1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Social Sciences Regulations and the University General Academic Regulations for Post Graduate Degrees, hereafter referred to as the General Postgraduate Regulations.

1.2 The degree will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with the Faculty Regulations.


The programme is therefore intended to equip graduates with the following attributes:

2.1 greater appreciation of the needs of students based on the diversity of their abilities, strengths, weaknesses, disabilities and multicultural backgrounds.

2.2 a unique and comprehensive view of academic, administrative and professional understanding of student management.

2.3 improved communication, interactive and personal skills, developed and deliveredthrough class lectures and research reports.

2.4 comprehensive training based on proven theoretical perspectives and guided by current research for identifying and responding to diverse student needs and issues.

2.5 an appreciation and ability to evaluate the strength and limitations of individuals with special needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

2.6 ability to provide personal and vocational counselling, possible job placements and help students achieve their optimal level of independence and functioning.


3.1 To qualify for entry into the Masters of Student Management a student should have a good first degree in Psychology or a degree from any university and a Post Graduate diploma in Student Management.


4.1 The Masters Degree in Student Management is a block release programme

4.2 Students will be required to complete the programme in not less than three semester

4.3 Each module is worth 4 credits except the dissertation which is worth 8 credits.


5.1 Examinations which shall normally be written at the end of each semester, comprise three hour papers for all theoretical modules.

5.2 Continuous assessment includes tests, assignments and or presentations.

5.3 A student is normally required to attain 100% attendance of tutorials.

5.4 Course work shall account for 40% of the overall assessment while the final exam will account 60% of the overall assessment.


6.1 A student should pass at least eight modules in the first level to progress to the next level.

6.1 A student who fails three modules in the first level will repeat the failed modules.

6.2 A student should earn at least 60 credits to graduate.


· Rehabilitation centres

· Guidance and counselling institutes

· Records administration and registration office

· Education and higher education offices

· Student affairs departments at colleges and universities


Level 1Semester 1

Code Description Credits
MSM701 Advanced Psychotherapy 4
MSM702 Psychology of Adult Learning 4
MSM703 Entrepreneurship and Project Management 4
MSM704 Disability Studies 4

Electives (choose one)

Code Description Credits
MSM705 Health Behaviour 4
MSM706 Applied Social Psychology 4

Level 1 Semester 2

Code Description Credits
MSM707 Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Management 4
MSM708 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 4
MSM709 College Student Ecology 4
MSM710 Strategic Student Management 4

Electives (choose one)

Code Description Credits
MSM711 Planning and Analytical Systems 4
MSM712 Sports and Leisure 4

Level 2 Semester 1

Code Description Credits
MSM801 Gender and Development 4
MSM802 Critical Psychotherapy 4
MSM803 Religious Studies 4
MSM804 Dissertation 8



MSM701 Advanced Psychotherapy

The aim of this module is to impart skills in the theory and practice of counselling with special reference to the Zimbabwean context. Another aim of the module is to develop effective counselling skills and knowledge as well as personal and professional awareness when working with students.

MSM702 Psychology of Adult Learning

The module examines selected aspects of the learning process and the characteristics of adult learners. It will identify principles and conditions which affect adult learning and development, and will consider how the theories and ideas discussed can be applied to the field of student management.

MSM703 Entrepreneurship and Project Management

The module provides students with an introduction to the key issues facing potential entrepreneurs in developing a business concept, translating real ideas into achievable business opportunities. Specifically this module addresses the issue of finance, marketing and project development.

MSM704 Disability Studies

The module helps students appreciate the needs of students living with disabilities be they physical or psychological. Strength and limitations of students with special needs will be explored as well as facilitation of necessary facilities that these students need.

MSM705 Health Behaviour

The module focuses on different health behaviour patterns and models. Traditional and western training will be studied. The module also tackles the issue of ill health and treatment among students.

MSM706 Applied Social Psychology

The module fosters an understanding of how human behaviour and experience is shaped by environmental factors such as people, events and situations. It will examine the construction of social reality and multicultural issues in mental health.

MSM707 Legal and Ethical Issues In Student Management

The module focuses on issues that govern interaction with students with special emphasis on college or university regulations as well as general regulations. The rights of students as well as boundaries will form the major thrust of this module.

