Service Modules

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The following modules are offered to other departments within the university:


Biology 1A1E (BIO1EB1)
Year 1 – Semester 1 – NQF level 5 – 12 Credits

This module provides students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the principles of biology that are applicable to Biochemistry, Botany and Zoology. The content and activities of the module serve to give students a relevant understanding of matters that are fundamental to the later modules in Life and Environmental Science.


Biology 1A2E (BIO2EA1)
Year 1 – Semester 2 – NQF level 5 – 12 Credits

This module provides students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the principles of biology that are applicable to Biochemistry, Botany and Zoology. The content and activities of the module serve to give students a relevant understanding of matters that are fundamental to the later modules in Life and Environmental Science.


Biology 1A (BIO10A1)
Year 1 – Semester 1 – NQF level 5 – 15 Credits

This module provides students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the principles of biology that are applicable to Biochemistry, Botany and Zoology. The content and activities of the module serve to give students a relevant understanding of matters that are fundamental to the later modules in Life and Environmental Sciences.


Bacteriology and Virology (MCB02A2)
Year 2 – Semester 1 – NQF level 6 – 20 Credits

The purpose of the Bacteriology component is to provide learners with a well-rounded and basic knowledge of prokaryotes such as bacteria. Upon completion of this module, a learner will be able to discuss and explain the morphology, reproduction and overall importance of bacteria. The learners will have had experience in handling different types of bacteria in a safe manner and perform laboratory investigations without posing a risk to the environment or colleagues. The learner will also be able to explain the uses and roles of bacteria in industrial, medical and environmental contexts.

The primary purpose of Virology is to provide learners with a basic knowledge of the viral group and its diseases. Upon completion of this module, a learner should be able to describe the fundamental principles of virology: taxonomy, classification & morphology of the viruses. The learners should also understand viral infection of plant, animal and bacterial tissue, as well as viral identification and cultivation techniques. The learner should be able to recognize certain diseases, its causal factor, symptoms, as well as the mode of transmission, incubation and infection of the host. Learners will be made to understand that viruses cause diseases but have advantages to their existence too (their use in cancer treatment & recombinant DNA technology).


Life Sciences 1A for FET (LSFT0A1)
Year 1 – Semester 1 – NQF level 5 – 15 Credits

The purpose of the module is to provide life science educators with the advanced knowledge, skills and content necessary to relevantly teach the structure and functions of the molecules of life, the basic structure of a cell, cell division, structure and functions of different organic tissues needed at grade 10, 11 and 12 level as part of the FET Life Science curriculum.


Life Sciences 1B for FET (LSFT0B1)
Year 1 – Semester 2 – NQF level 5 – 15 Credits

The purpose of the module is to provide life science educators with the advanced knowledge, skills and content necessary to relevantly teach the processes needed to produce food and energy by plants, structure and functions of the human digestive- and respiratory systems, functioning of the ecosystems in the biosphere, biodiversity, classification and history of life on Earth needed at grade 10, 11 and 12 level as part of the FET Life Science curriculum.


Microbial diversity and Plant pathology (MCB02B2)
Year 2 – Semester 2 – NQF level 6 – 20 Credits

The primary purpose of Microbial diversity is to provide learners with a basic knowledge of the various microbial groups (Archaea & Protists) in order for them to make sense of the diversity of organisms. Upon completion of this module, a learner should be able to organize groups into a classification system and describe the fundamental similarities and differences between the microorganisms, regarding structure, metabolism, habitat, reproduction and diseases.

The primary purpose of the Plant Pathology component is to provide learners with a well-rounded and basic education of the Steps of an Outbreak Investigation and Development of plant diseases. Upon completion, a learner will be able to describe the fundamental principles and importance of plant pathology and epidemiology. The learner will also be able to distinguish between healthy & “sick” plants. The learner will be able to list and discuss the steps in disease development and the control thereof. Certain plant diseases will be reviewed. The learner will be able to analyse and compare different types of fungi in a safe manner and perform laboratory investigations without posing a risk to the environment or colleagues.


Life Sciences 2A for FET (LSFT0A2)
Year 2 – Semester 1 – NQF level 6 – 20 Credits

The purpose of the module is to provide life science educators with the advanced knowledge, skills and content necessary to relevantly teach the structure and functioning of various micro-organisms, biodiversity of plants and animals, including invertebrates, support systems vital in plants and animals, needed for grade 10, 11 and 12 level as part of the FET Life Science curriculum.


Life Sciences 2B for FET (LSFT0B2)
Year 2 – Semester 2 – NQF level 6 – 20 Credits

The purpose of the module is to provide life science educators with the advanced knowledge, skills and content necessary to relevantly teach human biological processes and structures of vital human systems like transport and excretion, population ecology, human influences on the environment, evolution by natural selection and human evolution needed for grade 10, 11 and 12 level as part of the FET Life Science curriculum.


Life Sciences 3A for FET (LSFT0A3)
Year 3 – Semester 1 – NQF level 7 – 30 Credits

The purpose of the module is to provide life science educators with advanced knowledge, skills and content necessary to actively and relevantly teach the structure and functions of the units of heredity, meiosis, reproduction in vertebrates and ultimately human reproduction and the concepts that lead to life or death, needed beyond a grade 12 level.


Life Sciences 3B for FET (LSFT0B3)
Year 3 – Semester 2 – NQF level 7 – 30 Credits

The purpose of the module is to provide life science educators with advanced knowledge, skills and content necessary to actively and relevantly teach the structure and functions of the vital human metabolic systems and senses, chemical coordination and plant hormones, needed beyond a grade 12 level.

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