Diploma in Population Studies

Entrance Requirements

The normal requirement for entrance into Diploma in Population Studies shall be:

a) A minimum of 3 credits (one of which is Mathematics) in the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or its equivalent;
Or:
b) A GPA of at least 2.0 at the Certificate in Civil Registration and Population Dynamics of this University or its equivalent;

Duration of the Programme

The normal duration of the Diploma in Population Studies Programme shall be 4 to 6 semesters on a full-time basis.

Programme Structure

The curriculum and methods of assessment shall be as follows:

CURRICULUM

Level 100

Semester 1

Core courses (6 credits)

POP120 Introduction to Substantive Demography (3)
STA116 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Elective courses (6)
General Education courses (3)

Students planning to enter a degree programme after the completing of their Diploma should take STA101 as well.

Semester 2

Core courses (6 credits)

POP121 Introduction to Epidemiology and Technical Demography (3)
POP110 Elements of Research Methods (3)

Elective courses (6)
General Education courses (3)

Students planning to enter a degree programme after the completing of their Diploma should take STA102 as well.

Level 200

Semester 3

Core courses (6 credits)

POP200 Methods of Demographic Analysis (3 credits)
POP201 Computing for Demographers (3)

Optional courses (3credits)

Select from the following:

POP202 Introduction to Population and Developments (3)
POP206 Population Policy of Botswana (3)

General Education Courses (6)

Semester 4

Core Courses (3 credits)

POP203 Demographic Data Analysis and Report Writing (3)

Optional courses (3)

Select one from the following:

POP204 Reproductive Health and Family Planning (3)
POP205 Demography of Southern Africa (3)

Elective courses (6)
General Education courses (3).

It is recommended that all Diploma students do POP202: Introduction to Population and Development.

METHODS OF ASSESSMENTS

Each course shall be evaluated by a combination of continuous assessment and final examination or semester paper in the ratio of 2:3.

Award of Diploma

In order to be awarded the Diploma, a student must have completed a minimum of 60 credits and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.