Bachelor of Science Honours in Operations Research and Statistics

Bachelor of Science Honours in Operations Research and Statistics

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 4 Years




486 Credits


SADC-QF - Level 8


Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE)

To develop knowledge skills and competences in the field of Operations Research and Statistics which are relevant to various career paths. To provide a foundation for further studies and research in Operations Research and Statistics.
Areas of Study:
Probability, Statistics, Optimisation, Statistical Modeling, Statistical Research Techniques and analysis, Survey and data analysis techniques, computational modeling, Statistical inference, Applied Statistics, Linear programming, Time series, Queuing Models, Case studies in Operations Research, Simulation and Modeling, Multivariate Statistics
Specialist Focus:
Application of necessary tools and conceptual foundations in quantitative reasoning to extract information intelligently from a large pool of data (data mining) and the use robust statistical analysis and mathematical modeling to solve an array of business and organizational problems, as well as improve decision-making.
Real problems solving, research and survey activities, teaching and learning oriented programme.
Distinctive Features:
Provide basic techniques in theory of Operations Research and Statistics and their applications to real-world problems by enhancing analytical skills to attack complex, large-scale optimization problems of both a deterministic and stochastic nature to make better decisions that impact society and the world positively.
Normal entry
The minimum entry requirement is at least a pass in ‘A’ level Mathematics and a pass in any other science subject or any commercial subject.
Teaching and Learning Methods:
Lectures, tutorials and seminars, computer practical classes, group enquiry and/or problem based study, individual learning, research and research projects, field trips, orals tests
Assessment Methods:
Written and oral examinations, tests, seminar presentations, industrial attachment report, mini-research project report, final year research project report, continuous assessments
Aims of the programme
To enable students to:
 Develop the analytical skills required for formulating and solving problems encountered in industry, commerce and society at large,
 Learn to conduct research,
 Do further research in an industrial or scientific or commercial setting that may enable them to study for further qualifications (MSc, MPhil or
The these regulations shall be read in conjunction with the NUST General Academic Regulations.
Normal entry
The minimum entry requirement is at least a pass in ‘A’ level Mathematics and a pass in any other science subject or any commercial subject.
This programme shall run for four years.
The programme shall consist of thirty-three taught modules, including three electives, plus industrial attachment and a research project. A minimum of six modules shall be done per semester. Students shall do a research project in Part IV. The overall assessment shall be based on all modules. In the case that a student does more than thirty three taught modules, his/her overall assessment shall be calculated from his/her best thirty three taught modules, the project and the industrial attachment.
In determining the overall degree programme aggregate, the following part weightings shall be used:
Part I 10% minimum 120 credits
Part II 30% minimum 120 credits
Part III 20% minimum 120 credits
Part IV 40% minimum 120 credits
Students shall do their Industrial Attachment in their third year and submit the industrial attachment report at the end of academic year. The Department of Statistics and Operations Research shall be responsible for the co-ordination, supervision and evaluation of the Industrial Attachment programme as detailed in the University Regulations.
Students shall be required to submit a project, which is equivalent to three modules, during the last academic year for which they are registered. On submission of a satisfactory project a student shall also be required to defend his/her work before a Departmental panel of Examiners.
One three-hour paper written at the end of the semester accounts for 75% and the continuous assessment counts for 25% towards the final mark. The continuous assessment is generally a result of assignments and at least two tests.

SMU 5101 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
SMU 5102 Ethics and Professional Practice in Ultrasound
SMU 5103 *Pelvic and Obstetrics Ultrasound I

Semester II
SRA 5102 Research in Healthcare
SMU 5201 *Upper Abdomen, Vascular and Small Parts Ultrasound
SMU 5203 *Pelvic and Obstetrics Ultrasound II

