Bowen University

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CHEMCHEMISTRY AND INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT PROFILE 

Name : Dr. (Mrs.) Modupe O. Dawodu.

(Acting Head of Department)

Dr. Modupe Dawodu obtained a professional Graduate Membership of Royal Society of Chemistry London. She obtained M.Sc in Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation from University of Loughborough, England. She obtained Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ibadan. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria. She is a pioneer staff of Bowen University Iwo.

INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was one of the four foundation departments in the Faculty of Science and Science Education. All students were admitted into the department in 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 sessions and not directly into the three programmes being offered by the department namely: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Industrial Chemistry at the 100 level. These students were distributed into Chemistry, Biochemistry or Industrial Chemistry programme at the end of the 200 level depending on their performance at 100 and 200 levels. 

Students are now admitted directly into respective programme in the department and based on the guidelines approved by Senate starting from 2004/2005 session. Furthermore the Department of Biochemistry was created out of the former department. Hence Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry was then established.

Students’ Project (Open day)

In line with the University‘s vision and mission, “Students’ Project Programme” was introduces in to the curriculum right from the onset. The department endeavours through this programme, to arouse the interest of the students in industrial market and possibility being employers of labour after graduation. 

100-300 level students in the department are allowed to choose and carry out projects every session, followed by project defence. This is different from what operates in the conventional universities where students are only assigned to carry out research project at the final year. The “Open day”, during which student projects are exhibited and students from neighbouring high schools are invited for quiz competition, is intended to serve as a means of popularizing science among the youths. The first “Open day” was held on the 7th July, 2004 and since then has become an annual event in the department.

In addition, staff strength has increased rapidly in the last five years, from four academic staff in 2002 to twenty-eight as at present (4 Professors, 2 Senior Lecturers, 3 Lecturers and 6 Assistant Lecturers, including Associate Staff). In a similar manner, laboratory staffing has increased from one Technologist and one Laboratory Assistant in 2002 to three Technologists and two Laboratory Assistants as at present.

Three modern laboratories with appropriate fittings have been provided, in addition to the initial two laboratories with which the programme took-off in 2002.

PHILOSOPHY

The programme is designed to produce graduates with a good understanding of Chemistry, self-reliant and employable at national and international levels.

OBJECTIVES:

(i)to provide students with a thorough grounding in the knowledge and physical principles of chemical compounds and processes;

(ii)to give students a thorough training in the theory, instrumentation and practice of a wide range of analytical techniques and technological advancement;

(iii)to sharpen their skills, analytical mind and initiative in confronting and solving analytical problems;

(iv)to develop students who will meet the national and international manpower needs in all areas of chemical industries;

(v)to develop the research and development base of the students;

(vi) to inculcate the culture of science in the students with a view to motivating them for  self-reliance and technological development.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENRS

1.1Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME)

(a)All applicants are required to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME)

(b)All applicants are to collect Bowen University Form

(c)All applicants are required to have credits at SSCE, GCE, NECO, NABTEB or approved equivalent in at least 5 subjects which must include English Language and any four other subjects as may be specified by each Faculty.

(d)The five Credits should be obtained in not more than two sittings.

(e)All applicants will be required to go through Bowen University’s Screening Exercise.

1.2Direct Entry

All applicants for direct entry must satisfy any one of the following: 

(a)NCE, ND or approved equivalents with at least Upper Credit in relevant fields.

(b)Two Advanced Level passes, but the College of Health Sciences requires three Advanced Level passes.

(c)The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) or Cambridge moderated School of Basic Studies at acceptable grade levels.

(d)B.Sc. (minimum of Second Class Upper) in relevant fields for Medicine and Surgery.

(e)In addition to the NCE/ND/IJMB or two Advanced Level papers to be specified by the Faculty or programme, candidates must also satisfy Ordinary Level requirements.

(f)All direct entry candidates are required to apply through JAMB.

2.0DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

2.1Degree Programme Options

B.Sc. Chemistry

B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry

2.2Admission Requirements

(a)O’ Level Subjects

The five O’ Level subjects to include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

(b)UTME Subjects

English Language, Chemistry, Physics and Biology or Mathematics

(c)Direct Entry

Advanced Level, IJMB/NCE/ND or approved equivalent to include Chemistry, and either Mathematics or Physics.

