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Department of Physiology

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Physiology

 

Welcome to the web portal of the Department of Physiology, College of Medical Sciences at the University of Calabar, Calabar – Nigeria. We study the mechanisms and functionalities of the various organs and systems that make up the human body. Physiology forms the foundation upon which the study of medicine and all other medical Sciences stand. Physiology has been described as life because it involves studies of the interactions between the different organs and systems in a living body with their internal and external environments.

 

The Department of Physiology runs programs that lead to the award of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physiology by the University. The Ph.D. degree is awarded to successful students in their different areas of specialization that include cardiovascular physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, renal physiology, neurophysiology, respiratory physiology, and even sports physiology. Our esteemed Alumni are occupying fulfilled job positions in universities and health institutions, research institutes, hospitals (especially in the electrocardiogram units, haematology laboratories, and so on), health-biased non-governmental organizations, and sports establishments. The department also services students from other departments in the College of Medical Sciences.

 

We usually adopt a dominantly multidisciplinary approach involving lectures, seminars, individual and group assignments, and term papers as recommended by National Universities Commission for university education in teaching and inspiring students to learn, acquire knowledge and skills, and develop lifelong practical and theoretical experience. Our graduates are well-trained, happy, outstanding, and dominate all aspects of the field. We have a team of highly trained and motivated teaching and non-teaching staff led by ten staff at the professorial cadre, and a cream of administrative, clinical and technical staff, who partake in the training of students. In addition, experts from other related disciplines are also engaged to enrich our curriculum and practices. We have pools of state-of-the-art equipment in both our general and specialized high-end laboratories.

 

We implore you to consider enrolling in any of our programs or even recommending the programs to your valued friends who are seeking for admission to study and consequently, future physiologists. Should you have any feedback, questions, and suggestions, kindly forward them to us through any of our contact channels.

 

Thank you for visiting our site as we hope to meet you soon.

 

Best wishes.


