Directorate Of General Studies

ajibade
 
Professor  GA Ajibade
 Head of the Directorate of General Studies
 

Brief On The Directorate Of General Studies

The Directorate of General Studies (DGS) is mandated to coordinate the administration of courses made mandatory by NUC for all cadets.   The primary objective of the Directorate is to provide cadets with a body of knowledge beyond the purview of the particular areas of their academic specialization.  The rationale for this is to stimulate them towards greater awareness and understanding of the socio-economic, political and physical environments within which they will carry out their daily functions on their exit from the NDA.  Due to increasing changes and complexity in society, it has become absolutely necessary to adequately equip the officer cadets intellectually to understand and adapt to these broad dynamics of life.  The GST courses are therefore aimed at broadening the minds of the cadets so as to make them be informed in as many subjects as pedagogically possible.  The philosophy of the educated person here is “he who has a wide knowledge of the world and nature of human affairs and the human condition”. Among the core subjects of the directorate are Communication in English, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Nigerian People and Culture, etc.

This objective is not only in line with the National Universities Commission (NUC) requirement for all universities as well as fulfillment of the new National Policy on Education (NPE) but also in line with the cardinal principles guiding the general and specific training of officer cadets in the Academy for the enhancement of their military career.

History of the Directorate

The Directorate started as a Department that was established in October 1987, with only a few courses, namely English, French, Physical Education, and Leadership Management.  From 1989/1990 Session onwards, additional courses were introduced across 100 to 300 levels.  The General Studies (GNS) programs have since undergone several reviews to suit the needs of the Academy and NUC currently, the Directorate of General Studies runs eleven (11) courses with the acronym GST across 100 – 300 levels. 

The Directorate of General Studies, in addition to teaching across all the faculties, contributes to the final assessment of the results of all cadets.  Staff participates in seminars and conferences within and outside the Academy.  Staff also participates in committee assignments within the Faculty and in the Academy.  The DGS contributes in setting and providing a marking scheme for English tests of the NDA Entrance Examination every year.  The Directorate is involved in the conduct of research in various areas of specialization and has recently been designated as the hub for the operation of the NDA open Education resources (OER) policy.  The Directorate also recently led the revolution marking the entry by the Academy into the trend of computer Base Tests (CBT).  Currently all 100L GST courses are examined through CBT.

Director of General Studies

Gabriel Adegboyega Ajibade.

Chronicle of Past And Present Hods/Directors

 

1.

Dr JA Oladejo        Senior Lecturer 1988 – 1989

 

2. Mal AR Kurfi Lecturer 1     1989 – 1993  
3. Col (Dr) RT Adegboye Senior Lecturer Feb 1993 – Feb 1995  
4. Gp Capt PA Agashua Senior Lecturer Feb 1995 – Oct 1996  
5. Lt Col Ayo-Vaughan Lecturer I Oct 1996 – Jan 1997  
6. Air Cdre PA Agashua Senior Lecturer Jan 1997 – Feb 1998  
7. Dr AA Kwasau Senior Lecturer Feb 1998 – Sep 2008  
8. Dr AA Kwasau Senior Lecturer Oct 2008 – Dec 2011  
9. Mrs JM Mutfwang Lecturer I Dec 2011 – Oct 2013  
10. Dr AA Kwasau Assoc Prof Oct 2013 – Nov 2017  

Administrative Staff

1. Mrs Bridget Ozoani Principal Confidential Secretary II
2. Mrs Dorathy Mex Angel Assistant Chief Secretarial Officer
3. Miss Esther Mallami Clerical Officer
4. Mrs Cecilia Ubah Head Cleaner
5. Auwal Garba Gardener

Courses List

S/NO COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE COURSE UNITS
(a) (b) (c) (d)
1. GST 121

 

Communication

in English II

 

2

 

2. GST 123

 

Use of Library Study Skills/and ICT

 

2
3. GST 222

 

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

 

 

2
4. GST 224

 

Leadership and critical Thinking Skills

 

 

2
5. GST 225

 

Africa in world Politics

 

2

*Spanish/Deutch/Mandarin/Swahili is the only option for Cadets of the Department of Languages.

 

Courses List

S/NO COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE COURSE UNITS
(a) (b) (c) (d)
1. GST 121

 

Communication

in English II

 

2

 

2. GST 123

 

Use of Library Study Skills/and ICT

 

2
3. GST 222

 

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

 

 

2
4. GST 224

 

Leadership and critical Thinking Skills

 

 

2
5. GST 225

 

Africa in world Politics

 

2

2.2.2 Course Synopses of General Studies:

Course Content

GST 111:      Communication in English I                                  (2 Units: LH 30)

Effective communication and writing in English, Language skills, writing of essay answers, Comprehension, Sentence construction, Outlines and paragraphs, Collection and organization Of Materials And Logical Presentation, Punctuation.

GST 112:      BASIC COMMUNICATION IN French                      (2 Units: LH 30)

Introduction to French, Alphabets and numeracy for effective communication (written and oral), Conjugation and simple sentence construction based on communication approach, Sentence construction and simple sentence construction based on communication approach, Sentence construction, Comprehension and reading of simple texts.

