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DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION AND GENERAL STUDIES

Preamble

The Department of Communication and General Studies which was formerly the Department of General Studies was established in 1988, at the inception of the University. The Department that kicked off with only one staff has grown, like a mustard seed, now has fifteen academic members of staff ranging from Professor to Assistant Lecturer. The Department offered general studies courses with the main aim of broadening the knowledge of students beyond their immediate professional horizon. In 2006, it metamorphosed into the Department of Communication and General Studies and has since been offering Postgraduate courses in Communication Studies. 

The FUNAAB Theatre Troupe, a group of actors and other performers, made up of students from various disciplines in the University is anchored in the Department.

 

                Mission

The Department is established to produce well-rounded, morally and intellectually capable personnel and graduates with entrepreneurial skills in an environment of peace and social cohesiveness.

 

                Vision

To be a Department that provides a variety of courses, knowledge, services and support in the promotion of learning in an environmentally-friendly society.

 

                Objectives

The principal mandate of the Department has been to ensure that the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) continues to offer and maintain the highest level of academic excellence in a competitive national and international higher education environment. Above all, the Department has a major role of contributing towards the realization of the vision and mission of FUNAAB. Accordingly, the Department promotes excellence in education and facilitates the overall development of staff and students in the University in order to advance the intellectual and human resource capacity of the country and the international world.

 


                Postgraduate Programmes

 

Units in the Department

The Department is divided into four Units namely:

i     Philosophy, Sociology and Political Science

       - Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

       - Master in Professional and Applied Ethics

    ii Language and Communication

       - Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies        

       - Academic Master Degree in Communication Studies

       - Professional Master Degree in Communication Studies

       - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies

 

 iii.Library and Information Studies

- Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies          

       -  Master Degree  in Library and Information Studies

                                               

  iv. Peace and Strategic Studies

     - Academic Master Degree in Peace and Strategic Studies

       - Professional Master Degree  in Peace and Strategic Studies

 

                Professional Ethics

A.            Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

 Objectives

This Programme is designed to:

develop students and career officers to having an in-depth knowledge of the nature and relevance of ethics to human and national development.

strengthen and develop their understanding of the principles of ethics and how it can be applied to different disciplines like Law, Medicine, Business, Journalism, etc.

generate and promote sound understanding of moral principles that underlies social actions and professional orientations.

develop in decision-makers and administrators, a high degree of sensibility to questions of rights and wrongs, and of moral obligation in policy matters and

 address the fast growing decadence in public morality and the prevalence of professional misconducts in our public life.

 

The course-schedule and requirements of the programme are flexible enough to meet the needs and interests of students and career officers by providing them with a good background in more general approaches to ethics and a sound practical orientation in dealing with the ethical aspects of concrete  professional problems.

 

Justification 

The Programme is mainly for decision-makers in various areas of life: government, education, business, medicine, nursing, the media, the military and para-military services. The programme is designed to help students upgrade their professional and academic standing. It can lead to degree of Master in Professional Ethics or other related disciplines

 

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission should normally possess an honours degree in any discipline from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta or any other University recognized by the Senate of this University. HND holders with Upper Credit may be admitted into the programme.

 

Duration

The duration for the Postgraduate Diploma Course is two semesters for full-time students and four semesters for part-time students.

 

Graduation Requirements

The postgraduate diploma degree is awarded to students who successfully complete and pass at least 24 units including the compulsory, elective, seminar, and acceptable project.

 

Course Structure                          Units

Compulsory                                         14

Elective                                                                4

Seminar                                                 2

Project                                                   4

Total                                                      24

 

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

PET 701

Introduction to Philosophy  

INTROPHY

2

PET 703   

Introduction to Ethical Theories and Practice 

INTROETP

2

COM 701

Advanced Use of English                             

ADVUSENG

2

COM 707

Research Methods

SOSTAREM

2

COM 719

Ethics and Society

ETHICSOC

2

Elective Courses

PET 705 

Introduction to the Theories of Human Nature

INTROTHN

2

PET 707

Violence, War and Terrorism

VIWARTER

2

PET 711

Corrupt and Anti-corrupt Practices

CORAPRAC

2

PET 713

Science, Culture and Ethical Values

SCCUETHV

2

PET 717

Introduction to Religion and Morality

INTROREM

2

PET  725

Introduction to Ethics and Education

INTROEED

2

PET  727

Introduction to Ethics of Sex

INTROETS

2

 

Note:    

Students are expected to take one elective in the first semester.

Full-time students are required to take a minimum of 12 units while part-time students are required to take a minimum of 6 units per semester.     

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

PET 702

Logical Reasoning

LOGICREA

2

PET 712

Introduction to Ethics and Information Technology

INTROEIT

2

PET 798

Seminar

SEMINAR

2

PET 799

Project

PROJECT

4

Elective Courses

PET 704

Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

INTROPHM

2

PET 706

Human Rights in Theory and Practice

HURIGHTP

2

PET 708

Introduction to Theories of Justice

INTROTHJ

2

PET 710

Introduction to Business Ethics

INTROBUE

2

PET 714

Introduction to Ethics and Journalism

INTROETJ

2

PET 716

Introduction to Ethics and Legal Profession

INTROELP

2

PET 718

Introduction to Bioethics

INTROBET

2

 

Note: Students are expected to take one elective in the second semester.

Full-time students are required to take a minimum of 12 units while part-time students should take a minimum of 6 units per semester.  

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

PET         701         Introduction to Philosophy                                                         (2 units)

The nature of Philosophy; Branches of Philosophy; Philosophical problems; Philosophy and Science; Philosophy and Religion; Philosophy and National Development; Philosophy and the Contemporary African Society.

 

PET         702         Logical Reasoning                                                                            (2 units)

Nature of Arguments: Inductive and Deductive; Fallacies; Techniques for Evaluating Arguments; Language; Definition; Problem of Induction.

 

PET         703         Introduction to Ethical Theories and Practice                     (2 units)

Types of Ethical Theories; Foundation of Ethics (Morality and Rational Self-interest); Status of Morality; Relativism and Objectivism in Ethics; Role of Reason in Ethics and Moral Practice.

 

PET         704         Introduction to Philosophy of Mind                                        (2 units)

Nature of mind; What is mind?; Theories of Mind: Cartesian Dualism, Substance theory, Bundle theory and the Stream of Consciousness theory; Mind-Body Problem: Monism, Dualism, Reductive Materialism, 20th Century Central State Materialism, Identity theory, Epiphenomenalism, Parallelism and Occasionalism.

 

PET         705         Introduction to the Theories of Human Nature                   (2 units)

What is a human being?; Are human beings free?; Are they different from animals?; If they are, how?; Theories of Human nature: Platonism, Christianity, Marxism, Psycho-analysis, Existentialism, and Behaviourism.

 

 

 

PET         706         Introduction to Human Rights in Theory and Practice                                                     (2 units)

The concept of Natural Rights; Basic Human Rights: Freedom, Justice and Equality; Limits of Human Rights; Dischargeable and Non-dischargeable Rights and Obligations; Rights of Future Generations; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 

PET         707         Violence, War and Terrorism                                                                     (2 units)

Definition of Terms (violence, war and terrorism); Causes of Violence; War and Terrorism; Consequence of Violence; Relationship among violence, war and terrorism; Religion and Terrorism; Revolution and Non-violence; Justice and Terrorism; Panacea to Violence; War and Terrorism.

 

COM 707              Ethics and Research Methods                                                                       (2 units)

Steps in Social Science Research; Defining Research Problem and its Guidelines; Developing Specific Objectives and Hypotheses; Writing Categories of Research Design; Concept of Variables; Sampling Techniques; Ethical problems associated with Scientific Research Method. Method of Data Collection; Roles of Related Literature in Research; Analysis and Interpretation of Data Measurement and Evaluation, Levels of Measurement; Validity and Reliability; Types of Rating Scale; Test Construction and Item Analysis;  Measurement of Socio-economic Status; Measurement of Innovation Adoption; Techniques of Attitude Scale Construction (Likert Method of Scaling); Conversion of Descriptive Ratings to Standard Scores.

 

 

PET         708         Introduction to Theories of Justice                                                          (2 units)

The principles of Justice; John Rawl’s Theory of Justice; Justice and Social Contract; Entitlement Theory; Utilitarian Theory; Egalitarian Theory; Genetic Diversity; Individual Diversity; Individual Differences; Starvation and Wealth; Punishment and Reward; Desert; Capital Punishment; Equality; Equal Opportunity and Equal consideration.

 

COM      719         Ethics and Society                                                                                           (2 units)

Theory of Evolution and the Social Origin of Morality; Influence of Ethics on the formation of the Society; Social Selection; Reciprocal Altruism; the Place of the Individual in the Society and the Ethical Basis of the Social Contract Theory.

 

PET         710         Introduction to Business Ethics                                                                 (2units)

Ethics and Decision-making in Businesses; Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility; Religion, Business and Ethics; Ethics and the Employer-employee Relationship; Ethics and Corporate Governance; Ethics and Marketing.

 

PET         711         Corrupt and Anti-corrupt Practices                                                          (2 units)

Corruption; Causes of Corruption; Consequences and Cures of Corruption; Corruption and Human Nature; Justice and Corruption; Corruption in the Private Sector; Corruption in the Public Sector; Anti-corruption Agencies; Corruption in Politics; Can Corruption be Eradicated?

 

PET         712         Introduction to Ethics and Information Technology                         (2 units)

Ethical Issues in Information Technology; Morality and Information Technology; the Problem of Freedom and Privacy; Information Technology and Intellectual Property Rights; Information Technology and Cultural Identity; Information Technology and Crime.

 

PET         713         Science, Culture and Ethical Values                                                        (2 units)

Science, Culture and Morality; Culture, Science and Ethics; Cultural Universals and Variables; Implications of Science and Technology on Culture; Ethics and Scientific Innovations.

 

PET         714         Introduction to Ethics and Journalism                                                    (2 units)

Ethical Dilemmas in Journalism/Mass Media; Problems arising from the relationship between the Mass Media and Government Institutions, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, the Judiciary and Private Organizations; Objectivity in Media Practice; Media Imperialism, Satellite Broadcasting and Computer Fibre Optics; Ethics of Media Advertisement; Propaganda and News Reporting in Electronic and Print Media; Freedom and the Media.

 

COM      701         Advanced Use of English                                                                             (2 units)

Basic fundamentals in written and spoken English, a brief review of the grammar, principles of English speech and practice in spoken English.

 

PET         716         Introduction to Ethics and the Legal Profession                                 (2 units)

The Relationship between Law and Ethics, Moral Foundation of the law, Law and Society, Administration of Legal Justice, Plea-bargaining, Insanity Pleas and Criminal Liability, The Lawyer’s Commitment to his Client, Truth and Falsehood in Legal Practice and Advertisement in the Legal Profession.

 

 

PET         717         Religion and Morality                                                                                    (2 units)

Nature of Religion, Morality and their interconnection, Religion and Morality in African Traditional Thought, The Role of Conscience in the Development of Moral Awareness, Religion and Human Rights, Morality in a Multi-religious Society.

 

PET         718         Introduction to Bioethics                                                                    (2 units)

History of Medicine, Hippocratic Tradition, Ethics and the Physicians, Right to Healthcare, Prolongation of Life and the Right to Refuse Treatment, Medical Confidentiality, Honesty, Lying, Deception and Withholding the Truth, Killing and the Definition of Death, Terminal illness, Euthanasia, Abortion and Infanticide, Physician’s Right to go on Strike or to Advertise his Trade.

 

PET      798               Seminar                                                                                                   (2 units)

Students Seminars in different areas of Social Ethics. Each student will be required to give a seminar on a chosen topic within the curriculum.

 

PET         725         Introduction to Ethics and Education                                           (2 units)

 Individuals with knowledge of and practice in applied ethics tend to have better competencies in developing personal and organizational codes of ethics; to organize, counsel, and train people in analyzing and resolving ethical dilemmas; and to defend and monitor ethical decision making in various fields of work. The course provides a thorough grounding in ethical theory along with a detailed look at a wide range of issues in professional ethics.

 

(B)          M.Sc. in Professional and Applied Ethics

 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements established by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Postgraduate School, candidates for admission to the degree shall be graduates of this University or any other University recognised by the Senate, with degree in the Arts, Sciences, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Education or other related disciplines. The possession of relevant professional qualifications and/or experience will be an advantage.

 

Duration

The duration of the M.Sc. in Professional and Applied Ethics shall be minimum of 4 semesters for full-time and maximum of eight semesters while part-time is minimum of 8 semesters and maximum of 12.

 

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for this degree programme must satisfy the following conditions:

(i)            Successful completion of prescribed course work of at least 18 units, Seminar (4 units) and Practicum (2 units).

(ii)           Successful completion of an approved dissertation of 6 units and satisfaction of the examiners on the execution and outcome of the research project.

(iii)          Any other condition as may be prescribed by Senate of the University for the Award of a Master’s degree.

