With our Banking and Finance programme, we have been able to produce intermediate technical manpower with sound theoretical and practical knowledge who can effectively perform a range of
various functions in banks, other financial institutions, commerce, industry, private and public enterprises.
The Objectives of the ND Banking and Finance Programme
The diplomats of the ND Banking and Finance should be able to:
1. Collect and integrate basic financial data for use in investment decisions.
2. Assist in the preparation of final accounts of companies and other financial organizations.
3. Assist in the preparation of short and long term budgets
4. Collect and collate relevant financial information to aid superior officers/and management financial decisions.
5. Compute basic financial and statistical ratios.
6. Assist in the analysis and evaluation of investment proposals, price and market trends.
Applicants with the following qualifications may be considered for admission into the National programmers by direct entry:
Senior Secondary Certificate or its equivalent (Teachers Grade II, W.A.S.C., GCE Ordinary Level). with five credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and any other three subjects from the following: Economics, Business Methods, Principles of Accounts, Literature in English, Commerce, History, Statistics, Geography, Government, Agric Science/Biology obtained at not more than two sitting; or Four credit passes in relevant subjects as stated in above obtained at the final examination of an NBTE recognized Preliminary ND Programme offered by the polytechnics and similar post-secondary technical institutions.
The structure of the curriculum of all ND programmers consist of four main components.
1. General Studies Courses
2. Foundation Courses
3. Professional Courses
4. Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)
The curriculum of each programme is structured into four semesters of classroom/workshop/Laboratory activities within the institution and three (3) to four (4) months supervised and Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) in the relevant industries. Each semester of institutional based activities shall be for seventeen (17) weeks duration distributed as follows: 15 weeks of teaching including practical, tests, quizzes etc. and 2 weeks shared for registration and examinations.
Each programme offered either at the ND or HND levels shall be accredited by the NBTE before the
diplomats can be awarded the National Diploma. Details about the process of accrediting a programme for
the award of the ND are obtained from the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Plot
B Bida Road, P.M.B. 2239. Kaduna, Nigeria, Tel (062) 237-609.
Institutions offering accredited programmers will award the National Diploma to candidates who have
successfully completed the programme's course work, after passing the prescribed examinations, diploma
project and the Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). Such candidates should have
completed a minimum of between 72 and 80 semester credits units depending on the programme.
Diploma certificates 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 (P) GPA of 2.00 - 2.49
Fail (F) GPA of low 2.00
Transcripts(s) showing all the courses taken and grade obtained by the students by the students shall be issued together with the certificate(s).
Note to Teachers teaching the Programme:
The new curriculum is drawn in unit courses. This is in keeping with the provisions of the National Policy on Education which stress the need to introduce the semester credit units which will enable a student who so wish to transfer the units already completed in an institution whose programmers are accredited to an institution of similar standard in designing the units, the principles of the module system by product have been adopted thus making each of the professional modules, when completed to provide the students with technician operative skills, which can be used for employment purposes.
As the success of the credit unit system depends on the articulation of programmers between the institutions and industry, the curriculum contents have been written in behavioural objectives, so that it can be quite clear to all, the expected behaviour of the students who have successfully completed some or all of the courses of the programme.
Note that there is a slight departure in the presentation of the performance based curriculum which required that the conditions under the performance are expected to be carried out and the criteria for the acceptable levels of performance are stated. It is a deliberate attempt to further involve the staff of the department teaching the programme to write their own curriculum stating the conditions existing in their institution under which the performance can take place and to follow that with the criteria for determining an acceptable level of performance. The department's submission on the final curriculum may, however, be vetted by the Academic Board of the institution.
It is our aim to continue to see to it that a solid internal evaluation system exists in each institution. This is to say that a system for ensuring a minimum standard and quality of education in the programmers offered throughout the polytechnic system should exist.
The teaching of the theory and practical work should, as much as possible, be integrated. Practical exercises, especially those in professional courses and laboratory work should not be taught in isolation from the theory. For each course, there should be a balance of theory to practice in the ratio of 50:50 or 60:40 or the reverse.
For the smooth operation of the SIWES the following guidelines shall apply.
Responsibility for Placement of Students:
Institutions offering the ND programme shall arrange to place the students in industry. By April 30 of each year, six copies of the master list showing where each student has been placed shall be submitted to the Executive Secretary, NBTE who shall, authenticate the list and forward same to the Industrial Training Fund Jos.
The Placement Officer should discuss and agree with industry on the following:
A task inventory of what the student should be expected t experience during the period of attachment. It may be wise to adopt the one already approved for each field.
The industry based supervisor of the students during the period, likewise the institution based supervisor should set and agree on the criteria for the evaluation of the students on the job performance.
The evaluation of the student during the period. It should be noted that the final grading of the student during the period of attachment should be weighted more on the evaluation by his industry-based supervisor.
Evaluation of Students during the SIWES
In the evaluation of the student, cognizance should be taken off the following items:
General Attitude to Work
Respect of authority
Interest in the field/technical area
Technical competence as a potential technician in his field
To ensure uniformity of grading scales, the institution should ensure that the uniform grading of students'
work which has been agreed to by all polytechnics is adopted.
The Institution based supervisor should initial the log book during each visit. This will enable him to check and determine to what extent the objectives of the scheme are being met and to assist students having any problems regarding the specific assignments given to them by their industry based supervisor.
Institution should ensure that students placed on attachment are visited within one month of their placement.
Other visits shall be arranged so that there is another visit six weeks after the first visit and a final visit in the last month of the attachment. SIWES as a Component of the Curriculum
The completion of SIWES is important in the final determination of whether the student is successful in the programme or not. Failure in the SIWES is an indication that the student had not shown sufficient interest in the field or has no potential to become a skilled technician in his field. The SIWES should be graded on a fail or pass basis. Where a student had satisfied all other requirements but filed SIWES, he may only be allowed to repeat another four months SIWES at his own expense