Physics and Engineering Department

kisswell basiraDepartment Chairperson – Mr Kisswell Basira

Introduction

The department of Mathematics and Physics is a hybrid department composed of the strategically fused former Physics and Mathematics departments of 2000 when Bindura University of Science Education was born from the Zimbabwe-Cuba Partnership in Science Teacher Training. It is housed in the Faculty of Science. It offers programmes at both diploma and degree levels in Mathematics and Physics Education as well as the pure components of Physics and Mathematics. Currently it offers postgraduate studies in Science Education and in Environmental Physics.

The department demonstrates and upholds the highest standards of professionalism; integrity; ethics; accountability and excellence in its learning and teaching, research and community engagement endeavours.

Employment Opportunities
Job opportunities for our students prevail in:

  • The science teaching field
  • Banking sector
  • Civil service
  • Insurance companies
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Meteorological sector
  • Agriculture
  • Statistics
  • Research and consultancy firms
  • Mining sector

All programmes of study offered by the Department of Mathematics and Physics have the following general aims, consonant with the Mission Statement of Bindura University of Science Education:

  • To provide teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that is informed and invigorated by the     research and scholarship of the staff and is stimulating, useful and enjoyable to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds;
  • To produce graduates with well-developed practical, analytical, communication and problem-solving skills who readily find employment in industry, research institutions and the civil service;
  • To address a wide diversity of student interests and aspirations through degree courses which retain flexibility and choice while furnishing a well-rounded understanding of the subjects;
  • To encourage and develop our students’ desire for learning and to support their development of appropriate interpersonal and transferable skills;
  • To sustain a culture of teaching and research that is able to foster the free pursuit of knowledge and the rigorous, quantitative analysis of information;
  • To provide, through the diploma programmes, access to our degree courses for students with suitable levels of academic ability from non-traditional educational backgrounds;
  • To produce graduates with an understanding of most fundamental laws and principles of physics and mathematics, along with their application to a variety of fields, including some areas of study which are at (or informed by) the forefront of the disciplines;
  • To prepare students for a professional career either within or outside the disciplines;
  • To develop students’ ability to execute experimental, computational or theoretical investigations of physical phenomena, analyse the results critically and quantitatively, and draw valid conclusions;
  • To ensure that students can manage their own learning and study a topic independently with the aid of appropriate sources and      
  • To equip students with a knowledge of programming appropriate for scientific applications of computing or as preparation for a professional career in related fields.

The Postgraduate studies in the Department extend and enhance the undergraduate programmes, aiming:

  • To extend students’ knowledge of some areas of physics mathematics to a level at (or informed by) the  forefront of the disciplines;
  • To prepare students for a research degree or research-based career in mathematics and physics or related disciplines;
  • To  develop students’ ability to plan and execute a computational, experimental or theoretical investigation, using ideas and techniques appropriate to research work in the relevant field, and including critical and quantitative assessment of their own work and the work of others and
  • To ensure that students can investigate a topic independently with the aid of research articles and other primary sources, and report their findings clearly, concisely and accurately

The mandate of the Mathematics Department is to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematics and mathematical application. Moreover, the department will contribute to the development of students as mathematical thinkers, enabling them to become lifelong learners, to continue to grow in their chosen professions, and to function as productive citizens.

In pursuing this mission, primary departmental functions are the development, dissemination, and application of mathematical knowledge and in the areas of: mathematics, mathematics education, and actuarial science. We will serve students who are our majors and minors, general education students, and those from other service areas.
In fulfilling this mission, the department creates an environment where the faculty and continue to grow as teachers and scholars, while providing public and professional service.

Vision Statement
The Mathematics Program will develop a learning community of critical thinkers who serve as models of innovative problem solving in the research university environment, in their professional careers, and in their everyday lives.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Mathematics Program is to provide an interactive, collaborative peer tutoring environment that encourages students to break down complex problems and develop strategies for finding solutions across a variety of situations and disciplines.

