Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

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Just look at our track record! A BA in Psychology at HCHE is a highly sought-after degree which can lead you into a prestigious career as a professional psychologist. Our graduates have a competitive advantage when studying further. They testify to the fact that when they go on to do an Honours degree, they are streets ahead of their peers with their superior research skills and rigorous academic preparation. You will need to work hard, but the end result will be sweet!

Programme Purpose

  • To help you understand how and why humans think and behave as they do, within a Christian values framework
  • To grant you the knowledge and skills needed to do professional counselling, therapy, work in mental health care and in related fields such as industrial psychology, or to study further in psychology
  • To give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the core subfields of psychology: health and stress; positive psychology; human development; social psychology; personology; counselling skills and therapy; community psychology; abnormal psychology; psychometric theory and testing, and the history of philosophy and psychology, including the major schools and paradigms
  • To encourage you to think critically
  • To empower you with research and analytical skills
  • To give you opportunities to develop a passion for service and the knowledge and skills to ensure you will be prepared to really help people in the community

Qualification Outcomes

When you have graduated, you will have gained the following knowledge and abilities:

Industrial Psychology Stream Students 

A deep knowledge of behaviour at work, including:

  • Job analysis
  • Employee selection, training and motivation
  • Performance appraisal
  • The principles of management and human resources management
  • Industrial relations
  • Performance and diversity management
  • Group dynamics 

Counselling Psychology Stream Students

  • Knowledge of substance abuse, addictions and treatment
  • Cognitive and neurological processes, structures, and functions
  • Human sexuality
  • Family and marriage therapeutic interventions
  • Exceptionality, special education and related services
  • The skill of working on your own as well as in a group
  • The ability to read academic books, journals and online material in a critical way, and to carry out your own research

Degree Details

3 YEARS NQF Level 7

Career opportunities

Once you hold a BA in Psychology, these are some of the jobs you could do after post-graduate study:

  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Lecturer / School Teacher
  • Field Researcher
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Employment in areas related to psychology such as:
    • social services
    • health work
    • community work
    • public relations
    • sales or market research
    • ergonomics
    • advertising

FURTHER STUDIES

Once you have completed an Honours degree, you can apply for an internship Master’s degree in Psychology or do a BPsych equivalence programme and internship. Thereafter, you will write the National Board examination. Once you pass this exam, you may register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to become a professional psychologist. Otherwise, after you have completed your Honours degree, you may apply for a research Master’s degree, so that you can become a lecturer or a field researcher.

Alumni

We think you will like to hear that our Psychology graduates do particularly well in their post-graduate studies and some have advanced to Master’s or Doctoral degrees. In a very competitive space, you will have an edge on the competition if you hold a BA Psychology degree from Helderberg College of Higher Education.

CURRICULUM : CORE MODULES

Counselling

PSY 105 Principles of Psychology (16 Credits) NQF 6

This module provides the student with an
overview of the major fields within psychology, while emphasizing the development of an understanding of the discipline as the scientific study of human behaviour. It is designed to lay a foundation of the structure and basic scope of psychology, helping the student to develop an understanding of psychological processes and how the study of psychology can be applied in the various fields of non-majors. Various topics, including the brain and behaviour, human development, learning, personality and psychological disorders, will be covered, with a focus on refining critical thinking skills.

PSY 108 Health Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 6

This module will include the study of causes for the rise of health psychology; interrelationships between psychology and health related disciplines; models of disease and health care; interrelationships between stressful life events, social support, and wellness; illness behaviour; psychology of addictive behaviour; behavioural health problems, and doing authentic academic tasks.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 140 Faith & Psychology (8 Credits) NQF 6

How are Christians supposed to understand, appreciate, and tackle the issues raised within the discipline of Psychology? As one studies deeper into this field, one realizes that sometimes Psychology can seem disconnected and even antithetical to Christian perspectives on life. This module will attempt to broaden the student’s understanding on the relationship between Christian beliefs about individuals and secular psychological beliefs.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 170 Stress Management (12 Credits) NQF 6

