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1.0       ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

 

1.1       Name of the Programme: Bachelor of Nursing Science   Degree (BNSc)

 

1.2.      Code of the Programme:8204

 

1.3.      Description of the Programme

 

In 2004, the NOUN, following consultations with relevant stakeholders took the step to start the distance learning programme for Registered Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria ensuring that the national standard as laid down by the regulatory agencies are also used as basis of assuring quality. The contents of the programme thus take guidelines from the National benchmark for a degree programme in nursing by the National Universities Commission as well as guidelines from relevant documents of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

 

Distance learning education approach as tested in other parts of the world provides opportunities to meet the challenges of nurses already in practice who as professionals are expected to advance their education. This programme will provide increased access to university education for nurses in Nigeria and other countries.

 

1.4       Justification

 

While the number of universities offering degree programmes in nursing in Nigeria continues to increase, the number of Registered Nurses graduating from basic Schools of Nursing far exceeds the number that can be admitted into the conventional universities offering the BNSc degree programme; yet university education is a professional requirement.

 

Moreover, a large number of these nurses, perhaps up to 80% who are qualified for University admission may not be able to pursue full-time education without losing their jobs. From another perspective, uptake of university education on a full-time basis by nurses in clinical practice will amount to reducing the number of nurses in clinical practice thereby complicating the existing shortage of nurses in health care institutions in the country.

 

The Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree of the National Open University is thus a response to the need to enhance access to university education by many nurses in clinical practice who may not be able to leave their jobs for higher level education despite the professional demand for such.

 

2.0       PROGRAMME PHILOSOPHY, VISION AND MISSION

 

2.1       Philosophy

 

The Philosophy of the Bachelor of Nursing Science of National Open University of Nigeria is in line with the Philosophy of the Open and Distance Learning (ODL), which is flexible and seeks to enhance access to all who seek knowledge (in specific, Registered Nurses and/or Registered Midwives) to continuous educational development irrespective of location, number, age, and time through the ODL mode.

The philosophy of the nursing degree programmes takes cognizance of the philosophy of health services and nursing education for Nigeria. The Nursing profession believes that:

 

  1. Man is a bio-psycho-social being and his needs are the focus of all nursing activities. Man is a member of a family and families make up communities.
  2. The health care system exists to meet the needs of the consumers of health care by providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care to ensure that individuals, families, groups and communities are assisted to maintain a high level of wellness.

 

The profession believes that Primary Health care is the key to the attainment of health for all. The belief is based on the following:

 

  1. The human environment is a major factor in man’s health status. It is therefore necessary to conceptualise the individual and the environment as open systems engaged in continuous dynamic interaction.
  2. University education is the key to the growth of the profession. Optimal Professional nursing education can be achieved in an institution of higher learning that provides a foundation for general education in the various sciences and arts.
  1. Nursing is a science that is based on the knowledge of behaviour that enable changes in the client system to be monitored by utilising the scientific method of inquiry whilst providing nursing intervention to individuals, families, groups and communities at the primary, secondaryand tertiary levels of health care.
  1. Professional nursing education is built upon a theoretical base that seeks to develop continuous self-directed practitioners who will advance and test knowledge on which practice is based. Current health care demands require an innovative approach in professional preparation, and a curriculum that is responsive to the changing health needs of the society.

 

2.2       Mission

 

Our Mission is toproduce polyvalent nurses capable of functioning independently and collaboratively in diverse nursing careers as heath care providers and leaders, at local, national and international levels, in a constantly changing world, through excellent nursing education.

 

2.3.      Vision

 

The Vision of the Department of Nursing Science is to provide innovative professional nursing education of the highest quality that will stimulate learners to continuously promote, maintain and restore the health of individuals, communities and the environment, through evidence-based practices and use of evolving technology.

 

3.0.      AIM AND OBJECTIVES

 

3.1       Aim of the Programme

 

The aim of the Programme is to advance the education of nurses for modern day nursing practice, for higher level performance and capacity for projection into the future as the graduates’ function to meet health promotion and health care needs of individuals along the life span within family framework and with motivation for self-directed learning and professional growth.

 

3.2       Programme Objectives

 

The acquisition of flexible and qualitative education for all categories of learners will be accessible anywhere, anytime and via an appropriate and cost effective medium without the cost of conventional tertiary education delivery system as a whole. These programme objectives include, to:

 

  1. Uphold the academic standards that are highly competitive, meeting national and international requirement as such speaks to the nature of nursing practice
  2. Provide a milieu facilitator to learning and efficient nursing practice.
  3. Graduate professional nurses capable of giving high quality nursing care to individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds, and in a variety of social and cultural settings.
  4. Promote the institutionalisation of the team concept in teaching and service delivery adopting efficient use of technology for optimal outcomes for students and consumers of health care services.
  5. Organise continuing education programmes for its faculty members and for other nurses outside the university.
  6. Mentor students into leadership responsibilities by facilitating their participation in group and professional association activities.
  7. Develop problem solving potentials and research interest of students by exposing them to problem situations and by mentoring them through the research process and in conduct of research projects.
  8. Cooperate with relevant bodies to advance nursing knowledge especially as such relates to improved learning and improved practice by the students and graduates
  9. Support the participation of faculty members and students in university and professional affairs.
  10. Evaluate the educational programmes of the department in the light of:

 

 

      • the educational objectives;
      • the health needs of the nation;
      • emerging trends in nursing education globally; and
      • Emerging trends in curriculum development and implementation as such relates to distance learning education.
  1. Formulate and maintain active recruitment programmes.
  2. Develop and maintain audio-visual, and other learning resources.
  3. Formulate future plans and seek funds to maintain its educational and training programmes.

 

3.3       Learner-Focused Objectives

 

The student, on completion of the programme, should be able to demonstrate verbally, in writing and practice, the following:

 

A.        Knowledge of:

  1. Physiological and psychosocial determinants of health and health status
  2. Patho-physiological determinants of diseases
  3. The scientific principles and nursing theories that are the basis of nursing care of individuals and groups of all ages and of diverse health status in a variety of physical and social settings;
  4. The nursing process and standardised nursing language;
  5. The communication process and group dynamics;
  6. The process of scientific inquiry; and
  7. The functions of members of the health team and their inter-relatedness and interdependency
  8. Application of information technology in nursing care
  9. Economic dimensions of health care programming and health care access.

 

B.        Skills in:

  1. Health assessment of individuals
  2. Identifying health needs; planning and giving comprehensive nursing and health care to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings.
  3. Applying basic scientific, social, medical and nursing theories, principles and concepts in the practice of nursing and in health care delivery.
  4. Selecting appropriate health and nursing interventions, and performing technical skills with maximal safety.
  5. Effective communication by organising thoughts and expressing such in manners that could be easily comprehended.
  6. Planning and effecting health promotion, disease prevention and health restorative activities.
  7. Working cooperatively as a member of the health team in provision of health care by:

            i.          Sharing information;

            ii.         Accepting responsibility and limitation willingly;

            iii.        Participating in group activities;

  1. Utilising standard protocols in giving health care.
  1. Applying appropriate evaluation tools and instituting desirable changes.
  2. Utilising information communication technology in information management, client education and self-development.

