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M.TECH in Food Safety

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PROGRAMME NAME: M.TECH FOOD SAFETY


INTRODUCTION


Food safety and insecurity, malnutrition and poverty are severe interdependent development challenges in Africa. Almost half of Africa’s population is living below the poverty line (48.5%), suffers from chronic hunger (75%) and malnourishment (226.7 million-20.5%) and these figures are highest in Central and West African regions. Food production increases resulting from agricultural initiatives are compromised by food borne diseases; to this effect, much effort is already deployed to address the threat from mycotoxins, major biotic constraints to food security causing losses in crop yield, human productivity (40%) and in export, and lowered performance of animal husbandry in addition to the direct human health impacts of increased incidence of cancers, growth stunting in children, reduced life expectancy and death. Other threats, such as salmonellosis, entero-haemorrhagic, hepatitis A, acute and chronic aflatoxicosis, cholera, heavy metal poisoning, and the threat of antibiotic resistance arising from improper use of veterinary drugs, and chronic pesticide and industrial chemical residue exposure need urgent attention. These pervasive problems, which affect children at a disproportionately high rate, require transformative science, engineering and policy solutions brought about by a knowledgeable workforce. Thus the MTech programme in Food Safety will help to create learning opportunities and come up with research results that will address Africa’s shortage of expertise and applicable solutions to ensure a safe, controlled and sufficient food supply that will support economic growth and public health.


PHILOSOPHY

The ignorance of illiterate African farmers and extension workers, the public and policy makers on the existence and health impact of food borne toxicants, coupled with the deficits in funds, qualified personnel and laboratory infrastructure of national food control systems to generate occurrence data, formulate and effectively enforce standards; account for the deplorable food safety situation of the Continent. Postgraduate study (M.Tech) in Food safety is a full time programme designed by the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety for the purpose of encouraging cross-border collaboration to provide relevant human and material resources for the effective training of high-level independent minded, self-reliant and competent researchers that are capable of providing critical skills in effective food system. Postgraduate programme in food safety will provide the skills that will adequately address the research and training needs to conduct regional survey of food borne pathogens and toxic chemical residues, assess their health and economic impacts and consequently set appropriate national and regional standards for effective prevention and control.

VISION

To produce skilled manpower with quality education and training in the use of modern functional equipment and innovative research for assessing impacts of food borne pathogens and toxic chemical residues on the health and economy of West and Central Africa Sub-region and consequently set appropriate national and regional standards for effective prevention and control of food poison that can guide policy formulation across the African region.

MISSION

To train a skilled and innovative work-force that would transform Africa’s natural resources into goods and services, driven by entrepreneurship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to positively affect the economy and thus the quality of life of her people.

AIM: To train Food Safety graduates that will impact better food and feed safety culture
and ensure safer foods for healthy living across Africa.


OBJECTIVES:
It will impart the knowledge required to create an interdisciplinary, experimental education model that will prepare them on the rapidly emerging need for innovations at the nexus of food security, food safety, agricultural productivity and economics from local to global scales.
(a) Acquire knowledge required to create an interdisciplinary and experience based educational model that will prepare them on the rapidly emerging need for innovations at the nexus of food security, food safety, agricultural productivity and economics from local to global scales.
(b) Acquire skilled and innovative ideas that would transform Africa’s natural resources into goods and services, driven by entrepreneurship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to positively affect the economy and thus the quality of life of her people.
(c) Be able to foster impactful interdisciplinary research and implement solutions that will improve the quality of life of Africans through fit-for-purpose interventions fostering economic growth and access to sufficient safe food for all.
(d) Be able to address Africa’s shortage of expertise and applicable solutions to ensure a safe, controlled and sufficient food supply that will support economic growth and public health.
Specific objectives are as follows:

1. To gain better understanding of effective food safety principles
2. To differentiate between traditional food safety management system versus a science-based food safety approach.
3. To understand international food safety regulation and its subsidiary bodies
4. To improve the effectiveness of training, education and communication efforts in creating smarter food safety goals
5. To acquire practical food safety knowledge and real-world applications that will help them become more effective in their current role and better equip them as food safety Experts
6. To increase knowledge on how to handle and prevent food-borne disease outbreaks
7. To understand process of food production from farm to table.
8. To award M.Tech degree in Food Safety

