SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CURRICULUM
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF BENIN, BENIN-CITY

MBBS (COURSE CREDIT SYSTEM)

Matriculation Requirements
Admission to pre-degree courses in Medicine at the University of Benin will be by Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) entrance examination, which will be open to:
(i) Candidates who have obtained credit in at least five subjects at GCE/SSCE/WASC/NECO or any recognized equivalent at not more than one sitting. The subjects obtained must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

B. Requirements for Direct Entry to Degree Courses
Candidates for direct entry to degree course in Medicine must satisfy the matriculation requirements as stated for candidates seeking admission to preliminary course and must additionally satisfy the School requirements as follows:
At least three ‘A’ LEVEL PASSES (not more than one C Grade
or minimum of 12 points) in Biology or Zoology, Physics, and Chemistry at NOT MORE THAN ONE SITTING.
*JUPEB
At least a second class upper division from a recognized University in any of the following:
B.Sc. Biological Sciences
B.Sc. Medical Sciences

*All ‘O’ Level credit passes must predate the matriculation for the first degree programme.

Degree Awarded
At the successful completion of the training programme in Medicine, a student is awarded MBBS degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) of the University of Benin. The degree is awarded without honours classification, but a student may pass with distinction in individual subjects. The degree is registrable with and are approved by the Nigeria Medical and Dental Council, and qualify the recipient to practise the profession of Medicine in Nigeria.
Work Load and Course Attendance
All courses as listed are core courses and must be passed to qualify for the degree. Every student is therefore normally required to attend all tuition programmes and must register a minimum of 70% attendance in order to qualify to sit for scheduled examinations. The student must be signed up by the Department to indicate his/her having satisfied this requirement, and any student who fails to meet this condition is considered to have failed the scheduled examination in the course(s).
A student may be absent from scheduled programmes:
if the student’s request is supported by an approved medical certificate on grounds of illness of thestudent;
if permission has been granted in writing by a Head of Department in emergency, for not more than one day only; the office of the Dean must be informed immediately or during the next working day;
if prior permission of the Dean has been obtained in writing.
Examinations
The School of Medicine sets assessment, end of course, end of semester and comprehensive examinations.
(i) Assessment tests are held in every course at least once during each semester, and at the discretion of the Department, the marks scored may form part of the end of course grade.
(ii) End of semester examinations are held in 100 level courses and are conducted by the Faculty of Science. General Studies courses examinations are also held at the end of each semester. The pass mark at 100 level courses shall be the same as in the Faculty of Science, the pass mark is currently 45%.
(iii) All courses shall be examined as soon as possible after the courses are completed, and students will earn the number of credits assigned to the course(s) which they have passed. The marks scored shall contribute a percentage to the final grade in the subject as approved by the Board of Studies.
(iv) Comprehensive Examinations are held in related courses as determined by the Board of Studies; the marks scored shall contribute a percentage to the final grade in the subject as approved by the Board of Studies.
(v) All Examinations (excluding assessment tests) shall be conducted in a format as approved by the Board of Studies of the School of Medicine.
(vi) Any factor, medical or otherwise, which in the opinion of a student may adversely affect his examination results should be brought to the attention of the Dean in writing before the examination. Any excuse presented after the examination will not be considered. Any candidate who absents himself/ herself from any examination without any cogent reason will be deemed to have failed such examination.
(vii) Supplementary examinations are held as resit examinations on dates specified in the examination’s calendar of the School published yearly.
(viii) In all examinations for 200 to 600 level courses, the pass mark shall be 50%. A student who makes an aggregate score of 70% or above in the comprehensive examination shall earn a pass with distinction in that particular subject if the student has maintained 60% and above in every section of the examination (theory, practical/clinical and orals). No distinction is awarded in a supplemental examination.
(ix) Every student must pass the General Studies courses before he/she may be awarded the MBBS degrees.
(x) All comprehensive Examinations as well as the 600 level course Examinations shall be moderated by external examiners.
(xi) That any student who absents himself/herself from continuous assessment tests without a medical certificate should be deemed to have failed the particular test for which he/she would have been examined and assessed.

Revised MBBS Curriculum Effective from 2012/2013 Academic Year
The revised curriculum does not affect the course content of the MBBS programme but the operational modalities such as postings, duration of certain courses, integrated lectures, etc.

