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 Benue State University, Makurdi

Department of Human Kinetics

Departmental Information

Introduction
The Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education is one of the four Departments in the Faculty of Education, Benue State University, Makurdi. The other three are Curriculum and Teaching, Vocational and Technical Education, and Educational Foundations.

The Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education started in the Faculty of Education in 1992 as Department of Physical and Health Education.

It was later rationalized alongside other departments in the University. The B.Sc. (Ed) Physical and Health Education programme was reintroduced by the Prof. David Ker’s led administration and housed under the Department of Educational Foundations. Following the demerger process, the Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education was approved by the Senate of the University, and he Department commenced activities as an academic department during the 2010/2011 academic session.

Introduction


The Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education is one of the four Departments in the Faculty of Education, Benue State University, Makurdi. The other three are Curriculum and Teaching, Vocational and Technical Education, and Educational Foundations. The Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education started in the Faculty of Education in 1992 as Department of Physical and Health Education. It was later rationalized alongside other departments in the University. The B.Sc. (Ed) Physical and Health Education programme was reintroduced by the Prof. David Ker’s led administration and housed under the Department of Educational Foundations. Following the demerger process, the Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education was approved by the Senate of the University, and he Department commenced activities as an academic department during the 2010/2011 academic session.

Personnel Administration:
The Department is administered by the Head of Department with the support of academic and Non-academic staff. The academic staff also help with the administrative responsibilities as assigned or delegated to them.

            General Administration and Staff Involvement in Decision Making Process
Members of Staff are involved in the decision-making process and in general administration by participating in departmental meetings, which are supposed to be held on a monthly basis. They are involved through the role(s) they play when assigned responsibilities.
            Guiding principles and policies
Human Kinetics & Health Education as a discipline is noted for efficient organization and administration. To this end, we decide to have certain principles in this department that will guide the actions of both staff and students.
By the nature of our discipline, hazards are likely to occur, but we must guide against them, hence certain policies are essential.
The purpose of Administrative Policies:

  1. Policies reveal the ends or goals of the department.
  2. Policies permit the staff to translate alternatives into action. It ensures some degree of expediency.
  3. Policies prevent inconsistency in solutions,
  4. Policies permit a degree of flexibility in the solution of local problems.
  5. Policies perform the function of good public relations.
  6. Policies help the staff realize that decisions which affect them adversely are not made on personal basis.

            Policy relating to excuses and Participation:
That all excuses from participation in physical education class must be approved and signed by a medical officer.
Justification 1: By demanding medical approval, the number of minor excuses will be reduced.
2: Only students with genuine excuses will dare go to the medical doctor for approval Policy relating to Class Attendance:
All students in Physical and Health Education Class must have at least 75% attendance in order to be competent in our programme.

    1. The daily attendance must be taken by the lecturer or by the class leader duly authorized by the lecturer.
    2. The names of the absentees must be submitted to the office of the Head of Department daily for record purposes.

Justification:

  1. To prevent unnecessary absence.
  2. To emphasize the importance of attendance in Physical Education classes.
  3. To encourage good attendance. 

            Policy relating to the Use of Uniforms:
To participate in physical education class, all students must buy and wear the uniforms prescribed by the department.
Justification:

    1. For better and free movement during physical education activity.
    2. For the prevention of accidents resulting from sluggish movement.
    3. For better class morale and appearance.
    4. For non-discrimination in terms of socio-economic status.
    5. For comfort and safety.

 
            Policy relating to Pregnancy:
All female students actively participating in Physical Education class aren not allowed to be pregnant during the course. If it happens by accident or by design, she will have to repeat the year.
Justification:

  1. For the safety of the students.
  2. To save both the lecturer and the college from legal liability.
  3. For the protection and safety of the unborn child.
  4. For the protection of policy No. 9.3.2 above.

