Geography – Course Modules

2.1       Overview of the Programme

First Year

The first of the Four-Year standard programme in devoted to introductory courses in physical geography, human geography, cartographical and quantitative methods as well as a fieldwork to acquaint the students with the Nsukka environment in which the University is located. These are general courses aimed at bridging the gap between school geography and more advanced courses in the subsequent years.

Second Year

Courses taught in Second Year are mainly systematic physical geography courses in geomorphology, climatology, biogeography, environmental science, cartography as well as aspects of human population and spatial organization. The Second Year courses provide thorough background for appreciating the systematic human and applied geography courses in the subsequent years.

Third Year

The Third Year courses are addressed primarily to the systematic human geography courses in geographical philosophies, economic and population geography. There are also courses in quantitative and cartographical methods as well as a regional geography of Africa. This year allows the students the opportunity to choose from a range of optional courses.

Fourth Year

Final Year courses are dedicated to advanced courses on geographical thought, cartographical methods, geographies of the developed/developing worlds and Nigeria. This year gives the students the opportunity to offer specialist courses in both physical and human geography and to complete a research project.

COURSE MODULE

3.0                               FOUR YEAR STANDARD PROGRAMME

FIRST YEAR

 

FIRST SEMESTER

3.1       COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                  UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

GEO 101

GEO 103

GEO 121

GEO 131

 

GEO 161

Basic Elements of Landforms and the Hydrosphere

Fundamentals of Human Geography I

Basic Statistical Methods for Geographers I

Introduction to Map work and Practical

Geography

Introduction to Environmental Science

2

…    2

…    2

 

…   3

…   2

3.2       GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP     105

GSP    111

Natural Science I

The Use of Library

…      2

…      2

ELECTIVES

4 units to be chosen from the list below

(otherwise with the approval of the Department)                                               …     4

19

ECO   101

PSY     101

SOC     101

PSC    101

ANT   102

Principles of Economics I

Introduction to Psychology I

Introduction to Sociology I

Introduction to Political Sciences I

Introduction to Anthropology

…     2

…     2

…     2

…     2

…     4

 


SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

 

GEO 102

 

GEO 104

GEO 122

GEO 132

GEO 184

GEO 162

 

Basic Elements of the Atmosphere and

Biosphere

Fundamentals of Human Geography II

Basic Statistical Methods for Geographers II

Elementary Surveying

Local Field Studies

Basics of Environmental Change

 

 

2

2

2

3

3

2

 

3.3       GENERAL STUDIES COURSES:

GSP     102
GSP     106
The Use of English II
Natural Science II
2
2

 

3.4       ELECTIVES

2 units to be chosen from the list below

(otherwise with the approval of the Department)                                   …     2

20

ECO     102

PSY               103

SOC     102

PSC              102

Principles of Economics II

Determinants of Behaviour

Introduction to Sociology II

Introduction to Political Science II

…           2

…           2

…           2

…           2

 

3.5                                                       SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

GEO 201

 

GEO 211

 

GEO 213

GEO 215

GEO 231

GEO 271

Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology of

Geography

Development and Structural Basis of

Geomorphology

The Physical Basis of Climate

Introduction to Biogeography

Introduction to Cartography

Spatial Patterns of Land use

2

 

2

2

2

2

2

3.6       REQUIRED ANCILLIARY COURSES

COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2

 

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP 201

GSP 207

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution

Humanities I

2

2

ELECTIVES

2 or 3 units to be chosen from the list below                                                       2/3

(otherwise with the approval of the Department)                                                          20/21

ECO 201                Micro Economic Theory I

ANT 303               Nigerian People and Cultures

GLG 103               Basic and Applied Geology for Environmental

And Physical Sciences

MTH   111              Elementary Mathematics I                                                           3

2

3

 

3

 

MTH   112 Elementary Mathematics II 3

 

3.7                                                       SECOND SEMESTER

 

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                              UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

GEO 202

GEO 212

GEO 214

GEO 216

GEO 222

GEO 234

GEO 242

Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology of Geog II

Geomorphological Processes and Forms

Climatic Systems and Regional Climates

Principles of Biogeography

Statistical Inference from Geographic Data

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Introduction to Population Geography

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

3.8       REQUIRED ANCILLIARY COURSES

COS 304                   Computer Applications 2

 

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP 208

GSP 202

Humanities II

Peace and conflict Resolution

2

2

ELECTIVES                                                                                                           

2 or 3units to be chosen from the list below                                                       2/3