 

C.        Attitude that:

1.         Recognises the essential worth of the individual through her interpersonal responses.

2.         Appreciates varieties in behaviour which may influence the care of the individual; and the family.

3.         Shows commitment to the role of nurse and to the nursing profession.

4.         Shows sense of responsibility for self-direction and personal growth.

5.         Shows respect for the rights of his/her clients as individuals and groups.

6.         Reflects positive disposition to use of technology in all aspects of life

 

4.0       ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

General Admission Requirements

Candidates intending to enter the BNSc Degree must have the following qualifications:

  1. Five (5) credit passes in not more than two sittings in WASCE, GCE, NECO in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  2. Registered Nurse Certificate of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
  3.  A valid practice license issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
  4. Must have six months working experience and letter of attestation from current place of clinical practice for registration.

 

5.0.      PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND DEGREE RULE

 

5.1.      Duration of the Programme

 

Duration of the programme shall be spread over eight Semesters to cover the four years of fulltime programme for direct entry students in the full time BNSc Degree programme in line with existing National Universities Commission (NUC) policy. It has also taken into cognisance that the programme focused specifically on working class learners who have to perform the mandatory eight hour-duty daily. The programme is designed for a minimum of eight semesters of continuous intensive study and maximum of 16semesters. Candidate will be required to register for minimum of 17units and maximum of 24 units per semester.

 

5.2.      Degree Rule

 

For any candidate to graduate from the programme, he or she must have carried not less than 171 Units of course load, including the 18 units of University electives. A candidate shall be regarded as having attained in a course a level of achievement graded according to existing university examination regulations and all additional approved departmental, and professional regulations.

 

 

 

5.3       Mode and Weighting of Examinations

 

(i)        Assessment in each of the courses shall comprise both course work and end of semester /session examination. 

 

(ii)       As a professional programme and in line with the prescription of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s regulation, all courses shall be composite courses and the pass mark shall be 50 per cent for all the core nursing courses.

 

(iii)      The total of 100 per cent for all courses shall be made up as follows:

 

            ContinuousAssessment (TMA/CMA/Assignments)           30%

            End of Course Examination                                                 70%                100%

 

Examination Regulations

Besides the University examinations regulations, the following regulations shall apply to the BNSc programme:

 

(1)       Before a student graduates, she/he should have taken and passed all the courses and fulfilled all other requirements for graduation by the university.

(2)       For all Nursing courses, the pass mark shall be 50 per cent.

(3)       Students should pass all courses that are pre-requisite to other courses before moving to the next level in the programme.

 

Award of Degree

The Degree Examinations shall be taken in four parts.  The degree shall be awarded to candidates who have complied with the general regulations of the University and the additional requirements of the BNSc Degree Programme. The following grades of degree will be applied to the result as:

 

 

 

Key Grade Undergraduate Key: CGPA

 

Marks                         

70 and above               A                      First Class                               5.0 – 4.5

60 – 69                        B                      Second Class (Upper)             4.49 – 3.50

50 – 59                        C                     Second Class (Lower)             3.49 – 2.40

49 and below               (Fail)               0.0

 

Examination Regulations

BNSc. programme follows the University regulations on examinations.

                       

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

This is calculated following University guidelines.

 

6.0. OUTLINE OF COURSES SRUCTURE

NOTE:

        1. One Semester is 15 weeks of course work.
        2. Candidate take not less than 14 units and not more than 24 units per semester
        3. Compulsory Courses are Designated (C)
        4. Elective Courses are designated (E)
        5. Facilitation/Instruction (F)
        6. Tutorial Session(T)
        7. Practical - Laboratory/Clinical (P)

           

200 LEVEL   FIRST SEMESTER.

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC209

Physical and Health Assessment

1

0

4

2

C

NSC 211

Foundation of Professional Nursing Practice I

2

1

4

4

C

NSC213

Human Physiology I

2

0

4

3

C

NSC215

Human Anatomy I

1

0

4

2

C

NSC217

Medical Biochemistry I

2

0

4

3

C

NSC219

Medical Microbiology and Parasitology

2

0

4

3

C

NSC221

Human Anatomy II

1

0

4

2

C

POL 111

Element of Political Science

2

0

0

2

C

GST 101

Use of English and Communication Skill I

2

0

0

2

C

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

23

 

 

*Four hours alternative to practical (video simulation) per week for alllaboratory sessions

 

Lab for Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Medical Biochemistry and Medical Microbiology and parasitology

 

200 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC210

Introduction to Sociology

2

1

0

3

C

NSC212

Foundation of Professional Nursing Practice II

1

0

4

2

C

NSC 214

Human Physiology II

1

0

4

2

C

NSC 216

Human Anatomy III

1

0

4

2

C

NSC 218

Medical Biochemistry II

1

0

4

2

C

NSC222

Human Anatomy IV

1

0

4

2

C

NSC 224

Cellular and General Pathology

2

1

0

3

C

EHS204

Introduction to Environmental Health

1

1

0

2

C

PHS202

Nutrition in Health and Disease

2

1

0

3

C

GST 104

Use of Library

2

0

0

2

C

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

23

 

*Four hours alternative to practical (video simulation) per week for all laboratory sessions

Lab for Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Medical Biochemistry

 

300 LEVEL   FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC 301

Human Behaviour in Health and Illness

1

1

0

2

C

 

NSC303

Concept and Strategies in Public-Community Health

1

1

0

2

C

NSC 305

Medical Surgical Nursing I

2

1

4

4

C

NSC 307

Clinical Pharmacology and Chemotherapy I

1

0

4

2

C

NSC 309

Maternal and Child Health I

2

0

4

3

C

NSC313

Developmental Psychology as Applied to Nursing

2

0

0

2

C

GST 103

Computers Fundamentals

2

0

0

2

C

GST 107

A Study Guide for the Distance Learner

2

0

0

2

C

GST  201

Nigerian People and Culture

2

0

0

2

C

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

21

 

*Four hours alternative to practical (video simulation) per week for all laboratory sessions

Nursing Lab & Pharmacology

 

300 LEVEL   SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC 306

Medical Surgical Nursing II

2

1

4

4

C

NSC 308

Clinical Pharmacology and Chemotherapy II

1

1

0

2

C

NSC310

Nursing Ethics and Jurisprudence

2

1

0

3

C

NSC 312

Maternal and Child Health Nursing II

2

0

4

3

C

NSC 316

Public-Community Health Nursing I

2

0

4

3

C

NSC318

Medical Surgical Nursing Practicum

0

0

16

4

C

PHS318

Principles of Epidemiology

2

0

0

2

C

GST 102

Use of English and Communication Skill II

2

0

0

2

C

 

                                                     Total

 

 

 

23

 

NOTE: *Four hours alternative to practical (video simulation) per week for all laboratory sessions*