GST 112       Basic Communication in Arabic                           (2 Units: LH 30)

Introduction to Arabic Alphabets and Writing Systems, Elementary Conversational Drills, Basic reading Skills, Sentence Construction in Arabic.

GST 212:  Environment and Sustainable Development                  (2 Units: LH 30)

Man – his origin and nature; Man and his cosmic environment; Scientific methodology, Science and technology in the society and service of man.  Renewable and non-renewable resources– man and his energy resources.  Environmental effects of chemical plastics, Textiles, Wastes and other materials, Chemical and radiochemical hazards, Introduction to the various areas of science and technology.   Elements of environmental studies.

GST 213:   Nigerian Peoples and Culture                                 (2 Units: LH 30)

Study of Nigerian history, culture and arts in pre-colonial times, Nigerian’s perception of his world, Culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics, Evolution of Nigeria as a political unit, Indigene/settler phenomenon, Concepts of trade, Economics of self-reliance, Social justice, individual and national development, Norms and values, Negative attributes and conducts (cultism and related vices),  Re-orientation of moral and national values, Moral obligations of citizens, Environmental problems.

GST 214:    History and Philosophy/Science and Technology   (2 Units: LH 30)

Science source discipline and their Scientific method, scientific theories and laws, Scientific Revolution, The Beginner of Modern Science, The industrial revolution, The Philosophy of Science,
Origin of the Universe, The big bang man, The origin and nature of man, Technology Science and Society, Appropriate Technology transfer, Challenges of Science and Technology, Natural Resources and Pollution.

GST 311:      Entrepreneurship:                                        (2 Units: LH 30)

Profiles of business ventures in the various business sectors such as Sap/Detergent, Toothbrush and Toothpaste making;  Photography; Brick making; Rope making; Brewing; Glassware production/ Ceramic production, Paper production; Water treatment/conditioning /packaging; Food processing/preservation/packaging; Metal fabrication; Tanning industry; Vegetable oil extraction; Farming; Fisheries/aquaculture; Plastic making; Refrigeration/Air-conditioning; Carving, Weaving; Bakery; Tailoring; Printing; Carpentry; Interior Decoration; Animal husbandry, etc.  Case Study Methodology applied to the development and administration of Cases that bring out key issues of the business environment, start-up, pains and gains of growth of businesses, etc. with particular reference to Nigerian businesses. Experience sharing by business actors in the economy with students during Case presentations.

GST 121:    Communication in English II                                   (2 Units: LH 30)

Logical presentation of papers, Phonetics, Instruction on lexis, Art of public speaking and oral communication, Figures of speech.  Précis, Report writing.

GST 123:      Use of Library, Study Skills, and ICT                        (2 Units: LH 30)

A brief history of libraries, Library and education, University libraries and other types of Libraries, Study skills (reference services), Types of library materials, using library resources including e-learning, e-materials, etc,  Understanding library catalogs (card, OPAC, etc) and classification, Copyright and its implications, Database resources, Bibliographic citations and referencing.  Development of modern ICT,  Hardware technology, Software technology, Input devices, Storage devices, Output devices, Communication and internet services, Word processing skills (typing, etc).

GST 222:      Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution:                (2 Units: LH 30)

Basic Concepts in peace studies and conflict resolution, peace as a vehicle of unity and development, Conflict issues, Types of conflicts, e.g. Ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts, Root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa, Indigene/settler phenomenon, Peacebuilding, Management of conflict and security.  Elements of peace studies and conflicts resolution, Developing a culture of peace, Peace mediation and peace-keeping, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Dialogue/arbitration in conflict resolution, Role of international organizations in conflict resolution, e.g. ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations, etc.

GST 224:      Leadership and Critical Thinking Skills:     (2 Units: LH 30)               

Transformation is a fundamental shift in the deep orientation of a person, organization, or society such that the world is seen in new ways and new ways and new actions and results become possible that were impossible prior to the transformation.  Transformation happens at the individual level but must be embedded in collective practices and norms for the transformation to be sustained.  Leadership Development Programme (LDP) proposes novel approaches to teaching and learning, which emphasizes the practical involvement of participants.  It is interactive and involves exercises and actual implementation of breakthrough projects by teams that make difference in the lives of the target population.  In this course, leadership concepts comprising of listening, conversation, emotional intelligence, breakthrough initiatives, gender and leadership, coaching and leadership, enrolment conversation, and forming and leading teams will be taught.

GST 225:      Africa in World Politics:   (2 Units: LH 30)

Africa in the period of the Atlantic Charted slavery through legitimate commerce, Neo-Colonialism, Neo Imperialism, and globalization in world politics.  Africa’s internal relations since nascent capitalism of merchant capital, Atlantic slavery of 16-19C and accompanying European nationalism on African International relations (Global Politics) and economy, reasons for the advent of Asian and Latin American enterprise in Europe, North America, and Japan and the inability of Africa to so advance.