(otherwise with the approval of the Department)                                              22/23

ECO 203

ECO 204

MTH 113

GLG 141

PSY   242

ECO   202

Micro Economic Theory I

Micro Economic Theory II

Elementary Mathematics I

Earth History

Psychology of Ethnicity and Ethnic Groups

Micro Economic Theory II

2

2

3

3

2

2

 

 

 

3.9                                                       THIRD YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

GEO 321

GEO 333

GEO 331

GEO 341

GEO 343

GEO 351

GEO 373

Multivariate Statistical Analysis in Geography

Application of Geographic Information Systems

Thematic Cartography

Principles and Methods of Population Geography

Settlement Geography

Economic Geography

Geographical Regions of Africa

       2

2

2

2

2

 

3.10    REQUIRED ANCILLIARY COURSES

CED 341 Introductions to Entrepreneurship I 2

ELECTIVES

4 units to be chosen from the list below                                                              4                                                                                                                                                      20

GEO   311

GEO   313

GEO   335

GEO   337

GEO 353

GEO 363

Principles of Hydrology

Runoff Processes in Drainage Basin

Environmental Remote Sensing

Aerial Photo Interpretation

Land Resource Evaluation

Soil Conservation and Protection

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

3.11                                        SECOND SEMESTER

 

COURSE NO                        TITLE                                                                       UNITS

 

SIWES AND FIELD STUDIES

GEO   309 Research Design and Methodology in Geography 2
GEO   384 Geography Field Course I 3
GEO 386 Geography Field Course II 3
GEO   388 Students Industrial Work Experiences (SIWES) 10

18

3.12                                                    FOURTH YEAR

 

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

GEO 431                  Advanced Cartographic Methods I

GEO 461                  Environmental Protection and Management

GEO 453                  The Developing World

GEO 471                  Geographical Regions of Nigeria

GEO 477                  Geography in Regional Planning

GEO 479                  Spatial Analysis and Modeling

REQUIRED ANCILLARY COURSES

CED 341                    Introduction to Entrepreneurship I

2

2

2

2

3

2

 

2

ELECTIVES

4 units to be chosen from the list below

(2 units from each option area)                                                                      19

PHYSICAL RESOURCES OPTIONS

GEO 411                 Geomorphology of the Tropics

GEO 413                 Weather and Climate in the Tropics

GEO 415                 Tropical Vegetation Resource Analysis

GEO 417                 Urban Hydrological Problems

GEO 465                 Geography of Water Resources

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

GEO 441                 Urbanization and Development

GEO 443                 Rural Environment, Development and Sustainability

GEO 447                 Techniques and Models in Population Geography

GEO 451                  Development of Transportation Systems

GEO 457                  Industrial Location and Models

GEO 455                 Principles of Agricultural Geography

GEO 475                 Principles of Political Geography

2

2

2

2

2

 

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

GEO 432

GEO 446

GEO 454

GEO 472

GEO 474

Advanced Cartographic Methods II

Theories and Applications in Population Geography

The Developed World

Geography of Nigerian Development

Theories and Applications in Spatial Management

2

2

2

2

2

GEO 492 Project 6

REQUIRED ANCILLARY COURSES

CED 342 Introduction to Entrepreneurship II 2

ELECTIVES

4 units to be chosen from the list below

(2 units from each option area). Note that the first semester component

            is a pre-requisite for each option.                       

           

PHYSICAL RESOURCES OPTIONS

GEO 412              Applied Geomorphology

GEO 414              Applied Climatology

GEO 416              Ecosystem Management

GEO 418              Hydrological Measurements and Network Design

GEO 466              Water Resources Development and Management

 

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

GEO 442              Internal Structure of the City

GEO 444              Rural Development Planning

GEO 448               Population and Resource Development

GEO 452              Transportation Development Problems and

                                Planning.

