Department of Microbiology

HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME/SUB-DISCIPLINE/DISCIPLINE

The department of Applied Microbiology was established in October 1998 along with other seven Departments in the Faculty of Applied and Natural Sciences now Faculty of Biological Sciences. With an initial intake of 55 students, the students’ population is 235 as at 2011/12 session.
At inception, the Department had only four academic staff but the number has now grown to 11 lecturers including two Professors, five Senior Lecturers, one Lecturer I and three Assistant Lecturers.
The development of the programme of the department is a continuous one though being guided by the NUC approved minimum Academic standards for the course. The department now has a student population of 560students with lecturers in the department.
- One Full-Time Professor and two Adjunct Professors
- One Adjunct Associate Professor
- Two Full-Time Senior Lecturers and three adjuncts
- eight other lecturers in the lower cadre.
Since inception,the equipment and laboratory materials have increased substantially/significantly for undergraduates and postgraduates programs.

PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

Organisational Structure:

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To provide comprehensive education in all areas of Microbiology.
2. To educate students on the practical application of Microbiology in medicine, agriculture, environment etc.
3. To produce graduates who are confident and equipped to meet the challenges posed by microorganisms.
4. To service other departments, that may require some knowledge of Microbiology. Service to society e.g. Accuracy, precision, carefulness, sincerity, objectivity, integrity and secrecy.

Admission Requirements

For Bachelor of Science degree, the duration of course is four academic sessions for students who gained admission through JAMB (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) or UME (University Matriculation Examination). Direct entry candidates will spend three academic sessions.


PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The undergraduate programme is designed to prepare students to acquire broad-based knowledge of general Microbiology as well as specialized branches of Microbiology. The skills acquired from general Microbiology will be useful in solving problems in specific areas like medical/veterinary diagnosis, agriculture, biotechnology, environment, and in food and chemical
industries eg. Brewing, yeast and alcohol manufacturing supernumerary Microbiological duties in research institutions. The programme covers course works with relevant practical, project reports, tutorials and
industrial work experience to help students to practicalise and to apply the acquired knowledge themselves. Emergence of new pathogens in recent years has increased the challenges posed by microorganisms to scientists and recent advances in molecular biology and genetic engineering
are being used for studying these organisms. Therefore, the courses in these areas are designed to help students to acquire up-to- date knowledge in the relevant areas for application in the various fields that require knowledge of Microbiology. In general, the programme is designed to produce graduates who can use the knowledge of Microbiology for self-sustenance.