Marine Science Prospectus

FOUR-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMME IN MARINE BIOLOGY

COURSES AT 100 LEVEL

1st Semester

 

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE TITLE

 

STATUS

 

UNITS

CURRENT (OLD)

(NEW)

FSC  101

FSC 111

Introductory Biology

C

3

FSC 102

FCS 112

Introductory Chemistry

C

3

FSC 103

FSC 113

Introduction to Computer Science

C

3

FSC 104

FSC 114

Introductory Mathematics

C

3

FSC 105

FSC 115

Introductory Physics

C

3

ZLY 101

ZLY 111

Introductory Zoology I

C

2

GST 102

GST 102

Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science

C

2

GST 105

GST 105

Use of English

C

2

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

21

Total Units of Elective Courses

0

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

STATUS

 

UNITS

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 101

MFS 120

Introduction to Fisheries

C

3

MSM 102

MFS 121

Principles of Animal Production

E

2

BTN 101

BTN 121

Introductory Botany

C

3

ZLY 102

ZLY 121

Introductory Zoology II

C

2

CHM 101

CHM 121

Introductory Chemistry II

C

4 (3)

CHM 102

CHM 122

Experimental Chemistry I

C

2

GST 103

GST 103

Nigerian Peoples and Cultures

C

2

PHS 103

PHS 123

Introductory Practical Physics

C

2

MIC 101

MIC 121

Introductory Microbiology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

18 (17)

Total Units of Elective Courses

5

COURSES AT 200 LEVEL

FIRST SEMESTER

 

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE TITLE

 

STATUS

 

UNITS

 (OLD)

(NEW)

MSM 201

MSB 201

Introduction to Marine Sciences

C

3

MSM 202

MSF 202

Fish Taxonomy and Systematic

E

2

BCH 201

BCH 211

Introductory Biochemistry I

E

2

MIC 201

MIC 211

Basic Microbiology I

C

3

BTN 201

BTN 211

Variety of Plants I

C

3

CBG 201

CGB 211

Cell Biology

C

3

GST 201

GST 201

General African Studies

C

2

CHM 203

CHM 213

Basic Organic Chemistry

C

4 (3)

ZLY 201

ZLY 211

Animal Structure & Function I

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

18 (17)

Total Units of Elective Courses:

7

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

 

STATUS

 

UNITS

 (OLD)

(NEW)

MSM 203

MSB 220

Biological Oceanography

C

3

MSM 204

MSF 220

General Biology of Fishes, Crustacean and Molluscs

C

3

MSM 205

MSB 221

General Marine Ecology

C

3

MSM 206

MSB 222

Swimming and Safety Techniques

C

2

MIC 202

MIC 222

Basic Microbiology II

E

3

BCH 202

BCH 212

Introductory Biochemistry II

E

2

CHM 205

CHM 223

Experimental Chemistry III

C

2

BTN 202

BTN 221

Variety of Plants II

E

3

ZLY 202

ZLY 221

Animal Structure and Function II

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

13

Total Units of Elective Courses

11

COURSES AT 300 LEVEL

1st Semester

 

COURSE  CODE

 

Course Title

 

Status

 

Units

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 301

MSB 301

General Physiology of Aquatic Animals

C

3

MSM 307

MSB 311

Introductory Marine Phycology

C

3

FRE 187B

FRE 135

Ancillary French I

C

2

MAT 317

STA 314

Statistics for Biologist

C

3

GST 307

GST 307

Entrepreneurship  & Corporate Governance

C

2

FSC 301

FSC 311

History and Philosophy of Science

C

2

CBG 302

CBG 312

Genetics I

E

4

MSM 305

MSF 310

Fisheries Technology I

E

2

ZLY 333

ZLY 315

Introductory Ecotoxicology and Pollution Mgt.

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

15

Total Units of Elective Courses

9

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

STATUS

UNITS

 (OLD)

(NEW)

SIW 301

SIW 301

SIWES/Industrial Training

C

3

MSM 302

MSB 320

Physical and Chemical Oceanography

C

3

MSM 303

MSF 320

Principles of Aquaculture

E

2

MSM 304

MSF 321

Laboratory Techniques and Instrumentation

C

2

MSM 306

MSF 322

Hydrobiology

C

3

MSM 308

MSB 321

Introduction to Marine Geology

E

3

ZLY 302

ZLY 321

Comparative Animal Physiology

E

3

MSM 313

MSF 325

Fish Stock Assessment

E

2

MSM 315

MSF 326

Fish Physiology and Anatomy

E

3

FRE 188B

FRE 146

Ancillary French II

C

2

GLY 304

GLY 322

Sedimentary Depositional Environment and Basins of Africa

E

2

MIC 306

MIC 323

Microbial Ecology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

13

Total Units of Elective Courses

18

COURSES AT 400 LEVEL

1st Semester

 

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE TITLE

 

