The Wood Products Engineering Department of the Cross River University of Technology started as a Department of Wood and Paper Technology that metamorphosed from the department of mechanical engineering in 1980, of the defunct polytechnic Calabar, after the merger of the three institutions i.e.
1) The Polytechnic, Calabar
2) The College of Education, Akamkpa
3) Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture, Obubra.
The department is now called “Wood Products Engineering”, Cross River University of Technology. Facilities at the department were updated giving it the required technical background to transform into Wood Products Engineering Department.
The Department of Wood Products Engineering of the Cross River University of Technology had its first set of students in the 2007/2008 academic year after a successful resource inspection by the National University Commission (NUC). The students’ enrolment was then 30 and today, the enrolment stands at 335 in the Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. The staff strength of the department has also grown and is presently made of
• 4 Professors
• 1 Senior Lecturer
• 6 other Lecturers
• 4 Technologists
The technologists assist in the laboratory and workshop for demonstrations during practicals. There are also technical staff in the workshop. The administrative staff is in the departmental office.
The department of Wood Products Engineering is located in the Calabar campus with the other three Engineering Departments(Civil, Mechanical and Electrical/Electronics).
Our first batch of students graduated in the 2011/2012 session with three students graduating with a second class upper.
The general philosophy is to produce engineering graduates of high academic standard, with adequate practical background of immediate value to the industry and the nation in general. The programmes enlisted are of the sandwich type in order to turn out engineers capable of solving local and international problems. In pursuance of the above, specific features have been incorporated into the programme. These include:
AIM & OBJECTIVES
The general aims and objectives of engineering training should be in consonance with the realisation of national needs and aspirations. The minimum standards are to meet these needs and to produce graduates in Engineering with sufficient academic background, coupled with sufficient practical experience and who are able to rise to the challenges of a developing economy. Such graduates in Engineering must therefore be resourceful, creative and able to perform the following functions. They should be able to:
Minimum of Five Credits level passes to include Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agricultural Science or any other Science/Technical subjects. This is in addition to the required UME subject combinations in JAMB.
OND, HND Certificates Upper Credit plus the basic requirements.
At the beginning of each semester, all students shall enroll in person for all courses for which they are eligible to register. Every student is required to register for the courses during the time stipulated which is usually within the first week of resumption except where otherwise indicated. Students who cannot register during the specified time may however register later but all registration exercise must be completed within the time allowed for late registration.
Course registration is the responsibility of the students’ parent department. The Head of Department signs for all the courses registering. In registering students the parent department should ensure that students re-register for all previously failed courses in which the programme requires a pass, and meet the prescribed requirements for each course registered, furthermore, that the total credit units registered are not less than 15 nor more than 24 per semester. Any registration not completed after the time specified will be null and void and will not be credited to the student even when he/she has taken and passed an examination in the course. Students are not allowed to sit examinations in courses for which they have not previously registered. Such actions are fraudulent and culprits will be appropriately disciplined.
Any genuine request for late registration must be made in writing to the Head of Department, and a late registration fee which amount is reviewed each year in line with the cost of living, must be paid to the bursary. Forms for late registration will be given out only when the appropriate receipt is documented on the form.
Application for adding or dropping course must be made on the prescribed Add/Drop form and certified by the Register after obtaining the approval of the Head of Department concerned, not later than four weeks before the examination in each semester. Any change of course made by altering the registration form will be null and void.
The University operates a course unit system in which one course unit is defined as one hour lecture or two to three hour tutorial/laboratory/workshop or field work per week per semester. Students are required to register for a minimum of 15 credit units per semester and a maximum of 24 credit units. Under special circumstances, a student may be allowed with the permission of senate on the recommendations of the Faculty Board to register for excess units in accordance with the University’s academic regulation.
Duration of Examination:
All written examination shall not be less than two hours and not more than three hours duration and shall be given only at the times and places established by Senate or its designated committee.
A student found guilty of examination malpractice shall be liable to appropriate disciplinary action.
A first year student who’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is below 1.00. at the end of the first year of study, earns a period of probation for one academic session.
A student on probation is allowed to register for course level courses provided that:
a. The regulation in respect of student work-load is complied with and
b. The pre-requisite courses for the higher level courses have been passed.
Duration of programme
A student in a four-year degree programme shall normally be expected to complete the programme in eight (8) semesters, but may be allowed to continue for a total of 12 semesters and still qualify for a classified degree, provided he maintains a CGPA of 1.00 and above. However, a student who is unable to complete the programme in 12 semesters may be allowed to continue for an additional 2 semesters but shall only be eligible for a pass degree. For a 5 year programme, a student shall be expected to complete in 10 semesters, but may be allowed to continue for 14 semesters and obtain a classified degree provided he maintains a CGPA of 1.00 and above.
However, a student who is unable to complete the programme in 14 semesters shall only be eligible for a pass degree.