AgriScience
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Undergraduate Students

​​​​​South Africa constantly needs well-trained experts who can make meaningful contributions to supplying a fast-growing population with food and fibre, experts who can ensure that food and natural resources remain unpolluted and safe for the consumer, and experts who manages the environment in a sustainable way in order to ensure its preservation for posterity.

The Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University is probably one of the most important environments where these challenges are addressed and solved in the various study and research fields. ​

The programmes train students to become leading experts in one of six industry sectors, namely Plant and Soil Sciences, Animal Production Systems, Food and Wine Production Systems, Agricultural Economics and Management, Conservation Ecology, and Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences.

Semester 2 of 2021: AgriSciences Teaching and Learning offering

The Faculty of AgriSciences will use the Augmented Remote Teaching, Learning and Assessment (ARTLA) approach for their Undergraduate offering.  This means that a combination of face-to-face (f-t-f) and online learning opportunities (synchronous (real-time) and/or asynchronous (non-real-time) will be provided.  The Excel sheet per Department on the AgriSciences website provides the detail for each undergraduate module, click on the links below to access the relevant information

Definitions from the Excel:

Fully online:  There are no scheduled f-2-f interactions with the students. The interactions are facilitated via digital technology by utilising either synchronous (real-time) or asynchronous modalities, e.g. upload of podcasts / lectures. The asynchronous (non-real time) modality allows for students to engage with learning material at different times and locations.

Fully Face to Face (f2f):  The module is offered in a physical classroom or facility with lecturers/facilitators and students are present in person.  Most of the summative assessments happen in brick-and-mortar facilities. F2F learning allows for different teaching and learning methodologies to be used and can contain a blend of traditional classroom methods and online interaction. However, most of the teaching, learning and assessment is still facilitated on campus or in the classroom.

Augmented:  The module is offered in one or a combination of three ways:   1) Synchronous (real-time) streaming and recording of f2f learning opportunities with limited number of students in venue. 2) Asynchronous provision of material and f2f learning opportunities (with limited number of students in venue) are used to explain pre-recorded material.  3) Asynchronous provision of material and f2f learning opportunities (with limited number of students in venue) are used for question-and-answer sessions.

In summary

  • Most modules will follow an Augmented (options 1 – 3) approach.  If more than one columns are indicated, it means that your teaching and learning offering will include a combination of the various formats as indicated in the definitions.
  • Assessments (and specifically the main assessments) will take place invigilated (sit down face-to-face) on Stellenbosch campus or online, please consult your module framework for the detail.
  • Most students will have the opportunity for face-to-face contact with the lecturer on a rotational basis.  For smaller classes this can be for e.g.  once a week and for larger classes it might be slightly less often.  More synchronous contact will be possible via in-person/ Teams / Adobe connect etc as well during appointment times and other scheduled timeslots.
  • The class size and venue assigned will influence the nature and frequency of contact time adhering to strict Covid regulations.
  • This information may change at short notice due to Covid-19 and new alert level directives from Department of Higher Education – Please consult SUNLearn, emails and other official communications. Further details will be available in the module frameworks on SUNLearn, please visit regularly to stay up to date. We encourage you to keep an eye on the COVID-19 Latest Updates website.


 

​ ​A4 assessments ​​

(as communicated on 21 July 2021)

  • The A4 assessments are only applicable to first semester modules, for which A2 and A3 test and/or examination-based assessments are conducted - year modules are excluded from this assessment opportunity.

  • Where relevant, students that missed any A2 assessment opportunity are strongly encouraged to write the A3.

  • For access to the A4 examination-based assessments, a minimum of 40% for the class mark is required.

Access to A4 assessments

 A2A3A4
Written and passed module with at least 50% No further assessmentNo further assessment
Written and failed with a mark above 40% and below 50%, and, adhere to the sub-minima for examination based modules

Examination Modules

Writes A3 if offered

  • ³ 50% pass - marks are capped at 50%
  • < 50% fail

    Flexible Assessment modules
    Where no A3 is offered, access to the A4 is granted

No further assessment 

  

Yes

  • ³ 50% pass
  • < 50% fail
Not written due to illness or for any other reason*Writes A3 if offered and pass ³50%No further assessment
Not written due to illness or for any other reason*Writes A3 if offered and obtain a mark above 40% and below 50%, access to the A4 is granted

Yes

  • ³ 50% pass - marks are capped at 50%
  • < 50% fail
Not written due to illness or for any other reason*Not written due to illness or for any other reason

Yes, as the last and final assessment

  • ³ 50% pass
  • < 50% fail

 *No proof to be submitted

 

Please note that

  • students that qualify for an A4 assessment will be informed by the respective department.

  • the abovementioned scenarios will be considered for the calculation of final marks.

    • Information in this regard will be communicated to the qualifying students by the Module Coordinator for the respective modules.

Scheduling 
  • The A4 assessments are scheduled to take place from the end of August 2021 to the beginning of September 2021.

  • The logistics (including dates) for the A4 assessments are managed centrally by the Examination Office and will be communicated ASAP.

  • Some as​sessments may be scheduled on Saturdays and will start at 19:00 to make provision for religious commitments. Please ensure that you check your schedule once communicated.

 Preparations for A4 period 
  • For modules offered by the Faculty of AgriSciences, all A4 assessment will be completed online.

  • Since the offering​ for the second semester will have commenced in full, consultation with lecturers, prior to the A4 assessments, will be limited.

All the best for the rest of your examinations. The Faculty trusts that you will make use of all relevant additional opportunities to ensure that you progress well academically to the second semester.​

  

​​​More Information:
For more information on the programmes and content of modules, please refer to the Faculty Yearbook​.  ,