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Cursus: 202001459
Semester 3 – Knowledge at the Frontiers
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)0
Contactpersoondr. R.N. Kizito
VorigeVolgende 2
dr. J.A. Alvarez Chavez
Examinator F.J. Dijksterhuis
Docent F.J. Dijksterhuis
dr. R.N. Kizito
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. R.N. Kizito
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At the end of Semester 3, the student is able to:
  1. On an advanced level, demonstrate academic competencies in the domains of natural science, social science, and mathematics in contexts related to their intended profile as a new engineer.
  2. Demonstrate deepening of academic competencies in domains or fields that are relevant for to their intended profile as a new engineer.
  3. Demonstrate development of professional and academic skills that are relevant for their intended profile as a new engineer.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct empirical research and to effectively communicate the results in accordance with academic standards.
  5. Systematically compare and contrast the state-of-the-art, theories, and methods of two different research fields.
To pass semester 3 you need to obtain a minimum of 27 EC, including:
  • 6 EC for the domain courses  
  • 9 EC for the semester project
  • 12 EC for elective courses  with at least  a minimum of 3 ECs from the Natural Sciences and 3ECs from the Social Sciences

The domain courses and the project finalize the common interdisciplinary basis of the ATLAS program (domain literacy).
In semester 3 you finish the joint interdisciplinary basis of the ATLAS program and you further explore your profile as a new engineer. Finalizing the common basis does not just mean finishing obligatory courses and project work, but also considering how you related to the domains, research, and interdisciplinarity. What do these knowledge and skills mean for you, how do you make them work for developing into the engineer you envision?

Semester goals 1, 4, and 5 are mainly concerned with this common basis. In the domain courses you round off your literacy and you mark out where you talents and interests lie. As research is central in the project, you develop basic competencies as well as find out how you want to engage with scientific research. Do you want to do research, be able to use and assess the products of science; where do you want to do that, and how? Throughout the semester you are confronted with knowledge and practices from various domains. Semester goal 5 invites you to consider how these compare and relate.

Semester goals 2 and 3 are mainly concerned with the development of your profile as a new engineer. At this point in the program you explore your talents, interests, and ambitions to find out in what domains you want to work, what role as an engineer you aspire, and on what scale you want to engage with the world. Do you want to do research, design, management, policy; do you want to work in small team projects, large scale societal plans? This semester challenges you to consider the knowledge and skills necessary, and requires you to translate that into deliberate choices for your learning.


The semester consists of domain courses, electives, and a project, in which you collect evidence for achieving the semester goals. In semester 3 the program offers the following learning opportunities.

Domain courses (6 EC)

Interdisciplinary Research Methodology ( 3EC,1A).

Mathematics: Elements of Statistics (3EC, 1B)

Project (9 EC)
In the project you develop an actual research project on a topic that is relevant to today’s global challenges. The goal is to experience what it takes to understand something scientifically and to develop your competencies in research. In addition you learn to exchange results and experiences, draw connections, and reflect upon the value and meaning of research.

Electives (12 EC)
To explore your profile as new engineer, this semester provides room for (at least) 12EC of electives. The choice is free, as long you meet the condition of selecting a minimum of 3EC from the Natural Sciences and 3 EC from the Social Sciences. The main requirement is that you explain how your choices for your development as a new engineer and how they give evidence for the semester goals.

ATLAS Semester 1 and ATLAS Semester 2
Participating study
Bachelor Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences
Verplicht materiaal
Aanbevolen materiaal
Integrated UCT Education


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