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Botswana College of Agriculture
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Gaborone, Botswana
Phone: +267 - 3650100
Fax: +267 - 3928753
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The Department of Basic Sciences is made up of five units, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Herbarium, Mathematical Sciences and Physics

Mathematics Unit

The Mathematical Sciences unit is comprises of Mathematics, Biometry and Computer Science. The courses in Mathematics and Computer Science are offered at foundation level, while courses in Biometry are offered at second and third year levels of the degree and diploma programmes.

The foundation mathematics courses offered equip learners with abstract mathematical tools for solving concrete problems in the sciences, including agricultural sciences, business, and other areas. Some mathematical tools allow for the description, analysis, and prediction of phenomena where chance plays a role. Most experiments, surveys and observational studies require the informed use of statistics, offered in the Biometry courses. The Computing and information skills fundamentals covered in the Computer Sciences courses equip students with computing and information skills that will enable them investigate computational methods for efficiently solving a broad range of mathematical, statistical and scientific problems that are typically too large for human numerical capacity; use of IT to support life long learning, and ICT applications in society; and also tools for data storage, simulation, programming, manipulation and communication.

The unit has expertise in Abstract Algebra, Biometry, Mathematical Epidemiology, Computer Applications and Information Technology. The unit’s research areas include: classification of finite local rings, unit groups of finite rings, algebraic geometry and group representation theory; multivariate and spatial statistics, and categorical data analysis; modeling transmission dynamics of diseases, with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS; database and relational database management systems; electronic learning, use of IT to support life long learning, and ICT applications in society; statistical analysis of agricultural data with missing values, applications of statistics.

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