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:

First Year:

  • Part I Block One 6 Modules
  • Part II Block Two 6 Modules

Second Year:

  • 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Programme Modules

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.

First Block

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

Second Block

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

Third Block

DDS3001 Mini-Dissertation

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