AIUC Faculty Of Information And Communication Programmes
Objectives of the Academic Programmes
The objectives of the first degree, as structured, are consistent with the basic aim of the College. The objectives are:
- To help give the students a liberal educational foundation that should enable him/her to have a feeling for and an understanding of different modes of intellectual thought and as they relate to various processes of living.
- To enable the student acquire a meaningful appreciation of major national development problems and their possible implications for international relations within Africa and the rest of the world.
- To enable the student develop self-confidence, ability to innovate, habits of honest scholarship, and constructive and development-oriented approach to problem solving.
- To equip the student with specialized knowledge and skills needed for the pursuit of careers in different sectors of the economy.
It is recognized that a degree structure, though obviously crucial, cannot by itself assure full realization of the stated objectives; social institutions and relations on campus, relations with the social and political environment in which the College is set, are some of the relevant supportive factors. A full realization of these and related facts should, it is hoped, show in a graduate a well integrated personally.
2.0 Undergraduate Programme
2.1 Fields of Study
Academic programmes of the College are vested in its faculties/departments
The college has three faculties
- FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
- BSc Nursing
- FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
- FACULTY OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
- BSc Accounting
- BSc Marketing
- BSc Business Management
- BSc Banking and Finance
- BSc Human Resource Management
- FACULTY OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
- FACULTY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES
- BA in journalism and media studies
- BA Public Relations Management
- BA Broadcast journalism programme
2.2 Duration of Study
The AIUC operates a standard four-year undergraduate degree programme base on the successful completion of Senior Secondary /High School Education. However, students may be admitted directly to the Second Year (Level 200) or Third Year (Level 300) depending on the assessment and recognition of their prior learning. In effect, the College has the following programmes (by duration):
- Four-year degree (120 – 136 credits)
- Three-year degree programmes (90-102 credits plus Advance Credit
- Two-year Post-Diploma degree programmes (60 – 69 credits plus Advance Credits)
2.3 An Advance Credit is a bulk credit awarded to students admitted directly to Level 200 or 300 in recognition of their prior learning. The Advance credits for direct admission to the two levels are 30 and 60 credits respectively. Advance credits will appear on the student’s transcript but will not be included in the computation of Cummulative Grade Point Average (C.G.P.A.).
Students admitted to Level 200 will normally start their programmes with Level 200 courses and move upwards while those admitted to Level 300 normally start with Level 300 courses and move upwards to Level 400. However, faculties and departments may require such students to make-up courses at the total number of make-up courses shall not exceed six (6) credits.
Undergraduate Curriculum Structure
In fulfillment of its mission, the College offers a generic Bachelor of Nursing (BSc), Bachelor of Administration (BSc), journalism and Communication (BA) degree programmes targeted at practicing and prospective professionals in a variety of fields, and another category of programmes for none degree candidates.
Advance Credits for Students Entering at Level 200
Departments would give 30 Advance Credits that could cover Level 100 and 200 courses. A minimum of 24 of the Advance Credits would be at Level 100 and a maximum of at Level 200. Such student may be required to take a maximum of 6 credits at Level 100
Advance Credits for Students Entering at Level 300
Departments would give 60 Advance Credits that cover only Level 100 and 200 courses. Level 300 students may be required to take a maximum of six (6) credits at lower level where necessary.
Single subject honours option
Departments have options for students to Major in single subjects. Single Subject Honours takes effect at Level 400. Selection for Single Subject Honours is based on C.G.P.A at the end of Level 200.
Credit Weightings for Courses
At AIUC, course may be assigned 1, 2, 3 credits. Credits are assigned to courses on the basis of contact hours (theory and laboratory work) as follows:
- A one credit course which has either one contact hour theory class per week for one semester, or three contact hours laboratory work per week for one semester.
- A two-credit course is a course which has either two contact hour theory classes per week for one semester or one hour of theory and three hours of practical hours per week for one semester.
- A three-credit course (a full course) is a course which has either three contact hour theory classes per week or two contact theory and three hours of laboratory work per week for one semester.
3.1 Registration Process
All students are expected to register with their faculties and departments on arrival at the College. Registration forms will be made available in the departments and faculties. Students who fail to register by the approved dates will not receive any grades even if they attend classes.
Counting students must pre-register against the next semester. Pre-registration shall commence two weeks before the beginning of end-of- semester. Confirmation of pre-registration is mandatory and should be done within the first week of re-opening.
3.2 Penalties for Late Registration
There is a penalty for late registration. Students who fall to register within the first week of re-opening but register in the second week will be charged a late registration fee. No student will be allowed to register after the first two weeks of re-opening.
3.3 Adding/ Dropping Courses
The deadline for adding or dropping courses is 21 days after the begging of lecturers.
The deadline for dropping a course and getting an authorized withdrawal (“W”) is 21 days after the beginning of lectures. To withdraw, the student must complete a Withdrawal Slip/ Form (available at the Registrar’s Office) and submit it to the Department offering the course. Failure to do so would earn the student an “E”.
3.4 Auditing Courses
To audit a course the student must obtain the consent of the lecturer and the approval of his/ her department. The student must complete a Course Audit Application form obtainable from the Academic Registrar and have it signed by his/her Head of Department and lecturer concerned. One copy of the form will be retained in the Department and the other will be forwarded to the Academic Registrar by the Department.
A student auditing a course must attend all classes and laboratory sessions (if any) in the course. The student is required to submit assignments and take quizzes but not end-of –semester examinations unless it is mutually agreed between him/ her and the Head of Department.
Only one course may be audited per semester. A student who is carrying the maximum workload (18 credits) cannot audit a course in the same semester.
3.5 Minimum and Maximum Workload
The minimum workload for a full-time student is 15 credits for a semester. The maximum allowable is 18 credits. However, a student cannot carry the maximum workload for more than five semesters in a four-year programme; not more than four semesters in a three-year programme; and, not more than three semesters in a two-year programme.
3.6 Full-Time and Part-Time Status
An undergraduate student who takes less than 12 credits in a particular semester shall be classified as a part-time student and shall be registered as such. Part-time students shall use Part-time Registration Forms in registering for courses. A part-time student shall not be considered for residential accommodation. He/ She will, however, enjoy all other benefits and privileges accorded students. Part-time registration may arise in situation such as the following:
- When a student has registered less than 12 credits in a semester;
- When a student is repeating pre-requisite courses and is unable to get the full compliment of courses for the semester;
- When for health or career reasons the student cannot attend full-time.