CURRICULUM FOR GES COURSES (2011 - DATE )

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 101

USE OF ENGLISH I

HL 45 U3

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 aspects are taught. This course is a prerequisite to GES 201.

WEEK 1:

STUDY SKILLS AND METHODS

WEEK 2 :

RESEARCH SKILLS/LIBRARY RESOURCES

a.

Basic comprehension skills

a.

Types of the Library

b.

Factors affecting comprehension

b.

Cataloguing

c

Exercises in listening comprehension

c

Types of cards

d

Note taking and note making: the different approaches

d

Classification

i. Library of congress

ii. Moys Classification scheme

iii. Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme

e

Use of Abbreviations: coding, decoding, symbols, etc.

e

Reference materials

f

Development skills for locating the main points/ ideas as well as the logic in a speech, story, address: argument, debate, lecture, etc.

f

Computer facilities in the library

WEEK 3:

READING COMPREHENSION I

WEEK 4 :

UNITS OF GRAMMAR- THE MORPHEME

a.

Reading for the main ideas (skimming)

a.

Types of Morphemes; free and bound, root & stem inflectional and derivational

b.

Reading for specific details (scanning)

b.

Types of affixes: prefixes, suffixes

c

Reading for supporting ideas

c

Types of words; simple, complex, root & derived word, etc

d

The SQ3R method

d

Breaking words into morphemes

WEEK 5:

PARTS OF SPEECH I

WEEK 6:

PARTS OF SPEECH II

a.

Criteria for grouping words into classes: meaning, form, function and location in a sentence

a.

Verbs: Types and inflections

b.

Nouns: Types, inflections and functions

b.

Adverbs: Types and functions

c

The use of articles

c

Prepositions: Types and functions

d

Pronouns: Types and functions

d

Conjunctions: Types and functions

e

Adjectives: Types and functions

e

Interjections

WEEK 7:

PHRASES: TYPES AND FUNCTIONS

WEEK 8:

CLAUSES: TYPES AND FUNCTIONS

a.

The noun phrase

a.

Distinctions between main and subordinate clauses

b.

The verb phrase

b.

Elements of clause structure: Subject, Verb, Object, Complement, Adjunct (SVOCA)

c

The Adjective phrase

c

The nominal clause

d

The Adverb phrase

d

The adjectival/relative clause

e

The prepositional phrase

e

The adverbial clause

WEEK 9:

SENTENCES: STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS

WEEK 10:

SENTENCE FORMS

A. Structure

A. Direct and Indirect/Reported Speech

a.

The simple sentence

a.

The structures of direct speech and indirect/ reported speech

b.

The complex sentence

b.

Changing direct speech to indirect/reported speech and vice versa

c

The compound sentence

c

The rule of back shift in tense, exceptions to the rule

B. Functions

d

Change of grammatical persons and change in adverbs

a.

declarative function

e

Correct use of punctuation marks in direct and indirect speech

b.

interrogative function

a.

B. Active and Passive Forms

The structures of active and passive sentences-

c

imperative function

b.

Changing active sentences to passive ones and vice versa

d

exclamatory function

c

Agented and truncated/agentless passives

d

The stylistic effects of active and passive sentences.

WEEK 11:

TENSE, ASPECT AND MOOD

WEEK 12:

CONCORD/AGREEMENT

a.

Meanings of tense and aspect

a.

Meaning of concord

b.

Relationship of tense and aspect

b.

Types of concord: subject/verb, singular subject, plural subject, compound subject, subject with connectives (e.g.as well as, along with etc)

c

Types of tense and aspect: present, past perfective, progressive/continuous etc

c

Proximity concord, notational concord, choice of singular or plural verbs

d

Meaning of mood

d

Demonstrative adjectives and the nouns they agree with

e

Types of mood: indicative, imperative and subjunctive

f

Contradiction

WEEK 13:

MEANING RELATIONS

g

Presupposition

a.

Denotative meaning

h

Use of registers

b.

Connotative meaning

c

Synonyms

WEEK 14:

REVISION

d

Antonyms

e

Ambiguous expressions

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 102

AFRICAN CULTURES AND CIVILIZATION

HL 30 U 2

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.

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

a.

Concepts of African cultures and civilization.

a.

Culture areas of Nigeria

b.

