College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Science Foundation

What is Extended Science Pathway?

Extended Science Pathway (ESP) provides learning support in extended streams within selected science diploma  and  degree  qualifications.  This support is largely provided in the form  of  tutorials  within each module, but also includes mentorship and assistance in English language, mathematics, information, and computer literacies. The purpose of Extended Science Pathway is to improve the success rate in science programmes; hence, increasing the throughput of our science students.

Special learning support is provided to students AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.

What is an Extended Programme?

Extended  programmes  are  streams  within regular  diploma  or  bachelor’s  degree  qualifications  which  are offered over a period longer than the formal time for regular programmes. On completion of an extended programme, students are awarded the same diploma or degree certificate as students in the regular streams within a qualification. The rationale behind the extended period of learning is to accommodate additional learning support.

The general regulations stipulated for a regular qualification apply.  In addition, the following are specific to the extended programmes:

  • In each of the first and second year of study, students are restricted to a maximum of 60 credits of prescribed, sequenced modules
  • At least 50 % of the first and second year curriculum is made up of extended (year) modules, with extended pathway.
  • The minimum number of years required to complete a full extended programme is one year plus the approved minimum formal time for the regular programmes.
  • The maximum number of years required to complete a full extended programme is one year plus the approved maximum formal time for the regular programme.

The normal rules that regulate progression (including repeats in modules) within the qualification will apply.

Diagnostics and academic development

  • Students take diagnostic tests in academic skills during orientation, with referrals to professional academic development for remediation.

Unique teaching and learning methods

  • Critical foundational academic skills are embedded in the learning outcomes.
  • Extended modules are taken over a year.
  • Students complete double the notional or study hours compared to the regular module.
  • Learning is augmented through special, highly interactive tutorials
  • Extended  modules  contain  multiple,  regular  assessments.  The  rationale  behind  the  multiple assignments is to gather evidence formatively and continuously as to whether or not the student is achieving, or showing potential to achieve the prescribed outcomes of the module.   The assessment is, therefore, developmental.

Interactive Tutorials

  • Tutors use custom-made tutorial support resources  which follow a motivational, appreciative enquiry, activity-based approach.
  • Tutorials are designed to encourage student interactive learning to promote authentic learning.
  • Students have an option of face-to-face tutorials at a Unisa learning centre or online or e-tutorials
  • on Unisa’s electronic management system (myUnisa)
  • Tutorials are delivered in relatively small groups with more tutorial time compared to regular modules

Mentorship, Guidance and Counselling

  • Peer mentorship through online and face-to-face modes
  • Professional career guidance and educational counselling

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