Federal University, Dutsin-ma

Katsina state, Nigeria

Courses: 4th Year 2nd sem., B.Sc. Geography

  1. GEO402: Research Project

    (6 credit units)

    Research essay/dissertation based on field and/or library research at the end of the final year.

  2. GEO412: Systematic Geography of Nigeria II

    (3 credit units)

    Problems of Industrialization, Urbanization, transport development, internal and external trade. Concepts and models - City and community regions, migration flows, urban systems, the nature of economic dualism, modernization, development planning strategies.

  3. GEO422: Applied Climatology

    (2 credit units)

    Nature of radiation and some relevant concepts; Evapotranspiration and potential evapotranspiration; Climate and agriculture; Climate and man; Climate and animals; Climate and architecture; Climate and industry and transport; Topo-climates, Man-made climate: urban climates, air-pollution, indoor climates.

  4. GEO432: Metropolitan Planning

    (2 credit units)

    The course aims at giving students skills to manage urban centers and its attendant problems and prospects. The origin and growth of cities/metropolis, urban systems, internal structures and spatial organization of cities/metropolis, urban ecology, movement in the urban environment, urban problems/planning in Nigeria, delineation of cities/metropolis and its techniques, urban renewal strategies. Factors responsible for emergence of slums and implication of slums.

  5. GEO442: Urban Management

    (2 credit units)

    This course focuses on urban problems and ability to co-ordinate all stake-holders involved in managing these problems. Areas to be covered include: urbanization and urban growth; urban problems; and urban management; components of utilities such as water; sewage and sewerage, electricity, pollution and waste management; their generation to the consumption; disaster management etc; urban management strategies and urban management finances; sustainable development of the cities.

  6. GEO452: Application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System

    (2 credit units)

    This course will discuss the basic principles of manual and digital image analysis. Remote sensing and GIS integration. Remote sensing and GIS applications: suitability mapping, natural resource management, environmental studies, etc.

  7. GEO462: Water Resources Management

    (2 credit units)

    The unique properties and characteristics of water. The nature of water resources management. Water problems and management; Assessment of ground and surface water, classification of water from these sources and for a variety of uses. The hydrological cycle, ground and surface water sources, water survey techniques, surface water flow storage and uses. Methods of determining water quality. The political, economic, and legal issues in water resource management.

  8. GEO472: Soil Survey and Classification

    (2 credit units)

    The course intends to cover concepts of soil and soil properties, soil properties as inherent characteristics, qualities or distinctive features. Techniques of soil survey and soil classification as well as techniques employed in the field and laboratory. Soil survey and mapping, soil correlation and classification techniques. Methods of describing soil types and patterns in relation to soil variations over space and time. Soil map preparation and soil survey report writing. Methods of soil mapping using satellite imageries and Aerial photos. The use of GPS (Global positioning system) in soil data collection and the creation of soil information system database. Review of soil types in relation to their current and potential uses.

  9. GEO482: Rural Development Policy and Planning

    (2 credit units)

    Concepts and need for rural development planning; Theories of rural development; Approaches and methods of rural development planning. Planning for rural resources exploitation and utilization; Types, purposes and uses of policies; Processes and procedures for policy formulation, analysis, issues and programs for rural development in Nigeria; Problems of rural development in Nigeria; Understanding rural and regional development tools (Environmental, Political and Institutional); Emphasis on economic relationships between rural and urban sectors (economic and social impacts of public programs); The relationships between development and resources (growth of the economy, population changes, and the quality of the rural life). Case studies.

  10. GEO492: Transportation Planning

    (2 credit units)

    Why things move, movement geometry, analysis of networks and flows, network performance, movements, transportation and transportation gaps, kinds and patterns of trade flows.

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