STATUS

UNITS

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 402

MSB 410

Aquatic Pollution

C

3

MSM 403

MSB 411

Benthic Ecology

C

3

MSM 405

MSB 412

Littoral Algal Ecology

E

3

MSM 407

MSB 413

Sedimentology

E

3

MSM 411

MSF 411

Nigerian Fisheries Resources and Management

E

3

MSM 415

MSF 415

Fish Gear Technology

E

2

MSM 416

MSF 416

Water Quality Management and Pollution Control

E

3

MSM 418

MSF 418

Fish Pathology

E

2

ZLY 438

ZLY 431

Environmental Assessment

E

2

MIC 405

MIC 413

Petroleum Microbiology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

6

Total Units of Elective Courses

21

 

2nd Semester

 

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE TITLE

 

STATUS

 

UNITS

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 401

MSB 420

Oceanography

E

3

MSM 404

MSB 421

Planktology

C

3

MSM 408

MSB 422

Marine Geology

E

3

MSM 406

MSB 423

Marine Microbiology

E

3

MSM 439

MSB 429

Seminar on Selected Topics

C

2

MSM 440

MSB 440

Research Project

C

4

BTN 418

APB 421

Plants and Environmental Pollution Monitoring

E

3

ZLY 433

ZLY 442

Environmental Pollution and Management

E

3

MIC 402

MIC 421

Environmental Microbiology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

9

Total Units of Elective Courses

18

Summary of Units  of Compulsory and Elective Courses

 

First Semester

Second Semester

Total

Level

Units of Compulsory Courses

Units of Electives Courses

Units of Compulsory Courses

Units of Electives Courses

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

Total Units of Electives

100

21

0

18

5

39

5

200

18

7

13

11

31

18

300

15

9

13

18

28

27

400

6

21

9

18

15

39

Grand Total

113

89

To graduate, a student must pass a minimum of

i.

128 units as a UTME student

ii.

96 units as a Direct Entry (DE) or Transfer (TRF) student (83 units of compulsory courses which include MSM101 and all GSTs)

This minimum will include

i.

All University Requirements: GST102, GST103, GST105, GST201, GST307 (10 units)

ii.

Faculty Requirements: FSC101, FSC102, FSC103, FSC104, FSC105, FSC301, FRE187B, FRE188B (21 units)

iii.

Departmental Compulsory Requirements: ZLY101, MSM101, BTN101, PHS103, ZLY102, CHM101, CHM102, MSM201, MIC201, BTN201, CBG201, CHM203, MSM203, MSM204, MSM205, MSM206, CHM205, MSM301, MSM307, MAT317, SIW301, MSM302, MSM306, MSM304, MSM402, MSM403, MSM404, MSM439, MSM440

iv.

Electives: MSM102, MIC101, MSM202, BCH201, ZLY201, MIC202, BCH202, BTN202, ZLY202, CBG 302, MSM305, ZLY333, MSM303, MSM308, ZLY302, MSM313, MSM315, GLY304, MIC306, MSM405, MSM407, MSM411, MSM415, MSM416,MSM418, ZLY438, MIC405, MSM401, MSM408, MSM406, BTN418, ZLY433, MIC402

SYNOPSES OF COURSES

100 LEVEL

MSM 101: Introduction to Fisheries                                                                      3 Units

Identification, distribution and life-histories of selected fish and shell fish, commercial and recreational fishing, problems of fisheries conservation and management.  Emphasis to be placed on tropical fisheries.

MSM 102: Principles of Animal Production                                                         2 Units

Definition of Agriculture, world population and food supply. History, scope and importance of agriculture to man. Agriculture and natural environment. Trends in the production, distribution and utilization of animal products. Distribution and significance of farm animals, basic principles of animal farming, fish farming, mariculture and integrated fish farming.

200 LEVEL

MSM 201:  Introduction to Marine Sciences                                                     3 Units

Introductory physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography with particular reference to the Atlantic Ocean. Physical and chemical properties of sea water; nutrient distribution and cycles.  Classification, distribution and sources of sediments. Life forms in the sea. Marine resources and marine technology.  Marine pollution and man.

MSM 202:  Fish Taxonomy and Systematics                                                       2 Units

Principles of systematics. Historical background and progress in fish systematic. Functions of classification. Suitability of fishes for systematic. The role of fish systematic and his accomplishment. Classifications of major groups of living fishes. Phylogenic relationships among fishes. Characteristics of family representative of Nigerian fresh water fishes. Classifications of world/important Nigerian fish families. Technical terms and measurement of fish. Scale count for identifications. External morphology and important features for taxonomic studies. Use of taxonomic keys for identification of fish specimens (orders and families)

MSM 203:  Biological Oceanography                                                          3 Units

A study of the life forms in the sea. Relationship between phytoplankton and other plankton. Description of plankton, nekton and benthos. Relationships between photosynthesis and holozoic.

MSM 204:  General Biology of Fishes, Crustaceans and Molluscs                  3 Units

A study of the biology of fishes, crustaceans and molluscs of economic importance including diversity in the structure, function, and habits in relation to their biological and physical environment.  Emphasis on tropical species.

 

 

 

MSM 205:  General Marine Ecology                                                    3 Units

A study of the physical and chemical phenomena in the ocean in relation to marine life.  Community structure in the marine environment. Sub-tidal and inter-tidal ecology. Tropical marine ecosystems. Marine pollution and management.

MSM 206:  Swimming and Safety Techniques                                              2 Units

Floating, arm and action. Swimming styles, breast stroke, freestyle and butterfly. Safety practices in swimming techniques and general safety methods.