*300 LEVEL 6 WEEKS CONCENTRATED CLINICAL POSTING (MEDICAL SURGICAL* NURSING)(8hours x5days x 6weeks = 240hours)           (PRE_REQUISITE TO PART 4)

 

400 FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC 401

Medical Surgical Nursing III

2

1

4

4

C

NSC 403

Leadership and Management in Health and Nursing Care

1

1

0

2

C

NSC 405

Curriculum Development in Nursingand Teaching-Learning Methods

2

0

4

3

C

NSC 407

Introduction to Health Economics

1

1

0

2

C

NSC 411

Research Methods and Seminar Writing

2

1

0

3

C

NSC 413

Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing I

2

0

4

3

C

NSC 417

Public-Community Health Nursing II

1

0

4

2

C

GST 203

Introduction to Philosophy and Logic

2

0

0

2

C

 

                                                     Total

 

 

 

21

 

*Indexing of interested Students for Midwifery Professional Examination with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria*

 

 

400 LEVEL   SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC 402

Medical Surgical Nursing IV

2

1

4

4

C

NSC 404

Advanced Maternal and Child Health (Abnormal Midwifery) III

2

1

8

5

C

NSC 406

Maternal and Child Health Nursing Practicum

0

0

16

4

C

NSC 410

Public-Community Health Nursing III

2

0

4

3

C

NSC 412

Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing II

1

1

4

3

C

NSC 418

Seminar in Nursing

1

1

4

3

C

PHS210

Introduction to Biostatistics

1

1

0

2

C

 

                                                      Total

 

 

 

24

 

NOTE:

*Four hours alternative to practical (video simulation) per week for all laboratory sessions

*400 LEVEL 6 WEEKS CONCENTRATED CLINICALS POSTING (MCH POSTING); (8hours x5days x 6weeks = 240hours)   

 

 

(PRE_REQUISITE TO PART 5)*

*Professional Qualifying Examination for Nurses organised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria comes up in the MONTH OF MAY for yet to be registered students be prepared and presented in Part IV*(Implementation Issue – Clinical Posting Sites and Preceptors

 

 

 

500 LEVEL   FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC 501

Public-Community Health Nursing IV

1

1

4

   3

C

NSC  507

Research Project

0

0

20

   5

C

NSC 513

Public-Community Health Practicum

0

0

8

4

C

NSC 521

Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics

2

1

0

3

C

NSC  523

Entrepreneurship in Nursing

1

0

4

2

C

Restricted Elective*

 

2

0

4

   3

E

 

Total

 

 

 

20

 

*Four hours alternative to practical (video simulation) per week for all laboratory sessions

*500 LEVEL 6 WEEKS CONCENTRATED CLINICALS POSTING (PCH POSTING) (FIRST SEMESTER); (8hours x5days x 6weeks = 240hours)*Indexing of interested Students for Public Health Nursing Professional Examination with West Africa Health Examination Board (WAHEB)*

*Professional Qualifying Examination for Midwives organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria comes up in the MONTH OF MARCH for yet to be registered students be prepared and presented in Part V*

 

 

500 LEVEL SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

F

T

P

UNIT

STATUS

NSC 504

Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes and Services

2

1

0

  3

C

NSC 516

Nursing Specialty Clinical Practicum

0

0

8

4

C

NSC 522

Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing III

2

1

4

4

C

GST 202

Fundamentals of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

2

0

0

  2

 C

GST 302

Business Creation and Growth

2

0

0

   2

C

Restricted Elective*

 

2

0

4

  3

E

 

Total

 

 

 

18

 

NOTE: NSC518 – NURSING SPECIALITY CLINICAL PRACTICUM (MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHIATRIC NURSINGAND OTHER NURSING SPECIALITIES PRACTICUM) SECOND SEMESTER); (8hours x5days x 6weeks = 240hours)*

Implementation Note: Candidate must work with Preceptors and community in a clinical site for case presentations/Client Care studies*Professional Qualifying Examination for Public Health Nurses organised by the West Africa Health Examination Board comes up in the MONTH OF JUNE for students yet to be registered as public health nurses be prepared and presented in Part V*

*Students to choose one from any of the following restricted elective courses:

 

1st Semester

NSC 509

Gerontology

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 511

Ophthalmology Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 515

Oncology Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

 

 

 

2nd Semester

NSC 512

Occupational Health Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 514

Intensive Care Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 518

Ortho-Rhino-Laryngology (ENT)

2

0

4

3

E

 

7.0 SUMMARY OF DISTRIBUTION OF COURSE CREDIT UNITS AT ALL LEVELS

Level

Credit Units for Theory

Concentrated Clinical Postings

(45 hours=1Unit)

200

46

 

300

40

4

400

41

4

500

30

8

Sub Total

157 UNITS

16UNITS

Total

173UNITS

 

8.0       COURSE CONTENT SPECIFICATIONS/SYLLABUS OF ALL COURSES IN THE PROGRAMME

 

200 LEVEL (FIRST SEMESTER)

NSC 209:Physical Examination and Health Assessment

(1-0-4) = 2 UNITS  

The course exposes students to a comprehensive and holistic approach to health assessment across the life cycle, the course contents include an overview of health assessment, types of assessment pain assessment, nursing history, general survey, physical examination techniques and practice, assessment of individuals from head to toe looking at the integumentary system - Hair, Skin and Nails, neurological assessment, musculoskeletal assessment, head and neck, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and pharynx; the torso - breasts and regional Lymphatic’s, thorax and lungs, heart and neck vessels, peripheral vascular system, the abdomen, male genitalia, female genitalia, anus, rectum and prostate. Students are provided with practical experiences of conducting complete physical examination in the same logical sequence as performed in practice using standardized patients.

 

NSC 211: Foundations of Professional Nursing PracticeI (2-1-4) = 4UNITS

Foundation of professional nursing practice I is a course that introduces nursing students to the historical development of Nursing, Philosophical thoughts in Nursing, nature of nursing, fundamentals of nursing practice, meaning of health and illness, concepts and trends in Nursing, interpersonal relationships in Nursing, ethnics and philosophy of Nursing, comfort and safety measures, diagnostic measures, physical assessment and care of clients.

 

NSC 213:       Human Physiology I                                                   (2-0-4) = 3 UNITS  

This course covers the introductory aspects of physiology, the function of the cell and its components, organisation of the cells to form tissues, organs and the complex systems that constitute the human body. It also covers the functional anatomy of the integumentary system and how it helps in the various movements that control body functions. The course also covers the physiology of the different classes of the body fluid compartments and the functions of the cardiovascular system in controlling their volumes and composition. Relevant practical sessions for a thorough understanding of the various systems, and their usefulness in nursing practice are also covered by the course.

