The Department of Business Administration
We are delighted that you have chosen to pursue a degree in Business Administration; this will go a long way in contributing to the existing knowledge in the areas of Business Administration and Management. As we look forward to working with you, and learning from your experiences in the next few years, we welcome you on board and pledged to provide quality teaching and research under a conducive learning environment. We want to assure you that the Business Administration programs and courses are constantly under review and revision in line with the National Universities Commission Benchmarks Minimum Academic Standards (BMASS).
The department is committed to high quality and continuous improvement. We will expect the same from you. If you are up to the challenge, you will find that the Business Administration programme in the University of Abuja is an excellent first step in what we hope is a long and successful business career. The department comes from around the corner and around the world with erudite scholars that can help shape your business ideas and orientations in a strategic manner through the use of diverse set of knowledge, managerial skills and abilities which we have been noted for, over the years.
However, you may take the time to get to know your eminent lecturers by knowing where they grew up, where they worked, where they went to school and their areas of specialization; we believe you will be glad you did, you can peruse through their profiles as highlighted in the web page. We have provided adequate information to help guide students in completing program requirements and smoothing your way through the many hurdles associated with the pursuit of your education. The website provides an an important academic information about the programme of the department including courses, course allocation course description, academic staff profiles, examination conducted and other related issues.
The Department of Business Administration was established in 1992, with an initial student enrolment for regular full time which commenced academic activities in the 1992/93 Academic Session, there were 3 core full time lecturers with 4 part time lecturers responsible for teaching the core Department courses but now the department has eighteen full time academic staff from the rank of Professors, Senior Lecturers and Lecturer I and others with some professors on visiting appointment. Courses were taught by lecturers from servicing departments namely; Accounting, Public Administration, Economics, Banking and Finance, Computer Science and General Studies. Currently, there are about one thousand (1,000) students for the full time B.Sc. Programme and over 5,000 for the Distance Learning and Continuing Education programme (CDL&CE). At the post-graduate level, the department runs Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA), Master in Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Business Administration (M.Sc.) and PhD in Business Administration. A Pre-Degree Diploma has been run by the Department since 1999. History of the Programme/Discipline The undergraduates programme in Business Administration is a four year course leading to the award of Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc). The programme is designed to focus on the basic & core areas of Management, Marketing, Finance, Industrial Relations, Corporate Strategy, Business Policy, Production Management, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship Studies.
Philosophy of the department The general philosophy is the belief that training students in Business Administration will help develop the mind, impart both theoretical and practical knowledge on the individual student, build self confidence, and provide tactics and strategies for innovative thinking, self reliance, effectiveness and efficiency that will result to competitive edge in the fields of Business Administration and Management.
The major objectives of the degree programme in Business Administration are:
- To develop the necessary administrative tools that will enable the individual occupy managerial positions in government and private sector establishments like banks and other financial institutions, as well as succeed in self employment.
- To provide general exposure to business studies for undergraduates so as to prepare them for future managerial positions.
- To provide academic exposure to the literary foundations and recent developments in the field of Business Administration.
- To equip the undergraduates with modern techniques for the practice of Business Administration.
- To equip students of Business Administration with analytical skills needed for recognizing, defining and solving problems as well as training in decision making; and
- To equip undergraduates with financial management tools for self-employment and personal financial management.
- To develop in students, leadership and interpersonal relations skills in management.
The programmes and their curricula should give the students comprehensive education that equips them with knowledge and decision making skills in a variety of problem areas. The general skills should include competencies in computer literacy, quantitative skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, organization skills, Information Technology skill and Entrepreneurship skills. Administrative and Management related cognitive abilities and skills required are as follows: Ability to recognize and analyze management and administrative problems and evolve strategies for their solutions. Ability to recognize and implement good management and administrative policies. Computational and data processing skills, relating to administrative, financial and manpower data. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts and principles, and apply theories to Administration and Management. Acquire knowledge in problem solving through Industrial attachment, Industrial Seminars and Student Apprenticeship Scheme.
Learning Outcomes: Behavioral Attributes
- Understand the social-cultural environment in which they find themselves and how such environment conditions behavior.
- Be able to understand, explain, predict and influence human behavior in work organizations.
- Relate the knowledge of human behavior to the ethics of their relevant professions.
- Understand the relationship between culture and behavior and why a uni-model system of behavior may not work.
