Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences Part II

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences Part II

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PPH1001F, HUB1006F, PHY1025F and CEM1011F

  • 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
    5 - 6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    8 - 9
  • Overview

    The course introduces students to key principles and concepts of the basic health sciences of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology and of
    public 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 and
    analyse 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 and
    environmental context; the epidemiology of the major causes of disease in South Africa; the basic structure and function of all organ systems of the human
    body; 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 are
    expected to meet the following DP requirements:
    Attend all lectures, problem-based learning sessions, tutorials and computer-based sessions (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, quantitative literacy and
    clinical 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 these
    activities is compulsory. A medical certificate or an explanatory letter from a medical professional, parent, relative or guardian must support absence on ground
    of 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 activities
    provide feedback to students on their progress. The assessment components include written, computer-based and practical assessments. The written
    assessments 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 legitimate
    reasons, 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 one
    assessment 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 the
    assessments. The course handbook, provided to students at the commencement

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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