Science Education

MSc.Ed. (MATHEMATICS EDUCATION)

FIRST SEMESTER

Core Courses

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

EDU 701         Research Methods                                          3

EDU 703         Seminar                                                           3

ESE 705          Principles and Problems of

Curriculum Evaluation                                    3

ESM 721         Developments in Mathematics

Curriculum and Instruction in the

Secondary Schools and Teacher

Training Colleges in Nigeria                           3

ESM 723         Diagnostic and Remedial

Teaching of Mathematics                                3

Electives:

ECT 751          Curriculum Theory and Practice                     3

Or

ECT 753          The Teacher Education Curriculum                3

Total                                                                                       18

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

EDU 702         Statistical Analysis and

Data Processing                                              3

EDU 704         Dissertation                                                     6

ESM 722         Modernization in Mathematics

Education                                                        3

ESM 724         Learning and Teaching Strategies in

Pre-Primary and Primary School

Mathematics                                                    3

Electives

ECT 752          Principles of learning and Instruction             3

Or

CT 754            Innovation and change in curriculum             3

Total                                                                                       18

Grand Total:                                                                                     36 credits

 

 

 

Ph.D MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

First Semester

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

Core Courses

EDU 801         Advanced Statistical Methods in

Education                                                        3

EDU 803         Contemporary Issues in Curriculum               3

ESM 821         Trends, theory and Practice in

Mathematics Education Research                   3

Electives

ESM 823         The Mathematics Curriculum              2

ESM 825         Special Topics in Mathematics Education      2

Second Semester

Core Courses

EDU 802         Advanced Research Methods in Education 3

EDU 804         Seminar                                                           3

ESM 822         Evaluation Techniques in Mathematics

Education                                                        3

Electives

ESM 824         Methods and Resources in Mathematics

Instruction                                                       2

ESM 826         Psychosocial Dimensions of Mathematics Education 2

 

 

 

 


 

  1. ED DEGREES IN SCIENCE EDUCATION

INTRODUCTION

The M. Ed. Programme is designed to prepare science educators. Recipients of the degree would find careers as:

  1. supervisors and inspectors of science at national or state or local level,
  2. science educators at secondary schools, polytechnics and colleges of education,
  • science educators at college or university level.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

As contained in postgraduate study brochure of the university, applicants should possess any of the following degrees in science or mathematics education with good honours classification from recognized universities:

  1. Sc (Ed.)
  2. Ed.
  • Sc (Hons)

 

Those with B.Sc honours degree in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics should possess in addition a postgraduate diploma or certificate in Education or should have taught their subjects for at least 3 years. The latter group may be expected to offer lower courses in Education.

THE PROGRAMME

The Science Education Programme offers M.Ed degree with course work in Education or Mathematics Education, Science, Educational Statistics and any of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

The student will carry out a research project immediately after the course work.

THE REQUIREMENTS

In assembling his/her particular programme, the student will include

  1. 30 credit units in the major and other requirements including science subject-matter areas.
  2. Research projects.
  • 4 consecutive semesters on campus.
  1. An initial analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses to guide in developing the programme especially in the choice of courses.

COURSE

Core Courses or Major Requirements

Course code Course Title CourseUnits
SED 681 Evaluation and Testing in Science or Mathematics (2 units)
SED 692 Science or Mathematics Education Seminar (3 units)
SED 691 Educational Statistics (2 units)
SED 651 Instructional Problems in Teaching Science or Mathematics  

(2 units)

SCI 631 History of Science (2 units)
SCI 632 Philosophy of Science (2 units)
SED 601 Disstatione (6 units)

At least 12 units in Science or Mathematics subject-matter at 500-level and above.

Recommended Electives

Course code Course Title Course Units
SED 652 Instructional Materials in the Teaching of Science or Mathematics  

(3 units)

SED 653 Problems in the Teaching of Physics (2 units)
SED 654 Problems in the Teaching of Chemistry (2 units)
SED 655 Problems in the Teaching of Biology (2 units)
SED 656 Problems in the Teaching of Mathematics (2 units)
SED 657 Problems in the Teaching of Primary Science (2 units)
SED 658 Problems in the Teaching of Integrated Science (2 units)
SED 671 Administration and Supervision of Science (3 units)

 

Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics

Students can make up their required units among the following list of courses as appropriate.

