Industrial Attachment

The department is indebted to companies and institutions spread right across the four corners of the country, which have continuously supported its industrial training program over the years. We treasure the cordial relationships that have fostered mutual benefit, to N.U.S.T, the organisations and the students, past and present.



An industrial training is an integrated part of the Bachelor of Applied Science Programme.  The main purpose is to provide a simultaneous process of industrial training and studying and help the student to put theory into practice.  Another purpose is to give the student an overall view of the productive activities of Zimbabwe's main chemical subsectors:  Fertilisers, Pesticides, Pharmaceuticals, Paints, Textiles, Plastics and Rubber processing, etc.  To achieve this aim, the industrial training is carried out in the form of training modules.  The training modules are so designed as to give the student an opportunity to go through the main stages of the production chain.  The training modules given in this programme may serve as a general guide line and their final form and content will be worked out together with the companies involved.

The student may choose one of the chemical subsectors/companies for industrial training, but the student's choice may be overridden by that of the department whenever the department deems it necessary to do so.  All students are expected to do full-time work and to attend lectures which are normally given to the company's staff.  They are also expected to write a Log Book on a weekly basis and, at the end of their attachment period, they are to submit a written Final Report.  Lastly, the students are expected to pass an interview conducted jointly by their lecturers and the relevant company authorities.


The objectives for industrial attachment of students pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Applied Chemistry can be stated as follows:

  1. To give the student an understanding and the basic skills required for every stage of the production chain; the operational function of the production processes, equipment and production management.
  2. To expose students to behaviour of business organisations as they strive to align themselves to the evolving external environments which provide opportunities as well as threats to them.
  3. To afford students the opportunity to test their theoretical tools and constructs learnt during their first two years of the degree programme with the realities of running business organisations in Zimbabwe.
  4. To enable the students to develop realistic expectations with respect to the world of work, the role of being employees and, to experience what it takes to work with others, as well as to work within a generally structured environment in authority, responsibility and role terms.
  5. To solicit the assistance and experience of managers, supervisors and training officers, in training and developing personnel who will be capable of initiating and conducting research; supervising industrial production and, marketing the industrial products.
  6. To create a conduit through which industry and the National University of Science and Technology can establish a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship, in the interest of developing and advancing the industrial base of Zimbabwe.



  1. During the period of industrial attachment students are under the authority and discipline of the host company and should, therefore, take instructions from managers and supervisors of the company within, of course, the broad working relationships mutually agreed upon by the company and National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
  2. Companies are not at all obligated to pay students on industrial attachment any salary or stipend, but if an individual company opts to do so, that would be an entirely private arrangement between the student and the company.
  3. The attachment period is not to be perceived by students as a form of employment during which they can make as much money as possible.  The students' basic needs will be met from their grants made available to them like all other National University of Science and Technology students.  Also, the industrial attachment is not to be viewed as a vacation employment opportunity: it is part of the students' learning process required for the awarding of a degree.
  4. As a result of engaging in actual working conditions, taking instructions from seniors and, working with groups of different sizes and composition, students are expected to benefit from the experience of actual work and interpersonal relationships.
  5. It would also be helpful, where confidentiality requirements permit, to expose students to the work of senior management committees and corporate planning staff so as to initiate them into the dynamics of environment sensing and interpretation; objectives, strategy and policy development, implementation and evaluation.
  6. Wherever possible, students will be attached to companies in areas where they can get their own accommodation.  If this is not possible any assistance by host companies to provide temporary accommodation to students will be greatly appreciated by the National University of Science and Technology.


The duration of the industrial training period is two academic semesters.  It is carried out in the form of training modules under the supervision of both company officers and lecturers.  The student is expected to write a report at the end of each training module and a Final Report at the end of the entire training period.  Also, the student is expected to pass an Interview conducted jointly by lecturers and the relevant company authorities.

The Overall Assessment is based on two main components:  Continuous Assessment and Final Assessment.  Continuous Assessment contributes 60%, whilst the Final Assessment contributes 40% to the Overall Assessment.

The Overall Assessment is constituted on a five point system as outlined below:

A         75%    to 100%          - 1     (First Class)
B         65%    to   74%          - 2.1  (Upper Second)
C         55%    to   64%          - 2.2  (Lower Second)
D         45%    to   54%          -  P    (Pass)
E         0%      to   44%           - F    (Fail)

Continuous Assessment consists of the following components:

Initiative                                                                                             10%
Motivation                                                                                          10%
Knowledge of Work                                                                         20%
Practical Work                                                                                  10%
Log Book                                                                                           20%
Punctuality                                                                                        10%
Conduct                                                                                             10%
Overall Achievement                                                                       10%
TOTAL                                                                                              100%

Final Assessment consists of the following components:

Final Report                                                                                      40%
Interview                                                                                            10%
Continuous Assessment                                                               50%
TOTAL                                                                                               100%

NB:     The results will consists of a 50% of the continuous assessment, 40% of the final report and 10% of the interview.