300 LEVEL

MSM 301:  General Physiology of Aquatic Animals                                 3 Units

Basic principles of physiology of aquatic animals – Nutrition, Osmotic  Regulation and Nitrogenous Excretion, Circulatory Systems, Respiratory Systems, Coordination and Nervous Control.

MSM 302: Physical and Chemical Oceanography                                   3 Units

The physical laws of gravity, density of motions as applied to the sea.  The relationship between sea water components and organisms in the sea.  Measurements of physical and chemical properties of sea water. Waves, tides and currents.           

MSM 303:  Principles of Aquaculture                                                             2 Units

Aim and types of aquaculture, history, present organization and status of aquaculture in Nigeria. Liming and pond fertilization; food supply; growth rate and food conversion; selection of culture species; introduction of exotic species and their implication. Water requirements. Stocking, feeding and harvesting practices. Introduction to aquaculture business and economics, project planning and scheduling.

MSM 304:  Laboratory Techniques & Instrumentation                                  2 Units

Water analysis, age and fecundity determination, growth rates, analysis of fish foods.

MSM 305:  Fisheries Technology I                                                                 2 Units

Composition of fish and shellfish, biochemical and microbiological changes in fish post-mortem, nature and effects of processing procedures, analytical control of procedures; current technological development.

MSM 306: Hydrobiology                                                                                 3 Units

Study and identification of the characteristic of flora and fauna, in the fresh water and coastal swamps of the tropics. The ecology, utilization and management of aquatic flora and fauna. Control of aquatic weeds in ponds.

MSM 307: Introductory Marine Phycology                                               3 Units

Classification and life-cycles of major algal groups; range of form, structure and adaptations to benthic and planktonic life; economic importance of algae; red tides.

 

MSM 308:  Introductory Marine Geology                                                    3 Units

Size, shape and origin of the ocean basins and continental margins. Composition, distribution and sources of sediments and rocks underneath the oceans. Near-shore and oceanic geological processes including erosion, transportation and deposition of geological materials.

MSM 313: Fish Stock Assessment                                                                 2 Units

Evaluation of the Fisheries resources of selected project areas, fishermen. Catch per unit, effort. Distribution of commercial landings and the relative constancy in the concentration of fishing boats.

MSM 315:  Fish Physiology and Anatomy                                                  3 Units

Basic morphology of fin- and shell-fishes. Structure and functioning of the various systems: digestive, respiratory, excretory, cardiovascular, osmoregulatory, reproductive and sensory systems in fin- and shellfishes. Evolutionary divergence in structure and functioning of these systems. Typical body shape of fish and features of adaptation to the aquatic environment. The different body shape and adaptive designs. Description of the following features in relation to adaptation.(colouration in fish, electric shocks, luminous fishes, barbells and flaps, poison glands, production of sound, gas bladder and buoyancy. Adaptation for air breathing among fishes. Respiration (structure and function of gills).Nervous and endocrine system. (Coordination).

SIW 301:  SIWES/Industrial Training                                                            3 Units

Students are expected to be attached to relevant industries, establishments, parastatals and organizations for practical exposure for a period of six months. Relate the theories learnt with the practical experience on field. Writing of report, seminar presentation and assessment of the experience acquired during the six month period.

400 LEVEL

MSM 401: Oceanography                                                                                3 Units

The techniques and methodology for measuring primary and secondary production of the marine environment.  Oceanographic methods including designs of survey cruises and sampling techniques.  Biologically accommodated and physically controlled communities.

MSM 402: Aquatic Pollution                                                                          3 Units

Biological and ecological changes in the aquatic environment resulting from domestic, industrial, radio-active and agricultural wastes and methods of their evaluation. Assessment of pollution in the aquatic environment.

MSM 403: Benthic Ecology                                                                              3 Units

Biology of marine and brackish water benthos and their economic importance with particular reference to the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Composition and factors affecting distribution of benthic invertebrates; secondary production.

MSM 404: Planktology                                                                                      3 Units

A detailed study of plankton community.  Distribution of plankton in the sea, holo and mero planktonic forms.   Productivity in the sea.  Detailed study of productivity and production in the sea; factors affecting the two phenomena. Algae as bioindicator indicate real assessment sentive environment. Boom

MSM 405: Littoral Algal Ecology                                                                     3 Units

Closed warming sea rise and the littoral community.  The shore environment, patterns and factors influencing zonation, modifying factors, causes and problems, critical levels, benthic algae of the West African Coast with special reference to Tarkwa Bay.  Life on the sea shore, Littoral zone as diverse community.

MSM 406: Marine Microbiology                                                                       3 Units

Microbiological processes in connection with decomposition of organic matter and regeneration of nutrients, types, distribution, assessment and importance of micro-organisms in the marine environment.

MSM 407: Sedimentology                                                                             3 Units

Types of sediments, classification, formation and weather. Influence of sediments on marine benthos. Benthos-sediment interaction. Effects of tides and currents on sediment shift.

