Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

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Message From the HOD

 

History and growth of the Faculty

The program of the Department of Geography, Usmanu Danfodiyo University is designed to train students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Department was one of the four foundation Departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Administration established in 1977. Courses offered lead to a single honour degree in Geography. The courses are designed to examine the spatial dimensions of the physical, economic, social and political activities of societies. Thus, graduates from this Department are expected to fit into different fields of human endeavor in the private and public sectors of the economy. In particular, it looks at the interaction of the forces and how they change over time and operate at different scalar levels.

This Bachelor of Science Degree Programme in Geography is aimed at producing graduates infused with an enthusiasm to make a meaningful contribution to the society.

Objectives:

  1. To provide training in the theory and practices of Geography with emphasis on thorough grounding in field techniques and the manipulation of modern tools.
  2. To encourage students to cultivate an enquiring mind and to develop skills in the retrieval and interpretation of Geographic data
  3. To inculcate in students, an awareness of the resources as well as the dominant issues of development in the immediate environment
  4. To introduce students to the role of Geography in National development by helping them get a thorough grasp of Geographical concept and theories, which they can then apply.
  5. To develop and sharpen students’ critical judgment for observing, understanding, analyzing and synthesizing data on environment, social and developmental problems using Geographical method and techniques

It is expected that graduates of Geography could fit into different fields of human endeavor in the private and public sectors of the economy. Graduates from the Department can be engaged as academics, administrative officers, environmental specialists, town planners, environmental health officials, population officials, meteorologists, estate developers, journalists to mention but a few.

Staff

 

Name of Staff

 

Rank/Desig.
Salary Scale/
Date of First Appointment

 

Employment
Status

 

Qualification, Dates Obtained and Specialization, membership of Professional Association and Number of Publication

 

Post-qualification Work/Teaching Experience and Date, Post held and Organization

 

Course/Subject Taught

Prof. M. A. Iliya

Professor
UASS 7

FULL-TIME

B.A. (Ed.), 1977, M.A.1981, Ph.D. 1988
42 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 1978 to date

GEO 403,407, 411

Dr. A. M. Junaidu

Associate Professor

FULL-TIME (Sabbatical)

B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD, M.N.T.P, RTP
 15 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2009 to date

GEO 402, 419

Dr. S. A. Yelwa

Senior Lecturer
UASS 5

FULL-TIME

HND 1980, P.Grad. Dip. 1985 B.Sc. 1992, M.Sc.1993, Ph.D 2003
13 Publications

Working as Cartographer-Lands & Surveys Division Sokoto 1980-81, Teaching at Polytechnic B/ebbi 1981-1982
Working & Teaching at UDUS 1982 to date

GEO 404,  207,306, 318

Dr. M. A. Abdulrahim

Senior Lecturer
UASS 5

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1985, M.Sc.1991, PhD 2004, M.N.T.P, RTP
 22 Publications

Landuse Planner/Soil Scientist, SARDA, Sokoto, 1985 to 1994, Teaching at UDUS 1994 to date

GEO 305, 210, 302,417, 418

Dr. I. A. Adamu

Senior Lecturer
UASS 5

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1989, M.Sc.1992, PhD 2007
10 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2009 to date

GEO 206, 308, 314, 408,

Dr. I. P. Ifabiyi

Senior Lecturer
UASS 5

FULL-TIME (Sabbatical)

B.Sc. 1987, M.Sc.1992, PhD 2003
15 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2010 to date

GEO 204, 310, 312

Dr. A. El-Tantawi

Senior Lecturer
UASS 5

Visiting

B.Sc., M.Sc. Ph.D.
8 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2009 to date

GEO 306, GEO 210

A.A. Nuhu-Koko

Lecturer I

FULL-TIME

B.A.1981, M.A.1986, P. Grad. Dip. 1987
8 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 1984 to date

GEO 201, 311, 406

A.G. Fada

Lecturer I

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1982, M.Sc.1985,
3 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2005 to date

On Study Leave

Dr. S. D. Abubakar

Senior Lecturer

FULL-TIME

NCE, B.Sc. 1995, M.Sc.2002, PhD 2009
8 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 1998 to date

