The Bachelor of Geoinformation Technology Honours is an initial postgraduate specialisation degree, designed for registration at NQF level 8. This programme builds on the outcomes of the Bachelor of Geoinformation Technology and aims at consolidating and deepening the knowledge and skills of students in the main cognate area of learning, as well as developing their capacity to conduct research of an applied nature. Students will be capacitated to do independent study in this field, evaluate issues critically pertaining to Geoinformation Technology (GIT), and to become expert practitioners in the theory, methods and applications of GIT to natural, socio‐economic and rural/urban development. Overall, the programme places specific emphasis on the competencies and attributes that will enable students to assume supervisory/middle management and applied research positions in Government, or other organisations, such as mapping agencies in the field of GIS and remote sensing in Namibia, specifically, and more broadly within the SADC region. The programme focuses on niche areas in Geoinformation Technology through coursework and mini‐ thesis.
In order to be admitted to this programme, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Geoinformation Technology from NUST, or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 7 from a recognised institution, worth at least 360 NQF credits, in both cases with a minimum average of 60% in the core courses at exit level. Exceptions may be approved by the Departmental Board, and all admissions are at the discretion of the Departmental Board. Holders of other qualifications with GIS and/or Remote Sensing component(s) may be considered for admission and will be required to register for specific courses to make‐up for the deficiency in their undergraduate programmes.
Applicants may be required to attend a pre‐selection interview and/or test at the discretion of the Department. Applicants from other institutions must submit detailed information on all courses in their previous qualifications, as well as contact details of three references. The latter also applies to applicants who have been working in the field subsequent to obtaining their previous qualifications. Students with a background in a research methodology course at NQF Level 8 or above will be entitled to exemption/ credit recognition in those cases where a research proposal related to GIT was part of the assessment criteria and the submission of a research proposal was required.
Successful graduates will be able to work as GIS Analysts or GIS Supervisors/Middle Managers in the public and private sectors or take up applied and interdisciplinary research positions in governmental or non-governmental organisations. They will be able to apply knowledge, techniques and skills in various areas of geoinformation application, such as natural resource management, utilities and communications, transportation review and planning, and geodatabases management.