MICROBIOLOGY AND HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE

Purpose statement
Microbiology is the field of science that studies microorganisms, archaebacteria, eubacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa.  Today’s microbiologists use microorganisms as research tools to unravel molecular mysteries and to solve practical problems in diverse fields from medicine to waste management. While the objectives of masters and doctoral studies in microbiology may to advance the techniques in this field, the objective of the undergraduate programme is to prepare graduate with the basic skills and knowledge necessary for entering the microbiology industry. This programme will enable the graduate to gather knowledge in microbiology and its applications in various fields. The graduates are prepared to be able observe, ask questions, identify and establish basic procedures to solve problems that need microbiology solutions. The BSc (Microbiology) degree is offered as a double major with Biochemistry or Botany, Hydrology, Human Movement Science and Zoology.

Employment opportunities citing typical employers

Microbiologist and microbiology industry plays a significant role in South African economy through production companies, research institutions, etc. Job opportunities are mainly in laboratories in large food manufacturing companies, small food processing units, breweries and beverages producing companies, waste treatment plants, hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies. The applications of microbiology principles and techniques has also transformed other sectors such as agriculture, forestry, medicine and education. Graduate who possesses microbiology as one of the major subjects will get to work as a scientist in research centres, microbiology laboratory analysis, laboratory technicians and researchers. An MSc. In Microbiology can get a candidate to work in a college or university as lecture or researcher.  Many microbiologists are working in the South African Police Service as forensic scientist or as analysists. Agricultural Research Council, Medical Research Council, Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, National Research Foundation, municipalities and many other public and private sectors are actively employing microbiologist in various capacities in their organizations.

Entrepreneurial opportunities
The microbiology skills are in demand in many production companies for microbiological testing of the quality of the product and quality control. Thus, the opportunities are available to work as a consultant for such companies. Water has recently become one of the global commodities that many countries are starved off. Treating, purifying, and subsequent selling drinking water has become one of the entrepreneurial opportunities that a microbiologist can venture into. With microbiology tools, techniques and skills, a microbiologist can start and establish their own laboratories, as well as offer their expert advice and microbiology services to industries.  Graduate can also open their own research station and help young scientist with the required resources, skill and experience and conduct research to improve as well as service the industry. A key criterion for the awarding of a PhD degree is originality of the research work conducted at this level. Doctoral students are required to make an original contribution to knowledge in their field of study. It is possible, in Microbiology, for the original contribution of the PhD to have commercial value. The formation of start-up companies to commercialise PhD research findings is a common international occurrence.

Vertical articulation for further / higher degree studies where
The microbiology programme is designed to enable graduate to proceed with their post-graduate studies. At undergraduate level this programme is offered as a double major in combination with other related subjects. A student who has done a major that includes microbiology has an opportunity to further post-graduate studies in microbiology. These include honours (SHON10), masters (SMSC10) and doctoral (SPHD10) degree in microbiology. Obtaining these qualifications will make the students attractive as professional and knowledge workers in academia, researcher in public and private institutions, environmental specialist, industries etc.

Horizontal articulation with other qualifications where applicable
This programme is designed to articulate horizontally to biochemistry, botany, zoology, human movement science and hydrology qualification. This means any of the above subjects may be taken with microbiology.

Programme coordinator
Dr MS Mthembu; BSc (Medical Science) BSc hons, MSc (Microbiology), PhD (Biotechnology),
E: MthembuMS@unizulu.ac.za 
T: +27 (0) 35 902 6098

Head of Department
• Prof AK Basson, BSc Hons, MSc Microbiology (PU for CHE); PhD Microbiology (UNIZULU)
Email: BassonA@unizulu.ac.za 
Tel: 035-902-6093

FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS: BIOCHEMISTRY & MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOKINETICS & SPORT SCIENCE
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS MICROBIOLOGY HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC37
EXIT NQF LEVEL 7
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN ENGLISH
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN MATHEMATICS
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN LIFE SCIENCES
MINIMUM CREDITS FOR ADMISSION NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE WITH DEGREE ENDORSEMENT WITH AT LEAST 30 NSC POINTS
MINIMUM DURATION OF STUDIES 3 YEARS
PRESENTATION MODE OF SUBJECTS: DAY CLASSES
INTAKE FOR THE QUALIFICATION: JANUARY
REGISTRATION CYCLE FOR THE SUBJECTS: JANUARY
READMISSION: SUBJECT TO PRIOR PERFORMANCE AND CURRENT APPLICABILITY OF PASSED MODULES
TOTAL CREDITS TO GRADUATE: 360

 

SUBJECT NAME SUBJECT CODE SUBJECT CREDITS NQF LEVEL PREREQUISITE SUBJECT(S) CO-REQUISITE SUBJECT(S)
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 1
BASIC CHEMISTRY 121 SCHM121 G C 15 5
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 1A SHMS111 H M 15 5
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 A C 15 5
CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO) SPHY121 C C 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
BASIC CHEMISTRY 122 SCHM122 G C 15 6
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 1B SHMS112 H M 15 6
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 A C 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111)
MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES SMTH122 C C 15 5
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
PROCARYOTES CLASSIFICATION & MICROBIAL TECHNIQUES SMCB211 D M 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 2A SHMS211 F M 15 6 SHMS111 SHMS112
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I SZOL121 B C 15 5
BIOMOLECULES & ENZYMOLOGY SBCH211 H C 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
MICROBIAL GROWTH & MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY SMCB212 D M 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122) SMCB211
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 2B SHMS212 F M 15 6 SHMS111 SHMS112
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II SZOL122 B C 15 6
METABOLISM SBCH212 H C 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
FOOD MICROBIOLOGY SMCB311 E M 15 7 SMCB211
EPIDEMIOLOGY SMED311 G M 15 7 SMCB212
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 3A SHMS311 B M 15 7 SHMS211 SHMS212
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 3C SHMS321 D M 15 7 SHMS211 SHMS212
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON MICRO- ORGANISMS & INDUSTRIAL MICROBIOLOGY SMCB312 E M 15 7 SMCB221
BIOTECHNOLOGY SMCB322 G M 15 7 SBCH212
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 3B SHMS312 B M 15 7 SHMS211 SHMS212
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE 3D SHMS322 D M 15 7 SHMS211 SHMS212