GEO 101, 203
317, 409

M. K. Lawal

Lecturer I

Part-Time

NCE, B.Sc. 1995, M.Sc.2002
8 Publications

Teaching at Shehu Shagari COE. 2003 to date,Teaching at UDUS 2010 to date

GEO 305, 414

Dr. I. M. Dankani

Lecturer I

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1992, M.Sc.1998, PhD 2007
12 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2005 to date

GEO 107, 108,202, 209,304, 309, 316

M. A. Shamaki

Lecturer I

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1998, M.Sc.2006
8 Publications

Teaching at Shehu Shagari COE. 2000 to 2008,Teaching at UDUS 2008 to date

GEO 102, 104, 307, 405, 412

A.T. Umar

Lecturer I

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 2005, M.Sc.2006
6 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2008 to date

On Study Leave

N. B. Eniolorunda

Lecturer I

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1999, M.Sc.2007
6 Publications

Teaching at UDUS 2008 to date

GEO 105, 208, 210, 302,

A. M. Jubrila

Lecturer I

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1999, M.Sc.2008, M.Sc. 2010
5 Publications

Teaching at Shehu Shagari COE. 2003 to date, Teaching at UDUS 2010 to date

GEO 301, 303, 320

M. A. Gada

Assistant Lecturer

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1999, M.Sc.2006

Teaching at UDUS 2006 to date

GEO 112, 401, 413

I. Hamisu

Assistant Lecturer

FULL-TIME

B.Sc. 1997

Teaching at UDUS 2005 to date

GEO 103, 109

 

I. M. Dangulla

 

Assistant Lecturer

 

FULL-TIME

 

B.Sc. 2005

 

Teaching at UDUS 2009 to date

 

GEO 106, 111

 

Laboratory Staff

Name

Rank/Designation Date of first appointment

Qualification, Date obtained, Membership of Professional Association

Duties Performed/Course Taught

A.M.D. Salah

Principal Cartographer

I. C. C. (1987)
ATC II (1989)

Map making for staff and students, supervision of students at practical sessions and archiving of map documents.

Musa Aisha

GIS Lab Assistant,2008 to date

SSCE (2000)

Ensures Computers safety and good working conditions, guides students at practical sessions, reports computer faults

Bala Bashir

Soil Lab Assistant, 2008 to date

SSCE (2004)

Ensures the Lab is in good working condition, guide students at practical sessions, report faults

Danlanso Abubakar

Map Room Attendant, 2008 to date

SSCE (2003)

In charge of maintenance of the map room, assist students in practical sessions

Clerical Staff

Name of Staff

Rank/Designation Salary Scale & Date of first appointment

Qualification, Date obtained

Post Qualification, Work Experience

a) Office of the Dean

Edna Onakpa (Mrs)

Chief TYPIST USS 8, Sept. 1983

Secretarial Certificate

Working at UDUS 1983 to date

Kakale Abubakar Jabo

Clerical Staff

Dip. Pub Admin (2010),

Working at UDUS 2004 to date

Buhari Shehu

Office Assistant

SSCE (2004)

Working at UDUS 2008 to date

 

Admission Req.

 

Admission Requirement for B.Sc Programme

  • A. UME
    Candidates must satisfy the general University admission requirements. In addition, candidates are required to have five (5) credits at SSCE/NECO/GCE or its equivalent, three of which must include Geography and Mathematics. Candidates with just a pass in English language may satisfy the University requirement for qualifying English.

    B. DIRECT ENTRY ADMISSION

    Candidates are required ton have met any one of the following in addition:-

    • An upper credit at National Diploma level in which Geography was offered as a course or any other relevant discipline must have been taken.
    • Credit at NCE or its equivalent of which Geography must have been taken as a course.
    • Three credits at IJMB or “A”level of which the minimum score should be two (2) ‘Cs’ and one (1) ‘D’ in relevant courses including Geography.