Stress and coping play a significant role in an individual’s functioning and well-being in any context. Students’ academic and future professional lives are likely to be heavily influenced by the efficiency with which they are able to employ positive coping techniques. This module sets out to provide students with a basic understanding of the theory and practice of stress management, including an overview of the signs and symptoms of stress, identification of stressors in a person’s life, increasing stress tolerance,  and implementing change. This module is geared to provide students with the practical tools to be able to manage their stress; the ability to use them effectively will hopefully be instilled as they are practised.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 180 Positive Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 6

Positive Psychology is a developing mosaic of research and theory from different areas of psychology, tied together by a common focus on positive aspects of human behaviour. The module introduces one of the most recent fields in psychology, and represents a paradigm-shift from pathology to strength-based psychology. It is a response to the traditional, clinical focus of psychology that has dominated the last halfcentury. Various themes focus on the empirical study of the resilience, virtues, and psychological well-being of human behaviour.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 208 Cognitive & Neuropsychology (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module involves the study of how people perceive, process, learn, remember and think about information. This necessitates an understanding of the structure and functioning of the brain; how these influence cognitive processing; as well as the various research methods and techniques cognitive scientists have used in analysing the processes of perception, memory functioning, problem solving, decision making, reasoning, emotion, and even spirituality. We will consider theories that aim to explain the processes involved as well as disorders that arise as a result of damage to specific brain areas.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 209 Human Sexuality (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module seeks to understand the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of sexual development throughout the life span, so as to achieve healthy sexual adjustment.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 211 Developmental Psychology I (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides an intensive study of current psychological theories relating to environmental and other influences during the prenatal, infant, and childhood years.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 212 Developmental Psychology II (12 Credits) NQF 7

A study of current psychological theories relating to psychological development, maturity, and decline as evidenced during the adolescent, youth, middle age and retirement years.
Prerequisites: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 211 Developmental Psychology I

PSY 215 Applied Statistics (16 Credits) NQF 7

Statistical methods form an integral part of the quantitative tools used in research. A basic understanding of statistical terminology is also required to understand and make sense of academic literature within the social sciences. This module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the theory behind some of the most common statistical procedures needed to complete a successful research project within the quantitative paradigm, and to understand academic literature that makes use of statistical concepts. Students are taught to apply these techniques using various packages available in R, an open source language and environment for data manipulation, statistical computing and graphics.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 221 Treatment of Substance Abuse (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module is designed to help the student expand and integrate knowledge of alcoholism and chemical dependency by addressing relevant contemporary issues and treatment modalities which are in the main stream of the field. In addition, students will learn about empirically validated prevention programmes, substance abuse assessment information, counselling techniques, referral information, as well as relapse prevention and aftercare strategies.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 229 Social Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 7

Social psychology is defined as the scientific study that seeks to understand the nature and causes of individual behaviour and thought in social situations. This module will deal with the theory, research, and methodology of social psychology, including both classic and contemporary methods.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 231 Research Methods I (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides an overview of the theory and application of the principles of social science research. It acquaints students with the theory of science, examines epistemological claims of various approaches to knowing, and provides students with a rationale for the importance of social science research methods in communication, theology, business and psychology. The module addresses philosophical frameworks, methodologies, strategic planning, and ethical considerations involved in both basic and applied research. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to identify topics for inquiry, select the appropriate methods and designs for answering a chosen research question, and formulate a structured plan of research.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 232 Research Methods II (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module will provide student with the tools and skills needed in order to become an innovative researcher. A complete research project will be undertaken and completed through the duration of the semester, consisting of the following: the formation of a research problem and objectives, writing up a literature review, the operationalization and development of a research design, data collection and analysis, and presentation of findings to both staff and students in the form of an open forum.
Prerequisites: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 215 Applied Statistics; PSY 231 Research Methods I

PSY 299 Practicum (12 Credits) NQF 6

Supervised field placement in a human services setting. A total of 120 clock hours of volunteer experience is required to gain 12 credits. These hours may be split up among more than one setting if the student so wishes.
Prerequisite: Consent of the module Supervisor and the placement setting management

