School of Environmental Sciences

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Entrance Qualifications/Requirements

In keeping with its mission and functions, the University’s objectives on admission are to:

  1. Provide access to University education for a wider spectrum of candidates,
  2. Ensure appropriate standards in admission to the various programmes, and
  3. Ensure transparency and fair play in the admission of students.

The specific criteria for admission of candidates into (non) degree programmes are as follows.

FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES

  • Candidates must have at least two (2) credit passes in relevant subjects in the NCTVA Tech voc certificate/GCE ‘O’Level/WASSCE.

    FOR DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

  • Candidate must have at least three (3) credit passes in relevant subjects in the NCTVA/GCE O’Level/WASSCE. Holders of related Certificates and Diplomas with at least two (2) years ex-poste working experience are considered for admission.

    FOR HIGHER DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

  • Candidates must have at least four (4) credit passes in relevant at WASCE/O’Level/NCTVA or successful completion of a related Diploma in with a minimum pass of Credit and evidence of one year post qualification professional practice.

    FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMME

    Candidates must satisfy three sets of requirements:
    1. The General University requirements for matriculation. Five credits at G.C.E. “O” Level or at W.A.S.S.C.E. including English Language in not more than two(2) sittings. Candidates with five (5) G.C.E. “O” Levels or W.A.S.S.C.E. but without English Language will be required to take the University Matriculation English examination. Candidates with three (3) relevant G.C.E. “O” Levels or W.A.S.S.C.E. credit passes may be admitted into the twelve (12) months access programme. On successful completion of it, they would be qualified to enter the first year of the proposed degree programmes.
    2. Special School requirements
      A candidate must have a minimum of five (5) credits at G.C.E. “O” Level or W.A.S.S.C.E. including English Language, Mathematics and three of the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography and Economics taken in not more than two sittings.
    3. Departmental requirements
      At least a grade five (5) or better for every department at G.C.E. “O” Level or W.A.S.S.C.E. And/Or at least two/three subjects among the following: Biology, Agricultural Sciences, Economics, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics. Candidates who have studied any of geography, community development, social studies, biology, economics and agricultural sciences up to H.T.C. Level and with two years teaching or development related activities experience are also considered. Students entering with G.C.E. “A” Level with at least a “D” grade or equivalent in at least any two of the subjects in listed in this section will be admitted to the second year of the degree programmes.

    FOR POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT MASTERS DEGREE

  • Candidates must have a first degree in a related subject/field.

    CANDIDATES FOR THE POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH DEGREE OF MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (M.PHIL)

  • Candidates must have Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 3.6 points in the taught Masters Degree programme or completed a Masters degree with thesis from a recognized University. For some degree programmes, candidate may be required to take remedial courses before proceeding with the thesis research.

    FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD) DEGREE

  • Candidates must have at least an FGPA of 4.2 in the taught Masters Degree programme or successfully completed the M.Phil Degree in a related field. For some degree programmes, candidate may be required to take remedial courses before proceeding with the thesis research.

    Research and Development Initiatives

    The Department of Chemistry is in collaboration with IEMQC and Department of Environmental health (DEH), Ministry of Health and Sanitation leading to the production of undergraduate student projects. Some of the activities include rain-harvesting and assessment of the quality of drinking water in Freetown and Bo municipality.

    The Department of Biological Sciences has the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary as its field station for ecological studies, which welcomes both national and international researchers. Tiwai Island is Sierra Leone’s first and only community conservation programme. At 12 sq kms, Tiwai is one of Sierra Leone’s largest inland islands. The Gola Forest Reserves, which host the last significant patches of rainforest in Sierra Leone, spread east of Tiwai to the Liberian border. Contact: info@tiwaiisland.org for more detail

    Scientists in the Sierra Leone Agricultural Institute (SLARI) in collaboration with some staff of the School are developing research agenda in organic farming, climate and crop performance, and socio-economics of agricultural systems. The collaborative action oriented teaching and research activities may help redress some of the current material resources capacity problems, particularly for laboratory practical/work in Biological Sciences including the National Herbarium, Chemistry, Geographical Information driven Cartography, Surveying and Remote Sensing. Interested local and international partners, donors and funders are most welcome to contact the Office of the Dean and or the relevant leaders of Departments/Institutes.

    Partnership and Linkages

    The Department of Biological Sciences has benefited from a DelPHE funded research project titled “ Strengthening Scientific and Technical Capacity for Biodiversity Research at Njala University, Sierra Leone”. This project is principally implemented with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) using a grant provided by the British department for International Development support to higher educational institutions in the World. The DICE staff arrived in June 2010, and helped review some of the School’s programmes. These include: B.Sc. Honours in Biological Sciences, B.Sc. Honours in Applied Ecology (re-named Applied Ecology & Conservation), B.Sc. Honours in Environment & Development and M.Sc. in Environmental Biology (re-named Biodiversity Conservation).

