n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - A policy for technology reasearch theses : technical note

Volume 39, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2019



There is a fear that degrees in technology awarded by technikons will bead to lower standards and discredit the value of university degrees. The School of Civil Engineering at the Cape Technikon maintains demanding standards, enumerated in its in-house guidelines for its degrees in technology. Technology research is seen as complementary to rather than in competition with university research. Technologists apply evolving 'state of the art' in resolving problems found in civil engineering. Skepticism by university academics and others has been reduced through seminars explaining the School's requirement. This technical note seeks to dispel skepticism regarding technology degrees among a broader audience and follows a similar line of argument to that used successfully in seminars at Western Cape universities.

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