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Candidate for admission to the postgraduate programme of the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety shall have the following requirements:
(a) Candidates applying for M.Tech must have minimum of five ‘O’ level credit passes in NECO/WAEC/NABTEB or its equivalent for international students which must include English/French, Mathematics and any other (three) relevant science subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) at no more than two sittings.
(b) National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate or NYSC exemption certificate (Nigerians only)
(c) M.Tech candidates must ensure their Academic Transcripts are received on time to allow for consideration of the application.
(d) Candidates applying for master’s degree must have at least a second class lower honour degree or its equivalent for foreign candidate.
(e) A third class (Hons) degree with at least three years of post-qualification experience in the relevant field may be considered.
(f) Candidates with recognized PGD with a minimum of lower credit (CGPA of 2.50) in relevant fields with, at least one year post-qualification experience may be considered.
(g) Candidates must provide three referees, one of whom must be his/her supervisor or an academic referee.
(h) A qualifying examination may be necessary.

Note:
1. First degree graduates from the following areas: Food Safety, Food Toxicology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Food Science, Animal Science, Crop Science, Plant Pathology are qualified to apply for the M.Tech programme in Food Safety.

2. Candidates from non-English speaking countries (Francophone Countries) are to undergo proficiency training in English Language (maximum of six months). The waiting period for the training is not counted as part of candidate’s academic programme duration.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be awarded a master degree in Food safety, a candidate is expected to satisfy the following conditions before graduation;
(a) Pass all courses, including research project
(b) Total number of credits required for graduation is 47 credits:
Core credit units: 35
Elective credit units: 4
Internship: 2
Thesis: 6
(c) Publication of at least one paper in Impact Factor Journal and conference presentation
(d) Attain an overall minimum CGPA of 2.5

Duration
MTech candidates will be required to register as full time at the beginning of any session.
Full Time Minimum Time – 3 Semesters- 18 months
Maximum Time – 6 Semesters- 36 months

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Generally, pedagogical approaches will be adopted. These will include lectures, demonstration, tutorials, group presentation; Laboratory practicals will include wet and dry practical, field trips, report presentation at the end of internship, teleconferencing and mid-term papers. All instructions shall be in English language.

METHODS OF EVALUATION
Procedure for formative assessment (FA) including assignments and mid-term test: 40%
Procedure for summative assessment (SA): 60%
Internship/Industrial experience: 3 months
Practical- based classes shall be assessed thus:
Class experiments: 40 %
Advanced technique term paper: 10 %
Examination: 50 %

CAREER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates of MTech Food Safety shall be opportune to work as laboratory analysts, surveillance/senior inspectors, molecular toxicologists, forensic and clinical toxicologists, food and safety officers/food safety regulators in various companies and industries. They would also be relevant as biosafety officers, toxicological risk assessors, food toxicologists, and instructors/lead instructors/trainers/lecturers.

M.TECH in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

MASTERS OF TECHNOLOGY (M.Tech) in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

MASTERS OF TECHNOLOGY (M.Tech) in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

INTRODUCTION

This programme will balance the molecular biology, engineering, computing and modeling necessary for career in food safety and security. It connects research with application and integrates molecular genetics that explains the information in the gene expressed that give rise to abnormalities traits in an organism. .Modern molecular biology depends on computational data analysis refers to as Bioinformatics. The emphasis will be placed on the genetic mechanisms underlying diseases, mapping and diagnosis such as salmonellosis, entero-haemorrhagic, hepatitis A, acute and chronic aflatoxicosis, cholera, heavy metal poisoning, and the threat of antibiotic resistance arising from improper use of veterinary drugs, and chronic pesticide and industrial chemical residue exposure. This programme combines concepts and techniques of molecular biology with hands on bioinformatics as a necessary skill gap career to address Africa’s shortage of expertise and applicable solutions to ensure a safe, controlled and sufficient food supply that will support economic growth and public health. Also, the centre focus on training in innovation process, entrepreneurship and commercialization of biotechnology products. The knowledge and skills gain from this programme open doors to employment within many sectors in industry, academia and agencies concerned with patent and legal issues, education or research funding.

PHILOSOPHY

The graduate program (M.Tech) in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics is a full time designed by the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety for the purpose of advanced research based education with the goal of encouraging cross-border collaboration for the effective training of high-level independent minded, self-reliant and competent researchers that is capable of providing critical skills in effective food system

VISION

To be the leading Centre recognized nationally and internationally for teaching and research to produce leaders with capacity in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics in Sub-Africa that will solve the development challenges confronting Africa in the area of food safety and security.