Origins and early centres of civilization in Africa.

b.

Sources for the study of African cultures and
civilization.

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

a.

Nigerian history and cultures in the pre-colonial time.

a.

b.

Dynamics of evolution of Nigeria as a political unit.

Environment and culture.

b.

Dynamics of culture in Africa: Nigeria as a case study

WEEK 5

WEEK 6

a.

Indigenous African political systems.

a.

Religions and cultures

b.

Leadership and family systems

C

Conflicts and conflicts resolution.

WEEK 7

WEEK 8

a.

Communication, language and African Cultures.

a.

b.

Gender and African cultures

Application of Information Technology in the study of African Cultures and civilization.

WEEK 9

WEEK 10

a.

An African perspective of Entrepreneurship.

a.

African orature: poetry, prose and Drama

WEEK 11

WEEK 12

a.

African cultures and globalization

a.

African indigenous education.

WEEK 13 : Revision

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 103

GOVERNMENT, SOCIETY AND THE ECONOMY

HL 30 U2

This is an introductory course which offers an opportunity for non-social scientists to have an encounter with the study of human society and behaviour with the ultimate aim of gaining an understanding of social phenomena. lt basically introduces students to the various branches of the social sciences like Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Geography, etc.

The course is intended to prepare future leaders and policy makers for challenges ahead since the social sciences are important in the national/public policy development as well as public enlightenment.

WEEK 1:

WEEK 2 :

a.

The object and nature of the Social Sciences.

a.

Concept and scope of Psychology

b.

The application of Information Technology in the study of the Social Sciences.

b.

c.

Psychology and the society.

Life experiences.

WEEK 3:

WEEK 4 :

a.

Psychobiological basis of behaviour

a.

Definition and scope of Sociology: Society and the typologies of Society.

b.

Research methods in Psychology.

b.

Social mobility and social change.

WEEK 5:

WEEK 6:

a.

Basic methods of data collection and analysis in Sociology.

a.

Concepts of Economies and Development

WEEK 7:

WEEK 8:

a.

Growth and Development of the Nigerian

Economy since Independence

a.

Man's natural environment

WEEK 9:

WEEK 10:

a.

Natural resources and resource system

a.

The meaning, genesis and current status of government.

WEEK 11:

WEEK 12:

a.

The organization, nature, characteristics and structure of government.

a.

The rudiments of law.

WEEK 13:

WEEK 14:

a.

Basic Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution

a.

REVISION

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 104

SCIENCE, INDUSTRY AND MANKIND

HL 30 U2

This course aims at ensuring that students in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, and the Social Sciences offering the course are able to

1. Explain why science is a tool for 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.

WEEK 1 - 3:

WEEK 4 and 5:

a.

Man: his origin and nature

a.

Renewable and non-renewable resources- man and his energy resources.

b.

Man and his cosmic environment.

c.

Scientific methods.

d.

Science and technology in the society and service of man.

WEEK 6:

WEEK 7 :

a.

Environmental effects of chemicals, plastics, textiles, wastes and other Materials/Chemicals and radiochemical hazards.

a.

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).

WEEK 8:

WEEK 9:

a.

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).

a.

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).

WEEK 10:

WEEK 11-13 :

a.

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 and volcanoes; Climate and concept of times and seasons; Nigerian vegetation and fauna; Transportation; The earth: development, utilization and management).

a.

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; bio accumulation 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).

WEEK 14:

a.

Revision

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 105

AGRICULTURE, RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCES, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND HEALTH

HL 30 U2

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.

WEEK 1:

WEEK 2 :

a.

Agricultural Development Process and Land Use in Nigeria: Agricultural, Development Process and Land use, tenure and conservation in Nigeria.

a.

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 production

(ii) Soil management practices

(iii) Recent development in Agronomy

WEEK 3:

WEEK 4 :

a.

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.

a.

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.

WEEK 5:

WEEK 6:

a.

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:

(i) Conservation

(ii) Wildlife trade

(iii) Humane and Wildlife conflict Status of Wild Animal in Tropical region. Wildlife demonstration in Nigeria.

a.

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.

WEEK 7-8:

WEEK 9:

a.

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.

a.

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,

WEEK 10-12:

WEEK 13:

a.

General principle of animal health.

a.

