Human Biology: Maintenance and Integration

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Biology: Maintenance and Integration

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    HUB2019F, CEM1000W (or equivalent)

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course aims to provide a thorough grounding of the anatomy, physiology and structure-function relationships of the bodily systems. The course includes lectures, tutorials and
    practicals on the physiology, anatomy and histology of organ systems in the human body, including the nervous system, excretory & thermoregulation, respiratory, cardiovascular,
    lymphatic and immune, and reproductive systems. In addition, students are introduced to bone forensics, which builds on their understanding of bone anatomy done in HUB2019F,
    and to concepts of ageing and disease. In the practical sessions, students work in small groups using computers and other equipment to study a) the physiology and anatomy of the
    nervous system, b) the electrical events in the contraction of cardiac muscle, c) the mechanics of the respiratory system, d) the immune system, e) excretion and temperature
    regulation, f) reproduction and g) the study of anatomical parts of the human body from cadavers and histological sections under a microscope.
    Fridays may be used for tutorials, guest lectures and tests. Students are encouraged to attend all lectures and must sign a register of attendance.
    Practicals: One per week, Mondays or Tuesdays, 14h00-17h00.
    DP requirements: Attendance at all practicals, 40% average in class tests and an average of 50% for all assignments
    Assessment: Class tests 30%; practicals, assignments & tutorials 20%;
    Final examinations contribute 50% of the final year mark and comprises the following:
    Written theory exam 30%, practical 20%. An oral examination may be required in the case of selected students.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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