BIUST Centre for Business Management, Entrepreneurship and General Education
Technical/ ScientificWriting and Academic Literacy are a must in every institution, especially in higher learning. The aim of this course is to introduce Science, Engineering and Information Communication and Technology students to the concept of Technical and Report Writing, Basic Research and Information Literacy skills.In this course, we introduce you to important aspects of writing skills and structure of written texts. Students are expected to write in a scientific manner such as Lab reports and Scientific projects. In addition, students will be introduced to basic research methods in Scientific and Technical fields. Activities in this course are designed to provide students with key competencies for academic life, and the enhancement of life-long learning skills, such as confidence in written work and effective oral presentation.We are at your service!
The Department of Academic Literacy and Social Sciences(ALSS)
The department teaches Technical Writing and Academic Literacy courses to undergraduate students. The modules are designed to develop the students’ Academic and Professional communication skills within the context of the specific needs of Science, Engineering and ICT students. The skills emphasised are those that are intended to enhance life-long academic and professional skills. The modules focus among others on Scientific and Technological Academic Writing, such as Report Writing, Scientific projects, Research Techniques and Written Professional Communication such as meetings, notices and posters.The department also has a Unit called the University Writing Centre (UWC) which provides a range of writing services to all students-undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as staff.The services are designed to help clients to improve in all areas of their writing. The UWC offers writing assistance through one-on-one consultations,tutorials and drop in sessions.It also assists different directorates within the University with proofreading and editing of documents.
- The UWC offers the following services:
- Report Writing (e.g. Accident, Lab, progress reports etc.)
- Preparations for assignment writing:
- Question analysis (e.g. identifying key words)
- Identification of relevant sources
- Pre-writing activities (e.g. planning & sorting out ideas)
- Avoiding plagiarism (e.g. paraphrasing, quoting, referencing and citing)
- Clarifying grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Draft revision
- Assisting students in addressing issues of:
- Coherence and cohesion
- Using well-documented evidence to support an argument
- Writing style and tone
- Research Writing (e.g. research proposal and dissertations)
- Professional Communication (e.g. application letters & curriculum vitae, résumé, minute-taking and writing)
- Oral Presentation Techniques
- And many more!
- Furthermore, the ALSS department offers courses in Chinese culture and language and intends to add other international languages.
The Department of Business, Management and Entrepreneurship(BME)
There is a high youth unemployment rate in Botswana, especially young university graduates. Employment in the public sector has reached its threshold hence lacks employment opportunities for young university graduates. On the other hand, the private sector is not well developed to absorb new university graduates who cannot find employment in the public sector. Therefore, there is the need for graduates to be self-employed; hence the need for a programme in Business, Management and Entrepreneurship skills for STEM students.The Department of Business Management and Entrepreneurship offers courses in Management, and Entrepreneurship to all students in the two faculties.
These courses help to build entrepreneurial and management skills is all BIUST students, who are expected to become future managers of public or private enterprises in the country. They are also expected to start and grow their own businesses. The department also helps current students transform innovative ideas into the realities of a sustainable STEM businesses.
The courses include, but not limited to, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Accounting and Financial Management, Principles and Concepts of Business and Entrepreneurship, Starting and Sustaining a Business, Developing a Strategic Business Plan, Entrepreneurship in a Specific Context, Innovation Commercialisation and Intellectual Property, Risk Management and any other courses which can be developed in response to national policy and university requirements.
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