The utilisation of computer technology in environmental studies at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe: a focus on the departments of Geography and environmental studies and surveying and geomatics

Jerie, Steven (2011) The utilisation of computer technology in environmental studies at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe: a focus on the departments of Geography and environmental studies and surveying and geomatics.

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Official URL: http://hdl.handle.net/11408/1162

Abstract

This study assesses the utilization of computer technology at a recently established institution of higher learning, the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. The study focuses on how computer technology is used in environmental studies in the related academic departments of geography and environmental studies and surveying and geomatics. Data collection methods included questionnaire surveys directed at students and lecturers, interviews with key informants such chairpersons of the two departments, lecturers of computer related modules such as geographical information systems, laboratory technicians and the information technology officer. Secondary data sources included the Midlands State University website, the university yearbook and transcripts of departmental modules. Data collection aimed at revealing the current state of computer utilization in the departments, problems encountered by students and lecturers in the utilization of computer technology and the measures being put in place to overcome the problems. The results revealed that there were inadequate computers in use in the departments and hence inadequate access to computers by staff and students. There is limited use of relevant GIS software such as Arc View, and ILWIS and this tends to be outdated. Computer security is also an area of concern due to viruses, as the computers are not fully protected by anti-viruses. There is need to continue equipping the computer laboratories with new computers and GIS software and the necessary anti-virus licenses as well as continuous servicing of the computers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer Technology; Environmental Studies; Surveying; Geomatics;,Geographical Information systems
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > Midlands State University
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 03:11
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 03:11
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/5671

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