PSY 307 Marriage & Family (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module is designed to examine the fundamental concepts of marriage and family, identifying characteristics of healthy and dysfunctional families along with cultural and other considerations impacting families in today’s dynamic global environment. Family dynamics and interpersonal relationships across the lifespan are examined from family systems, sociological, and ecological perspectives. Major theoretical and therapeutic models assumed by contemporary practitioners of marriage and family counselling are introduced in a brief overview, enabling students to develop an appreciation for the different means of assisting marriages and families in distress. Videos, lectures, and discussions will all be utilized to cover the course materials.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 311 Theories of Personality (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides students with an overview of the historically important theories, as well as new models of personality. Each theory will be discussed in terms of its unique development, definitions, concepts, and methods of assessment and empirical research. Theories will be critically evaluated concerning their particular stance on the basic questions of human nature.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 312 Psychopathology (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides an overview of the study of abnormal psychology. The concept of abnormality will be examined from both historical and current perspectives, and issues related to the classification of psychological disorders will be explored. The descriptive taxonomy of the DSM-V will be introduced, and the aetiology, diagnosis, and treatment of selected child, adolescent and adult disorders will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on both awareness and the impact society has on mental illness.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 311 Theories of Personality

PSY 315 Counselling Skills (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module addresses the basic skills, processes, strategies and concepts of counselling. It provides a concrete sense of what the practice of professional counselling entails and examines the skills, processes and strategies that form the bedrock of counselling in action. Concepts that are covered in the module include the role of the counsellor, the therapeutic relationship, therapeutic communication, the micro-processes involved in counselling, goal setting and the ethical challenges of counselling. The module also incorporates a practical component, giving students the opportunity to gain experience in applying the counselling skills they have learnt whilst, at the same time, contributing counselling service to the community.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 316 Psychotherapy (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module surveys the major concepts and practices of 12 major contemporary therapeutic models. In so doing, it provides a framework within students can apply their existing skills and knowledge about counselling. Apart from providing a theoretical overview of a range of divergent psychotherapeutic approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, the module emphasizes the practical application of the concepts covered. It also encourages students to engage in critical appraisal of the various approaches as part of the process of developing their own personal style of counselling.
Prerequisites: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 315 Counselling Skills

PSY 320 Psychological Assessment (12 Credits) NQF 7

A survey of the theory and practice in  individual and group testing in the following areas: the assessment of young children, physically disabled individuals, the mentally challenged, individuals with chronic conditions; cognitive functioning, i.e. intelligence and aptitude; affective behaviour, adjustment and well-being; personality; career counselling; and computer-based assessment. The evaluation of tests and other instruments for measurement, together with their worth and limitations, are emphasized.
Prerequisites: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 215 Applied Statistics

PSY 323 Community Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 7

Community psychology is concerned with
emancipating psychology from an individualist, curative, positivist framework of theory and praxis in order to address communities’ needs, concerns, well-being and empowerment. It is concerned with the application of psychological theory and methods in order to understand and address social issues that affect communities. In keeping with the philosophy, ideological assumptions, and approach of community psychology a significant component of the module involves student first-hand involvement with development and implementation of community-based interventions and research in the Helderberg basin. Students are also challenged to discover the principles of agape and community revealed in the Scriptures.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 341 History & Systems of Psychology (16 Credits) NQF 7

A study of the significant schools, individuals and theories in the field of psychology, together with their contributions to present knowledge of behaviour. Limited to seniors and graduates only, or permission of the lecturer.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 371 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (12 Credits) NQF 7

A comprehensive survey of the psychological and education problems faced by exceptional children in the home, school and wider community settings. Procedures for incorporating the exceptional child into the regular classroom
are emphasized.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 211 Developmental Psychology I

Industrial Psychology

COM 350 Group Dynamics (12 Credits) NQF 7

An experiential study of groups in process within organizations for the purpose of problemsolving and team building. Group dynamics is the scientific study of behaviour in groups to advance our knowledge about the nature of groups, group development, and the interrelations between groups and individuals, other groups and larger entities. The student will understand that communication is not just a tool that group members use, but that groups are best regarded as a phenomenon that emerges from communication. This module intends to directly apply existing theory and research to the learning and application of effective group skills.
Prerequisite: COM 102 Communication Theory

LAW 218 Industrial Relations (12 Credits) NQF 7

A study of the theory and practice of industrial relations with the focus on: the South African Industrial Relations system, South African labour history, the legislative framework governing the employment relations, the State as an employer, the State as a regulator, Trade Unions and Employer organizations, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, The Labour Relations Act, Employment Equity Act, Skills Development Act, Health and Safety Act, collective bargaining, industrial action, mergers and acquisition, grievance handling procedures, dispute settlement procedures, and discipline & dismissal procedures.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 141 Principles of Management (12 Credits) NQF 6

This module is a study of principles of business management including an analysis of business policies viewed from the standpoint of management process and current issues in management. Topics covered include: the evolution of management thought, business environment, management functions, organization design, strategic planning, managing change, team building and managing business functions: production, marketing, finance, human resources and information management.