Dr Charles C. Mfem

Head of Department

Course Codes Course Titles Credit Hours
LCS 101Introduction to Linguistics & Communication I
LCS 101 Introduction to Linguistics & Communication IIntroduction to Linguistics & Communication I
LCS 111Introduction to Phonetics I
LCS 151Human Communication
FRT 181Introduction to French Language I
GSS 101Use of English & Communication Skills
GSS 101Use of English & Communication Skills
GSS 111Citizenship Education
GSS 121Philosophy and Logic
LCS 131Languages of the World
LCS 121Efik/Ibibio/Bekwara/Ejagham Languages
LCS 141English Grammar I
LCS 102Introduction to Linguistics & Communication II
LCS 112Introduction to Phonetics II 3
LCS 112INTRODUCTION TO PHONETICS II
LCS 122Language use in the Media
LCS 152HUMAN COMMUNICATION
FRT 182Introduction to French Language II
GSS 102Use of English & Communication Skills
GSS 132History & Philosophy of Science
LCS 132HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS
GSS 132History & Philosophy of Science
GSS 202Entrepreneurship Theory
LCS 201INTRODUCTION TO PHONOLOGY
LCS 221Introduction to Morphology
LCS 221Introduction to Morphology
LCS 231Writing Systems/Orthographic Design
LCS 251Language and Broadcasting
FRT 261Intermediate French I
GSS 211Introduction to Computer
GSS 211Introduction to Computer
LCS 201 (Direct Entry)Phonology I
LCS 221 (Direct Entry)Introduction to Morphology
LCS 221 (Direct Entry)Introduction to Morphology
LCS 231 (Direct Entry)Writing Systems/Orthographic Design
LCS 251 (Direct Entry)Language & Broadcasting
FRT 181 (Direct Entry)Introduction to French Lang I
FRT 181Introduction to French Lang I
GSS 101 (Direct Entry)Use of English & Comm. Skills
GSS111Citizenship Education
GSS 121Philosophy and Logic
LCS 102 (Direct Entry)Introduction to Lings & Comm. I
LCS 202 (Direct Entry)Generative Phonology
LCS 222 (Direct Entry)Morphologies of African Languages
LCS 242 (Direct Entry)Language and Public Relations
LCS 272Principles of Advertising
FRT 182Introduction to French Lang II
GSS 102Use of English & Comm. Skills II
GSS 132 (Direct Entry)History & Philosophy of Science
GSS 202 (Direct Entry)Entrepreneurship Theory
LCS 201Phonology I
LCS 221Introduction to Morphology
LCS 231Writing Systems/Orthographic Design
LCS 231Writing Systems/Orthographic Design
LCS 251Language and Broadcasting
FRT 181Introduction to French Lang I
GSS 101Use of English & Comm. Skills
GSS111Citizenship Education
GSS111Citizenship Education
GSS 121Philosophy and Logic
LCS 211Introduction to Efik Written Language
LCS 261Efik/Ibibio/Bekwara/Ejagham Languages
LCS 241Language and Editing
LCS 202Generative Phonology
LCS 202GENERATIVE PHONOLOGY
LCS 222Morphologies of African Languages
LCS 242LANGUAGE AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
LCS 272Principles of Advertising
FRT 262Intermediate French II
GSS 212Computer Application
GSS 212Computer Application
GSS 212Computer Application
GSS 202Entrepreneurship Theory
LCS 282Applied Efik/Ibibio/Bekwara/Ejagham Languages
LCS 232Documentary Linguistics
LCS 252Business Communication
LCS 262Speech Writing and Public Speaking
LCS 275ETHICS IN COMMUNICATION PRACTICE
LCS 301Introduction to Syntax
LCS 321Structure of a Language I
LCS 321Structure of a Language I
LCS 331Applied Linguistics
LCS 351Proof Reading Techniques
ELECTIVE Any 3rd year 1ST Semester course from the Faculty of Education or Department of Sociology.ELECTIVE Any 3rd year 1ST Semester course from the Faculty of Education or Department of Sociology.
LCS 311Dialectology
LCS 381English in the Nigerian Setting
LCS 391Organizational Communication
LCS 341Computational/Practical Linguistics
LCS 361Health Communication
LCS 361HEALTH COMMUNICATION
GSS 3101Entrepreneurship Development
LCS 301Introduction to Syntax
LCS 321Structure of a Language I
LCS 331Applied Linguistics
LCS 351Proof Reading Techniques
ELECTIVE Any 3rd year 1ST Semester course from the Faculty of Education or Department of Sociology.ELECTIVE Any 3rd year 1ST Semester course from the Faculty of Education or Department of Sociology.
LCS 311Dialectology
LCS 381English in the Nigerian Setting
LCS 391Organizational Communication
LCS 341Computational/Practical Linguistics
LCS 361Health Communication
GSS 3101Entrepreneurship Development
LCS 302Generative Syntax
LCS 322Structure of a Language II
LCS 322STRUCTURE OF A LANGUAGE II (EFIK/IBIBIO)
LCS 332Linguistics and Communication Research Methods
LCS 342Applied Communication
LCS 342Applied Communication
LCS 372Sociolinguistics
LCS 382Consultancy in Communication
Any 3rd year 2nd Semester course from the Faculty of Education or Department of Sociology.Any 3rd year 2nd Semester course from the Faculty of Education or Department of Sociology.
LCS 312Contrastive/Error Analysis
LCS 362Drama and Poetry in Efik/Bekwarra/Ejagham
LCS 375Introduction to African Linguistics
LCS 352Communication and Culture
GSS 302Entrepreneurship Trade Skill
LCS 392Internship
LCS 4001Topics in Phonology
LCS 4011Semantics & Translation
LCS 4021Lexicology & Lexicography
LCS 4031Indigenous Communication Systems & Semiotics
LCS 4075Theories of Communication
LCS 4111Linguistics & Literature
LCS 4121Speech Pathology
LCS 4131Historical/Comparative Linguistics
LCS 4041Rhetorical Theory & Practice
LCS 4002Topics in Syntax
LCS 4012Psycholinguistics
LCS 4032Language of Features & Commentary
LCS 4090General Paper
LCS 4092Research Project (Long Essay)
LCS 4112Political Communication
LCS 4122Problem of a Multilingual Nation
LCS 4132Comparative Cross River Languages
LCS 4042Language and Argument

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective

Mission

 

To Produce high quality graduates and scholars in focal areas of learning with theoretical,practical and entepreneurial skills for the world of work in conducive environment through quality research and teaching.


