Department of Basic Sciences

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Undergraduate courses

The Department of Basic Sciences offers course modules to all first-year undergraduate students entering the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. The Department aims to provide superior understanding of concepts in the fields of Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Basic Biochemistry, General Pathology, Basic Statistics, Information Technology and Analytical Chemistry. These course modules are designed to deliver extensive foundational theoretical and practical knowledge to support all six specific Degree programmes offered by the Faculty. Information Technology lectures and practicals are conducted by lecturers from the University IT centre.

Anatomy is a field in the biological sciences concerned with the identification and description of the body structures of living things. Gross anatomy involves the study of major body structures by dissection and observation. In its narrowest sense, gross anatomy is concerned only with the human body and microscopic anatomy is concerned with the study of structural units small enough to be seen only with a light microscope.

Analytical Chemistry includes the fundamentals of experimental and analytical methods and the role of chemistry around us. Analytical Chemistry has a prominent position among the Experimental Sciences due to its wide applicability, ranging fundamental studies of nature to industry to clinical applications. . This course introduces the principles of Analytical Chemistry and how they are applied in Chemistry and related disciplines, especially the Life Sciences.

Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular levels. It emerged as a distinct discipline around the beginning of the 20th century when scientists combined chemistry, physiology and biology to investigate the chemistry of living systems. It has become the foundation for understanding all biological processes. It has provided explanations for the causes of many diseases in humans, animals and plants and frequently suggests ways by which such diseases may be treated or cured.

Biostatistics is the application of statistical principles to questions and problems in medicine, public health and biology. Using the tools of statistics, biostatisticians help answer pressing research questions in medicine, biology and public health, such as whether a new drug works, what causes cancer and other diseases, and how long a person with a certain illness is likely to survive. Biostatisticians use their quantitative skills and team with experts in other fields, including biologists, medical specialists and geneticists. But they are not mere number-crunchers. They play a pivotal role in designing studies to ensure enough data and the right kind of information is collected. They then analyze, evaluate and interpret the results, while accounting for variables, biases and missing data.

Physiology is the study of normal function within living creatures. It is a sub-section of biology, covering a range of topics that include organs, anatomy, cells, biological compounds, and how they all interact to make life possible. From ancient theories to molecular laboratory techniques, physiological research has shaped our understanding of the components of our body, how they communicate, and how they keep us alive. The study of physiology is, in a sense, the study of life. It asks questions about the internal workings of organisms and how they interact with the world around them.

Pathology is the study of disease. It is the bridge between science and medicine and underpins every aspect of patient care, from diagnostic testing and treatment advice to using cutting-edge genetic technologies and preventing disease.

The following courses are currently offered by the Department of Basic Science.

Basic Human Anatomy

AH 1103

Human Physiology I

AH 1104

Human Physiology

RA 1101

Basic Biochemistry

ML 1104

Basic Biochemistry for Nurses

NS 1101

Basic Biochemistry

RA 1102

Biochemistry for Physiotherapists

PT 1101


AH 1102

Human Physiology II

AH 1204

Basic Statistics

AH 1202

Analytical Chemistry

ML 1202

Applied Anatomy I

RA 1203

General Pathology

AH 1202