SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDIES
The School of Business Studies took off with the Departments of Accountancy and Secretarial Studies with less than 100 students. The number of Departments has now increased to nine, as listed below:
- Banking and Finance
- Business Administration and Management
- General Studies
- Mass Communication
- Office Technology and Management
- Purchasing and Supply
The Departments admit and graduate students in their respective disciplines, with the exception of the General Studies Department, which services all Departments in the Institution. Each Department offers programmes leading to the award of National Diploma and Higher National Diploma.
The National Diploma Programme is aimed at producing diplomates with sound theoretical and practical skills necessary to carry out a number of activities in the business world effectively.
At the Higher National Diploma level, the Programme is designed to produce middle/high level business management personnel for both public and private business enterprises. At the end of the Programme, the diplomates should be able to function:
- as middle-level managers and captains of industries;
- in government organizations and parastatals in order to enhance the economic growth of the country;
- as private entrepreneurs, setting up their own business and managing them effectively;
- as top management personnel in small and medium-sized organizations.
Entry Requirements for National Diploma
The minimum entry requirement into the National Diploma (ND) Programme in the School of Business Studies is five credit passes in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or National Examination Council (NECO) at not more than two sittings. The subjects must include English Language (Literature-in-English and Oral English are not accepted in place of English Language), Mathematics and three other subjects from Economics, Business Methods, Principles of Accounts, Literature-in-English, Commerce, History, Statistics, Geography, Government, Agric. Science/Biology.
However, a candidate may be admitted into the Office Technology and Management Department if he has:
- Grade II Teachers Certificate with five (5) Credits including English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings, or
- an RSA/WAEC Business Studies Certificate Stage II in Shorthand, Typewriting, English Language, Mathematics and one other subjects at not more than two sittings, or
- five credit passes in the relevant subjects in the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).
Entry Requirements for Higher National Diploma
The minimum entry requirements into the HND Programme in the School of Business Studies include:
- all the requirements for admission into the ND Programme in Business Studies,
- a minimum of Lower Credit Pass (CGPA of 2.50) in ND Business Studies or related Programme,
- a minimum of one year post-ND cognate work experience in Internship, and
- in exceptional cases, ND diplomates with a Pass (CGPA of 2.00 – 2.49) in the ND examination, with two or more years of work experience in the specific field may be considered for admission into the HND Programme.
Department of Accountancy
The Department of Accountancy is one of the Departments in the School of Business Studies. The Department offers National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Accountancy. Diplomates of the Programme should be able to effectively perform a range of functions in the field of Accountancy, Insurance, Banking and other financial institutions.
The structure of the curriculum of all ND Programmes consists of four main components. These are:
- General Education Courses including courses in Entrepreneurship Training;
- Foundation Courses;
- Professional Courses;
- Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
The curriculum of each Programme is structured into four semesters of classroom/workshop/laboratory activities within the institution and three (3) to four (4) months of Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme in the relevant industries.
Department of Banking and Finance
The goal of the National Diploma in Banking and Finance is to produce technical manpower for the effective performance of a range of functions in the various departments of the Banking Industry and Financial Institutions.
The HND in Banking and Finance is designed to produce diplomates with a comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of Banking and Financial Institution operations. This should place the diplomates in the middle/upper management position in Finance and Banking Industry.
Department of Business Administration and Management
The National Diploma Programme in Business Administration and Management is aimed at producing graduates with sound theoretical and practical knowledge to carry out a number of activities in the business world effectively.
The Higher National Diploma Programme in Business Administration and Management is designed to produce middle-level business and management personnel for public and private enterprises.
Department of General Studies
The Department of General Studies is one of the oldest departments in the Polytechnic. It does not have its own students as it mainly services the other departments. It is located in the School of Business Studies. Initially, it was offering courses in English, French, Sociology and Psychology under two general headings, namely: Language and Liberal Studies. With the expansion of the Polytechnic as a result of accreditation of more courses and the regular review of existing curricula for General Studies courses, both the number of lecturers and existing facilities had doubled from a modest number of nine teaching staff in 1979. The department has seventeen academic staff and some part-time lecturers. Presently, there are two major units in the department, viz: English and Liberal Studies units.
The English Language and Communication courses are designed to enable students acquire the necessary communication skills, learn the techniques of formal correspondence and comprehend the concept and methodology of technical reports. Students are also exposed to Literature in English (Prose, Poetry and Drama) at all levels and the rudimentary knowledge of grammar that can make them write projects, seminar topics and articles in standard journals.
