Message from the Head of Department
This handbook provides basic information on the Bachelor of Science Degree programmes in the Department of Business Administration. Studying with us is an experience you will never forget. To get to the top, you must have a dream, because whatever is not your vision can never be your portion in life. You can never achieve in life, what your heart cannot conceive.
We do not just deliver quality programmes recognized by National Universities Commission (NUC), but we also focus on giving students the best learning atmosphere. Bear in mind that, in keeping with management professional ethics, you must always be of good behaviour and imbibe the values of integrity, hard work, and discipline.
I therefore, consider it a great honour to welcome all new students to the Department of Business Administration. Our amiable academic staff will give the individual attention you deserve to help you reach your potentials, and our friendly administrative team will handle all your practical requirements professionally and efficiently.
Once again, it is my sincere hope that this handbook will be of immense assistance and a reference material to all those students who require information on our Bachelor of Science Degree programmes in the Department of Business Administration.
Dr. Fidelis Aondoaseer Ayatse (MAMN., MNIM., Ph.D)
(Head, Department of Business Administration)
1.0 General Information
1.1 The University
The University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM) established on 1st of January, 1988 had evolved from the defunct Federal University of Technology which was established in 1980 and later became the Makurdi campus of the University of Jos (UniJos) in October, 1980. In 2010, the Senate of the University approved the establishment of the College of Management Sciences (CSM) that gave birth to the Department of Business Administration. What is now called the Business Administration Department was first established as the Department of Agricultural Management in 2002, the then college of Agricultural Economics and Management Technology now College of Management Sciences.
The underlying philosophy is that the average Nigerian farmer should have easy access to the fruits of scientific agriculture. This means that the university scientific community must work on practical problems of village farmers. Also, the students to become useful and effective extension agents must be adequately exposed to the discipline of practical farm planning, production and marketing and a period of supervised farming internship at the village level. The basic philosophy then is the democratization and liberation of the scientific transformation of Nigerian agriculture with small scale farmers in the vanguard.
Out of the desire to create the missing link required for the development of an agro-industrial sector which ought to be provided by the Management Sciences programmes that was lacking in the University. The general philosophy is the belief that training in this discipline will develop the mind, impact both theoretical and practical knowledge on the individual student, develop self- reliant in the fields of Administration and Management.
The College of Management Sciences was created in the year 2011 out of the old Department of Agricultural Management. This new College presently has two Departments namely: (i) Department of Business Administration; (ii) Department of Accounting and Finance, and (iii) Department of Agribusness. The college is cognizant of the necessity to imbibe graduates with the mindset of enterprise and innovativeness in order to generate and realize new opportunities in the economy.
There is undoubtedly a growing need for entrepreneurship education as a basic skill in the Nigerian educational system. Integration of entrepreneurship studies in the Department of Business Administration will prepare the students to be responsive enterprising individuals who will become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers and contribute to economic development and sustainable communities.
The Department of Business Administration is one of the three Departments that make up the College of Management Sciences. The Department of Business Administration started undergraduate programme during the 2012/2013 academic session. Therefore, the Department offers the following undergraduate programmes in the following areas:
- B. Sc. Entrepreneurship,
- B. Sc. Marketing,
- B. Sc. Business Management.
Similarly the Department runs the following Postgraduate Programmes:
1. Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PDM)
2. Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in the following areas:
- Banking and Finance
- Accounting and Finance and
3. Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (PDA)
4. Master of Public Administration (MPA)
5. M.Sc. Programmes with specialization in the following areas:
- M. Sc. Marketing
- M. Sc. Management and
- M. Sc. Public Administration
The Department of Business Administration is headed by a Head of Department assisted by academic and non-academic staff.
1.3 Philosophy and Objectives of Discipline
The education and training curriculum of the College of Management Sciences of the University of Agriculture is aimed at moulding the total being by developing the mind and imparting both theoretical and practical knowledge that encourages self-reliance in the individual. The curriculum also seeks to assist the individual to understand, exploit and if need be, change his environment.
In tune to the above philosophy, education and training on the Department of Business Administration of UAM has the following Specific objectives:
- To provide basic knowledge necessary for an understanding and analysis of the problems related to the management of industrial, commercial, public and other human organization.
- To inculcate in the students of management the skills required for identifying and defining problems and taking appropriate decisions, using the most appropriate scientific techniques and tools.
- To inculcate in the students an awareness of and sensitivity to environmental factors and realities and their impact on management practice and decision.
- To develop leadership and inter personal relations skills needed for understanding and managing organizational and group dynamics.