Basic Science and General Studies is a department whose main function in to service all the departments in Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan by teaching all basic science and general courses which form the bedrock of regular programmes (National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in the college. These fundamental courses are very important in the curriculum content of the college to enable students have a proper grasp of the curriculum and prepare them for future tasks in their chosen career.
Basic Science and General Studies courses include:
Basic Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
General Laboratory Techniques
Objectives of Basic Science and General Studies Department include:
1. To enable students, have grasps of their curriculum content.
2. Enable students acquire basic knowledge in fundamental concepts needed to master courses offered in the College.
3. To equip students with the basic rudiments in the care, maintenance and safety in the Laboratory.
4. Enable students acquire broad-based education designed to sharpen students’ communication skills.
5. Equip students with complementary life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, interpersonal and team work skills.
6. To ensure College graduates possess the relevant personal and ethical principles to enable them compete with other graduates in the labour market.
7. The department also have school of basic science programme; of which at the end of the programme, successful candidates with the national minimum score in Unified Tertiary Matriculation examination (UTME) transit to ND 1.
8. The soil, pathology, Entomology, Chemistry, Biology and Physics laboratories all under the department are also open both to students and lecturers in all the departments in the college for their project/research works.
PROFILE OF THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Dr Ogechukwu Rose Appah is a senior Lecturer in the Department of Basic Science and General Studies. She holds BSc (Edu) in Mathematics (1995), Med. in Educational Management (2008), PGD in Statistics (2010), Med. in Educational Evaluation (2011), and PhD in Educational Evaluation. Dr Appah is a specialist in Mathematics, Educational Management, Statistics, Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (assessment of learning outcome, psychometrics). Her teaching experience (spanning some two decades, and covering secondary, tertiary and professional education levels) has covered the fields of Mathematics, Statistics, and trans- disciplinary research methods.
Dr Appah has been involved in conducting a number of researches and workshop trainings. She was a co-facilitator in Lagos EKO capacity building for Mathematics teachers, training conducted by the Institute of Education, of University of Ibadan, sponsored by World bank/Lagos State (2011). She also participated in the FGN/UBE-MDGs 2011 Federal Teachers’ Scheme Induction/Orientation Workshop (Mathematics Teachers) for Universal Basic Education Commission Federal Teachers’ Scheme 2010 project in Oyo State, DRGs/MDGs Project. She is also a Co-Editor of The African Journal of Behavioural and Scale Development Research.
Dr Appah is a member of the following Academic Associations: Association of Women in Forestry and Environment, Mathematics Association of Nigeria (MAN), Association of Educational Researchers and Evaluators of Nigeria (ASSEREN), Association of Behavioural Research Analysist and Psychometricians (AB-ReAP), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
Her area of Current Research/es include: Evaluation as a Tool for Learning Improvement in Tertiary Technical and Vocational Institution; Relevance of Mathematics Courses in Forestry and Agriculture Technology training.
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AT BASIC SCIENCE AND GENERAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
1. Basic Science and General Studies Department is saddled with the responsibility of carrying out practical’s for both full-time and part-time students of Federal College of Forestry at all levels. There is also school of basic programme; which at the end of the programme, successful candidates with the national minimum score in Unified Tertiary Matriculation examination (UTME) transit to ND 1
The Department has four (4) big Laboratories namely:
1) Pathology Microbiology Laboratory
2) Soil Chemistry Laboratory
3) Physics Laboratory
4) Biology Laboratory
The pathology microbiology laboratory helps out in the following activities:
• Isolating samples such as plants, soils, mushrooms
• Identification of Samples
• Drying of samples using oven drying method
• Autoclaving of glass wares
• De-contaminating some of the samples
• Distilling water
• Attending to students in the area of project
• Using microscope to check some of the cultures
• Storage and examination of specimens
SOIL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
The soil laboratory is available for student practical on a day to day basis to enable them carry out their research work in the following areas:
• Preparation of soap
• Production of distilled water
• Food test
• Analysis of plant materials, soil samples, water(well or borehole)
• Plant analysis (Determination of carbohydrate, protein, moisture content, ash content, crude fiber, fat content, mineral composition essential and non-essential, functional properties and fatty acid composition)
• Soil analysis (Determination of moisture, soil water holding capacity, permanent wilting point, bulk density, particle density, porosity, particle size, pH, soil organic matter, exchangeable cations, exchangeable bases, acidity, nitrogen, phosphorous, macro and micro-nutrients, soil salt)
• Drinking water analysis assessment (Temperature, pH, total suspended solids, turbidity, color, odour, taste )
• Chemical oxygen demand, Nitrate, Pesticides.
The physics laboratory helps prepare the students for the practicals in the following areas:
• Experiments on the properties of matter (which includes density, linear expansivity, elasticity, voltage, resistance, resistivity, gravity, refractive index of materials)
• Experiments on waves(Stationary and Longitudinal waves and determination of their characteristics using ripple tank)
• Experiments on Boyles law and Charles law
• Determination of surface tension of a liquid using travelling microscope
• Design of electric circuits and troubleshooting of equipments
• Measuring of voltage, currents, frequency using cathode ray oscilloscope (CRO)
• Design of simple electronic circuits (power supply, resonating circuits, simple power inverter)
• Fabrication of simple laboratory equipments.
The biology laboratory helps to prepare the students in the following areas:
• Preserving both dry and wet specimens
• Carrying out morphological studies of plants and animals with the aid of simple and compound light microscopes
• Carrying out studies on cell, tissues, organ and systems of plant and animals
The pictures below shows a cross section of our laboratories and some of our equipments