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Programme: BScHons Aerospace Medicine

Code Faculty Department
10244024 Faculty of Health Sciences Department: Aerospace Medicine
Credits Duration NQF level
Minimum duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 120 NQF level:  08

Programme information

The following requirements are set:

  • Advanced instruction by means of self-tuition, lectures and seminars.
  • Students must pass the module TNM 700 Applied research methodology 700.
  • Students must pass the module PHM 770 Learning in public health 770.
  • Students must pass a research report (or project) that carries at least 30 credits.

Admission requirements

  1. MBChB (or equivalent) degree
  2. A weighted average of at least 60% at final-year level
  3. Registered as an Aviation Medical Examiner

Additional requirements

  • Candidates must have an MBChB or equivalent degree deemed acceptable by the head of the department.
  • Candidates must be registered Aviation Medical Examiners.

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. The individual modules in each field of study must all be passed with a mark of at least 50% in each module, before a student may graduate in that field of study.
  2. Each field of study has a specified, externally moderated, summative assessment that must also be passed before the student may graduate.

Pass with distinction

The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained an average of at least 75% in the summative assessment, as well as an average of at least 75% for the remaining components of the curriculum (i.e. excluding the summative assessment mark).

Minimum credits: 120

Core modules

  • Module content:

    The purpose of this module is to teach the fundamentals of aerospace medicine. Topics addressed in this module include:
    Aviation Physiology (The Aviation working environment, cognition, decision making, communication, sleep and fatigue, physics of the atmosphere, hypobarism, hypoxia, vision, spatial disorientation, acceleration, radiation, noise, vibration hyper/hypothermia.)
    Clinical Aviation Medicine (Incapacitation during flight, aging, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, ENT, pulmonology, psychiatry, metabolic/endocrine, malignancy, digestive system, haematology, urinary, renal, gynaecological/obstetric, musculoskeletal, infective, medication.)
    Aviation medical regulations (Regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the South African Civil Aviation Authority.)

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  • Module content:

    Special introduction to fundamentals in Executive Leadership in health
    The emerging student will be taught the fundamentals in executive leadership in healthcare systems which will form the basic platform or foundation for understanding the challenges for application of leadership modalities at the different levels of healthcare service delivery in the public health service and how to begin to think and analyse how the principles of executive leadership at their level of appointment can improve health service delivery.

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  • Module content:

    *Attendance module only.

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The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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