Community Service - Outreach Projects by Students

Community Service - Outreach Projects by Students


The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) at the University of Pretoria presents a freestanding compulsory module, Joint Community-based Project, JCP 202, for all undergraduates. The eight-credit module (80 hours) is offered on an open-ended and project-orientated basis. Students first have compulsory orientation sessions, and only after the approval of their project may students start with their fieldwork of at least 40 hours. After the students have done their fieldwork, they report on their experiences and lessons learned via a presentation, a report and a YouTube video.

The main objective of this module  is the execution of a community service-related project aimed at achieving a beneficial impact on a chosen section of society, preferably but not exclusively by engagement with a section of society which is different from the student's own social background.  This module also aims to develop an awareness of personal, social and cultural values as well as multidisciplinary and life skills, such as communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.

Since the start of the compulsory for all students in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), the Department of Information Science has been involved in many projects.

Recent JCP 202 Projects during 2021

One of the focus areas for the Department of Information Science, was digital citizenship during 2021

  • Digital Wellness Workshops
  • Building libraries, using books donated by publishers
  • Reprinting of classic books, with an independent bookseller
Previous JCP 202 Projects during 2020
Previous JCP 202 Projects during 2019
Previous JCP 202 Projects during 2018
Contact detail
Head of Community-based Project module (JCP 202)
Department Informatics
Dr Lelanie Smith
IT Building Level 5 Room 82.3 b
Tel: +27-12-4203187
Email: [email protected]
Department Information Science
For more information on outreach opportunities, the following liaison staff members can be contacted:
Information Science students:
Contact Ms Meyer via email:
[email protected]
Multimedia students:
Contact Mr Wong via email:
Publishing students:
Contact Ms Nel via email:
- Author Joukje Geertsema

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