BIO1004S - Biological Diversity

18 credits at NQF level 5

Entry Requirements:

BIO1000F or BIO1000H, or a pass at 60% in NSC Life Sciences or by permission of the Head of Department.

Course Outline:

This course aims to illustrate the diversity and complexity of living organisms, from viruses to humans. Topics include: evolution as a means of interpreting change with time; modern theories on the mechanisms of evolution; the origin of species, including humans; structure and functioning of the simplest microbial life forms; structure and life cycles of fungi; the evolution of aquatic and terrestrial plants; the diversity and adaptations of invertebrate animals; the development and adaptations of chordate groups; primate diversity and evolution; conservation and biodiversity issues in relation to South African biomes and global change. The course includes a strong practical component which further examines biodiversity and related concepts.