CURRICULUM FOR GSP COURSES (2011 - )
No. of contact hrs.
| HL 45. U3
GES 101 USE OF ENGLISH I
This is an intensive English language course, specifically designed to help new students to develop correct and appropriate usage of the language. In
particular, the course is aimed at developing in the students the listening language skills as well as refining the structure of English appropriately.
The different aspects of the grammar of English such as parts of speech, phrases, clauses, concord, voice, direct and indirect speech, as well as
tense, mood and aspect will be taught. This course is a prerequisite to GES 201.
Study skills and methods.
Library resources / IT Applications in the study of English.
Reading Comprehension I.
Units of Grammar – Morpheme.
: Parts of Speech I.
: Parts of Speech II.
: Phrases: Types and Functions.
: Clauses: Types and Functions.
: Sentences: Structures and Functions.
: Sentence Forms.
: Tense, Aspect and Mood.
Meaning Relations: denotative, connotative, synonymy, antonyms, ambiguity, contradiction, Presupposition and Use of
Course Course Title/Description
No. of Contact Hr. HL 30 U 2
GES 102 AFRICAN CULTURES AND CIVILIZATION
The course is designed to introduce students outside the humanities to the various aspects of African cultures and civilization, as well as create the
awareness of the relevance of the humanities. These include, the need for critical thinking and the training of the mind, which are imperative in
day-to-day existence. The concepts of African cultures and civilization are discussed with particular reference to Nigeria.
i) Concepts of African cultures and civilization.
(ii) Origins and early centres of civilization in Africa.
(i) Culture areas of Nigeria
(ii) Sources for the study of African cultures and civilization.
(i) Nigerian history and cultures in the pre-colonial time.
(ii) Dynamics of culture in Africa: Nigeria as a case study.
(i) Dynamics of evolution of Nigeria as a political unit.
(ii) Environment and culture.
i) Indigenous African political systems.
(ii) Leadership and family systems
(iii) Conflicts and conflicts resolution.
: Religions and cultures.
: Communication, language and African Cultures.
(i) Gender and African cultures
(ii) Application of Information Technology in the study of African Cultures and civilization.
: An African perspective of Entrepreneurship.
: African orature: poetry, prose and Drama.
: African cultures and globalization.
: African indigenous education.
Course Title/Description No. of Contact Hr. HL 30 U 2
GES 103 GOVERNMENT, SOCIETY AND THE ECONOMY
This is an introductory course which offers an opportunity for non-social scientists to have an encounter with the study of human society and behavior
with the ultimate aim of gaining and understanding social phenomena.It basically introduces the students to the various branches of the social sciences
like Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political science, Geography e.t.c.
The course is intended to prepare future leaders and policy makers for challenges ahead since the social sciences is important in the national/public
policy development, as well as public enlightenment.
(i) The object and nature of the Social Sciences.
(ii) The application of Information Technology in the study of the Social Sciences.
(i) Concept and scope of Psychology
(ii) Psychology and the society.
(iii) Life experiences.
(i) Psychobiological basis of behaviour
(ii) Research methods in Psychology.
(i) Definition and scope of Sociology: Society and the typologies of Society.
(ii) Social mobility and social change.
: Basic methods of data collection and analysis in Sociology.
: Concepts of Economies and Development.
: Growth and Development of the Nigerian Economy since Independence
: Man’s natural environment
: Natural resources and resource system
: The meaning, genesis and current status of government.
: The organization, nature, characteristics and structure of government.
: The rudiments of Law.
: Basic Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Course Code Course Title/Description No. of Contact Hr. HL 30, U 2
GES 104 SCIENCE, INDUSTRY AND MANKIND
This course aims at ensuring that students in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, and the Social Sciences offering the course are able to do the
1. Explain why science is a tool to industrial growth and human welfare.
2. Put on appropriate behaviour and perform brilliantly in a dynamic World.
3. Apply simple principles of science to solve some day-to-day Problems.
Weeks 1 - 3
(i) Man: his origin and nature.
(ii) Man and his cosmic environment.
(iii) Scientific methods.
(iv) Science and technology in the society and service of man.
Weeks 4 and 5
(i) Renewable and non-renewable resources- man and his energy resources.
Environmental effects of chemicals, plastics, textiles, wastes and other Materials/Chemicals and radiochemical hazards.
The Study of Physics and Chemistry with emphasis on the areas of application (e.g. indstrial applications of Chemistry in medicine and pharmaceuticals,
biology, agriculture and engineering; uses and applications of electricity and electronics, waves and radiation, heat, energy, sound and light waves.