MSM708 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

Students gets training in the basic and advanced research and skills necessary to carry out effective research in the social sciences. Some specialised methods of gathering data will also form part of the module as well as the study of statistics and data analysis procedures.

MSM709 College Student Ecology

The module looks at the modern college and university and their students, with special emphasis on the diverse student populations. College student ecology includes exploration of trends in higher education, the impact of college on students, and current campus cultures.

MSM710 Strategic Student Management

The module focuses on issues of managing student institutions in an effective manner. Students will be groomed into effective managers and are made aware of issues to do with motivation of students among other attributes of management.

MSM711 Planning and Analytical Systems

The module imparts onto students skills on how to plan for their day to day issues as well as knowledge on how to help students in academic planning ranging from suitable subject combinations to day to day activities. Module will also focus on appropriate analytical skills.

MSM712 Sports and Leisure

The module focuses on encouraging students to participate in sports and leisure as part of their development. Various sporting disciplines such as tennis, soccer, netball, squash etc will be studied. Leisure activities such as body building, modelling and others leisure activities will also be looked at. Relationship between sport and health will also be explored.

MSM801 Gender and Development

This module helps students to be aware of ways in which to participate and influence development. The role of gender issues in promoting and hindering development will also be explored with special reference to the local context as well as current debates on gender.

MSM802 Critical Psychotherapy

Major thrust of the module is to impart knowledge and skills that are needed when dealing with individuals with special needs. Focus will be on special populations covering those with physical disabilities, those with psychological problems and foreign students.

MSM803 Religious Studies

Focus is on selected topics in religious studies and perspectives. Different types of religions such as Bantuism, Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity, will be discussed. Relationships, similarities and differences between religions will also be looked at as well as their relevance to student management.

MSM804 Dissertation

During their third and last semester each student will carry out a research of interest in the field of student management. Students will work under supervisors to design, conduct and write research thesis which are in line with the current trends in the field of student management.



A world class and technologically driven information resource centre.


To provide access to appropriate information resources that support quality research, teaching and learning experiences of the Midlands State University community and other stakeholders.


The MSU Library was established in March 2000 when the University began. The Library building was inherited from the Gweru Teachers College Library. Currently, the MSU Library encompasses a network of individual libraries; the Main Library and three branch libraries, namely, the Law Library, the Graduate School of Business Leadership Library and the Batanai Library. Through this network, the MSU Library is able to provide comprehensive services facilities taking a discipline-based approach.

For efficient and effective service delivery, the Library is divided into four sections, namely, the Acquisitions, the Electronic Learning Resource Centre, the Readers Services and the Technical Services Sections. The MSU Library serves seven (7) Faculties which are: Arts, Commerce, Education, Law, Natural Resources Management and Agriculture, Science and Technology and Social Sciences.

2. MSU Library Resources

Collection building is one of the important functions of an academic Library. The MSU Library develop its collection to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the MSU community. The Library collection consists of both print and electronic resources. The resources include hard copy books, e-books, e-journals, periodicals, dissertations and pamphlets.

2.1 Book collection

The value of a Library collection is measured by its usability and size. The MSU Library book collection consist of well selected, recent and relevant titles of books necessary for the University to effectively support its teaching, learning and research needs.

2.2 E-books

The MSU Library seeks to strengthen the Library’s ability to provide content in all formats. The Library provides access to a number of electronic book collections which are multidisciplinary. At every library site, there is a computer laboratory that provides access to these Library electronic resources.

2.3 E-Journals

The MSU Library service to the University community does not stop within the Library walls. The Library through the University’s Electronic Resource Centres provides access to a number of electronic journal databases.

2.4 Special Collections

The MSU Library Special Collections consists of print periodicals, past exam papers, Shona and Ndebele novels, African Writers Series, International Organisations material, maps, pamphlet collections, multimedia collections (CD Rom, Videos, Audio Cassettes) and Government publications, e.g Acts, Statutory instruments and Gazettes.

2.5 Reserve Collection

Books on high demand are placed under the Reserve Collection. They are borrowed for two hours each day for in-house use and overnight use up to 0900 hours the following day.