                 Course Structure

 

Course Specification

Units

Compulsory Courses

12

Electives

 6

Seminar

 4

Practicum

 2

Dissertation

 6

Total

30

 

  

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbrevations

Units

Compulsory Courses

CSC 801

Use of Computer in Research

USEOCOMP

4

PET 801

Introduction to Philosophy

INTROPHY

2

PET 803

Ethical Theories and Practice

ETHTPRAC

2

COM 809

Essentials of Scholarly Writing

ESENSCHW

2

Elective Courses

PET 805

Advanced Philosophy of Mind

ADVPHYMD

2

PET 807

Advanced Ethics and Information Technology

ADVETHIT

PET 809

Propaganda and Ethics

PROETHIC

2

PET 811

Advanced Ethics and Education

ADVETHED

2

PET 813

Conflict Resolutions in Community Services

CONRECOS

2

PET 815

Politics and Public Administration

POLPUADM

2

PET 817

Philosophy of Human Rights and Justice

PHYHRJUS

2

PET 819

Violence, War and Terrorism

VIWARTER

2

PET 821

Justice and International Affairs

JUSINTAF

2

Students are expected to take 1 elective in 1st semester

 

 

Second Semester                                                                                                                           

New Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

PET 802

Introduction to Moral Philosophy: Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Ethics

INTROMPHY

2

PET 806

Ethics in Research Method

ETHREMTH

2

PET 808

Business Ethics

BUSETHIC

2

PET 810

Bioethics

BIOETHIC

2

COM 828

Communication Ethics

COMMETHC

2

Elective Courses

PET 804

Media Ethics

MEDIAETH

2

PET 812

Corrupt and Anti-corrupt Practices

CORAPRAC

2

PET 814

Theories of Justice

MTHEOJUS

2

PET 816

Religion and Morality

RELMORAL

2

PET 818

Advanced Ethics of Sex

MADVETHS

2

PET 820

Advanced Ethics and Journalism

MADVETHJ

2

PET 822

Human Right in Theory and Practice

HRTHPRAC

2

PET 824

Theories of Human Nature

THEOHUMN

2

PET 826

Ethics and Legal Profession

ETHLEGPR

2

PET 828

The Meaning of Life

MEANLIFE

2

PET 830

Environmental Ethics

ENVIRETH

2

Electives: Students should take 1 elective in 2nd semester

 

Third and Fourth Semesters

New Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

COM 801

Research Strategies and Methods

RESTAMET

2

PET 827

Practicum in the Area of Specialization

PRACTIAS

2

PET 897

Seminar I

SEMINARI

2

PET 898

Seminar II

SEMINAII

2

PET 899

Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

PET         801         Introduction to Philosophy                                                                         (2 units)

Definition and Nature of Philosophy; Main Branches of Philosophy (Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology and Ethics); Some Philosophical Problems (Appearance and Reality, Opinion, Truth, Belief and Knowledge)

 

COM      801         Research Strategies and Methods                                                           (2 units)

 Meaning and scales of measurement; factors influencing the choice of appropriate parametric tests; Principles of test construction-statistical concepts, item analysis, and types and measurements of reliability and validity; techniques for attitude scale, construction methods of paired comparison, equal-appearing intervals, successive intervals, summated ratings, and scale-gram analysis; interpretation of data and discussion. The course aims at intimating students with simple concepts and principles of statistical methods and their subsequent application in solving social science issues

 

PET         802 Introduction to Moral Philosophy: Ancient, Modern and Contemporary

(2 units)

The nature of Moral Philosophy; Ethics of Ancient Philosophers (The Sophists, Socrates, The Ethics of Plato, Aristotle’s Ethics, Stoic Ethics, Epicurean Ethics, The Ethics of St. Augustine), The Ethics of Modern Philosophers (Benedict Spinoza, John Locke, David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Hegel, Bentham and Mill) and Contemporary Ethics (Henri Bergson, Existentialist Ethics, Joseph Fletcher, John Rawls); Emotivism, Intuitionism, Prescriptivism.

 

PET         803         Ethical Theories and Practice                                                                     (2 units)

Types of Ethical Theories; Foundation of Ethics (Morality and Rational Self-interest); Status of Morality; Relativism and Objectivism in Ethics; Role of Reason in Ethics and Moral Practice; Selected cases raised in the area of Education, Health, Media, Medicine, Politics or Art; Analysis and Development of Deontological and Consequential Approaches to Morality; Application of Theoretical considerations to case studies; Analysis of the implications of such application for practical moral decision-making.

 

 

PET         804         Media Ethics                                                                                                      (2 units)

The definition of the scope of media ethics as a branch of applied ethics and social philosophy; the idea of moral obligation; analysis of the liberal tradition of freedom of thought and expression and the current relevance, for example, the arguments of John Stuart Mill and contemporary critique of liberalism; two concepts of liberty. The ethics of government and the media: confidentiality and sources, ‘the right to know’, war reporting, censorship- taste, decency and pornography, film censorship, broadcasting and the ‘new’ media, truth and truth-telling-lying and moral choice in media practice; accuracy, fairness and bias.

 

PET         805         Advanced Philosophy of Mind                                                                 (2 units)

Research methods employed by different disciplines, Ethical problems associated with Scientific Research Method. Problem of Objectivity in Data Collection; Truth Telling; Observation and Human Sentiments; Gerrymandering; Language of Reporting Results; Integrity of Research; Basic Ethical issues in Research; Writing out Proposals following these guidelines.

 

PET         806         Ethics in Research Methodology                                                     (2 units)

Survey of traditional and contemporary problems of the mind and its relation to the body: Topics to include the problem of other minds, personal identity, mental causation, dualism, physicalism, and some of the challenges of consciousness and self-awareness raised by physicalism.

 

PET         807         Advanced Ethics and Information Technology                          (2 units)

Ethical Issues in Information Technology; Morality and Information Technology; the Problem of Freedom and Privacy; Information Technology and Intellectual Property Rights; Information Technology and Cultural Identity; Information Technology and Crime.

 

PET         808         Business Ethics                                                                                       (2 units)

Ethics and Decision-making in Businesses; Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility; Religion, Business and Ethics; Ethics and the Employer-employee Relationship; Ethics and Corporate Governance; Ethics and Marketing; Moral issues in business such as justification of market allocation, problem of public goods, duties to consumers and employees, advertising, secrecy, and truth justifications for governmental regulation, satisfies business ethics requirement for Management, David Eccles School of Business.

 

PET         809         Propaganda and Ethics                                                                  (2 units)                        A   brief history of propaganda; Types of Propaganda (Religious Propaganda and Propaganda at Wartime); Traditional Techniques of Propaganda (Social Psychology Model, Herman and Chomsky Model and Ross’ Epistemic Merit Model); Modern Techniques of Propaganda (Afgan War, Iraq War, American Propaganda in Iraq, Propaganda aimed at Americans); Uses of Propaganda; Propaganda and War; Propaganda and the Modern World; Implication of Propaganda on Ethics.

 

COM 809:            Essentials of Scholarly Writing                                                         (2 units)

A study of the bibliographic entry and embedding in-text citations;  Stylistic conventions and other literary devices appropriate to the writing of scholarly materials such as book reports and reviews, articles for certain learned journals, dissertations and doctoral theses; elements of literary writing: selection of title, background of study, literature review (citing of sources), methodology, interpretation and discussion of data, summary, conclusion and recommendation; writing of abstract; references;  a review of selected research reports and publications with a view to identifying elements of scholarly writing.

 

PET         810         Bio-Ethics                                                                                            (2 Units)             

Ethical principles (respect for autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence justice) and other ethical concerns (e.g. privacy, confidentiality, compassion, relationships among patients and professionals) are studied and applied to contemporary problems in medicine and biomedical research, These problems include genetic testing and therapy; organ transplantation; decision-making regarding treatment and care at the end of life; research involving human subjects; treatment issues in the AIDS epidemics (case study are used).

 

PET         811         Advanced Ethics and Education                                (2 units)

Value of education, functional education and the citizen’s right to knowledge, Freedom of Choice, Indoctrination and Ideology in Educational System, Mode of Instruction and Assessment Procedures, Institutional Autonomy and Freedom of Educational Institutions from State Intervention, Education and Moral Development and The Right to Education.

 

PET         812         Corrupt and Anti-corrupt Practices                                    (2 units)    

Corruption; Causes of Corruption; Consequences and Cures of Corruption; Corruption and Human Nature; Justice and Corruption; Corruption in the Private Sector; Corruption in the Public Sector; Anti-corruption Agencies; Corruption in Politics; Can Corruption be Eradicated?

 

PET         813         Conflict Resolution in Community Services                     (2 units)  

Causes and Management of Conflicts at the Interpersonal, Inter-organizational, and International Levels; The Role of Negotiation and Dialogue in Conflict Resolutions; The Ethics of Alternative Methods; How Community Leaders Incorporate Ethical decisions and Communication Strategies in Conflict Management.

 

PET         814         Theories of Justice                                                                     (2 units)

The principles of Justice; John Rawl’s Theory of Justice; Justice and Social Contract; Entitlement Theory; Utilitarian Theory; Egalitarian Theory; Genetic Diversity; Individual Diversity; Individual Differences; Starvation and Wealth; Punishment and Reward; Desert; Capital Punishment; Equality; Equal Opportunity and Equal consideration.

 

 


PET         815         Politics and Public Relations                                            (2 units)        

Definition and History of Public Relations; Political Public Relations (Old and Present); Phenomenon of Salaries and Growth; Tactics of Public Relations; Ethics of Public Relations (Spin, Negative, Politics and Society); Public Relations in Politics.

 

PET         816         Advanced Religion and Morality                                     (2 units)       

Nature of Religion, Morality and their interconnection, Religion and Morality in African Traditional Thought, The Role of Conscience in the Development of Moral Awareness, Religion and Human Rights, Morality in a Multi-religious Society.

 

PET         817         Philosophy of Human Rights and Justice                              (2 units)

Natural Rights; Social Contract; Reciprocity; Theories of Human Rights; Critique of Human Rights (Edmund Burke on Natural Human Rights, Jeremy Bentham on Natural Human Rights, Marxist critique of Human Rights); Theories of Values and Property.

 

PET         818         Advanced Ethics of Sex                                                                 (2 units)

 Sex as a concept, the relevance and importance of sex, sexual impulses and our duties towards the body, sex abuse, rape, homosexuality, the ideals of consent, sex and procreation, marriage, adultery and monogamy, lying to children, parents’ duties to children and children’s obligations to parents.

 

PET         819         Violence, War and Terrorism                                                     (2 units)

Definition of Terms (violence, war and terrorism); Causes of Violence; War and Terrorism; Consequence of Violence; Relationship among violence, war and terrorism; Religion and Terrorism; Revolution and Non-violence; Justice and Terrorism; Panacea to Violence; War and Terrorism.

 

PET         820         Advanced Ethics and Journalism                                         (2 units)    

Ethical Dilemmas in Journalism/Mass Media; Problems arising from the relationship between the Mass Media and Government Institutions, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, the Judiciary and Private Organizations; Objectivity in Media Practice; Media Imperialism, Satellite Broadcasting and Computer Fibre Optics; Ethics of Media Advertisement; Propaganda and News Reporting in Electronic and Print Media; Freedom and the Media.

 

PET         821         Justice and International Affairs                                        (2 units)

Ethical Questions about the relations among states and citizens throughout the world; Global distributive justice; Conflicting views about the obligations of wealthy nations and citizens to those who are poor; Ethical issues arising from increasing globalization; Questions on whether war is justifiable and what acts are justifiable in war; Possibility of greater global democracy.

 

PET         822         Human Right in Theory and Practice                                 (2 units)    

The concept of Natural Rights; Basic Human Rights: Freedom, Justice and Equality; Limits of Human Rights; Dischargeable and Non-dischargeable Rights and Obligations; Rights of Future Generations; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 

PET         897         Seminar I                                                                                             (2 units)              

This is an oral presentation of the project proposal and literature review on the project topic before the investigation class critique.

 

PET         824         Advanced Theories of Human Nature                                (2 units)                  

The nature of human being; Are human beings free? Differences between animals and human beings; Theories of Human nature: Platonism, Christianity, Marxism, Psycho-analysis, Existentialism, and Behaviourism.

 

PET         826         Ethics and the Legal Profession                                                 (2 units)              

The Relationship between Law and Ethics, Moral Foundation of the law, Law and Society, Administration of Legal Justice, Plea-bargaining, Insanity Pleas and Criminal Liability, The Lawyer’s Commitment to his Client, Truth and Falsehood in Legal Practice and Advertisement in the Legal Profession.

 

PET         827         Practicum                                                                                            (2 units)

Students would be attached to different organization outfits for practical experience for three months. Within this period, students are expected to understudy the incorporated ethical values adopted by the organization and report the efficiency of such ethical theory. Students are also expected to juxtapose what he/she has been taught in class with what obtains in the organization of practicum. Detailed report of the students’ activities and experiences during this period would be submitted by the students to the Department for scoring.

 


PET         828         The Meaning of Life                                                                     (2 units)

What is life? Is life meaningful or is it a flurry of activity? What is it for life to have meaning? Is a happy life synonymous to meaningful life? What is the relationship between pleasure and happiness? Has death any significance effect on how you live your life? Reading Mill, Wilde, Nagel, Wiggins, and others may be of help.

