Computer Sciences

DEPARTMENT DEGREE PROGRAMME

i.   B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science

ii.  B.Sc. (Hons) Cyber Security

iii. B.Sc. (Hons) Information System

iv. B.Sc. (Hons) Information Technology

Philosophy

Our philosophy is bridging the gap between man/machine communications. Tremendous advancement has been made in the field of computer technology, computing processes which used to be a story telling affair has reached the doorstep of every home and office. Networking of which the internet is an advanced form, has brought smiles on the faces of humans because it has simplified the way we carry out our day to day activities; ranging from basic communication, to banking, productions, information dissemination and many more. Today, systems technology has changed the world and the change continues. A computer is made up of buttons, switches, diodes, flip-flops, integrated circuits, all these are hardware subsystems. How then does one make this physical hardware to do what we want, understand us and respond within a reasonable time period. Our task is to bridge the communication gap between humans that are creative and computers that are not, rather, made by man. Thus, through powerful software creation and subsystems we make the computer to interact with us.

Objectives

The objective and purpose of a Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Computer Science include:

1. To create or impact to students the awareness and enthusiasm for modern computer technology and its capabilities.

2. To provide the necessary foundation for the students to acquire state of the arts technology in computer technology to be able to professionally register with professional organizations in computing in Nigeria and abroad.

3. To get the students involved in an intellectually satisfying and simulating experience in learning and applying the technology of computers.

4. To empower the students to be able to acquire adequate skills, self-employment at the end of the program.

5. To provide a broad and balanced foundation in computer science knowledge and practical skills

6. To equip the students to be able to apply computer technology in all areas of human endeavor.

7. To prepare students for more advanced and research work.

Structure of the Program

It is a four year program. In the first three years, students take all relevant departmental, Faculty and University wide courses as required in the existing NUC approved program. In the second semester of the third year however, students are expected to acquire experience outside the university under the Industrial Attachment Program under the Student’s Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). In the fourth/final year, students are expected to take advanced courses in different specified aspects of the program that offer them greater exposure, as well as an in-depth knowledge in their chosen options. These courses are basically applied and multi-disciplinary. Research projects in specified areas of interest as well as a research seminar are part of the requirements necessary to be completed during the final year.

ADMISSION FOR REGULAR STUDENTS

A.     West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC); General Certificate of Education (GCE); Ordinary Level (O’L) or equivalent at not more than two sittings.

B.    Other National Government-approved Examination bodies: National Examination Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) or equivalent at one or two sittings. In all cases or in any of the results being presented, students must have:

i      A minimum of Credit level pass in at least 5 subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and any other Science subject in not more than two sittings.

ii     In addition, candidates must have acceptable scores in the University Matriculations Examinations (UME) and/ or placement tests administered by the Clifford University.

C.   Applicants awaiting the results of the Senior Secondary School Examinations are eligible to apply. However, authenticated results must satisfy the entry requirements before consideration for regular admission and matriculation is affected.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

All admissions offered by the University are Provisional until all the Credentials of the candidate have been verified and certified by the Registrar.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Prospective students should obtain, fill in and return their Application Forms along with three referees’ recommendations and photocopies of their certificates to the Registrar. The required application fee or evidence of payment must accompany the Form. Students are required to present all original official/ permanent certificates at registration time for official verification.

DIRECT ENTRY ADMISSIONS

1.    Students in this category are expected to have obtained minimum pass grades in at least two relevant subjects at the Higher School Certificate (HSC), General Certificate of Education (GCE A ’Level) or equivalents.

2.   Clifford University reserves the right to determine admission cumulative points for     admission.

3.   Other relevant Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates from institutions recognized by Clifford University Senate may be considered for admission.

4.   All such Diplomas, Degrees and Certificates submitted but not from a   recognized institution in Nigeria will be subjected to conversion and verification before deemed to be acceptable.

5.   All Candidates that scale through 1-4 above will equally be required to undergo a screening test conducted by Clifford University.

CHANGE OF PROGRAMME

Change of programmes will only be allowed after the completion of two semesters. The student’s request is channelled through the Department which, in consultation with relevant units of the University, recommend as appropriate by signing the change of programme form as an indication of releasing the student to the accepting Department.  

Clifford University adopts the 5-point grading system after its adoption by the University Senate and translates as follows:

Grades Definition                 Marks Range                  Points                       Quality                     

A                                            70-100                              5.00                           Superior

B                                            60-69                                4.00                           Above Average

C                                            50-59                                3.00                           Average

D                                            45-49                                2.00                           Below Average

F                                              0-44                                  0.00                          Failure

COURSE LOAD

The normal course load for full time students ranges from 15 (minimum) to 24 (maximum) credit units per semester. In other words no full-time student is permitted to register for less than 15 or more than 24 credit units per semester.

 REGISTRATION OF COURSES

(1)    There are designed periods for normal and late registration of courses every session. Further details on late registration may be obtained from Academic Office of the Registry.

(ii)    Course registration is the responsibility of the students’ parent department.

(iii)   Designated lecturers in the Department cross-check students/academic records and credentials and sign their registration forms.

(iv)   Students are not permitted to sit for examinations in courses for which they have not earlier registered. Breach of this regulation attracts severe disciplinary measures.

 NOTE

• Failed courses must be re-registered by the students but the maximum of 24 credits units per semester must not be exceeded.

• Students are not permitted to register for taught courses during the period for industrial training.

 COURSE ASSESSMENT AND COMPUTATION OF CGPA

(1)     Each and every course is continuously assessed using practical (experimental) reports, quizzes, tests, assignments, etc. Normally, continuous assessment constitutes up to 30% of the marks for the course and administered during the lecture period (i.e. preceding the semester examination).

(ii)     The entire semester’s work is further assessed by semester examinations which constitute 70%. Therefore, the final grade of the students in each course is the combination of the continuous assessments and the result of the semester examination. The total score for the semester is 100%. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the award of a degree, a student in the four Faculties presently mounted by Clifford University must obtain a total of 120 credits in a four-year degree programme, or 90 credits in a three-year degree programme including those earned from all courses. Those earned in the GST courses are inclusive. Clifford University degrees shall be awarded on the authority of Senate only to students who have been found worthy in character and learning. Students must have successfully completed and passed all prescribed examinations for courses required for a degree programme. Students shall not be involved in gross misconduct, such as, but not limited to examination misconduct, convicted felony: other convicted criminal offences; and association with or membership of secret cult or any organization proscribed by the University, or Government.

CLASSIFICATION OF DEGREES

One of the following four classifications of Degrees shall be awarded in Clifford University based on the CGPA earned:

Class of Degree                                                  Range of CGPA

First Class Honours                                              4.50 – 5.00

Second Class Honours Upper Division                3.50 - 4.49

Second Class Honours  Lower Division               2.40 - 3.49

Third Class Honour                                              1.00 - 1.49

Thus the University does not award a pass degree.