 

MISSION

To restore quality education and training in innovative research that address food safety and security for improve well-being and economy of West and Central Africa Sub-region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVES

The M. Tech Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics program is designed to give further training to graduates with the following objectives:

  • To acquire knowledge required to create an interdisciplinary and experience based educational model that will prepare them on the rapidly emerging need for innovations at the nexus of food security, food safety, agricultural productivity and economics from local to global scales.
  • To acquire skilled and innovative ideas that would transform Africa’s natural resources into goods and services, driven by entrepreneurship and Information and communication Technology (ICT), to positively affect the economy and thus the quality of life of her people.
  • To be able to foster impactful interdisciplinary research and implement solutions that will improve the quality of life of Africans through fit-for-purpose interventions fostering economic growth and access to sufficient safe food for all.
  • To address Africa’s shortage of expertise and applicable solutions to ensure a safe, controlled and sufficient food supply that will support economic growth and public health.

Specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To provide theoretical and practical knowledge in general and microbial biochemistry, molecular biology and bioinformatics related to food contaminant control and safer food among postgraduate students from West and Central African region.
  2. To position the postgraduate students for successful grant writing and becoming independent researchers in mycotoxin and food safety
  3. To provide linkages for industrial experience acquisition among the postgraduate students.
  4. To help the postgraduate students understand research ethics and use of intellectual property for innovative research products for wealth creation and addressing mycotoxin control needs in West and Central African region.
  5. To award M.Tech degree in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidate for admission to the MTechin Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics  programme of the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety shall have the following requirements:

  • Candidates applying for M.Tech must have minimum of five ‘O’ level credit passes in NECO/WAEC/NABTEB or its equivalent for international students which must include English/French, Mathematics and any other (three) relevant science subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) at no more than two sittings.
  • Nigerian applicants must have National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate or NYSC exemption certificate.
  • Candidates applying for M.Tech should ensure their Academic Transcripts are received on time to allow for consideration of the application.
  • Candidates applying for master’s degree must have at least a second class lower honour degree or its equivalent for foreign candidate. A third class (Hons) degree with at least three years of post-qualification experience in the relevant field may be considered.
  • Candidates with recognized PGD with a minimum of lower credit (CGPA of 2.50) in relevant fields with, at least one year post-qualification experience in the relevant fields may be considered. The related courses are: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Food Science, Animal Science, Crop Science, Plant Pathology and related subjects. A qualifying examination may be necessary.
  • Candidates must provide three referees, one of whom must be his/her supervisor or an academic referee.

     (h)  A qualifying examination may be necessary. 

 

Note:

  1. First degree graduates from the following areas: Food Safety, Food Toxicology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Food Science, Animal Science, Crop Science, Plant Pathology are qualified to apply for the M.Tech programme in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.
  1. Candidates from non-English speaking countries (Francophone Countries) are to undergo proficiency training in English Language (maximum of six months). The waiting period for the training is not counted as part of candidate’s academic programme duration.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

To be awarded a master degree in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, a candidate is expected to satisfy the following conditions before graduation;

  • Pass all courses, including research project
  • A minimum of three (3) semesters and maximum of six (6) semesters are required to be spent by the candidates while on the program. This includes the period spent on the course work and internship. To successfully complete the course, students are required to register and PASS. Total number of credits required for graduation is 44 credits for Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics:

Core credit units: 32

Elective credit units: 4

Internship: 2

Thesis: 6

  • Publication of at least one paper in Impact Factor Journal and conference presentation
  • Attain an overall minimum CGPA of 2.5

 

PROGRAMME DURATION

 

MTech candidates will be required to register as full time at the beginning of any session.

Full Time       Minimum Time – 3 Semesters- 18 months

                Maximum Time – 6 Semesters- 36 months

 

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

Generally, pedagogical approaches will be adopted. These will include lectures, demonstration, tutorials, group presentation; Laboratory practical will include wet and dry practical, field trips, report presentation at the end of internship, teleconferencing and mid-term papers. All instructions shall be in English language.