Space exploration and exploitation).
An overview of Computer Science with emphasis on the areas of applications (how the major areas of concern in computer science help in solving
contemporary problems: software engineering and information technology).
The study of Statistics with emphasis on the areas of applications (discussion of statistical uncertainty and scientific methods and application to
real-life data especially as a guide to living and decision-making).
An overview of the study of Geography and Geology with emphasis on the areas of applications (should include discussion of causes and effects of:
weathering, erosion, volcanoes. Climate and concept of times and seasons. Nigerian vegetation and fauna. Transportation; The earth: development,
utilization and management).
An overview of Botany, Microbiology and Zoology with emphasis on the areas of applications (these should include: Impact of Zoology on technology
inventions. Development, pollution and environmental impact on plants and animals; bioaccumulation along the food-chain.; Biology and industry use of
micro organisms in industry; fermentation, biodegradation; drug production, animal breeding, hybridization and mutation for the development of breeds
resistant to adverse weather, diseases and pests. Plant and animal conservation. Wood technology).
Course Code Course Title/Description No. of Contact Hrs. HL 30, U 2
GES 105 Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, Animal Husbandry and Health
Agriculture is a major contributor to Nigeria’s economy. It focuses on development of renewable natural resources such as crops and livestock.
Undergraduates from the Faculties of Arts, Law, the Social Sciences and Education therefore need to acquire basic information on how these resources
can be developed to satisfy the needs of the people.
This course is designed to introduce students to the various fields of agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine, as well as create the awareness
of the relevance of agriculture to their day-to-day existence.
Agricultural Development Process and Land Use in Nigeria: Agricultural, Development Process and Land use, tenure and conservation in Nigeria.
Principles of Crop Production and Farming System: Agronomy as a science component of Agronomy. Principles of crop production.
(i) Soil as a factor of crop productio
(ii.) Soil management practices
(iii) Recent development in Agronomy
Safe use of Agro-Chemicals in crop production and storage for Pest and Disease control; Meaning and nature of pesticides. Pesticide characteristics and
biological activities; Safety precautions guiding pesticide application; common hazards with pesticide application; Use of Pesticides on selected crops
in field and store.
Tropical Forest Resources and Sustainable Development: Introduction: Tropical Forest Distribution, formation and structure; Tropical High Forest in
Nigeria; Forest contribution to National Economy and Development; Environmental conservation and Anti-desertification; Agroforestry; Utilization of
forest products and NTFPs.
Wildlife Management: Wildlife Definition; The philosophy and policy of Wildlife Management. Problems militating against Wildlife Management; Wildlife
conservation; Wildlife population Management, Decree of Wildlife Management:
(ii) Wildlife trade
(iii) Humane and Wildlife conflict Status of Wild
Animal in Tropical region. Wildlife demonstration in Nigeria.
Fisheries Management: Definition of Fisheries and Fisheries management; Importance of fisheries to the Nigeria Economy, Sources of Fish production in
Nigeria; Condition for Selecting site suitable for aquaculture, condition for Selecting fish suitable for culture, production based on water
environment; feed and feeding; types of feed. Problems of Aquaculture development in Nigeria, some commercially important fish and shell fish Resources
of Nigeria; Fish preservation and marketing.
Weeks 7 - 8
General Principles of Livestock and Poultry Production: Classes of livestock; Poultry, Swine, Cattle, Sheep, Goat and Rabbit Nutrition, Management of
Breeding, Setting up livestock enterprise.
Agricultural Extension Education: Meaning and Scope of Agricultural Extension, Definition, concept and functions of Extension Education. Principle and
philosophies of Agricultural Extension, steps in Extension teaching,
Weeks 10 - 12
1. General principle of animal health.
2. Diseases of livestock transmissible to man.
3. Health and management of domestic animals.
4. Health and management of companion animals.
5. Health and management of wildlife animals.
Practical: Visit to Practical Year Students’ Farm, Research Farm and
Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Course Code Course Title/Description No. of Contact Hrs. HL 30. U 2
GES 106 PHILOSOPHY AND LOGIC
This introductory course is meant to sensitise non-philosophy and non-humanities students to the relevance of philosophy. The course is divided into
two parts: philosophy and human existence and logical thinking. The first part is meant to introduce the students to the meaning and significance of
philosophy to human existence and especially their search for meaning and value in the universe. The second part is a specific introduction to the
crucial place of critical thinking in any human endeavour.
Weeks:1 – 2
An introduction to the idea and nature of philosophy: Meaning and scope.
