The Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education is one of the four Departments in the Faculty of Education, Benue State University, Makurdi. The other three are Curriculum and Teaching, Vocational and Technical Education, and Educational Foundations. The Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education started in the Faculty of Education in 1992 as Department of Physical and Health Education. It was later rationalized alongside other departments in the University. The B.Sc. (Ed) Physical and Health Education programme was reintroduced by the Prof. David Ker’s led administration and housed under the Department of Educational Foundations. Following the demerger process, the Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education was approved by the Senate of the University, and he Department commenced activities as an academic department during the 2010/2011 academic session.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROGRAMME IN GENERAL
The Department is administered by the Head of Department with the support of academic and Non-academic staff. The academic staff also help with the administrative responsibilities as assigned or delegated to them.
General Administration and Staff Involvement in Decision Making Process
Members of Staff are involved in the decision-making process and in general administration by participating in departmental meetings, which are supposed to be held on a monthly basis. They are involved through the role(s) they play when assigned responsibilities. Guiding principles and policies
Human Kinetics & Health Education as a discipline is noted for efficient organization and administration. To this end, we decide to have certain principles in this department that will guide the actions of both staff and students.
By the nature of our discipline, hazards are likely to occur, but we must guide against them, hence certain policies are essential.
The purpose of Administrative Policies:
Policies reveal the ends or goals of the department.
Policies permit the staff to translate alternatives into action. It ensures some degree of expediency.
Policies prevent inconsistency in solutions,
Policies permit a degree of flexibility in the solution of local problems.
Policies perform the function of good public relations.
Policies help the staff realize that decisions which affect them adversely are not made on personal basis.
Policy relating to excuses and Participation:
That all excuses from participation in physical education class must be approved and signed by a medical officer.
Justification 1: By demanding medical approval, the number of minor excuses will be reduced.
2: Only students with genuine excuses will dare go to the medical doctor for approval Policy relating to Class Attendance:
All students in Physical and Health Education Class must have at least 75% attendance in order to be competent in our programme.
The daily attendance must be taken by the lecturer or by the class leader duly authorized by the lecturer.
The names of the absentees must be submitted to the office of the Head of Department daily for record purposes.
To prevent unnecessary absence.
To emphasize the importance of attendance in Physical Education classes.
To encourage good attendance.
Policy relating to the Use of Uniforms:
To participate in physical education class, all students must buy and wear the uniforms prescribed by the department. Justification:
For better and free movement during physical education activity.
For the prevention of accidents resulting from sluggish movement.
For better class morale and appearance.
For non-discrimination in terms of socio-economic status.
For comfort and safety.
Policy relating to Pregnancy:
All female students actively participating in Physical Education class aren not allowed to be pregnant during the course. If it happens by accident or by design, she will have to repeat the year. Justification:
For the safety of the students.
To save both the lecturer and the college from legal liability.
For the protection and safety of the unborn child.
For the protection of policy No. 9.3.2 above.
Policy Relating to Evening Games:
All physical education student majors should attend and participate in evening games every day except Friday, Saturdays, and Sunday s as part of the formal physical education programme. Justifications:
To enable students improve on personal skills and performances, and give them practice in coaching and officiating at various sports activities.
To inculcate the sense of responsibility.
To acclimatize the students with the work they will do after they graduate from the programme.
For the enrichment of the programme.
For better interaction and better understanding
To facilitate mutual learning among the students and staff.
a. Programme Title: B.SC. (ED.) PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
The programme leading to the award of the B.Sc. (Ed.) Physical and Health Education (PHE) degree incorporates courses in education and in the major content area of Physical and Health Education, together with supplementary courses in science education and general studies. An important aspect of the programme involves participation in laboratory practical courses in the theory and practice of games and sports and exercise science and human performance.
c. Programme Philosophy
The general philosophy of the programme is for the acquisition and spread of basic knowledge in the science of human movement; response to exercise, physical fitness, health and basic skills in games, sports and recreation.
d. Programme Objectives
The B. Sc. (Ed.) programme in PHE is designed to provide candidates with a high level of intellectual and professional skills that will enable them function effectively as professionals and as people who can adapt to the changing situations in the nation. Specifically the programme is intended to:
Produce knowledgeable and professionally competent graduate teachers of Human Kinetics and Health Education for primary and secondary schools.
Produce professionally competent sports coaches, administrators and organizers for Colleges, Institutes, Polytechnics, Universities, Armed Forces, Para-Military, State and Federal Ministries of Education, Educational Resource Centres, State Sports Councils and National Sports Commission.
Produce future scholars, researchers and lecturers for Colleges of Education, National Institute for Sports and Universities.
Produce competent fitness leaders and instructors for fitness and exercise centers who will conduct exercise training for apparently healthy clients in order to reduce risk factors for chronic disease and promote fitness and healthy lifestyle.
e. Admission Requirements
University Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) candidates must satisfy the minimum conditions of the Benue State University, Makurdi for admission to the degree programme.