Practical: Visit to Practical Year Students' Farm, Research Farm and Veterinary Teaching Hospital

b

Diseases of livestock transmissible to man.

c

Health and management of domestic animals.

d

Health and management of companion animals.

e

Health and management of wildlife animals.

WEEK 14:

REVISION

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 106

PHILOSOPHY AND LOGIC

HL 30 U2

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 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.

WEEK 1-2:

WEEK 3 :

a.

An introduction to the idea and nature of philosophy: Meaning and scope.

The inevitability of philosophy; philosophy as world-view; philosophy as critical thinking; philosophy as reconstruction of ideas.

a.

Philosophy and human existence: the role of philosophy in the evolution of human institutions.

WEEK 4:

WEEK 5:

a.

The branches of philosophy: metaphysics: epistemology; ethics; logic.

a.

Key concepts and issues in philosophy

WEEK 6:

WEEK 7:

a.

Basic ideas and concepts in social and political philosophy.

a.

Philosophy and other disciplines: Education; Law; Social Sciences; Science; Arts; etc.

WEEK 8:

WEEK 9:

a.

The nature and scope of logic. Laws of thought and their roles in human reasoning.

a.

The nature of arguments: types of argument; evaluation of arguments; basic argument forms.

WEEK 10:

WEEK 11:

a.

Nature and types of Fallacies.'

a.

Sources and types of knowledge.

WEEK 11:

WEEK 12:

a.

The idea of science and the nature of scientific reasoning.

a.

The idea of science and the nature of scientific reasoning.

WEEK 13:

WEEK 14:

a.

The relationship between science, ethics and society.

a.

Revision

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COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 107

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED

INFECTIONS (STIs) AND HUMAN IMMUNO-

DEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)

HL 30 U2

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 students with knowledge and skill to protect themselves against HIV infection and other STIs as well as prepare them to serve as agents 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 issues.

2. To provide basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of human sexuality and sexual health.

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.

WEEK 1: Health Education

WEEK 2 : Nutrition and Health

a.

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.

a.

Classification, functions, sources, requirements and deficiency disorders of nutrients; the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

WEEK 3: Microbes and Human Health

WEEK 4 : Human Reproductive System and

Health

a.

Infectious agents of diseases, portals of Entry/modes of transmission, immunity, prevention and control.

a.

Male and female reproductive systems, hormones and body changes, sexual dysfunction, fertility/infertility, menstruation and menopause, breast and reproductive tract cancers.

WEEK 5: Human Sexuality and

Adolescent Behaviour

WEEK 6: Sexually Transmitted Infections

a.

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.

a.

Definitions, types, epidemiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, management, prevention and control.

WEEK 7: Introduction To Epidemiology

of HIV and AIDS

WEEK 8: Pre-disposing Factors And

Transmission of HIV Infection

a.

Definitions, differences between HIV and AIDS, types and sub-types, Trends (global; Africa; Nigeria; age; gender).

a.

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.

WEEK 9:

Prevention and Control of HIV/

AIDS Including Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT)

WEEK 10:

HIV Counselling And Testing (HCT), Treatment, Care and Support

a.

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.

a.

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.

WEEK 11: Youths and Life Skills

WEEK 12: Other Contemporary Health Issues

a.

Values, parent-child communication, role models/mentors and life building skills-goal setting, decision making, negotiation, assertiveness, refusal skill and self esteem.

a.

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 abuse.

WEEK 13: REVISION

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 201

USE OF ENGLISH II

HL 45 U 3

This is a practical-oriented course that builds on the knowledge of grammar acquired in GES 101. It teaches students the speaking, reading and especially, writing skills. It delves into vocabulary development along different registers/fields, including literary appreciation and figures of speech. The writing tasks is meant to 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.

WEEK 1:

Information Technology and the Use of English

WEEK 2 :

The Sound Patterns of English

a.

The computer machine

a.

(i) The vowel and consonant sounds of English; emphasis to be laid on sounds 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.

b.

Word processing: typing copying, saving, etc.

c

Presentation software: Power Point slide multimedia.

d

Storage: flash drives, compact discs, MP series, etc.

e

Internet resources: browsing/surfing, search engines (yahoo, goggle, msn, mamma, etc).

f

Online resources for sound production practice, language games especially vocabulary development and grammar) and reading materials (e.g online dictionaries).

