Directorate of General Studies
The General Studies Unit, is as old as the University itself, however, it became a Directorate of General Studies in 2000 to among other things, design and to co-ordinate multi-disciplinary studies that could broaden the knowledge and widen the academic horizons of students of the University in all Departments and Faculties.
General Studies – Specific Objectives
i. To assist students to develop, appreciate and expand the awareness of their social and cultural values.
ii. To help the students develop adequate competence in the use of English Language and to improve their language and communication skills as a tool for their present studies and future employments.
iii. To introduce students to the broad areas of Sciences and to create awareness of the services of Science to man and the effect of Science on human Society.
iv. To Sentisize students to the functions and obligations of Government at all levels and the physical environments which eventually will prepare them to function effectively in their society.
iv. To socialise the Nigerian students to cultivate derivable habits,
values, attitudes, patriotism, nationalism and to appreciate the status of the constitution as the will of the people.
v. To make all students more acceptable and much more independent in the labour market.
The General Studies courses are University requirement that must be satisfied before a student can be awarded his/her degree.
|Compulsory for all Students
|Nigeria people and Culture
|Compulsory for all students
|Information and Communication Technology
|Compulsory for all Student expect Science and Engineering students
|Use of Library and Study Skills
|Compulsory for all Students
|Philosophy and Human Existence
|Compulsory for Science, Engineering, Agric, Law and Medicine students
|Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skill
|Compulsory for all Students
|History and Philosophy of Science
|Compulsory for arts Social Sciences, Management Science and Education Students.
Students must not take more than 6 units of the General Studies courses in a Semester.
The 12 (twelve) units from the General Studies Programme shall be counted as compulsory in the computation of results.
GUIDELINES FOR THE OPERATION OF THE PROGRAMME
- All students shall register for GST 111 (Use of English), GST 113 (Nigeria People and Cultures) GST112 (Use of Library and Study Skill), GST116 (Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skill) in the 1st year of their degree programme
- Aside the above stated GST courses, all students are required to take two out of the following: – GST114 (Logic Philosophy and Human Existence), GST115 (Information and Communication Technology) and GST118 (History and Philosophy of Science)
- Students shall register for their GST courses with the Faculty Coordinators in their respective Faculties.
VENUE OF THE LECTURES
The venue of the lectures shall be all the available lecture theatres between the hours of 7.00am and 8.00am each day.
- The examination of GST courses shall be at the end of semester in which the courses are taught.
- For logistical reasons, GST courses shall preferably be examined on the first two days before examinations in all other Faculties and the College of Medicine.
- All GST examination results shall be released after the consideration of the results by the Board of Studies of the Directorate at the end of the semester in which the courses are examined.
- All complains relating to examination results must be made through the Faculty Coordinators of the respective Faculties within two weeks of release of results.
ACADEMIC BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE DIRECTORATE OF GENERAL STUDIES
- Director – Chairman
- Deputy Director – Member
- Faculty Representative – Members
- Administrative Secretary – Secretary to the Board
Recommendations from the Board are subject to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor/Senate as the case may apply.
STAFF OF THE DIRECTORATE
- Deputy Director
- Administrative Secretary
- AO I
- Senior Executive Officer
- Executive officer
- Data Processing Officer II
- Senior Office Assistant
GST REGISTRATION GUIDE
First Semester 100 Level
Communication in English
Nigeria Peoples and Cultures
Information and Communication Technology
Second Semester 100 Level
Use of Library and Study Skill
Logic Philosophy and Human Existence
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills
History and Philosophy of Science
Every student is advised to add department, faculty and elective courses of recommended units to complete his/her full registration of maximum units.
COURSES, CONTENT AND OBJECTIVES
GST111 – COMMUNICATION IN ENGLISH
The main objective of this course is to produce graduates capable of communicating effectively. It is therefore designed to meet student’s communicative needs in English across the faculties. GST 111 provides students with the basic language skills that will enhance their development of the specialised language in their various fields. As a remedial course, GST111 will not doubt help students to improve their language competence in order to ensure better performance in their various disciplines.
