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2017-2018 STUDENTS’ INFORMATION HANDBOOK NATIONAL DIPLOMA LEVEL

1.0 GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NATIONAL DIPLOMA, GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

The program is designed to produce electrical engineering technicians for the following Industries: manufacturing, assembling, service, power generation, transmission, distribution and utilization, telecommunication and other related industries. More specifically, diplomats of the programme should be able to:

      • Construct simple electrical and electronic circuits when necessary for use in modification or as a part of a system;
      • Assemble, install and test-run simple electronic equipment;
      • Carry out both preventive and corrective maintenance on simple electronic/electrical installations, equipment and appliances;
      • Select and use appropriate instruments to carry out simple test and measurement on all types of electrical and electronic equipment under various operating conditions.
      • Operate relevant equipment and installation whenever required;
      • Prepare simple bills of engineering measurement and evaluation (bills of quantities), and specification relating to electrical/electronic engineering works;
      • Coordinate and supervise craftsmen in activities related to electrical/electronic engineering service;
      • Maintain a personal logbook to record his/her daily and weekly activities for each semester.

GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENT

1.1 National Diploma (ND):

The entry requirement for National Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology are:

      • Five Credit level passes at senior school certificate examination (SSCE) or its equivalent at not more than TWO sittings. The five subjects must include mathematics, physics and any TWO other science subjects. At least a pass in English Language is required.
      • The National Technician Certificate (NTC) in electrical trade with credit passes in mathematics, physics and
      • Five Credit passes in an NBTE recognized preliminary ND course offered in a polytechnics or similar post secondary technical institutions. The credit passes must include mathematics, physics and TWO other science subjects. Also a pass in English Language is mandatory.

2.0 CURRICULUM

2.1 The Curriculum of all ND Programmes consist of four main Components. These are:

      • General Studies/Education
      • Foundation Courses
      • Professional Courses
      • Supervised Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).

2.2 The General Studies/Education Component shall include course in:

i. Arts and Humanities:- English Language, Communication skills, etc. These are compulsory.

ii. Social Studies: Citizenship Education, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Geography, Entrepreneurship studies. The course in Citizenship Education and Entrepreneurship are compulsory.

iii. Mathematical and science.

2.3 The General Education/Studies Components shall account for not more than 15% of the total contact hours for the programme. Science, Computer Science, technical drawings; Descriptive geometry and statistic etc. The number of hour will vary with the programame and may account for about 10 – 15% of the total contact/hour depending on the programmes.

2.4 Professional courses are courses, which give the student the theory and practical skills he/she needs to practice his/her field of specialization at the technician/technologist level. These may account for between 60-70% of the contact hours depending on the programame.

2.5 Supervised Student Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES) shall be taken during the long vacation following the end of the second semester of the first year. In the evaluation of the students during SIWES, cognizance should be taken of the following items:

a. Punctuality

b. Attendance

c. General attitude to work

d. Respect for authority

e. Interest in the field/technical area

f. Technical competence as a potential technician in his/her field.


CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

3.1 ND Programme

The structure of the ND programme consists of four semesters of classroom, laboratory, field and workshop activities in the polytechnic and a semester of supervised students Industrial Working Experience Scheme (SIWES). Each semester shall be of seventeen (17) weeks duration made up as follows: 15 contact weeks of teaching i.e. Lecture, recitation and practical exercise, etc, and 2 weeks for test, quizzes, examination and registration. SIWES shall take place at the end of the second semester of the first year for the ND programme.


4.0 CONDITIONS FOR THE AWARD OF THE NATIONAL DIPLOMA

The polytechnic will award the National Diploma to candidates who successfully complete their programmes after passing prescribed course works, examinations, diploma projects and or the Supervised Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). Such candidates should have completed a minimum of between 65 and 80 semester credit units depending on the programme.

