The Post Graduate Diploma in Student Management is offered over two semesters and block release basis and is designed for individuals who work with students in both formal schools, colleges, universities, education offices and related environments as well as those who aspire to wok in similar settings.


The Diploma is 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 delivered through class lectures and research reports.

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


· Rehabilitation centres

· Guidance and counselling institutes

· Records administration and registration office

· Education and higher education offices

· Student affairs departments at colleges and universities


4.1 Normal Entry

For normal entry a candidate should have satisfied the University Academic Regulations, have a pass in English Language at `O` Level, have a good first degree in appropriate fields such as sociology, education or related field

4.2 Special Entry

Other degree holders should be eligible for entry at the discretion of the department


5.1 The Post Graduate Diploma in Student Management is a block release programme

5.2 Normally, a student will be required to complete the programme in not less than two semesters from the date of first registration

5.3 Each module is worth 4 credits except the project which is worth 6 credits

6. Credits

6.1 Students should earn at least 38 credits to be allowed to graduate.

6.2 To successfully complete the programme a student should pass all the core modules.

7. Assessment

7.1 Examinations shall be written at the end of each semester and are comprised of three hour papers for all theoretical modules.

7.2 Continuous assessment includes tests, assignments and or presentations.

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

8. Weighting

8.1 Examinations for modules will contribute 70% towards the final mark.

8.2 Continuous assessment contributes 30% towards the final mark of a module.

9. Marking Scheme and Diploma Classification

Refer to Section 26.1 of the General University Academic Regulations


Level 1 Semester 1

Core Modules

Module Code Module Description Credits
DSM501 Foundations in Student Management 4
DSM502 Student Development 4
DSM503 Leadership and Administration 4
DSM 504 Psychotherapeutic Theories, Processes and Practice 4
DSM 505 Research Methods and Statistics 4


Level 1 Semester 2

Module Code Module Description Credits
DSM 506 Training and Career Development 4 4
DSM 507 Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence 4
DSM 508 Students Diversity 4
DSM 509 Research Project 6


DSM 501 Students Management in Collegiate Settings

This module introduces the students to the foundational, philosophies of the profession, examines the integration of students management functions and administrators in higher education, explorers the variety of roles students affairs professionals play on college campuses. It also seeks to develop an understanding of institutional culture and the professional’s role within those cultures.

DSM 502 Student Development

The module focuses on the theories, assessments devices and intervention strategies related to student development and learning in student management and higher education settings.

DSM 503 Leadership and Administration

The module analyses the concept of leadership in the organization. It will also examine how various leadership styles could be used with students, emphasis is placed on the goals, purpose and functions of higher education.

DSM 504 Psychotherapeutic Theories, Processes and Practices

This module examines theories and techniques used in helping individuals with personal, social, vocational and educational problems. Group psychotherapy and multicultural issues are also examined.

DSM 505 Research Methods and Statistics

The module is intended at grounding students in the philosophy of research methodology and the debates surrounding what is known as warrantable and scientific knowledge and research. The module further explains how statistics enhances the research process.

DSM 506 Training and Career Development

The module helps impart knowledge on students on how to be good trainers in the various areas in which they work with students. Also issues to do with career guidance and counselling will be looked into taking into cognizance the diversity in students’ abilities.

DSM 507 Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence

Students are exposed to the various aspects of stress including the psychophysiology of stress as well as its impact on the immune system. Ways of effectively managing stress will also be discussed. The second part imparts students with skills on how to interpret, understood, draw meaning from and manage different emotions with particular reference to emotions experienced by students.

DSM 508 Students Diversity

The module focuses on how students of various diversity, could be accommodated in tertiary education. It will also explore how the excluded could be included in the Zimbabwe higher education system.

DSM 509 Research Project

Students are expected to do a research project based on issues learnt in the field of student’s management. Students should also show an understanding of research methods and use of statistics learnt.