 

NSC 215: Human Anatomy I- General and Musculoskeletal Anatomy  (1-0-4) =2 UNITS  

It shall cover anatomical terminologies, general body organisation including cell structure, structure of membranes, body tissue and organs, and body defense. Definitions and terminologies in embryology, and developmental biology, cell division, gametogenesis, events leading to fertilisation, cleavage, implantation and formation of germ layers shall be covered. Placenta formation and functions shall also be covered. It shall also cover the gross anatomy of the muscles, bones tendons, ligaments and joints of the body. It shall also cover the histology of bones, muscles and joints. Types and classification of muscles and joints as well as developmental processes in bones shall be included

 

NSC 217: Medical Biochemistry I                                      

(2-0-4) = 3 UNITS    

This introductory course deals mainly with the structures, functions and interactions of biological macromolecules, (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids) which provide the structure of cells and perform many of the functions associated with life. It also includes a discussion of a very important group of compounds; enzymes which are the catalysts of Biological systems.

 

NSC 219: Medical Microbiology and Parasitology                       

(2-0-4)                =   3 UNITS  

The course covers the study of characterization and classification of micro-organisms, characteristics of bacteria and other micro-organisms other than bacteria; medical helminthology; relationships of micro-organisms and parasites to disease; and control of micro-organisms and parasites. Susceptibility and resistance to infection, natural resistance, phagocytosis, antibodies, immunisation, Anaphylaxis, hypersensitivity and allergy.

 

NSC 221: Human Anatomy II- Urogenital and Endocrine Anatomy     (1-0-4) = 2 UNITS  

It shall cover the gross anatomy, embryology and histology of the kidney, ureter, urinary bladder and the male and female urethra. The gross anatomy and clinical relevance of endocrine organs such as pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, gonads and adrenal glands shall be taught. 

 

POL 111: Introduction to Political Science                        

(2-0-0-2)                 2 UNITS  

This course introduces students to the nature of politics and how it is played. It emphasizes the issues of political discourse and practice. It also introduces students to the language and basic concepts of Politics. The student is later introduced to the methods of Political Science.

 

GST 101: Use of English and Communication Skill 1  (2-0-0-2)                     2 UNITS

Listening enabling skills, listening and comprehending comprehension, note taking and information retrieval. Including data, figures, diagrams and charts. Listening for main idea, interpretation and critical evaluation. Effective reading. Skimming and scanning. Reading and comprehension at various speed levels. Vocabulary development in various academic contexts. Reading diverse texts in narratives and expository. Reading and comprehension passages with tables, scientific texts. Reading for interpretation and critical evaluation.

 

200 LEVEL (SECOND SEMESTER)

NSS 210: Introduction to Sociology II                                             (2-1-0)            3 UNITS  

The course discusses the following issues becoming a functioning member of society; rural and urban communities; traditional society; widening scale of society; modernisation and urbanisation.  Social problems and societal problems associated with modernisation and urbanisation, uses of sociology and careers for the young sociologist are also examined

 

NSC212: Foundations of Professional Nursing PracticeII           

 

(1-0-4)             2 UNITS

Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice II course discuss concepts and models, Nursing theories and principles, nursing process as a framework for nursing practice, nursing and society, cultural and societal influences on the development and description of Nursing, the polyvalent role of the Nurse, Ethical Issues and Legal Aspects of Professional Nursing, Sexuality and Gender Issues, Stress and Adaptation, History and structure of health care in Nigeria, Nursing care delivery, Communication and interpersonal relationship in Nursing.

 

NSC 214: Human Physiology II                                            

(1-0-4)2 UNITS  

This course is intended to provide an understanding of the physiology of the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive and urinary systems. It also contains instructions on the physiology of the nervous system, special sensations and thermoregulation. Relevant practical sessions for a thorough understanding of the various systems, and their applications in nursing practice are also covered by the course.

 

 

NSC 216: Human Anatomy III- Cardiopulmonary and Gastrointestinal Anatomy(1-0-4)      2 UNITS  

This course shall cover the gross, developmental and microanatomy of the heart, great vessels arterial, venous and lymphatic systems. It shall also cover the gross anatomy, embryology and histology the respiratory system. Anatomy of the diaphragm, mediastinum and the coverings of the thoracoabdominal cavities shall also be covered. This shall also cover the anatomical description of the alimentary canal including the oral cavity, oropharynx, oesophagus, stomach duodenum, jejunum ileum, and large intestines. Anatomy of glands associated with digestion such as liver, pancreas, and the billiary system shall be covered. Emphasis shall be made on the microanatomy and development

 

NSC 218: Medical Biochemistry II                                                 (1-0-4) 2 UNITS  

Having looked at the chemistry of major biomolecules in the previous course, this course takes us a step further to consider how these biomolecules are metabolised (synthesis and breakdown). This is very important because some of these biomolecules are fuel molecules whose breakdown provides energy for cellular activities. We shall first consider bioenergetics, vitamins as coenzymes and introduction to metabolism and then take a look at the major metabolic pathways of carbohydrate, amino acid, lipid and nucleic acid metabolism.

 

 

NSC 222: Human Anatomy IV- Special Senses and Neuro Anatomy (1-0-4)       2 UNITS

It shall cover the integumentary system that maintain, integrate and control body functions. The anatomy of other sense organs such as eye, ear, tongue and olfactory organ shall be covered. The gross anatomy of the brain and spinal cord shall be covered. Peripheral and autonomic nervous system shall also be mentioned.

 

NSC 224: General and Cellular Pathology                                    (2-0-4) 3UNITS  

The course covers general mechanisms the pathogenesis of disease and the dynamic nature of disease as it evolves from its incipient stage to its full expression. The effect of disease on organs and distant parts of the body are discussed. Pathology and the nature of disease, Chemistry of cell damage and the dying cell, Inflammation and infection, inflammatory response and chemical mediators, immunity and cellular immune response, principles of repair and re-organisation of cell structure.

 

 

EHS204: Introduction to Environmental Health     (1-0-4)                 2UNITS  

Concept of environmental health, component of environmental health, roles of environmental health in disease prevention and control, qualities of environmental health professionals, environmental health practice in the implementation, regulationand enforcement of environmental health function at different settings (home, schools, marketplaces, recreational and hospitality facilities, workplaces, industries) and development project. Tools of environmental health practice, methods of assessment in environmental health, skills of environmental health practitioners, roles of environmental health officers and regulators. Ethics in environmental healthpractice. Inter and intra sectoral collaboration in environmental healthpractice.

 

PHS202:  Nutrition in Health and Diseases                      

(2-1-0)         3UNITS  

The course discusses the historical perspective of nutrition as a science. It presents the classification of food, the nutritional values of food and its effect on health. Other components of the course include food purchasing, presentation, preparation, relationship between digestion and absorption of food, nutritional quality of local foods and diets, selection and formulation of balanced and weaning diets, use of food composition tables, nutrient requirements and recommended daily calorie requirements. The course also discusses food in relation to the life cycle; use of diet in the management of acute and chronic illnesses and other life cycle changes. Learners would have practical demonstration in preparation of locally available food items to meet specified clients’ need in order ensure that students are equipped with knowledge and skills needed for instituting dietary therapy and providing well-balanced diets to clients and patients

GST 104: Use of Library                             

(2- 0- 0-2)        2 UNITS  

 

Types of Library and Services:  Types of Library: Library Services.  Research Techniques:  Information Sources; Literature Review; Databases Contents; Open Educational Resources.  Organisation of Library Materials:  Library Catalogues; Classification of Library Materials.  ICT Use in the Library:  Digital Libraries; Computer Based Literature Search.  Good Reading Habit/Study Skills:  Basic Study Techniques / Methods; Study Habits; Handling Examinations.  Copy Right; Plagiarism and Referencing: Copyright Laws; Plagiarism and Its Implications; Citation and Referencing; APA In-text citing and Referencing. 