Diploma shall be classified as follows:

Distinction – GPA of 3.50 – 4.00

Upper Credit – GPA of 3.00 – 3.49

Lower Credit – GPA of 2.50 – 2.49

Pass – GPA of 2.00 – 2.49

Fail – GPA of below 2.00


5.0 DEPARTMENTAL REGISTRATION

5.1 All students are expected to register with the department at the beginning of each semester or session. The registration exercise shall include the following processes:

a. Every student is expected to pay his/her fees i.e school fees, departmental fees, etc.

b. Students shall present original copies of the receipts of their school fees, departmental fees and their credentials to the department, and then submit the photocopies of the receipts of the fees paid and credentials to the department.

5.2 Course Registration

1. To be eligible to attend lectures and take examinations, each student must duly register, within the appropriate period, for all the required courses at the beginning of each semester.

2. Any student who fails to register within the specified period shall pay a fee for late registration as may be specified by the department.

3. Any change in the course registration form after it has been signed will not be accepted without the consent of the Head of Department.

4. A student shall register for relevant courses, which may not exceed a maximum of 25 credit units per semester. Any exception to this must be with the approval of the HOD.

5. Any student who takes examination on a course he/she has not registered for will have the result of such examination declared null and void.

5.3 Basic Workshop Tools

Every student is expected to provide the following tools:

a) One digital multimeter

b) One soldering iron

c) One gimlet

d) One hammer

e) A pair of side cutters

f) A set of spanners (flat and ring)

g) A set of screw drivers (flat and star)

h) One 35m measuring tape

i) One electrician knife

j) One hacksaw with hacksaw blade

k) A pair of pliers

l) A pair of long nose pliers

m) A roll of insulation tape.


6.00 CURRICULUM TABLE

6.1 ND PROGRAMME: ND I, 1ST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse Title

Credit units

GNS 101Use of English

2

GNS 101BUse of Library

1

MTH 112Algebra and Elementary Trigonometry

2

EED 126Introduction to Entrepreneurship Development

2

MEC 111Technical Drawing

4

MEC 112Basic Workshop Technology

3

MEC 114Report Writing

4

EEC 112Introduction to Computer Software

3

EEC 117Computer Hardware 1

3

EEC 111Electrical Graphics

4

I EEC 115Electrical Engineering Science I

3

I EEC 116Electrical Workshop Practice I

2

ISTA 111Introduction to Statistics

2

MEC 107Mechanical Engineering Science

2

 Total

37

ND 1 2ND SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credit units

GNS 102Communication Skills 1

2

MTH 211Calculus

2

EEC 129Electrical Installation of Building

3

MEC 124Machine Tools Tech. & Practice

3

EEC 122Electrical Power System

3

EEC 123Electrical Machine 1

3

EEC 125Electrical Engineering Science II

3

EEC 126Electrical & Electronics Instrumentation I

4

EEC 127Electrical Workshop Practice I

2

EEC 128Telecommunication Engineering I

3

GNS 111BHIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse

2

MEC 221Supervisory Management

2

MEC 108Introduction to Thermodynamic

2

EEC 124Electronics I

2

 Total

39

ND II, 1ST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse Title

Credit units

GNS 111Citizen Education

2

MTH 202Logic and Algebra

2

EEC 232Electrical Power System II

3

EEC 233Electrical Machines II

3

EEC 234Electronics II

4

EEC 236Electrical & Electronic Instrumentation II

3

EEC 237Electrical & Electronic Maintenance & Repairs

2

EEC 238Telecommunication Engineering II

3

EEC 239Electrical Circuit Theory I

2

EEC 226Practice of Entrepreneurship Development

2

GNS 201Use of English

2

 Total

29

ND II, 2ND SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse Title

Credit units

GNS 202Communication Skills II

2

MTH 122Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry

2

EEC 244Electronics III

4

EEC 245Electrical Installation of Building & System

2

EEC 247Computer Hardware II

3

CAD 111Auto CAD

2

EEC 249Electrical Circuit Theory II

3

EEC 280Project

3

 Total

21


7.0 DEPARTMENT ACADEMIC POLICY AND REGULATIONS

7.1 COURSE CREDIT SYSTEM

(i) The academic policy of the Eastern Polytechnic, Port Harcourt, is based on the existing standards of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) which aims at achieving uniformity in all polytechnics in the country. The form of curriculum organization whereby the work/syllabus in a particular programme of studies are divided into course in prescribed section of teaching and study, each of which is separately examined and assessed.