MGT 245 Human Resources Management (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module focuses on the context and functions of personnel administration in the organization; administration and management practices in human resource planning, recruitment, selection, advertising, induction, training and development; administration and management practices of job evaluation, performance appraisal, incentive systems, remuneration systems and compensation policies; management of labour turnover and absenteeism; flexitime administration; administration of social responsibility projects; and personnel audits.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 310 Performance Management (12 Credits) NQF 7

A survey of the objectives and issues associated with performance management in organisations. Topics include studies in performance evaluation, job analysis and evaluation, personnel recruitment, selection and assessment, training and development, compensation and benefits and studies in performance evaluation.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 366 Diversity Management (12 Credits) NQF 7

Globalisation and the increasing cultural diversity in the workplace require culturally-aware managers in both domestic and international markets. This module analyses the environment which influence diversity management from both domestic and global perspective. Topics include: the challenges of managing diversity, strategy for meeting the challenges, understanding culture, education, the role of leadership in managing diversity, conflict management, problem solving, performance management, global diversity trend assessment, aligning organizational systems & practices to make diversity work, managing global teams, & leveraging diversity.
Prerequisites: MGT 245 Human Resources Management; MGT 310 Performance Management

PSY 105 Principles of Psychology (16 Credits) NQF 6

This module provides the student with an
overview of the major fields within psychology, while emphasizing the development of an understanding of the discipline as the scientific study of human behaviour. It is designed to lay a foundation of the structure and basic scope of psychology, helping the student to develop an understanding of psychological processes and how the study of psychology can be applied in the various fields of non-majors. Various topics, including the brain and behaviour, human development, learning, personality and psychological disorders, will be covered, with a focus on refining critical thinking skills.

PSY 108 Health Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 6

This module will include the study of causes for the rise of health psychology; interrelationships between psychology and health related disciplines; models of disease and health care; interrelationships between stressful life events, social support, and wellness; illness behaviour; psychology of addictive behaviour; behavioural health problems, and doing authentic academic tasks.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 170 Stress Management (12 Credits) NQF 6

Stress and coping play a significant role in an individual’s functioning and well-being in any context. Students’ academic and future professional lives are likely to be heavily influenced by the efficiency with which they are able to employ positive coping techniques. This module sets out to provide students with a basic understanding of the theory and practice of stress management, including an overview of the signs and symptoms of stress, identification of stressors in a person’s life, increasing stress tolerance,  and implementing change. This module is geared to provide students with the practical tools to be able to manage their stress; the ability to use them effectively will hopefully be instilled as they are practised.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 180 Positive Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 6

Positive Psychology is a developing mosaic of research and theory from different areas of psychology, tied together by a common focus on positive aspects of human behaviour. The module introduces one of the most recent fields in psychology, and represents a paradigm-shift from pathology to strength-based psychology. It is a response to the traditional, clinical focus of psychology that has dominated the last halfcentury. Various themes focus on the empirical study of the resilience, virtues, and psychological well-being of human behaviour.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 211 Developmental Psychology I (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides an intensive study of current psychological theories relating to environmental and other influences during the prenatal, infant, and childhood years.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 212 Developmental Psychology II (12 Credits) NQF 7

A study of current psychological theories relating to psychological development, maturity, and decline as evidenced during the adolescent, youth, middle age and retirement years.
Prerequisites: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 211 Developmental Psychology I

PSY 215 Applied Statistics (16 Credits) NQF 7

Statistical methods form an integral part of the quantitative tools used in research. A basic understanding of statistical terminology is also required to understand and make sense of academic literature within the social sciences. This module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the theory behind some of the most common statistical procedures needed to complete a successful research project within the quantitative paradigm, and to understand academic literature that makes use of statistical concepts. Students are taught to apply these techniques using various packages available in R, an open source language and environment for data manipulation, statistical computing and graphics.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 225 Industrial Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 7