 

COM 828              Communication Ethics                                                                  (2 units)

 Ethical dimensions of human communication with respect to interpersonal, public, and mass communication; introduction to normative ethics in communication studies with specific application to personal and professional values ; conceptual perspectives for evaluating communication ethics in and through controversial issues and case studies within the context of communication.

 

PET         830         Environmental Ethics                                                                         (2 units)

Basic theories of environmental ethics, issues in environmental ethics (e.g. wilderness/species preservation, animal rights, pollution control, development vs. preservation) distributive justice in relation to the environment.

 

PET         898         Seminar II                                                                                               (2 units)

This is an oral presentation of the research investigation and findings after the completion of the project.

 

PET         834         Master’s Dissertation                                                                        (6 units)

 A project report of not more than 15,000 words (excluding appendices) written by the student on any topic approved by the Department.

 

                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                Language and Communication

 

(A)          Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies

 

Objectives

The programme is designed to provide higher academic and professional training requirements for graduates in Agriculture, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Arts, Social Sciences, Education and other related disciplines who may want to acquire postgraduate training in Communication, Culture and Peace and Conflict Studies. The programme is also intended to be of benefit to those employed in government agencies, private sector, public services, NGOs, etc., in the area of communication, and peace keeping and conflict resolution.

 

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission should normally possess an honours degree with a minimum of Third Class in related discipline from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta or any other recognized university. Holders of honours degree in the sciences and applied sciences are also eligible for admission.  HND holders with Upper Credit may also be admitted into the programme.

 

Duration of Programme

The duration of the postgraduate diploma course is 2 semesters and 4 semesters for part-time.

The postgraduate diploma degree is awarded to students who successfully complete at least twenty four units including the compulsory courses as well as submit an acceptable project.

 

Graduation Requirements

The postgraduate diploma degree is awarded to students who successfully complete and pass at least 24 units including the compulsory, elective, seminar, and acceptable project.

Course Structure

Course Specification

Units

Compulsory Courses

12

Electives

 4

Seminar

 2

Practicum

 2

Project

 4

Total

24

 

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

COM 701

Advanced Use of English                             

ADVUSENG

2

COM 703

Basic Mass Communication Theory

BAMACOTH

2

COM 707

Social Statistics and Research Methods

SOSTAREM

2

COM 715

Advertising

ADVERTIS

2

COM 717

Developmental Writing Skills

DEVWRISK

2

Elective Courses

COM 705

Introduction  to Sociology

INTROSIO

2

COM 709

Conflict and Dispute Settlement

CONDISET

2

COM 711

Social Theories and Social Change 

SOTHESCH

2

COM 713

Principles of Human Development 

PRIHUDEV

2

COM 719

Ethics and Society

ETHICSOC

2

Note: students need to take one elective

 

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

COM 702

Public Relations

PUBRELAT

2

COM 708

Practicum

PRATICUM

2

COM 798

Seminar

SEMINAR

2

COM 799

Project

PROJECT

4

Elective Courses

COM 704

Development Oral Communication Skills

DEVORCOM

2

COM 706

Gender Matters  

GENMATTS

2

Note: students need to take one elective

 


COURSE DESCRIPTION

COM      701:        Advanced Use of English (2 units)

Basic fundamentals in written and spoken English;  Brief review of grammar, principles of English speech and practice in spoken English.

 

COM      702:        Public Relations (2 units)

 Definition of Public Relations;  Evolution of Public Relations: The Nigerian experience; Corporate Public Relations; Public Relations Process, Public Opinion, Propaganda, Persuasive Communication Techniques;  Public Relations as Management Function; Corporate Publicity and Public Relations; Periodicals Production of House Organs and the Ethics of Public Relation.

 

COM 703:            Basic Mass Communication Theories (2 units)

The contemporary theories of Mass Communication - Individual Differences Theory; Social Categories Theory; Social Relations Theory; The Cultural Norms Theory; Theories of Media Violence; Catharsis Theory; Observation Learning Theory; Re-confirments Theory; Cultivation Theory.

 

COM 704:            Developmental Oral Communication Skills (2 units)

Oral language as a form of communication; Relevant theoretical instructions followed by practical exercises designed to improve the mechanics of oral communication.

 

COM 705: Introduction to Sociology (2 units)

Definitions of Sociology;  Scope and Methods of Sociology; Problems Hampering the study of Sociology as a Scientific Discipline; Human societies and Culture; Characteristics and Functions of Culture; Basic Concepts in Sociology and Social Organizations;  Socialisation, Social Stratification, Social Problems and Issues in Modern Societies.

 

COM  706:           Gender Matters (2 units)

Issues in Gender Inequality; Gender and Poverty Levels; Measurement of Gender Empowerment Index; Measurement of Gender Development Index; Gender Empowerment and Development Indices in Nigeria; Gender-Related Policy Options in Human Development and Agrarian Programme; Strategies for Implementing Gender-biased Programmes.

 


COM 707:            Research Methods (2 units)

Steps in Social Science Research; Defining Research Problem and its Guidelines; Developing Specific Objectives and Hypotheses; Writing Categories of Research Design; Concept of Variables; Sampling Techniques; Method of Data Collection; Roles of Related Literature in Research  Analysis and Interpretation of Data Measurement and Evaluation Levels of Measurement; Validity and Reliability; Types of Rating Scale; Test Construction and Item Analysis;  Measurement of Socio-economic Status; Measurement of Innovation Adoption; Techniques of Attitude Scale Construction (Likert Method of Scaling) ; Conversion of Descriptive Ratings to Standard Scores; data analysis Procedure and Interpretation..

 

COM      708:        Practicum (2units)

Opportunities in putting research theories into visitation to media houses or relevant organizations.  Students should experience visitations to media houses or relevant organizations on a three months attachment.

 

COM      709:        Conflict and Dispute Settlement (2 units)

Theories of Conflicts; Machinery for Dispute Settlement: mediation, reconciliation, arbitration and industrial courts.

 

COM   711:          Social Theories and Social Change           (2 units)

Theories of Development; Social Development Theories; Types of Social Changes and Social Responses; Rural Development; Approaches Indicators of Socio-economic Development; The Concept of Sustainability (ecological and economic dimensions, people related/social dimension).

 

COM   713:           Principles of Human Development   (2 units)

Facets of Human Development;  Gender Perspective in Human Development (Nigeria, Africa, and Global Status); Measurement of Human Development Index (HDI); Poverty as a Human Development Problem; Perspectives of Poverty; Human Poverty and Income Poverty; Measurement of Human Poverty Index (HPI); Poverty Alleviation Policies; The Status of Human Development in Nigeria; Strategies for Enhancing Human Development Index (World Regional Models inclusive.)

 

COM      715:        Advertising (2 units)

Definitions and basic concepts in advertising;  Origin and historical development of advertising; History and development of advertising in Nigeria; Branding and brand management; Writing advertising copies (print and broadcast);  Advertising media; selected theories in advertising; and socio-economic benefits and criticisms of advertising.

 

COM      717:        Developmental Writing Skills (2 units)                 

Fundamental elements of punctuations, Americanism in English language, Colloquialism, Basic or General Reporting, Specialised Writing and Reporting, Basic News Writing and News Agencies.

 

COM    719:         Ethics and Society (2 units)

Historical and Contemporary Theories of Ethics; Intensive study of specialized topics in Ethics:  reason in ethics, ethical intuitionism, emotivism, utilitarianism, the ethics of Aristotle, the Ethics of Medicine,  moral problems , Professional Ethics;  Ethics and Journalism.

 

COM      798:        Seminar (2 units)

Post data seminar

 

COM      799:        Project (4 units)

A project report of an approved topic by the Department

 

(B)          Professional Master Degree In Communication Studies (Part-Time : Weekend)

 

Objectives

The main objective of the Professional Master degree in Communication Studies is to provide professional training in communication skills needed in a variety of settings – interpersonal, group, organisational, cross-cultural, mass communication and instructional (educational). It offers a sequence of courses that provide the student with competent foundation while also ensuring opportunities for skills development and the acquisition of practical and professional experience in the various areas of communication. It is particularly meant for further development of professionals in Languages and Mass media who do not have opportunity to attend classes during the week day as lectures will be from Friday to Sunday 

 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements established by the Postgraduate School, candidates for admission to the degree shall be graduates of this university or any other university recognised by the Senate, with first degree in any academic discipline with at least 2nd Class lower division.  The Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies with a minimum weighted average score of 55% will be considered. In addition, possession of relevant professional qualifications and/or experience will be an advantage.

* For the avoidance of doubt, a credit pass in Mathematics is not compulsory for admission into the Programme

 

Duration

The duration of the Professional Master in Communication Studies, which is strictly part-time, shall be a minimum of 4 semesters and Maximum of 6 semesters.

 

Graduation Requirements

The Programme consists of course work, project work and seminars. To be awarded a Professional Masters in Communication Studies, a candidate must have taken and passed at a minimum of 50% or higher grade. For a candidate to graduate, he needs to pass a minimum of 40 credit units including seminar, practicum and project.

 

Course Structure

Course Specification

Units

Core Courses

12

Electives

 6

Seminar

 4

Practicum

 2

Project

 6

Total

30

 

Electives: Students are expected to take five electives to graduate.

 


First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

COM 801

Research Strategies and Methods

RESTAMET

2

COM 809

Essentials of Scholarly Writing

ESENSCHW

2

COM 811

Advertising

ADVERTIS

2

Elective Courses

COM 803

Studies in Listening Comprehension

STLISCOM

2

COM 805

Studies in Reading Comprehension

STURECOM

2

COM 807

Studies in Oral Communication

STUORCOM

2

COM 815

Sociology of Communication

SOCIOCOM

2

Note: students are to take two electives in the first semester (4 units)

 

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

COM 804

Advanced Public Relations

ADVPUREL

2

COM 828

Communication Ethics

COMMETHC

2

COM 840

Advanced Social Statistics

ADVSOSTA

2

COM 842

Mass Communication Theories and Practice

MACOMTPR

2

Elective Courses

COM 806

Organizational Communication

ORGANCOM

2

COM 808

Interpersonal Communication

INTERCOM

2

COM 818

Studies in Situational Public Speaking

STUSIPUS

2

COM 822

Gender and Writing

GENDWRIT

2

COM 824

Business Communication

BUSICOMM

2

Note: students are to take two electives in second semester (2 units)

 

Third Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

COM 814

Creative Writing

CREATRIT

2

COM 816

Multiculturalism, Gender and Media

MULGEMED

2

Elective Courses

COM 819

History and Philosophy of Communication

HIPHICOM

2

COM 821

Philosophy, Language and Communication

PHILACOM

2

COM 823

Culture and Society

CULTSOCI

2

COM 825

The Role of Communication in Conflict and Negotiation

ROCOCONE

2

Note: students are to take two electives in third semester (4 credits)

 

Fourth Semester                                                                                                               

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

COM 829

Practicum in the Area of Specialization

PRATICUM

2

COM 888

Area of Specialization Seminar

PRSEMINA

2

COM 889

Master’s Project

PPROJECT

6

 

(C)          Master in Communication Studies (Academic)

 

Objectives

The main objective of the Master degree in Communication  is to provide theoretical framework and practical training in communication skills needed in a variety of settings – interpersonal, group, organisational, cross-cultural, mass communication and instructional. It offers a sequence of courses that provides the student with a firm and sufficient academic foundation while also ensuring opportunities for skills development and the acquisition of practical experience in the various areas of communication.

 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements established by the Postgraduate School, candidates for admission to the degree shall be graduates of this University or any other University recognised by the Senate, with degree in the Arts, Science, Applied Science, Social Sciences and Education or other related disciplines. In addition, possession of relevant professional qualifications and/or experience will be an advantage.

 

Duration

The duration of the M.Sc. in Communication shall be a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 6 semesters for full time; and a minimum of 8 semesters and maximum of 10 semesters

Full Time              4 semesters

Part-Time            8 semesters

 

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for this degree programme must satisfy the following conditions:

 

(i)            Successful completion of prescribed course work of at least 35  units, Seminar (4 units) and Practicum (3 units).

(ii)           Successful completion of an approved dissertation of 6 units and satisfaction of the examiners on the execution and outcome of the research project.

(iii)          Any other condition as may be prescribed by Senate of the University for the award of a Master’s degree.

