SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & COMPUTER STUDIES

S. A. OSANYINLUSI

Dean, School of Science & Computer Studies

History of the School

The School of Science and Computer Studies, formerly known as School of Technology, was established in 1978 as one of the pioneering schools in the then Federal College of Technology, Akure (later known as Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti) with three pioneering departments; Building Technology, Food Technology and Science Technology. Another department, Glass and Ceramics Technology came into existence in 1986 courtesy of then Czechoslovakia Government, followed by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in 1991. In November 1996, the Department of Building Technology was transferred to the newly created School of Environmental Studies.

Right from the inception of the Polytechnic, the school has been in the forefront of scientific and technological research. The school has been recruiting competent staff to aid effective and efficient teaching of practicals and theories in the relevant academic fields. However, the school has embarked on staff development to update knowledge of staff in modern training in scientific and technological fields. This includes long and short-term training in equipment maintenance and acquisition in order to equip and modernize our various laboratories.

The School has also established a central research laboratory which is expected to be equipped adequately to enable it cope with research in Biotechnology among others.

Objectives

  • To train National and Higher National diplomats in Computer Science, Food Technology, Glass and Ceramic Technology, Statistics and Science Technology who would be able to contribute meaningfully to the technological and industrial development of the country
  • To develop and nurture a culture of academic research in the school among academic members of staff especially in areas of Applied Research and Adaptation of Techniques. This is achieved partly through the organisation of periodic seminars where the outcomes of research activities are presented. The School also encourages departments to organise national conferences and workshops.

Entry Requirements for National Diploma

The minimum entry requirement into the National Diploma Programme in the School of Science and Computer Studies is at least five credit passes in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or General Certificate of Education (GCE O/L) or National Examinations Council (NECO) or NABTEB in not more than two sittings. The subjects must include English Language, Mathematics and any other three subjects, depending on the Department.

In addition to the basic requirements listed below, applicants must pass the relevant subjects in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Entry Requirements for Higher National Diploma

The minimum entry requirement for the Higher National Diploma Programmes in the School of Science and Computer Studies include:

i) All the conditions and requirements for National Diploma (ND) in the relevant Programme,

ii) At least a lower credit level pass in ND in the relevant Programme and one year post-ND industrial training in a relevant Industry.

OR

A pass in ND in the relevant Programme with at least two years industrial training in a relevant industry.

Higher National Diploma Progammes (HND) in Science Technology in Biology/Microbiology, Applied Chemistry, Physics with Electronic and Biochemistry options

i) Candidate offering Applied Chemistry at HND must possess credit in Chemistry at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB.

Candidate offering Physics/Electronics at HND must possess credit in Physics at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB.

Candidate offering Biochemistry at HND must possess credit in Chemistry and Biology at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB.

Candidates offering Microbiology at HND must possess credit in Chemistry and Biology at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB.

ii) The applicant must possess the requirements for National Diploma as listed above.

iii) The applicants must possess at least a lower credit level pass in National Diploma in Science Technology Programme.

iv) The Applicant must possess a minimum of one (1) year post-National Diploma in Science Technology Programme.

v) In exceptional cases, National Diplomate with pass in the ND examinations with two or more years of cognate experience in his/her specific field may be considered for admission into the HND Programme.

Department of Art & Industrial Design

Background

Department of Art and Industrial Design is one of the newly established Departments in the School of Science and Computer Studies in 2019. Art, especially visual art, are products to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic or intellectual content while Industrial Design is a branch of art studies that focuses specifically on designing and constructing space and products that are intended for industrial designers’ combined artistic skills, business management skills and engineering knowledge to create products and prototypes used by industries in a variety of business sectors. Each area of specialization in the department plays a significant role in the built environment and are of great importance in the society.

Aim

The aim of this department is to produce creative and skilled artists and industrial designers that can solve problems related to art and design in the society for industrial and commercial concerns.

Objectives

i) To train middle level manpower in Art and Industrial Design for both public and private sectors.

ii) To produce creative and self-reliant students with adequate skills for self-employment and job creation with use of hand and brain for technological advancement.

iii) To inculcate in the students the spirit of self-reliance through the acquisition of technological skills in Art and Industrial Design.

Entry Requirements for National Diploma

The minimum entry requirement into the National Diploma programme in the Department of Art and Industrial Design is at least five credit passes in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or General Certificate of Education (GCE O/L) or National Examinations Council (NECO) or NABTEB in not more than two sittings. The subjects must include English language, Mathematics and any other three subjects from the one listed below:

    • Fine art
    • Technical drawing
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Economics
    • Literature in English
    • Christian Religious Studies/Islamic Religious Studies
    • Government/History
    • Biology/Agricultural Science
    • Clothing and Textile
    • A Nigerian language

The Applicant must also pass the relevant subjects in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and admitted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Credit in either Fine Art or Technical Drawing will be an added advantage.

Department of Computer Studies

Background

The Department of Computer Studies offers courses leading to the award of:

  • National Diploma in Computer Science
  • Higher National Diploma in Computer Science

Entry Requirement for National Diploma

Credit passes in Physics, English Language and Mathematics and any two of the following: Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Additional/Further Mathematics, Biology/Agric. Science, Geography, Information Technology.