Industrial psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour in the production, distribution and consumption of the goods and services of society. As an applied science, it has the further objective, apart from explaining behaviour, of providing practical guidelines towards predicting and controlling behaviour, with a view to efficiency and human psychological welfare. This module offers a broad description and examination of the psychology of behaviour at work, including the major theories, their applications in the workplace and research investigations of both. The module will examine job analysis, employee selection, employee training, the performance appraisal process, worker motivation, job satisfaction, worker stress,  communication and development, human factors in work design, and work conditions and work safety. A thorough understanding of social scientific research methods and current psychological research findings are emphasised.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 229 Social Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 7

Social psychology is defined as the scientific study that seeks to understand the nature and causes of individual behaviour and thought in social situations. This module will deal with the theory, research, and methodology of social psychology, including both classic and contemporary methods.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 231 Research Methods I (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides an overview of the theory and application of the principles of social science research. It acquaints students with the theory of science, examines epistemological claims of various approaches to knowing, and provides students with a rationale for the importance of social science research methods in communication, theology, business and psychology. The module addresses philosophical frameworks, methodologies, strategic planning, and ethical considerations involved in both basic and applied research. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to identify topics for inquiry, select the appropriate methods and designs for answering a chosen research question, and formulate a structured plan of research.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 232 Research Methods II (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module will provide student with the tools and skills needed in order to become an innovative researcher. A complete research project will be undertaken and completed through the duration of the semester, consisting of the following: the formation of a research problem and objectives, writing up a literature review, the operationalization and development of a research design, data collection and analysis, and presentation of findings to both staff and students in the form of an open forum.
Prerequisites: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 215 Applied Statistics; PSY 231 Research Methods I

PSY 299 Practicum (12 Credits) NQF 6

Supervised field placement in a human services setting. A total of 120 clock hours of volunteer experience is required to gain 12 credits. These hours may be split up among more than one setting if the student so wishes.
Prerequisite: Consent of the module Supervisor and the placement setting management

PSY 307 Marriage & Family (12 Credits) NQF 7

This module is designed to examine the fundamental concepts of marriage and family, identifying characteristics of healthy and dysfunctional families along with cultural and other considerations impacting families in today’s dynamic global environment. Family dynamics and interpersonal relationships across the lifespan are examined from family systems, sociological, and ecological perspectives. Major theoretical and therapeutic models assumed by contemporary practitioners of marriage and family counselling are introduced in a brief overview, enabling students to develop an appreciation for the different means of assisting marriages and families in distress. Videos, lectures, and discussions will all be utilized to cover the course materials.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 311 Theories of Personality (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides students with an overview of the historically important theories, as well as new models of personality. Each theory will be discussed in terms of its unique development, definitions, concepts, and methods of assessment and empirical research. Theories will be critically evaluated concerning their particular stance on the basic questions of human nature.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 312 Psychopathology (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module provides an overview of the study of abnormal psychology. The concept of abnormality will be examined from both historical and current perspectives, and issues related to the classification of psychological disorders will be explored. The descriptive taxonomy of the DSM-V will be introduced, and the aetiology, diagnosis, and treatment of selected child, adolescent and adult disorders will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on both awareness and the impact society has on mental illness.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 311 Theories of Personality

PSY 315 Counselling Skills (16 Credits) NQF 7

This module addresses the basic skills, processes, strategies and concepts of counselling. It provides a concrete sense of what the practice of professional counselling entails and examines the skills, processes and strategies that form the bedrock of counselling in action. Concepts that are covered in the module include the role of the counsellor, the therapeutic relationship, therapeutic communication, the micro-processes involved in counselling, goal setting and the ethical challenges of counselling. The module also incorporates a practical component, giving students the opportunity to gain experience in applying the counselling skills they have learnt whilst, at the same time, contributing counselling service to the community.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 320 Psychological Assessment (12 Credits) NQF 7

A survey of the theory and practice in  individual and group testing in the following areas: the assessment of young children, physically disabled individuals, the mentally challenged, individuals with chronic conditions; cognitive functioning, i.e. intelligence and aptitude; affective behaviour, adjustment and well-being; personality; career counselling; and computer-based assessment. The evaluation of tests and other instruments for measurement, together with their worth and limitations, are emphasized.
Prerequisites: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology; PSY 215 Applied Statistics

