHAVEGROUPDISCUSSIONS(THATIS,VISITSFROMLECTURERSATVARIOUSVENUES)?

Information concerninggroupdiscussions(orworkshops)forindividualmoduleswillbeprovidedinTL101,and/or
follow up tutorial letters you will receive during the course of the semester/year. Group discussions will also be
announcedandscheduledonmyUnisa.
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WHENANDWHEREAMIWRITINGTHEEXAMINATION?

Lecturersdo notscheduleexaminationdates. Thisisdoneby theExaminationsDepartment.Shouldyouhaveany


enquiriesabouttheexaminationdate,timeandvenuefor(modulecode),pleasecontactExams.Whenyouregister,
select an examination centre that is close to or convenient for you. If you need to change venues, inform the
Examinations Department, Directorate: Student Assessment Administration, in good time so that they can plan to
receiveyouattheothercentre.Refertopage69ofmyStudies@Unisa.
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WHENWILLTHEEXAMINATIONRESULTSBERELEASED?

This is a decision taken by the Examinations Department. The results are released when all the administration
arounditiscomplete.Pleaserefertopage70ofmyStudies@Unisa.
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WHEREDOIFINDMYEXAMINATIONRESULTS?

Refertopage70ofmyStudies@Unisa.
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WHATDOIDOIFIAMNOTHAPPYWITHMYRESULTS?

Refertothebackpageofyourofficialresults(thatyouwillreceivebypost)forthedifferentoptions.Also,consult
page70ofthebrochuremyStudies@Unisa.
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WHEREDOIAPPLYFORMYEXAMINATIONSCRIPTTOBEREMARKEDORRECHECKED?

You will find all the information regarding the remarking or rechecking of examination scripts at the back of the
officialresultsthatyouwillreceivebypost.YouwillalsofindtheinformationinthebrochuremyStudies@Unisa
thatyoureceivedaspartofyourstudypackage.
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WHENDOTHESUPPLEMENTARYEXAMINATION/AGREOTATEXAMINATIONSTAKEPLACE?

ItwillbeavailableonmyUnisa.

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WHATISMYUNISA?

myUnisa is the online learning management system of the University. You can find your study guides and tutorial
lettersinPDFformatonthewebsiteforyourmodule.Youcancommunicatewithyourlecturers,withotherstudents
andwiththeadministrativedepartmentsofUnisaallthroughthecomputerandtheInternet.Youneedtohave
InternetaccesstousemyUnisa.
PleaseconsultthebrochuremyStudies@Unisawhichyoureceivedwithyourstudymaterialformoreinformation
onmyUnisa.
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WHATISSATELLITEDELIVERYORSATELLITETV?

At Unisa, satellite transmission is sometimes used for the live presentation of lectures, tutorials or training
programmes to learners using a television and screen at Unisa regional centres. You will be informed by SMS/e
mails/announcementsonmyUnisaaboutthesatellitebroadcastsforanymodulesforwhichyouareregistered.
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WHATISRPL?

Recognitionofpriorlearning(RPL)istherecognitionbyUnisaofanynonaccreditedlearningoftertiarylevelrelated
toaUnisadisciplinewhichoccurredbeforeyoudecidedtoregisterforanacademicqualification.
TheRPLprogrammeatUnisaenablesyoutogainrecognitionandcreditforwhatyoualreadyknowandare
abletodoatalevelequivalenttoUniversitystudy.
Youreceivecreditforwhatyouhavelearnedfromexperience,trainingcourses,etc.
RPLmakesitpossibleforyoutoearncreditstowardsaUNISAqualification,therebyshorteningyourstudytime,and
decreasingyourstudyfees.Formoreinformationgotowww.unisa.ac.zaand followthelinksStudy>ChooseUnisa
(underCHOOSE&APPLY)>RecognitionofPriorLearning.
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IWANTTOTRANSFERCREDITSFROMANOTHERUNIVERSITY.HOWDOIDOTHIS?

ContactdetailsoftherelevantRPLofficecanbefoundonUNISAsWebsite(seeFAQ16).
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WHATCANATUTORDOFORME?

Atthemoment,weofferfacetofacetutorialsatregionallearningcentresacrossSouthAfrica.Atutorcanassistyou
tounderstandyourstudymaterial,approachyourassignmentscorrectly,offeryoumoreopportunitiesforpracticing
skills,etc.Wewouldliketobegintoofferthisserviceonlineforstudentswhochoosethisoption.Wewouldalsolike
tobeginofferingatutorconnectiontostudentswhohavenoaccesstoourlearningcentresortheInternetsothat
theyatleasthavesomeonewhocanhelpthemonrequest.
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IWANTTOWORKWITHOTHERSTUDENTS.HOWCANIDOTHIS?

Pleaserefertopage28ofthemyStudies@Unisabrochure.

COS0ALL/301

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WHATCANIDOIFIAMNOTACONFIDENTREADERORWRITER?

TheDirectorateforCounselling,CareerandAcademicDevelopmentoffersliteracysupportatmanyoftheregional
learningcentres.Theycanalsoassistyoutoimproveyourstudyskills.Pleaserefertopage25ofthemyStudies@
Unisabrochure.
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WHATIFIHAVERECEIVEDACDORDVDANDIDONTHAVETHEEQUIPMENTTOPLAYIT?

Manyregionallearningcentreshavecomputersthatstudentsmayuse.Regionalofficescanalsogiveyoudetailsof
MultiPurposeCommunityCentresthatmighthaveequipmentthatyoucanuse.PleaserefertothemyStudies@
Unisabrochure.
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WHATHAPPENSIFINEEDAPLACEMENTFORWORKINTEGRATEDLEARNING(WIL)?

PleaserefertothemyStudies@Unisabrochure.MostWILcourseshaveaquestionnaireinTutorialLetter101as
well.Regionalofficesshouldalsobeabletoassistyou.
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HOWMUCHCONTACTCANIEXPECT?

Distance education relies on independent selfstudy so your study package on its own should enable you to
completethemodulesuccessfully.However,theUniversityalsoofferssomeformsofcontactbesidesletters,phone
calls, email or visits to lecturers in their offices. In some modules, lecturers visit various regions once a
semester/year.Studentsarealertedaboutthesevisitsinatutorialletter.Somefirstyearsubjectsinparticularoffer
tutorialclassesonceaweekatregionallearningcentres.Somemodulesusevideoconferencingorsatelliteclassesto
regional centres that have these facilities. myUnisa and osprey offer discussion forums. The Directorate for
Counselling, Career and Academic Development has counsellors, literacy centres, peer collaborative learning
facilitators,etc.
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WHERECANIOBTAINFINANCIALAID?

YoucanrefertothemyStudies@Unisabrochure.
Wehopethatyouwillenjoyyourstudiesandwewishyoueverysuccess.

Your lecturers in the School.


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