Department of Biology

BIO 501
Bioillustration
BIO 501 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is an exploratory, which provides hands-on training for the students in the use of Laboratory and Digital camera for taken photographs of animals, parasites, plants events e.t.c. It also trains the students in the use of visual aids for seminar presentations, scientific reports and conferences. It equips the students on Data analysis, presentation and interpretation. They understand the steps in report and references writing. In addition, the students will be to prepare herbarium, insects for storage and skeletons for display even for commercial purpose. Topics to be covered include; Basic principles of Bioillustration; Digital photography and uses; preparation and use of visual aids for seminars and conferences; Data analysis, presentation and interpretation; Referencing; Mounting of plant and insect specimens for display.

BIO 503
Biostatistics
BIO 503 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This is an introductory course in statistical methods involving data collection, assembling, analysis and interpretations. It also includes normal distribution, measures of central tendency and dispersions, setting confidence interval, testing hypothesis, correlation and regression analyses. A thorough knowledge of biostatistics is very important to a well trained biologist.

BIO 505
Applied Entomology
BIO 505 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is an applied course in the field of entomology for the final year student in biology and allied disciplines. However, it also meet the need of other students doing biology, crop production and protection, etc. as an applied course, the focus is to impact useful skills on the students. In order to enhance their knowledge of pesticide formulation and application, topic to cover include definition of applied entomology and classification of insects according to their economic importance, ecology and biology of insect of medical and agricultural importance, insect pest of important tropical crops, insect pest management techniques, types of insecticides and problem associated with their use.

BIO 507
Vector and Pest Management
BIO 507 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is explanatory and designed primarily for final year students in biology. It provides hands-on training in identification, classification and control of pests and vectors of economic importance with particular emphasis on integrated pest management (IPM). As a practical course, the focus is to impart useful skills on the students on various pest and vector control measures and their limitations, pesticide mechanism of action and determination of lethal dose factors (LD/LC/LT50). Topics to be covered include vectors and pests of economic importance, problems pose by pests on crops in field and storage, biology of insect vector of human and animal diseases and their control e.g mosquitoes, housefly, tsetsefly e.t.c. Pest management concept, vector and pest control measures and their limitations, mechanism of actions of pesticides and antimicrobial agents. Lethal dose factors (LD/LC/LT50).

BIO 509
Applied Parasitology
BIO 509 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is an applied aspect of parasitology for students in biology and allied disciplines. It entails how parasites gain entrance into their hosts, adaptations for survival which includes feeding and effects produced on the host. Also it embraces cells and the functions of the Immune system against the invasion of these parasites. The focus is to impart useful skills on the students in order to enhance their literacy level on personal hygiene prevention zoonotic diseases. It also introduces them to immunization against some tropical diseases and the building of immunity which may be active or passive in an individual. Topics to be covered include Blood components and their functions; parasite nutrition; cells and functions of the immune system; Specific and Non specific responses; counter measures to vertebrate defences; zoonosis and Immunization method against major parasitic diseases.

BIO 511
Soil Ecology
BIO 511 | BIO | 1st Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course opens students to the study of the ecology of the soil, 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 of the soil, soil organisms and their characteristics. 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 the adaptations of the organisms living in the soil. Topics to be covered include definition of soil, soil type, soil profile, soil moisture, soil permeability, soil texture, soil porosity and soil formation. Others include acidity and alkalinity of the soil, humus and soil fertility, physical and chemical nature of soil organisms, cycling of minerals and nutrient pools, nutritional adaptations of soil animals, extraction procedure of soil organisms, sampling of the soil layers for different soil organisms, identification of the soil organisms and the ways of adaptation of these soil organisms.

BIO 502
Applied Storage Techniques
BIO 502 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course involves field trips including visit to warehouses, stores, feed mills, bakeries, canning factories, sawmills, leather and wood processing factories, farms and fumigation centre involved in controlling stored product pest and household pest, theory and practical involving pest identification, pest monitoring, pest detection. As a practical course, as well as field trips course, students will learn how to manage a warehouse for stored product, also gain practical knowledge on the technology involve in processing food and other agricultural product in industries. Develop skill on controlling of stored product pest and urban pest. Topic include pesticide formulation; preparation of pesticide formulation; role of inert ingredient; pesticide mixing technology; calculation of active ingredient content of formulations; and knapsack sprayer calibration.

BIO 506
Quality Control in Storage Practice
BIO 506 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course introduces the students to quality control practices in stored products. Quality control tests in stored foods including proximate analysis, floatation techniques, objective and subjective tests. Organoleptic properties of foods. Food enzymes, their classification, use, action and factors affecting enzymes action. Chemistry of stored products pesticides including insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and residue analysis. Statistical methods of quality assurance.

BIO 508
Applied Vector and Pest Management
BIO 508 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is explanatory and designed primarily for final year students in biology. It provides hands-on training in pest and vector management with particular emphasis on pest, pesticide formulation and application. As a practical course, the focus is to impart useful skills on the students on pesticide formulation, equipment used for applying the pesticide and different methods of pest and vector control. Topics to be covered include practical concepts of pest management including spraying, fumigation, dusting and fogging. Pesticide formulation and application for vector and pest control. Practical methods used in various institutions for pest control. Practical demonstration of control of some invertebrate and vertebrate pests of economic importance.

BIO 512
Storage Mycology
BIO 512 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course is an applied course in microbiology designed as an advanced follow up for students who have taken introductory courses in storage microbiology. It is designed for storage specialists who will be involved in understanding the basis of attack of stored products by fungi in order to develop effective control measures against such attacks. Being a course in mycology, it will also enable students to know the types, structure and biology of the various kinds of fungi especially those that are responsible for the deterioration of stored organic and inorganic materials. It will also acquaint students with the knowledge of the various types of fungal degradation and deteriorations that exists in nature and storage.

BIO 514
Systematic Biology
BIO 514 | BIO | 2nd Semester |  Download Courseware PDF

Course Synopsis

This course teaches the science of taxonomy, it describes the foundational principles of naming, classification and the hierarchy of taxa. It teaches the methods of reconstruction of evolutionary pattern/ phylogenetic relationship. Topics to be covered include the science of taxonomy/systematic;its history and development, theories of biological classification and their history, taxonomic collection and the process of classification, taxomonic character, the methods of classifying (Archetypical and hierarchical), zoological/botanical nomenclature, the specie concept, the rules of zoological nomenclature, interpretation of the rules of nomenclature, the methods of reconstruction of evolutionary pattern/phylogenetic relationship and taxonomic publication