WEEK 3:

Stress and Intonation in English

WEEK 4 :

Reading Comprehension II

a

(i) Stress in monosyllabic and polysyllabic words: word stress and sentence stress.

a

Reading for vocabulary development: passages on different registers.

b

Functions of stress e.g. grammatical and emphatic/contrastive functions

b

Reading for book review: this involves extensive reading from literary and non-literary passages.

c

(iii) Meaning of intonation: common intonation tune patterns in English

d

Functions of intonation: grammatical, attitudinal, accentual, etc.

Students are required to listen to tape-recorded passages, e.g. conversations/ dialogues, drama sketches, argument, etc.

WEEK 5:

Literary Appreciation

WEEK 6:

Writing Tasks

a

Theme, plot, characterization, subject matter and setting.

a

The topic of an essay

b

Rhetorical devices/Figure of speech (metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, etc).

b

Outline.

c

The Prose text.

c

Organization.

d

The Drama text.

d

Parts of an essay.

e

The Poetry text.

e

Thesis statements and subject matter.

WEEK 7:

The Paragraph: Structure, Types and Development

WEEK 8:

Thought Flow Patterns

a.

Structure of paragraphs: topic sentence/paragraph unity, coherence, cohesion.

a.

The meaning of thought-flow

b.

Types of paragraphs: introductory, transitional. developmental, concluding,

b.

Cause-effect, comparison contrast, enumeration, analogy, classification, definition, argument.

c

The use of punctuation marks in writing.

WEEK 9:

Essay Writing

WEEK 10:

Forms of Writing I

a.

The narrative essay.

a.

Letter writing (formal, semi-formal and informal).

b.

The Descriptive essay.

b.

Articles.

c

Introduction to term-paper writing.

c

Memos.

d

The Expository essay.

e

The Argumentative essay.

WEEK 11:

Forms of Writing II

WEEK 12:

Writing Term Papers

a.

Reports (e.g. stories, project reports, panel reports, minutes of a meeting etc)

a.

(i) Choice of topic.

b.

Book reviews.

b.

The necessity for writing on the topic

c

E-mails, blogs, forums and chat room discourse.

c

Data collection.

d

Discussion/analysis of data.

e

Findings from the analysis.

f

Inferences from the analysis.

WEEK 13:

Problems in Writing

WEEK 14:

Submission of Term Paper and Revision

a.

Technology based problems, e.g incursion into writing the abbreviations and spelling forms used in text messages

b.

Mechanical accuracy

c

Clichés.

d

Circumlocution.

e

Wrong lexical choice,

f

Padding, etc.

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE/DESCRIPTION

NO OF CONTACT HRS

GES 301

INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS

HL 30 U2

The course aims at re-orientating students towards a job-creation mindset rather than the fixed attitude of job-seeking. It is meant to equip students with the skills required in establishing businesses or making them add value to existing systems, if employed in organizations. It is taught as a required course during the first and second semesters to 300 level students

The course is meant to make students

1. Understand the relationship of enterprise, entrepreneur, business, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

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. Acquire the spirit of entrepreneurship.

5. Correct wrong attitudes and mindsets, and develop high entrepreneurial potential.

6. Select possible business ideas.

WEEK 1:

WEEK 2 :

a.

Relevant Concepts: Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Business, Innovation, Creativity, Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Attitude and Behaviour.

a.

History of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria, rationale for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation for Entrepreneurs

WEEK 3:

WEEK 4 :

a.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship Skills for Coping with Challenges

a.

Unit Operations and Time Management.

WEEK 5:

WEEK 6:

a.

Creativity and Innovation for Self-Employment in Nigeria

a.

Overcoming Job Creation Challenges.

WEEK 7:

WEEK 8:

a.

Opportunities for Entrepreneurship, Forms of Businesses, Staffing, Marketing and the new Enterprise

a.

Feasibility Studies and Starting a New Business

WEEK 9:

WEEK 10:

a.

Determining Capital Requirement and Raising Capital

a.

Financial Planning and Management

WEEK 11:

WEEK 12- 13:

a.

Legal Issues, Insurance and Environmental Considerations

a.

Case Studies, Issues and Challenges of Global Economy.

WEEK 14:

Revision