 

Course Structure

Course Specification

Units

Compulsory Courses

27

Electives

 8

Seminar

 4

Practicum

 3

Dissertation

 6

Total

48

  

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

CSC 801

Use of Computer in Research

USEOCOMP

4

COM 801

Research Strategies and Methods

RESTAMET

3

COM 809

Essentials of Scholarly Writing

ESENSCHW

2

COM 811

Advanced Advertising

ADVERTIS

2

COM 813

Discourse Analysis

DISCANAL

2

Elective Courses

COM 803

Studies in Listening Comprehension

STLISCOM

2

COM 805

Studies in Reading Comprehension

STURECOM

2

COM 807

Studies in Oral Communication

STUORCOM

2

COM 815

Sociology of Communication

SOCIOCOM

2

COM 817 

Intercultural Communication

INTCUCOM

2

COM 819

History and Philosophy of Communication

HIPHICOM

2

COM 821

Philosophy, Language and Communication

PHILACOM

2

COM 823

Culture and Society

CULTSOCI

2

COM 825

The Role of Communication in Conflict and Negotiation

ROCOCONE

2

Electives: Students are expected to take 2 electives in 1st semester


Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

COM 802

Arguments and Critical Thinking

ARGCRITH

2

COM 804

Advanced Public Relations

ADVPUREL

2

COM 812

Communication Law and Regulation

COMLAREG

2

COM 828

Communication Ethics

COMMETHC

2

COM 840

Advanced Social Statistics

ADVSOSTA

2

COM 842

Mass Communication Theories and Practice

MACOMTPR

2

COM 844

Techniques of Broadcast Production

TECHBROC

2

Elective Courses

COM 806

Organizational Communication

ORGANCOM

2

COM 808

Interpersonal Communication

INTERCOM

2

COM 810

Leadership Communication

LEADECOM

2

COM 814

Creative Writing

CREATRIT

2

COM 816

Multiculturalism, Gender and Media

MULGEMED

2

COM 818

Studies in Situational Public Speaking

STUSIPUS

2

COM 820

Gender and Genre

GENDGENR

2

COM 822

Gender and Writing

GENDWRIT

2

COM 824

Business Communication

BUSICOMM

2

COM 826

Political Communication 

POLICOMM

2

COM 830

Ethics

MAETHICS

2

COM 832

Social Conflict and Social Change

SOCOSOCH

2

COM 836             

Language and Communication in Peace and Conflict Resolution

LACOPECO

2

Electives: Students should take 2 electives from the following in the 2nd semester

                                                                                                                                 

Third And Fourth Semesters

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

COM 829

Practicum in the Area of Specialization

PRATICUM

3

COM 897

Seminar I

SEMINARI

2

COM 898

Seminar II

SEMINAII

2

COM 899

Master’s Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

COM 801:            Research Strategies and Methods                                                           (3 units)

 Introduction to Communication Studies Research, ethics and sampling in research, reactive or interactive research methods (participant observation, experimental designs, surveys and interviewing; and reactive methodological designs(discourse analysis, semiotics, content analysis, and rhetorical historical approaches);   Fundamentals of quantitative research design, Data collection methods; choosing qualitative research, qualitative research tools, content analysis and survey research, longitudinal and experimental research, research applications: print, electronic media, advertising, writing a research proposal; research applications: public relations, internet and media effects, quantitative methods for studying language and communication behaviour: experiments, corpora and questionnaire, data manipulation in spread sheets, Principles of test construction-statistical concepts, basic statistical tests, data analysis procedure( in communication research): regression analyses with a focus on mixed-effect models;  interpretation of data and discussion

 

COM 802:            Arguments and Critical Thinking                                                               (2 units)

Meaning and definition; type of discourses; nature of arguments; validity; techniques for evaluating arguments; distinction between inductive and deductive inferences; illustrative arguments taken from typical texts in history, law reports, newspapers, etc. 

 

COM 803:            Studies in Listening Comprehension                                                      (2 units)

A detailed critical survey of theories and research findings that shed light on listening and reading as language comprehension skills;  implications of these for developmental language arts programmes.

 

COM 804:            Advanced Public Relations                                                                          (2 units)

An overview of the evolution of public relations along with its various definitions; skills necessary for orchestrating a conversation between an organization and its various publics; various writing exercises will emphasize the importance of information gathering and message shaping with a particular emphasis on developing expertise in media relations and employee communication; Public Relations education and training in Nigeria.

 

COM 805:            Studies in Reading Comprehension                                                        (2 units)

 Summarises and analyses in greater depth of the elements of efficient reading; faster reading; rapid reading; intensive/study reading; and pleasure reading; areas of reading deficiency; diagnosis and remediation; reading research and the teaching of reading

 

COM 806:            Organizational Communication                                                                                (2 units)

An overview of the major theoretical perspectives and concepts of organizational communication processes; readings and case studies  on communication networks, superior-subordinate relations, organizational culture, socialization experiences, and work-family tensions; review of “audits” as a method for assessing the effectiveness of communication processes; development of  basic auditing skills in the areas of survey writing and interviewing.

 

COM 807:            Studies in Oral Communication                                                                                (2 units)

Current theories in oral communication; elements of oral communication; strategies and techniques;   implications of oral communication in Nigeria’s multi-lingual situation.

 

COM 808:            Interpersonal Communication                                                                  (2 units)

Basic patterns of human communication; understanding of the interpersonal communication process; theories of communication, perception, self-perception, language, and nonverbal interaction; theoretical and practical understanding of interpersonal relationships through communication in a variety of settings, including family, friendship, romantic, workplace, and intercultural encounters.

 

COM 809:            Essentials of Scholarly Writing                                                                  (2 units)

A study of the bibliographic entry and embedding in-text citations;  Stylistic conventions and other literary devices appropriate to the writing of scholarly materials such as book reports and reviews, articles for certain learned journals, dissertations and doctoral theses; elements of literary writing: selection of title, background of study, literature review (citing of sources), methodology, interpretation and discussion of data, summary, conclusion and recommendation; writing of abstract; references;  a review of selected research reports and publications with a view to identifying elements of scholarly writing.

 

COM 810:            Leadership Communication                                                                        (2 units)

 Theoretical and applied dimensions of leadership; focusing on the communicative aspects of leaders and leadership;  managing group members and tasks; models of leadership; situational dynamics of leadership; charismatic  versus emergent leadership; team theory; trait versus situation orientations toward leadership; leadership ethics; cultural differences in leadership style and identification; and leadership in different contexts (e.g., educational, corporate, NGO, governmental, media, etc.).

 

COM 812:            Communication Law and Regulation                                                      (2 units)

Investigation of the legal context in relation to mass-mediated communication; libel, access, privacy, corporate and commercial speech and obscenity as defined by courts and regulatory agencies.

 

COM 813:            Discourse Analysis                                                                                          (2 units)

 Concepts and methodologies on analyzing texts,  narratives and discourses; differences between spoken and written discourse, description and analysis; issues of culture and communication;  and critical interpretation of texts. Analysis of various genres and methodologies in conducting discourse analysis, and comment on the limits of different ways of analyzing discourses.

 

COM 814:            Creative Writing                                                                                              (2 units)

Genres of literature; skills and techniques appropriate to various literary genres; Individual write-ups will be presented in three successive drafts in writing poetry, drama or prose fiction.

 

COM 815:            Sociology of Communication                                                                     (2units)

Sociological units such as groups and societies in their various forms; interact and how their various patterns of interaction affect communication. It shall teach the nature and variety of symbolic structures in societies with special focus on linguistic categories and belief systems, their roles in ordering cognition, interaction and resource management.

 

COM 816:            Multiculturalism, Gender and Media                                                     (2 units)

An overview of culture: definitions, perspectives and explanations; interdisciplinary study in culture and communication by reading, discussing, and writing about audiences, co-cultures and feminist popular culture.

 

COM 817:            Intercultural Communication                                                                     (2 units)

Major issues in the area of Intercultural Communication with particular reference to developments in the last 20 years; communication across cultural boundaries of languages, styles and values; students' cultural background as the basis for contrastive analysis in terms of language difference, pragmatics, social semiotics and visual communication.

 

COM 818:            Print Media Editing                                                                                        (2 units)

Introduction to Print –Media;  editorial objectives and formulae; utilization of editorial objectives and formulae in polishing of manuscripts ;  the mechanics of style, headlines and headline counting, legal and ethical responsibilities of the Editor as the overseer of the editorial department.

 


COM 819:            History and Philosophy of Communication                                         (2 units)

 

Modern history and philosophical foundations of the study of human communication, with special attention to contributions of both humanistic and social science traditions; and contemporary controversies concerning theory and research.

 

COM 820:            Gender and Genre                                                                                          (2 units)

 Genre choices, some implications of genre choices, with special attention given to the gender questions those choices raise implications and questions change over time.

 

COM 821:            Philosophy, Language and Communication                                         (2 units)

 Nature of Language and Human Communication; The Role of Language in the Development of Knowledge; The Character of Concepts and their Role in the Organisation of Human Experience; The Problem of the Objectivity of Meaning and the Possibility of Inter-cultural Translation of Ideas.

 

COM 822:            Gender and Writing                                                                                       (2 units)

Connections between theories of gendered identity and ways of writing; effects of a gendered identity on the production of text; assumptions, gender theory in relation to identity production; 

theories of gendered identity from many different schools of thought: essentialism, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, post-structuralism, neo-Marxism, and cultural studies; and the resulting writing research which emerges from each theory.

 

COM 823:            Culture and Society                                                                                         (2 units)

Culture, its meaning and significance; Cultural attributes and their dynamics; Ecology, Language, social, political and belief systems; Cultural development with special reference to human’s recent cultural history; West Africa as a case study.

 

COM 824:            Business Communication                                                                            (2 units)

 Types of verbal and non-verbal messages in business setting: types and format of business correspondences, with an examination of the accompanying communication problems; negotiation skills in business;  consumer behaviour and practices will be analysed.

 

 

COM 825:            The Role of Communication in Conflict and Negotiation               (2 units)

Roles of communication in managing conflict in various relationships: interpersonal, inter-organizational, and international. Special emphasis is given to how the application of communication processes like negotiation can influence outcomes. Current cases are studied to reveal how organizational leaders incorporate ethical decisions and strategic communication in conflict and change management.

 

COM 826:            Political Communication                                                                              (2 units)

Analysis and Criticism of Political Discourse using theories and methods from the discipline of speech communication.

 

COM 828:            Communication Ethics                                                                                  (2 units)

 Ethical dimensions of human communication with respect to interpersonal, public, and mass communication; introduction to normative ethics in communication studies with specific application to personal and professional values ; conceptual perspectives for evaluating communication ethics in and through controversial issues and case studies within the context of communication.

 

COM 829:            Practicum in the Area of Specialization                                                                 (3 units)

Students would be attached to different communication outfits for practical experience in area of specialisation for three months. Students would be expected to receive sufficient practical training under strict professional conditions and supervision. Detailed report of the students’ activities and experiences during this period would be submitted by the students.

 

COM 830:            Ethics                                                                                                                    (2 units)

Nature of moral judgments; conflicts moral judgments; examination of some important ethical notions, e.g. moral objectivity, authority, punishment, freedom and moral responsibility; philosophical discussion on issues in contemporary life: abortion, euthanasia, artificial insemination, suicide, capital punishment, war, nuclear weapons, polygamy, monogamy, etc..

 


COM 832:            Social Conflict and Social Change                                                             (2 units)

Strategies for producing and consequences of change; effects of change on the individual; collection and use of data as strategies for the production of change; Socio-technical Intervention Strategies (e.g. Ajaokuta, etc) and Conflict as a Change Strategy.

 

COM 834:            Advanced Advertising                                                                                   (2 units)              

 This course examines Theories of advertisement and reviews advertisement's role in society. Students will gain increased familiarity with advertisement concepts, theories, methods and research findings; increased ability to apply theories and research generalizations to cases; increased ability to compare and evaluate approaches; increased  sensitivity to problems of ethics in advertisement.

 

COM 836:            Language and Communication in Peace and Conflict Resolution  (2 units)

Language in the thinking processes and thought expression; uses and abuses of language as a means of communication in different socio-linguistic contexts; the Sapir-Whorfian hypothesis of the influence of language on the perception of reality; linguistic dimensions of ethnicity and features of power play between majority and minority language speakers; issues in identity, security and insecurity; language in legal  arbitration and the administration of justice and conflicts within case studies of ethno linguistic conflicts and resolutions of language planning frameworks as in the former Soviet Union, India, South Africa, Switzerland etc.

 

COM 840:            Advanced Social Statistics                                                                      (3 units)

The courses aim at intimating students with simple concepts and principles of statistical methods   and their subsequent application in solving social science issues. The format of course will be in the shape of quizzes, assignments and group work, all of which count in the final course grading.

 

COM 842:            Mass Communication Theories and Practice                                       (3 units)

Variety of communication theories, how they are constructed, tested and revised. Several theories are examined and critiqued (e.g., systems, discourse analysis) with reference to their theoretical traditions (e.g., hypo-deductive, phenomenological), and their respective orientations (e.g., epistemological, axiological). Connections between theory and research methods are explored, as well as the need for consistencies across theoretical and methodological approaches.

 

 

COM 844:            Techniques of Broadcast Production                                                      (2 units)

Technology types and their uses in broadcast production. Various stages in radio and television production as well as the use of equipment such as microphones, cameras, audio and  video consoles, lighting grid, telecine and film chain, etc. Classroom instructions will be heavily supplemented by practical production exercises.  

 

COM 897:            Seminar I                                                                                                             (2 unit)

This is an oral presentation of the project proposal and literature review on the project topic before the investigation class critique.

