Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification stream: (Botany and Microbiology Stream)
Qualification code: 98053 - BNM
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 6059
APS/AS: 25
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the qualification is, in one or more sub-fields within the physical, mathematical, computer, life, earth, and environmental sciences: ユ To produce science graduates who have: a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and an understanding of underlying concepts and principles; the ability to access and evaluate scientific information including knowing how scientific knowledge is created; a high level of cognitive and other generic skills including problem-solving, written and spoken communication and computer literacy; and competence in applying knowledge through basic research methods and practice. 1. To provide every graduate with a sufficient depth of knowledge and skills that give opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, including postgraduate study, for gainful economic activity in a range of careers, and for rewarding and constructive contributions to society. 2. To provide society with science graduates who demonstrate initiative and responsibility, who are professional and ethical in their roles within the economy and society, and who are able to be intellectual leaders within their society. 3. To produce graduates in all scientific fields, in order to increase, widen and transform the leadership base in South Africa, both for innovation and science-based economic and research development, and for the education of future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers and other professional people.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BOT1501 - Plant Structure: Cytology, Morphology and Anatomy
BOT1502 - Plant Biodiversity and Environmental Botany
BOT1603 - Botany I (Practical) Co-requisite:BOT1501 (or XOT1501) or BOT1502 (or XOT1502)
CHE1501 - General Chemistry IA
CHE1502 - General Chemistry IB Pre-requisite:CHE1501(or XHE1501)
CHE1503 - General Chemistry I (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501)
Co-requisite:CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
MNB1501 - Business Management IA
MNB1601 - Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 or MNB101D (except for qualification code 90017)
STA1510 - Basic Statistics

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BOT2601 - Plant Anatomy, Structure and Function Co-requisite:BOT1501 (or XOT1501)
BOT2602 - Systematics of Vascular Plants Co-requisite:BOT1502 (or XOT1502)
BOT2603 - Plant Physiology, Water Relations and Plant Nutrition Co-requisite: BOT1501 (or XOT1501) or BOT1502 (or XOT1502)
BOT2604 - Botany II (Practical) Pre-requisite:BOT1603 & (CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
Co-requisite:Any two of the following: BOT2601, BOT2602, BOT2603
BOT2605 - Introduction to Medicinal Plants Co-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) & CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
MIB2601 - Introductory Microbiology
MIB2602 - Microbial Ecology
MIB2603 - Introductory Microbial Genetics, Immunology and Epidemiology
MIB2604 - Microbiology II (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
Co-requisite:Any 2 of MIB2601, MIB2602, MIB2603
MNE2601 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Pre-requisite:MNB1501 & MNB1601 or MNB101D & MNB102E

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BOT3701 - Plant Physiology Pre-requisite:BOT2603
BOT3702 - Aquatic Ecology
BOT3703 - Terrestrial Ecology
BOT3704 - Botany III (Practical) Pre-requisite:BOT2604
Co-requisite:Any two of the following: BOT3701, BOT3702, BOT3703
GGH3708 - Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
MIB3701 - Microbial Physiology
MIB3702 - Advanced Microbial Genetics, Recombinant DNA Technology and Industrial Microbiology
MIB3703 - Microbial Diversity
MIB3704 - Microbiology III (Practical) Pre-requisite:MIB2604
Co-requisite:Any two of the following: MIB3701, MIB3702, MIB3703
MNE3703 - Technology and Innovation Pre-requisite:MNE2601 or MNE202V