School of Molecular and Life Sciences

  School of Molecular and Life Sciences

The need for the development of Science and Technology has never been greater.   In order for us to engage meaningfully in this exercise we need students who are prepared to be committed.  As a School we have an obligation to produce the next generation of scientists who will empower the country within the field of Science and Technology Development.  To achieve this, the School has an extensive range of well-structured undergraduate academic programmes in place which are supplemented by coordinated and informed research done at postgraduate level.  We offer an internationally recognized qualification, offered by qualified teaching staff, backed by top class teaching and research facilities.

The University offers good support structures to students such as a modern library, a Student Health & Counselling Centre, a Disabled Student Centre, a Centre for Academic Excellence, Financial Aid, Accommodation, Sports and Other Recreation Facilities

I sincerely hope that your choice to study with us will provide you with opportunities to excel towards a rewarding career.

Vision
The School strives to be an internationally recognised afro-centric centre of excellence in biotechnology, arid zone studies, and related disciplines.

Mission
The School provides an opportunity for students to obtain an education (up to PhD level) in disciplines related to the molecular and life sciences, through excellence in teaching, research and community interaction. Particular emphasis is placed on technological and scientific innovation for the improvement of natural resource allocation and management within the African context.

The School in Brief
The School boasts friendly, dynamic and well-trained staff, with diverse international and national degrees and qualifications from well-recognised institutions. The academic staff also has many years of teaching and research experience.

Facilities
Our departments and units boasts well-equipped, modern laboratories and teaching facilities, have access to several external (national and international) laboratories and other research facilities, and have the following additional facilities, computer clusters for students, a museum, an internationally certified herbarium, an animal unit, a TV studio and many others.

School of Molecular and Life Sciences
Department of Biochemistry Microbiology and Biotechnology

The department was created in 2001 by the amalgamation of the separate departments of Biochemistry and Microbiology together with the Biotechnology unit. The department is located on two campuses, the MEDUNSA campus as well as the Turfloop campus. On the Turfloop campus the department offers undergraduate and postgraduate training in the disciplines of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology and is housed in two buildings, one being the Life Sciences building whilst the other is the Biotechnology Unit. The MEDUNSA campus offers undergraduate and postgraduate training in Biochemistry. The amalgamation of the three overlapping disciplines has ensured a multidisciplinary approach to the department’s research and teaching programme. Furthermore it has improved the research programme of the department by intellectual sharing as well as the sharing of key equipment that would not have been easily accessible.

Biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering are important, modern fields of studies in the life sciences. The department focuses on these areas for both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with a strong emphasis towards biotechnology in general. Being placed within the School of Molecular and Life Sciences affords students of diversifying into areas such as Biodiversity and environmental health. Our academic staff is well qualified and dedicated, have well established and respected research records and collaborations, both nationally and internationally. The department boasts modern, well-equipped research facilities. A recent addition to our department is a microbrewery kindly sponsored by SAB. This facility has enabled our students to have a hands-on experience in brewing which recently won them the third prize in the ale category at the national student brewing competition. The department offers students a unique opportunity to qualify themselves in interesting, diverse areas of the life sciences that is relevant to the work place and will give them the edge in their future careers.

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Contact details: Dr EL Jansen van Rensburg
Tel: 015 2683025
Fax: 086 5170501
E-mail: elbertj@ul.ac.za

School of Molecular and Life Sciences

Department of Physiology and EnvIronmental Health

DEPARTMENTAL RULES

A. GENERAL RULES

RELATIONS TO OTHER RULES

PEH1

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 the individual programmes.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES

PEH2

2.1 Before enrolment into any of the programmes on offer by the Department, it is the responsibility of each student to acquaint him/herself with all applicable Rules.

2.2 Every student shall follow a curriculum, approved by the Head of Department, for at least the minimum period prescribed for the degree as specified under Rule G10 and Rule SMLS2.

2.3 Annual enrolment into all programmes on offer by the Department, will be aligned with the Departmental enrolment planning and subject to approval by the Head of the Department.

B. RULES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDY

PROGRAMME ENROLMENT AND COMPOSITION

PEH3

3.1 The curriculum shall extend over three year levels and be composed of a combination of modules that include at least two majors selected as explained under Rule FSA 3 and Rule SMLS3.3:

3.1.1 Physiology with at least one of the following as joint major(s): Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Microbiology or Zoology. A major from another School in the Faculty may be selected, but then the provision of Rule FSA3.3 applies.

3.1.2 For a degree majoring in Physiology, credits of the following four modules on offer by the Department must be successfully accumulated: PLGY201, PLGY202, PLGY301 and PLGY302.

3.1.3 Every module offered in the Department is composed of a theory and a practical component, both of which contribute to the final modular mark as explained under Rule PEH4.2. Students are expected to attend both of these and Rule G13.1 will apply.

3.1.4 Module titles, credit values, content and prerequisites/entry assumptions are described under Departmental Detailed Description of Modules.

3.2 PLGY208 and PLGY209 are service modules reserved for Health Science students.

3.3 Students repeating any of the modules on offer by the Department may, under exceptional circumstances and with approval from the Head of Department, be exempted from the practical component of the module subject to Rules G8.3.3, G12.2, G20.2 and SMLS3.5.