 

 

 

 

300 LEVEL (FIRST SEMESTER)

NSC 301: Human Behaviour in Health and Illness                        (1-1-0)            2UNITS  

This course is to enable the student acquire knowledge of socio-psychological determinants of health behaviour. It enables her initiate compliance behaviour by utilising the principles of guidance and counselling. Human development, culture factors and behaviour: beliefs, taboos and behaviour in health and illness. The socialization process: Development of personality and character formation; role identity and role function.

 

NSC 303: Concepts and Strategies in Public-Community Health (1-1-0)    2 UNITS  

The course exposes learners to various concepts and the historical antecedents in health care planning. Emphases are placed on the concepts of community oriented primary health care and community directed intervention as learners are assisted to also understand other concepts and strategies that are utilised in programme developments and management for health promotion and in promoting community action for health.

 

NSC 305: Medical-Surgical Nursing I                                             (2-1-4)    4UNITS  

The course is designed to enable students to learn and integrate the role of the professional nurse in the care of children and adults with medical-surgical problems.  It also encompasses nursing practice in relation to early diagnosis and prompt treatment, disability and rehabilitation, health promotion, illness prevention and dietetics.  Experiences are provided in the nursing of selected individuals and families to facilitate theoretical learning and to further assist learners to develop skills in nursing practice.

 

NSC 307: Clinical Pharmacology and Chemotherapy I                 (1-0-4)   2 UNITS    

The course is designed to help learners acquired basic knowledge of pharmacology to enable him/her function efficiently in all situations requiring drug use in health and illness in homes, communities and health care institutions. The student will acquire knowledge of the derivation, classifications, indications, dosages and calculations, routes of administration, mechanism of actions, adverse reactions, side-effects and contraindications, taking cues from general drug actions and functions of drugs on the systems of the body and in disease states.  The course also considers concerns and problems of drug therapy within the context of the rights of the clients and responsibilities of the nurse. The responsibilities of the nurse in drug storage, administration and management are also covered in the course.

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NSC 309: Maternal and Child Health Nursing I              

(2-0-4)             3 UNITS  

This course is designed to build knowledge, skills and inculcate positive attitude to the learners to be able to provide comprehensive and integrated care for sexual and reproductive health with emphasis on practical service delivery for maternal and child health and care of the family throughout the maternity cycle. The course also exposes learners to sexual and reproductive health issues and challenges along the life span. The course also focuses on the nursing care of newborn and children at various stages of growth and development. Exploring the roles, responsibilities and competencies of the nurse, the contents cover health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention, recognition of deviation from normal health and management of common deviations in all aspects of care of the mother and child in the maternity cycle.

 

NSC313: Developmental Psychology as Applied to NURSING   (2-0-0-2)        2 UNITS

Emphasis in this course is on development from conception through childhood adolescence. Theories of learning, Psychology of Education and the nurse. Human growth and development. The nature and structure of intelligence, Individual difference. Determinants of health behaviour.

 

GST 103: Computers Fundamentals                                 

(2-0-0-2)                            2 UNITS

Basics of computer and computer system, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Graphics, Storage Devices, Computer Network and Internet, Network Devices, Basic Internet Securities, Basic programming.

 

GST 107:A Study Guide for the Distance learner        

(2-0-0)                    2UNITS

Introduction to The Open and Distance Learning (ODL) System: History of the Open and Distance Learning System, Characteristics of the Open and Distance Learning System, & Teaching and Learning in the Open and Distance Learning System.  Study Skills for the Distance Learner:  Listening, Speaking,   Reading, Writing, & Study Strategies.  Assessment and Evaluation Modes in Open and Distance Learning (ODL):  Overview of Assessment in ODL, Instructional-Based Assessment Modes, Semester Examination, & Assessment of Non-Examinable Courses.  Learners’ Support Services:  Definition and Purposes of Learners’ Support Services, Types of Learners’ Support Services, Sources of Learners’ Support Services, & Benefits of Learners’ Support Services

 

GST 201: Nigerian Peoples and Culture                           

(2 – 0-0)          2UNITS   Nigerian history, culture and arts in pre-colonial times; Nigerian perception of the world; Culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics; Evolution of Nigeria as a political unit; indigene/settler phenomenon; Concept of trade; economic self–reliance, social justice, individual and national development, norms and values, negative attitudes and conducts, cultism and related vices); re-orientation of moral and national values; moral obligations to citizens, environmental problems.

 

 

 

300 LEVEL (SECOND SEMESTER)

 

NSC 306: Medical-Surgical Nursing II                             

 (2-1-4)                    4 UNITS  

The course focuses on further exploration of the role of the professional nurse in the care of children and adults with medical-surgical problems, including nursing practice in relation to early diagnosis and prompt treatment, disability and rehabilitation, health promotion, illness prevention and dietetics. Experiences are provided in the nursing of selected individuals and families to facilitate theoretical learning and to further assist learners to develop skills in nursing practice.

 

NSC 308: Clinical Pharmacology and chemotherapy II                     (1-1-0)          2 UNITS

This course covers principles of therapy, prophylaxis and control of bacterial, parasitic and viral infections, chemotherapy for parasitic infections and drugs used in disorders relating to all body systems such as GIT, Renal, special senses, reproductive, skin, nervous, endocrine. It also includes discussion on Diet therapy, toxicology and drug abuse and nurses’ role in drug therapy.

 

NSC 310: Nursing Ethics and Jurisprudence: Medical Ethics

(2-1-0)     3 UNITS  

A study of ethical dimensions of medical and allied practice: The course focuses on the contribution of ethical theories to the understanding and, ultimately, the resolution of ethical problems in medicine. Some of the issues covered by the course include the following: the nature of moral problem, theories of ethics,, ethics of doctor/nurse and patient relationship, truth telling, white lie, euthanasia, whether or not health care delivery is a right, abortion, organ transplantation, foetal experimentation, death and dying, values in health and illness, indigenous and non-indigenous modes of healing, the nature of illness, life and death distinction, the right to live, the right to commit suicide.

 

NSC 312: Maternal and Child Health Nursing with Normal Midwifery II (2-0-4)    3 UNITS  

 The course is the concluding part of the course maternal and child health 1. It will focus drug administration in midwifery, growth and development of the neonate/infant, infant feeding methods and practices, common childhood infections and management of a child from birth to adolescent.

