Objectives and Strategies

Teaching and Learning

The department of Paraclinical Sciences offers modules at both the undergraduate  and postgraduate levels.

Undergraduate

  • Ensure complete participation of the academic members of staff in the new core-elective curriculum for the professional degree
  • Ensure full participation in the Faculty initiative of Open Education Resources and making ICT the core delivery mode for all teaching and learning
  • Reduce formal lecture time by making use of the web-based programmes (ClickUP/Blackboard) to allow for more self-directed study.
  • Improve problem solving skills by following a ‘case study approach’.
  • Send study guides and course notes for peer-review.
  • Increase the awareness and interest in post-graduate training and research amongst undergraduate students through greater involvement in research and community activities and by attracting students to departmental research projects under the envisaged module on Research Methodology in the new undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate

  • Attract quality post-graduate student by taking advantage of the large number of potential students interested in wildlife by expanding the cross-cutting “Wildlife and Environmental Health Research Programme” within the department in the fields of Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Veterinary Public Health.
  • Enrol only candidates that have achieved high academic merits in the popular Phytomedicine Programme.
  • Market our post-graduate programmes to recruit excellent students.
  • Improve supervision, management and monitoring of progress of post-graduate students by making use of Post-doctoral- and Research Fellows to assist with the training and guidance of these students.
  • Appoint extraordinary professors/lecturers and other researchers as co-supervisors to assist the academic staff with the guidance and supervision of post-graduate students.

Research

  • Bring the focus of the Departmental research programmes in line with national and regional imperatives and give attention to innovation and quality.
  • Ensure that research programmes are internationally competitive so that they attract not only international students, but international researchers and funding.
  • Build on and expand existing research programmes and projects and participate in Institutional Research Themes.
  • Increase the uniqueness of and utilize opportunities provided by the Phytomedicine Programme by incorporating innovative molecular biological, pharmacological and toxicological methodologies.
  • Create awareness of the research expertise and opportunities available in the Department by publishing in international scientific journals with a high impact.
  • Strive to increase the number of accredited publication units or at least maintain the ratio of publication units per academic by encouraging doctoral students to publish.
  • Invite scientists with particular skills and expertise from abroad to work for short periods in our laboratories to encourage international collaboration and to broaden our expertise and capacity to do research.
  • Mentor young veterinarians from targeted groups to become researchers.
  • Enhance international exposure, competitiveness and standing of academic staff members by making use of the university’s sabbatical programme.

Service

Diagnostic

  • Provide an effective and efficient pathology diagnostic service.
  • Assist in toxicology diagnostics.
  • Develop the Immunohistochemistry Laboratory to be recognized as the reference laboratory for African infectious diseases and veterinary neoplasia diagnostics.
  • Market the immunohistochemistry services.
  • Increase commitment to wildlife and fish pathology.

 

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