Department of Biology

BIO 201
Introductory Genetics
BIO 201 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

The course serves as an introduction to the branch of Biology known as Genetics. It serves to teach the students the scope as well as varied applications of the field of Genetics. It is of great importance to students of Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology who are likely to offer more specialised higher level courses in their respective departments in the area of genetics. The practical aspect of the course aims to teach students how to differentiate between hereditary traits from environmentally induced traits, how to observe, record and analyse genetic data using various statistical tests as well as computer statistical software and carrying tests such as Blood group determination. Topics to be taught include Mendelian genetics, Non-Mendelian inheritance, Population genetics, Microbial genetics as well as Molecular genetics.

BIO 203
General Physiology
BIO 203 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course focuses on general physiology designed primarily for students in biology and other related- disciplines. Topics to be covered include physical and chemical processes in animal and plant physiology including homeostasis; movement of materials across cell membranes; physiological principles of nutrition; food components such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and vitamins. Other topics include enzyme systems; nervous and hormonal communications.

BIO 205
Introductory Developmental Cell Biology
BIO 205 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is an introductory course in developmental cell biology designed primarily for students in biology and allied disciplines. As a practical oriented course, the focus is to impart useful skills on the students in the use of microscopes in the study of cells and prepare them for other specialised demonstrations to be encountered at higher levels. Topics to be covered include the cell concept; use of microscope in the study of cell; types of cells; structure and function of cell organelles, such as cytoskeleton, mitochondria, chloroplast, ribosome, golgi complex (etc); cell division (mitosis and meiosis); reproduction (sexual and asexual); fertilization; cleavage; gastrulation; organogeny; molecular basis of cell structure and development; carbohydrates (starches, cellulose, simple sugars); proteins (amino acids); enzymes, oils and fats (fatty acids),vitamins.

BIO 209
Advanced Lower Invertebrates
BIO 209 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is an exploratory course in advanced lower invertebrates designed primarily for students in biology. As a practical oriented course, the focus is to impart useful skills on the students vis-à-vis diagnosis and identification of advanced lower invertebrates and prepare them for other specialised demonstrations to be encountered at higher levels. Topics to be covered include detailed systematic morphology, life cycle and economic importance of protozoans, cnidarians, ctenophorans, platyhelminthes and nematodes; nematological techniques; general principles and methods of controlling nematodes.

BIO 211
Seedless Plants
BIO 211 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is designed primarily for students in biology (storage technology option) and other biology related disciplines. History and importance of plant classification. Outline of plant classification. Diagnostic Features, Morphology and Biology of Viruses, Bacteria, the major classes of Fungi, Algae, Lichen, Bryophytes and Pteridophytes and their economic importance. Alternation of generation, Fossils and their formations.

CHE 203
Organic Chemistry I
CHE 203 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is an important course for the chemistry students, it is meant to expose the student to the interesting chemistry of carbon in organic chemistry. The topics to cover include: Carbon in Organic chemistry, the concept of hybridization, structures and shapes of organic compounds, factors affecting organic reactions, bond breaking during organic reactions, types of reactions simple treatments of functional groups and analysis to identify functional groups.

CSP 201
General Agriculture Theory
CSP 201 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

Importance and scope of agriculture. Land and its uses with particular reference to agriculture. Introductory crop production. Agricultural ecology of Nigeria. Agronomy of some arable crops. Land preparation. Harvesting, processing and reservation method. Farm tools and machinery including tractor driving and by-products. Basic farm management techniques. Fisheries and wildlife production. Forest products. General introduction to livestock production and health.

BIO202
Introductory Ecology and Evolution
BIO202 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

The course is designed for 200level students in the department of Biology and Microbiology. Its delivery is very interactive and instructed to cover concepts and definitions of ecosystems, biotic interactions, energy flow and nutrient cycle in ecosystems. Other topics include trophic structure and productivity, concepts of evolution and origin of life including evidences supporting evolution. Geological time scale of evolutionary events, genetic variation and separation, evolution of selected organisms particularly the hominid line.

BIO204
Biological Techniques
BIO204 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is explanatory and designed primarily for 200level students in biology and biochemistry. It educates the students on different techniques used in the laboratories and methods of detecting contaminants in stored commodities. As a practical course, the focus is to impart useful skills on the students on how to use microscopes for specimen identification, how to prepare slides of cells, tissues and parasites, and also different analytical methods used in the laboratories. Topics to be covered include microscopy, preparation of microscopic slides, photometry, colorimetry, chromatography, conductometry, experimental design, electrophoretic techniques, centrifugation and techniques used in detecting contaminants in stored commodities.

BIO206
Plant Physiology
BIO206 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is designed primarily for students in biology (storage technology option) and other biology related disciplines. The course explores the physiological processes pertinent to plants, it enhance the knowledge of the students in biological molecules, photosynthesis, respiration, transport, growth, flowering plant, growth substances and the physiological aspects of crop yield. The practical aspect of the course focuses on carrying out simple tests to identify some of the common biochemicals (qualitative analysis) in plants and to measure their amounts (quantitative analysis), to practically study and be able to explain the different physiological activities necessary for growth and development of plants. Determine the underlining physiological activities that explain the characteristics of plant materials observed when still attached onto the parent plant, after harvesting and during storage. The understanding of the rationale behind the practical procedures will enhance the student’s ability to design their own procedures if necessary as they advance to higher levels.

BIO208
Histology
BIO208 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is designed primarily for students in biology (storage technology option) and other biology related disciplines. The course explores the histological processes pertinent to plants and animals. It enhance the knowledge of the students in the classification of plant tissue based on cell type ie simple plant tissue and more complex plant tissues. Also on the animal epithelial tissue types which include the connective tissue types,muscle tissues and the nervous tissues. The practical aspect of the course focuses on the different techniques used in the preparation of temporary and permanent plant tissue sections and also animal histological techniques such as fixation, dehydration, of identification keys. Diagnostic features of insect taxa, insect collection methods, identification and preservation techniques. The understanding of the rationale behind the practical procedures will enhance the student’s ability to design their own procedures if necessary as they advance to higher levels.

CSC102
Introduction to Computer Science
CSC102 | BIO | 2nd Semester |

Course Synopsis

- History of Computers - Characteristics of a Computer System - Introductory to Programming - Strategies and techniques for application development - structured programming - problem decomposition and organization - basic debugging skills - visual basic programming language