  1. i) Physics (courses not yet available).
  2. ii) Chemistry:

 

Course code Course Title Course Units
CHM 531 Medical Chemistry (3 units)
CHM 532 Physical Organic Chemistry (3 units)
CHM 552 Geochemistry (3 units)
CHM 571 Seminar in Chemistry I (2 units)
CHM 572 Seminar in Chemistry II (2 units)
CHM 621 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 units)
CHM 622 Advanced Coordination Chemistry & Inorganic Reaction Mechanism  

(3 units)

CHM 623 The Defect State (2 units)
CHM 624 Reactivity of Solids (3 units)
CHM 625 Advanced Chemistry of Solids, Glass, Ceramics and Cement  

(3 units)

CHM 631 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 units)
CHM 632 Organic Synthesis (3 units)
CHM 634 Advanced Applied Spectroscopy (3 units)
CHM 635 Organic Photochemistry (3 units)
CHM 638 Organic Reaction Mechanism (3 units)
CHM 642 Advanced Kinetics (3 units)
CHM 643 Statistical Thermodynamics (2 units)
CHM 645 Biophysical Chemistry (2 units)
CHM 646 Physical Organic Chemistry (3 units)
CHM 647 Quantum Chemistry (3 units)

 

Biology

Course code Course Title Course Units
BIO 601 Biology of Tropical Savannah I : Flora (3 units)
BIO 602 Biology of Tropical Savannah II : Fauna (3 units)
BIO 603 Advanced Soil Biology (3 units)
BIO 604 Hydrobiology (3 units)
BIO 605 Animal Population Analysis (3 units)
BIO 606 Vegetation and Habitat Analysis (3 units)
BIO 607 Ecology of Pollution (3 units)
BIO 608 Natural Resources Management I : Forests (3 units)
BIO 609 Natural Resources Management II : Wildlife (3 units)
BIO 610 Ultra structural Basis of Cell Function (3 units)
BIO 611 Cell Growth (3 units)
BIO 612 Cytology of Hybrids and Polypoids (3 units)
BIO 613 Advanced Cytogenetic (3 units)
BIO 614 Developmental Genetics (3 units)
BIO 615 Advanced Molecular Genetics (3 units)
BIO 616 Cell and Tissue Culture (3 units)
BIO 617 Advanced Human Genetics (3 units)
BIO 618 Advanced Cell Physiology (3 units)
BIO 619 Cytoplasm Inheritance (3 units)
BIO 620 Advanced Population Genetics (3 units)

 

  1. iv) Mathematics:

 

Course code Course Title Course Units
MTH 513 Functional Analysis I (3 units)
MTH 514 Differential Topology (3 units)
MTH 523 Functional Analysis II (3 units)
MTH 551 Theory of Categories (4 units)
MTH 553 Topological Groups I (3 units)
MTH 554 Topological Groups II (3 units)
MTH 556 Algebraic Topology (3 units)
MTH 601 Commutative Algebra
MTH 602 Non-associative Algebraic Systems
MTH 604 Homological Algebra
MTH 605 Algebraic Number Theory
MTH 607 Topology
MTH 610 Galois Theory
MTH 611 Complex Analysis
MTH 614 Ordinary Differential Equations
MTH 631 Mathematical Methods I
MTH 632 Mathematical Methods II
MTH 633 Fluid Mechanics I
MTH 634 Fluid Mechanics II
MTH 635 Quantum Mechanics I
MTH 636 Quantum Mechanics II
MTH 641 Numerical Analysis

 

 

 

COURSE CONTENT

Science and General Education

SED 681 – Evaluation and Testing in Science or Mathematics (2 units):

Construction of test items and a complete test. Table of specifications. Philosophy, purpose and values of classroom tests. Standardized test: construction. Item analysis. Standardized versus Teacher-made tests. Kinds of achievement tests. Scoring of achievement tests. Awards of grades to scores (procedures). Use of performance objectives in test construction. Domains of educational objectives: cognitive, psychomotor and affective. Taxonomy of educational objectives and test construction. Aims, goals and objectives of education. Preparation of behavioural or specific objectives. Types of evaluation and testing.