  1. The number of final examinations in the Faculty of Medicine
    (i) Part I MBBS- 100 level pre-medical (basic science). The first part of the examination is done at the end of the first semester, while the second part of the 100 level examination is taken at the end of the second semester. Students should pass all courses i.e earn 48 credits to register for 200 level.
    Students who fail only one (1) course in 100 level will be allowed to carry the failed course over to 200 level.
    Should the student fail to pass that course, in 200 level, he/she will be withdrawn from the school of medicine.
    100 level medical students will be allowed to carry over GST courses of not more than six (6) credits.
    (ii) Part II MBBS – 200-300 – pre-clinical examinations taken at the end of the first semester of the 300 level. Students must pass Anatomy, medical Biochemistry and Physiology to proceed to 400 level.
    Failure in all three courses will result in automatic repeat of the courses in the next session.
    Failure of one or two courses will result in a repeat examination after a period of 3 months.
    Failure of one or two courses after the resit will result in the student repeating all 3 courses the next session.
    After the probation (ie after four attempts) failure in any course will result in compulsory withdrawal from the school of Medicine. (Students in this category may seek transfer to another faculty he/she desires)
    Part III MBBS – 400 level. This examination in Pathology and Pharmacology is taken at the end of the second semester of 400 level.
    Students who fail the two courses at the main examination will automatically repeat the courses in the next session (provided the student had not benefited from probation before, otherwise they earn withdrawal).
    Students who pass one course are eligible for a resit of the failed course in 3 months time.
    Students who fail the resit will automatically repeat both Pathology and Pharmacology in the next session (provided the student had not benefited from probation before, otherwise they earn withdrawal).
    After a maximum of four attempts, failure to pass both courses (Pathology and Pharmacology) the student is to withdraw from the school of Medicine.
    Part IV MBBS – 600 level. This examination is taken at the end of the first semester of the 600 level year in Mental Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Child Health.
    Students must pass Child Health, Mental Health and Obstetrics and Gynaecology to proceed. Students who pass one or two courses will however be eligible for the senior posting in Community Health, Medicine and Surgery.
    (v) Part V MBBS-600 level. This is the final examination taken at the end of the second semester of the 600 level year in:
    Medicine
    Surgery
    Community Health
    Pathology and Pharmacology shall be taught together in two postings.
    Introductory Course to Clinical and Laboratory Methods should commence immediately after Part II MBBS, i.e., at the beginning of 2nd semester level 300. All lectures at levels 200 and 300 should continue as usual – pre-clinical subjects, Mental Health and Community Health.
    The second half of the 2nd semester will extend into the long vacation for 400 level students to create a total of 18 weeks for their first postings in Medicine and Surgery.
    Between the two block postings for Pathology and Pharmacology, 30 weeks would be available for groups of students to rotate through 6 departments for 5 weeks.
    During the 30 weeks period, lectures would be given between 8.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and between 12.00 noon and 1.00 p.m. All specialties would give their lectures at this period. The period 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon will be used for clinical postings on the wards clinics and theatre. At level 500, a set of integrated lectures would also be given twice.
    At level 500 there would be 48 weeks for clinical rotations with two vacations of 2 weeks each — one in July and the other at Christmas. Students would be in 6 groups, rotating through the specialties. Six weeks will be shared into two, 3 weeks for the outside posting in a general hospital in Edo State or any suitable place approved by the department.
    All those who fail one or two courses at 600 level (Part IV MBBS, Mental Health, O&G, Child Health) should attempt same at a repeat exam 13 weeks later. Failure of all three courses at first attempt will result in automatic repeat of the courses in the next session.
    No student shall be allowed to probate twice.

Repeat Examinations
All those who fail one or two courses at 300 level should attempt same at a repeat examination 13 weeks later. Any student who fails one or two subjects after the resit will repeat all three courses the next session.
All those who fail one or two courses at 600 level (Part IV MBBS: Mental Health, O&G, Child Health) should attempt some at a repeat exam 13 weeks later. Failure of any of the repeated course(s), will result in automatic repeat of the failed course(s) in the next session.
Any student who fails the three courses at the first attempt should repeat the courses in the next session.
Those who have been allowed to attempt the repeat examination (i.e., those who failed one or two subjects) must present themselves for the introductory courses to clinical and laboratory methods while preparing for that repeat examination, as they would not be allowed to join the first Medicine and Surgery postings without taking part in the introductory course.
Any student who scores below 30% in each subject at any examination shall be advised to withdraw from the Faculty.
For the MBBS Part II and MBBS Part III examinations, a student is allowed only four (4) attempts at each examination. If after four attempts the student has not passed all the courses he or she shall be asked to withdraw from the Faculty.