(ii) The course credit system seeks to avoid package repetition or instructional components earlier assessed as passed, and which may on the other hand improve performance in the instructional components earlier asssessed and failed. This will provide specification in the work load by enabling more precise specification of the different requirements and the ancillary course of various instructional programmes.

7.2 DEFINITION OF BASIC TERMS

(a) “Session” means an academic year as determined by the Academic Board which shall normally be of two semesters.

(b) “Semester” means period of about 18 weeks including 15 contact weeks.

(c) “Contract Hour” is defined as the period of classroom, laboratory, workshop or fieldwork interaction between a tutor and students for academic instruction and supervision.

(d) “One Credit” is defined as one labour of lecture, or tutorial per week per semester or two three hours of field, laboratory, passed in particular a programme of studies.

(e) “Compulsory Course” are courses that must be taken and passed in particular a programme of studies.

(f) “Elective Courses” are optional courses that once chosen would have to be passed.

(g) “Examination” means a formal written, spoken or practical test.

(h) “Grade Point” (GP) is derived from the actual percentage raw score for a given course; the score is then converted into a letter grade and a grade point.

(i) “Grade Point Average” (GPA) is the ratio of the total credit points calculated by multiplying the course grade point by the semester hour value of the course.

(j) “Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) is the ratio of the total credit points for the present and previous semesters to the total numbers of the semester hours for the present and previous semester. In other words, it is the up-to-date mean of the grade that indicate the student’s over all performance at any point in the training programme.


8.0 METHODS/ILLUSTRATIONS FOR COMPUTATION OF STUDENT OVERALL PERFORMANCE

(i) Grade Point (GP)

Grade point obtained by multiplying the credit hours assigned to a particular course by hours point obtained in the examination of that course. For example, if Electrical Graphics property law carries 4 credits and a student obtained 80% which is 4 points, his grade for property law will be 4×4 = 16.

(ii) Computation of Grade Point Average (GPA)

The overall performance of each student shall be determined by means of grade point average obtained by awarding credit points in respect of each course on the basis of semester hour of the course multiplied by the numerical value of the grade obtained. The grade Point Average is then the total number of credit points divided by the total number semester hours. For example, if a student scores A (80%), BC (50%), B (60%), and C (40%), in four subjects which carry 3,2,1, and 3 credit hours respectively, his/her GPA will be worked out as follows:-

Score GradeCredit HoursPointsTotal Point
A34.0012.00
BC22.505.00
B13.003.00
C32.006.00
TOTAL 9 26.00
GPA = 26.00/9 

=

2.89

If the credit hour attached to the subject were 12.3.9. and 6 respectively, the student’s grade point average will be 3,15 as shown below:

Score GradeCredit HoursPointsTotal Point
A124.0048.00
BC32.507.50
B93.0027.00
C62.0012.00
TOTAL 30 94.50
GPA = 294.50/30 

=

3.15

In the above example, the POINT AVERAGE of the students has increased because of the change in the credit hours attached to the various subjects and because he/she scored highly in the subject with the highest credit hours, since this will step up his/her grade point average, while low score in the highest credit subjects will cause a sharp drop in his/her Grade Point: Average.

(iii) Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

The calculation of a Grade Point Average obtained by a student in two or more semesters is referred to as the student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average. It is simply a weighted average. For example, a student’s scores for two semesters were as follows:

1ST SEMESTER

SubjectScoreCredit PointTotal PointGrade Hours
EnglishA43.0012.00
MathematicsAB43.5014.00
SociologyC22.004.00
LawCD31.504.05
GraphicsBC42.5010.00
TOTAL17  51.00
GPA = 51.00/17=2.62   

2ND SEMESTER

SubjectScoreCredit PointTotal PointGrade Hours
EnglishA43.0016.00
MathematicsAB43.5014.00
SociologyD21.002.00
LawB33.009.00
GraphicsBC42.5010.00
TOTAL17  51.00
GPA = 51/17=3.00   

Cumulative Points Average = (1st Semester grade GPA + 2nd Semester GPA)/2 =(2.62 + 3.00)/2 = 5.62/2 = 2.81

(iv) Graduating Grade Point Average (CGPA)

The final or fourth semester examination of the National Diploma or Higher National Diploma is regarded as the National Diploma Examinations.