The inevitability of philosophy; philosophy as worldview; philosophy as critical thinking; philosophy as reconstruction of ideas.
Philosophy and human existence: the role of philosophy in the evolution of human institutions.
: The branches of philosophy: metaphysics; epistemology; ethics; logic.
: Key concepts and issues in philosophy.
: Basic ideas and concepts in social and political philosophy.
: Philosophy and other disciplines: Education; Law; Social Sciences; Science; Arts; etc.
The nature and scope of logic. Laws of thought and their roles in human reasoning.
The nature of arguments: types of argument; evaluation of arguments; basic argument forms.
: Nature and types of Fallacies.
: Sources and types of knowledge.
: The idea of science and the nature of scientific reasoning.
: The relationship between science, ethics and society.
Course Code Reproductive Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections No. of contact Hrs.
GES 107 (Stis) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Hiv) HL 30, U 2
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of reproductive health, human sexuality and sexual health,
including epidemiology, prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases with emphasis on HIV. It is envisioned that this course will equip the
students with knowledge and skill to protect themselves against HIV infection and other STIs as well as prepare them to serve as agent of change in
their present and future communities in the global efforts to control the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The objectives of the course are:
1. To expose students to basic knowledge and understanding of some contemporary health- related
2. To provide basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of human sexuality and sexual
3. To provide good knowledge of the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other STIs as well as the effectiveness and limitations of
different prevention and control strategies.
4. To provide understanding of the various aspects, manifestations and consequences of sexual behaviours, and how to address these issues.
: Health Education
Definitions, exercise, personal care and hygiene, oral health, recreation and health, stress in the University and coping strategies, medical
check-up and screening for common diseases, application of information Technology in health education.
: Nutrition and Health
Classification, functions, sources, requirements and deficiency disorders of nutrients; the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of
communicable and non-communicable diseases.
:, Microbes and Human Health
Infectious agents of diseases, portals of Entry/modes of transmission, immunity, prevention and control.
: Human Reproductive System And Health
Male and female reproductive systems, hormones and body changes, sexual dysfunction, fertility/infertility, menstruation and menopause, breast and
reproductive tract cancers.
: Human Sexuality And Adolescent Behaviour
Human sexuality- safer sex, contraceptives, teenage/adolescent pregnancy, abortion, sexual abuse, peer pressure, coercion, rape, early sexual debut,
urinary fistula, safe motherhood and other adolescent sexuality related issues.
: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Definitions, types, epidemiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, management, prevention and control.
: Introduction To Epidemiology Of HIV And AIDS
Definitions, differences between HIV and AIDS, types and subtypes, Trends (global, Africa, Nigeria; age; gender).
: Pre-disposing Factors And Transmission Of HIV Infection
Risk factors (including culture, faith, family, work place), high risk groups, modes of transmission, how HIV is not transmitted, how HIV causes AIDS,
self risk assessment, stigma and discrimination.
: Prevention And Control Of HIV/
AIDS Including Prevention Of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT)
Prevention strategies-sexual, blood and blood products, MTCT; treatment as a prevention and control strategy, the role of culture, faith, family and
work place in HIV prevention, challenges of HIV prevention.
: HIV Counselling And Testing (HCT), Treatment, Care And Support Definitions, types of counselling, HIV testing, HIV screening and
confirmation, outcomes of HIV testing, Importance of HCT, management of HIV and AIDS, care and support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
: Youths And Life Skills
Values, parent-child communication, role models/mentors and life building skills-goal setting, decision making, negotiation, assertiveness, refusal
skill and self esteem.
: Other Contemporary Health Issues
Common genetic and non-communicable diseases in Africa (Sickle cell disease, hypertension, coronary heart diseases, diabetes mellitus and obesity).
Drugs and mankind (definitions, uses and sources of drugs, adverse drug reactions and pharmacovigillance, drug abuse and misuse, substance use and
Course Title/Description No. of Contact Hrs. HL 30, U 3
Course Code USE OF ENGLISH II
This is a practical-oriented course that builds on the knowledge of grammar acquired in GES 101. It teaches the students the speaking, reading and
especially, writing skills. It delves into vocabulary development along different registers/fields, including literary appreciation, figures of speech.
The writing tasks will expose students to different types and forms of writing such as letters, articles, reports, memos, book reviews and term papers.
Each student must submit a term paper as part of the assessment for the course.
: Information Technology and the Use of English
(i) The computer machine
(ii) Word processing: typing copying, saving etc.
(iii) Presentation software: PowerPoint slide multimedia..
(iv) Storage: flash drives, compact discs, floppy diskettes, etc.