Withdrawal from the School
(i) A student who fails more than one course with the exception of GST by the end of the first year.
(ii) A 300 level student who has not passed all three subjects after four attempts of the MBBS Part I examination shall be asked to withdraw from the School.
(iii) A 300 level student who fails to qualify to register for IDP 320 at the end of the session shall re-register for the failed 300 level courses the following academic session. If at the end of that session he fails again to meet the requirements to register for IDP 320, he shall be asked to withdraw from the School.
(v) A 500 level student who fails the comprehensive Part III examination after four attempts shall be asked to withdraw from the School.
(vi) Any student who scores below 30% in each subject at any examination would be advised to withdraw from the school.

Medical Students Suffering from Severe Medical/Physical Disability
If a student is found to be suffering from a protracted medical/physical disability, especially any condition that might pose a danger to other individuals either during his/her studies and disrupt the academic programme of the student, such a student should be made to withdraw from the School of Medicine immediately after a medical assessment by a Board of specialists.

Maximum Number of Years to Obtain the MBBS Degree
A student shall be expected to complete the Medical Course and obtain the MBBS degree within 10 years of commencing the MBBS course at the 200 level year. A student who after many repeat examinations including the final examinations fails to graduate within the above period shall be expected to withdraw from the School unless a special dispensation is granted by Senate.

MBBS Curriculum

100 Level
Semester 1

Course No. Short Course Description Credits Pre-Requisite
PBB 111 Diversity of Plants 3 GCEO/L OR
AEB 111 Introductory Zoology 4 WASC
CHEM111 General Chemistry 3
CHEM113 Organic Chemistry 3
PHY 109 Practical Physics 2
PHY 111 Mechanics, Thermal Physics and Properties of Matter 3
PHY 113
GST 111
GST 112 Vibrations, waves and Optics
Use of Einglish Language
Phylosophy and Logic 3
0
0
Semester 2

Course No. Short Course Description Credits Pre-Reqwsite
PBB 122 Plant Form and Function 3
AEB 122 Functional Zoology 4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 124 Organic Chemistry II 3
PHY 109 Practical Physics 2
‘PHY 124

GST121

GST 122
GST 123 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
Peace studies and conflict resolution
Nigerian People and Culture
History and Phylosophy of Science 4

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0
0

200 Level
Semester 1

Course No. Short Course Description Credits Pre-requisite
ANT 210 Gross Anatomy & Lower Extremities 2 Upper (i) GCE
ANT 211 General Histology 1 A/Lor
ANT 215 Practical Histology 1 (ii) Approved
ANT 216 Practical Gross Antomy 3 B.Sc.
ANT 213 Tutorials 2 (iii) 100 level
ANT 214 General Embryolgy 1 courses in
PHS210 General Physiology 2 Chemistry,
PHS211 (Systemic Cardiovascular) Physiology I 1 Physics, Botany
PHS212 Tutorials 1 & Zoology
PHS213 Applied Physiology (Tutorials) 1
PHS214 Practicals I 2
BCH217 Biochemistry I 4
BCH218 Practicals 1
BCH219 Tutorials 1
COH212 Medical Sociology and Ecology 1
GS001 Use of English Language 0
GS002 Everyday Technology 0
Semester 2

Course No. Credits Short Course Description Pre-requisite
ANT 220 2 Gross Anatomy-Trunk
ANT 221 1 Systemic Histology
ANT 223 2 Tutorials
ANT 224 1 Systemic Embrology
ANT 225 1 Practical Histology
ANT 226 2 Practical Gross Anatomy
PHS221 2 Systemic Physiology II
PHS222 1 Tutorials
PHS223 1 Applied Physiology I
PHS224 2 Physiology Practicals II
PHS225 1 Endocrine Physiology
BCH227 4 Biochemistry 11
BCH228 1 Practicals
BCH229 1 Tutorials
MEH221 1 Psychology in relation to Mental Health
COH222 1 Demography and School Health
GS003 0 Nigerian History & Culture
GS004 0 Humanities

300 Level
Semester 1

Course No. Credit Short Course Description Pre-requisite
ANT 310 2 Gross Anatomy – Head & Neck
INT 311 1 Systemic Histology
ANT 313 1 Tutorials
ANT 314 1 Systemic Ernbroyology
ANT 315 1 Neuroanatomy
ANT 316 3 Practical Gross Anatomy
ANT 317 1 Practical Neuroanatomy
ANT318 3 Practical Histology
PHS31O 2 Autononic &Neurophysiology
PHS311 1 Special Senses & Systemic Physiology III
PHS312 1 Tutorials
PHS313 1 Applied Physiology!!
PHS314 2 Practicals HI
BCH317 4 Biochemistry III
BCH328 1 Practicals
BCH329 1 Tutorials
Semester 2