Department of Food Technology

Background

The Department of Food Technology trains skilled diplomates for food processing and allied industries as well as research centres and institutions. The Department offers courses leading to the award of:

  • National Diploma in Food Technology, and
  • Higher National Diploma in Food Technology.

Entry Requirement for National Diploma

Credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology / Food Nutrition /Agricultural Science and Physics.

Department of Glass & Ceramic Technology

Background

The Department of Glass and Ceramic Technology was started as a unit of glass technology under the Department of Science Technology in 1984. The Unit was transformed into the Department of Glass Technology in 1986; the nomenclature was changed from Glass Technology to Glass and Ceramics technology in 1988 following the directives of NBTE for comprehensive coverage of the related subjects in glass and ceramics. The Department offers in-depth studies in the science and technology of glass and ceramics. The Department specialty is one of the most valuable but rare in contemporary fields of technology. The Department is involved in the training of students, to become competent technicians and technologists in Glass and Ceramic Technology and allied courses through practical inquiry-based instructions and investigation through project work.

The Department has:

  • Glass pilot plant
  • Scientific glass-blowing workshop
  • Ceramic workshop
  • Wood workshop
  • Welding and fabricating workshop

The Department of Glass and Ceramic Technology offers courses leading to the award of:

  • National Diploma in Glass and Ceramic Technology
  • Higher National Diploma in Glass Technology
  • Higher National Diploma in Ceramic Technology

Entry Requirements for National Diploma

The minimum entry requirement into the National Diploma in Glass & Ceramic Technology is at least five (5) credit passes in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE} or General Certificate of Education (GCE O/L) or National Examinations Council (NECO) or NABTEB in not more than two sittings. The subjects must include English Language, Mathematics and any other three subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Technical Drawing, Fine Art/Wood-work, Metal-work, Additional Mathematics, Biology/Agricultural Science, and Economics/Statistics. Applicants must pass the relevant subjects in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Entry Requirements for Higher National Diploma

The minimum entry requirements for the Higher National Diploma programmes in the Department of Glass & Ceramic Technology include:

a) All the conditions and requirements for National Diploma (ND) programme;

b) At least lower credit level pass in ND in the relevant programme and one year post-ND industrial training in a relevant industry, or a pass in ND with at least two years industrial training in a relevant industry.

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Background

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers courses leading to the award of:

  • National Diploma in Statistics
  • Higher National Diploma in Statistics

These courses are fully accredited by the National Board for Technical Education.

Entry requirement for National Diploma

Candidates are required to possess at least five Credit Passes at not more than two (2) sittings in the following examinations: WASC/SSCE/NECO, Ordinary Level GCE or NABTEB as specified below:

i) English Language and Mathematics

ii) Any one (1) of Basic Science subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Agric. Science

iii) Plus any two (2) of Geography, Further Mathematics, Statistics, Animal Husbandry, Government/Civil Education, Economics/Commerce, ICT/Data Processing/Computer.

Department of Science Technology

Background

The Department of Science Technology is one of the five departments of the School of Science and Computer Studies and the largest department in the School. It commenced academic activities in October 1978 when the Polytechnic formally took off in Akure. Both ND and HND Programmes run by the Department were first accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in May 1982. It is on record that it was the first Department of Science Technology in Nigeria to gain full accreditation for its courses. The Department primarily nurtures the Basic Sciences and offers courses leading to:

a) the award of the National Diploma in Science Technology, and

b) the award of the Higher National Diploma in Science Technology with specialization in:

      1. Physics with Electronics,
      2. Applied Chemistry,
      3. Biochemistry,
      4. Microbiology.

In addition to the basic functions listed above, the Department services other schools in the Polytechnic in the Basic Sciences, and is also engaged in the rectification of students’ deficiencies to the level required for ND admission into the departments in the Schools of Engineering and Science & Computer Studies through the Pre-National Diploma programme in Science.

Admission/Entry Requirement

National Diploma Programme
(Fulltime and Part Time)

Applicants must possess five (5) Credit passes in SSCS/NECO/GCE in not more than two sittings. These credits must include:

i) Mathematics
ii) English Language
           and the following Science Subjects:
iii) Biology/Agricultural Science
iv) Chemistry
v) Physics

Higher National Diploma Programme

Higher National Diploma Progammes (HND) in Science Technology, Biology/Microbiology, Applied Chemistry, Physics with Electronic and Biochemistry options.

i) The applicant must possess the requirements for National Diploma as listed above

ii) The applicants must possess at least a lower credit level pass in National Diploma in Science Technology programme.

iii) The Applicant must possess a minimum of one (1) year post-National Diploma in Science Technology programme.

iv) In exceptional cases, National Diploma with pass in the ND examinations with two or more years of cognate experience in his/her specific field may be considered for admission into the HND programme.

v) Candidate offering Applied Chemistry at HND must possess credit in Chemistry at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB
Candidate offering Physics/Electronics at HND must possess credit in Physics at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB.
Candidate offering Biochemistry at HND must possess credit in Chemistry and Biology at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB.
Candidates offering Microbiology at HND must possess credit in Chemistry and Biology at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB.

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