Biodiversity Rules

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    1. Departmental Rules should be read in conjunction with the University General Rules (G-Rules), Faculty of Science and Agriculture Rules (FSA-Rules) and School of Molecular and Life Sciences Rules (SMLS-Rules) and, except where otherwise stipulated by the Department, should hold good for all programmes and individual modules on offer by the Department.
    2. Faculty is the custodian of all academic rules in the Faculty. All proposed academic rule changes at departmental level must, therefore, be approved by Faculty before implementation.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES
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    1. Before enrolment into any of the programmes or modules on offer by the Department, it is the responsibility of each student to acquaint him/herself with all applicable G-Rules, FSA-Rules and SMLS-Rules.
    2. Every student shall follow a curriculum, approved by the Head of Department, for at least the minimum period prescribed for the qualification as specified under Rule G10 and Rule SMLS2.
    3. Enrolment into any of the programmes on offer by the Department shall be subject to approval by the Head of Department and in line with the departmental enrolment planning.

B.         RULES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDY
PROGRAMME ENROLMENT AND COMPOSITION
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    1. For admission into any programme or module on offer by the Department, Rule SMLS3.6 applies.
    2. The curriculum shall extend over three year levels and be composed of a combination of modules that include at least two majors selected as follows:
      1. Botany as major, with at least one of the following as joint major(s): Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Physiology or Zoology.  A major from another School in the Faculty may be selected, but then only in consultation with the Head of Department and with the provisions of Rule FSA3.3 and Rule SMLS3.3.
      2. Zoology as major, with at least one of the following as joint major(s): Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Microbiology or Physiology.  A major from another School in the Faculty may be selected, but then only in consultation with the Head of Department and with the provisions of Rule FSA3.3 and Rule SMLS3.3.
      3. For a degree majoring in Botany, credits of at least the following six (6) modules on offer by the Department must successfully be accumulated: SBIO011/SBIO000, SBOT012/SBIB000, SBOA021, SBOA022, SBOA031 and SBOA032.  Additionally, SZOO012 is strongly recommended.
      4. For a degree majoring in Zoology, credits of at least the following six (6) modules on offer by the Department must successfully be accumulated: SBIO011/SBIO000, SZOO012/SBIB000, SZOA021, SZOA022, SZOA031 and SZOA032.  Additionally, SBOT012 is strongly recommended.
      5. For a degree majoring in both Botany and Zoology, credits of at least the following eleven (11) modules on offer by the Department must successfully be accumulated: SBIO011/SBIO000, SZOO012/SBIB000, SBOT012/SBIB000, SBOA021, SBOA022, SZOA021, SZOA022, SBOA031, SBOA032, SZOA031 and SZOA032.
      6. All modules on offer by the Department will be composed of a theory and a practical component, both of which contribute to the final modular mark as detailed under Rule BIOD4.2.  Students are expected to attend both these components and Rule G13 will apply.
    3. Students may repeat failed modules, only with the approval of the Head of Department, and then with the provisions of Rules G8.3.3, G12.2, G20.2 and SMLS3.5.

 

ASSESSMENT AND RELATED ASPECTS
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    1. These rules should be read in conjunction with Rules G12 to G23, FSA4 and SMLS4.
    2. All modules in the Department are subjected to continuous assessment, with the final mark calculated as follows: average of formative theory assessments (35%), formative and summative practical assessments (25%) and summative theory assessment (40%).
    3. Summative assessment of all final year modules (third year and Honours) will be subjected to external assessors as prescribed by Rule G18.3.
    4. Assessment of all modules will be managed by departmental assessment policy and procedure.

C.         RULES FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY

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    1. The rules contained under Sections A, C, D, E and F of the G-Rules, Sections A, C, D and E of the FSA-Rules and Section C of the SMLS-Rules apply.
    2. Prospective students will only be registered and enrolled for postgraduate studies after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department.
    3. Renewal of registration in subsequent years will only be allowed subject to approval by the Head of Department and the relevant Supervisor(s) concerned, and with provision of Rules G10, G31.1, G44 and G54.
    4. HONOURS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BSc (HONS) [HSCE01 / HSCH01]

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    1. The programme is structured to extend over a period of one academic year
    2. Programme admission: A BSc-degree with Botany/Zoology (average final year mark of at least 60%) as a major subject. Candidates with alternative qualifications may be admitted on special recommendation, after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department.
    3. Programme structure: The programme consists of four (4) theory modules and a supervised Research Project, assessed by an external assessor.  The duration for each theory module is eight weeks, inclusive of all assessment processes, as scheduled internally by the Department. 
    4. For the Botany qualification (HSCE01), the curriculum is structured as a fixed curriculum consisting of a Research Project (40 SAQA credits) and four (4) theory modules (20 SAQA credits each) totalling 120 SAQA credits.  The Research Project (SBOT070) will be offered as a year module. The theory modules SBOA071 (Plant micro-propagation and its application), SBOB071 (Plant transformation), SBOA072 (Plant ecology and management of Savannahs) and SBOB072 (Plant responses to environmental change) are defined as core modules.
    5. For the Zoology qualification (HSCH01), the curriculum is structured as a fixed curriculum consisting of a Research Project (40 SAQA credits) and four (4) theory modules (20 SAQA credits each) totalling 120 credits.  The Research Project (SZOO070) will be offered as a year module.  The theory modules SZOB071 (Parasitology), SZOA072 (Wildlife management in arid regions), SZOC072 (Biological systematics) and SZOB072 (Freshwater ecosystems) are defined as core modules.
    6. Submission and assessment of the Research Project shall be completed in line with the final date as annually determined by the Department, but before the end of the academic year of registration.  
    7. Summative assessment of theory modules offered during Q1 and Q2 will be done during the mid-year (May/June) assessment cycle, and summative assessment of theory modules offered during Q3 and Q4 will be done during the end-of-year (November/December) assessment cycle.

MASTER OF SCIENCE: MSc [SBOA090 / SZOA090]
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    1. Programme admission: A BSc (Hons)-degree in Botany / Zoology.
    2. A candidate, who does not meet the requirement under 7.1, may be admitted on special recommendation, after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department. It may be expected of potential students to attain additional competencies, as required by the Department.
    3. Programme structure: The MSc in Botany/Zoology comprises a dissertation (Rule G45.1) based on the results of an approved supervised research project presented in a form suitable for publication.

7.3.1  Depending on the field of research, an external supervisor(s) may be required to supply effective supervision of the project.

    1. Assessment criteria: Apart from internal assessment by the supervisor(s), at least one external assessor (Rule G41.1), officially appointed by the University, will assess the dissertation.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY: PhD [SBOA100 / SZOA100]
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    1. Programme admission: An MSc-degree in Botany / Zoology.
    1. A candidate, who does not meet the requirement under 8.1, may be admitted on special recommendation, after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department.  It may be expected of potential students to attain additional competencies, as required by the Department.
    2. Programme structure: The PhD in Botany/Zoology comprises a thesis (Rule G57) based on the results of an approved original supervised research project presented in a form suitable for publication.
      1. Depending on the field of research, an external supervisor(s) may be required to supply effective supervision of the project.
    3. Assessment criteria: Apart from internal assessment by the supervisor(s), at least two external assessors (Rule G59.1), officially appointed by the University, will assess the thesis.