HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Cooperative and Business Studies, which came into being in the 2004/2005 academic session was carved out of the defunct Agribusiness and Farm Management Department, first established at the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago-Iwoye in the 1997/98 academic session. Department of Agribusiness and Farm Management could be traced back to October 1984, when the Department under its former name (i.e. Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management) was first established at Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago-Iwoye.

Department of Cooperative and Business Studies applies economic theory and methods to world problems in production, distribution, and consumption of Agricultural products. It is concerned with decision making in cooperative related businesses, by which cooperative societies procure inputs, services, and credit, for the production, processing and the marketing and distribution of products to members.

The Department trains students to use economic principles in making decisions in Agricultural and cooperative enterprises. Students who pass through the programmes of the department are expected to acquire knowledge and skills in basic economics, Agricultural sciences, cooperatives, business management, accounting, auditing, investment, law, mathematics, statistics, use of computer and research. The ultimate goal of the Department is to produce graduates who are able to (i) manage farm enterprises or cooperative businesses; (ii) establish farms or cooperative businesses; and (iii) engage in studies in advanced areas of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, cooperative economics, and related disciplines.

Philosophy and Objectives of the Discipline

The mission of the University is to provide higher education in humanities, sciences and technology and encourage the advancement of learning in all spheres of human endeavours. In pursuing this goal, the Department provides basic training for understanding and analyzing issues and problems relating to the farm businesses, management of cooperative and other forms of business organizations.
The Department of Cooperative and Business Studies endeavours to provide educational programmes for its students at degree and postgraduate levels, which are competitive with any other in the world. The main objective is to place our students in the best of the institutions for which they compete. As a research unit, we expect to be on the cutting edge of disciplinary/pluri-disciplinary and problem-solving research being carried out on issues of concern.

Admission Requirements: Fresh applicants are admitted into the B.Sc Programme in Cooperative and Business Management as regular, full-time students. For any applicant to be considered for admission into the 100 Level Programme of the Department, he/she must satisfy the following requirements:

(a) Admission to 100 Level
For any applicant to be considered for admission into 100 level of the programme, he/she must satisfy the following requirements:

(i) He/she must have performed satisfactorily (at the performance levels to be determined by the University) at UTME and post-UTME;

(ii) He/she must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASCE/GCE (O/L) / SSCE/NECO/NABTEB at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects which include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Agricultural Science, and any other two (2) subjects. At least one (1) of the two (2) subjects must be a Science/Social Science/Management subject.

(b) Admission to 200 Level
For any applicant to be considered for admission into 200 level of the programme, he/she must satisfy one of the following requirements:

(i) He/she must have performed satisfactorily (at the performance level to be determined by the University) at post-UTME;

(ii) Two relevant A/L subjects of A – E grades. In addition, he/she must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASCE/GCE (O/L)/SSCE/NECO/NABTEB at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects which include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Agricultural Science, and any other two (2) subjects. At least one (1) of the two (2) subjects must be a Science/Social Science/Management subject.

(iii) NCE credit passes in two relevant subjects. In addition, he/she must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASCE/GCE (O/L)/SSCE/NECO/NABTEB at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects which include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Agricultural Science, and any other two (2) subjects. At least one (1) of the two (2) subjects must be a Science/Social Science/Management subject.

(iv) Ordinary or National Diploma / Certificate of any of the professional examination bodies in Agriculture, Cooperative Studies, Business Management, Finance or other related subjects. In addition, he/she must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASCE/GCE (O/L)/SSCE/NECO/NABTEB at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects which include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Agricultural Science, and any other two (2) subjects. At least one (1) of the two (2) subjects must be a Science/Social Science/Management subject.

(c) Admission to 300 Level
For any applicant to be considered for admission into 300 level of the degree programme, he/she must possess the HND with at least credit level pass in Agriculture, Cooperative Studies, Business Management, and Finance or other related subjects or disciplines. In addition, the applicant must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASCE/GCE (O/L)/SSCE/NECO at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects which include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Agricultural Science and Economics. Applicants admitted through this mode shall likewise involve in 3-month industrial attachment programmme.

