UNN College of Medicine First Year Course Outline 2024

This post contains UNN first year course outline (first & second semester) for students in Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Nursing Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Anatomy, Physiology and Biological Sciences.

Ensure that you read the breakdown on each of the First Year Course Outlines for College of Medicine Students.

The guide will assist you to know how to excel in your semester examination.

If you have any questions, do let me know in the comment box below.


Here is the first semester course outline for UNN first year Medical students.

SNCourse CodeCourse TitleUnit
1CHM 101Basic Chemistry2
2PHY 111Physics I2
3MTH 111Mathematics3
4BIO 151General Biology3
5BIO 101Genetics for Medical Students2
6GSP 111Use of Library and Study Skills2
7GSP 201Peace and Conflict2
8GSP 101Use of English2
9CHM 171Basic Practical Chemistry2
10PHY 191Practical Physics2
First Semester Course Outline


  1. Introduction to Chemistry 
  2. Stoichiometry 
  3. Atomic Structure 
  4. Quantum Theory 
  5. Schrodinger Equation and Quantum Theories 
  6. Electronic Configuration of elements and Ions 
  7. Periodic Table 
  8. Chemical Bonding 
  9. Nuclear Chemistry 


  1. Systems of Measurement 
  2. Motion in One and Two dimensions Kinematics 
  3. Vectors and Motion in Two and Three Dimensions 
  4. Newton’s Law and Linear Dynamics 
  5. Work, Energy, and Power 
  6. Systems of Particles and Conservation of Momentum and Collisions  
  7. Circular and Harmonic Motion of a Particle 
  8. Rotational Dynamics of Rigid Body 
  9. Static Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies 
  10. Properties of Matter 
  11. Hydrodynamics 


  1. Indices and Logarithm 
  2. Set 
  3. Sequence and Series 
  4. Quadratic Equation 
  5. Binomial Theorem 
  6. Complex Numbers 
  7. Permutation and Combination 
  8. Trigonometry 
  9. Miscellaneous 

NOTE: UNN students in Medicine & Surgery, Dentistry and Medical Rehabilitation do not offer MTH 111.


  1. Living and Non-living things 
  2. The Cell concept 
  3. Microbial classification 
  4. The eukaryotic protists: Fungi and Algae  
  5. Eukaryotic protists; Protozoa – General characteristics and classification 
  6. The viruses 
  7. Some plant terminologies of plant description 
  8. Bryophyte; morphology and life cycles 
  9. Pteridophyta; Morphology and Life cycle 
  10. Taxonomy of plants 
  11. Morphology and life cycles of spematophyta 
  12. Plant tissues 
  13. Overview of animal cell 
  14. Taxonomy of Animals  
  15. Arthropoda, mollusc, Echinodermata, Annelida,  
  16. Animal tissues – Epithelial, nervous, muscular and connective tissue 
  17. PH, buffers and transport across biological membranes 
  18. Inorganic elements and relevance to biology 
  19. Simple hydrocarbons 
  20. Aldehydes, ketones and fatty acids 
  21. Carbohydrates, sugars, starch, glycogen and cellulose 


  1. Introduction to genetics 
  2. Overview of the cell 
  3. Mitosis and Meiosis 
  4. Deviation from classical Mendelian ratios 
  5. Human Genetics 
  6. Genetics basis of some human disease 
  7. Chemical basis of inheritance 
  8. Basic statistical concept relevant to genetics
  9. Current trend in genetics 
  10. Eugenics, euphenics and genetic counselling 
  11. Population Genetics 


  1. Introduction to the use of the library 
  2. The reader in the library environment 
  3. Arrangement of library materials 
  4. Reference resources 
  5. Sources of information 
  6. Modern technologies in the library 
  7. Online resources and online research 
  8. How to cite sources consulted in the research process 
  9. Term paper writing and study skills 
  10. Law libraries 
  11. Copyright and Intellectual  property 


  1. The universe of the social sciences  
  2. Research methodology in the social sciences 
  3. Sociology and Anthropology 
  4. Religion in contemporary African Society 
  5. Geography and human society 
  6. Political science and contemporary society 
  7. Psychology  
  8. Basic concepts and theories of economics 
  9. Principles of public administration 
  10. Ethics and leadership issues in Africa 
  11. Mass communication  
  12. Social work and social problems 
  13. Gender empowerment and society 
  14. Governance and political participation 
  15. Globalization and African Institutions 


  1. Language: Meaning, Characteristics and Function 
  2. Study skills and Note-taking 
  3. English as a second language in Nigeria 
  4. Varieties of English 
  5. Methods of Vocabulary Development 
  6. Word Choice and Usage in Speech and Writing 
  7. The English Language Registers 
  8. Listening Skills 
  9. Phonetics and Phonology 
  10. Oral Communication: Principles of Effective Delivery 
  11. Reading Techniques and Strategies 
  12. Research Methodology and The Term Paper 
  13. Human Communication 


  1. Volumetric and Qualitative Analysis
  2. Principles and Experiments
  3. Organic Preparations and Physical Determinations
  4. Qualitative Analysis and Procedure

Students in the Department of Radiography and Nursing Sciences offer auxiliary courses not listed above.