 

NSC 316: Public/Community Health Nursing                  

(2-0-4) 3 UNITS  

This course introduces the students to the elements of public/community health nursing practice. Starting with the family as the unit of reference in CHN the course assists learners to explore the characteristics of the family in health and disease. In addition to understanding the theoretical understanding of the construction of the family, learners are introduced to tools in family assessment, the concepts and theories of public and community health nursing relevant to health care of the family in culturally diverse populations. The course also explores socio-demographic variables and population dynamics as predictors of patterns of life in the community and patterns of diseases. A section of the course is devoted to theoretical discourse of conception of disease with emphasis on addressing the promotive and preventive health needs of populations and aggregate groups in the community setting. Through this course, the student will acquire appropriate skills and attitudinal disposition to analyse the socio-cultural, political, economic, ethical and environmental factors that influence individual, family, community and global health. Clinical and field experiences in community settings utilising the principles of primary health care for health promotion and disease prevention, paying attention to vulnerable members of the community.

 

NSC 318: Medical Surgical Nursing Practicum               

(0-0-16 )          4 UNITS  

Students are taken through experiential learning through clinical postings in the various units where clients receive medical and surgical care

 

PHS 318-: Principles of Epidemiology                                                                        (2-0-0)         2UNITS  

The course introduces students to the principles, methods and conceptual models of epidemiology as they are applied in the study of both acute and chronic diseases.  Students are introduced to the various terminologies and epidemiologic study methods. The common indices of community health, the analytic methods of demography, the theory behind screening programmes, and measurements are examined. 

 

GST 102: Use of English and Communication Skills II   

 (2-0-0-2)          2UNITS   Writing Paragraphs: Topic Sentence and Coherence, Development of Paragraphs; Illustration, Description, Cause and Effect, Definitions. Formal Letters: Stylistic Forms, Essential Parts, Complaints and Requests, Letters about Jobs, Ordering Goods, Letters to Government and Other Organizations. Writing Reports; Reporting Events and Experiments. Writing Summaries; Techniques of Summarizing. Letters and Sounds in English, Vowels and Consonants, Interviews, Seminar Presentation, Public Speech Making, Articles, Concord and Sentences, Tenses, Gerunds and Participles, Active, Passive and the Infinitive, Modal Auxiliaries.

 

 

400 LEVEL (FIRST SEMESTER)

 

NSC 401: Medical-Surgical Nursing III                     

(2-1-4) 4 UNITS  

This course equips learners with an understanding of the aetiogenesis, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and clinical manifestations of acute and chronic disorders. It also exposes learners to the development of nursing judgment and appropriate medical and nursing management of patients with acute health crisis and those with chronic illnesses requiring short and long term hospitalisation, intensive care and or prolonged rehabilitation. By understanding the pathophysiological underpinnings of diseases and the nursing process, learners will be better equipped with knowledge and skills for providing scientifically sound care for patients. Emphases are placed on nurses’ responsibilities without denigrating the importance of team work in various clinical settings. The course has a practical component that is designed to further facilitate and augment knowledge and skill acquisition by the learners.

 

NSC403:Leadership and Management in Health and Nursing Care Service(1-1-0)

2 UNITS  

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the philosophy, theory, principles and techniques of management generally and as related to management of nursing care services.  The course introduces learners to the evolution of management thoughts, the scope and nature of management, the various schools of management, and an array of essential tools for effective management of resources including personnel. From a professional dimension, the course explores the similarities and use of nursing process as a tool for scientific approach to solving management problems and also explores the concept of management by objective. Challenging issues in management of nursing services management will also be explored.

 

NSC 405: Curriculum Development in Nursing and Teaching-Learning Methods(2-0-4)

3 UNITS  

 This course is designed to introduce the students to the concept, principles and models in curriculum development. Learners will also learn about theories and principles of teaching and learning. Learners will be assisted to explore the use of the various theories and principles in development of nursing curriculum and developing patients/clients education programmes.

The course provides opportunity to apply teaching and management concepts and theories in practice. Learners are required to develop teaching plans for assigned topics and take patients in clinical area.

 

NSC 407: Introduction to Health Economics                    

(1-1-0)             2 UNITS  

The course is designed to expose learners to economic and health principles as they inform health care availability, accessibility and provision. Some of the concepts that would be explored include social welfare, demography, costing of health and nursing services availability and distributions, social stratification and access to health care services, problems of production, scarcity, choice and opportunity cost. The principles of cost-benefit cost effectiveness considering patients/clients, payers, government, providers and society will be covered. Methods of covering health risks, use of insurance in health care, management and regulation of hospital costs, issues in managed and long-term care. The concept of public goods and public health will be explored from the perspectives of costing. The dynamics of national health spending and comparisons of health and health expenditures across nations will be explored. The flow of fund in the health care system will be explored.  Cost recovery and the role of nurses in the National Health Insurance Scheme and Political Economy of Health will be covered.

 

 

NSC 411: Research Methods in Nursing                                        (2-1-0)             3 UNITS  

This course introduces students to the rudiments of research process. The course examines various definitions and types of research. It discusses the research process (from the stage of problem identification, through literature review, methodology, presentation and discussion of findings and referencing). The application and use of the research process in identifying and solving nursing problems in education and practice are presented. Learners at the end of the course are expected to have the knowledge required to generate research proposals.

 

NSC 413: Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing I                        (2-0-4) 3 UNITS  

The course introduces students to mental health and psychiatric nursing employing the nursing process as the tool for the development of nursing care for the individual clients, families, and groups dealing with major psychiatric issues. Psychosocial development from childhood to adulthood will be explored as a baseline for understanding human behaviour in health and illness. The pragmatics and dynamics of human behaviours in the application of therapeutic interpersonal communication will be addressed.

 

NSC 417: Public-Community Health Nursing II                           (1-0-4) 2 UNITS  

Through this course, the student will acquire appropriate skills and attitudinal disposition to analyse the socio-cultural, political, economic, ethical and environmental factors that influence individual, family, community and global health. Clinical and field experiences in community settings utilising the principles of primary health care for health promotion and disease prevention, paying attention to vulnerable members of the community.

 

 

 

GST 203: Introduction to Philosophy and Logic                   

(1-1-0- 2)         2 UNITS  

A brief survey of the main branches of Philosophy Symbolic Logic Special symbols in symbolic Logic-conjunction, negation, affirmation, disjunction, equivalent and conditional statements law of tort.  The method of deduction using rules of inference and bi-conditionals qualification theory.  Types of discourse, Nature or arguments, Validity and soundness; Techniques for evaluating arguments; Distinction between inductive and deductive inferences; etc.  (Illustrations will be taken from familiar texts, Including literature materials, Novels, Law reports and newspaper publications.

 

400 LEVEL (SECOND SEMESTER)

 

NSC 402: Medical-Surgical Nursing IV                

(2-1-4)             4 UNITS  

This is a continuation of NSC 401.The course covers disease states within the framework of the body systems utilizing the systems approach. Like NSC 431, the course equips learners with an understanding of the aetiogenesis, pathophysiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations, and management of acute and chronic disorders. Learners credited with this module/course will be equipped with knowledge and skills pertinent to making both medical and nursing diagnosis; providing appropriate nursing care and the evaluating the effectiveness of such care. The practical component of the course is designed to further facilitate and augment knowledge and skill acquisition by the learners.