PSY 323 Community Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 7

Community psychology is concerned with
emancipating psychology from an individualist, curative, positivist framework of theory and praxis in order to address communities’ needs, concerns, well-being and empowerment. It is concerned with the application of psychological theory and methods in order to understand and address social issues that affect communities. In keeping with the philosophy, ideological assumptions, and approach of community psychology a significant component of the module involves student first-hand involvement with development and implementation of community-based interventions and research in the Helderberg basin. Students are also challenged to discover the principles of agape and community revealed in the Scriptures.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 341 History & Systems of Psychology (16 Credits) NQF 7

A study of the significant schools, individuals and theories in the field of psychology, together with their contributions to present knowledge of behaviour. Limited to seniors and graduates only, or permission of the lecturer.
Prerequisite: PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

CURRICULUM : FOUNDATIONAL MODULES

Counselling

BHS 151 Philosophy of Education & Service (8 credits)

This module explores the definition, nature and foundations of True Education and reflects upon issues that have deep significance for our lives as human beings. Traditional, modern and postmodern philosophies of education are examined and its influence and contribution to education at present are considered. The making of a world view is explored with regards to a Christian approach to philosophy and education. Included in this module is the rationale for community engagement, laying the foundation for students to actively participate in a service learning project in their local communities.

COM 102 Communication Theory (8 Credits) NQF 6

This module will study the human communication process, particularly as far as interpersonal, intercultural, group and mass communication is concerned. An understanding of a variety of key concepts will be developed and students will acquire practical knowledge to apply these principles to everyday interactions. It will also help students build communication skills, with particular emphasis on crossing cultural barriers.

CPT 118 End User Computing I (8 credits)

This module develops mastery of both the alphabetic and numeric keyboarding on the computer by touch. Basic micro-computer skills will be presented. The emphasis is on accuracy and a minimum speed of 20 words a minute. Computerized diagnostic tests identify individual weaknesses and levels of proficiency. The module will introduce the basic functions of MS Word in typing simple documents.

CPT 125 End User Computing II (12 credits)

This module provides an in-depth study of
Windows, the Internet, E-mail, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. In Word, students will learn; how to create Word documents, document concepts and terminology, how to modify documents, create letters, memorandums, newsletters, research papers, business cards, resumes, financial reports and a range of other documents that include multiple pages of text. In Excel, students will learn; how to create a professional-looking spreadsheet, enter data into spreadsheets and how to manipulate the data. In PowerPoint, the students will learn how to create a professional-looking electronic slide show, how to create speaker notes and print hand-out pages. In Access, the students will learn; how to create a database, add tables, fields and records to that database, and how to create queries, forms and reports using the tables in a database.
Prerequisite: CPT 118 End User Computing I

ENG 111 Principles of English I (16 credits)

English 111 is designed to prepare students for the writing that will be done in all  College modules. The module focuses on, amongst others, vocabulary, grammar which involves understanding the communicative function of sentences, understanding relations between parts of texts, metaphorical expressions and other important grammatical concepts. It aims to equip you with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary for the rigour of academic writing. Therefore, the module includes exercises on structure, mechanics, and instruction in the principles of composition.

ENG 112 Principles of English II (16 credits)

The module introduces the student to a broad spectrum of aspects in English study. It aims to develop and provide the student with practice in various writing skills, thereby enabling the student to write effectively in various academic disciplines. It promotes the use of critical thinking and serves to develop the skills of analysing, synthesizing, summarizing and reading from a critical perspective.
Prerequisite: ENG 111 Principles of English I

OR 142 Academic Writing (16 credits) [Based on National Benchmark Test score]

The module introduces the student to a broad spectrum of aspects in English study. It aims to develop and provide the student with practice in various writing skills thereby enabling the student to write effectively in various academic disciplines. It promotes the use of critical thinking and serves to develop the skills of analysing, synthesizing, summarizing, using grammar correctly, and reading from a critical perspective.
Prerequisite: Passing grade in National Benchmark Test (NBT)

HLD 122 Principles of Health (8 credits)

This module provides an introduction to health principles within the framework of the Scriptures, the Advent Health message and current medical practice. Principles of health will be examined in light of the learners understanding of healthy lifestyle practices and how these principles may be integrated into individual lifestyles and applied within the greater environmental and social contexts.