 

COM 898:            Seminar II                                                                                                           (2 unit)

This is an oral presentation of the research investigation and findings after the completion of the project.

 

COM 899:            Master’s Dissertation                                                                                     (6 units)

 A project report of not more than 15,000 words (excluding appendices) written by the student on any topic approved by the Department.

 

(D)          Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programme in Communication Studies

Preamble

This is basically an interdisciplinary programme concerned with training students in both the social science and humanities traditions and methods in various fields of communication. The programme is designed to develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for the graduate to make important contributions to understanding the relationship between people and media in their cultural, social, political, historical, economical and technological contexts. Students can work in any area or combine areas of specialty such as Media Effects; Media and Public Opinion; Political Communication; Health and the Media; Organizational Communication; Environmental Communication; Marketing Communication; New and Emerging Media; Analyzing Media Texts; Gender and Media; Communication in Conflict  and Negotiation; Communication Law and Regulations; etc,. It is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching and administration in the rapidly converging fields of communication and information through a prescribed core of interdisciplinary courses and approved selection of additional coursework within and across disciplines. Registration for the PhD Programme shall be on full time or part time basis.

 

 

 

Objectives

The primary aim of the programme is to deepen students’ study and understanding of communication, resulting in a major and original contribution to scholarship. In addition, the programme is expected to advance the professional development of experienced communication graduates and professionals in the communication arena by extending their knowledge and equipping them with broad research and process communication skills, enabling them to make a key leadership contribution to their chosen fields.

Each candidate will demonstrate the achievement of this objective by:

Developing a critical analysis and synthesis of existing research,

Mastering techniques for data collection and analysis,

Identifying research questions that need to be answered,

Designing, implementing and reporting independent research, and

Developing a personal research agenda.

 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the PhD programme in any of the speciality areas of Communication, a student must have obtained a Master’s degree in Languages, Communication or related disciplines (Political Science, Philosophy, Peace and Conflict, etc) with cumulative average score of 60% from this University or its equivalent from any other University recognised by the Senate.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, all holders of M.A/M.Sc./M.Phil Degree that did not achieve the minimum weighted average score of 60% at the Master’s degree level can only be admitted into an M.Sc/PhD programme. Such candidates may be required to retake some M.Sc. level courses, and must satisfy the following conditions before they may be allowed to convert into full PhD candidacy:

The candidate must have taken and passed (or be required to take and pass) at least 50% or higher grade all the core and specified elective courses required for the award of M.Sc Degree of FUNAAB or their equivalent courses taken in other recognised universities.

On satisfying the above condition, an M.Sc/PhD student will be eligible to take a PhD conversion examination which shall be in form of three seminar presentations and shall normally be conducted once every semester. The three (3) seminar presentations shall be as follows:

Advanced Communication Principles and Theories

Research Strategies and Methods

Field of Specialisation

 

A candidate is expected to obtain an average of 60% in the three presentations to qualify for conversion into the full PhD programme. It is recommended that M.Sc./PhD students audit all relevant M.Sc courses, most especially those they did not pass at 60% or higher grade before attempting the PhD conversion examinations.

 

Duration

The duration of the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication programme shall be:

a.            The Full-time Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programme shall run for a minimum duration of six (6) semesters and maximum of ten (10) semesters.

b.            The Part-time Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programme shall run for a minimum duration of eight (10) semesters and maximum of twelve (12) semesters.

Requirements for Graduation

A candidate must have fulfilled the following conditions to be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in any of the specialized areas in Communication:

A PhD programme in any of the specialized areas of Communication shall be by a combination of taught courses, seminar presentations, and research. Every PhD candidate is expected to take and obtain satisfactory performances in all the following compulsory courses and at least one (1) elective course, each of which may be examined by written or oral examination, assessment of a scholarly article/term paper and/or a series of supervised practical and assignments undertaken by the student.

Candidates may be required to take some courses depending on the background he/she is coming from. The major emphasis, however, would be on the research thesis to be submitted at the end of the programme.

The candidate must pass a minimum of 54 credit units to graduate.

Courses                                                                                          Units

M.Sc. Courses                                                               24

PhD Courses                                                                      8

Electives                                                                              6

Field of Specialisation Seminar                                 2

Pre-data Seminar (Thesis)                                            2

Post-data Seminar (Thesis)                                          2

Thesis                                                                               10

Total                                                                                  5 4

 

 

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Unit

Compulsory Courses

COM 901

Advanced Communication Principles and Theories

ADVCOMPT

3

COM 903

Research Strategies and Methods in Communication

RESTRAMC

3

COM 905

Issues on Computer-Mediated Communication

ISSCMCOM

2

Elective Courses

COM 902

Advanced Communications Law and Regulation

ADVCOMLR

3

COM 904

Advanced Discourse Analysis

ADVDISAN

3

COM 906

Advanced Communication Ethics

ADVCOMET

3

COM 907

Intercultural Communication

INTCUCOM

3

COM 908

International and Global Communication

INTGLCOM

3

COM 909

Communication Technologies and Society

COMTECSO

3

COM 910

Advanced Political Communication

ADVPOCOM

3

COM 911

Communication in Conflict and Negotiation

COMCONEG

3

COM 912

Advanced Organizational Communication

ADVORCOM

3

COM 913

Gender and Communication

GENDCOMM

3

COM 914

Perspectives in Communication and Culture

PERCOCUL

3

COM 915

Communication, Environment, Science & Health

COMENVSH

3

COM 916

Integrated Marketing Communications

INTMACOM

3

COM 917

Society and Media Impact

SOCMEDIM

3

 

In addition to the courses above, each PhD student is expected to present the following seminars and carry out a research:

 

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Unit

COM 921

Field of Specialization Seminar

SEMINAR

2

COM 997

Pre-data Seminar

PREDATA

2

COM 998

Post-data Seminar

POSTDATA

2

COM 905

Issues on Computer-Mediated Communication

RETHESIS

10

 

*Teaching Requirement:

In order to acquire teaching experience, all students are required to participate in the teaching activities of the Department.

 

Quality of PhD Research and Thesis

The PhD programme has a flexible structure. It is designed to provide both a broad interdisciplinary core of knowledge about communication theory and research, and individualized programmes of study developed by students in consultation with their supervisory committees. 

The PhD research and thesis to be prepared by a PhD student must be of adequate depth and quality as to enable the student to develop at least (3) articles for publication in reputable international journals in the chosen field of study. Consequently, each PhD candidate would be encouraged by the supervisory committee to prepare and submit such articles to a journal, while awaiting the final defense of the thesis.

To enable a PhD candidate to complete the programme within the stipulated period, it is advisable that they keep to the following plan in the presentation of the various seminars and thesis defense:

Submission of Research Proposal. This should be done within 6 weeks of direct admission into PhD or within one semester of admission into M.Sc. /PhD programme.

Presentation of Research Proposal Seminar. This should be done within the second semester of admission into PhD candidacy.

 

*Students are expected to present and pass all the non-thesis seminars before the Post-data Seminar. At least one of the non-thesis seminars should be presented before the pre-data seminar.

 

Areas of Specialization at the PhD Level include:

1.            Communication Management and Planning

2.            International Communication, Transnational Media and Conflict               

3.            Media, Culture and Society        

4.            Communication, Violence, Crime and Society    

5.            Political Communication, Public Policy, and Human Rights

6.            Discourse Analysis

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

COM 901  Advanced Communication Principles and Theories

 Major theories and models of communication; variety of communication theories, how they are constructed, tested and revised. Several theories will be examined and critiqued (e.g., systems, discourse analysis) with reference to    their theoretical traditions (e.g., hypo-deductive, phenomenological), and their respective orientations (e.g.,   epistemological, axiological). Connections between theory and research methods; consistencies across theoretical and methodological approaches.

 

COM 902    Advanced Communications Law and Regulation

 Introduction to legal and policy issues relating to the regulation of communications: regulation of broadcasting services, regulation of telecommunications networks and services; regulation of the radio frequency spectrum, and regulation of print media; objectives of print media, broadcasting, telecommunications and radio communications law and regulation; legislation governing communications and the institutional framework for regulating communications and the challenges posed by technological change for regulatory policies and frameworks.

 

COM 903    Research Strategies and Methods in Communication

Communication research methods in the areas of journalism, communication studies, and public relations; qualitative and quantitative communication research methods including content analysis, participant observation, interviewing, textual analysis and experimental research. It will emphasize understanding communication research reports and developing appropriate research and writing skills.

 

COM 904    Advanced Discourse Analysis

Concepts and methodologies on analyzing texts, narratives and discourses; spoken and written discourse: how it varies, and how it may be described and analysed; culture and communication and on the critical interpretation of texts based on genres; various methodologies in conducting discourse analysis, and comment on the limits of different ways of analyzing discourses.

 

COM 905     Issues on Computer-Mediated Communication

Practical and theoretical issues associated with computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems: CMC includes many different types of technologies such as email, newsgroups, chat, message boards, blogs, instant messaging and online games. Course will focus on the analysis of CMC practices, the social structures that emerge when people use these applications, and the design and implementation issues associated with constructing CMC technologies; How has computer mediated communications affected interpersonal relationships? How has the Internet formed virtual communities that might not have become possible in the “real world?” How has language evolved because of the Internet?

 

COM 906       Advanced Communication Ethics

Exploration of the ethical dimensions of human communication with respect to interpersonal, public, and mass communication. introduction to normative ethics in communication with specific application to personal and professional values, conceptual perspectives for evaluating communication ethics in and through controversial issues and case studies within the context of communication.

 

COM 907              Intercultural Communication

Students are expected to present a seminar on any aspect of this course that focuses on the nature of communication between different cultures, including the processes as they occur on sojourns, immigration, negotiations, and conversations across national boundaries. Specific topics include identity formation and expression, intercultural relationships, stereotyping, prejudice, and group affiliation.

 

COM 908              International and Global Communication

This course explores the phenomenon of global communication, specifically the wide range of activities associated with the dense intercontinental networks of mediated interpersonal communication and public media (such as news, entertainment, propaganda, and publicity), as well as the technical infrastructures that make it possible and commonplace to distribute messages across vast distances with little or no delay. Historical and comparative perspectives beginning in the 19century with such objects as the universal postal union, the telegraph, and international news agencies, and tracks developments in global media and communication -- short-wave radio, international trade in film and television, global advertising, satellite transmission -- up to the present.

 

COM 909    Communication Technologies and Society

Examines trends and developments in the new information and communication technologies; implications, complications, impacts and challenges of new technologies on human development.

 

COM 910   Advanced Political Communication

Extended Analysis and Criticism of Political Discourse using theories and methods from the discipline of speech communication.

 

COM 911              Communication in Conflict and Negotiation

Role of communication in managing conflict in various relationships: interpersonal, inter-organizational, and international. Special emphasis is given to how the application of communication processes like negotiation can influence outcomes. Current cases are studied to reveal how organizational leaders incorporate ethical decisions and strategic communication in conflict and change management.

 

COM 912              Advanced Organizational Communication

Perspectives and concepts of organizational communication processes; quantitative and qualitative approaches to process of organizational communication; function and structure of macro networks; superior-subordinate relationships; and the role of communication in organizational change, development, and effectiveness.

 

COM 913              Gender and Communication

Concepts of sex, gender, and sexuality affect human communication and, in turn, how communication affects understanding of these concepts; women, females, and women’s movements. Significant reading and class discussion will be devoted to men, males, and men’s movements; intersex infant births; trans -sexualism, and transgender movements.

 

COM 914              Perspectives in Communication and Culture

Concepts, theories, and research perspectives within the field of culture and human communication; key approaches to the study of human interaction, rhetoric, language, persuasion, and cultural processes across diverse contexts; culture and society in communicative practices; examination of social, cultural, and political impacts of communication as it unfolds in everyday life.

 

COM 915              Communication, Environment, Science & Health

In areas of environmental issues, public health, scientific research, communication plays a fundamental role. From the mass media to individual conversations with doctors, from technical journals to textbooks, from lab notes to the World Wide Web, communication helps define individual problems, social issues and research findings. We will examine the institutional and intellectual contexts, processes, and practical constraints on communication in environment, science, and health.

 

COM 916              Integrated Marketing Communications

 Integrated marketing communications (IMC); examination of key issues and brands in the individual fields of advertising, public relations and viral marketing, product placement, online and social network marketing, and relationship marketing; an overview of IMC components and examples; customer analysis and brand positioning; in-depth discussions of strategic advertising, public relations, relationship marketing and customer relationship management, online and social media marketing, and sales promotion and sponsorships.

 

COM 917              Society and Media Impact

Examination of the influence of mass media on social life; the role of the mass communication in society from the perspective of social scientific theory and research; the forces which influence mass media content, the uses which audience members make of media channels, and the social, psychological and behavioural effects of exposure to mass communication on individuals, groups, and society; the application of relevant media theory and research to the solution of important social problems.

