Life in the Sea

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Life in the Sea

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIO1000F or BIO1000H, BIO1004F/S.

  • 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

    The Life in the Sea course is intended to introduce students to the diversity of life present in oceans, including the inverteb rates, vertebrates and plants. It will focus on adaptations of form to function (locomotion, reproduction, feeding) and to habitat (rocky shore, open ocean, sedimentary). The course is also intended to familiarise students with biophysical processes that influence life in the oceans.

    Fieldwork: One 4-day field trip during April vacation.

    DP requirements: 50% for class record; submission of assignments on schedule; attendance at field camp.

    Assessment: A 2-hour theory examination will count for 50% of the course with a sub-minimum of 40%. Coursework marks will be allocated as follows: Practical classes (assessed weekly) count 15%; project counts 20%; class tests count 15%.

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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