Part 2 – Last Semester
SMU 6100 Medical Ultrasound Clinical Practice
SMU 6110 Research Project
SMU 5101 Ultrasound Physics And Instrumentation 25 Credits
The module looks at waves, Electromagnetic waves and Sound waves. Properties of waves, Power and intensity, Interaction of ultrasound with matter, Ultrasound transducers, Beam characteristics, and current developments in ultrasound transducer designs. Principles of Ultrasound, Image display modes in ultrasound, Doppler principles and instrumentation, Doppler applications in medical imaging, Pulse echo instruments, Image manipulation in ultrasound; Principles of pulse echo imaging; Image quality in Ultrasound imaging; Artefacts; Image storage, display and transmission; Recent advances in image display; Recent advances in ultrasound imaging, Quality assurance in ultrasound imaging.
SMU 5102 Ethics And Professional Practice In Ultrasound 25 Credits
This module analyses ethics and accountability in ultrasound; Experimental biological effects studies, Guidelines and regulations; Litigation; Evidence based practice in ultrasound; Patient care; Communication; Psycho-social issues; Cultural issues; Intracavital techniques and ethics; Counselling, Professional practice in: Interventional Techniques, Emergency situations e.g. postural hypotension, medical emergency response, respiration and chemical spill as well as Bio-effects and safety.
SMU 5103 Pelvic And Obstetrics Ultrasound 1 25 Credits
This module is on anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the male pelvis and non-pregnant female pelvis; Sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal anatomical variants; Patient preparation and ultrasound scanning techniques of the pelvis; Pathology of the female and male pelvis and their sonographic appearances e;g; Fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, testicular torsion, prostate cancer and epididymo-orchitis; Spermatogenesis, spermiogenesis, hormonal interactions and the male puberty; The female reproductive cycle, ovulation, conception, implantation and female puberty; First trimester embryonic anatomy, physiology and pathology, normal appearances of a gestational sac, blighted ovum and common congenital abnormalities during the first trimester; Gestational age estimation parameters during first trimester; Complications during first trimester pregnancy and their ultrasonic appearances e;g; threatening miscarriage, Hydatid mole, ectopic pregnancy, retained products of conception; Role of other imaging modalities and clinical findings in complementing ultrasound imaging of the female and male pelvis.
SRA 5102 Research In Healthcare 25 Credits
This module is on evidence based practice, research methodology, research designs, data gathering techniques, validity and reliability, sampling techniques, statistics in research, data processing and scientific reporting, medical ethics and clinical trials.
SMU 5201 Upper Abdomen, Vascular And Small Parts Ultrasound 25 Credits
The module explores anatomy, physiology and pathology of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, adrenals, spleen and pancreas; The retroperitoneum, lymphatic system, gastro-intestinal, diaphragm and lungs; Liver function tests and biopsies; Patient preparation and Scanning protocols and techniques for the abdominal organs; Sonographic appearances of pathological conditions of abdominal organs e;g; splenomegaly, hydronephrosis, cholelithiasis, cirrhotic liver disease and pancreatitis; Abdominal scanning in different user groups (Accident and emergency patients, obese patients, paediatric patients, etc); Role of other imaging modalities in complementing abdominal ultrasound findings; Cardiovascular general survey scanning, deep and superficial blood vessels and scanning techniques; Doppler scanning techniques; Musculo-skeletal system and scanning techniques e;g; tendons, trans-cranial neonatal scanning; Small parts ultrasound scanning techniques, e;g; neck, breasts, scrotum, penis, eyes and parotids.
SMU 5203 Pelvic And Obstetrics Ultrasound 11 25 Credits
The module explores scanning during second trimester and third trimester pregnancy stages and foetal development; Parturition and labour; Maternal and foetal vascular circulations and placenta scanning; Normal Congenital anomalies e;g; acrania, duodenal atresia, polyhydramnios, etc; Amniotic fluid volume and index and accompanying pathological conditions; Second and third trimester pregnancy complications e;g; intrauterine foetal demise, threatening miscarriage, complete and incomplete abortion; Doppler scanning in pregnancy; Complications in male pelvic pathology and sonographic appearances.
SMU 6100 Medical Ultrasound Clinical Practice 90 Credits
In addition to the between blocks clinical learning and practice, this is the clinical practice component where students will be attached to approved supervisors and will carry out a prescribed number of examinations and participate in quality management under supervision. Students will maintain a logbook of practice and attendance and a portfolio of achievement. Assessment shall be through Clinical attachment reports from supervisors, logbooks, prescribed case studies and finally a viva voce examination. Students will be required to present case studies. Students may be required to rotate in a number of clinical departments to fulfil their logbook requirements.
SMU 6110 Research Project 60 Credits
This module provides the research component of the MSc programme. Hence it is the component that establishes the programme at Masters level. The research will be carried out over a period of six months. Normally this will be done in a healthcare setting. The dissertation from the research will be assessed in part by an oral presentation and a full written report
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