The Head of Department is the Administrative Head; he works with the other academic staff to carry out administrative and academic activities mostly through committee system. Coordination is done through Departmental meeting during which academic and non-academic issues are discussed. Decision making is participatory as every staff, irrespective of rank is given the opportunity to express his or her opinion. A level coordinator is appointed to register, counsel, monitor and prepare examination results for students in his/her level. He/she report the progress or otherwise students under him/her at meetings. At the end of the semester examination each level coordinator prepares and presents the level result to the Department for consideration and recommendation to the Faculty Board of Examiners. Matters relating to students discipline such as examination misconduct are referred to and handled at the University Disciplinary Committee under the chairmanship of Dean of Students Affairs.
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Applicants:
A minimum score of 180 in the UTME and at least five (5) credits including Mathematics, English and Economics or Commerce in Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or National Examination Council (NECO) in not more than two (2) sittings
Director Entry Applicants:
Direct entry applicants must have at least four (4) credits including English and mathematics in SSCE or NECO in at most two sittings and at least two passes in ‘A’ level G.C.E or Diploma at credit level or 8 points in Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB).
Programme Structure of Studies
The B.Sc. Business Administration is a four year degree programme of two semesters per session. Intensive lectures and tutorials for a minimum of 15 weeks are required per semester. At the end of the four year duration, a student is expected to have completed and passed all his/her courses. where a student cannot meet these requirements after six years, he/she will be advised to withdraw from the programme. Students are expected to undertake a final year project as part of the requirements for graduation.
Each Lecturer prepares his/her examination questions and all questions are harmonized and vetted in the department before the examination. Apart from internal moderation, all final year examination questions and results are moderated externally. All results are endorsed by the course lecturer and the Head of Department before being processed. The results are processed and approved through the faculty board and subsequently forwarded to the senate for final approval. Thereafter, the result is released to the students.
To pass a course unit a student must have obtained a G.P.A of 1.00. To obtain overall pass in the first semester examination, a student must obtain a G.P.A of 1.00 in order to obtain an overall pass in the year of study student shall be given a period of probation for one academic session that is when the CCGPA is less than 1.00. He/she will be allowed to register for the course units failed, as well as some course units from the next level provided his/her total credit load falls within the maximum allowed. Such student may transfer to another programme within the university. A student whose CGPA falls below 1.00 at the end of the probationary period, shall be required to withdraw from the programme; that is a student whose CCPGA falls below 1.00 for two consecutive sessions. No student shall spend more than 50% in excess of the time period normally required to complete a degree course. That is maximum of six years for a four year programme and seven years in case of distance learning which is five year programme.
- Handling of academic grievances
- Student academic advising
- Programme Title: B.Sc in Business Administration
- Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline Philosophy and Programme Philosophy.
- To develop the mind, impart both theoretical and practical knowledge on individuals
- to develop self-confidence, be innovative and self-reliant in the field of Business
Requirement for the Award of B.Sc Business Administration
- To be eligible for award of B.Sc Business Administration, a candidate must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of units prescribed for the degree.
- He must in addition complete successfully all general studies courses, compulsory courses, compulsory courses as well as elective courses for the degree as prescribed.
- General studies courses, which must be taken by all students in the University.
- Core-Compulsory courses, which consist mainly of departmental/discipline requirement as prescribed by the National University Commission (NUC) for Business Administration discipline and
- Electives/Optional Course, which are discipline-related courses meant to enrich the Bus. Admin Curriculum.
Each Business Administration student is expected to register and pass a maximum of 145 credit units before graduation; the NUC Minimum credit requirement for graduation is 120 credit units. The maximum credit units that can be registered by students in any semester (except at 400 level) is 24 credits. The maximum credit unit that can be registered in any semester at 400 level is 28 credits.
Each Business Administration student is expected to register and pass a maximum of 145 credit units before graduation; the NUC Minimum credit requirement for graduation is 120 credit units. The maximum credit units that can be registered by students in any semester except at 400 level) is 24 credits. The maximum credit unit that can be registered in any semester at 400 level is 28 credits.
The minimum number of credit units for the award of a degree is 120 units, subject to the usual Department and Faculty requirements. A student shall therefore qualify for the award of a degree when he has met the conditions. The minimum credit load per semester is 15 credit units.
For the purpose of calculating a student’s cumulative GPA(CGPA) in order to determine the class of Degree to be awarded, grades obtained in ALL the courses whether compulsory or optional and whether passed or failed must be included in the computation.
Even when a student repeats the same course once or more before passing it or substitutes another course for a failed optional course, grades scored at each and all attempts shall be included in the computation of the GPA. Pre - requisite courses must be taken and passed before a particular course at a higher level.