In addition to the minimum University requirement:
Direct Entry (DE) candidates shall possess two ‘A’ level passes in any of Biology, Chemistry, Physic, or NCE with at least two credits and a merit pass in Physical and Health Education.
University Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates must possess at least five ‘O’ level credit passes in GCE, SSCE or NECO including English Language and Biology/Chemistry/Physics.
Holders of Diploma Certificate in Physical and Health Education with a minimum of upper credit pass must in addition possess five ‘O’ level credit passes which must include English Language and Biology.
Candidates must be physically fit and must not be disabled.
Female students must not be pregnant at the beginning and throughout the period of the programme.
Candidates with other qualifications considered to be appropriate by the senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of Education.
In addition to the above, each candidate for admission into the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education will be required to:
Show evidence of interest and participation in sports.
Attend an interview involving physical fitness test and sports skills.
(a) To be accepted as bona fide student eligible to attend lectures and sit for examinations, the student must duly register within the appropriate period for all the core, and where applicable, elective courses, at the beginning of each semester.
(b) A student who fails to duly register within the specified period will be required to pay registration fine.
(c) Any change or alteration in the students course registration form after it has been duly endorsed by the designated authority shall not be accepted without the consent of the Head of Department. Such a change, either by way of addition or subtraction, must be effected on specially prescribed forms and within the first four-weeks of the semester.
(d) Any students who sits for examination in a course for which he/she has not registered will have the result of such examination declared null and void.
(e) At the commencement of departmental registration, students advisors shall provide them with an up-to-date list of courses available for the semester, the department where each course is offered and the lecturer assigned to teach each course.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
(i). Duration of programme
UME applicants are offered the four-year programme (100-400 level), the direct entry applicants are allowed a three years programme (200-400 level). The maximum period allowed a student to remain on a programme under the four year system is six years (i.e. 150% of the normal duration of four years) and that of direct entry is five years.
(ii) Award of Bachelor Degree
To qualify for the award of Bachelor’s Degree the candidate shall satisfy the following conditions.
(a) Must have been dully matriculated into the university
(b) Must have been dully admitted for the degree programme
(c) Must have paid requisite fees and debts
(d) Must have passed all required courses prescribed for the degree programme and earned a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of not less than 1.00.
(iii). Total Minimum Credit Unit to Graduate:
Although the National Universities Commission (NUC) recommends a minimum of 120 credit units to be passed by a student to earn a degree in the Faculty of Education, a minimum of 144 credits are required for the award of the degree of this Department for the four year programme for UTME Candidates, and 108 for D.E. Candidates.
To be awarded a degree in the Faculty of Education a Student must successfully complete a period of supervised teaching practice to last for at least six weeks. This course is of special significance to the students of Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education who would eventually become professional teachers. This exercise is normally scheduled to take place after the completion of 300 level. Students are to make arrangement to sponsor themselves for this exercise.
In order to graduate, all students are required to complete a research project on an approved topic under the supervision of academic staff member and submit four bound copies at the stipulated time. Guidelines on project writing are provided to help students in this exercise.
CITIZENSHIP & LEADERSHIP TRAINING
To satisfy the retirement in this course, all graduating students of Human Kinetics and Health Education are required to attend a Man’O War Bay course for a period of not less than two weeks. This can be either in the citizenship and leadership training in Jos, Enugu, Lagos or Port Harcourt. Students will be assessed during the course, and used to compute their results at the end of the programme.
a. The course must be offered in progressive tiers. This means that 100 level courses are to be offered and passed (especially if they are pre-requisites) before a candidate is allowed to register for the higher tier of courses.
b. At least 75% attendance is required in all lectures, tutorials and practicals for a student to qualify to sit for the semester examination in any course unit.
c. Continuous Assessment (CA) shall count for 40% of the final grade while end of semester examination shall account for 60%. A minimum of two continuous assessments are given per course in the form of essays, test etc, each semester and these are promptly graded and returned to students.
d. The scoring and grading pattern used are as described below.
Students’ score in each course are first expressed in percentages/percentiles. These are then converted to Letter Grades and then Grade Point using the following scheme.
Percentiles scores Letter Grades Grade Points
70-100 A 5
60-69 B 4
50-59 C 3
45-49 D 2
40-44 E 1
00-39 F 0
Note that the minimum pass mark is 40% which is equivalent to letter grade E and grade point 1.
e. Students’ grade points obtained in all courses taken each semester are converted to what is called the Grade Point Average (GPA). This is done by multiplying the grade point obtained in each course by the credit units assigned to that course; then summing these products for all courses taken in the semester (this sum is called Weighted Grade Point (WGP) and finally dividing the sum or WGP by the total credit units registered in that semester.