METHODS OF EVALUATION

Procedure for formative assessment (FA) including assignments and mid-term test: 40%

Procedure for summative assessment (SA): 60%

Internship/Industrial experience: 3 months

Practical- based classes shall be assessed thus:

Weekly class experiments: 40 %

Advanced technique term paper: 10 %

Examination: 50 %

                                                    

 

COMPETENCY OF THE GRADUATES

Graduates of M,Tech Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics shall be opportune to work as laboratory analysts, surveillance/senior inspectors, molecular toxicologists, forensic and clinical toxicologists, food and safety officers/food safety regulators in various MDAs, companies and industries. They would also be relevant as biosafety officers, toxicological risk assessors, food toxicologists, and instructors/lead instructors/trainers/lecturers.

M. TECH in Toxicology

M. TECH in Toxicology

M. TECH in Toxicology

BACKGROUND

Toxicology is a scientific discipline, overlapping with biology, chemistry, pharmacology and medicine, that involves the study of the adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms and the practice of diagnosing and treating exposures to toxins and toxicants. The chemical toxicants include inorganic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hydrofluoric acid, chlorine gas and organic compounds such as methyl alcohol, most medications and poisons from living things.

The Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety intends to train toxicologist in the areas of analytical toxicology, applied toxicology, clinical toxicology, veterinary toxicology, forensic toxicology, environmental toxicology, and industrial toxicology.  These toxicologists will have expertise to investigate, interpret, and communicate the nature and the adverse effects of the toxicants, thereby providing the necessary basis for protection measures. In doing these, toxic genomics that involves applying molecular profiling approaches to the study of toxicology would be employed.

The toxicology course would help in the development of new effective and safe chemicals, monitor the effect of chemicals on environment, ensures that food and water are free from chemical and microbial contamination and safe for consumption. It will also assist in the diagnosis and treatment of chemical poisoning in humans and animals, provides specialized expert opinion in legal cases where medicines, food borne pathogens/poisons, drugs of abuse may be implicated, provide guidance for the safe use of chemicals in farms/farm produce and the ecosystems.

PHILOSOPHY

The ignorance of illiterate African farmers and extension workers (90%), the public (84%) and policy makers on the existence and health impact of food borne toxicants, coupled with the deficits in funds, qualified personnel and laboratory infrastructure of national food control systems to generate occurrence data, formulate and effectively enforce standards; account for the deplorable food safety situation of the Continent. The capacity deficits do not allow African countries to submit occurrence data on food contaminants to Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) and so world foods standards are set without data from the region with dire consequences on Africa’s export trade. For example, CAC has revised the maximum levels (MLs) for lead in fruit juices, milk and milk products, infant formula, canned fruits and vegetables, fruits, and cereal grains without data from Africa. The tertiary institutions in the region that are to supply the specialized manpower to the food values chain do not have effective and comprehensive research and training programmes on food safety. In fact, no University in Nigeria offers Master of Science or PhD degree in Food Safety.

Postgraduate study (MTech) in Toxicology is a full time programme designed by the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety for the purpose of encouraging cross-border collaboration to provide relevant human and material resources for the effective training of high-level independent minded, self-reliant and competent researchers that is capable of providing critical skills in effective food system.  Postgraduate programme in food safety, food toxicology and molecular biology will also provide the skills that will adequately address the research and training needs to conduct regional survey of food borne pathogens and toxic chemical residues, assess their health and economic impacts and consequently set appropriate national and regional standards for effective prevention and control.

VISION

To create enabling environment comprising of modern functional equipment and adequately motivated manpower to achieve quality Education, Research and Development in Food Toxicology and Safety that aims at integrate the three components of the knowledge triangle – education, research and innovation – to solve the development challenges confronting Africa.

MISSION

To produce skilled Man power with quality education and training in the use of modern functional equipment and innovative research for assessing impacts of food borne pathogens and toxic chemical residues on the health and economic West and Central Africa Sub-region and consequently set appropriate national and regional standards for effective prevention and control of food poison that can guide policy formulation across the Africa region.

 

AIM

The aim of the program is to expose students to an in depth knowledge of toxicology, mechanisms of toxicants, effects on living systems, effects on environment, detection, prevention and control.