    Since January 2009, Njala University has been partnering with Coventry University in the United Kingdom, the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, University of Agriculture-Abeokuta in Nigeria, the University of Cape Coast and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in a three year EDULINK Project on Institutional Capacity Building for Organic Agriculture in West Africa. The School’s Institute of Geography and Development Studies provides coordination at the Njala University level. Two each of Staff and Student in the School of Agriculture’s Departments of Crop Sciences, Animal Sciences and Crop Protection participated in exchange programmes with those in the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin and the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria. The School hosted staff and student exchange visitors from the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and University of Cape Coast, Ghana for about three and eight weeks respectively.

    Graduation Requirements

    Total credit hours requirements for graduation in the certificate, diploma and higher diplomas range from 50-60, 80-90 and 120-130 respectively. For undergraduate degrees, the credits range from about 120-210. In addition, the following is considered for undergraduate degrees:
  • There shall be Final Comprehensive Examinations, comprising of four papers, at the end of the fourth year which shall be examined by External Examiners appointed by Senate.
  • The Final Comprehensive Examinations shall cover courses from the 200 to the 400 series organised in terms of theory, methods, substantive and a general paper.
  • For some programmes students are placed on attachment for on-the job training
  • The Student Project shall not be counted as comprehensive examination papers.
  • A candidate who does not make a 2.67 average in the Comprehensive Examinations shall not be awarded a degree.
  • The final award and the class of the degree shall be based on the Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) which shall be distributed as follows:
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) - 60%
    • Comprehensive Final Examination - 30%
    • Project for programmes not requiring placement on field attachment - 10% otherwise 5%
    • Field Attachment - 5%
    • For postgraduate taught Masters degrees, the required total credit hours for graduation ranges from 36-42.

Classification of (non) Degree

The certificate, diploma, higher diplomas and postgraduate taught Masters degree are classified as Pass or Fail. For the undergraduate degree programmes the following the Class of Honours shall be determined by the following ranges of FGPA:

  • First Class - FGPA 4.3 and above
  • Second Class (Upper) - FGPA 4.00 – 4.29
  • Second Class (Lower) - FGPA 3.60 – 3. 99
  • Third Class - FGPA 3.00 – 3.59

A candidate with an FGPA less than 3.00 but passes in all the papers will be awarded a Pass degree.

Assessment and Grading

The University’s examination policy applies to all programmes. Ideally, each module in the (non) degree programmes is assessed by continuous assessment (weighted 40%) and a final written examination (weighted 60%). The continuous assessment consists of any or a combination, of the following: written assignments, tests, practicals, projects, research exercise, objectives, short answer questions, quizzes and term papers. At the end of the semester all percentages are totaled and a single average is grade submitted for the student.

A five point letter and weighted percentage grading system shown in the table below is used to score the student. Students are required to have an average of three points or “C” to pass. Students are referred for the module when they obtain a grade of “E or F” at the certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Undergraduate levels. In the case of postgraduate degrees it is ‘D, E or F’. All grades for the various subjects during the semester are used to compute the grade point average (GPA) for the semester, cumulatively and later at the end of the degree programme

LETTER GRADE WEIGHT RANGE OF PERCENTAGE SCORE
A 5 75 and above
B 4 65 - 74
C 3 50 – 64
D 2 40 – 49
E 1 30 – 39
F 0 Below 30

Academic Staff

No. Name Qualification Rank/Position Appraisal
Department of Biological Sciences At Post
1 Dr. A. J. Sundufu B.Sc Ed. (1992) USL., PhD (2005), South China Agric. Univ. Ag. Head/Lecturer 1  
2 Mr. M.S. James B. Sc Ed. (1993) USL., M.Sc. Ed. (2002), USL Lecturer 2 Fair
3 Mr. I. K. Foday B. Sc Ed. (2000) USL., M.Sc. Ed. (2002), USL Lecturer 2 Fair
4 Mr. Z. Bah Diploma Principal Technician Diligent & Cooperative
5 Mr. A.M.B. Feika Diploma Chief Technician -do-
6 Mr. A. Kallon “O” Level, B.Sc. Ed (Biological Sciences) Arboretum Ranger -do-
7 Mrs. Effeh Kargbo OND, HND, 3rd Year Senior Typist -do-
8 Mr. M.P. Sesay “O” Level, 2nd Year B.Sc. (Applied Ecology) (on-going) Assistant Laboratory Technician -do-
New Recruitment
1 Miss R. Dumbuya* B.Sc. (NU) TTA 1
2 Mr. Thomas F. Kamara B.Sc. Hons.(2003),USL; M.Sc Env Biology (NU) Lecturer 2 2
Department of Chemistry At Post
1 Dr. Bashiru M. Koroma B. Sc (1987), USL; M. Sc (1995) Zhejiang Univ. , China,; Ph. D , Zhejiang Univ. , China (1998), Senior. Lecturer; Head of Department & Acting Director, Institute of Environmental Management & Quality Control In progress
2 Dr. D.A.W. Neville M. Sc. Chemical Eng. (1976), Azerbaijan Inst. of Petroleum & Chem., USSR; Pg. Studies in Chem. Engineering (1978), Azerbaijan Inst. of Petroleum & Chem., USSR; Ph. D Organic Chemistry (1984) , Azerbaijan Inst. of Petroleum & Chem. Lecturer I In progress
3 Mr. J.P. Kaisam B. Sc. Ed (1999), USL; M. Sc Analytical Chemistry (2005), Obafemi Awolowo Univ,, Nigeria Lecturer I In progress
4 Edwin Sam-Mbomah B. Sc Environmental Sc. Hon (2004), USL; M. Sc. Environmental Chem. (2006), NU; M. Sc. Environmental Stds. Loughborough Univ. (2007), UK Lecturer 2 In progress
5 Mr. A. B. Gogra B. Sc Hon (2006), NU; M. Sc (2007), NU Lecturer 2 In progress
6 Mr. D.H. Jimmy B. Sc Hon (2006), NU; M. Sc (2007), NU.   In progress
7 Mr. Mohamed Dumbuya B.Sc TTA In progress
8 Dr. Alhaji Brima Gogra Ph.D China, (2010) Lecturer I In progress
9 Mr. Abu A. Mornya B.Sc (Hons) Env Sc, 2008, NU; M.Sc Malaysia 2010 Lecturer 2 In progress
On Study Leave
1 Mr. Abu-Bakar S. Mansaray B. Sc Hon (2002), USL; M. Sc. Env. Chem (2004), USL; M.Sc (2010),USA. Lecturer 2 In progress
 
