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.
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Semester 1 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.
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.
- 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.
- Most of the assessments (and specifically the main assessments) will take place invigilated (sit down face-to-face) on Stellenbosch campus.
- 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 as well during appointment times and other scheduled timeslots.
- The class size, number of timetable slots, venues assigned, and module content will influence decisions on the nature and frequency of contact time.
- 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 from 8 March 2021. We encourage you to keep an eye on the this website and the COVID-19 Latest Updates website.
For more information on the programmes and content of modules, please refer to the Faculty Yearbook. ,