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ZOOLOGY

Major Combinations
NQF Level: 5: ZOL1501, ZOL1502, ZOL1603, CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503, STA1510, EUP1501
NQF Level: 6: ZOL2601, ZOL2602, ZOL2603, ZOL2604
NQF Level: 7: ZOL3701, ZOL3702, ZOL3703, ZOL3704

Introduction to Animal Behaviour - ANB1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can identify and distinguish between different types of companion animals, describe and interpret normal and abnormal companion animal behaviour, and recommend corrective measures for abnormal behaviour if needed.
Animal Diversity I - ZOL1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To gain insight into the diversity, phylogeny, morphology and adaptations of higher invertebrate animals.
Introduction to Animal Welfare - ANW1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can identify, interpret and apply the principles and legislation related to animal welfare, and explains the roles and responsibilities they will have as qualified Veterinary Welfare Assistants.
Animal Diversity II - ZOL1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To gain insight into the diversity, phylogeny, morphology and adaptations of higher invertebrate and chordate animals.
Anatomy and Physiology Animal Welfare - APH1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can identify and describe the basic, normal structure and functions of the major organ systems in companion animals and horses. They will then be able to apply this knowledge in evaluating the condition of the animals they deal with during their practical primary veterinary welfare work in communities.
Zoology I (Practical) - ZOL1603
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: ZOL1501 (or XOL1501) or ZOL1502 (or XOL1502)
Purpose: This module is intended for students pursuing a career in the field of animal conservation, veterinary, marine science, ecology, genetics, and animal behaviour, including practitioners in the field of zoology. The purpose of this module is to enable students to demonstrate practical skills in the use of research and dissection microscopes and basic dissection skills, and be able to recognise diagnostic characteristics on which classification systems are based. Insight into the structural and functional diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate animals must also be demonstrated. They will personally be able to follow a laboratory protocol and analyse the data that is obtained from such a protocol. Students will also be able to describe basic laboratory techniques used in genetic experiments.
Introduction to Animal Diseases - AWD1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: APH1501
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can identify and describe common pathological conditions in companion animals and horses. They will then be able to apply this knowledge in evaluating the condition of and treating the animals they deal with during their practical primary veterinary welfare work in communities.
Comparative Animal Physiology - ZOL2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: ZOL1501 (or XOL1501) or ZOL1502 (or XOL1502)
Purpose: To enable students to understand on a comparative basis, with the aid of theoretical knowledge and experimental examples, how animals are physiologically adapted to their environments.
Primary Animal Health Care I - PHC1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: AWD1501
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can identify and describe basic procedures involved in applying primary animal health care as Veterinary Welfare Assistants in the context of a veterinary clinic. They can describe the application of routine health, hygiene and safety principles in a typical clinic, as well as the application of basic veterinary pharmacology, vaccinations, and theatre protocol within the clinic environment.
Cytogenetics and Embryology - ZOL2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: ZOL1501 (or XOL1501) or ZOL1502 (or XOL1502)
Purpose: To obtain a basic knowledge on the transfer and the expression of genetic material inside an animal cell, the transfer to offspring, as well as the early embryonic development of Branchiostoma, Amphibia, Aves and Mammalia.
Primary Animal Health Care II - PHC1502
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: APH1501, AWD1501, PHC1501
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can explain how to perform the clinical work required of Veterinary Welfare Assistants who carry out primary animal health care at veterinary clinics or welfare organisations. They can outline how to perform a clinical examination and apply diagnostic procedures, how to treat certain conditions, which steps to take in a veterinary emergency, and how to perform humane animal euthanasia where required.
Theory of Evolution - ZOL2603
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: ZOL1501 (or XOL1501) or ZOL1502 (or XOL1502)
Purpose: To enable the student to gain knowledge and competencies concerning the theory of evolution as the basis for biology, and to gain understanding of the history of the theory and its basic concepts and mechanisms.
Animal Physiology (Theory and Practice) - XSA1501
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module will be useful to agricultural students, academics, scientists, researchers and those who want to learn more about the basic animal physiology which includes cell components and structures, body tissues and organs; as well as body systems viz. skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory, and reproductive as well as digestive systems. It is aimed at equipping students with appropriate basic animal physiology for efficient animal production practices. People credited with this module are able to: Describe how different units of the body are composed to form functional systems; Describe structures of animal cell and their functions; Identify different kinds of body tissue and their functions; Describe different structures of the skeletal system; their functions and their classifications according their structure; Describe the different structures of muscle tissue and their functions; Identify and explain the different structures of the nervous system; Identify and describe various body parts of domestic animals and their functions.
Zoology II (Practical) - ZOL2604
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ZOL1603 & (CHE1501(XHE1501) or CHE1502(XHE1502)) Co-requisite: Any two of the following: ZOL2601, ZOL2602 & ZOL2603
Purpose: This module forms part of the BSc degree in in Life Sciences with Genetics and Zoology (Or botany, Microbiology, physiology or biochemistry) qualification streams. On completion of this module Learners have to demonstrate the ability to study certain physiological processes and adaptations in animals experimentally, as well as an understanding of the main stages in the early embryogenesis of chordates, and the most important sensory organs of animals pertaining to ethological phenomena.
Introduction to Animal Science (Theory) - XSA1503
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module is part of the 4-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree (Animal Science option). Students who complete this module will be able to identify, describe and discuss basic animal production systems, management techniques, domestication terminology, biological principals underlying production efficiency, breeds and breed characterization as well as genetic variation among animal for efficient livestock production for sustainable food security and the development of the local livestock industry. The module will be useful to animal scientists, livestock managers, agricultural scientists and farmers who are interested in livestock production and management. The module is aimed at training animal scientists and livestock managers to identify select and apply correct livestock management systems for more efficient livestock production.
