FEDERAL COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE ISHIAGU
Department of Agricultural and Bioenvironmental Engineering Technology
Mechanization for enhanced agriculture
Accreditation (eligibility to award diploma certificate)
Accreditation is a compulsory authorization programme undergo by any academic programme or department to ascertain their eligibility to award any diploma certificate, either ND or HND. A Programme must be accredited by the NBTE before the diplomates can be awarded diploma certificate. Details about the process of accrediting a programme for the award of the ND or HND are available from the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Plot ‘B’ Bida Road, P.M.B. 2239, Kaduna, Nigeria.
Grading system and requirements for graduation in the programme
The grade point average system is used. Grade points are determined on the basis of grades in courses. The old and current templates that had been adopted for the grading systems are as follows:
Old grading system:
New and current grading system
Conditions for the award of the ND/HND
After successfully completing the programme having passed all prescribed course works, examinations, diploma project and the students industrial work experience, the student will be awarded the National Diploma (ND) or Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate. Such candidates should have completed a minimum of between 72 and 80 semester credit units depending on the programme. Diplomas shall be classified as follows:
GPA of 3.50 and above
GPA of 3.00 - 3.49
GPA of 2.50 - 2.99
GPA of 2.00 - 2.49
GPA of below 2.00
Requirements for graduation in diploma (ND) programme
For one to graduate in a diploma programme, one must actively participate in all academic activities involved in a programme. These include attendance to lectures, laboratory and field practical, term papers, quizzes, tests, academic tours, seminars and examinations. The student is also expected to carry out four-months industrial work experience attachment in a recognized agricultural establishment. One must also make a minimum of 2.0 points at the end of the programme.
Requirements for graduation in HND programme
The same condition for graduation in ND programme applies in HND programme, except that HND students are not required to undertake SIWES programme.
Conditions for non-studentship
The following conditions could make student to lose their studentship: Probation, expulsion, withdrawals.
The College academic year commences in November of every year. The College run two (2) tier academic calendar; first and second semesters.
The first semester run from November through May; 15 weeks of academic activities including teaching, conduct of practical and continuous assessments, then three weeks of examination.
The second semester run from June through September; 15 weeks of academic activities including teaching, conduct of course practical, submission of practical projects and continuous assessments, then three weeks of examination.
The College recognized and observes the following holidays within the academic year.
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