 

 

3.4.8      Peace and Strategic Studies

(a)          Master in Peace and Strategic Studies

Philosophy

The philosophy underlying the Peace and Strategic Studies  programme  is  to  produce  a crop of  graduates  equipped with appropriate knowledge to make their contribution to the development of Nigeria, Africa and the global community in  the  field  of  Social Sciences  in  general  and  in  the various  sub-fields  of  Peace and Strategic Studies in particular. The course is geared towards equipping students with the appropriate knowledge required to contribute to the development of the society by learning to appreciate, make, and maintain peace in different socio-cultural contexts. Students will be exposed to balanced theories and methods in the field.         

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Peace and Strategic Studies programme are to:

instil in students, a sound knowledge of  peace keeping and conflict resolution, and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying  experience of  learning  and  studying

 provide students with broad and  well  balanced theories and methods in Peace and Strategic Studies

cultivate  in  students, the  ability  to  apply  their knowledge  and  skills on Peace and Strategic Studies to  the  understanding  and  solution  of  societal  problems  in  Nigeria  and  elsewhere

instil in students, an appreciation of the importance of Peace Studies in contemporary national and global affairs

develop in students, a range of useful competencies for public, private or self-employment.

 

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission should normally possess an honours degree in any discipline from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta or any other University recognized by the Senate of this University.

Duration

The proposed duration for the programme is four semesters for full time students and six semesters for part-time students.

 

Graduation Requirements

The postgraduate diploma degree is awarded to students who successfully complete and pass at least 48 units comprising Compulsory, Seminar, Internship and an acceptable Dissertation.

 

Course Structure

Course Status

Units

Compulsory

27

Electives

8

Seminar

4

Practicum

3

Dissertation

6

Total

48

 

 

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

       Units

Compulsory Courses

PSS 801

Concepts and Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies

COMTHPCS

2

PSS 803 

Principles of Conflict Management

PRICOMGT

2

COM 801

Research Strategies and Methods

RESTAMET

3

SIS  803   

Strategies for Security and Intelligence Studies

STRASEIS

2

CSC 801

Use of Computer in Research

USEOCOMP

4

COM 809

Essentials of Scholarly Writing

ESENSCHW

2

Elective Courses

PSS 805

Problems of Peacemaking and Peacekeeping

PRPEMPEK

2

PSS 807

Migration Issues in Conflict Studies

MICONMGT

2

COM 819

History and Philosophy of Communication

HIPHICOM

2

 

 

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

       Units

Compulsory Courses

PSS 802

Ethnic Violence and Conflict Resolution

ETHVICOR

2

PSS 804

Inter-Religious Conflicts in Nigeria

ITERECON

2

PSS 806

Case Studies in Environmental Conflicts

CASENVCO

2

PSS 808

African Approaches to Conflict Management

AFRACMGT

3

PSS 812

Language and Communication in Peace and Conflict Resolution

LACOMPCR

2

COM 840

Advanced Social Statistics

ADVSOSTA

2

Elective Courses

PSS 810

Advanced Seminars in Conflict Bargaining in International Relations

ADVSCBIR

2

PSS 814

Industrial Conflict and Resolution of Conflict

INDCORCO

2

PSS 816

Social Conflict and Social Change

SOCCOSCH

2

 

Third and Fourth Semesters

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

       Units

PSS 811

Internship

INTERNSH

3

PSS 897

Seminar I

SEMINARI

2

PSS 898

Seminar II

SEMINAII

2

PSS 899

Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

 

Course Synopsis

 

PSS 801                 Concepts and Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies           (3 Units)

Concept, theories and debates in the study of peace and conflict. Alternative Dispute Resolution: Conciliation, Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration and Litigation; Overview of African peace Traditions; Trends in Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management, Conflict Transformation; Peacekeeping, Peacemaking and Peacebuilding. The concepts of Violence, War, Genocide and Youth Restiveness.

 

PSS 802                 Ethnic Violence and Conflict Resolution                                       (2 Units)

Ethnical and philosophical issues in obedience peaceful co-existence, rebellion and ethnic-driven violence; pattern of resource allocation/distribution; character of power sharing; theories of political violence; behavioural approaches, the contributions of Marxism and imperialism, the organization, objectives, motivations and action of ethnic and other groups involved in low intensity operations; modalities, patterns and process of conflict-resolution; the varying contents of conflict, bargaining, negotiations and resolution; conditions for minimizing insurgency and counter-insurgency; case studies.

 

PSS 803                 Principles of Conflict Management                                                   (3 Units)

Overview of the major techniques of conflict management and resolution relevant to ethnic, religious and political conflicts; the effectiveness of these techniques.  Particular attention is devoted to the role of third parties in conflict resolution.  Consideration is also given to the concept of peace building and the practical work of local mediation and facilitating political discus

 

PSS 804                 Inter-Religious Conflicts in Nigeria                                                      (2 Units)

Issues in Christian-Muslim relations: the Shariah controversy in Nigeria.  Nigeria’s membership of the O.I.C. and similar organizations; Study of the religious and political undertones of the riots in Kano, Kafanchan, Bauchi, Zangokataf; the reaction of Muslim and Christians to some government policies, the Biblical and Quaranic principles guiding relations with people of other faiths.

 

PSS 805                 Problems of Peacemaking and Peacekeeping                                      (2 Units)

Problems militating against peace-making and peacekeeping initiatives around the world;  identifying better strategies for managing African conflicts; the roles of the UN, ECOWAS and NGOs in peacemaking and peacekeeping.

 

PSS 806                 Case Studies in Environmental Conflicts                                                  (2 Units)

The problems relating to the use of space within the urban and rural settings.  Environmental Sanitation, noise pollution, nomadic Fulani vs. farmers conflicts, oil spillage, dumping of industrial waste etc.

 

PSS 807                 Migration Issues in Conflict Studies                                                           (2 Units)

Study of migration with special attention to conflict-induce movement: Refugee regimes of African nations in conflict, the Middle East refugee dynamics, the causes and impacts of refugee generation on neighbours of countries at war.

 

PSS 808                 African Approaches to Conflict Management                                       (3 Units)

Examination of different traditional methods of handling conflicts in Africa, identifying the differences and similarities between African and Western approaches to conflicts handling.

 

PSS 810   Advanced Seminars in Conflict Bargaining in International Relations   (2 Units)

Theories of conflicts, including Marxist, psycho-analytic and functionalist theories, games theory and bargaining; nuclear strategy and the balance of power and terror in international relations, conflict resolution among African, European and American States Case Studies.

 

PSS 812  Language and Communication in Peace and Conflict Resolution          (2 Units)

Language in the thinking processes and thought expression; uses and abuses of language as a means of communication in different socio-linguistic contexts; the Sapir-Whorfian hypothesis of the influence of language on the perception of reality; linguistic dimensions of ethnicity and features of power play between majority and minority language speakers; issues in identity, security and insecurity; language in legal arbitration and the administration of justice and conflicts within case studies of ethno linguistic conflicts and resolutions of language planning frameworks as in the former Soviet Union, India, South Africa, Switzerland etc.

 

PSS 814  Industrial Conflict and Resolution of Conflict                                              (2 Units)

Industrial conflict, nature and patterns of conflict, conflict in industry: causes and consequences, management of conflict.  Role of labour and Management in conflict management; statutory conflict procedure; strike and public policy.

 

PSS 816                Social Conflict and Social Change                                                       (2 Units)

Strategies for producing, and consequences of change; topics could include effects of change on the individual, the collection and use of data as strategies for the production of change; socio-technical intervention strategies (e.g. Ajaokuta, etc) conflict as a change strategy.

 

SIS 803                  Strategies for Security and Intelligence Studies                                           (2Units)

Strategies, techniques, tactics, and special problems of security and intelligence writing and reporting and conservation, and storage as they relate to one or more of the related settings.

 

PSS 897                 Seminar I                                                                                                          (2 Units)

This is an oral presentation of the student’s detailed project proposal.

 

PSS 898                 Seminar II                                                                                                           (2 Units)

This is an oral presentation of the research investigation and findings after the completion of the project.

 

PSS 899                 Dissertation                                                                                                    (6 Units)

A project report of not more than 15,000 words (excluding appendices) written by the student on any topic approved by the Institute      

 

COM  801             Research Strategies and Methodology                                              (2 Units)

Introduction to Communication Studies Research, ethics and sampling in research, reactive or interactive research methods (participant observation, experimental designs, surveys and interviewing; and reactive methodological designs(discourse analysis, semiotics, content analysis, and rhetorical historical approaches);   Fundamentals of quantitative research design, Data collection methods; choosing qualitative research, qualitative research tools, content analysis and survey research, longitudinal and experimental research, research applications: print, electronic media, advertising, writing a research proposal; research applications: public relations, internet and media effects, quantitative methods for studying language and communication behaviour: experiments, corpora and questionnaire, data manipulation in spread sheets, Principles of test construction-statistical concepts, basic statistical tests, data analysis procedure( in communication research): regression analyses with a focus on mixed-effect models;  interpretation of data and discussion

               

COM 809:            Essentials of Scholarly Writing                                                                  (2 units)

A study of the bibliographic entry and embedding in-text citations;  Stylistic conventions and other literary devices appropriate to the writing of scholarly materials such as book reports and reviews, articles for certain learned journals, dissertations and doctoral theses; elements of literary writing: selection of title, background of study, literature review (citing of sources), methodology, interpretation and discussion of data, summary, conclusion and recommendation; writing of abstract; references;  a review of selected research reports and publications with a view to identifying elements of scholarly writing.

 

A study of the bibliographic, stylistic and other literary devices appropriate to the writing of scholarly materials such as book reports and reviews, articles for certain learned journals, dissertations and doctoral theses. A review of selected research reports and publications with a view to identifying elements of scholarly writing.

 

COM  819             History and Philosophy of Communication                            (2 units)

Study of modern history and philosophical foundations of the study of human communication,  with attention to contributions of both humanistic and social traditions, and with consideration of contemporary controversies concerning theory and research.

 

                Security and Intelligence Studies

 

(a)          Professional Master in Security and Intelligence Studies

Philosophy

The philosophy underlying the Security and Intelligence Studies programme is to produce a crop of graduates equipped with appropriate knowledge to be competent security and intelligent agents. The programme is designed for graduates of this University and other recognized universities who want knowledge of Security and Intelligence Studies to make their contribution to development in Nigeria, Africa and the global Community in the performance of their duties as professionals and are not necessarily interested in a career in Academics as to warrant the pursuit of Professional Master in Security and Intelligent Studies.

 

Admission Requirements

In addition to having five passes at credit level including Mathematics and English Language at the SSC, NECO, GCE or their equivalent at not more than two sittings, candidate must have at least one of the following qualifications from a recognized institution:

 

First Degree in any academic discipline

Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies with a minimum weighted score of 55%.

 

Duration

The proposed duration for the programme shall be:

 

Full Time:  Minimum of 3 semesters and Maximum of 4 semesters

Part Time: Minimum of 6 semesters and Maximum of 8 semesters.

 

Graduation Requirements

The Programme consists of course work, project work and seminars. To be awarded a Professional Masters in Security and Intelligent Studies, a candidate must have taken and passed at a minimum of 50% or higher grade the following:

 

 

 

 

List of Courses

Course Status

Units

Compulsory

21

Electives

10

Seminar

2

Practicum

3

Project

6

Total

42

 

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

CSC 801

Use of Computer in Research

USEOCOMP

4

SIS  801

Criminal Justice Organisation and Management

CRIJUSOM

2

SIS  803   

Strategies for Security and Intelligence Studies

STRASEIS

2

COM 801

Research Strategies and Methods

RESTAMET

3

Elective Courses

SIS  805 

Administration of Justice

ADMINJUS

2

SIS  809

Psychology of Crime

PSYCRIME

2

SIS  811

Advance Politics and Government

ADVPOGOV

2

SIS  813

Advance Logic and Culture

ADVLOGCU

2

SIS  815

Sociological Theories

SOCIOTHE

2

SIS  817

Human Rights

HUMRIGHT

2

 

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

SIS  802

Crime, Criminology, and Justice

CRICRJUS

2

SIS  804

Sociology of Corrections

SOCCORRS

2

SIS  806

Family Violence

FAMIVIOL

2

SIS  816

Criminal Investigation

CRIMEINV

2

COM 840

Advanced Social Statistics

ADVSOSTA

2

Elective Courses

SIS  808

Contemporary Problems in Law Enforcement

CONPROLE

2

SIS  810

Advanced Criminology

ADVCRIMO

2

SIS  812

Theories in Psychology

THEOIPSY

2

SIS  814

Nigerian Criminal Procedure and Evidence

NCRIMPEV

2

 

Third and Fourth Semesters

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

SIS  821

Practicum

PRATICUM

3

SIS 888

Seminar

SEMINAR

2

SIS 889

Project

PROJECT

6

   

(b)          Master in Security and Intelligence Studies (Academics)

 

Philosophy

The philosophy underlying the Security and Intelligence Studies programme is to produce a crop   of graduates equipped with appropriate  knowledge to make their contribution to development in Nigeria, Africa and the global Community having been exposed to knowledge in the field of Social Sciences in general and in the various sub-fields of Security and Intelligence Studies in particular.

