The Regulations for the Diploma in Development Studies hereinafter, referred to, as the Diploma in Development Studies (DDS) complement but are subordinate to the University General Academic Regulations for Diploma by Coursework, hereinafter referred to as the General Academic Regulations.
Duration of Programme and Delivery Systems
The Programme, consisting of coursework, shall normally be completed over 14months on an intensive part-time block-release basis. The academic year shall normally begin in July/August. On a block release basis, delivery shall be allocated as follows:
- Part I Block One 6 Modules
- Part II Block Two 6 Modules
- Part III Block Three Dissertation
The Programme will be divided into 30day sessions spread over two blocks. Six modules will be covered in each block. Each module shall be taught for a total of 40 contact hours i.e. five consecutive days of 8 hours each. Hence each block shall comprise 30 days. The last Block shall be a non-taught Block where Candidates will be required to submit a Dissertation after discussion sessions with their Supervisors.Therefore the Programme shall consist of twelve (12) taught Modules and a Dissertation.
To be considered for admission into the DDS programme, a candidate should normally hold at least five ‘O’ level passes at grade C or better inclusive of English and Mathematics. However, candidates who do not have “O” Level Mathematics can apply and shall be required to successfully complete a compulsory mathematics access course (Quantitative Methods CQM 1100) before commencement of the programme.
NOTE: All Shortlisted candidates for admission to the Diploma in Development Studies programme shall be interviewed as part of the selection process.
The programme is divided into three semesters. The first and second semester are six weeks long and are devoted to the taught courses. Six modules will be covered in each session and one module will be covered per 5 day period. All modules taught in each session will be examined.
DDS1001 Introduction to Development Studies
DDS1002 Introduction to the Sphere Project and the Humanitarian Charter
DDS1003 Introduction to Project Planning and Management
DDS1004 Introduction to Human Development
DDS1005 Demography and Population
DDS1006 Introduction to Research Methods
DDS2001 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation
DDS2002 Introduction to Gender and Development
DDS2003 HIV/AIDS Management in Africa
DDS2004 Globalization and Development
DDS2005 Conflict Management and Local Capacities for Peace
DDS2006 Relief and Aid Management Planning