English Language Unit
- Familiarising students with the essentials of English and Communication,
- Grooming them on segmentals and suprasegmentals to ensure effective communication in English,
- Exposing students to literary appreciation,
- Guiding students to summarise passages, and reason logically.
Liberal Studies Unit
The Liberal Studies courses offer students a variety of experiences. These include Citizenship Education, Sociology, Physics,Economics, History, Research Methods, Philosophy, Industrial Management and Social Philosophy, Government and International Relations. Its objectives include:
- exposing students to the basic concepts of Nigerian Constitution.
- creating awareness of Nigerian Political Institutions.
- acquiring the knowledge of basic elements of Sociology.
- understanding society and changes in the environment.
- understanding family as a basic unit of society.
- introducing students to the relationship between sociology and medicine.
- enabling students in non-science disciplines to appreciate the applications of science to everyday life.
- exposing engineering students to basic economic concepts.
- acquainting students with general historical development of the African Continent, from the earliest times to the present.
Department of Marketing
The Department of Marketing is one of the Departments in the School of Business Studies. The Department offers National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Marketing.
The National Diploma Programme in Marketing is aimed at producing diplomates with appropriate theoretical and practical knowledge to efficiently carry out middle level marketing activities in Inductry Public Service and as Entrepreneurs.
The Higher National Diploma is designed to produce diplomates for the managerial position with thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of marketing operartions that will enable them proffer solutions to marketing problems in organizations (profit and non-profit organizations).
Department of Mass Communication
Goals and Objectives
The National Diploma (ND) in Mass Communication is meant to give the students technological education and professional skills necessary for employment and job creation in various areas of mass communication industry, such as news papers, magazines, radio, television, film/video, news media, public relations, advertising, news agency, government and corporate information services.
On completion of this course, the diplomates will be able to carry out the following functions:
- Gather, investigate and report news for the print, broadcast and online media;
- Elect, edit and prepare for publication, news items, features, photo graphics and multimedia materials and results of investigations for print;
- Produce, present and direct programmes for the electronic media;
- Produce, present and direct programmes
- Plan, prepare and produce materials for public relations and advertising purposes;
- Know various outlets/contracts for commercial utilization of feature and magazine articles;
- Identify outlets for publishing of features and magazine articles;
- Know how to negotiate terms for publishing articles; and
- Understand rights of the article author.
Department of Office Technology & Management
The National Diploma in Office Technology and Management is a two-year Programme designed to equip students with secretarial skills for employment in various fields of endeavour. Students of this programme are exposed to courses in their special areas as well as courses in general education. In addition to the acquisition of vocational skills in Office Technology and Management, the students are equipped with effective work competencies in everyday interactions with others.
The Higher National Diploma is also designed to confer an in-depth knowledge of office administration and management on diplomates.
Department of Purchasing and Supply
The Department of Purchasing and Supply is one of the Departments in the School of Business Studies. The Department is now fully offering both National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Purchasing and Supply.
The ND programme in Purchasing and Supply shall be accredited by the NBTE before the diplomates can be awarded the Diploma Certificate. Diplomate Institution will award the National Diploma to candidates who successfully complete the programme after passing the prescribed coursework, examination project and the supervised industrial work experience. Such candidates should have completed between 80 – 100 Semester credit units as prescribed in the programme.
The Higher National Diploma Programme in Purchasing and Supply is also designed to advance graduates with sound theoretical and practical knowledge as well as skills to carryout management levy Purchasing and supplies functions in industry and public service effectively at both administrative and management levels.
Department of Taxation
The goal of the National Diploma in Taxation is programmed to produce technical middle-level manpower that can effectively perform a range of functions in the field of taxation.
The National Diploma (ND) Taxation diplomate should be able to:
- apply knowledge of the Principles of Taxation to various situations,
- apply the basic knowledge of Taxation Administration and Practice in both private and public sectors,
- assist in the collection and integration of basic financial data for use in tax decisions,
- prepare tax statements,
- assist in the preparation of short and long term plans,
- collect and collate relevant tax information to aid Management and Administrators in making fiscal decisions,
- interpret basic statistical and financial data for tax purposes,
- participate effectively in carrying out survey and feasibilty studies on tax,
- set up and successfully manage a private enterprise.