Institute of Environmental Management and Quality Control (IEMQC) At Post
1 Dr. Bashiru M. Koroma B. Sc (1987), USL; M. Sc (1995) Zhejiang Univ. , China,; Ph. D , Zhejiang Univ. , China (1998), Senior. Lecturer; Head of Department & Acting Director, Institute of Environmental Management & Quality Control In progress
2 Mr. Rashid Ansumana B. Sc. Ed (USL), 2003 M. Sc Env Biol. (NU), 2007 Lecturer 2  
3 Mr. Ansumana Swaray B. Sc Hon (2003), USL M. Sc (2006), NU, M.Sc UK Lecturer 2  
4 Ms Fatmata Kargbo B. Sc. Ed (2004) (USL) M. Sc Chemistry (NU), 2006 Lecturer 2  
5 Mr. Alfred Boackarie B.Sc (Hons) USL; M.Sc Energy Stud (NU); M.Sc Geo-Surveying; Malaysia Lecturer 2  
On Study Leave
1 Mr. Eldred Tunde Taylor B. Sc Ed (2003), USL M. Sc (2006), NU Lecturer 2 In progress
Institute of Geography and Development Studies (IGDS) At Post
1 Dr. Andrew K. Bomah B.A. Hons, USL (1974); MA (1980) Clark University (USA); Ph. D. , Clark Univ. (1982), USA Associate Professor and Director. In progress
2 Mr. Thomas R.A.Winnebah B. A. Hons Geog (1980), USL M. A Sociology, Louisiana State Univ. (1985) USA. Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director. In progress
3 Mr. Joseph M. Amara HTC (1971) B. A. Ed (1981) – USL M. A (1990) Univ. of Ghana, Legon M. A, University of Memphis, Tennessee (2002), USA Lecturer 1 In progress
4 Mr. Isheka Turay B. A. Ed (1985) – USL M. Sc. Univ. of East Anglia, U.K. (1990) M. Sc. (Agric) 1996, University of Western Australia Lecturer 1 In progress
5 Mr. Braima M. Koroma B. Sc. Hons (First Class) – USL (2001); M. Sc. Dev. Studies – USL (2002); M. Sc (Distinction) Environment, Management & Sustainable Development, Manchester Metropolitan Univ. (2003) – UK Lecturer 1 In progress
6 Mr. Morrision K. Lahai B.Sc (Educ) NU, (2005), M.Sc R.DEV (2008) NU Lecturer 2 In progress
7 Mr. Mohamed Jalloh B.Sc (Educ) USL 2004; M.Sc R.DEV (2009) NU Lecturer 2 In progress
8 Mr Ayo carew - Office Messenger/ Cleaner/Assistant In progress
On Study Leave
1 Mr. Victor T. Kabba B. A. Ed, USL, (2001) M. A. Ed (USL), 2002 Lecturer 2 In progress
2 Mr. Joseph M. Macarthy HTC, (1992); B. Sc. Ed (1999) USL; M. Sc. Dev. Planning & Management, (2002) Univ. College London, UK Lecturer 2 In progress
Dean’s Office
1 Mr. Thomas R.A.Winnebah B. A. Hons Geog (1980), USL M. A Sociology, Louisiana State Univ. (1985) USA. Senior Lecturer and Dean. In progress
2 Mrs. Christiana Jemmy Massaquoi - Senior Confidential Secretary In progress
3 Mr. Buxton Sesay - Office Messenger In progress