 

 

Courses

UG. I:
At UG I, students are required to take a minimum of 36 units and a maximum of 40 units

Courses
1st semester (Units)
2nd semester (Units)
GEO 101: Intro.to Elements of Physical Geography 2 2
GEO 102: Intro.to Elements of Human Geography  2 2
GEO 103: Intro.to Practical Geography   3 -
GEO 104: Local Field Course   3 -
GEO 105: Elementary Surveying 3 -
GEO 106: Intro.to Environmental Science 3 -
Electives    
GEO 107: Introduction to Natural Resources   2  
GEO 108: Introduction to Rural and Urban Systems 2  
GEO 109: Global Trade   2  
GEO 110: Introduction to Hydrology  2  
GEO 111: Introduction to Environmental Health 2  
GEO 112: Introduction to Ecology 2  

Note:

GEO 101 – 106 ARE COMPULSORY COURSES                                                          20 Units
GEO 107 – 112 are electives only, which 4 units are required                              4 Units
Electives within the Faculty is                                                                                6 Units
Electives outside the Faculty is                                                                              6 units
The Total Minimum /is therefore                                                                           36 Units
Maximum is                                                                                                             48 Units

 

UG. II:
At UG. II, students are required to take a minimum of 45 units and a maximum of 48 units

Courses
1st semester (Units)
2nd semester (Units)
GEO 201: Spatial Organization of Society   3 -
GEO 202: Intro. to Population Geography  - 3
GEO 203: Introduction to Geomorphology  2 -
GEO 204: Introduction to Soil Geography 2 -
GEO 205: Introduction to Climatology  2 -
GEO 206: Introduction to biogeography   - 2
GEO 207: Introduction to computers for Geographers   - 2
GEO 208: Introductory Cartography 2 -
GEO 209: Geographical Thought, Theory and Methods 2 2
GEO 210: Statistics for Social Scientists   2 2
Electives  2  
GEO 211: Intro. to Planning and Environmental Management     2 2

GEO 201 – 210 are Compulsory Courses                                                 =                      26 Units
GEO 211 is Elective within Geography Department                                 =                      2 Units
Electives within the Faculty                                                                     =                      4 Units
Electives outside the Faculty                                                                   =                      4 Units
General Studies (GST 201, 202 and 203)                                                 =                      9 Units
Total Minimum is therefore                                                                      =                      45 Units
Maximum                                                                                                   =                      48 Units

 

UG. III:
At UG. III, students are required to take a minimum of 43 units and 48 units maximum

Courses
1st semester (Units)
2nd semester (Units)
GEO 301: Geographical Methodology   - 2
GEO 302: Advanced Quantitative Techniques 2 2
GEO 303: Regional Geography of Africa - 2
GEO 304: Field Course - 6
GEO 305: Cartographic and Research Methods - 2
GEO 306: Geographic Information Systems     2 2
GEO 307: population Geography  2 2
GEO 308: Biogeography  - 2
Electives    
GEO 309: Settlement Geography  3  
GEO 310: Hydrology  3  
GEO 311: Economic Geography  3  
GEO 312: Soil Geography  3  
GEO 313: Applied Climatology 3  
GEO 314: Vegetation Studies 3  
GEO 315: Land Evaluation 3  
GEO 316: Land Administration  3  
GEO 317: Applied Geomorphology 3  
GEO 318: Geographic Remote Sensing  3  
GEO 319: Historical Geography 3  
GEO 320: Introduction to Geographical Sciences   3  

GEO 301 – 308 are Compulsory Courses                                                               24 units
GEO 309 – 320 are Electives out of which                                                             15 Units are required
GST (301, 302 and 303)                                                                                          7 Units
Total                                                                                                                        46 Units

 

UG: IV:
At UG. IV, students are to take a minimum of 37 units and a maximum of 48 units

Courses
1st semester (Units)
2nd semester (Units)
GEO 401: Research Project    - 6
GEO 402: Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology
                  in Geography  
- 2
GEO 403: Systematic Geography of Nigeria   2 2
GEO 404: Advanced Cartographic Techniques 2 2
GEO 405: The Developing World 2 -
GEO 406: The Developed World    2 2
Electives    
Any five (5) courses chosen from the following  3  
GEO 407: Agricultural Geography 3  
GEO 408: Medical Geography  3  
GEO 409: Arid and Semi-arid Lands 3  
GEO 410: Transportation Geography 3  
GEO 411: Sokoto and its Region 3  
GEO 412: Industrial Geography  3  
GEO 413: Rural geography 3  
GEO 414: Urban Geography 3  
GEO 415: Ecology of Resources  3  
GEO 416: Political Geography  3  
GEO 417: Regional Development and Planning  3  
GEO 418: Urban Land Economics 3  
GEO 410: Housing and Environment    

Compulsory Courses are                                                                  22 Units
Elective Courses                                                                                15 Units are required
Total                                                                                                   37 Units

Dept. Info.

