This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concept of Biochemistry as a discipline. Foundational topics such as the definition and scope of Biochemistry, cell, acidity and alkalinity and the properties and biological functions of the major biomolecules (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids) will be covered. This course is important for students of Biochemistry, other biological sciences, agricultural sciences and Chemistry.
This course is an exploratory, first course in insect identification, recognition and naming designed primarily for students in biological sciences. However, it also meets the need of students in other fields such as crop protection and soil sciences. It provides information history of insect evolutions, systems involved in naming insects, identification and classification of different insects as well as collection and preservation of such insects. It involves practical periods aimed at exposing the students to different species of insect to enable them identifies them to families level. Topics to be covered include insect systematic and evolution, successes of insects, use of identication keys, methods of collection and preservation of insects.
This course is explanatory and designed primarily for 300level students in biology. It educates the students on different techniques used in the laboratories such as microscopy, autoradiography and fluorescence. As a practical course, the focus is to impart laboratory skills on the students on how to use microscopes for specimen identification and different methods of sample preparation such as fixing, embedding, sectioning e.t.c. Topics to be covered include types of microscopy with emphasis on principles and uses of different types of microscopes, autoradiography and fluorescence. Microscopic study of the anatomy of the cells, tissues and selected organs with emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. Methods used in fixing, embedding, sectioning and staining of some invertebrate and vertebrate organs. Microscopic identification of smears, squashes and sections of the organs of animals/plants. Histochemical studies of tissues.
The course is on the genetic structure of prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses. The nature of genes as unit of heredity and their location on the chromosome forms the introductory part. The role of the DNA as the genetic store of information for all cellular processes is the focus. It will also teach students the control of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The course will acquaint students with the Watson and Crick double helical structure of DNA. The processes of DNA replication, RNA and protein synthesis will be taught. Recombinant DNA technology and genome sequencing using microorganisms as tools will also be focussed on for practical application in genetic engineering.
The course is designed to be taken at 300L and compulsory for all students. It is an ecological field course intended to expose the students to the Nigerian biodiversity, relevance of conservation and also provide field training in different sampling techniques in population ecology. Students shall also learn the general conduct, specific preparations, danger, precautions and equipment concerned with ecological field trips. The course shall be administered in three-fold. The first being weekly lectures, which shall be followed by a one-week field trip across different ecological biomes in the country and finally the writing of examination at the end of the semester. Students are also expected to produce a report of the trip which shall be used along with the examination result for the eventual grade.
This course opens students to the study of the ecosystem approach to the study of ecology. Population and community dynamics. Influence of man on the ecosystem. Conservation of natural resources including current environmental issues like Biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution. The future of man and the environment.COURSE OBJECTIVES
This course is explanatory and designed primarily for 300level students in biology. It educates the students on animal associations with emphasis on parasitism. It also gives the students foundational knowledge on epidemiology and control of tropical parasitic infections. Topics to be covered include animal associations, the nature of parasitism, the host-parasite relation, concept and the evolution of parasitic mode of life, advantages and disadvantages of parasitism, host specificity and susceptibility, epidemiology and control of common tropical parasitic infections, transmission of parasites from host to host and the role of vectors in the transmission of parasitic diseases.
The course encompasses the basic skills that are employed in the field of microbiology. Emphasis is laid on the historical aspects of microbiology, naming, classification and types of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, virus, algae, etc.). The focus is meant to impart useful knowledge on the students on the growth and reproduction of microorganisms, different methods of controlling microorganisms, sterilization and disinfection. Also, it also entails the study of some infectious diseases, emerging infectious diseases and Normal microbiota. This will improve their practical skills on the various ways of culturing microorganism and maintaining aseptic conditions in the laboratory.
This course opens students to the study of the general characteristics, similarities and differences between the Gymnosperms and the Angiosperms. The various groups and orders (living and extinct) of gymnosperms. Studies of examples in each group of the living forms ( morphology and reproduction inclusive). General features of the angiosperms, leaf types, root types, stem types and functions. Morphology and anatomy of root, stem, leaves, floral parts and functions. Fruit formation. Taxonomy of some major economic tropical plants.
Composition of Hides and Skins. Curing systems such as drying, salt curing and brine curing. Use of short-term preservation as a major means of commercial handling. Wood chemical composition and cell-wall ultra-structure. Air and Kiln seasoning of wood. Dry schedules, defects and methods of prevention. Unconventional methods of preserving wood structures by design. Vacuum pressure and their methods of wood treatment with preservatives.
This course is an exploratory, it exposes the students to how the body carry out its day to day activities such as digestion, movement, respiration and co-ordination of neurones. It also entails structure and functions of Nerve cells, Hormones, sources and functions and mechanisms of synaptic transmission which includes resting and action potentials. As a practical course, the focus is to impart useful skills on the students so as to be able demonstrate a catalysed action on food materials and the ability to prepare crude Amylase Enzyme on their own. Topics to be covered include Nutrition, excretion, osmoregulation, transport, respiration, nervous coordination, nerve impulses and mechanism of synaptic transmission.
This course is a comparative study of the major structures and organ systems emphasizing the various modifications that are important in the success of insects. A thorough knowledge of insect morphology is essential to a well trained biologist.
This course is explanatory and designed primarily for 300level students in biology. It seeks to educate the students on the pathology, symptoms/clinical features and diagnostic techniques of parasitic protozoans and helminths. The practical aspect of course is at imparting useful skills on the students particularly on the identification of parasitic infections using their clinical symptoms and diagnostic methods. The course will also equip the students with different preventive and control methods applicable to common parasitic infections such as malaria, amoebiasis, giardiasis, trichomoniasis, dracunculiasis, taeniasis, onchocerciasis e.t.c. Topics to be covered include general account of the important features, life cycles, pathology and diagnostic techniques of diseases caused by parasitic protozoans and helminthes such asamoebiasis, trypanosomiasis, trichomoniasis, taeniasis, fascioliasis, dracucunliasis, ascariasis, elephantiasis, hookworm diseases e.t.c. with special emphasis on vectors where applicable .
This course opens students to the study of the effects of microorganisms on stored food and their control, it is designed primarily for students in storage technology and allied disciplines. However, it also meets the need of students in other fields, as a course that provides training on the importance, detection and control of microorganism in storage practice. The course is a theory and practical course, the focus is to impart useful knowledge on the students in order to enhance their knowledge of food storage and control of microorganisms that are responsible for the loss of agricultural products on the field or in the store. Topics to be covered include importance of microorganisms, methods of detecting the presence of microorganisms in food, parameters of food that affect microbial growth, effect of microbial growth on food, microorganisms of industrial importance, culture techniques, maintenance of selected culture, integrated control of storage pests and microbes and the economics of controlling stored product microbes in specialized structures such as silos and cribs.