(v) Internet resources: browsing/ surfing, search engines (yahoo, goggle, msn, mamma, etc).
(vi) Online resources for sound production practice, language games especially vocabulary development and grammar) and reading materials (e.g
. The Sound Patterns of English
(i) The vowel and consonant sounds of English; emphasis to be laid on sound that are absent from Nigerian indigenous languages.
(ii) Minimal pairs: to be used in isolation and in context for the purpose of building up drill exercises for students.
: Stress and Intonation in English
(i) Stress in monosyllabic and polysyllabic words: word stress and sentence stress.
(ii) Function of stress e.g. grammatical and emphatic/contrastive functions
(iii) Meaning of intonation: common intonation tune patterns in English
(iv) Functions of intonation:gramma-tical, attitudinal, accentual, etc.
Students are required to listen to tape-recorded passages e.g. conversations/dialogues, drama sketches, argument, etc.
: Reading Comprehension II
(i) Reading for vocabulary development: passages on different registers.
(ii) Reading for book review: this involves extensive reading from literary and non-literary passages.
(i) Theme, plot, characterization, subject matter and setting.
(ii) Rhetorical devices/Figure of speech (Common figures of speech metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole etc.
(iii) The Prose text.
(iv) The Drama text.
(v) The Poetry text.
: Writing Tasks
(i) The topic of an essay
(iv) Parts of an essay.
(v) Thesis statements and subject matter.
: The Paragraph: Structure, Types and Development
(i) Structure of paragraphs: topic sentence/paragraph unity, coherence, cohesion.
(ii) Types of paragraphs: introductory, transitional, developmental concluding.
(iii) The use of punctuation marks in writing.
: Thought Flow Patterns
(i) The meaning of thought-flow
(ii) Cause–effect, comparison contrast, enumeration, analogy, classification, definition,
: Essay Writing
(i) The narrative essay.
(ii) The Descriptive essay.
(iii) Introduction to term-paper writing.
(iv) The Expository essay.
(v) The Argumentative essay.
: Forms of Writing I
(i) Letter writing (formal, semi-formal and informal).
: Forms of Writing II
(i) Reports (e.g. stories, project reports, panel reports, minutes of a meeting etc)
(ii) Book reviews.
(iii) E-mails, blogs, forums and chat room discourse.
: Writing Term Papers
(i) choice of topic.
(ii) the necessity for writing on the topic
(iii) data collection.
(iv) discussion/analysis of data.
(v) findings from the analysis.
(vi) inferences from the analysis.
: Problems in Writing
(i) Technology based problems e.g incursion into writing the abbreviations and spelling forms used in text messages.
(ii) Mechanical accuracy.
(v) Wrong lexical choice,
(vi) Padding, etc.
: Submission of Term Paper and Revision.
No. of Contact Hrs. HL 30, U 2
Course Code Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills
The course aims at re-orientating students towards a job- creation mindset rather than the fixed attitude of job-seeking. It will equip them with the
skills required in establishing businesses or making them add value to existing systems, if employed in organizations. The course will be taught as a
required course during the first and second semesters at 300 level.
The course seeks to introduce students to concepts and opportunities available in entrepreneurship and Innovation. It assumes no previous knowledge and
takes students through the rudiments of Entrepreneurship to selecting a desired business and starting it with a Feasibility Report.
The specific objectives of the Course are to:
1. Understand the relationship of enterprise, entrepreneur, business, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.
2. Analyse the historical perspective of entrepreneurship in Nigeria, and relate it to the recent trend of unemployment, under-employment and job
dissatisfaction, personal, national and global economic recession.
3. Identify the roles of entrepreneurial development agencies and regulatory bodies.
4. Inspire the spirit of entrepreneurship in students.
5. Correct wrong attitudes and mindsets and develop high entrepreneurial potential in student.
6. Expose students to selecting possible business ideas.
Relevant Concepts: Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Business, Innovation, Creativity, Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Attitude and
History of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria, rationale for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation for Entrepreneurs
: Leadership and Entrepreneurial Skills for coping with challenges.
4: Unit Operations and Time Management.
5: Creativity and Innovation for Self-Employment in Nigeria.
: Overcoming Job Creation Challenges.
: Opportunities for Entrepreneurship, Forms of Businesses, Staffing, Marketing and the New Enterprise.
: Feasibility Studies and Starting a New Business.
: Determining Capital Requirement and Raising Capital.
: Financial Planning and Management.
: Legal Issues, Insurance and Environmental Considerations.
Weeks 12 - 13
: Case Studies, Issues and Challenges of Global Economy.