Join my WhatsApp Group for first-year students in the departments in the UNN College of Medicine.

You will receive guidance on how to excel in your academics.

Past questions will be on the group to enable you to prepare for your exams.

Also, you will receive helpful guides when you crossover to UNEC Campus.


SNCourse CodeCourse TitleUnit
1CHM 122Organic Chemistry2
2CHM 112Physical Chemistry2
3PHY 112Waves, Thermal and Modern Physics2
4PHY 114Electromagnetism and Modern Physics2
5BIO 152General Biology3
6BIO 154General Practical Biology2
7GSP 202Peace and Conflict 22
8GSP 1022Use of English 22
9ZEB 112Parasitology2
UNN Second Semester Course Outline

NOTE: UNN students in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences do not offer ZEB 112.

However, students in UNN MLS who purchased the change of course form must offer ZEB 112.


  1. Nature of Organic Compound
  2. Structure and Bonding in Organic Chemistry
  3. Hydrocarbon: Alkanes, Alkenes & Alkynes
  4. Halogen Derivatives
  5. Atomic Hydrocarbons
  6. Alcohol, Phenols and Ethers
  7. Carbonyl Compounds Carboxylic Acids
  8. Amines
  9. Carbohydrates, Amino Acids & Proteins


  1. Ideal Gas Behaviour
  2. The Kinetic-Molecular Theory of Gases
  3. Real Behaviour of Gases
  4. Phase Equilibria
  5. Solutions
  6. First Law of Thermodynamics
  7. Thermochemistry
  8. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  9. Entropy, Free energy and Equilibrium
  10. Chemical Equilibria
  11. Ionic Equilibria
  12. Chemical Kinetics


  1. Waves Physics
  2. Nature, Production and Propagation of Sound
  3. Source of Sound and Sound Detectors
  4. Reflection at Plane and Curved Surfaces
  5. Refraction at Plane and Curved Surfaces
  6. Prism and Dispersion 
  7. Wave Theory of Light
  8. Interference, Diffraction and Polarization of Waves
  9. Temperature and Thermometers
  10. Kinetic Theories of Gases
  11. Thermal Expansion of Solids, Liquids and Gases
  12. Heat Capacity and Latent Heat
  13. Heat Transfer


  1. Electric Charge and Electric Field
  2. Gauss’s Law
  3. Electrical Potential
  4. Capacitance and Dielectrics
  5. Electric Current
  6. DC Current and Instruments
  7. Magnetism
  8. Sources of Electromagnetism
  9. Electromagnetic Induction
  10. Atomic and Nuclear Physics


  1. Enzymes
  2. Introduction to Cellular Metabolism
  3. Anaerobic Metabolism
  4. Aerobic Metabolism
  5. Uses and Forms of Energy Derived from Respiration
  6. Introductory Molecular Metabolism
  7. Recent Advances in Genetic Engineering, Gene Cloning and Therapy
  8. Water Relations and Transport in Plants
  9. Control and Coordination in Plants
  10. Autotrophic Nutrition and Photosynthesis
  11. Plant Relation to their Environment
  12. Continuity in Plants
  13. Cell Cycle and Cell Division
  14. The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
  15. Impact of Man’s Activity on the Environment
  16. Mutation
  17. Plant Biotechnology, Tissue Culture and Transgenic Plant
  18. Transport in Animal
  19. Control and Coordination in Animals
  20. Nutrition in Animals
  21. Animals and their Environment
  22. Reproduction in Animals
  23. Evolution and Variation
  24. Health and Diseases
  25. Beneficial Uses of Microorganisms
  26. New Advances in Genetic Modification


  1. Microbiology
  2. Botany 
  3. Biochemistry 
  4. Zoology 


  1. History, Evolution & Nature of Peace and Conflict Studies 
  2. Basic Concepts in Peace and Conflict
  3. Theories of Peace and Conflict Studies
  4. Theories and Practice of Peace Education
  5. Ethnicity, Identity & Conflict in Africa
  6. Terrorism 
  7. Conflict Analysis 
  8. Conflict Handling Style
  9. Conflict Resolution in Traditional African Societies
  10. Media, Language, Communication in Peace & Conflict
  11. Non-Violent Resistance
  12. Peace Psychology
  13. The Role of International Organization in Conflict Management in Africa