MSM 408: Marine Geology                                                                              3 Units

Bathymetric surveying; sampling and laboratory technique. Composition, texture and structural relationships of sediments; Palaeontology and geology of continental margins; petroleum and mineral deposits. Analysis of geological data, and the application of marine geological knowledge to practical problems.

 

MSM 411:  Nigerian Fisheries Resources and Management                           3 Units

Checklist of fishery resources of Nigeria with emphasis on the commercially important ones in the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian estuaries and the Inland waters. Management practices on the naturally occurring fishes.

MSM 415:  Fish Gear Technology                                                                  2 Units

Study of the types of gear and fishing crafts. Properties of the materials used in the construction of fish gears. Construction of hooks and line traps and nets. Assessment of efficiency of fishing gear.          

MSM 416:  Water Quality Management and Pollution Control                           3 Units

Physical composition of water bodies; water chemistry and nutrient cycles; sampling methods management of selected marine, brackish and fresh waters.  Chemical, mechanical and biological method for maintaining and improving water quality; biological ecological characteristics of polluted waters, effects of pollution on fish planktons, benthic macro-invertebrates, algae and water quality.

MSM 418: Fish Pathology                                                                             2 Units

Identification, morphology, taxonomy, life history of fish parasites. The ecological and pathological effects of parasites and diseases of fish. Epidemiology of parasite populations in water body, common bacterial, fungal and viral fish diseases and their control. International restriction binding the transportation of fish across country boundaries. Fish ponds and public health.

MSM 439: Seminar on Selected Topics (Marine Biology option only)              2 Units

Selected topics in various fields of marine sciences for presentation and discussion by students.

MSM 440: Research Project                                                                        4 Units

A systematic scientific investigation carried out by student on an approved topic in Marine Biology under assigned academic staff.

FIVE-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMME IN FISHERIES

COURSES AT 100 LEVEL

1st Semester

 

Course Code

 

Course Title

 

Status

 

Units

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

FSC 101

FSC 111

Introductory Biology

C

3

FSC 102

FSC 112

Introductory Chemistry

C

3

FSC 103

FSC 113

Introduction to Computer Science

C

3

FSC 104

FSC 114

Introductory Mathematics

C

3

FSC 105

FSC 115

Introductory Physics

C

3

ZLY 101

ZLY 111

Introductory Zoology I

C

2

GST 102

GST 102

Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science

C

2

GST 105

GST 105

Use of English

C

2

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

 

21

Total Units of Elective Courses

 

0

 

 

 

2nd Semester

 

COURSE CODE

 

 

Course Title

 

Status

 

Units

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 101

MSF 120

Introduction to Fisheries

C

3

MSM 102

MSF 121

Principles of Animal Production

C

2

BTN 101

BTN 101

Introductory Botany

C

3

ZLY 102

ZLY 102

Introductory Zoology II

C

2

CHM 101

CHM 121

Introductory Chemistry II

C

4

CHM 102

CHM 122

Experimental Chemistry I

C

2

GST 103

GST 103

Nigerian Peoples and Cultures

C

2

PHS 103

PHS 123

Introductory Practical Physics

C

2

MIC 101

MIC 121

Introductory Microbiology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

 

20 (19)

Total Units of Elective Courses

 

3

COURSES AT 200 LEVEL

SECOND SEMESTER

 

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE TITLE

STATUS

 

UNITS

  (OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 201

MSB 210

Introduction to Marine Sciences

C

3

MSM 202

MSF 210

Fish Taxonomy and Systematic

C

2

BCH 201

BCH 211

Introductory Biochemistry I

E

2

MIC 201

MIC 211

Basic Microbiology I

C

3

BTN 201

BTN 211

Variety of Plants I

C

3

CBG 201

CBG 211

Cell Biology

C

3

GST 201

GST 201

General African Studies

C

2

CHM 203

CHM 203

Basic Organic Chemistry

C

4

ZLY 201

ZLY 211

Animal Structure and Function I

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

20 (19)

Total Units of Elective Courses

5

 

2nd Semester

 

COURSE CODE

 

Course Title

 

Status

 

Units

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 203

MSB 220

Biological Oceanography

C

3

MSM 204

MSF 220

General Biology of Fishes, Crustacean and Molluscs

C

3

MSM 205

MSB 221

General Marine Ecology

C

3

MSM 206

MSB 222

Swimming and Safety Techniques

C

2

MIC 202

MIC 222

Basic Microbiology II

E

3

BCH 202

BCH 212

Introductory Biochemistry II

E

2

CHM 205

CHM 223

Experimental Chemistry III

C

2

ZLY 202

ZLY 221

Animal Structure and Function II

E

3

BTN 202

BTN 221

Variety of Plants II

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

13

Total Units of Elective Courses

11

COURSES AT 300 LEVEL

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

STATUS

UNITS

(OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 301

MSB 310

General Physiology of Aquatic Animals

C

3

MSM 305

MSF 310

Fisheries Technology I

C

2

MSM 307

MSB 311

Introductory Marine Phycology

E

3

MSM 312

MSF 311

Fisheries Extension and Administration

C

3

MAT 317

STA 314

Statistics for Biologist

C

3

GST 307

GST 307

Entrepreneurship  I

C

2

FSC 301

FSC 311

History and Philosophy of Science

C

2

FRE 187B

FRE 135

Ancillary French I

C

2

CBG 302

CBG 312

Genetics I

E

4

ZLY 333

ZLY 315

Introductory Ecotoxicology and Pollution Mgt.

