Faculty vs Department

What is a faculty?

A faculty is the central point for a group of academic departments at a university.

What is a department?

An academic department is devoted to a specific field of study in the university.      Each department falls within its faculty.

Faculties at UJ

Faculty of Economics and Financial Sciences
(FEFS)011 559 2492
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Faculty of Education
011 559 3251
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Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
(FEBE)011 559 6588 / 2599
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Faculty of Health
011 559 6223 / 2892
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Faculty of Humanities
011 559 2197
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Faculty of Law
011 559 2141
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Faculty of Management
011 559 2105 / 1348 / 5601
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Faculty of Management
011 559 2105 / 1348 / 5601
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Faculty of Science
011 559 2459
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What will lectures be like?

  • Each lecture period is 50 minutes. Some of your classes will be single periods and others will be double periods.
  • All lectures are different. It depends on your lecturer. Therefore, you will need to adapt to these accordingly.
  • Lectures give the framework for further study. It may not necessarily cover everything from your prescribed textbook.
  • You will gain new knowledge in every lecture that you attend.
  • Lectures form an integral part of your undergrad coursework.

Do’s for a lecture ...

  • Read your prescribed readings before you attend the lecture. You will understand the lecture better and comprehend what is being said.Listen.
  • The information that the lecturer gives is important. Tips of tests and exams may also be given during lectures.
  • Take notes. Not everything the lecturer says during the lecture will be in the presentation or in your textbook.

Don’ts for a lecture ...

  • Do not come late. The lecture starts at the given time, so it is likely that you will miss out on some information given to the class. Coming late is also disruptive to the rest of the class.
  • Do not miss a lecture. There is new information given in every lecture. Try your best not to fall behind.
  • Do not be disruptive in class. Talking, playing on your cellphone or doing anything other than paying attention to the lecture will deprive you and others from essential information. You will lose out.

Will I be able to speak to my lecturers or tutors?

  • Yes! Your lecturers and tutors are approachable.
  • Lecturers usually have office hours dedicated to you. You will also receive their telephone numbers and email addresses.
  • Tutors are always around to help you with your coursework, especially during your tutorials.
  • You can also speak to your lecturers and tutors before or after your lectures.
  • If you ever need help with your coursework, they will be there to assist you.

How often do I need to study my academic work?

  • Your course will have readings, assignments, tests and exams that you will have to complete, as well as lectures and tutorials/practicals that you will have to attend.
  • When preparing for the weekly lectures and tutorials/practicals, you can already start summarising and mind mapping the content of your work for that week. –This helps as you will already have notes to study from and you will be familiar with your coursework.
  • Set a minimum of two hours per course for studying every week.
  • Increase these hours of studying for difficult courses.
  • Every student works differently, so you will need to find out what works best for you.

Do not ...

  • Do not leave studying to the last minute.
  • Do not leave work out when studying.
  • Do not overlook test and exam tips.
Remember!!!
You are investing in your future, so it is worth the time ...

Where can I get help with my studies?

  • The University of Johannesburg has an Academic Development and Innovation (ADI) Centre that is divided into various units.
  • You will be able to find academic assistance in these units.
  • Each unit focuses on different areas of academic assistance.

How often do I need to study my academic work?

  • Your course will have readings, assignments, tests and exams that you will have to complete, as well as lectures and tutorials/practicals that you will have to attend.
  • When preparing for the weekly lectures and tutorials/practicals, you can already start summarising and mind mapping the content of your work for that week. –This helps as you will already have notes to study from and you will be familiar with your coursework.
  • Set a minimum of two hours per course for studying every week.
  • Increase these hours of studying for difficult courses.
  • Every student works differently, so you will need to find out what works best for you.

ADI: Academic Literacies Development Unit

  • Also known as ALDU.
  • ALDU focuses on learning strategies to help students cope with the demands of their studies.
  • It assists in the transition from being in Grade 12 to being a first-year student.
  • ALDU offers the following modules:

              –Language and Skills for Science (LSS)

              –English for Law (EFL)

              –Language for the Economic Sciences (LES)

ADI: Learning Development Unit

  • Also known as LDU.
  • LDU offers a module called Mastering Academic and Professional Skills (MAPS).
  • MAPS offers a series of workshops and training to students.
  • It maximises students’ learning experiences and capacities.
  • LDU also provides online self-study programmes. These programmes allow students to work at their own time, pace and convenience.

ADI: Writing Centre

  • The Writing Centre assists students by providing strategies to improve their academic writing.
  • The Writing Centre also offers different reading strategies that will best assist their academic needs.
  • These are life-long skills that students will acquire.
  • Remember: reading and writing go hand-in-hand and is a continuous process.

Where can I get help with my studies?

  • The University of Johannesburg has an Academic Development and Innovation (ADI) Centre that is divided into various units.
  • You will be able to find academic assistance in these units.
  • Each unit focuses on different areas of academic assistance.

Where can I get help with my studies?

  • The University of Johannesburg has an Academic Development and Innovation (ADI) Centre that is divided into various units.
  • You will be able to find academic assistance in these units.
  • Each unit focuses on different areas of academic assistance.

What is academic misconduct?

  • Academic misconduct is the violation of university policies or regulations.
  • Acts of such misconduct reduces academic integrity.
  • It is an act that leads to one being at an unfair advantage or puts others at an unfair advantage or disadvantage.


Examples of academic misconduct:
  • Dishonesty
  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication

To find out more about UJ student regulations and regulations for student discipline visit the Students ethics and judicial services on campus.