Mature Candidates
Applicants not below 50 years old with at least 20 years cognate working experience plus the Ordinary Diploma or Higher National Diploma (OND/HND) in Agriculture, Cooperative Studies, Business Management, and Finance or other related subjects or disciplines, and O/L credits in English Language and Mathematics may be admitted after successful oral interview into Cooperative and Business Studies as mature candidates.

Discipline Structure and Graduation Requirements

(i) As a part of the approved B.Sc Cooperative Programme in the College, the Department runs a course-unit system in a two-semester (Harmattan and Rain Semesters) academic session. Students will be required to take an approved combination of courses as Senate, on the recommendation of the College/Faculty Boards, may from time to time determine.

(ii) In the department, there are four (4) or three (3) levels of courses, depending on the
programme/mode of admission. The courses offered by students are numbered: 101-199; 201-299; 301-399; and 401-499. The courses offered are prefixed by a three-letter programme/departmental code (CBS). Each course has a title, course content, course units, and the relevant number of contact hours per week. A one-hour lecture or tutorial or a three-hour laboratory or field practical per week over a semester shall count as one unit.

(iii) In keeping with the philosophy of the university, which aims, among other things, at the revival of African/Yoruba culture, the generation of awareness in agricultural practices and rural development, and the promotion of the student’s general knowledge in philosophy and logic, science and the use of English Language, each student shall be required to take and pass certain credit-earning General Studies (GNS) courses as may be determined by Senate from time to time.

(iv) The following standard terminologies are used to categorize courses offered on the Bachelor of Science Programme (Cooperative and Business Studies):
(a) Compulsory Courses: These are courses specified by the Department, Faculty/College or University, which a student must take and pass;
(b) Elective Courses: These are courses specified by the Department from which a student can select and pass in order to make up the required additional units for the award of the Degree.

(v) The workload of a student is claimed in terms of total course units registered for in a semester. A student shall carry in any one semester a minimum of 12units of workload.

(vi) The maximum workload a student can carry during any semester shall be 24units. However, a concession to carry one additional unit per semester may be granted to a student by the Provost of the College on the advice of the Head of Department and a concession to carry two additional units per semester may be granted to a student by the Vice Chancellor of the University on the advice of the Provost of the College.

(vii) All courses taught during each semester shall normally be examined at the end of that semester, and students will be credited with the number of course units assigned to the courses they have passed in the examinations. The pass mark for a course shall be 40%.
All courses shall be examined by continuous assessment through assignments and /or tests. The marks scored through such continuous assessments shall constitute 30% of the total marks for the course.

(viii) A student who transfers from another Department/Faculty/College of the University or any other recognized University to the Department for any reason shall be credited with those units passed that are within the curriculum of the Department/Faculty/College/University.

(ix) A student who fails to obtain 10units at the end of the first year, or 20units at the end of the second year, or 30units at the end of third year, or 40units at the end of the fourth year shall be required to withdraw from the University.

(x) To be eligible for a degree, a student admitted into 100Level of the B.Sc. Cooperative and Business Studies Programme must earn a minimum of 141 while those admitted into the 200Level of the Programme must earn a minimum of 119 units from 2011/2012 academic session as a result of introduction of two GNS courses in 300level by the University Senate. Prior to 2011/2012 academic session, eligibility for a degree requires that a student admitted into the 100Level of the B.Sc. Cooperative and Business Studies Programme must earn a minimum of 137 units including the GNS courses. Those admitted into the 200Level of the Programme must earn a minimum of 113units including courses including GNS courses. Normally a minimum of 12 units and a maximum 24units, including GNS courses, can be offered during any semester.

(xi) Industrial Attachment for Bachelor of Science Programme in Cooperative and Business Studies: It shall be required of a student to undergo a 12-week internship training at the end of year 3 (300 level) with a recognised cooperative or Business organisation. A report which shall be graded is expected from the student at the end of the internship. The candidate shall be required to pass the industrial training before proceeding to the 400 level.