Resource & Academic Plan


Admissions into Calvary Polytechnic is governed by the conditions set out by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) guidelines, which form the bases for admission into all National Diploma programmes in Calvary Polytechnic. Candidates seeking admissions into this Polytechnic are expected to sit for the qualifying examination conducted by JAMB. All admissions shall be provisional in the first place subject to the confirmation that the candidate meets general conditions for admission as well as departmental requirements.


Every new student admitted into Calvary Polytechnic is to register appropriately within the stipulated period at the beginning of the semester. Any student who fails to complete the registration process shall not be allowed into any class.

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar of Calvary Polytechnic are based on the Semester System. There are 2 Semesters in any Academic Session viz: First Semester and Second Semester.

  • The 1st Semester shall normally commence in September/October of each year and end in February/March of the subsequent year.
  • The 2nd Semester shall start in March and end in July of the same year. Duration of each Semester shall be approximately 18weeks, the examination week inclusive. [/su_spoiler]

The Curricular

The Curricular for all ND & HND Programmes consist of four main components namely: General Studies, Foundation Courses, Professional Courses and Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). The National minimum guide curriculum and course specifications developed by NBTE shall be adopted for the curriculum of all ND and HND programmes.

General Studies

The General Studies component of the curriculum shall include courses in:
Arts, Business Communication, Citizenship, English Language, Entrepreneurship, History, Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Physical and Health Education, Science, Social Studies and Sociology.

Foundation Courses

The relevant Foundation Courses shall be in the following areas: Economics, Law, etc;  Quantitative Techniques, Statistics. The number of hours for the foundation courses shall be between 10% and 15% of the total contact hours for the programme.

Professional Courses

This range of courses shall be core and relevant to the specific programme of study.

Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)

The SIWES is a relevant requirement as contained in the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) guidelines for all ND students in Science based courses. Every student shall compulsorily undergo three months SIWES training at the end of the Second Semester of the first year.   A SIWES Coordinator under the students’ affairs department shall handle the SIWES placement in concert with the NBTE.

Requirements for Training

Calvary Polytechnic shall provide all the relevant equipment and other training materials in accordance with the specifications and minimum recommended requirements enshrined in the NBTE guideline for each programme. The institution shall ensure that these requirements are adequate and up to date training equipment as are necessary for skilled work force production.

Attendance Requirement

Every student of Calvary Polytechnic shall be expected to attain a minimum of 70% of the total possible attendance. The institution shall enforce regular attendance in all theoretical, workshop practice and laboratory activity classes. A student may be withdrawn from the course if his/her attendance falls below the minimum requirement. Absence from class on grounds of ill health must be supported by a medical report.

The Course Unit System

Calvary Polytechnic operates the course unit system. The course unit system shall ensure efficient continuous assessment practise and enable the individual student to progress at their personal rate and ability. This practice will also prevent the repetition of a whole Semester or Session where only a small number of course(s) are failed and Grade Point Average is high enough, in such a situation, the students will only be required to have a Carry Over.

The Course Unit System shall entail the following:

  • The Credit Hour
    1 Credit Hour is equivalent to 1 hour of lecture per week. 3 hours of any practical work per week per Semester is equivalent to 1 Credit Hour. Final year projects would normally carry a minimum of 2 credit hours and a maximum of 4 credit hours.
  • Students’ Course Work Load
    Full-time student shall register for all relevant courses that may not exceed a maximum of 24 Credit Hours per Semester. Students on Part-time admission would be expected to register for lesser Credit Hours as may be determined by the Academic Board of the Institution. After the first semester, a student shall normally be allowed to register for a course in which he/she has successfully taken and completed the pre-requisite of that course.
  • Pre-requisite Courses
    A student shall be expected to take and successfully complete a lower level course before taking the next higher course in the sequence.

Assessment of Students’ Work

The evaluation of students’ work shall comprise two main components namely: continuous assessment and examination.

Continuous Assessment

The students work shall be evaluated on continuous basis. These shall comprise Tests, Assignments and Practical projects with relative weight ranging between 30% and 40% depending on the programme.


The main examination shall be the semester examination. This component shall be weighted between 60% and 70% of the overall assessment. The examination questions and the marks awarded shall be subjected to internal and external moderation by lecturers not below the rank of a Senior Lecturer.