Federal University, Dutsin-ma

Katsina state, Nigeria

Courses: 2nd Year 1st sem., B.Sc. Geography

  1. GST211: History and Philosophy of Science

    (2 credit units)

    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 effects of chemical plastics, Textiles, Wastes and other material, Chemical and radiochemical hazards Introduction to the various areas of science and technology, Elements of environmental studies.

  2. GST221: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    (2 credit units)

    Basic concepts in peace studies and conflict resolution, peace as vehicle of unity and development, conflict issues, types of conflict, e.g. ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts, root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa, indigene/settler phenomenon, peace – building, management of conflict and security, elements of peace studies and conflict resolution, developing a culture of peace, peace mediation and peace-keeping, alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Dialogue/arbitration in conflict resolutions, role of international organizations in conflict resolution, e.g. ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations, etc.

  3. GEO211: Spatial Organization of Society

    (2 credit units)

    Some basic concepts of spatial organization: principles of classification of geographical phenomena; growth and special distribution of population. Production systems; typology and distribution, location, spacing and growth of settlements; movement over space and transportation networks. Land-use: typology, patterns and interaction.

  4. GEO221: Introduction to Geomorphology and Soil Geography

    (2 credit units)

    The meaning and scope of geomorphology. Denudation (weathering and erosion). Weathering processes (chemical and physical). Erosion processes (water transport and deposition, and wind transport and deposition). Landforms (humid and arid); fluvial and aeolian landforms. Soil geography: Factors of soil formation, zonal, azonal and intra-zonal soils. Soil components (soil minerals and plant nutrient requirement, organic component, soil air and soil water).

  5. GEO231: Introduction to Climate and Biogeography

    (2 credit units)

    The balance of the earth’s atmosphere; general circulation of the atmosphere and hydrosphere; atmospheric thermodynamics; Man’s influence on the atmosphere; Basic structure and dynamics of plant communities; Factors influencing plant growth; Survey of characteristics, distribution and controlling factors of principal or zonal vegetation types. Man’s influence on the vegetation.

  6. GEO241: Introduction to Cartography

    (2 credit units)

    History of map making. Techniques of map making. Cartographic processes, types of maps, design and construction of physical and economic maps. Basic contour compilation, profiles, flow maps, pie graphs and bar graphs. Maps projection and lettering techniques.

  7. GEO251: Urbanization

    (2 credit units)

    The course is to enable students know when, where and how human settlements emerged. The major areas this covered include, history of city development and reason for the emergence of early cities, urbanization and its process, third world urbanization and its process consequences, growth of cities in Africa, general patterns of city size distribution and its implication on development and dual economy in the third world countries.

  8. GEO261: Regional Geography of West Africa

    (2 credit units)

    This course is designed to expose students to the basic structure and resources within West Africa: the location, size, position, political divisions, physical setting (climate, relief, drainage, and vegetation), and distribution of major minerals, ECOWAS and problem of integration.

  9. GEO271: Introduction to Field Techniques in Geography

    (2 credit units)

    This course is designed to introduce students to field techniques necessary in soil, hydro-geomorphologic, climatologic and vegetation measurements. Soil: field sampling techniques, sample collection, and handling, soil profile description, etc. Geomorphology: slope, and river channel measurement and profiling; hydrology; runoff/discharge measurement. Climatology: instrumentation and measurement of weather elements. Vegetation: quadrant and transect sampling techniques.

  10. POL251: Political Ideas

    (2 credit units)

    The course considers major ideas in organizing government over the ages. Topical issues would be on Monarchism, Liberalism, Democracy, Totalitarianism, Socialism, Communism, and Fascism among others. Particular emphasis would be on their origins as well as mode of application to the contemporary political system.

  11. SOC261: Nigerian Social Structure

    (2 credit units)

    The course introduces students to the nature, evolution and transformation of Nigeria’s social structure and its implications for a proper understanding of contemporary socio-economic and political issues in the country.

  12. BIO241: Biological Techniques

    (1 credit units)

    General laboratory rules.Microbiological techniques.The light, phase-contrast, dark field and electron microscopy.Auto-radiography and the X-ray.Staining techniques.Fluorescent microscopy.Immunoassays, Diagnostic microbiology.

  13. BOT211: Seedless Plants

    (2 credit units)

    The general characteristics of seedless plants and their classification into Bryophyta, Pteridophyta and Thallophyta, Morphology and Reproductive characteristics of representatives, Relationships and differences between classes and advancement of lower plant groups.

  14. ECO211: Introduction to Microeconomics

    (2 credit units)

    Element of price theory; demand function and the derivation of individual and market demand curves for a commodity; supply function and the derivation of individual and market supply curves; interactions under supply and demand and the idea of equilibrium under competition; price controls. Change and adjustment under a pricing system. Elasticity of demand and supply. Utility theory.Production function and the law of variable proportions. Cost curves in the short run and long run. The theory of the firm; competition, monopoly and oligopoly. An overview of efficient allocation of resources in a market economy. Factor pricing and the idea of marginal productivity.

  15. ECO291: Human Resource Economics

    (2 credit units)

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