Effective Communication and Writing in English Language Skills.
Writing of Essay Answers
Outlines and Paragraphs
Collection and Organization of Materials
Logical Presentation of Papers
Punctuation, reported speeches
GST112- USE OF LIBRARY AND STUDY SKILLS (2UNITS)
The objective of this course is to expose student to the knowledge and use of library as a veritable tool of scholarship. This is with a view to engendering the culture of informed and disciplined use of the library for research as the frontiers of knowledge get wider daily.
Brief history of libraries, library and education, University libraries and other types of libraries, study skills (reference service), types of library materials, using library resources including c-learning, e-materials etc; understanding library catalogues (card OPAC), etc and classification. Copyright and its implications. Database resources, Bibliographic citations and referencing.
GST113 – NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURES (2UNITS)
The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge of Nigerian peoples and their cultures. The objective of the course is to enhance students’ learning and understanding of the peoples culture of Nigeria within the socio-economic and political environment in which the culture is evolving and constantly nurtured.
Study of Nigeria history, cultures and arts in pre-colonial times. Culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics. The evolution of Nigeria as a political unit, the indigene/settler phenomenon. Concepts of trade, economic self-reliance, social justice, individual and national development norms and values, negative attitudes and conducts (cultism and related vices) reorientation of moral and national values, moral obligations of citizens; environmental problems.
GST114 – LOGIC PHILOSPHY AND HUMAN EXISTENCE (2UNITS)
The course is designed to help students become more effective in recognizing and avoiding mistakes in reasoning. Its main objective is to increase students’ thinking ability so that they will be able to think more clearly and correctly. It also helps students to grasp the nature of human existence as well as the freedom, justice and morality.
Philosophical foundations of human existence, survey of the main branches of philosophy, nature of philosophical problems; philosophy and the evolution of human institutions: Science Politics, Religion, Morality etc. types, sources and foundation, knowledge; Scientific and non-scientific knowledge, truth, belief and opinion, appearance and reality; basic notions in social and political philosophy, authority, power, equality freedom justice etc.
GST115 – INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (2UNITS)
The objectives of this course is to expose students to the dynamics of information and communication technology. As an introductory course, it will equip the students with the why and how of computer types, data transmission, system analysis and design programming. It will expose students to internet services as well as word processing and basic programming.
Development of modern ICT, hardware technology, software technology, input devices, storage devices, output devices, communication and internet service, word processing skills (typing etc).
GST116 – INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILL (2UNITS)
The course is designed to expose students to the rudiments of business in order to help them develop entrepreneurs’ skills for economic self-reliance. Expose to the numerousurial business opportunities in the country should be able to motivate students to start small-scale business of their own after university education.
Introduction to entrepreneurship and new venture creation; entrepreneurship in theory and practice; the opportunity, form of business, staffing, marketing and new venture; determining capital requirement; raising capital; financial planning and management; starting a new business; feasibility studies; innovation; legal issues; insurance and environmental consideration, possible business opportunities in Nigeria.
GST118 – HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
The course sets out to deal with issues of science, technology and culture and how they mutually affect one another? Can traditional culture survive the impact of science and technology? Are we withnessing a progressive disintegration or the gradual elaboration of new forms or both. This course attempts to trace the origin of man , his nature and his cosmic environment. It also discusses scientific methodology, science and technology in the society and its demand on man, the overview of energy resource and a detailed study of the environment, the effect of chemical water products, plastics, textiles and radio-chemical hazards.
Man, his origin and nature; man and his cosmic environment, scientific methodology, science and technology in the society and service of man; renewable and non-renewable resources, man and his energy resources, environmental effect of chemical plastics, textile, wastes and other materials, chemical and radiochemical hazards, introduction to the various area of science and technology.