The examinations are externally moderated. A 40% weight is attached to the final semester Diploma examinations.

The three initial semesters are granted 20% weight each. Therefore, the CGPA is calculated as showed by the example below.

1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester4th SemesterCGPARemark
GPA 20%0.59 (293)

0.59+GPA 20%0.50 (2.50)

0.50+GPA 20%0.50 (2.50)

0.50+GPA 40%1.24 (3.09)

1.24= 2.83100%2.83Lower Credit

This places the students diploma in the lower credit class.

9.0 EXAMINATION EVALUATION AND GRADING PROCEDURE

9.1 EVALUATION PROCEDURE

(a) The overall assessment of the student’s performance in each course offered in the semester shall be based on a semester examination written at the end of the semester, together with the continues assessment of the course work.

Course work is define as the sum total of laboratory/workshop/field work/class tests project work (where applicable) and all assignments during the semester.

(b) The Head of department is obliged to release the course work scores in respect of students from his/her department a copy of which shall be ———–to the academic officer for record at least three (3) days to the commencement of the examination.

(c) There shall be a relative weighting of 60% for the semester examination and 40% for the course work distributed as follows:

a. Assignment (minimum of 2) 5%

b. Class tests (minimum of 2) 15%

c. Laboratory practical/workshop practice 20%

d. Semester examination 60%

Total 100%

(d) Each class test must be conducted under the same conditions as in semester examinations with the students given at least two (2) days notice.

(e) All tests and assignment must be completed at least one week before the commencement of the examinations.

(f) A student shall have at least 70% class attendance for every course.

10.0 EXAMINATION GRADING SYSTEM

(a) Preliminary National (Pre-ND) Programmes

(b) National Diploma and Higher National Diploma (HND) Programmes.

(c) Students shall have their performance graded according to the scores they earned, which shall be calculated in the following order:

SCORESGRADESPOINTS
80 – 100%A4.00
70-79%AB3.50
60-69B3.00
50-59%BC (pass level (PRE-ND)2.50
40-49%C (Pass level (ND)2.00
30-39F0.00

11.0 CLASSIFICATION OF NATIONAL DIPLOMA CERTIFICATES

11.1 Diploma and Certificates shall be graded on the basis of the cumulative grade Point (CGPA) as follows:

(i) Distinction CGPA of 3.50 – 4.00

(ii) Upper Credit CGPA of 3.00 – 3.49

(iii) Lower Credit CGPA of 2.50 – 2.99

(iv) Pass CGPA of 2.00 – 2.49

(v) Failure CGPA of less than 2.00

11.2 (i) Each student is expected to obtain a minimum stipulated GPA of the following at the end of each semester and session respectively in his/her course of study.

1st Semester = 1.75

2nd Semester = 2.00 First Academic Session

3rd Semester = 1.75 Second Academic Session

4th Semester = 2.00

(ii) A student who fails to obtain the minimum stipulated GPA of 1.75 at the end of the first semester of an academic session shall be placed on probation and he/she shall be so informed in writing by the Exams and Records Office.

(iii) A student who fails to obtain the minimum stipulated GPA of 2.00 at the end of the session shall be required to repeat the session and take all the courses thereof.

(iv) A student who obtain a GPA of 2.00 with a carry over of more than 4 courses shall be required to repeat the session

(v). A student repeating a session or course(s) shall fulfill all registration formalities as may be specified from time to time.

(vi) A student who obtains score below 40% or a grade below C in any sources shall automatically carry it over to the next commensurate semester without any option for reset examination.

(vii) A student who repeats an academic session and still fails below the minimum required Grade Point Average GPA of 2.00 at the end of that session shall be required to withdraw from the Polytechnic. Such a student shall not be readmitted into the Polytechnic unless after he/she must have spent at least an academic session away, and after he/she applied for and got admission into the Polytechnic.

THIS HAND BOOK IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW WHENEVER THE NEED ARISES.