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

17

Total Units of Elective Courses

10

2nd Semester

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

STATUS

UNITS

 (OLD) 

(NEW)

MSM 302

MSB 320

Physical and Chemical Oceanography

C

3

MSM 303

MSF 320

Principles of Aquaculture

C

2

MSM 304

MSF 321

Laboratory Techniques and Instrumentation

C

2

MSM 306

MSF 322

Hydrobiology

C

3

MSM 308

MSB 321

Introduction to Marine Geology

E

3

MSM 310

MSF 323

Basic Fish Gear Technology

C

2

MSM 311

MSF 324

Tropical Ornamental Fish and Aquaria Design

C

2

MSM 313

MSF 325

Fish Stock Assessment

E

2

MSM 315

MSF 326

Fish Physiology and Anatomy

C

3

FRE 188B

FRE 146

Ancillary French II

C

2

GLY 304

GLY 322

Sedimentary Depositional Environment and Basins of Africa

E

2

MIC 306

MIC 323

Microbial Ecology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

19

Total Units of Elective Courses

10

COURSES AT 400 LEVEL

1st Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Status

Units

(OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 411

MSF 411

Nigerian Fisheries Resources and Management

C

3

MSM 412

MSF 412

Fish Breeding and Genetics

C

2

MSM 413

MSF 413

Fish Pond Construction and Management

C

2

MSM 414

MSF 414

Fish Nutrition and Fish Feed Technology

C

2

MSM 415

MSF 415

Fish Gear Technology

C

2

MSM 416

MSF 416

Water Quality Management and Pollution Control

C

3

MSM 417

MSF 417

Fish Processing, Preservation and Marketing

C

2

MSM 418

MSF 418

Fish Pathology

C

2

MSM 402

MSB 410

Aquatic Pollution

E

3

MSM 403

MSB 411

Benthic Ecology

E

3

MSM 405

MSB 412

Littoral Algal Ecology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

18

Total Units of Elective Courses

9

2nd Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Status

Units

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

SIW 400

SIW 400

SIWES/Industrial Training

C

6

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

6

COURSES AT 400 LEVEL

1st Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Status

Units

(OLD)

 (NEW)

MSM 411

MSF 411

Nigerian Fisheries Resources and Management

C

3

MSM 412

MSF 412

Fish Breeding and Genetics

C

2

MSM 413

MSF 413

Fish Pond Construction and Management

C

2

MSM 414

MSF 414

Fish Nutrition and Fish Feed Technology

C

2

MSM 415

MSF 415

Fish Gear Technology

C

2

MSM 416

MSF 416

Water Quality Management and Pollution Control

C

3

MSM 417

MSF 417

Fish Processing, Preservation and Marketing

C

2

MSM 418

MSF 418

Fish Pathology

C

2

MSM 402

MSB 410

Aquatic Pollution

E

3

MSM 403

MSB 411

Benthic Ecology

E

3

MSM 405

MSB 412

Littoral Algal Ecology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

18

Total Units of Elective Courses

9

2nd Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Status

Units

 (OLD)

 (NEW)

SIW 400

SIW 400

SIWES/Industrial Training

C

6

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

6

 

COURSES AT 500 LEVEL

1st Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Status

Units

 (OLD)

(NEW)

MSM 511

MSF 511

Biology of Fishes

E

3

MSM 512

MSF 512

Economically Important Crustaceans and Molluscs

E

3

MSM 513

MSF 513

Aquaculture

C

3

MSM 514

MSF 514

Fish Nutrition

E

3

MSM 515

MSF 515

Hatchery and Farm Management

E

3

MSM 516

MSF 516

Fisheries Technology II

E

3

MSM 517

MSF 517

Fisheries Economics

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

3

Total Units of Elective Courses

18

2nd Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Status

Units

 (OLD)

(NEW)

MSM 518

MSF 520

Fisheries Statistics and Population Dynamics

E

2

MSM 519

MSF 521

Fish Parasitology and Diseases

E

3

MSM 520

MSF 522

Fish Quality Control and Assessment

E

3

MSM 521

MSF 523

Fisheries Laws

E

2

MSM 522

MSF 524

Modern Applications in Fisheries

E

2

MSM 539

MSB 529

Seminar on Selected Topics

C

2

MSM 540

MSB 540

Research Project

C

4

MSM 401

MSB 420

Oceanography

E

3

MSM 404

MSB 421

Planktology

E

3

MSM 408

MSB 422

Marine Geology

E

3

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

6

Summary of Units  of Compulsory and Elective Courses

 

First Semester

Second Semester

Total

Level

Units of Compulsory Courses

Units of Electives Courses

Units of Compulsory Courses

Units of Electives Courses

Total Units of Compulsory Courses

Total Units of Electives

100

21

0

20

3

41

3

200

20

5

13

11

33

16

300

17

10

19

10

36

20

400

18

9

6

0

24

9

500

3

18

6

21

9

39

Grand Total

143 (141)

87

To graduate, a student must pass a minimum of

i.