3.GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

3.1GENERAL

Students are advised to refer to pages 15 - 26 of the Bowen University Academic Prospectus 2012 - 2017 for details of procedure for registration, matriculation and rules and regulations governing the award of Bachelor’s degrees and conduct of examinations.

3.2SPECIFICS

3.2.1Grading System

3.2.1.1A student’s performance in any course shall be recorded in both figure and letter grades.

3.2.1.2A student’s semester performance shall be translated into the Grade Point Average (GPA).

3.2.1.3A 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.

3.2.1.4The marks in figures and the corresponding letter grades and Grade Point (GP) are as follows:

% Scores            Letter Grade          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

3.2.1.5 A student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is the up-to-date average of the Weighted Grade Point (WGP).

3.2.1.6 To compute the CGPA of a student:

(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;

3.2.2Classification 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

3.2.3Academic Standing and Probation

3.2.3.1For 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.

3.2.3.2 A student who obtains a CGPA of 0.25 or less in any particular year shall be asked to withdraw from the University.

3.2.3.3 A student whose CGPA 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.

3.2.3.4 A student on probation 1 whose CGPA is less than 1.00 at the end of the first semester of the subsequent session shall be put on Probation II.

3.2.3.5 A student on Probation II whose CGPA is less than 1.00 at the end of the second semester of the subsequent session shall normally be asked to withdraw from the University.

3.2.4Maximum Time Permitted for a Degree Programme

3.2.4.1 A student may be permitted to spend a maximum of 4 years in case of MB,BS or 3 years for other programmes beyond the minimum period allowed.

3.2.4.2 A student who has exhausted the maximum number of years stipulated above in all cases and has not passed all outstanding courses shall be asked to withdraw from the University.

3.2.4.3 A student who transfers from one programme to another shall be credited with all the courses he/she had taken in the previous programme found relevant to the new programme and may be allowed up to an extra of 5 years beyond the maximum allowed for the programme.

3.2.4.4 The number of years or period a student was on rustication or suspension of studies shall be discounted for such a student.

3.2.4.5 In the spirit of the course unit system a student shall normally be awarded the degree he earns at the end of his tenure as a student.

3.2.5Continuous Absence from the University

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.

(d)PROGRAMME/SUB-DISCIPLINE/DISCIPLINE STRUCTURE TO INCLUDE PERIOD OF FORMAL STUDIES IN THE UNIVERSITIES INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, PLANNED VISIT AND PROJECT:

It is a four-year degree programme (4 sessions) for UTME candidates and three years (3 sessions) for direct entry candidates. Each session consists of two semesters. Each semester is made up of 15 teaching weeks.

Students go for Industrial Training at the end of the third year (3 months) in addition, students carry out individual projects at 100 – 300 levels and final year research projects in the final year under academic supervisors.

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.

(e)COURSE CONTENT SPECIFICATIONS/SYLLABUS OF ALL COURSES IN THE PROGRAMME/SUB-DISCIPLINE/DISCIPLINE:

As contained in the Departmental Handbook

Further details of the course contents and specific graduation requirements for the degree program are contained in the University Academic prospectus 2012 – 2017.

ACHIEVEMENT SINCE INCEPTION

Since inception of the university, the department has produced not less than 140 graduates with B.Sc Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of various classes of degree. Most of these products have engaged in further post graduate studies from all walks of lives among which are United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Turkey, South Africa etc. Two of our products are now teaching staff of the department.

The departments’ annual ‘Open Day’ programme which is aimed at training the students in entrepreneurship and self reliance through the application of chemistry knowledge has been a great success so far. A product of the department, Mr. Solesi Ezekiel is now an entrepreneur, producing soap for hospitals and other government agencies. 

Some of the staff of the department are visiting scholars to United kingdom, USA, Australia and South Africa.

The department is now occupying a new chemistry building with several lecture rooms and laboratories. The laboratories are equipped with instruments like AAS, HPLC, and UV double beam.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

1.THE ANNUAL OPEN DAY PROGRAMME

2.TRAINNING /WORKSHOP ON HPLC AND AAS.

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