 

Objectives

The objectives of a Master in Security and Intelligence Studies are to:

(i)            instill in students, a sound knowledge of Security and Intelligence Studies, an appreciation of its applications in different socio-cultural contexts and to involve the students in intellectually stimulating and satisfying experiences of learning and studying.

(ii)     provide students with broad and well balanced theories and methods of the discipline.

(iii)   cultivate in students the ability to apply their knowledge and skills of the course to the understanding and solution of societal problems in Nigeria and elsewhere.

(iv)    provide students with relevant knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in special areas of Security and Intelligence Studies or multi-disciplinary areas.

(v)   instill in students, knowledge and appreciation of the importance of Security and Intelligence Studies in contemporary world affairs.

(vi)   develop in students a range of useful competencies for employment whether public, private or self-employment.

 

Admission Requirements

The programme is designed to meet the professional needs of promising mid-career administrators and is expected to span for two semesters. Candidates must have obtained five passes at credit level including Mathematics and English Language at the SSC, NECO, GCE or their equivalent at not more than two sittings in addition to a first degree in any discipline from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta or any other Institution recognized by Senate.

 

Duration

The proposed duration for the programme is four semesters for full-time students and six semesters for part-time students.

 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, student must pass at least forty -eight units including all Compulsory Courses, Seminars, Practicum and submit an acceptable Dissertation.

List of Courses

Course Status

Units

Compulsory

27

Electives

8

Seminar

4

Practicum

3

Dissertation

6

Total

48

 

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

CSC 801

Use of Computer in Research

USEOCOMP

4

SIS  801

Criminal Justice Organisation and Management

CRIJUSOM

2

SIS  803   

Strategies for Security and Intelligence Studies

STRASEIS

2

SIS  807

Criminal Law in Action

CRILAWAC

2

COM 801

Research Strategies and Methods

RESTAMET

3

Elective Courses

SIS  805 

Administration of Justice

ADMINJUS

2

SIS  809

Psychology of Crime

PSYCRIME

2

SIS  811

Advance Politics and Government

ADVPOGOV

2

SIS  813

Advance Logic and Culture

ADVLOGCU

2

 


Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

SIS  802

Crime, Criminology, and Justice

CRICRJUS

2

SIS  804

Sociology of Corrections

SOCCORRS

2

SIS  806

Family Violence

FAMIVIOL

2

SIS  810

Advanced Criminology

ADVCRIMO

2

SIS  812

Theories in Psychology

THEOIPSY

2

SIS  816

Criminal Investigation

CRIMEINV

2

COM 840

Advanced Social Statistics

ADVSOSTA

2

Elective Courses

SIS  808

Contemporary Problems in Law Enforcement

CONPROLE

2

SIS  814

Nigerian Criminal Procedure and Evidence

NCRIMPEV

2

SIS  818

Sociological Theories

SOCIOTHE

2

SIS  820

Human Rights

HUMRIGHT

2

 

Third and Fourth Semesters

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

SIS  821

Practicum

PRATICUM

3

SIS 897

Seminar I

SEMINARI

2

SIS 898

Seminar II

SEMINAII

2

SIS 899

Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

   

COURSE DESCRIPTION 

 

SIS 801 Criminal Justice Organization and Management                                                (2 Units)

 Application of organizational and administrative principles in law enforcement, court, correctional settings and an assessment of trends and settings.

 

SIS 802  Crime, Criminology and Justice                                                                 (2 Units)

Historical overview of the sequence of the perspectives on and the methods of crime control from traditional to modern explanation of crime and criminality; Study of the criminal justice administration, theories of administrative and organizational behaviour, role of leadership, decision making and communication models.

 

 SIS 803  Strategies for Security and Intelligence Studies                              (2Units)

The study focuses on strategies, techniques, tactics, and special problems of security and intelligence writing and reporting and conservation, and storage as they relate to one or more of the related settings.

 

SIS 804                  Sociology of Corrections                                                                             (2 Units)

An overview of Nigerian corrections, jails and prisons, institutional procedures, and recent innovations.; Evaluation of  the correctional institutions including the sociology of confinement and reform movements within the system.

 

SIS 805                  Administration of Justice                                                                             (2 Units)

Concept of organization and management as they relate to law enforcement;  Principles of structure, process, policy and procedure, communication and authority, division of work and organizational controls. Factors influencing administration: gender, social class, ethnic group etc; The issue of jurisdiction of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies

 

SIS 806                  Family Violence                                                                                              (2 Units)

 The study of family in the traditional and contemporary societies, factors which enhance bond formation and discord in the family. Advantages and disadvantages in contemporary approaches to the resolution of violence in the family.

 

SIS 807                  Criminal Law in Action                                                                  (2 Units)

An exploration of law as a method of social control, the nature, sources and types of criminal law in relation to its history and theories. Topics include behavioural and legal aspects of criminal acts and the classification and analysis of selected criminal offences.

 

SIS  808 Contemporary Problems of Law Enforcement                                   (2 Units)

A thorough examination of selected topics: criminal responsibility alternative sociological policies on deviance, law enforcement procedures for civil law and legal problems, admissibility of evidence, and the indigent’s right.

 

SIS  809                 Psychology of Crime                                                                     (2 Units)

Evaluation of crime from the psychological perspective focusing on traditional and modern conception of the behaviour.  The effects on the victims and the actors.

 

 

 

SIS 810                  Advanced Criminology                                                                  (2 Units)

 Theories of criminality, types of delinquent and criminal behaviours, typology of the offender crime causation, crime control by the police, and the criminal courts and the effects of punishment, correction and incapacitation.

 

SIS  811                 Politics and Government                                                                            (2 Units)

 The nature of politics, political systems and the structure of government, political representation, institutions of different regimes. The relationship between regime, types and political efficiency and political culture.

 

SIS  813                 Logic and Culture                                                                                            (2 Units)

A brief survey of the main branches of philosophy, symbolic logic, special symbols in symbolic logic-conjunction, negation, affirmation, disjunction, equivalence and conditional statements. Law of thought; method of deduction using rules of inference and bi-conditional; quantification theory.

 

SIS 814                  Nigerian Criminal Procedure and Evidence                                         (2 Units)

 An overview of the of the history and development of the Nigerian criminal law as a system of social control, the scope, purpose, and principles of criminal law, and the essential characteristics of various crimes.

 

SIS 818                  Sociological Theories                                                                                    (2 Units)

Theories of sociology as they relate to a variety of social behaviours such as deviance, social bond, social cohesion, cooperation, conflict and social control.

 

SIS 816                  Criminal Investigation                                                                                  (2 Units)

Examination of crime investigation, collection and preservation of physical evidence, elements of legal proof in the submission of evidence investigation of specific types of offences.

 

SIS 820                  Human Rights                                                                                                  (2 Units)

Values and norms underlying the concept of universal human rights and the issues raised in promoting human rights in contemporary societies; the limits of ‘rights’ (for example, the rights of the unborn, minority and animals), a review of the international discourse on human rights and the effectiveness of international organizations set up to protect and promote human rights.

 

 

SIS 821                  Practicum in Area of Specialisation                                                        (3 Units)

Students are expected to go on six weeks’ internship in security agencies such as the Police, the Army, Customs, Immigration in order to relate theory to practice.

 

SIS 897                  Seminar I                                                                                                             (2 Units)

Oral presentation of the student’s project proposal and literature review on the project topic

 

SIS 898                  Seminar II                                                                                                           (2 Units

Oral presentation of the research investigation and findings after the completion of the project

 

SIS 899                  Dissertation                                                                                                   (6 Units)

A project report of not more than 15,000 words (excluding appendices) written by the student on any topic approved by the Department.             

 

3.4.10    Library and Information Studies

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies

 

Objectives of the Programme

The objectives of the programme are specifically to provide avenue to train:

Library and Information Officers who will work in primary and secondary schools

Library and Information Officers with professional skills in library, information, and media resources who can work in library and information centres

Officers who can provide basic skills in ICT Information and Communication Technology

 

Justification for the Programme

To produce candidates for Masters Degree Programme in Library and Information Studies

To produce teacher librarians whose services will be required in primary and secondary schools

To train and produce library and information officers for various institutions who can help in the organisation, dissemination, and general management of information

To train and produce manpower that will perform library routines.

 

Entry requirements

Candidates applying for the Post-graduate diploma degree programme in Library and Information Studies are expected to satisfy the Federal University of Agriculture requirements by possessing at least five (5) ‘O” credits pass in SSCE/GCE examination including English Language and Mathematics.

 

Candidates who already possess HND in Library Studies applying for admission to the Postgraduate diploma degree programme are expected to have a minimum of lower credit pass.

 

Candidates who already possess First Degree in any discipline applying for admission to the PG diploma degree programme are expected to have a minimum of Third Class.

 

Duration

This is a full time two semester programme designed to prepare students for professional skills in library and information studies by providing them with knowledge of the library, teaching them to develop, manage and run libraries and information centres. It will also serve as additional qualification for candidates seeking admission for Master in Library and Information Studies programme.

 

Graduation Requirements

Students are expected to register and pass twenty four (24) Units - 12 Units compulsory, 4 Units elective, Seminar (2 Units), Library Practice (2 Units) and Project (4 Units) before being awarded Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Sciences.

 

Compulsory                   12 Units

Elective                                            4 Units

Seminar                           2 Units

Library Practice             2 Units

Project                             4 Units

Total                                 24 Units

Courses

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

COM 701

Advanced Use of English                             

ADVUSENG

2

LIS 703

Cataloguing and Classification

CATACLAS

2

LIS 705

Indexing and Abstracting

INDEABST

2

LIS 707

Management Theory Application in Library and Information Centres

MTALIBIC

2

COM 707

Research Methodology

SOSTAREM

2

Elective Courses

LIS 701

Collection Development

COLLDEVT

2

LIS 709

Library and Information Resources

LIBINFRE

2

LIS 711

Conservation and Preservation of Library and Information Resources

CPRLIBIR

2

LIS 713

Special Libraries

   SPECLIBS

2

         

Note: students are expected to take one elective in the first semester.

 

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

LIS 706

Foundation of Library and Information Studies

FLIBINFS

2

LIS 714

Library Practice (Practical)

LIBPRACT

2

LIS 798

Seminar

SEMINAR

2

LIS 799

Project

PROJECT

4

Elective Courses

LIS 702

Library Routine

LIBRROUT

2

LIS 704

Library Automation and Software Packages

LIBASOPA

2

LIS 708

Serials Management in Library

SEMGTLIB

2

LIS 710

National and Public Libraries

NAPUBLIB

2

LIS 712

Academic Libraries

ACADLIBS

2

 

Note: students are expected to take one elective in the second semester.

               


COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

LIS 701                  Collection Development                                                                              2 Units

Selection and Acquisition principles. Methods and Processes of selection. Planning of Library Collection. Censorship, Automating Library Acquisitions; Access and Preservation of Electronic materials. Serials and grey literature management. Collection scope, evaluations, interlibrary loans, resources sharing

 

COM      701:        Advanced Use of English (2 units)

Basic fundamentals in written and spoken English; Brief review of grammar, principles of English speech and practice in spoken English

 

LIS 702                  Library Routine                                                                                                 2 Units

Acquisitions process; Materials processing; Cataloguing and classification; Reference and circulation activities; Serials; Indexing, Online processes; Publicity; Displays and Exhibitions; Materials preservation; weeding the catalogue; OPAC maintenance.

 

LIS 703                  Cataloguing and Classification                                                                   2 Units

Principles of cataloguing, development of cataloguing codes, use of AACR2, and general rules for description of various Library materials. Choice and forms of access points, alphabetic approach to information, Sears list of Subject headings, Library of Congress Subject Headings and other verbal subject analysis; Alphabetical and classified catalogue- construction and use.

 

LIS 704                  Library Automation Software Packages for Library                           2 Units

Definition of Library Automation, Objectives of Library automation, Benefits of Library Automation; Computers in Library Automation; Process of Library Automation; Staffing for library automation; Retrospective conversion; Networking; Finance: user groups; User education; Problems of Library Automation in Nigeria; Selection and Evaluation Library system packages, system integration, software vendor support and training, Backup.

 

LIS 705                  Indexing and Abstracting                                                                             2 Units

The nature and structure of indexes; indexing (including thesauri and Computer Aided Indexing and editing procedures; types of indexes; index evaluation and professionalism; abstracting techniques. Introduction to Bibliography. Definition of bibliography; Importance of bibliography in Librarianship, Type of bibliography, value of bibliography; ICT application to bibliographic compilation.

 

LIS 706                  Foundation of Library and Information Studies                                2 Units

Society, Culture, Information and Libraries; Attributes of Information; History of Libraries; Types and functions of Libraries, Information and Development; Socio-cultural role of Libraries and Information Centers; Librarianship as a profession; Interrelationship of libraries and other Information agencies, the Mass media, Ministry of Information; Archives; extension (Change) Agents, Current trends in Library and Information Services.

