The Department of Educational Foundation was set up in September, 2014. It was to provide academic/professional manpower at the middle level. Department services the entire education students in the Faculty. This means that courses in the Department are compulsory for all education students irrespective of course combination.
The mission of the department is to provide quality teachers, reserach and community services to mankind irrespective of social classes, gender, race, nationality and religion under the most favourable and conducive atmosphere.
The vision of the department is to be a centre of excellence in terms of teacher production, research and community services.
The philosophy of the department is premised on the key role of education as an instrument for society renewal and preparation in response to impinging forces of modalities as well as in the realization of the levity of ideas of the Nigeria nation and positioning for global competences.
The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies shall provide two undergraduate academic programmes.
The nomenclature of the degrees in view shall be Bachelor of Arts Arabic (B.A. Arabic) and B.A. Islamic Studies.
There are two modes of gaining admission in to the program. These include University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).
- UTME: General Certificate Examination (GCE) or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or their equivalent. A candidate must have five (5) credits pass in not more than two (2) sittings with credit passes in English Language and have mathematics. In addition he/she must have acceptable pass in the FUGUS post-UTME examination.
- Direct Entry (DE): NCE at lower credit level in relevant subjects provided that the “O” Level requirements are satisfied.
- Relevant Diploma at lower Credit Provided that “O” Level requirements are satisfied with an acceptable pass in FUGUS post-UTME examination.
- GCE “O” level; two passes in relevant subject areas at advance level with SSCE/GCE “O” level credit passes in five (5) subjects) at no more than two (2) sittings with an acceptable pass in FUGUS post-UTME examination.
The duration of the programme is four (4) years. However, students who gain admission through direct entry would join the programme at the 200 level.
Each academic session shall comprise two semesters and each semester shall last for a period of eighteen (18) weeks comprising of: one (1) week for registration; fifteen (15) weeks for lectures/tutorials/laboratory and studio works; and two (2) weeks for examination. Mid-semester break shall normally be for two (2) weeks.
- The students are expected to go to teaching practice twice; at 300 level and 400 level.
- At the end of the course the students must write a project.
The minimum duration of Foundation Education programmes is four (4) years for candidates who enter with Senior Secondary School Certificate or GCE ‘0’ Level qualifications or equivalent. Direct Entry (DE) candidates will spend a minimum of three years provided that they satisfy all the other University requirements.
Students shall be required to complete their studies in not more than one and a half times the normal duration of the programme to qualify for an Honour's degree, except in cases of ill-health or as determined by Senate. This means 6 years for the 4-year degree program.
In line with the guidelines of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Federal University Gusau shall also operate the course credit system. A credit is the minimum unit of workload of a course. It depends on the total number of contact hours spent on the course. The contact hour is defined in terms of number of hours spent for the duration of the course. One credit unit is defined as: one hour of lecture or tutorial per week; two hours of seminar per week; three hours of laboratory or field work per week, one month of industrial attachment and one month teaching practice.
The equivalent of 1 credit unit in a semester of 15 weeks shall be one of the following: 15 hours of lecture; 15 hours of tutorial; 45 hours of laboratory work; 60 hours of fieldtrip; and/or days of fieldwork.
Courses for each degree programme are designated as follows:
- Core Courses (CC)
- Core/Compulsory Courses are courses students must take and pass before graduation. However, a student may be allowed to proceed to the next level of study if he/she failed some Core-Courses, but has earned enough credit units to qualify for the next level. The failed Core Course(s) will always reflect in the remark column of his/her results as outstanding.
- Elective Courses (EL)
- Elective courses are courses students take based on their areas of specialization and interest. In addition to the Core- Courses, students are allowed take these courses to enable them to register for the minimum allowable per semester.However, there are restrictive and un-restrictive electives, depending on areas of specialization and Faculty. Students may consult their academic advisers for guidance in selecting Elective Courses.
- Pre-Requisite Courses
- Pre-requisite courses are those that students must take and pass before registering higher level course(s). However, a student in a graduating class may register for a higher and lower course concurrently, provided that he/she had attempted the lower course once and that the total number of credit units registered in a semester, does not exceed 24.
- General Studies Courses (GST)/Entrepreneurial Development Studies (EDS)
- All undergraduate students are required to pass all the General Studies Courses for a total of 14 Credits Units and 6 units of EDS courses. This must be passed before a degree can be awarded.
At the beginning of every session, all students are required to register for all courses online and submit printed course forms to the Department. Two weeks will normally be allowed for registration in every session. A late registration fee may be charged by the University.
A student who fails to register within the stipulated registration period at the beginning of the session shall not be allowed to register for that session and shall forfeit the benefit of taking any examinations in any semester of that session. Such a student shall be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the university and shall be re-admitted in the subsequent session only with the approval of the Senate. For freshmen, their admission shall be considered to have lapsed.
All Registration forms must be signed personally by each student and his/her academic adviser. No student can register or sign for another who is not physically present.
A student shall normally, in any academic year, be allowed to register for minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 48 credits per session. In other, words the minimum and maximum credit load permissible for full time students of the Federal University, Gusau per student per semester is 15 and 24 credit units, respectively.
This means that no student can earn more than 48 credits at the end of each academic year. A 100-Level student must earn not less than 24 credit units at the end of an academic session to proceed to 200-Level. In the same line, 200-Level and 300-Level students must earn at least 48 credits and 72 credits to proceed to 300 and 400-Levels respectively. At the end of 400-Level, students must have earned not less than 120 credit units in order to graduate. The Table below indicates the requirement for the Department of Education.
If, owing to late receipt of admission notice, the 75% attendance requirement for both lecture and practical could not be met by the student, or on health or financial grounds, the semester/session can be deferred. For ill health specifically, a student must present a medical report, which shall be authenticated by the Director of University Health Services.
Students, for good reason and with the approval of Senate and upon recommendation by the Dean of the Faculty may suspend their programme of study for a maximum of one calendar year. In other words, student can defer the semester/session for other acceptable reasons.
Such other reasons would be treated on their merits. However, a student is only qualified to suspend his programme after registration and must express his/her intention to defer after registration. Applications for deregistration and deferment shall be addressed to the Dean, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences through the Head of Department of Sociology. A student granted deferment shall return and continue, from where he/she left, his/her studies.