160 units as a UTME student

ii.

128 units as a Direct Entry (DE) or Transfer (TRF) student (113 units of compulsory courses which include MSM101, MSM102 and all GSTs)

This minimum will include

i.

All University Requirements: GST102, GST103, GST105, GST201, GST307 (10 units)

ii.

Faculty Requirements: FSC101, FSC102, FSC103, FSC104, FSC105, FSC301, FRE187B, FRE188B (21 units)

iii.

Departmental Compulsory Requirements: ZLY101, MSM101, MSM 102, BTN101, PHS103, ZLY102, CHM101, CHM102, MSM201, MSM202, MIC201, BTN201, CBG201, CHM203, MSM203, MSM204, MSM205, MSM206, CHM205, MSM301, MSM305, MSM312, MAT317, MSM302, MSM303, MSM304, MSM306, MSM310, MSM311, MSM315, MSM411, MSM412, MSM413, MSM414, MSM 415, MSM416, MSM417, MSM418, SIW400, MSM513, MSM539, MSM540

iv.

Electives: MIC101, BCH201, ZLY201, MIC202, BCH202, BTN202, ZLY202, CBG 302, MSM307, ZLY333, MSM308, MSM313, GLY304, MIC306, MSM402, MSM403, MSM405, MSM401, MSM404, MSM408, MSM511, MSM512, MSM514, MSM515, MSM516,MSM517, MSM518, MSM519, MSM520, MSM521, MSM522

Total Units of Elective Courses

21

Students must pass a minimum of 12 units’ electives in 500 level

 

SYNOPSES OF COURSES

100 LEVEL

MSM 101: Introduction to Fisheries                                                               3 Units

Identification, distribution and life-histories of selected fish and shell fish, commercial and recreational fishing, problems of fisheries conservation and management.  Emphasis to be placed on tropical fisheries.

MSM 102: Principles of Animal Production                                                       2 Units

Definition of Agriculture, world population and food supply. History, scope and importance of agriculture to man. Agriculture and natural environment. Trends in the production, distribution and utilization of animal products. Distribution and significance of farm animals, basic principles of animal farming, fish farming, mariculture and integrated fish farming.

200 LEVEL

MSM 201:  Introduction to Marine Sciences                                                 3 Units

Introductory physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography with particular reference to the Atlantic Ocean. Physical and chemical properties of sea water; nutrient distribution and cycles.  Classification, distribution and sources of sediments. Life forms in the sea. Marine resources and marine technology.  Marine pollution and man.

MSM 202:  Fish Taxonomy and Systematics                                               2 Units

Principles of systematics. Historical background and progress in fish systematic. Functions of classification. Suitability of fishes for systematic. The role of fish systematic and his accomplishment. Classifications of major groups of living fishes. Phylogenic relationships among fishes. Characteristics of family representative of Nigerian fresh water fishes. Classifications of world/important Nigerian fish families. Technical terms and measurement of fish. Scale count for identifications. External morphology and important features for taxonomic studies. Use of taxonomic keys for identification of fish specimens (orders and families)

MSM 203:  Biological Oceanography                                                             3 Units

A study of the life forms in the sea. Relationship between phytoplankton and other plankton. Description of plankton, nekton and benthos. Relationships between photosynthesis and holozoic.

 

 

MSM 204:  General Biology of Fishes, Crustaceans and Molluscs              3 Units

A study of the biology of fishes, crustaceans and molluscs of economic importance including diversity in the structure, function, and habits in relation to their biological and physical environment.  Emphasis on tropical species.

MSM 205:  General Marine Ecology                                                3 Units

A study of the physical and chemical phenomena in the ocean in relation to marine life.  Community structure in the marine environment. Sub-tidal and inter-tidal ecology. Tropical marine ecosystems. Marine pollution and management.

MSM 206:  Swimming and Safety Techniques                                       2 Units

Floating, arm and action. Swimming styles, breast stroke, freestyle and butterfly. Safety practices in swimming techniques and general safety methods.

300 LEVEL

MSM 301:  General Physiology of Aquatic Animals                                    3 Units

Basic principles of physiology of aquatic animals – Nutrition, Osmotic  Regulation and Nitrogenous Excretion, Circulatory Systems, Respiratory Systems, Coordination and Nervous Control.

MSM 302: Physical and Chemical Oceanography                                      3 Units

The physical laws of gravity, density of motions as applied to the sea.  The relationship between sea water components and organisms in the sea.  Measurements of physical and chemical properties of sea water. Waves, tides and currents.           

MSM 303:  Principles of Aquaculture                                                       2 Units

Aim and types of aquaculture, history, present organization and status of aquaculture in Nigeria. Liming and pond fertilization; food supply; growth rate and food conversion; selection of culture species; introduction of exotic species and their implication. Water requirements. Stocking, feeding and harvesting practices. Introduction to aquaculture business and economics, project planning and scheduling.

MSM 304:  Laboratory Techniques & Instrumentation                               2 Units

Water analysis, age and fecundity determination, growth rates, analysis of fish foods.

MSM 305:  Fisheries Technology I                                                            2 Units

Composition of fish and shellfish, biochemical and microbiological changes in fish post-mortem, nature and effects of processing procedures, analytical control of procedures; current technological development.