Core Values
To Perform to the highest levels of competence and professionalism in research and training, acting with utmost honesty and integrity To sensitivity to staff and student welfare while instituting measures that meet the need of all stake holders Advance indigenous knowledge and technologies Generate, preserve and disseminate knowledge and be involved in the development of innovative products Cherish academic freedom, nature and reward talent

This service charter explains what we do and the standards of service you can expect from the Department of Mathematics and Physics. It also explains the steps you can take if our service standards are not met.
Our Department aims to promote excellence in teaching Mathematics and Physics programs through University policy and service delivery to the benefit of all students.
The Department works closely and cooperatively with its Departments in providing quality services to its clients (Students and Stakeholders) in Faculty of Science Education and Faculty of Science.

Your Rights

You are entitled to expect:
• the right to seek access to Projects we hold in accordance with the Bindura University Policy
• your feedback and complaints will be treated seriously and impartially
• be treated with respect and consistently with Zimbabwean anti-discrimination laws.

Our Service Standards
The Department is committed to achieving and maintaining a high level of service standards in all program areas. We have established service standards to provide a benchmark which our performance can be measured though student evaluations.

If you telephone us, we will identify ourselves by name and/or work area and will aim to resolve your enquiry during the call. If the enquiry is complex, we will refer to you through Faculty Offices.

If you write or email us, we will respond to correspondence in a timely manner. We will reply in plain English, generally within 5 working days of receiving the correspondence.

If this is not possible, we will inform you of the time needed to provide a response and provide you with contact details if you have any further enquiries.

What this charter does not cover
This charter deals with the quality of services we provide. The following matters are not covered by this charter:
• employment disputes;
• our handling of your personal information;
• administrative decisions made under a law; or
• Government policy.

If you are not satisfied with an administrative decision made under a law that affects you (for example, a decision under the Freedom of Information Act 1982), you may have the right to seek a review of the decision. You will be notified of any rights of review and/or appeal when you are advised of that administrative decision.

If you have a complaint about our handing of your student information, you should contact the Office of the Assistant Registrar – Faculty of Science (see www.buse.ac.zw for more details).
Complaints Handling

If you have a complaint about the Department’s services covered by this charter, the following steps apply:

Step 1: Contact the area within the Department you have been dealing with about your complaint and the area will try to resolve the problem.
Step 2: If your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction by the particular area within 7 working days, contact the Chairperson with the full details of your complaint and the resolution you are seeking. The contact details of the Chairperson are below.
Step 3: The Chairperson will reply within 3 working days of receiving your complaint, and inform you:
• about the process we will follow;
• the contact details of the person who will handle your complaint; and
• any other important information about the process.

Note: We are committed to resolving complaints internally within 3 working days whenever possible. If your complaint is complex and cannot be resolved within this timeframe, we will keep you informed of the progress.

Step 4: We will assess and (as required) investigate your complaint. At the end of the investigation, we will tell you about the outcome, and any decision we have made.
• if your complaint highlights a systematic problem with us, we will take action to prevent it happening again.
• If your complaint identifies an improvement to our services, we will take action we consider appropriate to improve.

Step 5: If you are not satisfied with the outcome of our assessment or investigation of your complaint, you can contact the Deputy Registrar Academic (details can be found at www.buse.ac.zw or by telephone on 0772 154 885-8).

Review of the Charter
The Department is committed to evaluating and reporting on our performance. We report on the operation of this service charter, including complaints and the resolution of those complaints, in our annual report each year.
We measure and monitor our performance against our service standards by recording and acting on your feedback and complaints about our service and regularly reviewing the terms and effectiveness of this charter.

How you can Help us
You can assist us to provide a good service by:
• providing timely, honest, complete and accurate information about student registration
• treating our staff with courtesy
• meeting any reciprocal obligations of the service relationship
• providing feedback on the quality of our services.

Enquiries and Feedback
We value and appreciate your feedback on the quality, timeliness and responsiveness of our service. You can send your feedback using our Secretary’s desk in B02 Faculty of Science Education Complex. You can also contact us Monday to Friday during business hours through B02 and B06.

Contacts and Information
Chairperson of the Department
Department of Mathematics and Physics
B06. FSE Complex
Bindura
Telephone: 0776 338 419
Email: kbasira@buse.ac

Physics and Maths Publications 2015-16

Recent Publications Physics and Mathematics Department

Publications in 2015

Chipo Shonhiwa and Patrick Mukumba. An Assessment of Wind Power Generation Potential for Margate Town in South Africa. International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, pp. 32-37.
Doi: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20150402.13

Chipo Shonhiwa and Golden Makaka (2015) Concentrator Augmented Wind Turbines: A review. Physical Science International Journal 6(4): 209-218.

