Academic Programme


DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

            ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

UTME (100 Level)

These are the same for students seeking admission to 100 level in other Departments in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.  That is, candidates seeking admission into the Department must pass at least 5 or 6 subjects at one or two sittings respectively at credit level in the following subjects:  English Language, Biology/Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Mathematics and any one or two of Geography, Physics and Economics. 

Candidates with OND (Upper Credit) or NCE in Wildlife Management, Forestry Management, Agricultural Science, Animal Health, Hotel and Catering Management, Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Ecotourism Management and Transport Management with the required ‘O’ level subjects will be considered for admission to 100 level.

DIRECT ENTRY (200 Level)

Candidates with the following qualifications are eligible for admission to 200-level:

1.         Candidates that have satisfied the above minimum O’level conditions (5 or 6 credit passes in WASCE/GCE/NECO) for admission to degree options in the Department, and in addition have passed at the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level or its equivalence in Chemistry and in at least one science or social science subject from the following:  Biology, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics (Pure and Applied), Agricultural Science, Physics, Geology, Economics and Geography.

2.         Candidates that have satisfied the above minimum O’level conditions for admission to degree options in the Department and in addition have obtained the National Diploma (ND) in relevant fields (as listed above) with a minimum of upper credit (60-69%).  The ND must be obtained from Schools and Colleges accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and recognized by the University.

3.         Candidates that have satisfied the above minimum O’level conditions for admission to degree options in the Department and in addition have obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) with a minimum of credit grade (60-69%) from a Nigerian College of Education recognized by the University, and with relevant subject combinations from among:  Agricultural Science, Biology, Botany, Zoology and Chemistry.

4.         Candidates that have obtained the minimum O’level credit passes as set out above and in addition have obtained the Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of upper credit (60-69%) in relevant fields (as listed above) and from Schools or Colleges accredited by the NBTE and recognized by the University.  The candidate so admitted with HND certificate will be exempted from the 12-month practical programme observed at 400 level.  However, the candidate shall benefit from the exemption only if he/she is admitted into the programme that relates to the area of his or her HND specialization.

5.         A candidate is accepted on Transfer into the Department only at 200level if he has satisfied the UME entry requirement into the Department and has not been withdrawn from the University

Course Duration

1.         The course duration for students in the Department is 5 years (UME mode of entry), 4 years (Direct mode of entry with ND/NCE) or 3 years (Direct Mode of entry with HND).

2.         All students, except those admitted by direct entry with HND, must undergo the practical year of 12 months duration.

Practical Year Training Programme (PYTP)

This is the compulsory one year of practical activities undertaken by all 400 level students of the department, in-line with the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry’s curriculum. This is to enable the students to apply adequately their theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

The objectives of the programme include:

v    Knowledge through practice

v    Greater confidence through participation and learning, and

v    Increased impact and production through application of relevant and affordable technology.

The students spend one year industrial training in National Parks, Zoological garden, CERCOPAN, Federal College of Wildlife Management, Hotels and Hospitality Industries and Airports.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student is eligible to an honours degree after having undergone a minimum of 3, 4 or 5 years.  The practical year of 12 months duration is compulsory for students admitted by UME and direct into 200level with ND or NCE certificate.  A student is still eligible to an honours degree after 2 extra semesters and to a Pass degree beyond 2 extra semesters but not more than 6 extra semesters.

A UME student must have passed a minimum of 150 units including all compulsory courses.  A Direct Entry (ND/NCE) or Transfer student must have passed at least 120 units including GES 101, GES 103, GES 106 and AGE 110 from the compulsory courses at 100 level and all compulsory courses at other levels.  A Direct Entry (HND) student must have passed at least 90 units including GES 101, GES 103, GES 106, GES 107, GES 201, GES 301 and AGE 110 from the compulsory course at 100 level and all compulsory courses at 200, 300 and 500 levels.

COURSE EVALUATION

Continuous assessment shall form not more than 30% of the assessment of a student’s performance in a course.  At least 75% attendance at lectures and practicals shall qualify a student to sit the examination in a course.  The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system shall be adopted to evaluate students’ performance from semester to semester and from one level to the next.

 

 

 

GRADING SYSTEM

A grade point (GP) system of seven (7) shall be adopted as follows: 

Grade Points (GP)

Percentage Score

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

70-100

65-69

60-64

55-59

50-54

45-49

45-49

0-39

 

DETERMINATION OF THE CLASS OF DEGREE

The class of the Degree of a student who has satisfactorily completed his course of studies shall be determined as follows:

Cumulative Grade Point Average

Class of the Degree

 

6.0 and above

4-6-5.9

2.6-4.5

1.6 – 2.5

1.0 – 1.5

First Class

Second Class Upper

Second Class Lower

Third Class

Pass

1

21

22

3

PASS

 

In order to obtain the CGPA of a candidate, the appropriate index (Grade Point) assigned to each range of percentage score is multiplied by the course units and the product shall be added up to give the total weighted grade point (WCP).  The WGP is divided by the total number of units taken (passed or failed).  The CGPA shall be expressed to one decimal place.