 

COM 707                              Research Methods                                                                          2 Units

Nature of information studies, Research design, historical, empirical and other appropriate methods in data collections, data analysis, interpretation , writing research proposal

 

LIS 707 Management Theory Application in Library                                                        2 Units 

Definitions of Management: History of Management; Functions of management- controlling, Staffing, Planning and Organizing. Principles of Management.  Problems of Library and Information Centre Management in Nigeria and their solution.

 

LIS 708                  Serials Management in Library                                                                  2 Units

Type of Serials, selection and acquisition, organization and storage, user access through index and abstract, online serials

 

LIS 709                  Library and Information Resources                                                          2 Units

Information bearing books, references and supportive books, e-resources, audio and visual material cartographic materials for special groups age.

 

LIS 710                  National and Public Libraries                                                                    2 Units

National Library, Roles and Functions, Public Library; Nature and organisation, collection management; Personnel selection; Remuneration, staff training and development; Users' needs and services; Sources of finance, budgets and budgetary control; Public relations; Performance measurement and evaluation; Automation project management, building planning; Costing of information services.

 

LIS 711  Conservation and Preservation of Library and Information Resources    2 Units

Structure of paper and other information bearing Media; Agents Causing Damages to Media; De-acidification; Protection and Preservation of Materials.  Library Construction and Building

 

LIS 712                  Academic Libraries                                                                                        2 units

Institutional setting of libraries in tertiary institutions: University libraries and smaller academic libraries; The academic library purpose; Functions of University Libraries; Functions of college libraries; Government of University libraries; Government of College libraries; Administration of Academic Libraries; The academic library collection; Academic Library Finance; Budgeting; Standards for University Libraries, Standards for Polytechnic libraries; Standards for Colleges of Education, Agriculture and related libraries; The academic library building; User Education; Automating the library services; Public Relations and Publicity; Evaluation of Academic Library Services; Library Security; Problems of Academic Libraries in Africa.

 

LIS 713                  Special Libraries                                                                                               2 Units

Origin, nature and organisation; Collection development; Personnel selection; Remuneration, training and development; Users' needs and services; Budgets, and budgetary control; Communication and publicity; Performance measurement and evaluation; The use of information technologies in special libraries; Planning Special Library Building; Location, space planning, furnishings, environmental controls, standards and work flows, .and agronomics; Costing of information products and services.

 

LIS 714                  Library Practice (Practical)                                                                           2 Units

Six weeks of Industrial Training to be split between Teaching practice and library practice, both of which will be professionally supervised

 

LIS 798                  Seminar                                                                                                               2 Units

A seminar paper to be presented by each student on a topic approved by the Department

 

LIS 799                  Project                                                                                                                                4 Units

Students are expected to select a researchable topic, collect data, analyze and write a project report and submit in bound format.

 

Master Degree Programme in Library and Information Studies

This is a four semester programme designed to prepare students for professional skills in library and information by providing them with knowledge of the library, teaching them to develop, manage and run library and information centres.

 

 

Justification for the Programme

Nigerian libraries are experiencing a dearth of library and information officers. To ameliorate this defect, this programme will professionals who will provide the much needed library services for Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and other levels of Institutions such as Research Institutes, Hospitals, Banks, Law firms and Multinational companies and organisations. This will also result in the production of more manpower to perform library routines and more professionals who will provide answers to library queries within the shortest possible time.

 

Objectives of the Programme

The programme is intended to provide students with intellectual and professional skills which will enable them carry out library and information functions confidently and effectively and make the students adaptable to changing academic situation in Nigeria and the profession. Specifically the programme will provide:

1.            Personnel for professional skills in various types of Libraries with some skills in instructing readers in the use of the library.

2.            Personnel grounded in techniques of libraries, information Studies and Media Technology;

3.            Librarians who can administer School Libraries/Resources Centres and teach library skills to teachers and students,

4.            Basic skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master degree programme is available to graduates of this University or of other universities recognised by the Senate. Such graduates must have a minimum of:

1.            Second Class lower division (2:2) in any discipline outside Library and Information studies.

2.            Bachelor degree in Library Studies or Information Studies with a minimum of second class lower division (2:2).

 

Duration of Programme

The Master degree programme in Library and Information Studies shall normally last for a minimum of four semesters and a maximum of six semesters of full time study.

 

Graduation Requirements

(a)          Students must register for a minimum of 35 units course work and a maximum of 48 course units including practicum, Seminar and Dissertation.

 

List of Courses

Course Status

Units

Compulsory

27

Electives

8

Seminar

4

Practicum

3

Dissertation

6

Total

48

 

First Year

First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

CSC 801

Use of Computer in Research

USEOCOMP

4

COM 801

Research Strategies and Methods

RESTAMET

2

COM 809

Essentials of Scholarly Writing

ESENSCHW

2

LIS 801

Foundations of Information Studies

FLIBINFS

2

LIS 803

Reference Sources and Services

REFSOSEV

2

LIS 805

Principles and Practice of Management in Library and Information Centre

PPMLIBIC

2

Elective Courses

LIS 807

Records and Information Management

REINFMGT

2

LIS 809

Indexing and Abstracting

INDEABST

2

 

Second Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

Compulsory Courses

LIS 802

Catalogue and Classification

CATACLAS

2

LIS 804

Theory  and Organization of Knowledge

THEORGKN

2

LIS 806

Information Technologies and Software Packages for Library and Information Centres

ITSPLIIC

2

LIS 808

Collection Management

COLLEMGT

2

LIS 810

Information Resources Management

INFREMGT

2

LIS 812

Information Products and Services

INFPDSEV

2

Elective Courses

LIS 814

Special Libraries

SPECLIBS

2

LIS 816

Academic Libraries

ACADLIBS

2

LIS 818

National and Public Libraries

NAPUBLIB

2

 

 

Second Year

Third and Forth Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Abbreviations

Units

LIS 813

Library Practice

LIBPRACT

2

LIS 897

Seminar I

SEMINARI

2

LIS 898

Seminar II

SEMINAII

2

LIS 899

Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

COM 801              Research Strategies and Methods                                          

This course provides a solid foundation for students to understand the process of fact-finding as well as knowledge creation. Students are provided with an in-depth understanding of data analysis and collection methods (qualitative and quantitative) commonly used by communications researchers as well as ways of synthesizing and analyzing scholarly literature.

 

LIS 801                  Foundation of Library and Information Studies

Society and culture; Information and its attributes; Communication of information; The origin and development of libraries, archives and information centres as cultural phenomena; The general structure, problems as well as the literature of the library, archives and  information science professions; Archives and library development in Nigeria; Analysis of the specific cases that reflect the professional agenda of the information professions including intellectual freedom, community service, professional ethics, social responsibilities, intellectual· property and literacy; The socio-cultural role of libraries and information agencies and professionalism in general; Problems and prospects of Third World libraries, archives and information centres; Modem trends in the information  field including the application of computers, telecommunications and information technology to the management of information.

 

 


LIS 802      Cataloguing and Classification

Principles of cataloguing; Development of cataloguing codes; Use of AACR2 and general rules for description for various library materials; Choice and Form of Access Point; Alphabetic approach to Information - Sears List of Subject Headings, Library of Congress Subject Headings and other verbal subject analysis; Alphabetical and classified catalogues - construction and use.

 

LIS 803      Reference Sources and Services

Guides to reference sources; Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Yearbooks, Annual reports, Conference proceedings, Directories, Statistical sources, Biographical sources, Bibliographies, Official publications, Audio-visual materials, and Periodicals; Abstracting and Indexing Services; Bibliographic databases (online and CD-ROM); Accessing the Internet.

 

LIS 804       Theory and Organisation of Knowledge

Theory of library classification; Introduction to the subject approach -Enumerative and Faceted classification schemes; Survey of structure and use of the major classification schemes; African problems; Computerised retrieval systems.

 

LIS 805                  Principles and Practice of Management in Library, Archives and               lnformation Centres

 Definition of management; scientific management -F.W. Taylor, Henri Fayol, Mary Parker, Follet, L.F. Human relations school; Elton Mayo and the Chicago School; Bureaucracy; Weber; Authority, Responsibility and delegation; The structure and cultures of organisations (Libraries, Archives and Information Centres); The structure of planning and control; Corporate planning and setting objectives, communication, conflict and coordination, job motivation and satisfaction, theory of leadership, organisation growth and change, staffing, job evaluation, manpower planning.

 

LIS 806                  Information Technologies and Software Packages for  Library and Information Centres

Computer technologies; Storage devices: Input, Output devices; Communications technologies: telecommunications standards; Problems of compatibility of computer systems; Micrographics; Computer output microform (COM); Computer input microform; Electronic copiers; Constraints to the use of information technologies in the African context; Policies and regulations relating to information technology; How information technologies enhance aspects/ characteristics of· information and information services. Sources of information technologies. Review of data structures; Information retrieval systems; Database management systems (DBMS); Library systems packages; Circulation, serials, integrated library system, etc.; Other systems packages: word processing, spread sheet, etc.; Systems integration; Office information/DDS, etc.; Vendor, support: documentation, provisions for - training, software backup, contracts and licenses, selection and evaluation of systems; Sources of information on software packages.

 

LIS 807  Records and Information Management

Need for record management; the record life cycle creation: Methods of generating records; Federal Government Registry System; Record distribution and utilization; Record maintenance: filing systems, classification and coding; Decentralised versus centralized filing systems; Retrieval systems manual: mechanical and automated; managing semi-current records; organizing a record centre; Establishing standard and conducting records systems audit; measuring performance; legal require ements for record management.

 

LIB 808     Collection Management

Nature of library collections; Importance of collection to information services; Planning of library collection; Censorship, Collection management; Selection principles; Selection procedure: Selection committee and acquisition methods; Computer in library. acquisitions; CD-MAC on-line networks (OCLC etc); The book trade; The paperless collection; Audio-visual collection; Collection conservation; Weeding and disposition programme; Budgeting for collection  management in Africa.

 

LIS 809    Indexing and Abstracting

Indexing theory, principles, pre and post co-ordinate indexes manual and computer generated indexes, database construction.

 

LIS 810    Information Resources Management

The concepts of data, information and knowledge; Traditional subdivisions of information management practice; The concept of Information Resources Management (IRM) Broad external contexts; information overload, gaps, and misuse; Specific external contexts; Technological, political, economic, social and organisational; Managing information as an organisational resource; The information life cycle; Integrating media and the information environment of the organisation; The tools of the information management unit; Benefits of IRM.

 

LIS 812   Information Products and Services

Typology of information and data centres, structures, organisation and functions of such centres; Database producers, and vendors online services, information brokers, consultancy, expert and advisory services; types design, development operation, utilisation and  evaluation of information products and services; Reference, (referral) and current awareness services; Numerical and statistical data accessibility and dissemination, methodological tools, norms and standards, networking and resource-sharing.

 

LIS 813     Library Practice

Six weeks of Industrial Training to be split between Teaching practice and library practice.

 

LIB 814      Special Libraries

Origin, nature and organisation; Collection development; Personnel selection; Remuneration, training and development; Users' needs and services; Budgets, and budgetary control; Communication and publicity; Performance measurement and evaluation; The use of information technologies in special libraries; Planning Special Library Building; Location, space planning, furnishings, environmental controls, standards and work flows, .and agronomics; Costing of information products and services.

 

LIS 816   Academic Libraries

Institutional setting of libraries in tertiary institutions: University libraries and smaller academic libraries; The academic library purpose; Functions of University Libraries; Functions of college libraries; Government of University libraries; Government of College libraries; Administration of Academic Libraries; The academic library collection; Academic Library Finance; Budgeting; Standards for University Libraries, Standards for Polytechnic libraries; Standards for Colleges of Education, Agriculture and related libraries; The academic library building; User Education; Automating the library services; Public Relations and Publicity; Evaluation of Academic Library Services; Library Security; Problems of Academic Libraries in Africa.

 

LIS 818    National and Public Libraries

Nature and organisation, collection management; Personnel selection; Remuneration, staff training and development; Users' needs and services; Sources of finance, budgets and budgetary control; Public relations; Performance measurement and evaluation; Automation project management, building planning; Costing of information services.   

 

LIS 899     Dissertation

A seminar paper to be presented by each student on a topic approved by the Department. Students are expected to select a researchable topic, collect data, analyze and write a project report and submit in bound format.

 

 

LIB 808                  Collection Management

Nature of library collections; Importance of collection to information services; Planning of library collection; Censorship, Collection management; Selection principles; Selection procedure: Selection committee and acquisition methods; Computer in library. acquisitions; CD-MAC on-line networks (OCLC etc); The book trade; The paperless collection; Audio-visual collection; Collection conservation; Weeding and disposition programme; Budgeting for collection  management in Africa.

 

COM 809              Essentials of Scholarly Writing                                                                  (2 units)

 

A study of the bibliographic entry and embedding in-text citations;  Stylistic conventions and other literary devices appropriate to the writing of scholarly materials such as book reports and reviews, articles for certain learned journals, dissertations and doctoral theses; elements of literary writing: selection of title, background of study, literature review (citing of sources), methodology, interpretation and discussion of data, summary, conclusion and recommendation; writing of abstract; references;  a review of selected research reports and publications with a view to identifying elements of scholarly writing.

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