HLD 123 HIV/AIDS Education (4 credits)

This module provides a study on the key components surrounding HIV infection, care and management. In a country where more than 1 in 5 people are HIV positive, this module shares skills training for prevention, information dissemination and basic counselling in HIV and AIDS. This pandemic touches the lives and workplaces of every African; this module aims to help prevent, manage and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS both in the workplace and community.

PSY 101 Fundamentals of Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 6

This module provides the student with a broad introduction to the principal subject areas that make up the scientific study of human behaviour. The module is designed to lay a foundation of the structure and basic scope of psychology, helping the student to develop an understanding of psychological processes and how different fields encountered in subsequent modules are related. 

REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I (8 credits)

This module focuses on the importance of
values and character as essential ingredients of successful career and personal enrichment. In line with the mission of the institution to provide values-based education this module covers the values necessary in citizenship, workplace and in personal life. It also covers the values as outlined in the United Nations Charter, and the Christian worldview. The module further explores inward disciplines such as prayer and personal devotions; outward disciplines such as community engagement; and corporate disciplines such as stewardship of environment and abilities, and moral philosophy.

REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II (8 credits)

This module outlines the importance of values and how they are related to character and personal enrichment. These ideas are firstly examined as general concepts and secondly in relation to particular belief systems, specifically in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The module therefore also highlights the distinctive beliefs of Seventh-day Adventism and their practical worth for character development and personal enrichment in both private and public life.
Prerequisite: REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I

REB 317 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment III (8 credits)

This module concerns itself with the values,
character development and personal enrichment acquired from studying the life of Jesus as revealed in the Gospels. It begins with a brief geographical and historical overview of the holy land. The module then focuses on the values, character development and personal enrichment enshrined in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. These include the concepts of forgiveness, work ethic and honesty, caring for others, stewardship – caring for the environment, how to deal with stress and discouragement, and servant leadership. Students will also learn from the ultimate sacrifice which Jesus made. 
Prerequisite: REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (12 Credits) NQF 6

A study of the development of sociology as a social science focusing on: sociological theories, how social life is organized, social inequality, social institutions of human societies and change as a characteristic aspect of human societies.

Industrial Psychology

BHS 151 Philosophy of Education & Service (8 credits)

This module explores the definition, nature and foundations of True Education and reflects upon issues that have deep significance for our lives as human beings. Traditional, modern and postmodern philosophies of education are examined and its influence and contribution to education at present are considered. The making of a world view is explored with regards to a Christian approach to philosophy and education. Included in this module is the rationale for community engagement, laying the foundation for students to actively participate in a service learning project in their local communities.

CPT 118 End User Computing I (8 credits)

This module develops mastery of both the alphabetic and numeric keyboarding on the computer by touch. Basic micro-computer skills will be presented. The emphasis is on accuracy and a minimum speed of 20 words a minute. Computerized diagnostic tests identify individual weaknesses and levels of proficiency. The module will introduce the basic functions of MS Word in typing simple documents.

CPT 125 End User Computing II (12 credits)

This module provides an in-depth study of
Windows, the Internet, E-mail, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. In Word, students will learn; how to create Word documents, document concepts and terminology, how to modify documents, create letters, memorandums, newsletters, research papers, business cards, resumes, financial reports and a range of other documents that include multiple pages of text. In Excel, students will learn; how to create a professional-looking spreadsheet, enter data into spreadsheets and how to manipulate the data. In PowerPoint, the students will learn how to create a professional-looking electronic slide show, how to create speaker notes and print hand-out pages. In Access, the students will learn; how to create a database, add tables, fields and records to that database, and how to create queries, forms and reports using the tables in a database.
Prerequisite: CPT 118 End User Computing I

ENG 111 Principles of English I (16 credits)

English 111 is designed to prepare students for the writing that will be done in all  College modules. The module focuses on, amongst others, vocabulary, grammar which involves understanding the communicative function of sentences, understanding relations between parts of texts, metaphorical expressions and other important grammatical concepts. It aims to equip you with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary for the rigour of academic writing. Therefore, the module includes exercises on structure, mechanics, and instruction in the principles of composition.