MSM 306: Hydrobiology                                                                           3 Units

Study and identification of the characteristic of flora and fauna, in the fresh water and coastal swamps of the tropics. The ecology, utilization and management of aquatic flora and fauna. Control of aquatic weeds in ponds.

MSM 307: Introductory Marine Phycology                                                 3 Units

Classification and life-cycles of major algal groups; range of form, structure and adaptations to benthic and planktonic life; economic importance of algae; red tides.

MSM 308:  Introductory Marine Geology                                                3 Units

Size, shape and origin of the ocean basins and continental margins. Composition, distribution and sources of sediments and rocks underneath the oceans. Near-shore and oceanic geological processes including erosion, transportation and deposition of geological materials.

MSM 310: Basic Fish Gear Technology                                                       2 Units

Basic principles of construction, operation and maintenance of different types of gear.  Instrumentation and facilities required in the operation and handling of specialized fishing gear.  Gear selectivity.  Implications of gear operations in fish exploitation and conservation.

MSM 311: Tropical Ornamental Fishes and Aquaria Design                         2 Units

Fundamental of Ornamental Fishes. Breeding of tropical ornamental fish species, management and nutrition. Design and maintenance of various aquaria.

MSM 312: Fisheries Extension and Administration                                    3 Units

Definition, functions and principles of fisheries extension. The context in Agriculture Development. Responsibilities of extension personnel. Identification of target groups and extension methodology. Communication skills and preparation of visual aids. Launching of fisheries extension programmes.

MSM 313: Fish Stock Assessment                                                            2 Units

Evaluation of the Fisheries resources of selected project areas, fishermen. Catch per unit, effort. Distribution of commercial landings and the relative constancy in the concentration of fishing boats.

MSM 315:  Fish Physiology and Anatomy                                                3 Units

Basic morphology of fin- and shell-fishes. Structure and functioning of the various systems: digestive, respiratory, excretory, cardiovascular, osmoregulatory, reproductive and sensory systems in fin- and shellfishes. Evolutionary divergence in structure and functioning of these systems. Typical body shape of fish and features of adaptation to the aquatic environment. The different body shape and adaptive designs. Description of the following features in relation to adaptation.(colouration in fish, electric shocks, luminous fishes, barbells and flaps, poison glands, production of sound, gas bladder and buoyancy. Adaptation for air breathing among fishes. Respiration (structure and function of gills).Nervous and endocrine system. (Coordination).

400 LEVEL

MSM 401: Oceanography                                                                       3 Units

The techniques and methodology for measuring primary and secondary production of the marine environment.  Oceanographic methods including designs of survey cruises and sampling techniques.  Biologically accommodated and physically controlled communities.

MSM 402: Aquatic Pollution                                                                   3 Units

Biological and ecological changes in the aquatic environment resulting from domestic, industrial, radio-active and agricultural wastes and methods of their evaluation. Assessment of pollution in the aquatic environment.

MSM 403: Benthic Ecology                                                                         3 Units

Biology of marine and brackish water benthos and their economic importance with particular reference to the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Composition and factors affecting distribution of benthic invertebrates; secondary production.

MSM 404: Planktology                                                                              3 Units

A detailed study of plankton community.  Distribution of plankton in the sea, holo and mero planktonic forms.   Productivity in the sea.  Detailed study of productivity and production in the sea; factors affecting the two phenomena. Algae as bioindicator indicate real assessment sentive environment. Boom

MSM 405: Littoral Algal Ecology                                                               3 Units

Closed warming sea rise and the littoral community.  The shore environment, patterns and factors influencing zonation, modifying factors, causes and problems, critical levels, benthic algae of the West African Coast with special reference to Tarkwa Bay.  Life on the sea shore, Littoral zone as diverse community.

MSM 408: Marine Geology                                                                      3 Units

Bathymetric surveying; sampling and laboratory technique. Composition, texture and structural relationships of sediments; Palaeontology and geology of continental margins; petroleum and mineral deposits. Analysis of geological data, and the application of marine geological knowledge to practical problems.

MSM 411:  Nigerian Fisheries Resources and Management                         3 Units

Checklist of fishery resources of Nigeria with emphasis on the commercially important ones in the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian estuaries and the Inland waters. Management practices on the naturally occurring fishes.

MSM 412: Fish Breeding and Genetics                                                   2 Units

Definition, importance of fish genetic to aquaculture, genetic biotechnology employed in fish improvement, philophid induction, tetraphi.

MSM 413:  Fish Pond Construction and Management                                    2 Units

Soil properties investigation; introduction to fish farm design and survey; construction tools and equipment; construction of different type of fish ponds (earthen, concrete, recirculatory system) Introduction to concrete technology maintenance of ponds structures and impoundment.

 

 

MSM 414:  Fish Nutrition and Fish Feed Technology                                 3 Units

Fundamental and applied aspects of fish nutrition, including nutrient requirements, feed formulation, feeding and efficiency of diets; nutritional diseases, stocking policies, quality evaluation, exposure to the fish feed industry.

