Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Second term and Graduation 2014

Welcome back to staff and students at the start of the 2nd term.

Congratulations to all the students graduating during the faculty's graduation sessions this afternoon and tomorrow, especially Dr Helen van de Haar (School of ICT) and also Busisa Miggels who persevered in her studies, well done!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For students: Do you need additional lectures on a subject?

Have a look at A Big List of 875 Free Courses From Top Universities: 27,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures. " that Open Culture has published. "...free online courses from the world’s leading universities –  Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more... Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites."

Friday, February 28, 2014

About EndNote Online (formerly known as EndNote Web)

NMMU staff and students have free access to EndNote Online (formerly known as EndNote Web) because of the Library and Information Services subscription to Web of Science Core Collection (formerly known as ISI Web of Knowledge).

For new students who do not yet know what EndNote is: it is software that can help you reference your assignments or research papers.

At present there is a problem to register in Web of Science Core Collection as no user registration form appears, but in slides I show you how to register by using the EndNote site. There is an additional problem at present with some of the databases when exporting search results into EndNote Online. Slides will be added as soon as the problems have been resolved.

Monday, February 10, 2014

For students: The ten skills students really need when they graduate

As lectures started today for the academic year 2014, here is an article for students to read: The ten skills students really need when they graduate which appeared in the Guardian on 4 February 2014.

" 'From day one students should see the start of university as the start of their working life,' says Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau. 'Think of the skills you need to have when you finish university in three or four years time and then work backwards, so you're hoarding skills each year.' "

Quoting from the article, the main headings are in brief:
  • Business sense
  • Get global
  • A language
  • A squeaky clean digital footprint
  • Office etiquette
  • How to make a good cuppa
  • Good with computers
  • Teamwork
  • Talking to people
  • Positive attitude
  • A few more things to consider

Monday, February 3, 2014

Condolences - Prof Kobus van Wyk

My sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of Prof Kobus van Wyk of the Department of Building and Human Settlement Development who passed away on Saturday, 1st of February.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Welcome back to staff and students

A special welcome to new students and first year students at NMMU!

Welcome back to all staff and returning students of the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and  Information Technology. Wishing you all the best in 2014!

Here is some good advice written by Eric Jorgenson for first year students: Friendly Advice for every Freshman this Fall.
"I originally wrote this set of lessons and stories as a Graduation present to a friend... After she found it helpful, I started sharing it with more and more people until it seemed best to just publish it for all the world."

In brief the main points are:
  • Friends & People
  • Eating, Alcohol & Overall Happiness
  • ‘Succeeding’ Professionally
Wishing you success in your studies at NMMU!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Best wishes

Another academic year has passed and I shall be starting my leave from tomorrow. Thank you to the staff and students of the faculty for your support during 2013. I wish you all a very happy holiday and the best for 2014!