logo
bca.bw   |   Contact Us   |   News & Events   |   Admissions   |   Research   |   BOJAAS   |   Library   |   BCA Consult   |   Search 

cline
cline
Botswana College of Agriculture
Private Bag 0027
Gaborone, Botswana
Phone: +267 - 3650100
Fax: +267 - 3928753
www . bca . bw
cline
bline
University of Botswana
NRFTC
Botswana Government

General Information

Staff

Courses

Research

Activities


The Department of Basic Sciences is made up of five units, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Herbarium, Mathematical Sciences and Physics



BSB 212 INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS (2 credits)

Mendelian inheritance, Mendel's experiments and laws. Multiple alleles. Genetic analyses; chi-square. Chromosome theory of inheritance; chromosome structure. Molecular structure of the gene; DNA, RNA. Function of the gene; protein synthesis. Mutations, molecular and structural. Variations in chromosome number. Molecular basis of genetic diseases and disorders. Chi-square analysis using provided experimental figures.

BSB 221 BIOMETRY I (2 credits)

Useful definitions; Data description and presentation; Measures of central tendency; Measures of variability; Introduction to probability; continuous and discrete probability functions; Sampling distributions: sample mean, difference between two sample means, tests of hypothesis and tests of significance, method of paired comparison, large sample tests for population proportion, confidence intervals; Simple linear regression and correlation.

BSB 225 VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (3 credits)

General characteristics of vertebrates. Vertebrate systematics and phylogeny. Sub phylum Vertebrata. The jawless fishes. Super class Gnathostomata, the "jawed fishes." Class Chondrichthyes: The cartilaginous fishes. Class Osteichthyes: the bony fishes. Subclass Crossopterygii: lobe-finned fishes Subclass Dipneusti: lungfishes. Subclass Actinopterygii: ray-finned fishes. Class Amphibia, the first land tetrapods. Evolution from the Crossopterygii and the transition from water to land. Class Reptilia, the first amniotes. Class Aves. Class Mammalia. Form and function: A comparative perspective. Vertebrate blood vascular systems. Functions of blood. Vertebrate nervous systems. Vertebrate skeletal systems. Vertebrate reproductive systems. Vertebrate temperature and body fluid regulation. Homeostasis. Vertebrate digestive systems. Feeding strategies. Domesticated agricultural animals.

BSB 225 ECONOMIC BOTANY (2 credits)

Introduction to Economic Botany, Ethno-botany, origin of plant uses, traditional plants that are used for food, medicine and other uses, indigenous plants with economic crop value, plant identification, clasification and collection (2L).

0 | 1 | 2 | 3
Copyright © 2017, Botswana College of Agriculture(BCA),All rights reserved
An Associate Institution of the University of Botswana established through Act of Parliament No. 9 of 1991