Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences

Qualification stream: Extended Programme (Psychology and Physiology Stream (with Genetics)
Qualification code: 98053 - XPG
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 6059
APS/AS: 20
In this qualification, registration is restricted to 60 credits in the first and second levels. It is strongly recommended to students to complete all the first level modules, followed by all the second level modules, before proceeding to register for the third or fourth level modules.
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

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BLG1603 - Biology Practical Co-requisite:BLG1501 (or XLG1501) & BLG1502 (or XLG1502)
CHE1503 - General Chemistry I (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501)
Co-requisite:CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
PYC1502 - Psychology in Society
XHE1502 - General Chemistry IB (Extended) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501)
XLG1502 - Animal & Plant Diversity (Extended) Pre-requisite:XLG1501

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BMI2607 - Immunology Co-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
FIS2601 - Digestion, Endocrine Control and Metabolism Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
FIS2602 - Respiration and Excretion Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
FIS2603 - Physiological Defence Mechanisms Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
FIS2604 - Physiology II (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
Co-requisite:Any two of the following: FIS2601, FIS2602, FIS2603
GNE2601 - General Genetics A Pre-requisite:CHE1501 (or XHE1501) or CHE1502 (or XHE1502)
GNE2602 - General Genetics B Co-requisite:GNE2601
MGG2602 - Sexual Trauma
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
PYC2602 - Child and Adolescent Development

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
FIS3701 - Physiology of the Nervous System
FIS3702 - Cardiovascular System
FIS3703 - Membrane and Effector Physiology
FIS3704 - Physiology (Practical) Pre-requisite:FIS2604
Co-requisite:Any two of the following: FIS3701, FIS3702, FIS3703
GNE3702 - Advanced Genetics Co-requisite:GNE2601 & GNE2602 (Only applicable to 98053-PPG, XPG & 98053-GZB, XGZ. Only GNE2601 is for 98053-BIT)
PYC3701 - Social Psychology
PYC3702 - Abnormal Behaviour and Mental Health
PYC3703 - Cognition: Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving
PYC3704 - Psychological Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601 or RSC201H (not applicable to 98053 - PPG and 98053 - XPG)
PYC3705 - Transformative Counselling Encounters