Introduction to Natural Science I (GSP 105)

About this Course

Natural Science is a term that refers to a large part of man’s knowledge concerning the nature of man and the universe in which he lives. This knowledge has been acquired largely by means of problem solving behavior, by being acquainted with some of the facts that make up the body of knowledge known as science and also by being introduced to the specific methods involved in solving them. The course is offered to students who are majoring in non science based departments and faculties.

Natural Science with its great wealth of materials and its use of scientific methods therefore has a fundamental role to play in helping students understand the forces which reshape a civilization and which also threatens to destroy it. Understanding the social implications of the sciences is imperative in a General Studies Programme.

At this point, one might ask why should any of these facts of science be learned and of what significance is it to know what scientists do? To help people understand why it is important to know something about science; it is only necessary to show the reasonableness of the belief that the future of our modern society and culture is dependent directly on science too. However, in Natural Science we are concerned with what role science plays in culture.


Course Outline:


  • Introduction to Natural Science 1
  • Secondary Sexual Development
  • The Concept of Force and Energy
  • Solar and Stellar Systems
  • Organisms in the Environment
  • Waves and Radiations
  • Energy Transformations in Physical Systems
  • Vegetation and Animals
  • Concept of Evolution
  • Meteorology and Weather Forecasts
  • Elements and Compounds
  • Mixtures
  • Responsible Parenthood
  • Basic Structure of Matters
  • Climate Change and Implications
  • Energy Transformations in Biological Systems
  • Cell Theory
  • Heredity
  • Revision
Course CodeUNN/OC/0048
Course Start DateStarted
Course Duration3 Months
Dedication2 hours per week
Number of Modules5
LevelLevel 1
School offering courseUNN Online School of General Studies
Video/Audio MediaNone
Course Fee0.00

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Course Prerequisites / Requirements

This course is designed for students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It is meant for newly admitted students (First year students) of concerned departments and faculties. However, some departments opt to have their students take this course in their second year. The course is designed to run for a semester. Normally, students of each participating departments are assigned to a particular lecturer of the unit who registers, gives out term paper / seminar topics and continuous assignments as well as oversees the grading of such. With the transition to online, this norm still applies, albeit more streamlined. As a registered student of this course, all learning materials of the course are made available to you on this platform. You must study consistently and conscientiously, the entire course material, attempt and submit all course assignments punctually.