Making HND business programme of Tamale Polytechnic relevant to the needs of industry

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The School of Business and Management Studies of Tamale Polytechnic has sometimes received reports from some user-organizations to the effect that some of its students on industrial attachment have problems in performing well certain basic duties related to their fields of study. This research found among other things that the inability of the students to perform well while on industrial attachment stemmed from the following: Some basic topics that taught the skills and knowledge students needed to perform well in industry were not in the course syllabi of the HND Business programme. Some other relevant topics though in the syllabi, were not detailed enough to cover what students needed in industry. Other relevant topics were quite detailed enough in the syllabi, but for various reasons were not emphasized in the teaching and learning processes. The style of examinations in the Business School did not emphasize the application of knowledge to practical situations. The ratios of tutor-to-student and student-to-equipment available were appalling. There was inadequate contact hours or teaching periods for practical-oriented courses. There was no consistent link and collaboration between the School of Business and industry whereby the School would be abreast with modern trends in industry so as to revise the syllabi as and when necessary. For the FIND Business programme of Tamale Polytechnic to be relevant to the needs of industry and continuously be abreast with the dynamics of modern industry, there is the need for close link and collaboration between the School and industry through the instrumentality of improved industrial attachment programme. There is also the need to enhance the teaching and learning processes through the provision of adequate and qualified tutors and equipment to improve the ratios of tutor to-student and student-to-equipments in the School.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Technical Education, 2001