Hospitality services operations make up one of the largest and fastest growing labour force groups in the economy. As more and more Nigerian go outside their homes for several meals each week and for holidays especially with visit to our centre, job opportunities have increases in all types of hotels, motels, restaurants from fast food chains to elegant dining eateries. The demand for institutional food services has also created openings in industrial operations, health care centre, and educational institutions.  leisure time activities is on the rise as many Nigerian now visit amusement parks, game reserves, tourism canters making career position more readily available in such fields as travel, tourism, recreation and hotel-restaurant management. The challenging and ever changing hospitality industry is in need of competent, well educated personal at all levels. This positive in opportunity growth is expected to continue well into the 21th century. However, there is dearth of adequate personnel in the hospitality and tourism sector in Nigeria.
To this end, the department of Hotel Management and Tourism is one of the pioneer departments in the University and one of the four pioneering departments of the College of Food Science and Technology.

Objectives


The Department aims at providing specialized training to students so as to equip them with appropriate tools with which to meet sharp competing edges n the Hospitality and tourism industry.

Philosophy


The Bachelor of Science degree programme in Hotel Management and Tourism is designed to prepare students for positions in the emerging tourism industry as well as the fledgling hospitality business. It is aimed at providing sound training foundations for students who choose to make careers in the field. The program seeks to equip its students with knowledge and skills to analyze diverse perspectives in the field.
The courses in the programme are anchored from an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of basic elements in Hotel Management and Tourism and how they develop over time.
In the light of the above, there are definite gaps in the training of specialists in Hotel Management and Tourism practice in Nigeria. This is particularly true in the sense that there is limited manpower in the profession and very few universities in Nigeria at the moment are offering the course at the undergraduate level.
Furthermore, the novelty of the programme is designed to improve the quality of service delivery by graduates. The program will also enhance the capacity, manpower and productivity of graduates of the programme to respond to the attendant problems identified with the presence of ‘quacks’ who are presently in control of the various sectors of the profession.

Admission Requirements
Admission into 100 Level for Hotel Management and Tourism course shall be through UME. The candidate must have a minimum of five credit pass at the SSCE level or its equivalent. The subjects must include English Language, Mathematics and any other three from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition and Agricultural Science. WASC, SSCE or their equivalent with credit passes in five subjects including English language, Mathematics, Biology and any other two subjects in Arts or Social Sciences.  Candidates seeking admission through the foundation programme or the pre-degree programme must also satisfy the WASC/SSCE minimum requirement. Candidates with A’ Level Certificate, OND and HND degree in relevant discipline from an approved institution with a minimum of not less than an Upper Credit or its equivalent can be admitted through direct entry into 200L.

Length of Programme


The length of the programme is five years for UME candidates, four years for Direct Entry candidates.

Regulations


(a)    Courses shall be provided leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Hotel Management and Tourism, which may be awarded with honours or as a pass degree.
(b)    The curriculum for the B. Sc. programme shall extend over ten semesters.
(c)    Instructions shall be by courses, students will be required to take approved combinations of such courses as Senate on the recommendations of the College may from time to time determine.
(d)    Courses shall be evaluated in terms of course units. A course unit is defined as one lecture/tutorial contact hour per week or three hours of laboratory or practical class per week throughout a semester or an equivalent amount of other assigned study of practical experience or combination of these.
(e)    There shall be five levels of courses.

Requirement for the Award of the Degree


To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Hotel Management and Tourism;
(a)    The students must have completed a minimum of 197* credit units for Hotel Management option and 201* credit units for Tourism option. Students who entered through Direct Entry must have completed a minimum of …….. for Hotel Management option and ……. credit units for Tourism option.
(b)    The students must satisfy both internal and external examiners in the written and practical projects, seminars and oral examination as may be prescribed from time to by the Department.
(c)    All courses taught during each semester shall be examined at the end of that semester and candidates will be credited with the number of course unit assigned to the course, which they pass.
(d)    The total number of units taken along with the grades obtained in each course shall be recorded for the purpose of computing the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).
(e)    The weighted grade point of all courses taken shall be used for the determination of the class of degree.
(f)    The degree shall be awarded with honours provided a student obtains a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) that is not less than 1.5 and satisfies other minimum honours requirement.
(g)    Students are required to undertake the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) for appropriate credit allocated by the Colleges.
(h)    Where a student is unable to satisfy the minimum requirements for the award of an honours degree after spending one extra session, he shall be considered for the award of a pass degree.
(i)    Students who cannot meet all the degree requirements within two academic sessions in excess of the minimum duration without Senate approval shall be required to withdraw from the University without the award of any degree.