CENTRE FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES
Profile of the Centre
The Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies was established with the following objectives:
i). to develop entrepreneurial spirit among students and non students (workers, artisans, retirees, small scale business people and the unemployed.
ii). to provide insight into the tools, techniques and framework for managing all functional areas of business enterprise, production marketing, personnel and Finance.
iii). to develop the skills or would-be entrepreneurs to successfully start, expand, diversity and manage a business enterprise as well as providing a guide to and link them with financial institutions like Micro-finance banks for start up capital.
iv). to raise a new class of entrepreneur owners of business, who can compete globally and succeed in managing Micro/small/medium enterprises.
v). to generate employment opportunities for students and unemployed graduates.
vi). To build capacity to enhance and foster Small Business support Centre, Innovation Relay/Extension Centres, Business Incubation Centres, and Agro/Food Demonstration Centres.
Profile of the Centre Staff:
Dr. Sam N. Agu., Ph.D Phil, Diploma in Mediation and
Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Philosophy
Secretary to the Centre:
J.O. Nwagboso, B.Sc, MBA, MNIM
- Dr. Sam N. Agu Director
- J.O. Nwagboso Deputy Registrar/Secretary
- Okorie Veronica ACCO
- Angela Ekechukwu Estate Officer II
Brief Profile of all Programs
In line with the Administration’s resolve to ensure that graduates of the University are equipped with requisite skills and competences that will enable them to effectively contribute and excel in this 21st century competitive world, the Centre sent in a proposal for inclusion of Entrepreneurial Studies in the University Curriculum.
Entrepreneurial Studies will consist of theoretical and practical aspects. The theoretical aspect of the study is aimed at introducing students to the meaning, types, functions and roles of the entrepreneur as well as teaching them the basic elements required for successful entrepreneurial practice (for example, how to develop business ideas and plans, utilize business opportunities, sustain an enterprise and excel in a business venture, etc.). This aspect of the course which will be handled by lecturers of the University would enable students to acquire appropriate knowledge for setting up self-sustaining, income-yielding and job-creating profitable businesses of their own on graduation. It will carry a credit load of I unit per semester.
The practical aspect of the study will equip students with appropriate knowledge that would enable them to acquire practical skills in different vocations. It will cut across different vocations: tailoring, hair plating, catering, footwear making and repairs, clothe making and weaving, fashion designing, bread making, carpentry, tiling and painting, welding and fabrication, electrical, electronic and auto repairs and maintenance, bakery, barbing and hairdressing, paint, soap and cosmetic manufacturing, phone repairs and maintenance, computer and software repairs, designs and application, web design and hosting, video coverage and photography, etc. The practical aspect of the course would be taught by partnering skilled experts and specialists (or resource persons) drawn from different trades and vocations. It will also carry a credit load of 1 unit per semester.
ENT 201 (1 Unit): Introduction to Entrepreneurship ( to be offered by 200 level students in 4 year programmes and 300 level students in 5 years programmes).
ENT 301 (1 Unit): Entrepreneurship Development and Management: (to be offered by 300 level students in 4 year programmes and 400 level students in 5 year programmes).
ENT 401 (1 Unit): Entrepreneurial Finance, Marketing and Development (to be offered by 400 level students in 4 year programmes and 500 level students in 5 year programmes).
ENT 202 (1 Unit): Practical Training 1 (to be offered by 200 level students in 4 year programmes and 300 level students in 5 year programmes).
ENT 302 (1 Unit): Practical Training 2 ( to be offered by 300 level students in 4 year programmes and 400 level students in 5 year programmes).
Ent 402 (1 Unit): Practical Training 3 (to be offered by 400 level students in 4 year programmes and 500 level students in 5 year programmes).
ENT 201: Introduction to Entrepreneurship:
This course introduces students to the meaning, types, functions and roles of the entrepreneur as well as the basic elements required for successful entrepreneurial practice: how to develop business ideas and plans, utilize business opportunities, sustain an enterprise and excel in a business venture. At the end of the course, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurship, identify business opportunities and the steps required to start a business.
ENT 301: Entrepreneurship Development and Management
In this course, students will be equipped with the requisite skills for effective management of organizations through leadership roles and interpersonal relationship management in organizations. It will also help them to develop a comprehensive knowledge to analyze market situations, make production plan, prepare financial plan, document complete business plan, as well as how to start and sustain a business.
ENT 401: Entrepreneurship Finance, Market and Development
This course introduces students to the financial tools needed in starting, building and harvesting a successful business venture. It will help students to understand how to make market surveys, assess financial needs, identify and leverage resources. It will also equip them with the knowledge of how to make strategic financial decisions and raise capital for financing a business.
ASSESSMENT AND DURATION
Assessment of students in the theoretical aspect of the course ( that is, in the First Semester) would follow the conventional University format of 70% written examination and 30% continuous assessment for all students except those in final year. Final year students would be assessed in the following format: 40% written examination and 60% written and oral presentation of a business plan or proposal on a given business idea.
Practical training of students in different vocations will commence in the First Semester and end with a practical demonstration of acquired skills in the Second Semester. Students would be assessed and marks awarded in the School Semester based on their performances in the practical examinations or tests.