The Department of Information Science offers three main programmes with courses relevant to the trends of the information and knowledge age and economy, being Information Science, Multimedia and Publishing Studies. In the Information Science programme students also study Knowledge Management in depth, and there are various specialization options through electives (allowing students to concentrate more on technology , taking modules from the Department of Informatics as electives, or Information Science or Library Science, taking specific modules within this Department).
We are the largest department offering Information Science in the RSA; we are also the only department in the country that offers Publishing Studies at undergraduate level (in addition to postgraduate studies) and the only department that offers Multimedia (specifically Multimedia Programming, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level). We value the currentness of our knowledge and courses. In 2002, we became the first department, and University, to offer postgraduate certificate courses in Competitive Intelligence, and Information and Knowledge Management.
We are very proud of our relationship with the departments of Informatics and Computer Science – our sister departments in the School of Information Technology.
UP awarded status as MRC collaborative centre for malaria research - 30/10/2014
The Medical Research Council (MRC) invited higher education institutions, science councils and registered non-profit research organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to submit applications to become part of their new initiative, MRC Collaborating Centres for Malaria Research. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) recently received word that their application has been successful. The network of MRC collaborating centres for malaria research will collectively provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise efforts on malaria research to achieve common goals; and facilitate scientific collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.
Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.
UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.