GEO 458              Industrial Systems and Development

GEO 456              Agricultural Resources of the Humid Tropics

GEO 476              The Political Organization of Space

 

2

2

2

2

2

 

 

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

                                                                                                           

THREE YEAR REVISED STANDARD PROGRAMME

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

 

GEO   121

GEO   201

 

GEO 211

 

GEO 213

GEO 215

GEO 231

GEO 271

Basic Statistical Methods for Geographers I

Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology of

Geography 1

Development and Structural Basis of

Geomorphology

The Physical Basis of Climate

Introduction to Biogeography

Introduction to Cartography

Spatial Patterns of Land use

2

 

2

 

2

2

2

2

2

REQUIRED ANCILLIARY COURSES

COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2

 

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES:          

GSP     201
GSP     105
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution I
Natural Science I
2
2

22

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

GEO 122                   Basic Statistical Methods for Geographers II                  2

GEO 202                   Contemporary Philosophy and Methodology of

Geography II                                                                         2

GEO 212

GEO 214

GEO 216

GEO 222

GEO 234

GEO 242

Geomorphological Processes and Forms

Climatic Systems and Regional Climates

Principles of Biogeography

Statistical Inference from Geographic Data

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Introduction to Population Geography

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES:

GSP     102
GSP     106

GSP     202

The Use of English II
Natural Science II

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution II

2
2

2

22

 

                                                            SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

 

GEO 321

GEO 333

GEO 331

GEO 341

GEO 343

GEO 351

GEO 373

 

Multivariate Statistical Analysis in Geography

Application of Geographic Information Systems

Thematic Cartography

Principles and Methods of Population Geography

Settlement Geography

Economic Geography

Geographical Regions of Africa

 

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

 

REQUIRED ANCILLIARY COURSES

CED 341                  Introductions to Entrepreneurship I 2

ELECTIVES

4 units to be chosen from the list below 4

20

GEO   311

GEO   313

GEO   335

GEO   337

GEO   353

GEO   363

Principles of Hydrology

Runoff Processes in Drainage Basin

Environmental Remote Sensing

Aerial Photo Interpretation

Land Resource Evaluation

Soil Conservation and Protection

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE NO                        TITLE                                                                       UNITS

 

SIWES AND FIELD STUDIES

 

GEO 309

GEO 384

GEO 386

GEO 388

Research Design and Methodology in Geography

Geography Field Course I

Geography Field Course II

Students Industrial Work Experiences (SIWES)

2

3

3

10

18

THIRD YEAR

 

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

 

GEO 431

GEO 461

GEO 453

GEO 471

GEO 477

GEO 479

Advanced Cartographic Methods I

Environmental Protection and Management

The Developing World

Geographical Regions of Nigeria

Geography in Regional Planning

Spatial Analysis and Modeling

2

2

2

2

3

2

 

REQUIRED ANCILLARY COURSES

CED 341                  Introduction to Entrepreneurship I 2

ELECTIVES

4 units to be chosen from the list below

(2 units from each option area)

 

19

 

            PHYSICAL RESOURCES OPTIONS

GEO 411

GEO 413

Geomorphology of the Tropics

Weather and Climate in the Tropics

2

2

GEO 415

GEO 417

GEO 465

Tropical Vegetation Resource Analysis

Urban Hydrological Problems

Geography of Water Resources

2

2

2

 

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

GEO 441

GEO 443

GEO 447

GEO 451

Urbanization and Development

Rural Environment, Development and Sustainability

Techniques and Models in Population Geography

Development of Transportation Systems

2

2

2

2

GEO 457

GEO 455

GEO 475

Industrial Location and Models

Principles of Agricultural Geography

Principles of Political Geography

2

2

2

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE NO.                                   TITLE                                                           UNITS

MAJOR COURSES

 

GEO 432

GEO 446

GEO 454

GEO 472

GEO 474

GEO 492

Advanced Cartographic Methods II

Theories and Applications in Population Geography

The Developed World

Geography of Nigerian Development

Theories and Applications in Spatial Management

Project

2

2

2

2

2

6

 

REQUIRED ANCILLARY COURSES

CED 342                  Introduction to Entrepreneurship II 2

ELECTIVES

4 units to be chosen from the list below

(2 units from each option area). Note that the first semester component

is a pre-requisite for each option. 22

           

PHYSICAL RESOURCES OPTIONS

GEO 412                 Applied Geomorphology

GEO 414                 Applied Climatology

GEO 416                 Ecosystem Management

GEO 418                 Hydrological Measurements and Network Design

GEO 466                 Water Resources Development and Management

2

2

2

2

2

 

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

GEO 442                  Internal Structure of the City

GEO 444                  Rural Development Planning

GEO 448                   Population and Resource Development

GEO 452                  Transportation Development Problems and

                                   Planning.

GEO 458                  Industrial Systems and Development

GEO 456                  Agricultural Resources of the Humid Tropics

GEO 476                  The Political Organization of Space

2

2

2

2

2

2

2