Regulation on Warning, Withdrawal, Transfer to another Programme, Suspension of Studies

A.        Warning

A student shall be given a written warning if the CGPA drops below 1.0 but has passed a minimum of 20 units in 100 level, 45 units (cumulative) in 200 level and 70 units (cumulative) in 300 level or as may be prescribed from time to time by Senate.

B.        Withdrawal

i.          A student will be required to withdraw from the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management if:

a)         In the 100 level, (s)he is credited with less than 20 units;

b)         In the 200 level, (s)he is credited with less than 45 units;

c)         In the 300 level, (s)he is credited with less than 70 units;

ii)         A student will be required to withdraw from the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management and the University if (s)he has earned two warnings consecutively.

 

 

 

C.        Transfer to another Programme

i.          A student that has spent the maximum number of academic sessions on a given programme shall not be eligible for admission or transfer to another programme in the University.

ii)         A student that has not spent the maximum number of years on a given programme shall be eligible to change his or her course not more than two times during the course of his/her stay in the University.  Students are accepted on transfer only to 200 level in the Department.  Such a student will be considered as a fresh entrant and shall be eligible to remain in the University for the remaining part of the maximum duration of study, which is 7 academic sessions (4 normal + 3 extra sessions).

iii)        A student accepted on transfer to the Department for any reason, having been accepted as fresh entrant to 200level shall be credited with all the units of the compulsory courses as recommended for direct entry students in the Department.  For the avoidance of doubt, any of the recommended compulsory courses (AGE 110, GES 101. GES 103, GES 106 and GES 107 and GES 201) and other course recommended for the programme from 200 level that had been taken by a transfer student which is relevant for computational purposes in programme in the Department, shall be taken into consideration in the computation of the CGPA.

iv)        The Department does not release students on transfer to other Faculties.  However, students may be allowed to transfer from one programme to another within the Faculty provided they receive the consent of the Heads of department and the Dean.

D. Suspension of Studies

i.          Except on health grounds, an undergraduate student may not suspend his or her studies for more than two academic sessions during the course of his or her degree programme.

ii.         Except on health and financial grounds, application for suspension of study can only be made at the beginning of the academic session.

iii.        In the case of students officially suspended by the University, the period of their suspension will not count i.e. will not be considered as part of the time spent on their programme.

SUMMARY OF REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION ON THE BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMME

1.         A programme of study shall be provided leading to a Bachelor’s degree to be denoted by the letters B. Wildlife and Ecotourism Management (or such other abbreviations as Senate may from time to time approve) which may be awarded honours or as pass degree in the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management.

2.         Instruction shall be by courses.  Students will be required to take an approved combination of such courses as the Faculty board may, from time to time, recommend and approved by the Senate.  In addition, however, courses can be audited.  Audited courses are courses meant for enrichment which may be taken with the permission of the department offering the courses but for which no credit is earned.

3.         Courses shall be evaluated in terms of course units.  A course unit is defined as one lecture or tutorial contact hour per week or three course of laboratory or practical class per week throughout a semester or an equivalent amount of other assigned study or practical experience or any combination of these.

4.         There shall be five levels of course numbered 101 – 199 for 100 level courses, 201 – 299 for 200 level courses, 301 – 399 for 300 level courses, 401 – 499 for 400 level courses, 501 – 599 for 500 level courses.  Course numbers shall be prefixed by a three character code signifying the subject area.

5.         For the purpose of operating the course system in the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management the following terminology shall apply:

a.         Compulsory:  A course specified by a department which a student must take and pass at 40%

b.         Required:  A course specified by a department which a student must take but not necessarily pass. Where there is a group of such courses, the Department may specify the minimum number of units to be passed, to make the minimum number of units required to graduate.

c.         Elective:  A course specified by a department which is optional, but a student can take such in order to make up the required additional units for the award of the degree.

d.         Prerequisite:  A course which must be taken and passed prior to taking another specified course.

e.         Concurrent:  A course which a student must take during the same semester as another specified course.