3.4 In all instances Rules FSA2.4, FSA2.5, FSA2.6 and SMLS3.6 will strictly apply.

ASSESSMENT AND RELATED ASPECTS

PEH4   

School of Molecular and Life Sciences

4.1 These rules should be read in conjunction with Rules G12 to G23, Rule FSA4 and Rule SMLS4.

4.2 All modules in the Department are subjected to continuous assessment, with the final mark calculated as follows: average of all formative theory assessments (30%), formative and summative practical assessments (30%) and summative theory assessment (40%).

4.3 Assessment in all modules will be aligned with the Departmental assessment policy and procedure.

4.4 Assessment criteria of each module are described under Departmental Detailed Description of Modules.

C. RULES FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY

PEH5

5.1 The rules contained under Sections A, C, D, E and F of the G-Rules of the University, Sections A, C, D and E of the FSA-Rules and Section C of the SMLS-Rules apply.

5.2 Enrolment and renewal of registration for all postgraduate studies is subject to approval by the Head of Department and/or supervisor(s). In all cases Rules G10, G31.1, G44 and G54 shall apply.

HONOURS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BSc (HONS) [PLGY]

PEH6

6.1 The course extends over a period of one academic year.

6.2 The minimum requirement for admission into the programme is:

6.2.1 A BSc-degree with Physiology or equivalent (final average mark for the third level modules of at least 60%) as a major subject. A candidate who does not meet this requirement may be admitted on special recommendation, after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department. In such cases, a mid-year progress report from the Head of Department will determine continuation in the programme.

6.2.2 On special recommendation, including application of the RPL policy and strategy of the University of Limpopo and after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department.

6.3 Programme structure: The programme consists of four (4) theory modules and a supervised research project that culminates in a research report. All modules are 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. The research project is continuous throughout the academic year.

6.4 Module titles, credit values, content and prerequisites/entry assumptions are described under Departmental Detailed Description of Modules.

6.5 In all instances Rules FSA2.4, FSA2.5, FSA2.6 and SMLS3.6 will strictly apply.

MASTER OF SCIENCE: MSc [PLGY]

PEH7

7.1 The minimum requirement for admission into the programme is:

7.1.1 A BSc (Hons)-degree in Physiology or equivalent,

7.1.2 On special recommendation, including application of the RPL policy and strategy of the University of Limpopo and after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department.

7.2 In addition to those requirements above, the skills profile of potential students will be assessed and they may be required to qualify themselves with additional competencies as deemed to be essential by the Department.

7.3 Programme structure: The MSc in Physiology comprises a dissertation (Rule G45.1) based on the results of an approved supervised research project presented in a form suitable for publication.

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

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY: PhD [PLGY]

PEH8

8.1 The minimum requirement for admission into the programme is:

8.1.1 An MSc-degree in Physiology or equivalent,

8.1.2 On special recommendation, including application of the RPL policy and strategy of the University of Limpopo and after consultation with and approval by the Head of Department.

8.2 Programme structure: The PhD in Physiology comprises a thesis (Rule G57) based on the results of an approved original supervised research project presented in a form suitable for publication.

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

School of Molecular and Life Sciences Contact

Faculty of Science and Agriculture
School of Molecular and Life Science

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University of Limpopo
Private Bag X1106
Sovenga 0727
South Africa

Contact person:
Telephone: 015 268-2312
Fax: 015 268-2209
Email:

School of Molecular and Life Sciences

DEPARTMENT OF BIODIVERSITY

The Department of Biodiversity consists of the disciplines Botany and Zoology including the diversified fields of study related to both. The student is offered the opportunity to get acquainted with the diversity of life in terms of animals and plants and the characteristics that make different groups included in both kingdoms unique. The understanding of the uniqueness of different groups of organisms will also direct the student to appreciate the levels of biodiversity encountered in South Africa and the world wide drive towards the conservation of biodiversity.

Vision

The Department of Biodiversity strives to offer instructional and research programmes that will contribute towards scientific and technological excellence in the Biological Sciences.

Mission

To develop the Department to be recognized for the training of qualified botanists and zoologists, whereby promoting the advancement of Science and Biotechnology. Through this we aim towards equity, quality and social development to meet the current and future needs of the country.

Enquiries:

HOD: Dr MM Matla
Department of Biodiversity,
School of Molecular and Life Sciences,
Private Bag X1106
Sovenga
0727
Tel:015 268 2300
Fax :086051202461
E-mail:Matshwele.matla@ul.ac.za

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School of Molecular and Life Sciences Contact

SMLS Contacts

For general enquiries about the School contact:

Director of the School (Prof PAS Olivier)
Tel: +27 (0)15 268 4892
Fax: +27 (0)15 268 2976
Email: Pieter.olivier@ul.ac.za

Principal Admin Officer (Ms Salome Tsweleng)
Tel: +27 (0)15 268 2588/2588
Fax: +27 (0)15 268 2976
Email: salome.tsweleng@ul.ac.za