MSM 415:  Fish Gear Technology                                                           2 Units

Study of the types of gear and fishing crafts. Properties of the materials used in the construction of fish gears. Construction of hooks and line traps and nets. Assessment of efficiency of fishing gear.

MSM 416:  Water Quality Management and Pollution Control                      3 Units

Physical composition of water bodies; water chemistry and nutrient cycles; sampling methods management of selected marine, brackish and fresh waters.  Chemical, mechanical and biological method for maintaining and improving water quality; biological ecological characteristics of polluted waters, effects of pollution on fish planktons, benthic macro-invertebrates, algae and water quality.

MSM 417:  Fish Processing, Preservation and Marketing                          2 Units

Design and operation of system for processing aquaculture products. Fundamentals of fish processing (to include fluid flow biotechnology and energy sources. Unit operation including extraction, freezing, cooling and drying. Feed willing process, tools, and equipment. General concepts in marketing and distribution of fish and fishery products. Price theory in relation to fish marketing. Equilibrium relationship between demand and supply. Relationship between price and quality. Demand and market for fish and fishery products. International fishery trade and EU regulations. Requirement for export and import of fishery products.

MSM 418: Fish Pathology                                                                   2 Units

Identification, morphology, taxonomy, life history of fish parasites. The ecological and pathological effects of parasites and diseases of fish. Epidemiology of parasite populations in water body, common bacterial, fungal and viral fish diseases and their control. International restriction binding the transportation of fish across country boundaries. Fish ponds and public health.

SIW 400:  SIWES/Industrial Training                                                6 Units

Students are expected to be attached to relevant industries, establishments, parastatals, organizations and commercial farms for practical exposure for a period of six months. Relate the theories learnt with the practical experience on field. Writing of report, seminar presentation and assessment of the experience acquired during the six month period.

 

500 LEVEL

MSM 511:  Biology of Fishes                                                            3 Units

The ecology and life-histories including age determination, growth, fecundity and reproduction of economically important fishes with particular reference to the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean; migration and feeding ecology; implications of the above in fisheries management.

MSM 512:  Economically Important Crustacean and Molluscs                         3 Units

Classification, life-histories, distribution, methods of capture and economic importance of crustaceans and molluscs.

MSM 513:  Aquaculture                                                                            3 Units

Culturing of fishes, crustaceans and molluscs in fresh, brackish and sea water with emphasis on techniques and economic aspects.  Types of fish culture, fish selection, control of reproduction, induced spawning management strategies in aquaculture; The role of aquatic vegetation in fish production, its utilization and control.

MSM 514:  Fish Nutrition                                                                      3 Units

Advanced principles of fish nutrition. Requirements for energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, and non-nutrient components; feed composition and formulation methods; the fish feed industry; feed pelleting; fish feed habit; feed evaluation; practical considerations in fish feed. Feed formulation, feed mixing and manufacture of feed on commercial scale.

MSM 515:  Hatchery and Farm Management                                           3 Units

Establishment and operation of hatcheries to produce fish fingerlings, emphasis on spawning, hatching, rearing, harvesting and distribution.

MSM 516:  Fisheries Technology II                                                           3 Units

Methods of improving fish processing and utilization, fish transportation; techniques quality control and new products development.

MSM 517:  Fisheries Economics                                                               3 Units

Analysis of supply and demand for fish and fishery products.  Theory and application of economic principles of production, marketing and consumption applied to fisheries.  Cost and return analysis of artisanal and commercial fisheries.

MSM 518:  Fisheries Statistics and Population Dynamics                           2 Units

Statistical methods in fisheries biology.  Principles of random and stratified sampling.  Analysis of variance and covariance; chi squared tests; multiple and curvilinear regression.  Estimation of fish population parameters; use of these concepts in fisheries management.

MSM 519:  Fish Parasitology and Diseases                                              3 Units

Basic concepts of fish parasitology and epizootiology, identification and control of fish parasites.  Bacterial and viral diseases of fishes; prevention and treatments of fish diseases.

 

MSM 520:  Fish Quality Control and Assessment                                     3 Units

Fish quality-intrinsic factors, deterioration and defects. Estimation of nutrient in fish flesh. Fish handling, storage and transportation. Methods for evaluating fish quality and spoilage; sensory, chemical, biochemical and microbiological methods of assessment. Quality control and evaluation methods, Hazard Analysis Critical control point (HACCP). Principles and methods of harvesting, processing and preservation. Traditional and modern methods-filleting, mincing, flaking, marinating, canning, drying, smoking etc. Fish products, packaging and labelling.

MSM 521:  Fisheries Laws                                                                 2 Units

Introduction to Public Law, Business Law, International Law of Fisheries and Law of the sea.

MSM 522:  Modern Applications in Fisheries                                      2 Units

Introduction to problem solving methods and algorithm development; designing, coding, debugging, and documenting programmes using techniques of a good programming language style; computer organization; programming algorithm development. Applying computer to problem solving in fisheries.

MSM 539:  Seminar on Selected Topics                                              2 Units

Selected topics in various fields of Fisheries and Marine Sciences for presentation and discussion by students.

MSM 540:  Research Project                                                                     4 Units

A systematic scientific investigation carried out by student on an approved fisheries related topic under assigned academic staff.