OBE Accreditation visit to Covenant University (Mechanical)

Programme Evaluators Report of Outcome Base Education (OBE)

Accreditation of Mechanical Engineering at Covenant University

The visitation team appointed by the Engineering Accreditation Committee (EAC) of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) conducted a three-day accreditation visit to Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State to evaluate the Undergraduate Programme of Mechanical Engineering from 13th – 17th March 2023.   A pre-accreditation visit meeting was held on Monday, 13th March 2023 to discuss the schedule of activities as well as the findings of the Programme Evaluation based on the review of the Self‐Study Report (SSR) of the program submitted by the institution.

During the pre-accreditation visit meeting, the schedule of activities was modified and communicated to the Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University. Some aspects of the SSR that were not properly presented were noted and those requiring further explanations were also noted. Also based on the study of SSR, <the PEOs were noted to be too wordy and may be difficult their attainment may be difficult to measure.>

The Chairman, Engineering Accreditation Committee (EAC), Engr. Prof. J. A. Olorunmaiye, presented the application document being prepared for submission to IEA towards the attainment of Provisional Signatory Status. The Board of Engineering, Malaysia (BEM) members who came to ascertain the preparedness of EAC made some observations and corrected some aspects of the proposed submission. Subsequently, all other documents/pieces of evidence to be examined during the visit were also indicated.

The accreditation team on 14 March 2023 had a brief meeting with the Dean, Heads of Departments and other members of the department at 9.00 am. The team thereafter paid a courtesy call on Vice Chancellor in company of the Dean, HODs and other members of staff. The Registrar of the University welcomed the Accreditation Team and introduced the Management team as well as staff of College of Engineering. The Registrar of COREN, Engr. Prof. Adisa A. Bello, thanked the Vice Chancellor and his management team. He also introduced the accreditation team members, Engineering Accreditation Committee members present and other COREN staff present.

 

The Accreditation Team Leader, Prof. Ajav, read his address to the Vice Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor in his response, welcomed the team and he said the University is happy to have the accreditation team at this time.  The meeting ended with a group photograph.

The HODs of the programmes visited (Mechanical and Civil Engineering) made presentation of their programmes and few observation and comments were made after the presentation. After the presentation, the team then visited the physical facilities used by the departments such as Classrooms, lecture theatres, Conference rooms, Laboratories, Library, Auditorium, Offices, and Various Workshops. Aside from a thorough review of documents and evidence pertaining to various accreditation criteria, the team met with and interviewed stakeholders such as faculty members, technologists, students, and administrative staff members, alumni members and industry partners.

 

The following are highlights of the Programme Evaluation Team’s findings, based on a detailed visit to the facilities and a thorough review of the program’s documents/evidence:

 

Highlights of the findings by the Programme Evaluation Team after a thorough tour to the facilities and a careful examination of the documentation and supporting materials for the program are as follows:

  • The University has adequate physical facilities which includes library with well stocked recent books and journals and robust E-library with high-speed internet and having subscription to databases such as science direct and others. There adequate and dedicated classrooms and lecture theatres with modern teaching facilities. The student’s projects shows that the programme takes them through complex engineering problems, however some of the PEOs needs improvement.
  • The university has got an elaborate quality management system in place. This is centrally administered by the University and they draw members from departments, units and Directorates. The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes are well documented and institutionalized at all levels. The programme has adequate staff strength for providing effective learning and student-staff interaction. The safety of the university is of great concern and because of the importance of safety at workplace, it was adjudged “Weakness”

Overall, the Programme Evaluation team found some deficiencies regarding compliance to all ten accreditation criteria.

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State was established on 21st October 2002 with the vision “To be a leading world-class university, committed to raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavour”.

 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering started in September 2005 (2005/2006 academic session). It was formerly housed in the College of Science and Technology but now within the College of Engineering. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Full Time Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering. The duration for the degree programme in the department is five (5) years of ten (10) semesters.  The Department graduated its first set of graduates in 2008/2009 academic session, second sets 2009/2010 and the rest from 2010/2011 to 2021/2022 academic sessions. The structure of Mechanical Engineering courses as taught in Covenant University is such that the students are introduced to and engaged in the core curriculum set out by the Bench Mark Academic Standard (BMAS) of both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). Sometimes additional courses are added to the courses suggested by the BMAS in such a way as to facilitate a total Mechanical Engineering graduate that is up‐to‐date with the current global advancement drive.

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