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FCA, ISHIAGU

FEDERAL COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE ISHIAGU

Department of Agricultural and Bioenvironmental Engineering Technology

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Student information

Academic matters

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:

Classification

% score

Grade

P​oi​nts

Excellent

80-100

A

4.0

Very good

70-79

AB

3.5

Good

60-69

B

3.25

Fair

50-59

BC

3.00

Pass

40-49

C

2.75

Weak

30-39

CD

2.50

Very weak

20-29

D

2.25

Poor

10_19

E

2.00

0-9

F

0.0

New and current grading system

Classification

% score

Grade

Points

Excellent

75-100

A

4.0

Very good

70-74

AB

3.5

Good

65-69

B

3.25

Fair

60-64

BC

3.00

Pass

55-59

C

2.75

Weak

50-54

CD

2.50

Very weak

45-49

D

2.25

Poor

40-44

E

2.00

Below 40%

F

0.0

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:

Distinction

GPA of 3.50 and above

Upper credit

GPA of 3.00 - 3.49

Lower credit

GPA of 2.50 - 2.99

Pass

GPA of 2.00 - 2.49

Fail

GPA of below 2.00

Note:

  • The College does not conduct a resit examination; all failed course(s) is/are re-taken at the relevant next academic semester provided the grade point average (GPA) is not below 2.00.
  • Students that graduated with a pass grade are not eligible for admission into Higher National Diploma after their one-year industrial training but are expected to spend two years on IT before they can be admitted into the HND programme in any polytechnic in Nigeria.

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.

  • Any student who scores from 1.50 to 1.99 GPA after the second semester examination is sent out on academic probation for one year.
  • If a student scores less than 1.50 CGPA, he or she is advised to withdraw from the College.
  • Students who are involved in examination certificate malpractice would be expelled from the College.

Academic calendar

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.

Approved holidays

The College recognized and observes the following holidays within the academic year.

  • Easter break including good Friday, and Easter Monday
  • 1st May, workers’ day
  • First semester break
  • June 12th democracy day
  • Second semester break
  • All other government declared holidays.

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