HOD’S WELCOME ADDRESS
The view used to be held, until quite recently that communication or journalism did not require to be studied at all, let alone studying it at the University level. Many had thought that all it required to practice journalism and other forms of communication was to be able to read and write or be bold enough to mount rostrum.
However, it is now recognized that successful globalization of the world requires expert managers of communication. Communication is transactional and to maximize the gains of every communication encounter demands knowledge, expertise and skill. To infuse these qualities in the professionals that must, in the words of Harold Lasswell, survey and correlate the environment and manage the intelligence (information) gathered, a carefully packaged programme of training must be put in place.
It is in an attempt to fulfill this purpose that this revised students’ handbook has been prepared. It details the courses offered at the Department of Mass Communication of Al- Hikmah University, and other important information as highlighted in the Table of Contents. It offers an insight into what is available for a student to make an informed decision about seeking admission into the Department.
2. BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME
Al- Hikmah University was licenced by the Federal Government of Nigeria in January, 2005. The University commenced fully in 2006 with Undergraduate programmes in three (3) Colleges: the Humanities, Management Sciences and Natural Sciences. Department of Mass Communication is one of the academic Departments in the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication was designed to equip students who intend to make a career in Communication with professional and academic training in line with the unfolding realities of ICT-oriented media practice. Towards this end, the programme focuses on the general areas of Communication, which include: Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising, Book Publishing, Broadcasting and Cinematography. With a crop of experienced professionals in the various fields of communication, the programme prepares students for competence, proficiency and self-reliance in the media profession through a carefully integrated curriculum enriched with practical assignments.
The revised academic Curriculum for the Mass Communication
Programme of the University is premised on the following imperatives:
The media industry is, no doubt, highly challenging and competitive and requires sound theoretical and practical knowledge in order to excel in the practice of the profession. The revised academic curriculum for the B.Sc. Mass Communication programme is,
therefore, designed to meet five key requirements:
Within the framework of the University mission, the aims of the revised Curriculum are to produce skillful professionals in the areas of print journalism. Broadcasting. Online Journalism, advertising and public relations as well as book publishing. The revised Curriculum aims at providing students with quality Mass Communication education as well as professional skills enmeshed in high moral/ethical refinement, that would enable them function and practice Mass Communication effectively in any media environment.
6. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
At the end of the programme, the Course/ Department should be able to:
To be the topmost Department in the training of mass communicators in Nigeria and beyond.
8. MISSION STATEMENT
9. INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT
There are two categories of staff in the department. These are academic and administrative or support staff. Both are headed by the Head of department who must not be less in rank than a Senior Lecturer. The administrative staff members are headed by a Professional Secretary who in turn is responsible to the Head of the Department. The Head of the Department is in turn responsible to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.