Classes of degree are to be awarded depending on the cumulative GPA obtained. The classes of degrees that may be awarded are First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (Upper Division), and Second Class Honours (Lower Division), Third Class Honours .
|#||CGPA||CLASS OF DEGREE|
|1||4.50 – 5.00||First Class|
|2||3.50 – 4.49||Second Class(Upper Division)|
|3||2.40 – 3.49||Second Class(Lower Division)|
|5||1.50 – 2.39||Third Class|
|6||Less than 1.5||Fail|
For any student to qualify for a degree in any of the programmes in the discipline, the students must satisfy the following conditions:
- Should attain up to 90% attendance for a particular course.
- Should effectively participate in the tutorial in his discipline.
- Should take the continuous assessment and practical works which must be graded and form part of the degree assessment.
- Should undertake a properly supervised and graded project.
- Should take and pass the end of course examinations.
- In view of the rampant examination malpractices, both continuous assessment and the examination should be properly supervised.
- The External Examiner system should be maintained.
Lectures and Tutorials
All compulsory courses should have two hours of lecture to one hour of tutorial, all other things being equal. In courses where practicals are necessary, they should be incorporated.
Probation is a status granted to a student whose academic performance falls below an acceptable standard. A student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average is below 1.00 at the end of a particular year of study, earns a period of probation for one academic session. Repeating Failed Course Unit(s)
Subject to the conditions for withdrawal and probation, student may be allowed to repeat the failed course Unit(s) at the next available opportunity, provided that the total number of credit units carried during that semester does not exceed 24, and the Grade Points earned at all attempts shall count towards the CGPA. Note that final year students were allowed to register maximum of 28 credits units.
A candidate whose Cumulative Grade Point Average is below 1.00 at the end of a particular period of probation should be required to withdraw from the University. However, in order to minimize waste of human resources, consideration should be given to withdrawal from programme of study and possible transfer to other programmes within the same University.
Course Credit System
Credits are weights attached to a course. One credit is equivalent to one hour per week per semester of 15 weeks of lectures or three hours per week or term paper work per semester of 15 weeks
Definition of Course Credit System
This should be understood to mean a quantitative system of organization of the curriculum in which subject areas are broken down into unit courses which are examinable and for which students earn credit(s) “if passed”. The courses are arranged in progressive order of difficulty or in levels of academic progress, e.g. Level or year I courses are 100, 101 etc and Level II or year II courses are 200, 202 etc. The second aspect of the system is that courses are assigned weights allied to Credit Units.
Consist of specified number of student-teacher contact hours per week per semester. Credit Units are used in two complementary ways: one, as a measure of course weighting, and the other, as an indicator of student work load.
As a measure of course weighting for each Unit course (e.g) His 105, Zoo 203, Arch 504), the credit unit to be earned for satisfactorily completing the course is specified; e.g. a 2-credit unit course may mean two 1-hour lecture plus one 3-hour practical per week per semester.
As a measure of work load, “One Credit Unit” means one hour of lecture or tutorial per week per semester. For other forms of teaching requiring student teacher contact, the following equivalents may apply:
two hours of seminar: three hours of laboratory or field work, Clinical practice/practicum, studio practice or stadium sporting activity, six hours of teaching practice; one week of industrial attachment where applicable.
Normally, in Course Credit System, courses are mounted all year round, thus enabling students to participate in examinations in which they are unsuccessful or unable to participate on account of ill health or for other genuine reasons. In such a system no special provisions are made for re-sit examinations.
Grade Point Average and Cumulative Grade Point Average
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Performance in any semester is reported in Grade Point Average. This is the average of weighted grade points earned in the courses taken during the semester. The Grade Point Average is obtained by multiplying the Grade Point average in each course by the number of Credit Units assigned to that course, and then summing these up and dividing by the total number of Credit Units taken for the semester.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
This is the up-to-date mean of the Grade Points earned by the student in a programme of study. It is an indication of the student’s overall performance at any point in the training programme. To compute the Cumulative Grade Point Average, the total of Grade Points multiplied by the respective Credit Units for all the semesters are added and then divided by the total number.
Students Evaluation Technique of Student Assessment
All courses taken must be evaluated and a final grade given at the end of the semester. To arrive at the final grade, the evaluation must be a continuous process consisting of some or all of the following where applicable:
- Intra-term examination or exercises
- Assignments and/or presentations
- Term papers
- End of semester examinations.