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Life Science II


General Overview In this course, students will learn: 1. Microorganisms and Their Impact: - Viruses: Structure, replication, diseases caused - Bacteria: Classification, characteristics, roles, diseases - Protista/Protozoa: Classification, characteristics, Amoeba study, diseases 1. Fungi and Immunity: - Fungi: Introduction, characteristics, economic importance, diseases - Immunity: Introduction to the immune system and its functions 1. Plant Biodiversity and Reproduction: - Plant diversity in South Africa and major plant groups - Reproduction in angiosperms, pollination, seeds, and fruit 1. Animal Classification and Interactions: - Classification of animals, body plans, animal phyla - Population size, growth patterns, interactions in ecosystems 1. Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, and Population Dynamics: - Photosynthesis process, factors affecting rate - Cellular respiration, aerobic and anaerobic respiration - Population size, growth, counting techniques, fluctuations 1. Interactions in the Environment: - Density-independent and density-dependent factors - Ecological interactions: predation, competition, parasitism, mutualism, commensalism 1. Atmosphere, Climate Change, and Biodiversity Loss: - Environmental issues: carbon emissions, greenhouse effect, deforestation, desertification, etc. - Water availability and quality, food security, loss of biodiversity 1. Solid Waste Disposal, Human Nutrition, and Excretion: - Solid waste management, recycling, methane use, nuclear waste - Nutrition in mammals: herbivores, carnivores, human nutrition - Excretion in humans, urinary system, homeostasis Throughout the course, students gain insights into the biological world, from microorganisms to ecosystems, and explore various aspects of life, from cellular processes to environmental challenges.

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