 

NSC 404: Maternal and Child Health (Abnormal Midwifery) III (2-1-8) 5 UNITS  

This course covers complications associated with pregnancy, labour, postpartum and the neonatal life. Students also acquire skills in management of obstetrics emergencies.

 

NSC 406: Maternal and Child Health Nursing Practicum 

(0-0-16)           4 UNITS  

Students are taken through experiential learning through clinical posting in the various unit where client received maternal and child health care.

 

NSC 410: Public-Community Health Nursing III

 (2-0-4)         3 UNITS  

This course focuses on the development of students’ competence in planning, organisation, and administration of programmes to meet community health needs building on knowledge, attitude and skills acquired from other courses and most importantly NSC 301, 302, 305, and 441. Students are assisted to have in-depth understanding and acquire skills to implement programmes for individual, family and community health promotion and disease prevention with emphasis on subgroups in the community. 

 

NSC 412: Mental Health Psychiatry Nursing II                               (1-1-4)          3 UNITS  

Preventive mental health (primary, secondary and tertiary), knowledge of the roles of the traditional healers in the society and the effects of urban-rural migration on mental health. Typology of crises, crises intervention and planning of community health programme

 

NSC 418: Seminars in Nursing                                              

(1-1-4) 3 UNITS  

This course is designed to build the capacity of students for intellectual discourse of issues that have relevance to health and nursing as a profession. The course provides opportunity for students to be involved in active intellectual engagements with colleagues and teachers to build capacity for critical analysis of trends and emerging issues in all aspects of life as they have direct and indirect bearing on health and the practice of nursing. Particular attention is paid to the dynamics of social change as such influence nursing education, research and practice, health care and public health in general. Students are also assisted to acquire skills in public speaking and presentation using up-to-date information, education and communication material through appropriate deployment of information technology. Students will demonstrate the extent of application of knowledge and skills acquired in other courses such as research methodology, teaching and learning strategies among others in presenting research projects and seminar presentations.

 

 

 

PHS 210: Introduction to Biostatistics                                          

(1-1-0)             2 UNITS  

The course introduces the concepts of data, data demand and use, application of statistics in analysis of data derived from clients/patients’ populations. Learners are assisted to understand the statistical process and various statistical methods in common use thereby developing their ability to draw conclusion from statistical analysis. Learners will also acquire knowledge and skills in data presentation and interpretation, data communication, and data-informed decision making. The course also highlights the nurse’s role in data collection and data quality. The course runs con-currently with Research methods applied to nursing

 

500 LEVEL (FIRST SEMESTER)

NSC 501: Public-Community Health Nursing IV

(1-1-4) 3 UNITS  

The course emphasises the application of integrated knowledge in problem solving with regards to identification of community health nursing needs and working within community framework to promote health both locally and internationally planning and execution of programme and evaluation of impact of intervention modalities on the lives of individuals, family and community.

 

NSC 507 Research Project                                                  

(0-0-20) 5UNITS  

Students are expected to submit and defend their guided research proposals. This proposal is expected to include the research problem, objectives, justification, literature review as well as theoretical/ conceptual framework, methodology, instrument and ethical approval. Students are also expected to submit a completed research project for final scoring.

 

NSC 513: Public-Community Health Nursing Practicum Posting (0-0-16)        4 UNITS  

Students are expected to access rural community of choice where they are expected to utilize the knowledge and skills gained theoretically to implement interventions and present a report.

 

NSC 521: Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics             

(2-1-2)             3 UNITS  

This course builds on students’ knowledge acquired from NSC 101, 201, 305, 401, 440, 540, 541/542 to further the knowledge on use of computer, information science in decision making for efficient clinical practice. Students will explore the concept and use of informatics in nursing practice and its role in enhancing client care in day-to-day practice as a nurse. Students will acquire improved competencies in efficient use of information technology especially as it relates to use of electronic health records. Students will also examine issues related the protection of the privacy, confidentiality, and security of information in health care environments and the potential utility of a wide array of social networking tools in communicating health-related information.

 

NSC 523: Entrepreneurship in Nursing                            

(2-0-4)     2UNITS  

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts, principles and practice of entrepreneurship.  The contents covered include the entrepreneurial process, exploring business opportunities, developing a business plan, exploring market strategies, evolving organisational plan and developing financial plans. Issues in funding, launching out and working for business growth will also be covered. Learners will be assisted to acquire positive attitude and apply the knowledge of idea generation to developing business plans while considering opportunity for self-employment in nursing. 

 

500 LEVEL (SECOND SEMESTER)

NSC 504: Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes and Services (2-1-0)3 UNITS 

Monitoring and Evaluation is an integral part of programming for quality service delivery and professional practice demands that nurses use evidence through appropriate data collection method, analysis, and use of such data to inform decision making relating to health care service delivery and programmes at all levels of care. This course build capacity of the learners to be able to apply the knowledge of data collection and transformation to inform decision making in the process of monitoring and tracking of services and programmes that are provided by nurses. The concept of monitoring and evaluation are explored, use of appropriate tool for assessment and the process of developing a monitoring and evaluation plan is also covered. Learners are expected to learn through case studies and practical experiences of monitoring of services and programmes provided by nurses.

 

NSC 516: Nursing Specialties Practicum (0-0-16) 4 UNITS  

Students are taken through experiential learning through clinical postings in the various units where clients receive mental health and psychiatric care, theatre, ophthalmology clinic and other nursing specialties unit.

 

NSC 522: Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing III:

(2-1-4) 4 UNITS

The course builds on knowledge of psychosocial development from childhood to adulthood and the understanding of human behaviour in health and illness and the knowledge acquired in NSC 411 (Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing). It is designed to equip the student to competently employ the nursing process in the development of nursing care for clients dealing with major psychiatric/mental health issues. The course will expose the students to the knowledge of specific mental health/psychiatric disorders across life span. The pragmatics and dynamics of human behaviours in the application of therapeutic interventions will be stressed utilising a systemic framework approach.

 

 

GST 202: Fundamentals of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (2-0-0)        2 UNITS  

This course draws its major case studies from the global arena and continent of Africa with particular reference to Nigeria with the aim of equipping you with the desired skills and knowledge of developing viable analytical mind and conceptual framework for addressing the conflict problems in Nigeria and elsewhere. Fundamentals of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution is to introduce you to the interrelationship between conflict, peace, and conflict resolution, and prominent areas of inquiry and issues in the discourse of peace and conflict resolution. Understanding of these fundamentals will enable explanation of some basic concepts in the study of conflicts. In fact, the course will also expose you to relevant issues in conflict resolution at the local, national and international levels which can stimulate understanding of how values, resources, psychological needs and information management can cause conflict the world over.