OBJECTIVES: It will be carried out through the following broad themes:

  • Acquired a knowledge required to create an interdisciplinary, experimental education model that will prepare them on the rapidly emerging need for innovations at the nexus of food security, food safety, agricultural productivity and economics from local to global scales.
  • Acquired skilled and innovative ideas that would transform Africa’s natural resources into goods and services, driven by entrepreneurship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to positively affect the economy and thus the quality of life of her people.
  • Be able to foster impactful interdisciplinary research and implement solutions that will improve the quality of life of Africans through fit-for-purpose interventions fostering economic growth and access to sufficient safe food for all.
  • Be able to address Africa’s shortage of expertise and applicable solutions to ensure a safe, controlled and sufficient food supply that will support economic growth and public health.

 

 

 

Specific objectives for Toxicology are as follows:

  1. To explain the history and scope of toxicology such as; food, environmental, forensic and clinical toxicity.
  2. To have broad knowledge of classes of toxicants with the view to exposing students
    to advanced toxicological activities
  3. To describe various toxic actions and explain how they affect organs and systems
  4. To expose students to instrumentation techniques and analytical procedure in
    toxicology
  5. To acquire knowledge on risk assessment, prevention and control of toxins
  6. To expose the students to toxicological techniques for food, industrial and
    environmental applications.
  7. To receive M.Tech degree in Toxicology

Program Name: Masters of Technology (MTech) in Toxicology

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidate for admission to the postgraduate programme of the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety shall have the following requirements:

  • Candidates applying for MTech must have minimum of five credit passes at ‘O’ level or its equivalent for international students which must include English/French, Mathematics and any other (three) relevant science subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) at no more than two sittings.
  • Nigerian applicants must have National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate or NYSC exemption certificate.
  • MTech candidates should ensure their Academic Transcripts are received on time to allow for consideration of the application.
  • Candidates applying for master’s degree must have at least a second class lower honour degree or its equivalent for foreign candidate.
  • A third class (Hons) degree with at least three years of post-qualification experience in the relevant field may be considered.
  • Candidates with recognized PGD with a minimum of lower credit (CGPA of 2.50) in relevant fields with, at least one year post-qualification experience may be considered. The relevant fields are: First degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Food Science, Animal Science, Crop Science, Plant Pathology and related subjects.

      (g)  A qualifying examination may be necessary.

      (h)  Candidates must provide three referees, one of whom must be his/her supervisor or an
             academic referee

Note:

  1. First degree graduates from the following areas: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Food Science, Animal Science, Crop Science, Plant Pathology are qualified to apply for the M.Tech programme in Food Toxicology.
  1. Candidates from non-English speaking countries (Francophone Countries) are to undergo proficiency training in English Language (maximum of six months). The waiting period for the training is not counted as part of candidate’s academic programme duration.

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

To be awarded a master degree in Toxicology, a candidate is expected to satisfy the following conditions before graduation;

  • Pass all courses, including research project
  • A minimum of three (3) semesters and maximum of six (6) semesters are required to be spent by the candidates while on the program. This includes the period spent on the course work and internship. To successfully complete the course, students are required to register and PASS. Total number of credits required for graduation is 43 credits for Toxicology:

Core credit units: 31

Elective credit units: 4

Internship: 2

Thesis: 6

  • Publication of at least one paper in Impact Factor Journal and conference presentation
  • Attain an overall minimum CGPA of 2.5

Registration and Duration

 

MTech candidates will be required to register as full time at the beginning of any session.

Full Time       Minimum Time – 3 Semesters- 18 months

                Maximum Time – 6 Semesters- 36 months

 

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

Generally, pedagogical approaches will be adopted. These will include lectures, demonstration, tutorials, group presentation; Laboratory Practical will include wet and dry practical, field trips, report presentation at the end of internship, teleconferencing and mid-term papers. All instructions shall be in English language.

METHODS OF EVALUATION

Procedure for formative assessment (FA) including assignments and mid-term test: 40%

Procedure for summative assessment (SA): 60%

Internship/Industrial experience: 3 months

Practical- based classes shall be assessed thus:

Weekly class experiments: 40 %

Advanced technique term paper: 10 %

Examination: 50 %

                                                    

CAREER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of MTech Toxicology shall be opportune to work as laboratory analysts, surveillance/senior inspectors, molecular toxicologists, forensic and clinical toxicologists, food and safety officers/food safety regulators in various companies and industries. They would also be relevant as biosafety officers, toxicological risk assessors, chemical toxicologists, and instructors/lead instructors/trainers/lecturers.