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Introduction / Background

The first set of students was admitted into the Department in January, 2009.

The Department is situated in the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of the College of Health Sciences.

The College started in January17, 2009, with an initial student intake of thirty-five (35), comprising twenty-two (22) Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), six Bachelor of Science(B.Sc) (6) Physiology and seven (7) Anatomy students. All of the students were transferred from the Faculty of Science after undergoing a screening exercise in January.

The Department started with staff strength of eleven (11) academic and two technical staff. Of the eleven academic staff, three (3) were full time staff and eight (8) associate staff from other sister Universities.

The Department has a well equipped Histology/Cytochemistry research laboratory and a Dissection Laboratory fitted with a 46” High Digital Definition (HDD) Plasma Screen with internet connectivity.

The Department has consolided its efforts of development through the recruitment of high quality staff members (Academic and Non Academic) and acquisition of equipment, chemicals, reagents and cadavers.

Philosophy and Objectives

2.1 Philosophy
The Philosophy of the Human Anatomy programme is to provide a sound foundation in the study of structures and functions of the human body, critical for a good professional degree in Medicine and allied fields; and for advanced studies necessary for teaching anatomy and multidisciplinary medical research activities. Through acquisition of generic skills, the well grounded graduate of the programme can engage in other entrepreneurial activities including self employment.

2.2 Objectives
The programme is designed to:
(i) provide students with a comprehensive knowledge-base and practical skills in the structural organization of the human body; in preparation to the clinical programme in medicine and allied fields;
(ii) develop in students practical and technical skills for advanced study through instructions on the anatomical basis of physical diagnoses and radiology;
(iii) develop in students the ability to apply the theoretical knowledge to normal functions and dysfunctions of the body, so as to enable students understand the anatomical basis of the signs and symptoms of common or severe injuries, diseases and other clinical conditions;
(iv) provide the appropriate environment that gives students the opportunity to carryout intellectual inquiry through acquisition of relevant skills in critical thinking creativity, independent and collaborative working skills;
(v) develop generic skills in the students, which will be applicable for self engagement and profitable performance in other fields of endeavour including entrepreneurship.

Admission Requirements

3.1 General University Requirements

3.1.1 Through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)

(i) Candidates must possess credits at the SSCE, GCE, and NECO or approved equivalent in at least 5 subjects namely: English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
(ii) The 5 credits should be at not more than 2 sittings and must have been obtained within the last 5 years.
(iii) All candidates must apply through JAMB with UTME subjects as English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
(iv) In addition to (iii) above, all applicants are required to successfully go through the Bowen University Screening Exercise before a final admission.
3.1.2 Through Direct Entry
For candidates holding
GCE Advanced Level or acceptable level of IJMB in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (or Zoology) In addition, candidates must satisfy the conditions in a (i) and (ii) above.

Students are advised to refer to the Bowen University Academic Prospectus, 2012-2017 edition for details of procedures for registration, matriculation, rules and regulations governing the award of the Bachelor’s degree and conduct of examinations.
4.2.1 Course Requirements
The candidate admitted for the B.Sc Anatomy degree Programme shall be required to:
a. Pass all the compulsory courses as well as the prescribed number of required and elective courses.
b. Satisfy 80% attendance to qualify him/her to sit for any examination in the department.
4.2.2 Assessment/Exmination
Examination or assessment for all courses shall be in three parts for all levels as follows:
a. Continuous assesssment of theoretical knowledge (MCQ,Essay and/or practical type questions) and oral examination (Viva).
b. End of semester examination (MCQ,Essay and/or practical type questions) and Viva
c. During the second semester of 400 level, there shall be project defense/viva voce. Note;the minimum pass mark is 40% and general rules governing examination are the same as obtainable in all departments in the University.
Furthermore, candidates have the opportunity of retaking a failed course during the summer programme of same session or in the next possible semester,if the extra course load can still be accommodated within the semester total credit load.
4.2.3 Grading System A student’s performance in any course shall be recorded in figure and letter grades (e.g 65;B) A student’s semester performance shall be translated into Grade Point Average(GPA) A student’s semester GPA is computed by multiplying the Grade Point (GP) attained in each course by the course credit(s) (C) to obtain the Weighted Grade Point (WGP); the WGP is then summed up and the sum is divided by the total
number of credits registered for during the semester.

Where i is the number of courses registered for during the semester. The marks in figures and the corresponding letter grades and Grade Point (GP) are as follows:
% Scores Letter Grades      Grade Point
70-100                 A                      5
60-69                   B                      4
50-59                   C                      3
45-49                   D                      2
40-44                   E                       1
0-39                     F                       0 A student’s cumulative Grade Point average (CGPA) is the up-to-date average of the WGP. To compute the CGPA:

(a) Multiply the GP by the respective course credit(s) (C) registered for to obtain the WGP earned by the student for each course in a programme of study over the years.
(b) Add up the WGP for all the courses registered for in all semesters
(c) Divide the sum of the WGP by the total number of credits for all the courses registered for whether passed or failed by the student in all semesters;

Where i is the number of courses registered for in all semesters.

4.3 Classification of Degrees
Five classes of degrees shall be awarded based on the CGPA as follows:

Class of Degree                     Range of CGPA
First Class                                  4.50-5.00
Second Class (Upper Division)     3.50-4.49)
Second Class (Lower Division)     2.40-3.49
Third Class                                 1.50-2.39
Pass                                          1.00-1.49

4.4 Academic Standing and Probation

4.4.1 For a student to be in good academic standing (i.e. to be allowed to proceed in his/her degree programme), he/she must earn a CGPA of not less than 1.00 at the end of each academic year.
4.4.2 A student who obtains a CPGA of 0.25 or less in any particular year shall be asked to withdrawn from the University.
4.4.3 A student whose CPGA is more than 0.25 but less than 1.00 at the end of the student’s first academic year shall be put on probation I.
4.4.4 A student on probation I whose CGPA is less than 1.00 at the end of the first semester of the subsequent session shall be put on probation II.
4.4.5 A student on probation II whose CPGA is less than 1.00 at the end of the second semester of the subsequent session shall be asked to withdraw from the

4.5. Maximum Time Permitted For A Degree Programme
4.5.1 For the award of a classified degree, a student shall not normally be permitted to spend more than two extra sessions in excess of the period specified for any degree programme.
4.5.2 A student who has spend more than 2 sessions above the minimum shall normally be awarded a pass degree.
4.6 Continuous Absence From The University
4.6.1 A student who absents himself/herself continuously from lectures or the University for upwards of three weeks without a written permission shall normally be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the University.

Achievement since inception

We were successful in the accreditation exercise:
a. Nigeria University Commission
b. MDCN- Pre-Clinical

Upcoming News and Events
a. Bowen University Grant-aided research into the influence of Cola nut on the Reticular Activating system of Adult male wistar rats.


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