The proposal for the establishment of Federal University Gusau with a Faculty of Humanities and Education was approved on 18th February 2013. The Department of Science Education is one of the pioneer departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Education,Federal University Gusau established, and the commencement of four (4) B.Sc. Ed. academic programmein Section A of the Department started in October, 2014 during the 2014/2015 Academic Session.
The mission Statement of the Department is to provide quality teachers, research and community services to mankind irrespective of social class, gender, race, nationality and religion under the most favorable and conducive atmosphere.
The Vision of the Department is to be a center of excellence in terms of teacher production, research and community services.
The philosophy of Science and Mathematics Education degree programmes is to prepare students for theoretical, pedagogical and administrative competence for teaching Mathematics and the Core Science subjects at Secondary School level, in line with the philosophy, goals and objectives of the National Policy on Education and the philosophy and the statutes of Federal University, Gusau.
As teachers the Nigeria of our collective dream is one that is free and democratic, just and egalitarian, united strong, self-reliant with a great and dynamic economy and above all a land full of bright opportunities for all the citizens: these goals could be achieved through education. Education cannot take place without resilient, effective, pragmatists and dynamic teachers. It is therefore pertinent for the Federal University Gusau to open a Faculty of Education, and more importantly a Department of Educational Foundations.
For now, the Department of Science Education offers the following Bachelor of Science Education (B. Sc. (Ed) degree programmes in its Section A:
- B. Sc (Ed) Biology
- B. Sc (Ed) Chemistry
- B. Sc (Ed) Mathematics
- B. Sc (Ed) Physics
There are two modes of admitting students into B. Sc. Ed Science and Mathematics degree programmes. These are Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME): Candidates for UTME admission must have five (5) O’ Level credits including English Language and Mathematics,and three other relevant science subjects in not more than two (2) sittings. In addition, students should also have an acceptable score in the UTME and Post-UTME Screening examination.
Direct Entry (DE): Candidates for DE admission must have five (5) O’ Level credits including English Language and Mathematics, and three A’ level credits in the relevant subjects, and also have acceptable score in the University Post-DE screening examination. NCE at lower credit level in relevant subjects provided that the “O” Level requirements are satisfied. Relevant Diploma at lower Credit may also be considered for DE admission, provided that “O” Level requirements are satisfied.
In addition to the requirements stated above for both UTME and DE admissions, candidates mustalso satisfy the admission requirements stipulated by the teaching subject departments in the Faculty of Science.
Each academic session shall comprise of two semesters and each semester shall last for a period of eighteen (18) weeks comprising of: one (1) week for registration; fifteen (15) weeks for lectures/tutorials/laboratory and studio works; and two (2) weeks for examination. Mid-semester break shall normally be for two (2) weeks.
The minimum duration of the B.A. History and International Studies programmed is four (4) years for candidates who enter with Senior Secondary School Certificate or GCE ‘0’ Level qualifications or equivalent or through matriculation programme of the university. Direct Entry (DE) candidates will spend a minimum of three years provided that they satisfy all the other University requirements.
Students shall be required to complete their studies in not more than one and a half times the normal duration of the programme to qualify for an Honour's degree, except in cases of ill-health or as determined by the University Senate. This means about 6 years for a 4 - year degree or 5 years for the DE students programme.
In line with the guidelines of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Federal University Gusau shall also operate the course credit system. A credit is the minimum unit of workload of a course. It depends on the total number of contact hours spent on the course. The contact hour is defined in terms of number of hours spent for the duration of the course. One credit unit is defined as: one hour of lecture or tutorial per week; two hours of seminar per week; three hours of laboratory or field work per week; and one month of industrial attachment.
The equivalent of 1 credit unit in a semester of 15 weeks shall be one of the following: 15 hours of lectures; 15 hours of tutorials; 45 hours of laboratory work; and/or 60 hours of fieldtrip.
Courses for each degree programme are designated as follows:
- Core Courses (CC)
- Core/Compulsory Courses are courses students must take and pass before graduation. However, a student may be allowed to proceed to the next level of study if he/she failed some Core-Courses, but has earned enough credit units to qualify for the next level. The failed Core Course(s) will always reflect in the remark column of his/her results as outstanding.
- Elective Courses (EL)
- Elective courses are courses students take based on their areas of specialization and interest. In addition to the Core- Courses, students are allowed take these courses to enable them to register for the minimum allowable per semester.However, there are restrictive and un-restrictive electives, depending on areas of specialization and Faculty. Students may consult their academic advisers for guidance in selecting Elective Courses.
- Pre-Requisite Courses
- Pre-requisite courses are those that students must take and pass before registering higher level course(s). However, a student in a graduating class may register for a higher and lower course concurrently, provided that he/she had attempted the lower course once and that the total number of credit units registered in a semester, does not exceed 24.
- General Studies Courses (GST)/Entrepreneurial Development Studies (EDS)
- All undergraduate students are required to pass all the General Studies Courses for a total of 14 Credits Units and 6 units of EDS courses. This must be passed before a degree can be awarded.
At the beginning of every session, all students are required to register for all courses online and submit printed course forms to the Department. Two weeks will normally be allowed for registration in every session. A late registration fee may be charged by the University.
A student who fails to register within the stipulated registration period at the beginning of the session shall not be allowed to register for that session and shall forfeit the benefit of taking any examinations in any semester of that session. Such a student shall be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the university and shall be re-admitted in the subsequent session only with the approval of the Senate. For freshmen, their admission shall be considered to have lapsed.
All Registration forms must be signed personally by each student and his/her academic adviser. No student can register or sign for another who is not physically present.
A student shall normally, in any academic year, be allowed to register for minimum of 30 earned credits and a maximum of 48 credits per semester. In other words the minimum and maximum credit load permissible for full time students of the Federal University, Gusau per student per semester is 15 and 30 credit units, respectively.
This means that no student can earn more than 96 credits at the end of each academic year. A 100-Level student must earn not less than 24 credit units at the end of an academic session to proceed to 200-Level. In the same line, 200-Level and 300-Level students must earn at least 48 credits and 72 credits to proceed to 300 and 400-Levels respectively. At the end of 400-Level, students must have earned not less than 120 credit units in order to graduate.The Table below indicates the requirement for the Department of Education.
The Units to be registered at each level of study are indicated in the table below:
Level Education Teaching Subjects GST Total 100 6 22 8 36-38 200 10 22 8 40-48 300 16 20 40-48 400 16-18 18 - 34-48 Total 48-50 84 16 150-192
If, owing to late receipt of admission notice, the 75% attendance requirement for both lecture and practical could not be met by the student, or on health or financial grounds, the semester/session can be deferred. For ill health specifically, a student must present a medical report, which shall be authenticated by the Director of University Health Services.
Students, for good reason and with the approval of Senate and upon recommendation by the Dean of the Faculty may suspend their programme of study for a maximum of one calendar year. In other words, student can defer the semester/session for other acceptable reasons.
Such other reasons would be treated on their merits. However, a student is only qualified to suspend his programme after registration and must express his/her intention to defer after registration. Applications for deregistration and deferment shall be addressed to the Dean, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences through the Head of Department of Sociology. A student granted deferment shall return and continue, from where he/she left, his/her studies.