 

GST 302: Business Creation and Growth             

(2-0-0) 2 UNITS  

Concept of Business and New Value Creation:  Business Planning Process; Start-up Decision – What Motivate people to begin new businesses; Opportunity Search and Identification; Legal Issues at Start-up; & Feasibility Analysis of New Ventures and New Venture Financing.  Theories of Growth:  An Overview:   Concepts and Reasons of Growth; Challenges of Growth; Strategies for Growth (External Growth Strategies Franchising, Buy-In and Buy-Out); Mergers and Acquisition; Sources of Funds:  Internal Sources and External Sources; Formal and Informal Sources; Efficiency in the use of Resources.  Marketing:  Concept of Marketing:  Small and Big Business Marketing; Marketing Mix; Modern Marketing Tools.  Ethics and Social Responsibility:  The Importance of Ethics in Business; Ethical Behaviour and Practices in Nigeria; Community Development Projects/Welfare.  New Opportunities for Expansion:  E-Commerce; E-Business; E-Trade.  Managing Transition:  From Start up to Growth:  Personal Disciplines; Learning; Decision Making; Control. 

 

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

 Any one from the list must be taken each semester at 500 level:

1st Semester

NSC 509

Gerontological Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 511

Ophthalmology Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 515

Oncology nursing g

2

0

4

3

E

 

2nd Semester

NSC 512

Occupational Health Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 514

Intensive/Critical Care Nursing

2

0

4

3

E

NSC 516

Ortho-Rhino-Laryngology (ENT)

2

0

4

3

E

 

 

SUMMARY OF COURSES UNIT BY LEVEL

 

Level

Credit Units for Theory

Concentrated Clinical Postings

(45 hours=1Unit)

200

46

 

300

42

4

400

43

4

500

28

8

Sub Total

159 UNITS

16UNITS

Total

175UNITS

 

9.0.      INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

 

9.1.      Language of Instructions

 

All courses shall be taught in English Language.

 

9.2       Mode of Instruction

 

The mode of instruction is by the Distance Learning Mode which involves the use of a range of media to bridge the ‘distance’ between the instructors/facilitators and the students. The curriculum is implemented adopting the blended learning approach. Instructions is through a mixture of modalities including didactic online teaching (mostly asynchronous), self-study, small group learning, clinical skill practice, apprenticeship, self-directed electronic learning, etc. Multimedia instructional methods are adopted in the programme. The Print and electronic media is used as appropriate. Each course has study materials and course guide developed and written specifically for it, and which students are expected to study along with CDs support and teacher-learner interaction through the Internet prior to examination.

 

10.0     QUALITY ASSURANCE

 

The University’s Quality Assurance mechanisms ensure the culture of quality in its activities at all levels. Drawing from this, some of the quality assurance mechanisms in the Department of Nursing Science include:

 

  • Strict adherence to BMAS
  • Strict adherence to admission requirements
  • Writing and provision of quality course materials
  • Appointment of qualified facilitators
  • Generation of quality test items (including moderation of test items)
  • Monitoring of examination and conference marking (including screening of markers)
  • Monitoring of clinical postings
  • Use of institutional-based clinical preceptors
  • Supervision of students’ projects by facilitators with minimum of Master degree
  • Prompt release of exam results.

 

A Departmental Quality Assurance Committee headed by the Head of Department, is in place.

 

11.0     EVALUATION

 

To underscore the importance of evaluation and assessment, the University has a fully operational Management Information System (MIS) which coordinates Computer Marked Assignment (CMA) and Examinations (both e-exam and pen-on-paper) in conjunction with the ICT and Directorate of Exams and Assessment (DEA). Each course is graded out of a maximum of 100 marks.  Examples are below:

 

Marks                          Letter Grade               Grade Points

70 and above               A (Distinction)             5.0

60 – 69                        B (Credit)                    4.0

50 – 59                        C (Pass)                      3.0

49 and below               D (Fail)                       0.0

 

The CMA questions are accessible to students on-line over a specified period. Students are required to answer all four (4) assignments of which the best three (3) serve as scores forcontinuous assessments. As soon as CMAs are accessible to students, the closing dates for submissions of such are fixed within 4 weeks Please see the Students handbook.

 

The University used a log which tracks down the students as they attempt the CMA questions on-line. The same for the e-examination. Monitoring teams are assigned to oversee and monitor the administration of examinations. The team ensures that the policies guiding the administration of examinations are maintained.

 

Since CMA’s are done on-line, the results are immediate. The same for the examination. However, results are not released until after the academic faculty have considered the results and sent to the Senate for ratification. These usually take about four weeks. Once this is done, Soft copies are distributed to Study Centre Directors for publication in various centres. The results are also made available to individual students in their portals.

 

12.0     STAFFING

 

Staffing and Programme Management

The programme is administered by the staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences with other cognate schools, facilitators, preceptors appointed on a contractual bases to support the implementation of the programme across the federation and other sites. The programme is managed centrally by the Head of the Department working in collaboration with the appointed facilitators and preceptors across the various study centres. The programme also have Nursing Speciality (Academic) Coordinators for Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Public Health/Community Health Nursing, Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing.

 

13.0.    LEARNER SUPPORT

 

The programme is serviced by a range of support services. These include academic learner support (Staff Adviser and Course-coordinators), information, assistance and guidance by counsellors and preceptorship programme for clinical learning. Learners also have access to University Counsellors for resolving social and emotional challenges for learners.

 

The University has a robust Virtual Library and Subscribes to many learned journal that are very helpful to student. Some of these journals can be assessed at

http://search.ebiscohost.com;

http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/journals;

http://www.jstor.org/;

http://www.nigerianvirtuallibrary.com

to mention a few. There are also a good number of links to Open Educational Resources (OER) like free e-textbooks, open journals, and general linkslike

http://www.khanacademy.org/;

http://lorn.flexiblelearning.net.au/repositories/;

http://www.archive.org/details/education

to mention a few.

 

The students have access to these and many others through the provision of usernames and passwords by staff of the library at Study Centres. Physical libraries already exists at various study centres while a bigger one is being developed at the headquarters in Abuja. It is also worth noting that the students have access to the already developed course material through the University courseware.

 

14.0     RECOGNITION OF THE PROGRAMME

 

Graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science of National Open University are being promoted from G/L 14 to G/L 15 and above as Assistant Directors of Nursing and Director of Nursing services like their counterpart from conventional Universities.They are also being admitted for postgraduate programmes both in Nursing and other areas by other Universities at home and abroad.

 

15.0.    PROPOSED STARTING DATE AND PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

 

The programme has actually started and is ongoing with the first set admitted and in 200 Level, second semester.

 

16.0.    TARGET STUDENTS

 

The target students for the programme are the holders of Registered Nurse and/or Registered Midwife Certificate, Licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria who are desirous of having a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

 

 

 

17.0.    CONCLUSION

 

Bachelor of Nursing Science of National Open University of Nigeria is a Post-Basic Degree in Nursing meant for only Registered Nurses and/or Registered Midwives