CATEGORIZATION OF COURSES

Courses in the programme are categorized as follows:

  • Core or compulsory courses, which must be registered and passed by students before they can be awarded the B. Sc degree.
  • Elective courses from which students choose a given number of courses that they must pass before obtaining the B. Sc Degree in Geography. Elective courses also including such additional and/or advance courses that will not be required of all students. In addition, the electives could be from outside the Department or Faculty as approved from time to time.

UNITS AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Min.
Max.
100 Level 36 40
200 level 45 48
300 Level 46 48
400 level 37 48
  164 184

 

Regulations Governing Examinations must be adhered to. In addition, there are  
    continuous assessments and grading systems which are followed for all levels:

EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

  1. Candidates should be within the vicinity of the examination hall by ten (10) minutes before the examination is due to begin.
  2. Candidates are required to sign the attendance slip on their desk.
  3. No candidate will be permitted to:-
  • enter the examination hall if he/she is more than 30 minutes late.
  • Leave the examination hall before the end of 45 minutes after the commencement of the examination.
  • leave the examination hall during the last 15 minutes of the examination
  1. Candidates are not permitted to introduce into the examination hall papers/books of any kind or handbags, mobile phones.
  2. Candidates must write their examination number only on each separate answer book and on each supplementary sheet and shall under no circumstances write their names.
  3. If they wish to attract the attention of the invigilator, they should raise their hand; absolute silence must be maintained.
  4. There should be no writing on the card and the question paper unless you are asked to do so.
  5. Any student without examination card should not be allowed into the examination hall.
  6. Only the student whose photograph is attached to the examination card is qualified to write the examination.
  7. Movement in or around the examination premises is strictly prohibited.

THE GRADING SYSTEM IS AS FOLLOWS

Percentage Score
Letter Grade
Grade Point
70 - 100
A
5
60 - 69
B
4
50 - 59
C
3
45 - 49
D
2
40 - 40
E
1
0 - 39
F
0

The number of grade points for each course completed by a student is computed multiplying the grade point equivalent of the grade he/she obtained in that course with units of that course. At the end of each semester, when the grades of all courses have been assembled, each student’s CGPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained by the total number of units of all degree courses for which the student has registered.

GENERAL FACULTY COURSES
     (Required of all students in the Faculty of Social Sciences)

General Studies                                                                             10 units

a. Use of English                                                                                4 units
Effective communication and writing in English, study skills, language skills, writing of essay answers, instruction on lexis, sentence construction, outlines and paragraphs, collection, organization and logical presentation of materials, punctuations and logical presentation of paper; use of library, phonetic, the art of public speaking and oral communication.

b. Introduction to Logic and Philosophy                                        2 units
A brief survey of the main branches of philosophy, symbolic logic, special symbols in symbolic logic, conjunction, negation, affirmation, disjunction, equivalence and condition statements, laws of thought, the method of deduction using rules of inference and bio-conditionals, quantification theory.

c. Nigerian People and Culture                                                        2 units
Study of Nigerian history and culture in pre-colonial time, Nigerians’ perception of their world, culture areas of Nigerian society, norms and values, environmental sanitation etc

d. History and philosophy of Science
Man – his origin and nature, man and his cosmic environment, scientific methodology, science and technology in the society and in the service of man etc.

2. FACULTY COURSES

a. Introduction to Statistics for Social Science                                   4 units
b. Introduction to computer                                                             2 units
c. Application of computer                                                               2 units
d. Research project (not less than 800 words)                                   6 units

FIELD COURSES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
100 LEVEL

Theme of Study: The 100 level field course is to introduce students to local geographical studies. Each year, a new theme and location are selected on which the course is based.