 

SED 692 – Science or Mathematics Education Seminar (3 units):

The course gives the postgraduate student an opportunity to discuss current research in Science or Mathematics Education, to report on some topics of interest treated in recent literature, to discuss topical national and international issues in Science or Mathematics Education, to discuss his own research problem and to profit by the reports of others in the group. The types of research problems, quality and areas explored are part of the functions this course s to serve. Some time will be devoted to acquainting the student with library resources available, and review the format used in preparation of research report. Science or Mathematics teachers at all levels may explore research to help determine a problem for their own work and/or to become familiar with research that has been done.

 

EDU 691 – Educational Statistics I (2 units):

The need for statistics. Distribution of scores: scores in a continuous series. Tally and frequency table. Graphical representation of frequency distribution. The normal probability curve (or normal distribution curve). Measures of central tendency: the mean. The mole. The medium. The range. Other measures of dispersion. Translating raw scores to letter grades. Application of suggested guide distributions. Combining letter grades from several examinations. The concept of correlation: correlation techniques. Interpretation of correlation coefficient. Reliability and validity of tests.

 

SED 651 – Instructional Problems in Teaching Science or Mathematics (2 units):

The study of instructional problems in teaching Science or Mathematics in the elementary and secondary schools. The instructional problems may include problems relating to the pupils’ ability in Science and Mathematics, reading and problem-solving ability, to problems in laboratory, evaluation, demonstration, vocabulary, and provision for the better student.

 

SED 671 – Administration and Supervision of Science (3 units):

The course is designed to prepare students to function as an administrator and supervisor of Science Programme or activities in schools, colleges and other agencies of Science Education. Strengthen top echelon science personnel. Sparking science education team for effectiveness. Hiring and directing science teachers. Acquiring and maintaining science funds and hardware. Evaluation of Science Programme and other activities like science fairs. Students’ guidance and counselling. Finding solutions for operational problems in science. Education law and its relationship to science education. Science staff and professional disputes. Staff evaluation and improvement: techniques. Professional science organizations and materials.

 

 

 

SED 652 – Instructional Materials in the Teaching of Science or Mathematics (3 units):

A course designed for the study and development of teaching materials for the science or mathematics teacher. Particular emphasis will be placed on the materials associated with the new curriculum projects in science or mathematics. Opportunity will be provided for the design and construction of suitable demonstration and laboratory aids. Commercial science or mathematics teaching aids will be demonstrated, studied and evaluated.

 

SED 653 – Problems in the Teaching of Physics (2 units):

A study of the current trends in the teaching of secondary school and college Physics, and the various problems which confront the teacher. Problems of teaching some difficult concepts. Procuring laboratory equipment and their storage. Dealing with the school administrator. Problems with the learners. Laboratory management. Laboratory hazards and safety precautions. Understanding the school or college curriculum in Physics. Laboratory paraprofessionals. Students learning problems and solutions, etc.

 

SED 654 – Problems in the Teaching of Chemistry (2 units):

This course is designed to deal with special problems in the teaching of Chemistry. This includes elementary concepts, laboratory and stockroom problems, and demonstration. Problems in teaching difficult concepts and topics. Laboratory management and the paraprofessionals. Procuring, storing and maintenance of laboratory equipment. Dealing with the Principal. Human relation problem. Evaluation of learning. Helping students to learn Chemistry.

 

SED 655 – Problems with the Teaching of Biology (2 units):

The course deals with organization of Biology units, teaching procedures, and evaluation of learning. Preparation of present practices will be accomplished in terms of criteria that foster general education in a secondary school or college programme. Problems of teaching difficult concepts and topics. Human relation problems in the teaching of Biology.

 

SED 656 – Problems in the Teaching of Mathematics (2 units):

This course can be taken by those specializing in primary or secondary or college Mathematics teaching. Teaching will be tailored according to needs. The teaching of selected topics to fit the needs of primary, secondary school and college classes. Problems of methodology in Mathematics teaching: teaching methods, evaluation of teaching aids and their improvisation. Relevant areas in Mathematics should be used to illustrate teaching methods and the use of teaching aids. Problem of the slow learners of Mathematics. The teaching of mixed ability classes: problems and solutions.