  1. Grammar: Definition, Types & Features
  2. Major Parts of Speech
  3. The Sentence as a Grammatical Unit in English
  4. Minor Parts of Speech
  5. Direct and Reported Speech
  6. Figurative Expressions and Literary Usage
  7. Concord in English
  8. Mechanics of Writing: Spelling, Punctuation and Capitalization
  9. Error Analyses
  10. Report Writing
  11. Developing Letters of Application and the Curriculum Vitae
  12. Speech Writing
  13. Book Review
  14. Literary Appreciation and Evaluation
  15. Qualities and Varieties of Writing
  16. Letter Writing: Characteristics and Formats
  17. Memorandum
  18. The Language of Information and Technology
  19. Verb Forms and Style in Writing
  20. The English Special Registers

Share this post with your coursemate using the share button below.

Related Posts

Share on:

Your go-to education blogger, offering practical strategies, expert advice, and educational resources to help students thrive academically and unlock their full potential.

54 thoughts on “UNN College of Medicine First Year Course Outline 2024”

  1. Pls if you are in med lab and want to switch to medicine after first how possible is it
    And possible requirement
    And if possible is there any course am borrowing or dropping please I need answers

  2. Hi
    What are the things I need to know as a medical laboratory science student aspiring to transfer to medicine ?
    And how many percent chance do I have that it would work out ?

  3. Does anatomy and medicine student offer the same course in their first year?
    What course or other requirements does an anatomy student need to switch to medicine after first year ?

  4. Is it possible to change from medical rehabilitation to nursing if it is possible what are the additional courses I have to take

    • There is no definite answer to your question.

      All the above listed courses are good and lucrative.

      It depends on your passion and JAMB score.

    • Lilian,

      Medicine and Medical Rehabilitation students offer the same course in the first year.

      So, no need to take an additional course.

  5. 1*.Plz is human anatomy under the college of medicine?
    2*. Wat is the probability of switching over to medicine after first year.

    • 1. The department of Human Anatomy is under the College of Medicine.

      2. The possibility of switching to Medicine after first year is 100%.

    • Chioma,

      It is rather difficult to give a specific number for the Medical Rehabilitation admission quota.

      But what you must know is that over 250 students are admitted to Med Rehab in UNN.

  6. Do physiology students offer mathematics and one switch from physiology to medicine and surgery and what are the requirements

    • No, UNN Medical Physiology students do not offer Mathematics in first year.

      You can switch to Medicine and Surgery in your second year.

      Here requirements to switch is to purchase the change of department form.

      Get a good CGPA.

      Get your parents to make inquires at the College of Medicine for other requirements.

      • Hello pls am a student in university of Nigeria Enugu campus studying medical physiotherapy 200l precisely just stepped down to 200 cos I failed my 2nd PHT bt I really want to switch over to Medicine after our 2nd MBBS/PHT dnt knw how possible it will be. Cn it be possible

        • It is possible to switch to Medicine.

          What you will have to do is to visit the College of Medicine at Ituku Ozalla to make enquiries on the transfer process.

    • No, UNN Medical Physiology students do not offer Mathematics in the first year.

      You can switch to Medicine and Surgery in your second year.

      The requirements to switch is to purchase the change of department form.

      Get a good CGPA.

      Get your parents to make inquires at the College of Medicine for other requirements.

    • Yes,

      You can switch from Combined Biological Sciences to Medicine.

      Though it depends on factors like getting a high CGPA in your first year.

      You will need to make further enquiries from the College of Medicine to ensure that your application is successful.

      I will also advise that you pick up the JAMB form as a backup plan.

    • Yes, except for Math and General Studies (GS) courses.

      Note that students in Medicine, Dentistry and Medical Rehabilitation do not offer Mathematics.

    • For UNN first year, there may be no need for textbooks except for General Studies books which are available at the university bookshop.

      What is compulsory to buy are Continuous assessment booklets (Chemistry, Biology & Physics) which are sold at the respective department. You will get these through your Class Representatives.

      In general, you would study using Lecture Materials given out by your Lecturers. It is where exam questions would come out from.

      The only compulsory textbooks are Physics and Bio 151/152 texts because the continuous assessment sheet is attached to them.

    • No. First-year students of Medical Laboratory Science do not offer ZEB. But students who intend to switch department must take the course in the second semester.


Leave a Comment