Objectives:
To introduce students to simple observations and analysis of physical and human environment in addition to recordings from the weather instruments with a view to analyzing, describing and explaining atmospheric phenomenon amongst others.

Organization:
All teaching staff of the Department and 100 level students usually participate. Students are grouped for the study and prepare a report of their findings.

Logistics:
Students are usually responsible for their feeding and transportation throughout the period of the exercise.

Assessment:

  1. Attendance and General conduct
  2. Group Report
  3. Individual Report
  4. Quality of Presentation

300 LEVEL:

Duration:
At 300 level, a field course is organized for five to seven days

Theme:
Each year a major theme is selected and examined in the field. There may be sub-themes as well.

Objective:
To expose the students to the techniques of the measurement of geometrical properties of the land surface of a fluvial erosion system.

Organization:
All teaching staff of the Department and 300 level students to participate.

Logistics:
Students are to be responsible for their transportation to the site and their feeding throughout the duration of the field course.

Assessment:

  1. Attendance and General conduct
  2. Group Report and Drawing
  3. Individual Report
  4. Quality of Presentation

PROJECT:

Some Guidelines on Project Submission

Students are required to ensure that they carryout the following:

  1. An independent study; this must be written
  2. The work must be proof read several times to avoid typographical errors
  3. One page abstract must be provided and should cover Title, Objectives, Study Area, Methodology, Findings and conclusion etc
  4. Typing must be double spaced on a quarto size paper with 1½” margin to the left (to allow for binding and 1” each at the top, bottom and right hand margins)
  5. The project must be bound in dark-blue with gold lettering
  6. All maps and figures must be drawn using cartographic pens and stencils except where approved by the supervisor; they must also be numbered serially with simple tiles
  7. The source(s) of all maps should be provided

The candidate page should read:
“This is to certify that this work was carried out by NAME and is hereby submitted for partial assessment for the award of a B. Sc Degree in the Department of Geography, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto”.

 

___________________                      ____________________                    ___________________
     Supervisor                                        Signature                                             Date

 

___________________                      ____________________                    ___________________
Head of Department                                   Signature                                             Date

 

___________________                      ____________________                    ___________________
  External Examiner                               Signature                                          Date

 

ASSESSMENT:

Problem Definition, use of literature, hypothesis testing, data collection, use of appropriate methods, presentation in logical arrangement, clear language, data analysis, illustrations, referencing and bibliography, conclusion, etc.

COVER:

The cover must have:

  1. The title of the project
  2. Candidate’s Name and Registration Number
  3. Date Project is Submitted

The title page must have (a) to (c) above and in addition, insert ‘submitted to the Department of Geography, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in partial fulfillment for the award of the Degree of Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Geography.

REFERENCE:

References must be arranged serially with surname(s) first, followed by initials, date, title of the book or article. For books, underline the Title and give the name of the publishers and pace. For articles, put the title in parenthesis and give the volume, number and page of articles. Articles in books are cited the same way as those in journals with the relevant pages indicated. Appendix must include the instruments used.

Two signed copies must be submitted to the Department.

Students are advised to submit the project in good time.

 

Course Desc.

Course Descriptions:

100 LEVEL COURSES

GEO 101 – Introduction to Elements of \Physical Geography (4 Units)
The composition and structure of the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. Nature, distribution and significance of First Order Relief Forms of the Earth. The earth’s rotation, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, cycling of matter and energy in eco-systems.

GEO 102 – Introduction to Elements of Human Geography (4 Units)
The scope of Human Geography and its relation to physical Geography. World population; its distribution and patterns of growth/demographic characteristics of selected population. Human settlement evolution; patterns and functions. Inter relationship between urban and rural settlement. Environmental resources; the concept of resources; types of resources and their global distribution: relationships between resources and tertiary activities; impact of human activities on the environment at varying levels of technology and population densities. The role of movement, flow of people, goods, energy and ideas.

GEO 103 – Introduction to Practical Geography and Computers (3 Units)
Map reading; location, map scale and conventional signs; representation of relief and recognition of relief forms; analysis and analysis of cultural features on maps. Graphic and map representation of geographic data; isoline maps, choropleth maps, dot maps, flow maps, computer application, hardware, software and peripherals.