2.6 Reference Collection

The MSU Library Reference Collection consists of Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Manuals.

2.7 Institutional Repository

The MSU Library has established an Institutional Repository. An Institutionary Repository is a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution. Currently the Institutional Repository contains Past exam papers, dissertations, research papers and MSU journals.


3.1 The following persons are entitled to use the Library facilities:

· Registered students of the Midlands State University

· Academic and Non Academic staff of the MSU

· Approved Readers, e.g. students from other Universities


4.1 MSU Library users have got the following borrowing privileges:

Category Long Term Short Term (Reserve)

Students 2 1 Academic 6 2 Non Academic 4 2


5.1 In an effort to afford the MSU Library users more time to access the Library, the Library opening hours are as follows:

Days During Semester Vacation

Monday – Friday 0900 hours 2230 hours 0800 hours 1645 hours

Saturdays and Sundays 0800 hours 1700 hours Closed

Public Holidays Closed Closed


· Interlibrary loans;

· Information Literacy Training;

· Photocopying;

· Binding;

· Information dissemination; and,

· Document delivery services.


The main purpose of these rules is to safeguard the common interest of all library users and to enable the Library to function as efficiently as possible. Here is a brief outline of the MSU Library Rules and Regulations.

· Users must present a valid MSU or approved Readers ID card to the security personnel upon entering the Library.

· For security reasons bags and cases may not be taken into the Library. They should be left in the baggage room just by the Library entrance.

· Smoking, eating and consumption of beverages in the Library is strictly prohibited.

· Readers are expected to observe silence in the Library. A fine will be charged to all students who violate this rule.

· Cell phones should be put on silent mode. A fine will be charged to users who answer cell phones in the Library.

· Mutilation of Library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages is strictly prohibited.

· All items taken in and out of the Library are subject to security check at the Library exit.

· Library clearance will not be done for staff and students with overdue materials and unpaid fines.

· The Library will suppress results for all students with outstanding Library fines and / or lost books.


Addresses and Telephone Numbers 1 Principal Officers of the University 2 University Council 3 Academic, Senior Administrative and Technical Staff 5 Faculties and Teaching Departments 76 Historical Note 78 General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees 87 Bridging Programme 124 General Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees 132


Regulations for the Faculty of Arts Honours and MastersDegrees 171 Department of African Languages and Culture 178 Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and MuseumStudies 199 Department of English and Communication 247 Department of Development Studies 273 Department of Historical Studies 309 Department of Theology and Religious Studies 332 Department of Theatre Arts Studies 362 Communication Skills Centre


Regulations for the Faculty of Commerce Honours and Masters Degrees 375 Department of Accounting 383 Department of Banking and Finance 461 Department of Business Management 412 Department of Economics 436 Department of Entrepreneurship 453 Department of Insurance and Risk Management 461 Department of Marketing Management 470 Department of Retail Management 486

Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management 503 Graduate School of Business Leadership 516


Regulations for the Faculty of Education Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters Degrees 553 Department of Adult Education 559 Department of Applied Education 595 Department of Educational Foundations, Management and Curriculum Studies 731 Department of Educational Technology 796 Gender Studies Centre


Department of Private Law 802 Department of Procedural Law Department of Public Law


Regulations for the Faculty of Natural Resources Management and Agriculture General, Honours, Postgraduate Degrees and Masters 822 Department of Agricultural Economics and Development Department of Agronomy 846 Department of Horticulture 882 Department of Lands and Water Resources Management 892 Department of Livestock and Wildlife Management 912


Regulations for the Faculty of Science and Technology Honours and Masters Degrees 950 Department of Biological Sciences 960 Department of Chemical Technology 981 Department of Computer Science 993 Department of Food Science and Nutrition 1013 Department of Information Systems 1042

Department of Mathematics 1055 Department of Physics 1083 Department of Surveying and Geomatics 1112


Regulations for the Faculty of Social Sciences Honours and Masters Degrees 1133 Department of Geography and Environmental Studies 1137 Department of Human Resource Management 1169

Department of Local Governance Studies 1196 Department of Media and Society Studies 1209 Department of Music and Musicology 1250 Department of Politics and Public Management 1259 Department of Psychology 1275 LIBRARY 1315