ENG 112 Principles of English II (16 credits)

The module introduces the student to a broad spectrum of aspects in English study. It aims to develop and provide the student with practice in various writing skills, thereby enabling the student to write effectively in various academic disciplines. It promotes the use of critical thinking and serves to develop the skills of analysing, synthesizing, summarizing and reading from a critical perspective.
Prerequisite: ENG 111 Principles of English I

OR 142 Academic Writing (16 credits) [Based on National Benchmark Test score]

The module introduces the student to a broad spectrum of aspects in English study. It aims to develop and provide the student with practice in various writing skills thereby enabling the student to write effectively in various academic disciplines. It promotes the use of critical thinking and serves to develop the skills of analysing, synthesizing, summarizing, using grammar correctly, and reading from a critical perspective.
Prerequisite: Passing grade in National Benchmark Test (NBT)

HLD 122 Principles of Health (8 credits)

This module provides an introduction to health principles within the framework of the Scriptures, the Advent Health message and current medical practice. Principles of health will be examined in light of the learners understanding of healthy lifestyle practices and how these principles may be integrated into individual lifestyles and applied within the greater environmental and social contexts.

HLD 123 HIV/AIDS Education (4 credits)

This module provides a study on the key components surrounding HIV infection, care and management. In a country where more than 1 in 5 people are HIV positive, this module shares skills training for prevention, information dissemination and basic counselling in HIV and AIDS. This pandemic touches the lives and workplaces of every African; this module aims to help prevent, manage and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS both in the workplace and community.

PSY 101 Fundamentals of Psychology (12 Credits) NQF 6

This module provides the student with a broad introduction to the principal subject areas that make up the scientific study of human behaviour. The module is designed to lay a foundation of the structure and basic scope of psychology, helping the student to develop an understanding of psychological processes and how different fields encountered in subsequent modules are related. 

REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I (8 credits)

This module focuses on the importance of
values and character as essential ingredients of successful career and personal enrichment. In line with the mission of the institution to provide values-based education this module covers the values necessary in citizenship, workplace and in personal life. It also covers the values as outlined in the United Nations Charter, and the Christian worldview. The module further explores inward disciplines such as prayer and personal devotions; outward disciplines such as community engagement; and corporate disciplines such as stewardship of environment and abilities, and moral philosophy.

REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II (8 credits)

This module outlines the importance of values and how they are related to character and personal enrichment. These ideas are firstly examined as general concepts and secondly in relation to particular belief systems, specifically in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The module therefore also highlights the distinctive beliefs of Seventh-day Adventism and their practical worth for character development and personal enrichment in both private and public life.
Prerequisite: REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I

REB 317 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment III (8 credits)

This module concerns itself with the values,
character development and personal enrichment acquired from studying the life of Jesus as revealed in the Gospels. It begins with a brief geographical and historical overview of the holy land. The module then focuses on the values, character development and personal enrichment enshrined in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. These include the concepts of forgiveness, work ethic and honesty, caring for others, stewardship – caring for the environment, how to deal with stress and discouragement, and servant leadership. Students will also learn from the ultimate sacrifice which Jesus made. 
Prerequisite: REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (12 Credits) NQF 6

A study of the development of sociology as a social science focusing on: sociological theories, how social life is organized, social inequality, social institutions of human societies and change as a characteristic aspect of human societies.

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Rina Sharp
Dean, Faculty of Social Science and Education

Olivia Bomester
Senior Lecturer

Linda Griff-Griffiths
Junior Lecturer

Debbie Julies
Junior Lecturer

Rolf Naidoo
Senior Lecturer

Sherelle Naidu
Lecturer

Cornelle Odendaal
Lecturer

Carol Sutcliffe
Professor

Conrad Zygmont
Professor

Mieke Nel
Junior Lecturer

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Maryanne De Villiers
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Del Harebottle
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Gerda Kriel
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Colin Lawrence
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Thenjiswa Ntwana
Contract Lecturer

Celeste Prinsloo
Contract Lecturer

Charlene Reinecke
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Chrisna Richard
Contract Lecturer

Berenice Sauls
Contract Lecturer

Val Wildeman
Contract Lecturer

Tracy Wright
Contract Lecturer

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