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What is it?

Curriculum Approval - as distinct from the administrative registration discussed above - is the process through which you choose your subjects for the year (this is subject to various constraints). It takes place on Friday 12th February, at the end of orientation week, after you have had a chance to find out about the various courses which are on offer (see the Daily Programme for details).

Our orientation programme offers a wide range of talks about what is on offer. Try to go to as many of these as you can before you finally decide which subjects to take. Keep an open mind, and talk to people about possibilities, so that you have a clear idea of what you want to study by Friday, and can present these choices for approval. When your curriculum is formally “approved”, you will first consult with a senior member of your Faculty (e.g. the Dean of Humanities, Science, Commerce) after which the particular subjects (e.g. English 1 or Economics 1) which will form the first-year curriculum of your chosen degree (e.g. a BA, BSc, BCom, etc.) will be recorded on the University’s system, and form an official record of your curriculum for the year.

Formal Curriculum Approval?

Formal approval of the courses you would like to take during 2016 takes place on Friday 12th February. Please check page 17, to see where you should go to complete this process.

Before Friday you should already have done the following:

  • attended the various general sessions designed to explain the workings of the University;
  • attended a selection of subject talks from the range of academic courses offered (listed in the Daily programme and described in more detail in the descriptions on pages 24-50);
  • developed a reasonably good idea of the subjects you want to study;
  • checked your provisional timetable at scifac.ru.ac.za/timetable.

We recommend that you take a preliminary timetable when you go to have your curriculum formally approved. Your subject choice will be checked when it is captured on the computer system, and you will not normally be allowed to register for subjects which clash.

On Friday 12th, take your student card with you to the appropriate venue. Curriculum Approval for first years takes place in the morning from 09h00. To avoid long queues for students in the Humanities Faculty, please arrive in alphabetical “groups” by surname as follows:

A-E: 09h00; F-L 10h30; M-R: 11h30; S-Z: 12h30

Note: Curriculum Approval does not happen “in departments” in spite of what some misleading notices say. What you do in departments is limited to “signing up” for tutorials and possibly practicals.

Within a few hours of having your curriculum approved, your courses will be visible on your personal course record. You should check this on ROSS (https://ross.ru.ac.za/), and notify the Dean as soon as possible if the courses listed are not correct.

Administrative Registration and formal Curriculum Approval must be completed before you may attend any lectures.

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