|STAFF PROFILE MICROBIOLOGY DEPARTMENT|
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The department of Microbiology was established in February 2012 under the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences. The Department was spare headed under the mantle leadership of Prof Abrar A. Khan as the pioneer head. Later Dr Usman Aliyu Dutsin-ma tooke the mantle of leadership and successfully handed over to the present head of department Dr Bashir Abdulkadir.
Currently, the department has a total number of 17 Academic Staff, 4 Laboratory Staff and 2 Administrative Staff.
The programme started with started with 44 students at 100 Level who were admitted during the 2012/2013 academic session. Presently, the department has a total population of over 250 students across level 100 to 400 level. As of now, the first set of students are graduating in 2015/2016 session.
However, it is worth mentioning that, the department launched it maiden edition of UMYU Journal of Microbiology research which is first Microbiology Departmental Journal across the country and mounted the Professional Certificate in Public Health Microbiology running under the department.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme has been designed to provide a sound understanding of the concepts of microorganisms in relation to mankind and environment. The programme will elaborate this importance of microorganisms in industry, health and environmental sectors of the society. The microbiology programme will also emphasize the traditional biotechnology and linkage to the current modern biotechnology.
The main objective of the programme is to broadly educate students for position in industry, health sectors, and research institutes and to prepare them for graduate and professional studies in the applied areas of microbiology.
However, in addition to the above, microbiology as a field of study has a direct relationship with most scientific disciplines. Manpower from different disciplines of Microbiology is highly demanded due to the importance of the course in different aspects of our daily activities. The course is of immense importance in order:
- To train the new generation of our population through different disciplines of Microbiology for meeting the requirements of public and private sectors within and outside the country.
- To engage in researches towards the determination of possible ways of controlling disease endemics that over the years poses serious threat to health status in the country
- To proper conserve our natural ecosystem.
- To create awareness of environmental pollution and how to take charge of it.
MANDATES OF THE PROGRAMME
The department is saddled with the mandates to produce:
- Skilled manpower capable of working in Medical laboratories, Petroleum industries, National and Multinational companies, Food and Pharmaceutical industries, Environmental firms, Government and Non-governmental organizations and Academia among others.
- Graduates capable of undertaking further studies and research in disciplines like; medicine, food nutrition, pharmacology, agriculture, horticulture, environmental conservation and pollution control, renewable energy, petroleum industry, forensic science, biotechnology etc.
- Graduates that can work with Government on issues like biomedical research, climate change mitigation & adaptation, environmental protection etc.
Education and training in Microbiology provides a platform for many fulfilling and unique professional career opportunities. Most of these are in government research institutions, human and animal health professions, environmental and agricultural sciences and more recently, in forensic sciences and biosafety. Effective communication of science to public is critically important in modern society, so there are many career opportunities for individuals who possess skills in microbiology.
Microbiologist plays a vital role in places like Nat. Inst. for Trypanosome Research (NITR), Nat. Veterinary Research Inst. (NVRI), Inter. Inst. of Tropical Agric. (IITA), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Nat. Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Federal Ministry of Environment among others.
Candidates are admitted into the department of Microbiology must have the following requirements as recommended by the university:
- 100 Level (UTME): Candidate must have passed SSCE in WAEC, NECO, NABTEB or equivalent thereof approved by the Federal Ministry of Education with minimum of 5 credits in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in not more than two sittings. This is in addition to obtaining minimum required points in UTME and passing the post UTME examination of the university or as deemed fit.
- Level 200 (DE): In addition to 5 credits O level requirement, a candidate must possess minimum grade of “C” at Higher School Certificate/GCE Advanced level, IJMB or equivalent in Biology and Chemistry and any other science subjects in not more than two sittings, Candidates with a minimum of 9 points in IJMB examination or at least lower credit in National Diploma in relevant subjects may also be considered.
A candidate shall be eligible for the award of Degree in Microbiology (B.Sc. Microbiology) only if he /she has undergone the prescribed course of study in the University for a period of not less than three academic years (for DE Candidates) and four academic years (for UTME Candidates), passed the examinations in all the Semesters prescribed (in Level III, III & IV). The following conditions are also necessary:
- In addition to pass all prescribed core courses for the degree programme, 20% of the total credit units earned by a student must come from elective courses. Restricted elective courses shall constitute about 15% and unrestricted elective about 5%.
- A student admitted into 100 Level or transferred must earn a minimum of 147 credit units; while student admitted into 200 Level (D.E) must earn a minimum of 113 credit units.
- A student transferred to the Faculty shall be credited with all the courses taken at 100 Level and any relevant courses taken at higher levels. These shall form part of the credits earned towards graduation.
Examinations are conducted at the end of each semester in accordance with regulations approved from time to time by the university senate. To be eligible to sit for any end of semester examination, candidates must be duly registered for the course and shall have a minimum attendance of 75%. End of course examination shall consist of one or more of the followings:
- Written examination comprising any or a combination of the following: multiple choice/ short answer and essay type questions worth at least 60%.
- Practical and continuous assessment consisting up to 40%. The pass mark for each course is 40%.
- Setting: Examination questions for a course are set by the course instructor. The Head of Department, who is the chief examiner, vest the questions, and submits them to the External Examiner for moderation.
- Conduct: The Faculty Examination Officer produces an examination time table to cover the duration set by the University Senate. The Faculty Examination Officer appoints invigilators and arranges the examination venues. Any candidate who is more than 30 minutes late will not be allowed to sit for the examination.
- Examination Results: These are compiled by course instructors and submit to the departmental Examination Officer, who prepares them for presentations to Departmental Board. The examination results, approved by the Departmental Board, are then reported to the Faculty Board and Senate for approval. Thereafter, results for examinations are made known to the students.
- Examination Malpractice: Entry and use of unauthorized materials, copying from another person, removal of examinations answer booklet from the examination venue, etc. are examples of examination malpractice: Any student involved in any form of examination malpractice is handed over to the University Examination Malpractice Committee for further investigation and appropriate sanction. The penalty for examination malpractice may result to expulsion or rustication for 2 semesters, depending on the degree of offence.