Ethology and Project - ZOL3701
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: Any two of the following modules: ZOL2601, ZOL2602, ZOL2603
Purpose: Enables students to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of animal ethology (including the cause, ontogeny, adaptive value and evolution of behavioural patterns) as well as the application of ethology in environmental management.
Amenity horticulture - AMH4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: In the field of amenity horticulture, specialized skills and practices are required for managing public amenities and urban green space. Students who complete this module will be able to: apply best practice principles for the design, construction management and maintenance of public amenities and urban green space with focus on: turfgrass, water conservation and urban forestry, respond to challenges affecting public amenities and urban green space throughout the world and specifically in South Africa.
Ecology - ZOL3702
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: Any two of the following modules: ZOL2601, ZOL2602, ZOL2603
Purpose: To acquire insight into knowledge of, and skills in the interaction between the biotic and abiotic environments as well as the population dynamics and community ecology of ecosystems from an applied perspective.
Advanced Plant Pests and Diseases - APP4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Students studying this module will be able to implement a pest and disease control strategy when producing healthy plants in an ornamental plant production facility in line with relevant legislation. This strategy uses Integrated Pest Management techniques to identify a range of ornamental plant pests and diseases; for the prevention, control or eradication of these maladies in safe and environmentally responsible ways.
Animal Care and Handling - AAH1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can recommend appropriate practices for animal handling and husbandry, focusing on companion animals and horses. They will then be able to apply this knowledge during their practical primary veterinary welfare work.
Horticulture Production Process Management - HPP4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Specialized skills and practices are required for managing the processes for producing ornamental plants in greenhouses. Students who complete this module will be able to: examine business process management and evaluate the importance thereof in a greenhouse for ornamental crop production, analyse the importance and application of business process management life cycles in a greenhouse for ornamental crop production, distinguish bethween different Business Process Management tools, models and control flow patterns that can be applied in a greenhouse for ornamental crop production, apply the principles of business process management to develop a business model for the production of a specific ornamental plant crop in a greenhouse.
Applied Animal Health Care - AHC1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PHC1501 and PHC1502
Purpose: This module is a work-integrated learning (WIL) module that forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can perform primary animal health care procedures as Veterinary Welfare Assistants in the context of a veterinary clinic. They can apply basic practices to assist with the running of a veterinary clinic and routine veterinary work under the supervision of a veterinarian. They can handle and restrain animals in humane ways, assess animal behavior and address behavioral problems, and implement routine practices of animal care and husbandry. They can also conduct a clinical examination and assist with applying diagnostic procedures, treat certain conditions, stabilise patients in a veterinary emergency, and perform humane animal euthanasia where required.
Arboriculture - ARB4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Students studying this module will focus on using specialized techniques to: determine the value of trees in urban spaces; perform basic tree care and maintenance, tree surgery and transplanting of large trees. This includes the application of tree assessment and abatement procedures in a way that is safe and environmentally resposible, and which complies with the relevenat legislation.
Zoology III (Practical) - ZOL3704
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ZOL2604 Co-requisite: Any two of the following: ZOL3701, ZOL3702, ZOL3703
Purpose: This module forms part of the BSc degree in in Life Sciences with Genetics and Zoology (Or botany, Microbiology, physiology or biochemistry) qualification streams. On completion of this module Learners have to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of animal ethology and application thereof in environmental management. Leaners must demonstrate insight into the interactions between abiotic and biotic environments as well as population dynamics and community ecology of ecosystems, and be able to apply statistical methods. Practical skills must be demonstrated in the applied aspects of parasitology.
Growth Media Management for Plant Production - GMM4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: RNA4701& HCC4701
Purpose: Students studying this module will focus on producing growth media for ornamental crop production in plant growth facilities by: evaluating the physical and chemical properties of different growth media components for creating optimal soilless growth media, compiling a plan for managing soiless growth medis, devising and implementing strategies for managing the nutrition of soilless growth media, identifying and evaluating alternatives to commonly used growth media components.
Entomology: Insects and Arachnids - LSH4803
Post Graduate Diploma Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: This module forms part of the Bachelor of Science Honours with Zoology stream. Students who complete this module can examine and describe the impact role of insects and arachnids as causative agents of diseases and vectors of disease causing agents in Africa. In addition the student will Formatted be able to evaluate and critically review the insect and tick control measures that are being practiced in various regions of Africa. These students will add to the skills base of the graduates who will find employment either in the government service or in the private sector.
Greenhouse Crop Production - GRC4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: This module is intended for students pursuing a career in the field of ornamental horticulture.. The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop advanced knowledge and applied competence in the theoretical and technical processes underlying greenhouse crop production. This includes the necessary understanding of the principles behind greenhouse operarions and management. Students who complete this module will be able to: create an optimum growth environment in a greenhouse for ornamental crop production, produce specific ornamental crops in a greenhouse using appropriate growth conditions and cultivation practices, prevent and resolve common problems that occur in greenhouse crop production.
Advanced Animal Parasitology - LSH4804
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the Bachelor of Science Honours with Zoology stream. Students who complete this module will be able to examine and assess the impact of the most common parasites that occur in African communities and to critically review their control measures. These students will add to the skills base of the graduates who will find employment either in the government service or in the private sector.
Horticulture Contact Course - HCC4701
Advanced Diploma Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: RNA4701 & BRM4701
Purpose: Students will be able to apply the principles behind greenhouse operations and management and apply best practice principles for the design, contrauction, management and maintenance of public amenities and urban green space. This module also builds on fundamental knowledge and skills from other modules, to provide support for research in the field of Ornamental Horticulture.
Applied Zoology - ZOL3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To identify and classify selected parasite species, and to obtain a basic knowledge of parasite-host interactions, epidemiologies and control measures.