BSc (Microbiology) - University of Zululand

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BSc (Microbiology)
Faculty of Science and Agriculture
University of Zululand
BSc (Microbiology) (Qualification code SIDEGA)

This is a 3-year qualification consisting of 48 modules.
AIM
Microbiology is the field of science that studies micro-organisms-viruses,
archaebacteria, eubacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa. Today’s microbiologists use
microorganisms as research tools to unravel molecular mysteries and to solve
practical problems in diverse fields from medicine to waste management. The study
of Microbiology is based on two major aspects:
1. as a basic biological science. Our most sophisticated understanding of the
chemical and physical basis of life has been elucidated from studies on
microorganisms. This is mainly attributed to the phenomenon that microbial cells
share many biochemical properties with cells of multicellular organisms. Coupled
with the fact that microbial cells can rapidly multiply to high concentrations on
laboratory cultures and are readily amenable to biochemical and genetic studies,
make them excellent models for understanding cell function in higher animals;

2. as an applied biological science Microbiology deals with many important, practical
problems in medicine, agriculture and industry. Some of the most important and
devastating diseases of humans, plants and animals are caused by
microorganisms, e.g. HIV. Many large-scale industrial processes, such as the
production of beer, wine and antibiotics are microbiology based. The
combination of genetic engineering and industrial microbiology has paved the
way for a new discipline, Biotechnology.

Job opportunities are readily available in research institutes, hospitals, clinics, as well
as food and beverage industries.
This qualification could lead to enrolment for the BSc Honours Degree.
PREREQUISITES
Modules SCPB012, SCIB013 and SCOB014 must be passed before degree could be
obtained.
Year 1
SFSK011
Life Skills
SBTA012
Cytology, Chemistry
and Biochemistry of
Plant
SBTB013
Morphology of Plants

SBTD014
Introduction to Plant
Physiology and
Genetics
*SCGB011
General Chemistry b
SCPB012
Physical Chemistry 1B

SDCA010
Introduction to
computers and
operating systems
SCOB014
Organic Chemistry 1B

*SMGB011
General Mathematics
b
SPBM012
Introduction to
Classical Mechanics
(Bio)
SCIB013
Inorganic Chemistry
IB
SGEM014
Introduction to
Environmental
Management
*SPGB011
General Physics b
SZBA012
Introduction to
Zoology
SZBD013
Principles of Ecology
(including The Global
Crisis)
SZBB013
Animal Form and
Function

Year 2
*SIBDA14
Biomolecules
*SIBFA21
Metabolism I
*SIBFB22
Metabolism II
SIBFC23
Metabolism practicals
I
*SIBDC21
Biomolecules II
*SIBEA22
Enzymology I
*SISG024
Clinical and diagnostic
microbiology
*SIBEC24
Enzymology Practicals

SIBC031
Introduction to Water,
etc.
SIMD022
Ultra Structure of
Prokaryotes &
Eukaryotic Cells
*SIBQA31
Practical Biochemistry
principles & technique

*SIBQB34
Practical:
Biochemistry
Principles & Techniqu

*SIMF011
Classification of
Bacteria and Fungi
*SIMG022
Microbial Techniques
*SIMHA23
Microbial Growth
*SBTC024
Mycology
Year 3
*SIMM031
Introduction to
viruses
SIMR032
Anti-microbial
Chemotherapy
*SIBIA33
Recombinant DNA
SISJ034
Endocrinology/Serolog
y/Haematology
Practicals
*SIBKA31
Metabolic Regulation
SIBKB32
Metabolic Regulation
Practicals
*SIMS033
Immunology &
Serology
*SITF024
Application of the
Principles of Industrial
M
*SIBGA21
Gene Expression and
Replication I
SIBGB22
Gene Expression and
Replication II
SIZZ05
Elective

*SIBIB34
Recombinant
DNA/Genetics
Practicals
*SIMO031
Epidemiology &
Pathogenesis of
Infectious Dis
*SIMI032
Microbial ecology
*SIBLA23
Biotechnology
*SIBLB33
Biotechnology
practicals

Electives for BSc (Microbiology)


Elective options for SIZZ05
SIME033

Nutrition and environmental influences on mic

SSIS013

Inferential Statistics