Chipo Shonhiwa, Golden Makaka and Kudakwashe Munjeri. (2015) Estimation of Wind Power Potential of Six Sites in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International 2(3): 201-208.

D.R. Masvodza1 and T. W. Mapuwei (2015) Feasibility of Sack Potato Production as a New Technique used in Some Urban Parts of Zimbabwe
DOI: 10.9734/JAERI/2015/13700

Pagana J, Nyikahadzoyi M, Mutambara L.H.N, Chagwiza C. (2015). The nature of the gap between the intended and the implemented ordinary level mathematics curriculum: a case study of Mashonaland Central District. Research & Reviews: Journal of Educational Studies RRJES| Recent Research on Education System- S1, 2015 14

K. Munjeri, S. Ziuku, H. Maganga, B. Siachingoma & S. Ndlovu (2015). On the potential of water hyacinth as a biomass briquette for heating applications. Physical Science International Journal 6(3): 169-184, 2015, Article no.PSIJ.2015.043

Shonhiwa Chipo, Yang Song and Baokuan Li (2015). Numerical Simulation and Measurement of Temperature Distribution in Water-in-Glass Evacuated Solar Water Heater. DOI: 10.9734/PSIJ/2015/16328

Patrick Mukumba, Golden Makaka, Chipo Shonhiwa. An assessment of the performance of a biogas digester when insulated with sawdust. International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, 2015; 4(2): 24-31. Doi: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20150402.12

Departmental Staff

 
  • Kisswell Basira– BSc Honours (Statistics) University of Zimbabwe. MSc (Statistics) University of Zimbabwe
    Specialty: Statistics
  • Conilius Jaison Chagwiza– Cert. Ed (Mathematics) Gweru Teacher’s College (Gweru) . BEd (Mathematics) Solusi University. MScEd (Mathematics) Bindura University of Science Education
    Specialty: Mathematics Education
  • Michael Thabane Magama-BSc Honours (Physics) University of Zimbabwe. MSc (Applied Physics) University of Zimbabwe
    Specialty: Applied Physics
  • Chipo Shonhiwa-DipEd (Science) Belvedere Teacher’s College (Harare). HBScEd (Physics) Bindura University of Science Education. MSc (Renewable Energy) University of Zimbabwe
    Specialty: Renewable Energy
  • Lillias H.N. Mutambara – DipEd (Mathematics) Gweru Teacher’s College (Gweru). HBScEd (Mathematics) Bindura University of Science Education. MScEd (Mathematics) Bindura University of Science Education
    Specialty: Mathematics Education
  • Mangwiro Magodora– BSc Honours (Mathematics) University of Zimbabwe. MSc (Mathematical Modelling) University of Zimbabwe. Graduate Diploma in Education (Physics and Mathematics) University of Zimbabwe
    Specialty: Applied Mathematics
  • Zacharia Ndemo – DipEd (Mathematics) Gweru Teacher’s College (Gweru). BEd (Mathematics) University of Zimbabwe. MScEd (Mathematics) University of Zimbabwe
    Specialty: Mathematics Education
  • Shakespear Ndlovu-Licentiate (Physics and Astronomy) Enrico Jose Verona, Cuba. MSc (Geophysics) National University of Science and Technology
    Specialty: Geophysics
  • Tichaona Mapuwei – BSc Honours (Applied Mathematics) National University of Science and Technology. MSc (Operations Research)National University of Science and Technology
    Specialty: Applied Mathematics
  • Perez Jorge Lemagne
  • Manny Mathuthu
  • Evans Manjoro
  • Huggins Makotyo
  • Edgar Muchuweni
  • Simon  Mukwembi
  • Brain Kusotera
  • Conilius Jaison Chagwiza
  • Zakaria Ndemo

Technical and Support Staff

Mr. S. Chiminya-HND (Electronic Engineering: Microwave and Radar Systems) – Technician

S. Matsiya- Techinical assistant
Ms. M. Mtisi-Secretary