            Policy Relating to Evening Games:
All physical education student majors should attend and participate in evening games every day except Friday, Saturdays, and Sunday s as part of the formal physical education programme.
Justifications:

    • To enable students improve on personal skills and performances, and give them practice in coaching and officiating at various sports activities.
    • To inculcate the sense of responsibility.
    • To acclimatize the students with the work they will do after they graduate from the programme.
    • For the enrichment of the programme.
    • For better interaction and better understanding
    • To facilitate mutual learning among the students and staff.

a. Programme Title: B.SC. (ED.) PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

b.         Preamble

The programme leading to the award of the B.Sc. (Ed.) Physical and Health Education (PHE) degree incorporates courses in education and in the major content area of Physical and Health Education, together with supplementary courses in science education and general studies. An important aspect of the programme involves participation in laboratory practical courses in the theory and practice of games and sports and exercise science and human performance.

c. Programme Philosophy
The general philosophy of the programme is for the acquisition and spread of basic knowledge in the science of human movement; response to exercise, physical fitness, health and basic skills in games, sports and recreation.

d. Programme Objectives
The B. Sc. (Ed.) programme in PHE is designed to provide candidates with a high level of intellectual and professional skills that will enable them function effectively as professionals and as people who can adapt to the changing situations in the nation. Specifically the programme is intended to:

    1. Produce knowledgeable and professionally competent graduate teachers of Human Kinetics and Health Education for primary and secondary schools.
    2. Produce professionally competent sports coaches, administrators and organizers for Colleges, Institutes, Polytechnics, Universities, Armed Forces, Para-Military, State and Federal Ministries of Education, Educational Resource Centres, State Sports Councils and National Sports Commission.
    3. Produce future scholars, researchers and lecturers for Colleges of Education, National Institute for Sports and Universities.
    4. Produce competent fitness leaders and instructors for fitness and exercise centers who will conduct exercise training for apparently healthy clients in order to reduce risk factors for chronic disease and promote fitness and healthy lifestyle.

 
e.         Admission Requirements
University Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) candidates must satisfy the minimum conditions of the Benue State University, Makurdi for admission to the degree programme.
In addition to the minimum University requirement:

    • Direct Entry (DE) candidates shall possess two ‘A’ level passes in any of Biology, Chemistry, Physic, or NCE with at least two credits and a merit pass in Physical and Health Education.
    • University Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates must possess at least five ‘O’ level credit passes in GCE, SSCE or NECO including English Language and Biology/Chemistry/Physics.
    • Holders of Diploma Certificate in Physical and Health Education with a minimum of upper credit pass must in addition possess five ‘O’ level credit passes which must include English Language and Biology.
    • Candidates must be physically fit and must not be disabled.
    • Female students must not be pregnant at the beginning and throughout the period of the programme.
    • Candidates with other qualifications considered to be appropriate by the senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of Education.
    • In addition to the above, each candidate for admission into the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education will be required to:
      • Show evidence of interest and participation in sports.
      • Attend an interview involving physical fitness test and sports skills.

(a)        To be accepted as bona fide student eligible to attend lectures and sit for examinations, the student must duly register within the appropriate period for all the core, and where applicable, elective courses, at the beginning of each semester.

(b)        A student who fails to duly register within the specified period will be required to pay  registration fine.

(c)        Any change or alteration in the students course registration form after it has been duly endorsed by the designated authority shall not be accepted without the consent of the Head of Department. Such a change, either by way of addition or subtraction, must be effected on specially prescribed forms and within the first four-weeks of the semester.

(d)       Any students who sits for examination in a course for which he/she has not registered will have the result of such examination declared null and void.

(e)        At the commencement of departmental registration, students advisors shall provide them with an up-to-date list of courses available for the semester, the department where each course is offered and the lecturer assigned to teach each course.

(i). Duration of programme
UME applicants are offered the four-year programme (100-400 level), the direct entry applicants are allowed a three years programme (200-400 level). The maximum period allowed a student to remain on a programme under the four year system is six years (i.e. 150% of the normal duration of four years) and that of direct entry is five years.

(ii)        Award of Bachelor Degree
To qualify for the award of Bachelor’s Degree the candidate shall satisfy the following conditions.
(a)        Must have been dully matriculated into the university
(b)        Must have been dully admitted for the degree programme
(c)        Must have paid requisite fees and debts
(d)       Must have passed all required courses prescribed for the degree programme and earned a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of not less than 1.00.

(iii). Total Minimum Credit Unit to Graduate:
Although the National Universities Commission (NUC) recommends a minimum of 120 credit units to be passed by a student to earn a degree in the Faculty of Education, a minimum of 144 credits are required for the award of the degree of this Department for the four year programme for UTME Candidates, and 108 for D.E. Candidates.

 

To be awarded a degree in the Faculty of Education a Student must successfully complete a period of supervised teaching practice to last for at least six weeks. This course is of special significance to the students of Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education who would eventually become professional teachers. This exercise is normally scheduled to take place after the completion of 300 level. Students are to make arrangement to sponsor themselves for this exercise.