6.         Appropriate pre-requisites and/or concurrent requirements may be prescribed for courses.  A pre-requisite requirement is fulfilled by completing and passing the pre-requisites, except that a student who fails a course but obtains at least a specified minimum mark in it shall be deemed to pass the course for pre-requisite purposes but will be credited only with the grade point assigned to his mark.  Pre-requisite courses may also be waived for suitably qualified candidates by the Faculty Board of Agriculture and Forestry on the recommendation of the appropriate department.  A concurrent requirement will be satisfied if the student has either taken the course on a previous occasion in this University or has registered for the course during the same semester.

7.         (a)        All course taught during each semester shall be examined at the end of that semester, and candidates will be credited with the number of course units assigned to the course which they have passed.  In addition, the total number of units taken along with the grades obtained in each course shall also be recorded for the purpose of computing the Cumulative Grade Point Average (C.G.P.A).

8.         The weighted grade points of all courses taken shall be used for the determination of the class of degree.

9.         Students shall normally be required to register for a prescribed number of units in each academic year, which shall not be less than 15 units and not more than 48 units or as Senate may from time to time approve.  Any number of units in excess of 48 for one session must be approved by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Board of Studies.

10.       The minimum number of course units a student must pass for the award of a degree shall be 150 if the entry point is 100-level (UME), 120 if the entry point is 200-level (direct with ND/NCE and Transfer) or 90 if the entry point is 200 level with HND in relevant fields of Agriculture and Forestry.

11.       The degree shall be awarded with honours, provided a student obtains a Cumulative Grade Point Average that is not less than 1.6 and satisfied other minimum course requirement.

12.       For the award of a pass degree, a student must obtain minimum number of units specified in 10 above and also pass the compulsory courses specified by the Department.

13.       The normal number of semesters for an Honours degree shall be six (direct with HND), eight (direct with ND/NCE and Transfer) or ten (UTME).

14.       A student who has taken more than two semesters but not more than six semesters in excess of the approved minimum period of study to complete a degree programme shall not normally be eligible for an honours classification.  Such a student can only get a pass degree.  Thus, the maximum number of semesters for an honours degree shall be eight (direct with HND), ten (direct with ND/NCE and Transfer) or twelve (UME) in the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management.

15.       Pass Degree:  The maximum number of semesters for a pass degree shall be twelve (direct with HND), fourteen (direct with ND/NCE and Transfer) or sixteen (UME).

16.       Registration

Students are expected to complete their registration within the period prescribed by the Department.  A student must submit his/her course registration form to be accorded a bonafide status for the academic year, otherwise the result will not be processed.  After registration, students may add or delete courses provided this is done within six weeks of the commencement of lectures.

17.       The list of successful candidates for the degree course shall be published with the following classifications:

First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (Upper and Lower Division), Third Class Honours and Pass, with the names arranged alphabetically in each class of degree.

18.       General Studies Programmes

All students shall register for and pass fourteen units of General Studies Programme Courses as recommended for the Department.  These are:

-          100 level:  GES 101  (The Use of English) and GES 107 (Reproductive Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV)

-          200 level:  GES 103 (Government, Society and Economy and GES 201 (The Use of English 2)

-          300 level:  GES 106 (Philosophy and Logic) and GES 301 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship Skills)

19.       Project

A requirement for graduation shall be submission of an undergraduate project based on supervised research.  This requirement exposes a student to problem-solving techniques, experimental design, data collection and collation, result presentation and provides him/her with an ability to organize ideas from literature and research findings, thus preparing the student for the work ahead and for further training at the Postgraduate level.

20.       Student Allocation to Staff Advisors

Admitted students will be allocated to specific academic staff advisors, not necessarily for the purpose of specialization at the stage, but for close monitoring, guidance/counseling and other academic services that requires close contact of students with academic staff in the faculty.  This aims at rectifying the problems that is associated with neglect and anonymity that students had suffered in the past.  As a result of the anonymity, students were pre-disposed to all kinds of malpractices, including the forging of signatures on course registration forms and examination forms, forging of fee payment receipts and impersonation in examinations, as well as having little opportunity to identify and correct earlier deficiencies in their academic performance.

General Entry Requirements

4.1.1    General University Requirements

- Score is out of maximum 12 points for the following: M.Sc., M.Phil/Ph.D and Ph.D.

