Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management

Qualification stream: (Chemistry Stream)
Qualification code: 98052 - ECH
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 6085
APS/AS: 25
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the qualification is, in one or more sub-fields within the physical, mathematical, computer, life, earth, and environmental sciences: To produce science graduates who have: a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and an understanding of underlying concepts and principles; the ability to access and evaluate scientific information including knowing how scientific knowledge is created; a high level of cognitive and other generic skills including problem-solving, written and spoken communication and computer literacy; and competence in applying knowledge through basic research methods and practice. To provide every graduate with a sufficient depth of knowledge and skills that give opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, including postgraduate study, for gainful economic activity in a range of careers, and for rewarding and constructive contributions to society. To provide society with science graduates who demonstrate initiative and responsibility, who are professional and ethical in their roles within the economy and society, and who are able to be intellectual leaders within their society. ユ To produce graduates in all scientific fields, in order to increase, widen and transform the leadership base in South Africa, both for innovation and science-based economic and research development, and for the education of future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers and other professional people.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CHE2611 - Inorganic Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502) & CHE1503
CHE2612 - Physical Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502), CHE1503,MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
CHE2613 - Organic Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502), CHE1503
CHE2614 - Analytical Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502) & CHE1503
CHE2621 - Inorganic Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 1 only Co-requisite:CHE2611
CHE2622 - Physical Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 2 only Co-requisite:CHE2612
CHE2623 - Organic Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 2 only Co-requisite:CHE2613
CHE2624 - Analytical Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 1 only Co-requisite:CHE2614
ECS2606 - Environmental Economics
GGH2601 - The African Challenge: People and Environment
GGH2603 - The Interpretation of Maps, Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images
GGH2604 - People and the Environment
GGH2605 - Environmental Politics
LEG2601 - Legal Aspects of Environmental Management
PLS3701 - Theoretical and Applied Ethics
Group B. Choose 1 from the following:
DVA2601 - Projects and Programmes as Instruments of Development
GGH2602 - The Geography of Services Provision
GGH2606 - Geography of Tourism
PUB2606 - Environmental Affairs Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 or PUB1018 & PUB1029 (NOT applicable to 98052-ECH, 98052-XEC and 98055)
SOC2602 - Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
GGH3701 - State of the Environment in Southern Africa
GGH3702 - Spatial Economic Development
GGH3703 - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
GGH3705 - Assessing Environmental Impacts
GGH3707 - Ecotourism
GGH3708 - Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
PUB3701 - Public Management Skills Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 or PUB1018 & PUB1029 (NOT applicable to 98052-EBO, XEB, 98052-ECH, XEC, 98052-EZO, XEZ and 98055)
SOC3702 - Industrial Sociology
Group B. Choose 2 from the following. One must be a CHE module. CHE theory & practical count as 1 module.
AGE3702 - Applied Archaeology: Heritage Conservation, Cultural Resource Management and Archaeotourism
CHE3701 - Inorganic Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2611 & CHE2621
CHE3702 - Physical Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2612, CHE2622 & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
CHE3703 - Organic Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2613 & CHE2623
CHE3704 - Analytical Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2614 & CHE2624
CHE3721 - Inorganic Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 2 only Co-requisite:CHE3701
CHE3722 - Physical Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 1 only Co-requisite:CHE3702
CHE3723 - Organic Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 1 only Co-requisite:CHE3703
CHE3724 - Analytical Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 2 only Co-requisite:CHE3704
DVA3703 - Development Policy and Strategies
GGH3704 - Development of Urban Space
INS3705 - Information and Knowledge Management
INS3707 - Information Organisation and Retrieval
PLC3703 - Political Development and Political Economy
PYC3701 - Social Psychology