GEO 104 – Local Field Studies (3 Units)
Class field studies for the purpose of familiarization of students with their local environment, and for practicalizing classroom lectures in both physical and human Geography.

GEO 105 – Elementary Surveying (3 Units)
Definition of Surveying; simple chain survey; prismatic compass survey; plane tabling; theodolite survey; description of simple survey instruments; practical surveying in the field.

GEO 106 – Introduction to Environmental Science (3 Units)
Energy systems in the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere. Current Environmental issues including air pollution and other natural hazards such as erosion, drought, earthquake, hurricanes, flood etc.

GEO 107 – Introduction to Natural Resources (2 Units)
Types of resources an their management, distribution, utilization and impact on the environment; sustainable management practices

GEO 108 – Introduction to Rural and Urban Systems (2 Units)
Definition and Scope, Characteristics, spatial patterns of organization, Rural and Urban settlement differentiation; problems of Rural and Urban settlements.

GEO 109 – Global Trade (2 Units)
Definition and characteristics, Globalization, Structures and Institutions of the global economy (UN, World Bank, IMF, WTO, OECD etc) and Regional Groupings with particular reference to Africa.

GEO 110 – Introduction to Hydrology (2 Units)
Scope and nature of Hydrology, the importance, property and occurrence of water including ground water, the hydrological cycle; precipitation forms, origin, mechanism and measurement of precipitation, evaporation and evapotranspiration.

GEO 111 – Introduction to Environmental Health and Sanitation (2 Units)
Introduction to Human Biology, Environment and Diseases, Disease control. Rural, Urban air and water quality; waste management and recycling, water pollution and treatment, health implication of noise, radiation chemical and agricultural exposures.

GEO 112 – Introduction to Ecology (2 Units)
Definition and concepts of Eco system: Eco system and ecological communities, Biodiversity conservation, biological productivity and energy flow, succession and restoration.

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Other Info.

Registration

A student is expected to complete the Central Registration at the beginning of each session. This include collection of confirmation of admission (for fresh students) and payment of the prescribed fees and medical examination at the University clinic.

Courses for Registration at the Department

These are always pasted on the departmental notice board and are divided into first and second semesters showing compulsory and elective courses, the course code, title, units, maximum and minimum required both within and outside the Department.

Registration at the department level closes two weeks after the central University registration has closed. Thereafter, a student can either defer or suspend the session with an application endorsed by the HOD and approved or otherwise by the vice Chancellor.

Where a student fails to defer or suspend a session, he/she is deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the programme.

Code of Conduct

Graduation with an “F”

To graduate with an ‘F’ in a course, a student must have met all the following conditions:

  • Registered and failed the course twice
  • The said course is an elective
  • Attained 75% lecture attendance for the said course
  • Made the minimum units for graduation excluding the ‘F’
  • It is the only course the student failed
  • Must write formally to graduate with an ‘F’ to the Vice Chancellor through the Dean and the Head of Department.

Tendering of Medical Report

  • The University considers medical report in case of illness, accident, maternity etc
  • Such Medical Report when submitted would be referred to the University’s Health Services Department for authentication
  • The Director Health services authentication along with the Department’s recommendation are then referred to the Board of the Faculty or any of its appropriate Committees for deliberation and recommendation to the Chairman of Senate who approves or rejects such an application.
  • A Medical Report is not  a waver for lecture attendance
  • A Medical Report can support a case for suspension or deferment of a session or semester on the basis of the merit of the application
  • Only original copies of the medical report are accepted

Transfer from another department to Geography

  • The Department accepts transfers from other departments either on voluntary or due to withdrawal based on poor academic performance but not on disciplinary grounds
  • A transfer student must meet the minimum conditions for matriculation of 5 ‘O’ level credits including Geography and Mathematics; basic mathematics is not acceptable
  • He/she must have a CGPA of not less than 0.75 from the programme he/she is transferring from
  • Must have sat for Geography at UME and scored the minimum UME score required by the Department
  • DE candidates on transfer must meet the required entry requirements expected at the point of first entry into the Department.