The GPA range from 0.00 (if a student fails all courses) to 5.00 (if a student obtains ‘A’ in all courses). Its value is expression of how well a student has performed on an average in a given semester. After a student has completed two semesters or more, his GPA is further calculated cumulatively, and the value so obtained is called cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
The CGPA provides a measure of students’ progress towards their degrees and the final class of degree obtained at the successful completion of a programme depends on the final CGPA obtained.
f. Each student is required to maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 1.00 in order to be of good academic standing. A student whose CGPA falls below 1.00 at the end of any session of study shall be placed on probation.
g. A student who remains on probation for two consecutive session and fails to attain the status of good academic standing shall be asked to withdraw from the programme.
h. Failure in any course shall be recorded as such. If such a course is a core, course, the student must carry it over, re-register it and pass it before graduation. If on the other hand the failed course is an elective, the student has an option to retake it or replace it with another relevant elective course.
i. Further information about examination irregularities, misconduct, malpractice and related disciplinary actions are normally provided during students’ orientation programmes and in the course of registration.
LIST OF STAFF
Area of Specialization
Prof. Uver Jonathan N.
NCE, B.Sc. (Ed) M.Ed, Ph.D.
Prof. Danladi I. Musa
NCE, B.Sc. (Ed) M. Ed, Ph.D.
Exercise and Sport Science
Prof. Elizabeth E. Anejo (Mrs)
NCE, B.Ed M.Ed, Ph.D.
Prof. Targema Iorvaa
NCE, B.Ed M.Ed, Ph.D.
Dr. Ityodugh John I.
NCE, B.Ed M.Ed, Ph.D.
Dr. Charles Iortima G.
Dip. (PHE) B. Sc. (Ed), M.Ed, Ph.D
Dr. Olubode Olagoke Olufemi
B.Ed, Med, Ph.D
Seer Ukeunice Nguungwan (Mrs)
B.Sc. (Ed), M.Ed. (in view)
Mr. Igboon, Patrick Terna
Miss. Iorember, Mwuese Precious
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The minimum requirement for admission into 100 level of the Programme includes:
1. 5 credits pass at SSCE/WASC/GCE O'L or equivalent at a maximum of two sittings.
2. The credit passes must include: Mathematics, Physics (acceptable for Computer Science) and English.
3. Candidates must also satisfy the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) minimum condition in addition to (i) and (ii) above
4. holders of H.S.C / GCE A'L, IJMB, NCE, OND (In Computer Science) in addition to the O'L requirement
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The Department seeks to promote interdisciplinary research n the areas of Algebras, Non-linear Operator Theory, Complex Analysis, Operations Research, Time Series Analysis, and Econometrics Theory and methods as well as Computer Science theories such as Neural Networks, Data Mining, Data Communication and Networking, Management Information systems, Computing Machines and Applications in Web designs.
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Facilities available in the Department meet the minimum requirements for under-graduate studies. In addition to the University Library, the Department and Faculty libraries are available for consultation and research. A computer Laboratory is also available for all students and they are expected to have access either on their own or within their lecturers.
EARTH WALK (WORK)
TWO COMPUTER LABORATORIES
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The Department began as the Department of Mathematics, among three others (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) that formed Faculty of Science, in 1992. These Departments in their inception ran, together, the first Remedial Programme of the University which contributed in bringing students to the faculty. At the end of the first year, students who passed the Remedial Programme and had chosen Mathematics option were admitted to read B.SC (Hons) Mathematic (1993). Unfortunately the University administration felt that there were insufficient number of lecturers to run the Mathematics Programme to the finish and hence the students that enrolled for Mathematics were asked to move to any of the other three programmes.
Thus the department became a service Department to the other three Departments from 1993 – 2001.
In 2000, the Benue State Government mandated the University Council to start the degree programmes in Mathematics and Computer Science'. This gave birth to the present status of the Department as the "Department of Mathematics and Computer Science". By this new mandate, the Department offers B.SC (Hons) degree in Mathematics and B.Sc (Hons) degree in Computer Science. The first sets of students were admitted in 2001/2002 session and graduated in 2005/2006 session.
Apart from running the Department's Programme, the Department still services other Departments of the Faculty (Science) and Faculty of Education as well as General Studies. The Department is presently accommodated in a one storey building constructed by Education Trust Fund (ETF)
aims and objectives
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers students opportunity to be well grounded in the areas of Mathematics and Computer Science. On successful completion of any of the programmes, the graduate of the Department is expected to work effectively in any area of Mathematics and / or Computer Science as may be applicable to his disciple. Other main objectives of the Department are:
• To provide the much needed manpower in the area of Mathematics & Computer Science
• To render services to the entire University especially to related disciplines such as Mathematics Education, Physical Sciences, Management Sciences and Social Sciences.
• To promote and encourage active research in the area of Mathematics, Computing and allied disciplines.
• To provide courses and supervise research leading to higher degrees of the University.
• To achieve and maintain a good level of academic excellence.