Business Management and Information Technology
Goal: To produce Business Management technicians with Information Technology Based skills. The NID Business Management technicians with Information Technology should be able:
- Conduct a simple structured survey on any aspect of business and make appropriate recommendations to the authority.
- Carry our inspection and auditing of books and records.
- Carry out evaluation of investment assets for investment purposes and assist in the analysis of investment proposals.
- Assist in interpreting basic statistical data.
- Assist in the preparation of short and long term budget plans.
- Assist in writing business reports.
- Carry out market research and similar functions.
- Carry out effective purchasing tasks.
- Operate Business Computer
- Develop and manage database system
- Prepare and analyse E-marketing projects
- Assist on the interpretation of programming logic
- Assist in system analysis and design
- Carry out web development
GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
National Innovative Diploma in Business Management and Information Technology
1.1 The general entry requirements for the NID programme are:
The WASC, GCE ‘O’ Level or the Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) or their equivalent with five credits including English Language and Mathematics and three other subjects from Economics, Business Methods, Principles of Accounts, Commerce, Statistics, Geography, Government, Agricultural Science/Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
2.1 The curriculum is structured in four semesters of classroom, studio/workshop activities in the school and 3 to 4 month supervised industrial work experience scheme (SIWES) in a relevant industry. Each semester of institutional based activities shall be for duration of 17 weeks distributed as follows: 15 contact weeks of teaching; i.e. recitation, practical exercises, quizzes, tests etc., and 2 weeks to be devoted for examination and registration.
2.2 The curriculum of the NID programme consists of four main components viz:
- General Studies courses
- Foundation course
- Professional course
- Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
2.3 The General Education component includes courses in Social Sciences Studies/Mathematics/ English Language /Communication, Citizenship and Entrepreneurship. The General Education courses shall account for not more than 15% of the total contact hours for the programme.
2.4 Foundation Courses include Economics, Quantitative Techniques, Statistics, Information Technology and Law etc. The number of hours for the foundation courses shall be between 10 – 15% of the total contact hours for the programme.
2.5 Professional Courses are specialized core courses which give the student the theory and practical skills needed to practice in the area of specialization at the technician/technological level.
2.6 Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)
Tailor-made course outline shall be drawn up by the school for the placement of students in relevant industry of a convenient period of the programme.
2.7 Final year (NID) Project.
Final year NID students in this programme are expected to carry out individual project work. This would be produced and bounded by the student.
CONDITIONS FOR THE AWARD OF THE NID
3.1 The NID programme in Business Management and Information Technology shall be accredited by the NBTE before the diplomats can be awarded the diploma certificates.
3.2 Award of National Innovative Diploma to candidates who successfully completed the programme after passing prescribed coursework, examination, diploma project and the supervised industrial work experience. Such candidates should have completed between 72-80 semester credit units as prescribed in the programme.
3.3 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
It should be emphasized that the National Innovation Diploma (NID) programme is terminal and candidates graduating from the programme should be able to perform at that level. The NID programme is expected to run for 4 semesters of 17 weeks, a candidate must take at least 26 credit units per semester while the maximum varies between 27 and 31.
4.1 Evaluation Criteria for Students during the SIWES
(c) General Attitude to Work
(d) Respect for authority
(e) Interest in the field/technical area
(f) Technical competence as a potential technical in his field
4.2 Grading of SIWES
To ensure uniformity of grading scales, the school will ensure that the uniform grading of students’ work, which has been agreed to by all Innovative Institutes, is adopted.
4.3 The School-based Supervisor.
The School-based supervisor would initial the logbook during each visit. This will enable the supervisor 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.
4.4 Frequency of Visit
The school would ensure that students placed on attachment are visited within one month of their placement. Other visits shall be arranged to ensure the following:
There is another visit six weeks after the first visit; and a final visit in the last month of the attachment.
4.5 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 has not shown sufficient interest in the field or has not potential to become a skilled technician in his field. The SIWES would be graded on a fail or pass basis. Where a student has satisfied all other requirements but fail SIWES, he may only be allowed to repeat another four months SIWES at his own expense.