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



BSB 226 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (3 credits)

General characteristics of invertebrates. Invertebrate systematics and phylogeny. 5-kingdom classification. Levels of organization: Cytoplasmic, Diploblastic and Triploblastic. Symmetry. Kingdom Protista. Classification and characteristic features. Classification based on presence and type of locomotory organelles and mode of reproduction. The Protozoa. Multicellular and tissue levels of organization. The Triploblastic acoelomates (the Platyhelminthes or flatworms); characteristic features and classification. The Pseudocoelomate body plan: the Aschelminths. The Nematode helminth worms. Phylum Mollusca; characteristic features and classification. The metameric body form. Phylum Annelida (the segmented worms). Phylum Arthropoda; the largest and most successful living animals. Characteristic features and classification. Subphylum Uniramia (Insects and their relatives), Insects of economic importance to man, pests and insect vectors that transmit parasitic infections. Phylum Echinodermata. The Hemichordates or invertebrate chordates.

BSB 322 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (2 credits)

History of microbiology. Classification of microorganisms (five kingdom classification system). Cellular organisation of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Microbial Structure, nutrition, morphology, classification & identification, reproduction and growth. HIV-AIDS pathogenesis. Immunity and complement system. Infectious diseases of humans, plants and domesticated animals. Antibiotics and mode of action. Harmful and beneficial microbes.

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