Course No. Credit Short Course Description Pre-requisite
PCO32O 2 General Pharmacology
PCO 361 2 Endocrine and Local Hormones Pharmacology

MEH321 2 Psychology in relation to Mental Health
MEH 322 1 Psychiatry I
IDH322 2 Environmental Health, Nutrition, Health Education Include pre- requisite pass in
MAN 326 3 General Pathology Anatomy,
MMB326 1 Introduction Microbiology(Pathology) Physiology and
IDP 320 Introduction to Clinical Medicine Biochemistry

400 Level
Semester 1

Course No. Credit Short Course Description Pre-Requisite
PCO421 3 Systemic Pharmacology
PCO422 3 Nervous System Pharmacology
MMB410 Microbiology Pract. I
MMB411 2 Microbiology Lect. I
MAN 415 2 Systemic Pathology Practicals I
MAN 416 1 Systemic Pathology Lectures I
MED 401 5 Junior Medical Posting
MED 401 3 lectures/Tutorials
SUG 411 5 Junior Surgical Posting
SUG412 3 lectures/Tutorials
COH412 2 Epidemiology Principle and Applied
MEH411 1 Psychiatry II
Semester 2

Course No. Credit Short Course Description Pre-requisite
PCO441 3 Chemotherapy
MMB420 1 Microbiology Practicals II
MMB421 1 Microbiology Lectures II
PCO411 2 Toxicology
CHP425 1 Chemical Pathology
PCO425 1 Practicals Pharmacology
MAN 426 1 Pathology Practicals II
CHH426 3 Essentials of Child Health Care MED 401/402
CHH427 5 Clinical Postings in Child Health Care
OBG42S 5 Junior Posting Obstetrics and Gynaecology Sug 411/412
OBG429 3 Lectures/Tutorials
HBT427 1 Haematology Lectures
500 Level
Semester 1

Course No Credit Short Course Description Pre-requisite
MMB511 1 Microbiology Lectures III
CHP513 1 Chemical Pathology Lectures II
CHP514 1 Chemical Pathology Lectures I
MAN 516 1 Systemic Pathology Lectures III
HBT517 1 Haematology Lectures II
HBT518 1 Haematology Practicals I
ANA 501 4 Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Resuscitation
ANA 502 2 Intensive Care and the Treatment of Pain MED 401/402
MED 503 2 Primary Medical Care
MED 504 2 Dermatology & Venereology Sug 411/412
RAD 505 2 Principles & Practice of Radiology
OFT 506 2 Diseases of Bones &Joints and related tissues
OTP507 2 Effects and Management of Trauma
OPH508 2 Disorders of the eye and vision
ENT509 2 Diseases of and injuries to Ear, Nose & Throat
Semester 2

Course No Credit Short Course Description Pre-requisite
MMB520 1 Microbiology Practicals III
MMB521 2 Microbiology Lectures IV
CHP523 1 Chemical Pathology Lectures III
CHP524 1 Chemical Pathology Practicals II
MAN 252 1 Systemic Pathology Practicals III
MAN 526 1 Systemic Pathology Lectures IV & Forensic
Medicine
HBT527 1 Haematology Lectures III
COH522 6 Urban and Rural Postings
Organization of Health Services, Primary
Health Care, Occupation Health MASN415,425
HBT528 1 Haematology Practical II
DP 530 4 Posting to all four sub-divisions of Pathology MAN 516
MEH 521 4 Clinical Psychiatry Posting MEH 321,411,
IDP550 1 Clinical Electives 421
600 Level
Semester 1

Course No Credit Short Course Description Pre-requisite
CHH621 10 Sub-specialty Paediatrics & Advanced Approach to Clinical Paediatrics Pass in MB BS Part II Pharmacology and
OBG622 10 Lectures, Tutorials, Dissertation, Project and Senior Posting in O&G MB BS Part III in Pathology, CHH 426,427 OBG 428,429

Semester 2

Course No Credit Short Course Description Pre-requisite
MED 611 10 Lecturers, Tutorials and Senior Posting in Medicine Pass in MB BS Part II
Pharmacology and
MB BS Part III in
Pathology MED 401,402
SUG 411
SUG612 10 Lectures, Tutorials and Senior Posting in Surgery Including sub-specialties