Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences Part II
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Area of Study
Biology, Health Science
Taught In English
PPH1001F, HUB1006F, PHY1025F and CEM1011F
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units35
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5 - 6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units8 - 9
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe course introduces students to key principles and concepts of the basic health sciences of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology and ofpublic health and family medicine.Problem-based learning (PBL) is the central learning activity of the course. Each student is allocated to a new PBL group that meets regularly to discuss andanalyse a number of carefully designed cases illustrating the key objectives of the course. In addition, students are provided with a range of activities (e.g.lectures, practical sessions, computer-based sessions) to support their learning.At the conclusion of this course, students will have acquired an integrated understanding of the key South African health challenges within a broader social andenvironmental context; the epidemiology of the major causes of disease in South Africa; the basic structure and function of all organ systems of the humanbody; and the basic structure and function of the biochemical components of the human body.DP requirements: To qualify to undergo the end-of-course written assessment and the basic health sciences (BHS) practical examination, students areexpected to meet the following DP requirements:Attend all lectures, problem-based learning sessions, tutorials and computer-based sessions (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, quantitative literacy andclinical skills/family medicine); attend all BHS practical sessions; and complete all written assignments and in-course assessment activities.Students may not miss any scheduled activities without the written permission of the academic staff responsible for these activities, as attendance of theseactivities is compulsory. A medical certificate or an explanatory letter from a medical professional, parent, relative or guardian must support absence on groundof illness or personal/family difficulties.Assessment: Students are required to write a number of in-course assessments and end-of-course assessments. In addition, regular self-assessment activitiesprovide feedback to students on their progress. The assessment components include written, computer-based and practical assessments. The writtenassessments use a case-based format.In cases where students are unable to sit a written in-course assessment or complete the BHS practical assessment, for what are considered to be legitimatereasons, a deferred assessment will be given. In instances where students fail to provide legitimate reasons for being unable to complete an assessment activity,or fail to take a scheduled deferred assessment, a mark of zero will be given for that assessment. A student will not be allowed to miss more than oneassessment or have more than one opportunity to take a deferred assessment.The weighting of in-course assessment components is 40% and of end-of-course components is 60%. Subminima may be applied in certain areas of theassessments. The course handbook, provided to students at the commencement
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.