A Brief History of the Department
The Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education was created in year 2011, though it started in 1993 as a Physical and Health Education Programme in the Department of Educational Foundations and Management. The initial nomenclature of Physical and Health Education was later changed to Human Kinetics and Health Education based on Senate approval. Since its creation out of the existing Department of Educational Foundation and Management, it has been operating as a full fledged Department. The Department commended the unrelenting efforts of the former Dean, Faculty of Education, Professor (Mrs) .G. A. Akinleye, and also, Professor. I. O. Akindutire and Professor J. A. Adegun in making the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education a reality. Dr. J. A. Adegboyega is the foundation Head of Department.
The Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education runs the undergraduate programme in Human Kinetics and Health Education and also Masters/Doctorate Degree Programmes in Administration of Physical Education and Sports, Physiology of Exercise, Health Education, Psychology of Sports and Sociology of Sports. The Department has produced Master’s and Doctorate Degree holders as a unit under the Department of Educational Foundations and Management. Human Kinetics and Health Education as a programme was awarded full accreditation during the 2009 Accreditation Exercise.
The Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education is established to train high level personnel in various fields of Human Kinetics and Health Education. Also, it is to develop academic and professional competencies which will enable graduates earn a living and render unique services to the society both locally and internationally.
The Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education will be an internationally recognized department set to promote excellence in learning, research and entrepreneurial activities to meet the needs of the society.
The strength of the Department lies in the promotion of merit and excellence; recognition and reward for hard work, discipline and developing the spirit of sportsmanship.
Objectives of the Department
Specific objectives of the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education are to:
- expose students to various sporting activities as effective means of building human relationship.
- provide learning experiences in health care and sanitation for self development.
- drill students in sporting skills and prepare them to learn and teach same in primary, secondary and vocational schools.
- produce highly motivated and efficient men and women capable of teaching health education in Schools College, Universities as well as work in health agencies.
- provide students with the Bachelor’s degree, and Postgraduate Studies in Human Kinetics and Health Education or Physical Education and Health with the opportunity for specialization in aspects of Human Kinetics and Health Education with special relevance to the needs of Nigeria in its manpower development.
- produce middle level manpower for the Sports Councils, train Career athletes and Coaches to obtain Diploma Certificate in Human Kinetics and Sports.
General Administration of the Department
The Head of Department is the organizational head, the Chairman in all meetings, and Chief Examiner of the Department in all examinations both undergraduate and postgraduate programme. The Head of Department manages the Departmental affairs with the use of the following Committees.
a. Examination Committee
b. Course Allocation Committee
c. Results Committee
d. Staff Students’ Welfare Committee
e. Postgraduate Study Committee
f. Publication Committee
g. Sports Facilities and Equipment Committee.
In addition, the department selects members of Academic Staff as Department Officers – Student Union (National Association of Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (NAPHER&D) Adviser, Project supervisors’ allocation and Facilities and equipment Officer.
The Students at various levels are provided with Course Advisers. The Students are instructed to lay complaints to their Course Advisers on issue of relevant courses, electives, extra units and computation of results. Students are advised to lodge complaints on illness, withdrawal, harassment and the likes with the Head of Department.
The students have their own body named National Association of Physical Health Education Recreation, Sports and Dance (NAPHER&SD) that looks after their welfare.
They select their own officers and the Head of Department appoints a Staff Adviser to oversee the affairs of the Association. The Association is under the auspices of the national body (NAPHER&SD). The Department organizes orientation programmes for the students at the beginning of each session.
The B.Ed Degree Programme
At present Bachelor Degree Programmes are available in the following areas:
1. Human Kinetics and Health Education (KHE)
2. Health Education (HED)
B.Ed Human Kinetics and Health Education
Philosophy of the Programme
The philosophy of physical and Health Education is to promote emotional, physical and psychological health of all children. The training of the mind in the understanding of the world. The acquisition of appropriate skills, abilities and competences both mental and physical as equipment for individual to live in and contribute to the development of his society.
Applicants who intend to study Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in Human Kinetics and Health Education in the Department must satisfy the general University and Faculty requirements.
To be qualified for admission into the undergraduate course leading to the award of B.Ed. Human Kinetics and Health Education, a candidate must have Five O’Level credit passes to include English Language, pass in Mathematics, credit in any science and any three subjects at one sitting.
Direct Entry Requirement
i. Passes at Credit/Merit level in Human Kinetics and Health Education, Physical and Health Education at NCE in addition to the UME requirements.
ii. Two ‘A’ Level passes in Biology and other Health education or Integrated Science plus UME requirements.
iii. Diploma in Human Kinetics and Health Education at Upper Credit pass plus UME requirements.
Requirements for Graduation (Undergraduate)
a. All candidates for the B.Ed Degree must pass the University General Studies 12 Units of GST Courses
b. All candidates must pass Teaching Practice
c. Total units required for graduation in B.Ed. Human Kinetics and Health Education is 150 units for UME and 120 units for Direct Entry.
d. The minimum work-load for a full-time student is 12 units per semester, while the maximum load is 24 units.
e. Students wishing to exceed the maximum work-load must apply in writing to the Faculty Board through the Head of Department.