Vision

To be a centre of excellence producing globally competitive graduates and contributing significantly to development through research.


Philosophy

Physiology is the study of normal functions in organisms.  The bedrock of medical practice is human physiology, hence, a sound knowledge of normal function is a sine qua non for the detection of derangements that causes morbidity and mortality.  There is at present a dearth of qualified Basic Medical Science teachers and researchers in most medical schools in Nigeria.  The department offers courses of study leading to the awards of B.Sc., PGD, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees respectively.  The philosophy behind the B.Sc. Physiology Programme therefore, emphasizes the need for greater depth of knowledge in order to produce graduates who will take up careers in physiology and contribute meaningfully towards relieving the shortage of competent teachers and research workers in physiology. 


Objective

 

The objectives of the B.Sc. Programme are:

1.      To teach and apply physiology concepts required in the future clinical practice of doctors in both rural and urban areas of Nigeria and any other part of the world.

2.      To teach and give the students scientific foundation for continued study and research in physiology so as to help in producing specialists in physiology.

3.      To develop in the study the ability to interpret data using statistical inference and the formulation of logical conditions from such data either for diagnostic clinical purpose or unearthing such new concepts that can improve total health care delivery or expand the horizon of physiology as a discipline. 

History

The Physiology Department commenced its academic activities in July 1978 with the head of the department as Professor K. M. Etta (1978-1985). Other subsequent heads of department include the following: Professor E. E. Osim (1985-1995, 2000-2003), Late Dr. A. B. Akpogomeh (1995-1997), Prof (Mrs.) A. B. Antai (1997-199, 2006-2008), Prof. J. O. Ibu (2003-2006), Dr. C. O. Nku (2008- 2010), Dr. (Mrs.) A. O. Obembe (2010 – 2012) and Prof. D. U. Owu (2012 – 2014), Prof. E. J. Ani (2014 – 2016), Dr. O. E. Ofem (2016 – 2018), and Dr. S. A. Bisong (2018 – 2020). The department started with its first batch of medical students in the 1978/79 session. In the 1979/80 session, B.Sc. Physiology program was added to its curriculum. In 1987 the department introduced a new B.Sc. Physiology program (B.Sc. intercalated in the MBBCh program) in the college. This program allows outstanding medical students after their part 1 MBBCh examinations to spend extra three semesters for a B.Sc. degree in Physiology, Biochemistry, or Anatomy before continuing with their MBBCh program. The department started an M.Sc. program in Physiology in 1992 with only 3 students who all graduated with M.Sc. in 1995.  In 1995 a postgraduate diploma program in Physiology was also approved. A Ph.D. program was added in the 2001/2002 session.

Currently, total enrolment into the entire post-graduate program now stands at eighteen students.  While twenty-one M.Sc. students have been graduated.  The first Ph.D. was defended in December 2006.  To date, the department has produced 8 Ph.D. graduates who are members of staff of this department.  Our graduates at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels are contributing meaningfully to the development of the subject in institutions of higher learning all over the country.

In a discipline that suffers a dearth of senior academics all over the country, the department for the first time boasts of four professors of Physiology, two of which have been Deans of Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences namely Prof. E. E. Osim (2006 – 2008) and Prof. A. B. Antai (2010 – 2012),  two Readers, 6 senior Lecturers (one visiting), 2 grade one lecturers, 3 grade two lecturers and 3 assistant lecturers, graduate assistance and a demonstrator.  There are 21 academic staff, an improvement from the past where the staff were mainly in the junior cadre.

The equipment situation has also improved.  Currently, we have obtained some new equipment through the effort of our past Dean, Professor E. E. Osim, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Epoke.
The physical structure of the department, especially the laboratories has been rehabilitated.  New academic staff have been employed to boost the academic activity of the department.  The department has finally been granted full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2017 and is active in a social media network to boost information dissemination.

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