Continuous Assessment shall be monitored primarily by the company training officers.  Lecturers will assess progress of students at least twice per semester.  The Final Assessment (final report and interview), shall be conducted by an examination board composed of company officers and lecturers appointed by the company management and the Chairman of the Department respectively.

The results shall then be considered by the Examinations committee which is composed of the Dean of Science, Chairman of Department, and representative of lecturing staff.

The National University of Science and Technology Academic Board which is composed of the Vice Chancellor, the Pro-Vice Chancellors, the Deans of the three Faculties and all the Chairmen of Departments, makes the final consideration.

A student who fails to satisfy the requirements for passing the industrial training, will be withdrawn from the programme.





1.         Introduction to Company's Activities:

-           history.
-           production, safety regulations.
-           relations etc.

2.         Raw Materials:

-           supply.
-           storage.
-           physico-chemical properties.
-           quality control.
-           preliminary treatment.
-           formulation, etc.

3.         Raw Materials Processing:

-     technological processes and equipment including flow sheets, physical chemistry of the processes,function of the equipment, mass and energy balance, process technology etc.
-           process operation.
-           process control and automation.
-           trouble shooting etc.

4.         Final Products:

-           packaging and storage conditions.
-           quality control (standards), etc.

5.         New Products Development:

-           planning and product development
-           ideas and innovations.
-           commercial evaluation of products, etc.

6.         Management Site Control and Business Planning


7.         Final Report and Interview:

-           The student is expected to write a Final Report based on the data, collected in his/her log book, and to pass an Interview.



The student is expected to write a report after every training module as well as a final report based on training module reports.


Training Module Report

1.         Introduction


A brief outline of the objectives and the purpose of your being in this department.


Explain the history of the department, its location, staff, etc, its relationship to the other departments and, its place and importance within the company.

2.         The Name of the Training Module (Department)

Give in this section a detailed description of the training module, for example:

-           production (or laboratory) flow chart.
-      raw materials, intermediates and final products (physico-chemical properties, quality control, preliminary treatment, etc.)
-          equipment (or laboratory apparatus); engineering and technological data eg, productivity, reliability, sketches of the equipment, etc.
-           physico-chemical bases of the process(es), or analytical method(s).
-           on-site quality control.
-           any other data.

If any tests were done, record the results.  Comment on the validity of tests and trials.  Highlight your observations.  Examine the functions critically, and comment on their effectiveness.

3.         Conclusions and Recommendations

Make general conclusions about the work done in this module, and give some recommendations for technological improvements, etc. 

Also, suggest means of increasing productivity, and improving the working environment.  Outline what your objective was initially and state whether it was achieved or not.  What did you gain? Present all your ideas in a logical and coherent manner.  Ensure that you critically examine your ideas before writing them down.


A candidate is required to submit, for examination, three copies of his report in loose bound form within a suitable cover.

A report should include:
(a)       A short title of the report.

(b)       An abstract of the report, in single spacing form, not exceeding one page.

(c)        Acknowledgements.

(d)       Table of contents.

(e)       List of figures (optional).

(f)        Main text.

(g)       Conclusions.

(h)       References (if any).

(i)         Appendices (optional) not exceeding 20 pages.


Format of the Report should be as follows:

Spacing : Typed, in double spacing form, on one side of the paper.
Size of the Paper : A4 (210mmx297mm)
Drawing :  No restriction on the size of the drawings.
Margin : 40mm on the left hand side, 10mm on the right hand side, 20mm on the top and bottom of the page.
Size of the Report : Between 40 and 80 pages excluding pretext Pages and Appendices.
Number of Pages : Page number should be placed centrally at the bottom of the pages.
Roman page numbers (i, ii, iii, .....) for the pretext pages, standard numbering for the Main text and A-1, A-2,..... etc for Appendices are to be used            in numbering of the report.


Note Well
The Training Module Reports may be hand written, but the Final Report must be typed and should be of a length not exceeding 50 pages.  Both these reports should be on A4 size paper and should be presented in a folder.  All drawings must be folded to A4 size. Whether hand written or typed,  it is absolutely essential that all the reports should be presented in a very neat manner.

The Training Module Reports must be submitted within one week of completing the training module to the relevant Company Officer.  These reports should be made available to the supervising lecturers when they come to visit the student.  The Final Report must be submitted on the day of the Interview.