In order to graduate, all students are required to complete a research project on an approved topic under the supervision of academic staff member and submit four bound copies at the stipulated time. Guidelines on project writing are provided to help students in this exercise.

To satisfy the retirement in this course, all graduating students of Human Kinetics and Health Education are required to attend a Man’O War Bay course for a period of not less than two weeks. This can be either in the citizenship and leadership training in Jos, Enugu, Lagos or Port Harcourt. Students will be assessed during the course, and used to compute their results at the end of the programme.

a. The course must be offered in progressive tiers. This means that 100 level courses are to be offered and passed (especially if they are pre-requisites) before a candidate is allowed to register for the higher tier of courses.

b.   At least 75% attendance is required in all lectures, tutorials and practicals for a student to qualify to sit for the semester examination in any course unit.

c.   Continuous Assessment (CA) shall count for 40% of the final grade while end of semester examination shall account for 60%. A minimum of two continuous assessments are given per course in the form of essays, test etc, each semester and these are promptly graded and returned to students.

d.   The scoring and grading pattern used are as described below.
Students’ score in each course are first expressed in percentages/percentiles. These are then converted to Letter Grades and then Grade Point using the following scheme.

Percentiles scores                   Letter Grades              Grade Points
70-100                                             A                                  5
60-69                                               B                                  4
50-59                                               C                                  3
45-49                                               D                                  2
40-44                                               E                                   1
00-39                                               F                                   0

Note that the minimum pass mark is 40% which is equivalent to letter grade E and grade point 1.

e.   Students’ grade points obtained in all courses taken each semester are converted to what is called the Grade Point Average (GPA). This is done by multiplying the grade point obtained in each course by the credit units assigned to that course; then summing these products for all courses taken in the semester (this sum is called Weighted Grade Point (WGP) and finally dividing the sum or WGP by the total credit units registered in that semester.

The GPA range from 0.00 (if a student fails all courses) to 5.00 (if a student obtains ‘A’ in all courses). Its value is expression of how well a student has performed on an average in a given semester. After a student has completed two semesters or more, his GPA is further calculated cumulatively, and the value so obtained is called cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
The CGPA provides a measure of students’ progress towards their degrees and the final class of degree obtained at the successful completion of a programme depends on the final CGPA obtained.

f.    Each student is required to maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 1.00 in order to be of good academic standing. A student whose CGPA falls below 1.00 at the end of any session of study shall be placed on probation.

g.    A student who remains on probation for two consecutive session and fails to attain the status of good academic standing shall be asked to withdraw from the programme.

h.    Failure in any course shall be recorded as such. If such a course is a core, course, the student must carry it over, re-register it and pass it before graduation. If on the other hand the failed course is an elective, the student has an option to retake it or replace it with another relevant elective course.

i.    Further information about examination irregularities, misconduct, malpractice and related disciplinary actions are normally provided during students’ orientation programmes and in the course of registration.

S/No Name Rank Qualification Area of Specialization Status
1 Prof. Uver Jonathan N. Professor NCE, B.Sc. (Ed) M.Ed, Ph.D. Sport Administration Tenure
2 Prof. Danladi I. Musa Professor NCE, B.Sc. (Ed) M. Ed, Ph.D. Exercise and Sport Science Tenure
3 Prof. Elizabeth E. Anejo (Mrs) Professor NCE, B.Ed M.Ed, Ph.D. Sport Administration Tenure
4 Prof. Targema Iorvaa Professor NCE, B.Ed M.Ed, Ph.D. Health Education Tenure
5 Dr. Ityodugh John I. Senior Lecture NCE, B.Ed M.Ed, Ph.D. Sport Administrator Tenure
6 Dr. Charles Iortima G. Lecture I Dip. (PHE) B. Sc. (Ed), M.Ed, Ph.D Sport Psychology Tenure
7 Dr. Olubode Olagoke Olufemi Lecture II B.Ed, Med, Ph.D Health Education Tenure
8 Seer Ukeunice Nguungwan (Mrs) Graduate Assistant B.Sc. (Ed), M.Ed. (in view) Health Education Tenure
9 Mr. Igboon, Patrick Terna Computer Operator Diploma Computer Science Tenure
10 Miss. Iorember, Mwuese Precious Messenger/Cleaner SSCE   Tenure