Course Description

Course Name

Biological Diversity

Session: VCPF3121

Hours & Credits

18 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Course entry requirements: BIO1000F or BIO1000H, or a pass at 60% in NSC Life Sciences or by permission of the Head of Department.
NOTE: Preference will be given to students registered in the Science Faculty.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course outline:
This course investigates a range of plants and animals to illustrate the diversity and complexity of
living things. Topics covered include: historical evidence and evolution as a means of interpreting change with time; modern theories on the mechanism of evolution; the origin of species, including humans; interdependence of organisms in South African biomes; plant/animal symbiosis, mutualism and parasitism. This course includes a strong practical component which further examines animal and plant diversity.

*Course content subject to change