Federal University, Dutsin-ma

Katsina state, Nigeria

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

  1. GST212: Introduction to entrepreneurial Skills

    (2 credit units)

    Introduction to entrepreneurship and new venture creation; Entrepreneurship in theory and practice; The opportunity, Forms of business, Staffing, Marketing and the new venture; Determining capital requirements, Raising capital; Financial planning and management; Starting a new business, Feasibility studies; Innovation; Legal Issues; Insurance and environmental considerations possible business opportunities in Nigeria.

  2. GEO212: Introduction to Laboratory Techniques in Geography

    (3 credit units)

    This course introduces students to laboratory tests and analysis, this will include: soil physical properties (particle size analysis using different techniques, including pipette and hydrometer method, wet sieving and dry sieving; bulk density and compaction, soil colour, available water holding capacity, etc). Soil chemical properties (PH determination or soil reaction, soil electrical conductivity, NPK, exchangeable bases, organic matter/organic carbon etc). Biological soil properties ( microbial population, soil co2, soil animal, etc). Sediment concentration analysis.

  3. GEO222: Economic Geography

    (2 credit units)

    Supply and demand; factors of production; comparative advantage; economies of scale; economic rent and global trade and movements; etc.

  4. GEO232: Introduction to Population Geography

    (3 credit units)

    Examination of population data sources. Population growth and components. Migration processes and consequences. The Nigerian population structure, distribution patterns and their implication.

  5. GEO242: Elementary Statistics for Geographers

    (2 credit units)

    The place of statistics in Geography; types of statistics; data description and characteristics; discrete and continuous variables; data scale; frequency distribution and geographic presentation; measures of central tendency and variability; methods of sampling spatial data; description of point patterns; nearest neighbor analysis.

  6. GEO252: Introduction to Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System

    (2 credit units)

    This course introduces the theory and practice of remote sensing and geographic information system. Solar radiation: the electromagnetic spectrum and radiation balance. Remote sensing platforms, remote sensors, advantages and disadvantages of various sensors and platforms; evaluation of remote sensing data: image processing, interpretation and analysis. The definition of GIS, its significance for spatial data design creation and management. The course also examines the interrelated disciplines that enhance data collection and analysis as well as the past, present and future of the discipline. Keywords are definitions, principles, elements and instrument.

  7. GEO262: Geographical Thought Theory

    (2 credit units)

    History of geography; philosophical issues in geography, history of development in America, Europe and Africa, quantitative revolution; the role of theory in science and geography. Methods in natural and social science; nature of problems in geographic research.

  8. GEO272: Regional Geography of Africa

    (2 credit units)

    Geography of Africa, dealing with the peoples, their culture, history, systems of resource utilization, population patterns and processes and spatial aspects of development.

  9. GEO282: Agricultural Geography

    (2 credit units)

    Definition of agriculture; methods of crop and animal production in Nigeria and Katsina: Rainfed , Irrigation, and pastoralism; opportunities for practicing both methods; systems/types of agriculture practiced in Nigeria. Agro-ecological zones of Nigeria: identify the factors that support agricultural practices in each zone. Food systems: concept, farming operations and importance to national development. Food security: concept, implication on regional and national development. Climate change and agriculture: causes, impacts on agriculture, adaptation and mitigation strategies, etc.

  10. POL222: Foundation of Political Economy

    (2 credit units)

    This course highlights the basic concepts in political economy the relationship between economic system and politics, class analysis, productive system, productive forces as well as the theory of Marxism and the capitalist/bourgeois political economy.

  11. SOC232: Social Change

    (3 credit units)

    The course focuses on theoretical perspectives and institutional analysis of the phenomenon of social change, while taking a global approach. The more concern is with social change in Africa in terms of the process and impact.

  12. BIO212: Introductory Ecology

    (2 credit units)

    Populations and communities in the ecosystem, Population organization and growth: growth density-dependent and density-independent limiting factors. Interactions of organisms: predation, competition and other interactions. Behavioural ecology, Concepts of niche, world ecotypes and distribution of plants and animals, Changes in the ecosystem: evolution and succession, speciation and adaptation, Ecology of man.

  13. BOT212: Seed Plants

    (2 credit units)

    General characteristics of spermatophytes, differences and similarities between gymnosperms and angiosperms, classification and characteristics of classes of gymnosperms and angiosperms.

  14. ECO212: Introduction to Macroeconomics

    (2 credit units)

    Macroeconomic goals, National income accounting frame works (approaches GNP estimation problems); Circular flow of income; National income aggregates.Trade cycle, international monetary systems, and domestic economic stabilization, fiscal and monetary policies, the Keynesian systems, the paradox thrift, the classical and monetarists systems; Price control and Inflation.

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