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Student Learning

student learning 

The Student Learning Unit is located on the Cape Town and the Bellville campus.  Lectures and students who wish to make use of the services offered by the should contact the administrator in Cape Town or the Bellville campus.  The Student Learning Unit offers the following:

Academic Literacy

Students are supported in acquiring and understanding academic literacy.

The objectives of academic literacy support are:

  • To help students’ acquire academic writing skills by guiding them through their written assignments
  • To integrate academic literacy into the students’ courses in partnership with lecturers teaching these courses
  • To assist first-year and international and students with language difficulties

The support takes the form of:

  • One on one – students are allocated a period of one hour to individually consult with a lecturer or consultant
  • Group consultations – students can come in groups of five to ten to consult with a lecturer or a learning facilitator
  • Team teaching – Academic Literacy lecturers teach with lecturers in faculties in order to integrate academic literacy in the course
  • Workshops in note taking skills, study skills, report writing skills, exam preparation skills, research proposal writing, essay writing, using the internet as a research tool, oral presentation and basic computer literacy are presented. These workshops are advertised on Newsflash. Also lecturers request workshops for their students on a particular topic.

Learn more about the Academic Literacy Invention 10 week programme

Mathematics and Science Development and Support

This programme performs the following functions or duties:

  • Supporting student learning in mathematics
  • Developing appropriate teaching and learning materials to enhance student learning
  • Developing open education resource (OER) mathematics learning material
  • Undertaking research on mathematics teaching
  • Performing administrative functions

Mathematics support assists students with study skills in the learning of mathematics.

This encompasses:

  • Individual consultation: the student brings a mathematical problem on a specific topic, then a mathematics support lecturer assists them within an hour.
  • Group consultation: students are also allowed to bring their mathematical problems in groups. In this case, a workshop is scheduled and then conducted. 
  • Self-study activities are designed to allow students to work on their own
  • Team teaching: the mathematics support lecturer works in collaboration with faculty mathematics lecturers to find mathematical problem areas and provide solutions for the students’ 

Tutor Development

  • Tutors are trained over a period of 2 days in generic tutoring skills using the experiential model. The outcomes of the training are that at the end of the training the students are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of peer-facilitated learning
  • Display an awareness of the self- reflective process in learning
  • Develop interpersonal skills, having been equipped with basic communication tools
  • Undertake basic tutorial administration
  • The lecturers in departments further develop tutors in subject-specific training. At the end of the training, the students start tutoring in their departments under the supervision of the lecturer. Tutorials may be one to one; small group, and the tutor assisting the lecturer during the lecture.

The benefits for students:

  • Offer an opportunity for students to teach and learn from each other, an experience that is different from the usual lecturer-student interactions
  • Involve allowing a learner to seek academic support from a similar age peer, which is often less threatening to the learners’ esteem than seeking help from an authority figure
  • They help students with difficult or problem areas that were not understood in the formal teaching environment
  • They engage students actively in the process of learning
  • They help in the development of independent learning strategies and behaviour

Teaching Assistant Programme

The Teaching Assistant (TA)Programme is an initiative being implemented at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to facilitate the professional development of teaching assistants at a discipline-specific level. The aim of the TA is to assist and support a lecturer/senior lecturer/head of programme/head of department. A Teaching Assistant works under the guidance of a lecturer/senior lecturer/head of programme/head of department to assist and support the lecturer to implement programmes and classes for that could include those requiring detailed and specialist knowledge in particular areas; the Teaching Assistant assists in the whole planning cycle and the management/ preparation of teaching and learning; the TA may lecturer or facilitate classes as appropriate.

Where to find Us:

Here, you will find information relevant to the student learning support offered at CPUT.  We have tried to include as much information as possible for lecturers and students who are interested in making use of our academic development support.

Puleng Sefalane-Nkohla, Acting Head of Department

Tel. +27 21 959 6724
E-mail: sefalanep@cput.ac.za

District Six Campus

E-Learning Centre
Lab 2, Ground Floor
Tel: 021 460 3610
Email: MboxelaS@cput.ac.za


Bellville Campus

IT Building
Room 1.04
Tel: 021 959 6040
Email: CollinsJ@cput.ac.za