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Step Up : Personal management in the Higher Education Context (DOC1001F)

Step Up: Personal Management in the Higher Education Context Step Up is a first semester course for first year students to help make the transition into UCT and the Faculty of Commerce.It is available to any first year student registered in the Faculty of Commerce and compulsory to all EDU students.

It consists of a weekly tutorial where you meet with a group of about 25 students and a facilitator to address various issues that confront students in their first six months at university.

Topics covered include:

  • Orientation to university
  • Managing your academic workload
  • Goal setting and planning
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • Career planning
  • Exam preparation and dealing with exam anxiety
  • Frequently asked questions:

Why do I need Step Up?

Many students entering university for the first time become overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment. It is a challenge to take responsibility for making personal and academic choices while dealing with demanding workload. The Step Up programme was developed for students to develop and practice life skills that will help you integrate into the university. In the Step Up class you will meet other students who are in the same position as you, deal with challenges as they arise and have an experienced facilitator who will help you with any difficulties you may encounter. Step Up functions as an extended orientation. Step up will give you the support you need as you need it since the course is structured so that the topics we cover address the issues as they arise.

What can Step Up do for me?

Step Up will give you the opportunity to develop the specific skills you need to manage a range of academic demands.

Your contact with your facilitator provides a personal and sympathetic contact in the EDU and the Faculty of Commerce. Your facilitator will be available to help you with any problems that may arise in the first six months and refer you to appropriate services on and off campus including counselling services if needed.

The course aims to develop your ability to think critically and reflectively about your career choice and make appropriate decisions to help realise your dreams, as well as enhancing self-confidence and self-efficacy in the complex higher education environment.

How does the course work?

You register for the programme in the first semester. No exams or tests are written, but a minimum of 80% attendance is required to obtain a course credit. Classes are small and interactive, and active participation is essential to derive the most benefit from these supportive practical life-coaching sessions.

When do the Step Up session stake place.

Students are assigned one slot a week either at 08:00 or 09:00 depending on their academic curriculum and the other courses they take.

Who can join Step Up?

All first year student that are registered in the Faculty of Commerce may register to participate in the Step Up programme. There are limited places for students not registered in EDU, and these are offered on a first come first served basis.

Please contact Bonani Dube for more information.

Contact Details:

Course coordinator:

Bonani Dube Bonani Dube

Room 2.05 Leslie Commerce

021 650 5945


Susan Joubert

Room 2.02.2 Leslie Commerce

021 650 2224

Sherry Stewart


Room 2.11 Leslie Commerce

021 650 4022

Portia Zimu


Room 2.13 Leslie Commerce

021 650 3912

Shanaaz Solomons


Room 2.10 Leslie Commerce

021 650 3720