History of General Studies Programme

History of General Studies Programme

General Studies courses were started in University of Ibadan in 1986 and the programme has been running till date.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the General Studies Programme (GSP) is to expose students to a course of liberal education through which they can develop and expand their
awareness of their social, cultural and natural environments. With the addition of this programme to the specialized courses being taken by the
students, it is expected that the graduates of this University would go out better prepared to function in the society.

Specifically, the General Studies Programme aims at helping students develop adequate competence in the use of English language as a tool for their
studies and effective means of communication in society and in their future employment/enterprise. It will also enable them to acquire a body of
situational relevant knowledge outside their respective fields of specialization for successful living.

Regulations

The General Studies Programme is a University requirement that must be satisfied before a student can be awarded his/her degree. The regulations
approved by Senate are as follows:

1. Graduation Requirement

All students must take and pass GES 101 (Use of English), GES 107 (Reproductive Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), GES 201 (Use of English II), GES 301 (Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills) and two other courses in Table 1 below (14
units), before graduating, provided a student does not take more than 6 units of the General Studies Courses in any one session. Faculties are
expected to advise their students on the GES Courses that will help achieve the objectives of the General Studies Programme.

Table 1: Graduation Requirement

Course Code

Unit

GES 101

3

GES 107

2

GES 201

3

GES 301

2

2 Other Courses

4

Total

14

The General Studies Programme shall be taught under the following broad outlines:

Table 2: GSP COURSES

S/N

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNIT

TATUS

1.

GES 101

Use of English

3

Compulsory for all Students (All Faculties)

2.

GES 102

African Cultures & Civilization

2

Open to Students in the Faculties of Science (Except Archaeology), College of Medicine, Pharmacy, Agriculture & Forestry,
Veterinary Medicine, Technology and Education (Science)

3.

GES 103

Government, Society and the Economy

2

Open to Students in the Faculties of Science, College of Medicine, Pharmacy, Agriculture & Forestry, Veterinary Medicine,
Technology & Education (Science)

4.

GES 104

Science, Industry and Mankind

2

Open to Students in the Faculties of Arts, Law, Social Sciences and Education (Arts & Social

Sciences)

5.

GES 105

Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, Animal Husbandry and Health.

2

Open to Students in the Faculties of Arts, Law, Social Sciences and Education (Arts & Social

Sciences)

6.

GES 106

Philosophy and Logic

2

Open to Students in the Faculties of Science, College of Medicine, Pharmacy, Agriculture & Forestry, Veterinary Medicine,
Technology & Education (Science)

7.

GES 107

Reproductive Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

2

Compulsory for all Students (All Faculties)

8.

GES 201

Use of English II

3

Compulsory for all Students (All Faculties)

9.

GES 301

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills

2

Compulsory for all Students (All Faculties)

2. The 14 units from the General Studies Programme shall be counted as compulsory in the computation of results.

3. Guidelines for the Operation of the Programme

a. All students irrespective of their Faculties shall register for GES 101 (Use of English) in the first year of their degree programme.

b. Except in the case of the Use of English (GES 101), no students shall register for a GES course in his/her area of specialization. Table 2
shows the combination of courses permissible.

c. No students shall register for more than 6 GES units in any one session.

d. Students shall normally complete their GES courses by the end of their Penultimate year in the University (i.e. the session
preceding their year of graduation). Medical students shall normally complete their GES courses during their pre-clinical years.

Note
All students of in the Faculty of Education should specify their departments as well as their teaching subjects.

e. A student who fails a GES course shall re-register for the course and can only repeat the examination at the next available opportunity.

f Students shall register for their GES courses with the Sub-Deans in their respective Faculties. The Sub-Deans are also the Faculty
co-ordinators for the GES courses.

g. The “add and “delete” forms are not applicable to GES courses.

h. All complaints about the time-table, as well as lecture venues should be referred to the Sub-Dean

of each Faculty.

Venue:
For convenience and easy accessibility, the teaching and examination of GES courses are to take place, as far as possible, in the
student’s Faculty.

Table 3: Designated Faculty Venues

Faculty of Arts Lecture Theatres
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Faculty of Arts Students

Faculty of Science Lecture Theatres

Science Students

Basic Medical Sciences Lecture Theatres and Laboratories

Pre-Clinical, Pharmacy and Nursing Students

Social Sciences Lecture Theatres

Social Science Students

Education Lecture Theatres

Education Students

Faculty of Technology Lecture Theatre

Technology Students

Faculty of Law Lecture Theatre

Law Students

Faculty of Agriculture Large Lecture Theatre

Agricultural Students

Note:

(i) At the allotted times on the Faculty time-tables, students for each GES course are advised to assemble at the venue(s) assigned
for the Course, where the Course tutor(s) conduct the lectures and/or Tutorials

(ii) To minimize the chances of time-table clashes, it is advisable that the GES Courses be slated for evening hours and Saturdays.

4. Examinations

(i) The Examination of GES Course is usually at the end of the semester in which the courses are taught.

(ii) For logistic reasons, GES Courses are examined two weeks before examinations in all Faculties and the College of Medicine.

(iii) All GES examination results are released at the end of the Semester in which the courses are examined except GES 101.

(iv) All complaints relating to examination results must be made through the Sub-Dean, within six weeks of release.