Academics

Academics

Being a monotechnic, the institution has just two departments namely: Department of Communication Studies and General Studies


Programmes available are:

  • ND Mass Communication (Full Time and Part Time)
  • HND Mass Communication (Full Time and Part Time)

This is a service department. Courses available include Political Science, Sociology, Psycology, Economics, English, French, History, Philosophy, General Science, Login etc

The institution runs a Post-graduate Diploma Programme to train those who are not Mass Communication/Journalism graduates and give them the opportunity to come into the profession and practise effectively. Available courses for Post-graduate programme are:

  • Journalism (Print and Broadcast options)
  • Public Relations and Advertising

Both sequences are run on Full-time and Part-time basis as follow:

  • Full-time - Two Semesters
  • Part-tim - Three Semesters

A prospective candidate must have at least a Degree or Higher National Diploma from a recongnised institution. Evidence of participation in the compulsory National Service or Excemption from the scheme is required.

The institution contribute to manpower development in the country by embarking on short-term programmes in Mass Communication and Allied Fields.

The department also organize workshops and seminars for public and corporate organizations based on their specific demands or on themes designed and developed by the department.

If necessary, the department does into collaboration with Government or Professional bodies to design, develop and execute programmes. At present, the department runs two short-term/weekend Programmes, which are:

  • Proficiency Certificate in Photojournalism (PCPJ)
  • Cerificate Course in Writing and Communication

It should be noted that these programmes are proficiency/skill acquisition programmes and not for the purpose of admission.

The Semester/Course Unit System

The course unit system is being operated in the institution in pari passu with the semester system.

In the course unit system, the field of knoweledge in question in broken into small units called courses or modules which are arranged in certain agreed and convenient sequential manner. Examination takes place reach semester for the courses involved.

A course carries a minimum of one-course unit and a maximum of four. The maximum number of course a student can offer for full-time programme in a semester is 25 and the minimum is 15 while it is 16 and 10 respectively for part-time programme.

Category of Courses

There are four categories of courses that can be offered by a students namely, core courses, compulsory courses, elective courses and optional courses.

  • A Core Courses
    These are courses that must be taken and passed by a student majoring in a particular field of study.
  • Compulsory Courses
    These are courses that must be taken and passed by all students regardless of field of study.
  • Elective Courses
    Courses under this category are not necessarily directly relevant to the programme of study but which a student may decide to take. However, it is not compulsory that students must take elective courses.
  • Optional Courses
    These are major courses from which a student can select his specific area of interest.
  • Pre-requisite Course
    These are courses which are essential to the understanding of a higher one and which a student must pass before he can take the higher one.

Course Code

The code for each course is normally made up of three alphabets and three digits e.g. MAS 101 etc The alphabets represent the name of the programme while the digits represent the level of the programme as well as the semester involved e.g MAS 101 - Mass Communication The first digit represents the level of the programme e.g. ND1, ND2, HND1,HND2

Odd numbers represent 1st semester courses while even numbers represent 2nd semester courses. E.g MAC 101 - This is a 1st semester course of ND in the Department of Mass Communication. MAC 424 - This is a second semester course for HND 2 in the Department of Mass Communication.

Study Load

A student must register for relevant courses which may not exceed a maximum of 25 credits hour per semester. Part time students are expected to carry less number of hours. No student shall be allowed to register for a higher course unless he/she passed the pre-requisite for that course.

Credit Hours

One hour of lecture per week per semester is equivalent to one credit hour. Three hour lecture per week per semester is equivalent to three hour lecture hours. Three hours of any practical work per week per semester is equivalent to one credit hour. Final year projects shall carry a minimum of two credit hours and a maximum of four.

Pre-requisite Course

This is a course that must be passed before a student can register for a higher course.

Students Assessment System

This is divided into two parts - (a) Continuous assessment and (b) Examination Continuous Assessment. This is made up of tests, quizzes, assignments and practical works with relative weights but with a range of 30-40% pf overall assessment. Semester examination on the other hand shall be within a range of 60-70% of overall assessment.

Pass Mark

The pass mark for National and Higher National Diploma is 40%.

Maximum Course Duration

No student shall be allowed to spend more than a maximum of four (4) academic sessions (8 Semester) for full time study for eith the National or Higher National Diploma programme. However, in special cases where one or more courses are out of study, the Academic Board may allow extra semester(s).

Grading System

The Grade Point Average(GPA)

The overall performance of a student is determined by means of GPA which is a function of the course units and the weighted grade points average (WGP).

In other word,
GPA = Total number of Grade Point / Total number of credit units
CGPA = Total number of Grade Point Obtained from Time of Entry / Total number of credit units carried from the time of entry

The table below gives an insight into the Grading System

Grade System

The grading system shall be grade point average (GPA)
Minumum Pass Mark   40%
Minimum Score for 'A'   75%

Mark Range Letter Grade Grade Point Performance
75% and above A 4.00 Excellent
70% - 74% AB 3.50 Very Good
65% - 69% B 3.25 Good
60% - 64% BC 3.00 Above Average
55% - 59% C 2.75 Average
50% - 54% CD 2.50 Very Fair
45% - 49% D 2.25 Fair
39% - 44% E 2.00 Pass
39% below F 0.00 Very Poor (carry over)

Classification of Diploma

Diploma and certificates are classified from distinction to pass according to the CGPA.
CGPA below 2.0 constitutes a failure.

CGPA Classification
3.40 - 4.00 Distinction
3.00 - 3.49 Upper Credit
2.50 - 2.99 Lower Credit
2.00 - 2.49 Pass

Students Assessment Standing

  • Probabtion
    A student is on probabtion if at the end of the 2nd semester his GPA falls below 2.0 provided his CGPA is not less than 1.50.
  • Warning
    If at the end of the 1st semester, a student obtain a GPA of less than 2.0, he would be given a letter of warninig.
  • Carry over
    In the system the institution is operating, there is no provision for RESIT examination or Repeat. In place of these. there is carry over opportunity. All failed courses ae treated as carry over provided the conditions under probation are satisfied. All carry over courses must be taken at the appropriate and corresponding semester i.e When such courses are available.
  • Withdrawal/Expulsion
    If at the end of a semester i.e 2nd semester, a student's cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is below 1.50, he would be asked to withdraw from the institution. Students are not normally asked to withdraw after the first semester examination.

Completion of Programme

A student is deemed to have successfully completed a programme if he/she meets the following conditions.

  • CGPA is not less than 2.0
  • Submission of completed project
  • Attendance of not less than 70%
  • Completion of industrial attachment

In addition to meeting the above requirements, the student must not be found wanting in character otherwise, he would not be entitled to the institition's Diploma/Certificate.

Please refer to your Student Hand book for further information on the following:

  • Registration
  • Attendance is Classes/End of Semester Examination
  • Examination and Examination Malpractice
  • Code of Conduct for Students during Semester Examinations
  • Eligibility of Promotion
  • Certificate Forgery
  • Counselling/Channel of Communication/Grievance Procedure
  • Matriculation
  • General conduct
  • Supervised and Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)
  • Dress Code
  • Field Trip
  • Examination Rules and Regulations
  • Institution's Library
  • Student Representative Council