 

SED 658 – Problems in the Teaching of Integrated Science (2 units):

Teaching Integrated Science as a science course rather than combination of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Methods of teaching Integrated Science. Problems of improvisation. Relating Integrated Science to technology. Problems of integrating Physics, Chemistry and Biology to form Integrated Science. Who is the best teach of Integrated Science? Philosophical and psychological problems in Integrated Science and its teaching. Sociological problems in Integrated Science and possible solutions. Integrated Science versus Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Preparing resource unit in Integrated Science teaching. How integrated is Integrated Science? Instructional problems in the teaching of Integrated Science. Problems of evaluation in Integrated Science teaching.

 

 

SED 657 – Problems in the Teaching of Primary Science (2 units):

Philosophical, psychological and sociological problems in the teaching of Primary Science. Why teaching Science in the primary schools. Problems of teaching aids in Primary Science. Primary Science and the child. Primary Science and Integrated Science in junior secondary school: any relationship? Preparing resource units in Primary Science teaching. Primary Science and pupils related activities. Comparison of problems in Primary Science and other science curricula (differences and similarities). Making pupils learn Primary Science. Problems in the implementation of Primary Science curriculum. Evaluation in Primary Science teaching: problems and prospects. Innovation in teaching Primary Science. Preparation for Primary Science teaching.

 

SCI 631 – History of Science (2 units):

The fundamental purpose of the course is to show the evolution of scientific thought and how it has contributed to contemporary methods of research. Emphasis will be devoted to the origin of the underlying principles, theories, laws of Science, and the techniques used by various scientists in formulating their conclusions. Scientists and scientific developments: past and present.

 

SCI 632 – Philosophy of Science (2 units):

A study of inter-relations between Philosophy and Science with an attempt through exposition, discussion and reconciliation to provide a clearer understanding of vital issues, especially in relation to science and society. Topics include the nature and sources of knowledge, meaning and validity, criteria or objectivity, reality; examination of concepts underlying scientific method and development of scientific theories. Nature of Science and Technology. Relating Science and Technology. Science and technological developments and their impacts upon our lives. Nature of observation. Nature of scientific inquiry. Definitions and explanations.

 

SED 601 – Research Project (0 units):

This will start at the end of the course work, i.e. at the end of the first two semesters. Students will be free to choose their own problems to investigate. They are expected to be acquainted with major research in their problem areas. Advice will be given as and when necessary by the supervisor.

 

Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics:

Course content for these are available in the relevant Programmes.

 

 

M.ED. SCIENCE EDUCATION

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

EDU 701         Research Methods                                          3

EDU 703         Seminar                                                           3

ECT 705          Principles and problems

of Curriculum Evaluation                               3

ECT 741          Assessment in science                                     3

ECT 743          Laboratory Techniques and improvisation 3

Electives

ECT 751          Curriculum Theory and Practice                     3

Or

ECT 753          The Teacher Education Curriculum                3

Total 18

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Core Title Credit Units

EDU 702         Statistical Analysis and Data Processing        3

EDU 704         Dissertation                                                     6

ECT 742          History and Philosophy of Science and

Science Education                                          3

ECT 744          Trends in Science Curriculum

Development                                                   3

Electives

ECT 752          Principles of Learning and Instruction           3

Or

ECT 754          Innovation and Change in Curriculum           3

Total                                                                                       18

Total Credit Units per session                                              36 credits

 

 

Ph.D SCIENCE EDUCATION

First Semester

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

Core Courses

EDU 801         Advanced Statistical Methods in

Education                                                        3

EDU 803         Contemporary Issues in Curriculum              3

ECI 831          Trends, Theory and Practice in Science

Education Research                                        3

Electives

ECI 833          The Science Education Curriculum                2

ECI 835          Special Topics in Science Education              2

Second Semester

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

Core Courses

EDU 802         Advanced Research Methods in

Education                                                        3

EDU 804         Seminar                                                           3

ECI 832          Evaluation Procedures in Science

Education                                                        3

Electives

ECT 834          Methods and Resources in Science

Education                                                        2

ECT 836          Science and Society                                        2