| Computer Science is offered on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses of UKZN. |
We offer Computer Science as a major for the BSc degree and in the BSc(CSIT) programme on both campuses. Students majoring in Computer Science for the BSc degree typically offer either Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry or Economics as a second major. Students in the BSc(CSIT) programme may choose to major in Computer Science and in Informations Systems OR may choose to do a double major in Computer Science. For further details Study Computer Science has brochure, prospectus, Application Forms and the College Handbook
We have 4 Computer Science academic staff on the Pietermaritzburg campus and 6 Computer Science academic staff on the Westville campus. For contact details and areas of expertise please use the staff link in the left navigation panel.
Our staff have a wide variety of research interests. Current interests include, Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing, Bioinformatics, Opensource Software and Internet Technologies. For further information please use the research link in the left navigation panel.
|Historically, Mathematics arises out of a human need to develop general techniques for solving practical problems. For this reason, high-school pupils are exposed largely to the kind of mathematics that lends itself to application in physics, elementary statistics, biology, engineering, computer science and other disciplines |
Over the last 300 years, however, it has become clear that mathematics is an important subject in its own right, and not just a slave to other disciplines. Scientists have become aware that in order to develop powerful problem-solving tools, one needs quite ‘abstract’ mathematics; a body of pure mathematics is required which can be studied independently of physics, biology and other user-disciplines.
Pure and Applied Mathematics are therefore offered as different subjects, although there is much interdependence between them and each serves as an inspiration to the other.
Our first year Mathematics modules (Math 110/120) attempt to bridge the gap between ‘maths for use in other subjects’ and ‘maths as a discipline in its own right’. Applicable topics such as calculus, linear algebra and introductory combinatorics are taught, but as the course progresses, there is a gradual increase in the rigour with which these topics are treated, thereby ensuring that the students have exposure both to the activities of the pure mathematician and to the techniques required by the applied mathematician and other scientists.
The Discipline focuses on the following disciplines: Statistics, BioStatistics, and Financial Mathematics.
Statistics gives meaning to numbers and includes all the ways in which data are collected, processed and interpreted. Professionals in many fields, such as commerce, actuarial science, operations research and economics require a sound knowledge of statistics.