This is the second course on forest measurements in the Department. It is a follow up to FWT 308 (Forest Mensuration) which is offered at 300 Level. Topics to be covered in FWT 401 include the basics of forest inventory; planning of forest inventory; inventory sampling design; sampling techniques in forestry inventory; field trip to conduct forest inventory of a selected forest area; camp set up and field crew organisation; forest measurement procedures; field data compilation; inventory data processing; and preparation of forest inventory reports.
Students are introduced to assessment of trees before felling and felling methods. Legal requirements before harvesting will be taught. Logging and transportation are integral part of the course. Students will be taught safety practices in felling, loading and off loading.
Overview of pulp and paper industry in Nigeria. Raw materials for pulp production. Waste paper recycling. Relationship between fibrous raw material and paper quality. Conversion of wood to mechanical and chemical pulps. Kraft, sulphite and semichemical pulping processes. Chemical recovery systems. Biopulping. Bleaching of mechanical and chemical pulps. Environmental issues associated with pulp production.
This course will primarily provide students with basic knowledge and skills in statistics as applied to various fields of agriculture. Several methods of data analysis will be treated using portable scientific calculator as well as the computer (for lab exercises). Depending on studentsâ€™ interest and time availability, some special topics with relevance to specific fields may also be treated. Topics to be covered include review of biometrical concepts in agriculture; planning of experiment; analysis of variance; transformation of data; experimental designs such as completely randomized design, Latin square, missing values, multiple comparisons, nested designs, factorial experiments, split-plot and split-split-plot designs; analysis of data from qualitative variables; application of correlation and regression analyses in agricultural experiments.
This course is an introduction into the principles of furniture design using ergonometric and anthropometry applications. The use of wood and other materials in furniture production will be studied. Students will be instructed in the use of design software in computer-aided design. Manual tools and machine processing of wood form an integral part of the course. As a practical course, the focus is to impart useful skills on the students in order to make themself-reliance.
This course is designed primarily for students in forestry and allied disciplines. Topics to be considered include: Agroforestry components and interactions. The traditonal agroforestry production systems; slash and burn/bush fallow system. Review of some modern agroforestry system such as taungya, alley cropping, improved fallow etc. Design and evaluation of agroforestry systems. Emphasis will be on the use of agroforestry as an option for addressing the land-use problems such as resource limitations, fragile soils, and multiple-component systems in the developing world, and environmental issues and societal concerns about land use in the industrialized world.
Geographic Information System (GIS) is a very powerful tool for handling geographically referenced spatial data. In many land-related disciplines, including forestry, GIS is widely used to produce maps as decision support tools. The aim of this course (FWT 421) is to give the student some basic education in GIS such that after finishing the course, the student will have both theoretical and practical knowledge about GIS, as well as hands-on experience in the use of simple GIS software. Topics to be covered include Concept of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and review of different application areas of GIS; hardware and software; raster and vector-based GIS systems; creating and editing spatial data; working on geospatial projects, adding and editing themes and attribute tables; querying data; creating land use and vegetation maps; map projections; image analysis and interpretation.
This course is designed to broaden studentsâ€™ knowledge about multiple land use, definition or meaning of the following basic concepts â€“ land, land unit, land use, land utilization types, land use requirements, land characteristics, land use limitation and land quality. Students are also expected to know the meaning of land evaluation,, Land use planning, established methods of land use planning, forest laws, land tenure, land use pattern and factors influencing land use pattern.