Federal University, Dutsin-ma

Katsina state, Nigeria

Courses: 4th Year 1st sem., B.Sc. Geography

  1. GEO411: Systematic Geography of Nigeria I

    (3 credit units)

    Location and extent, physiographic regions, hydrography of the regions. Main ecological zones and systems, primary productivity, Growth and distribution of population, natural resource base, agricultural production and marketing systems, River Basins.

  2. GEO421: Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology in Geography

    (3 credit units)

    Current methodology of geographical research, including: recent paradigm shifts within scientific approach to geographical research, quantification and classification in geography; theories and models in geography; systems analysis in geography.

  3. GEO431: Tropical Climatology

    (2 credit units)

    This course describes the weather and climatic conditions in the tropics; their spatial and temporal variations, and implication of these conditions for socio-economic activities in the tropics. Definition and delimiting the tropical climate region; Radiation and temperature conditions in the tropics; the general circulation of the tropical atmosphere and its variations such as Hadley cell, Trades and anti-trades, monsoon, jet streams, etc ; Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), Tropical disturbances, rainfall characteristics of the tropics, Tropical climates. Climatic hazards

  4. GEO441: Environmental Hazards and Resources Management

    (2 credit units)

    This course aims at increasing studentsí awareness with respect to global, regional, and national environmental resources and issues, especially as related to Nigerian situation. Its main objective is to demonstrate the tripartite relationship that links human population, resource exploitation and the state of the environment. Historical perspective and schools of thought of environmental management. The concept of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). A review of environmental hazards: conceptual background, classification, spatiality and consequences. Environmental hazards and development. Techniques of effective environmental hazards and natural disasters management.

  5. GEO451: Regional Planning

    (2 credit units)

    This course aims at introducing students to the problems of development & planning at the regional level. It is particularly oriented to Nigerian context. General theories and techniques of regional analysis and planning practice are examined.

  6. GEO461: Land Evaluation

    (2 credit units)

    This course introduces students to the evaluation of land resources. The students are first introduced to the concepts of land, land resources, and land evaluation. The Approaches to land analysis and classification is taught (quantitative, landscape, and ethno land analysis and classification). The Procedures for land evaluation are described (field and laboratory data collection, land system, parametric, and land capability procedures).

  7. GEO471: Rural Land use and Conservation

    (2 credit units)

    Concept of land use and conservation. Understanding land use typology in Nigeria. Need for land use planning and conservation in northern Nigeria; land use policies in Nigeria. Methods of land use planning. Agricultural land use tools. Practices and approaches to agricultural lands conservation. Impact of land use on environment, management and mitigation of the impact of land use on environment.

  8. GEO481: The Developed World

    (2 credit units)

    Differentiation of the developed world from the developing world. Distributions of incomes and standards of living. Social, economic and political frame-works of the capitalists and centrally planned states. The historical evolution of the developed economies. Geographical bases of the economics of Western Europe, U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. (Russia), growth and performance of agriculture, manufacturing and services. International trade and the implications for the world economy.

  9. GEO491: Vegetation Management

    (2 credit units)

    The course treats the concept of sustainable and eco-development of vegetation as well as introduces the concept of ethno ecology. The role of vegetation in sustainable development with particular reference to third world tropical vegetation destruction. Vegetation modification/intervention; deforestation and afforestation and its impact on the vegetation sustainability, environmental impact of vegetation degradation. Multi-purpose uses and management of vegetation resources for agriculture, livestock and wildlife production, fuel wood, construction materials, medicinal, cultural, amenity, human food. Effects of climate change on vegetation and its usability. Vegetation degradation and management in Nigeria.

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