University of Zululand Botany Department

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University of Zululand Botany Department and Courses Offered

University of Zululand Botany Department – See Details Below:

What is Botany?

Botany is the scientific study of plants and deals with the following aspects:

  • Internal structure of cells and tissues (cytology and anatomy)
  • External structure (morphology)
  • Nutrition, growth and movement (physiology)
  • Adaptations, interactions and relationships (ecology)
  • Identification, classification and distribution (taxonomy)
  • Reproduction and inheritance (genetics)
  • Population biology, management and rehabilitation (conservation)
  • Usage of plants by people (ethnobotany)

Vision

The botany department is rural-based and strives to provide quality education.

Mission

To provide relevant academic programs and research projects which are responsive to the development needs of the society.

To generate knowledge through research and disseminate it through publications.

University of Zululand Botany Department Courses

University of Zululand Botany Department Courses – See Details Below:

TITLE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Code SBOT501 Department Botany
Aim To develop an understanding of the dynamics of and plant communities and plant succession in Maputaland area.
 Content A study of the plant community and community dynamics; plant communities and plant succession in Zululand; vegetation analysis, with emphasis on the practical application of the different methods of surveying vegetation; a study of environmental factors and their influence on the community; plant geography with particular reference to the vegetation of Maputaland; restoration ecology.

 

TITLE AQUATIC BOTANY
Code SBOT502 Department Botany
Aim To examine environmental influences on periphyton and macrophyte survival in fresh water ecosystems.
 Content Stress, disturbance and competitive pressures in macrophyte community dynamics; the importance of wetlands in supporting and maintaining freshwater ecosystems; relative efficiency and ecological problems of aquatic plant management; long-term ecosystem monitoring.

 

TITLE SECONDARY PLANT METABOLITES
Code SBOT503 Department Botany
Aim To develop an understanding of the biosynthesis, occurrence, structure and functions of secondary plant products.
 Content Occurrence, structure, biosynthesis, catabolism and functions of secondary plant products which act as phytoalexins (isoflavonoids, sesquiterpenes) and non-protein amino acids. The importance of carotenoids in photosynthesis, changes in photosynthesis during leaf development, the biochemistry of herbicide action, biosynthesis and metabolism of ABA, auxin and GA prior to and during leaf yellowing in annual plants.

 

TITLE ECOPHYSIOLOGY
Code SBOT504 Department Botany
Aim To develop an understanding of water, mineral absorption and various metabolic processes of plants.
 Content Water economy of plants; photosynthesis; respiration; carbohydrate metabolism; lipid and nitrogen metabolism; vitamins and hormones; photoperiodism; history of botany; principles of statistics as applied to biology.

 

TITLE GENERAL BOTANY
Code SBOT505 Department Botany
Aim This module is designed to add to the content of the students area of specialization as determined by the research project.
 Content The content to be studied will be determined according to the selection of modules by the student and the intended direction of specialization. Special fields in Botany like Taxonomy, Genetics, Anatomy, Morphology etc. where expertise exist in the department, can also be covered in this module.

 

TITLE ECONOMIC BOTANY
Code SBOT506 Department Botany
Aim This module is designed to develop an understanding of the value of the natural environment.
 Content To estimate the quantities of botanical resources and the study of direct use-value of marketable resources and the significance of subsistence activities and non-marketed resources that add to the total value of the environment.

 

TITLE ETHNOBOTANY
Code SBOT507 Department Botany
Aim This module is designed to develop an understanding of the value of how people of a particular culture (Zulus) make use of indigenous plants.
 Content Plant species that are harvested from the wild and used as food, shelter, medicine, clothing, hunting and religious ceremonies. A study of plants grown in the homesteads with reference to identification, position on the premises, cultivation, uses and conservation status.

 

TITLE RESEARCH PROJECT
Code SBOT509 Department Botany
Aim To develop the skills of conducting a research project.
 Content The research topic will be determined by the department according to the selection of modules by the learner and the intended direction of specialization.

University of Zululand Botany Department Contact

University of Zululand Botany Department Contact – See Details Below:

VISIT US

H-block building University of Zululand, Main Campus KwaDlangezwa

CALL US

+27 (0) 35 902 6108

CONTACT US

DeWeH@unizulu.ac.za

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