1.         Class of Degree:

a)      1st Class                                               –          7 Points

b)      2nd Class Upper                                   –          5 Points

c)      2nd Class Lower                                   –          3 Points

d)     3rd Class Lower                                   –          1 Point

e)      Pass                                                     –          0 Point

2.         Discipline:

a)      Same                                                   -           3 Points

b)      Others in Agriculture                          -           2 Points

c)      Other related areas                              -           1 Point

d)     Unrelated                                            -           0 Point

3.         Institution

a)      University of Ibadan                           -           1 Point

b)      Other Universities                               -           0 Point

4.         Transcripts Certificate

a)      Available                                             -           1 Point

b)      Not Available                                      -           0 Point

5.         References: At least two favourable -         1 Point

6.         Scholarship: With evidence              -           1 Point

7.         Abstract of project only for Ph.D    -           1 Point

SPECIFIC REGULATIONS FOR HIGHER DEGREES

a)      Biodiversity Management (BDM) Professional Degree Programme

Candidates who obtain HND in relevant disciplines, Wildlife, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Zoology and Aquaculture and those with first degree with minimum of third class of the above listed disciplines.

Also the applicants must satisfy the ‘O’ level first degree matriculation requirements of the University of Ibadan i.e. 5 ‘0’ level credit passes at not more than two sittings including English Language and subject areas for ALL disciplines and Mathematics for ALL Science-based discipline.

 

b)     M.Sc. Degree in Wildlife/Ecotourism Management.

Admission to the programmes is opened to holders of Bachelors in Wildlife, Zoology, Animal Science, Tourism and other related disciplines in Agriculture, Forest Resources Management and Sciences of the University of Ibadan or equivalent qualification from other Universities recognized by the Senate with a minimum of second class lower degree.  In addition, graduates in other related disciplines without background in Wildlife and Ecotourism Management would be required to audit some courses at undergraduate level and therefore spend more than 3 semesters.

Also applicants must satisfy the ‘O’ Level first Degree matriculation requirements of the University of Ibadan, i.e. 5 ‘O’ Level credit passes at one sitting or 6 ‘O’ Level credit passes at not more than two sitting including English Language.

c)      M. Phil. Degree in Wildlife and Ecotourism Management

Candidates who obtain a weighted average mark of 50 to 54.9% or CGPA 3.0 to 3.9 in the course work and project for the M.Sc degree programmes in Wildlife/Ecotourism Management of the University of Ibadan and is so recommended by the Departmentand the Faculty Postgraduate Committee may proceed to M. Phil. Programme. A candidate who holds the M.Sc Degree equivalent of this University from other recognized institutions may be considered for admission to the M.Phil/Ph.D on a strong recommendation from the Department and Faculty and the approval of the Postgraduate School.

d)     M. Phil/Ph.D.

Candidates who obtained a weighted average mark of 55 to 59.9% or CGPA 4.0 to 4.9 in the course work and project for the M.Sc. Degree programme in Wildlife and Ecotourism Management of the University of Ibadan and is so recommended by the Department and the Faculty Postgraduate Committee may proceed to M. Phil/Ph.D Programme.

M.Sc graduates from other Universities seeking admission to Ph.D. Programme may be provisionally admitted for M.Phil/Ph.D on the strong recommendation of the appropriate Faculty and the approval of the Postgraduate School, provided the M.Sc., is comparable to the University of Ibadan Degree of Masters and the candidate’s performance is judged to be equivalent to 55 to 59% of CGPA 4.0 to 4.9 required for University of Ibadan graduates.

The assessment in the above shall involve an external examiner. It shall be based on the candidate’s performance in prescribed courses, progress report on his research and an oral examination (conversion examination). Candidates shall be assessed not later than the end of two semesters of full-time registration and four semesters of pat-time registration for M.Phil/Ph.D degree.

The Pass mark of 60% obtained as average of two marks- one obtained as the weighted average of prescribed courses taken and the other as the mark on the progress report on the candidate’s research project and the oral examination. Where a candidate fails to obtain a pass mark of 60%, his registration shall be confirmed for M.Phil Degree. A candidate admitted for M.Phil will not be allowed to convert to its Ph.D degree until after the award of M.Phil when he shall seek fresh admission to the latter degree.

Candidates may be required to take advanced course at the 800 level. Departments may also prescribe some 700 level courses for candidates, if necessary.

 

e)      Ph.D Degree in Wildlife and Ecotourism Management

  1. Candidates who obtain a weighted average mark of at least 60% or CGPA of at least 5.0 in the course work and project for the M.Sc degree programme in Wildlife and Ecotourism Management of the University and is so recommended by the Department and the Faculty postgraduate committee may proceed to Ph.Dprogramme.
  2. Candidates who pass the M.Phil degree qualification of the University of Ibadan Wildlife and Ecotourism Management may be considered for Ph.D programme not less than four semesters full time and six semesters part time.
  3. The Degree programme for a candidate through M.Sc shall normally last not less than six semesters from the date of first registration for the Ph.D Degree for full-time registration and eight semesters for part-time registration.