List of Heads of Department since 1977

                Name                                     Nationality       

  • Dr. Kenneth Swindell                            British                                
  • Prof. Renere                                        Sri- Lankan
  • Dr. R.B. Benning                                  Ghanaian    
  • Dr.L.A.Dei                                            Ghanaian
  • Dr. M.A. Iliya                                        Nigerian
  • Dr. A.B. Mamman                                  Nigerian
  • Dr. D.J. Shehu                                      Ghanaian
  • Prof. A.B. Mamman                               Nigerian
  • Dr. S.A. Yelwa                                       Nigerian
  • Prof. M.A. Iliya                                      Nigerian

List of Laboratories in the Department

  • Cartography    -                                                           Dr. S.A. Yelwa
  • Physical Geography (Soils)                                         Dr. M.A. AbdulRahim
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)                     Dr. S.A. Yelwa
  • Meteorology Laboratory                                             Mal. U.J. Aliyu

Some Services in the University

  1. Library
  2. Health Services
  3. Hostel Accommodation
  4. Sports Facilities
  5. Transport Services
  6. Management Information System (MIS)
  7. Banking
  8. Student City
  9. Mini Market
  10. Post Offic

Qualification to sit for Examination

A student must make a minimum of 75% attendance in lectures to qualify to sit for the paper to be examined. A staff is expected to compile the list of students who do not meet the required 75% attendance. Such a list would have been endorsed and published by the Dean two weeks before the commencement of Examinations. This is to allow students make a case and the matter resolved before the start of examinations. Any student who sit for an examination he/she is disqualified on the basis of attendance would not have his/her script marked and will be referred to the Faculty Examination Misconduct Committee for appropriate disciplinary action.

Continuous Assessment (CA)

  This is an integral part of students’ evaluation for a course. A student who does not have CA score automatically fails the course irrespective of what he/she scores in the final examination. Where a student missed a CA for genuine reason(s), he/she would be allowed to makeup for it.

Writing Examinations

  • A student must be at the venue of the examination 30 minutes before the start of the exams
  • No student is allowed into the examination hall with any piece of paper or material whether relevant to the paper being examined or not
  • A student is expected to search him/herself thoroughly to ensure he/she does not carry anything that will incriminate him/her
  • The invigilator may search a student (where necessary) before he/she enters the venue of the examination
  • Any student caught suspected to be cheating would be asked to write a report that would be attached to his/her script and referred to the Faculty Examinations Misconduct Committee for appropriate action
  • No student is allowed to leave the hall 30 minutes before the end of the paper nor to enter the hall 30 minutes after the paper has commenced. Other regulations are contained in the University students’ handbook
  • Any violent conduct during examination would be referred to the University security personnel for appropriate handling

Writing Examinations from Hospital Bed

Any student hospitalized can apply to write an exam from his/her hospital bed. The application should be directed to the Head of Department through his/her physician at least 7 days before the paper is taken.

The HOD would within 24 hours of receipt of the application, forward his recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty who approves subject to the availability of facilities and personnel and notifies the Registrar. The approval would be communicated to the student at least 24 hours before the examination.

A minimum of N 1,000.00 and a maximum of N 5,000.00 per paper would be paid by the student as expenses for the conduct of the examination.

Examination materials (Question paper and script) for the student should leave the main hall of the examination within 2 minutes of commencement of the examination and should reach the hospital within 45 minutes of commencement.

Examination Misconduct

The Faculty Examination Misconduct Committee is made up of

  • The Deputy Dean as Chairman
  • All departmental Examination Officers as members
  • The Faculty Examination Officer as member
  • A representative of the Faculty of Law as member
  • The Faculty Officer as the Secretary

In attendance are:

  • The student/suspect
  • The witness(es)
  • The course tutor

The Committee will recommend to the Dean who would send his recommendation to the management with the Vice Chancellor as Chairman. The Dean is in attendance when the management meets to decide on the case. The final decision would be communicated to the student by the Vice Chancellor. This could depending on the gravity of the offence lead to

  • Warning
  • Rustication
  • Expulsion

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