Botany & Zoology
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The Department of Botany & Zoology presents a large selection of modules as part of various programmes offered in the Faculty of Science.

The Programme in Biodiversity and Ecology aims to develop an understanding of the diversity, origin and function of organisms in relation to the environment. The three main streams of study are Functional Biology, Organismal and Environmental Biology, and Evolutionary Biology and our department presents modules in all of these streams. Only the Biology 111 and Biology 153 courses for Medicine first years are not included in the biodiversity and ecology program. Each module is organised by a member of staff, the course co-ordinator, whom you can consult on any aspect of that module. Teaching is by lectures, laboratory and field classes, seminars, tutorials and discussion groups. Regular attendance of these sessions is essential for the development of your knowledge in biology as well the development of your skills in experimentation, thinking and communicating your thoughts in writing and in discussion. You will also be expected to find information for yourself from books, periodicals and the Internet.

The Botany & Zoology department welcomes comments and suggestions about the modules, and your views are taken very seriously. During each of the modules, you will be given the opportunity to evaluate both the module and your lecturers, and we would like to encourage you to make use of these opportunities. All general inquiries can be directed our secretary, (telephone: 021 808 3236). To find out more about each of these modules, click on the study guide links for the relevant modules below​

Undergraduate Study Guides​ / Modules

Programme in Biodiversity and Ecology:

1st Semester Modules

Biol 124: Cell Biology [Biol124 Studyguide 18f.pdf] [BIO 124 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

BDE 212: Statistics and other tools [BDE 212 Studyguide 18f.pdf] [BDE 212 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

BDE 214: Principles of Ecology [BDE 214 Studyguide 18f.pdf] [BDE 214 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

BDE 224: Diversity and Function of Invertebrates [BDE 224 Studyguide 18f.pdf] [BDE 224 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

BDE 315: Ecosystem Ecology [BDE 315 Studyguide 18f.pdf] [BDE 315 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

BDE 324: Angiosperm Diversity [BDE 324 Studyguide 18f.pdf]

BDE 334: Global Change biology [BDE 334 Studyguide 18f.pdf [BDE334 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

2nd Semester Modules ​​

Biol 144: Biodiversity and Ecology [BIO 144 StudyGuide 18f.pdff] [BIO 144 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

Biol 146: Principles of Biology [BIO 146 Studyguide 18f.pdf] [BIO 146 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

Biol 154: Functional Biology [BIO 154 Studyguide 18f.pdf[[BIO 154 Studiegids 18f.pdf]

BDE 244: Principles of Evolution [BDE 244 Studyguide 18f.pdfBDE 244 Studiegids 18.pdf]

BDE 254: Vertebrate life [BDE 254 Studyguide 18f.pdf]

BDE 264: Diversity of plant form and function [BDE 264 Studyguide 18f.pdf]​

BDE 344: Evolutionary Ecology​ [BDE 344 Studyguide 18f.pdf]

BDE 345: Invasion Ecology [BDE 345 Studyguide 18f.pdf]

BDE 354: Evolutionary Patterns and Processes [BDE 354 Studyguide 18f.pdf]

BDE 364: Conservation Biology [BDE 364 Studyguide 18f.pdf] [BDE 364 Studiegids 18f.pdf]