In this article, you will find the list of NOUN ACETEL programmes and courses for Regular and Short Courses.
ACETEL (Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning) is a leading institution promoting technology-enhanced learning in Africa. Through cutting-edge research, innovative educational practices, and collaborative partnerships, ACETEL aims to revolutionise the educational landscape across the continent.
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About the NOUN ACETEL Programme.
Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) is a World Bank-assisted project supported by the Association of African Universities and the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria. The Centre focuses on developing human capacity and research in digital solutions that will lead to the utilisation of technology for education and its deployment to other sectors.
The centre hCentreo bridge the technology knowledge gap by building capacity in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), Cyber Security and Digital policies to achieve high levels of digital development on the African continent.
Established in February 2019, ACETEL is domiciled at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria.
Development of digital expertise to drive economic growth and transformation in the West African sub-region and beyond
To be recognised for excellence in research and development of ICT digital solutions and their secure deployment for learning with application to all sectors.
They are leveraging the affordances of technology to ensure digital literacy and enhance the quality of STEM education.
List of NOUN ACETEL Programmes/Courses.
ACETEL has six postgraduate programmes comprising 3 Masters and 3 Ph. D. programmes. And these postgraduate courses are the regular courses currently offered by NOUN ACETEL.
The programmes are each coordinated by a Centre Leader, Academic Programme Coordinator, Academic staff members from the Faculty, Institutional and Sectoral Partners. The programmes are:
|M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence
|M.Sc. Cyber Security
|M.Sc. Management Information Systems
|PhD Cyber Security
|PhD Management Information Systems
|Ph.D Management Information Systems
|Certified Data Analyst
|CCNA Cyber Associate
|English Language for non-English Speakers
|Internet of Things (IoT)
|Leadership and Project Management
|Open Government Data
|Programming: C, Python and JAVA
Eligibility Criteria for NOUN ACETEL Admission.
To be considered for a program NOUN-ACETEL postgraduate scholarship or short course award, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Applicant must be a citizen of an African country. Nationals of African Countries, especially countries within the West African sub-region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo) are encouraged to apply.
- Minimum academic requirement: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent for Master and Doctorate Degrees, or a minimum of 5 credits at O’levels for short courses
- Demonstrate a clear vision of how the knowledge and training gained through the scholarship will be used to improve reform in their home countries.
- Satisfactory English or French proficiency to enable full participation in a training course delivered in English or French
- Satisfy all requirements of the Nigerian Government for the appropriate student visa for international students.
- Females are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and will be given priority.
- Qualified candidate who wishes to undertake a Masters’s or Doctorate in one of the listed priority fields of study.
Requirements for NOUN ACETEL Application
Possess five (5) O/level credits or equivalent, including English or French Language.
Masters Degree (MSc)
- A minimum of Second Class qualification in the first degree or its equivalent.
- Possession of five (5) O/level credits or its equivalent, including English or French language.
- A minimum of Second Class or equivalent in their first degree and a CGPA of 4.5 at MSc.
- Must submit a research proposal (of not more than five (5) pages) to include: Topic, introduction, objective, methodology and mode of data collection.
- Possession of five (5) O/level credits or its equivalent, including English or French language.
NOUN ACETEL Orientation Programme
Orientation programmes are organised for new students at the beginning of every academic semester, during which you are familiarised with ACETEL and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) operations. The orientation programme occurs via a virtual link at the various places you are locally and regionally situated.
The programme also allows you to learn about the various facilities and support services that will enhance your learning, such as contact points at ACETEL, selection and registration of courses, information, guidance and counselling services, and use of ICT facilities.
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions. You will receive information about the orientation programme through SMS and email. You are advised to attend the orientation programme as it will assist you in commencing your programme on sound footing.
Degree Award Requirements
Master’s programmes in ACETEL are for a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of eight (8) semesters. For Ph. D. Programmes, a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters are required.
Course registration is done online on the University’s registration portal at acetel.nou.edu.ng. Students are expected to register for courses after they must have completed payments for the semester.
The course registration portal contains the list of all courses offered in each programme. Students are expected to register for a minimum of 10 credit units and a maximum of 20 credit units per semester, which must include a minimum of one (1) elective course per semester. Students can register for a maximum of 24 credit units where they have carried over studies that failed from a previous semester.
Some courses have prerequisites which are courses you must complete and pass before you can register for those courses. You will not be allowed to register for a course whose prerequisite course you have not passed and awarded the credit units.
Students are required to visit the course registration portal at acetel.nou.edu.ng and follow the instructions provided for registration. Upon completion of the exercise, you should print and keep a copy of the print-out of your registered courses for your records and for clearance during end-of-semester examinations. Registration is activated only if sufficient funds in your e-wallet cover the costs of the systems noted.
Opening and Closing of the Course Registration Portal
The registration portal opens at the beginning of every semester and closes before the commencement of continuous assessment. Once the portal is closed, you cancannotster for courses for the semester until it opens again for the next semester. This means that students who could not register for their courses before the closure of the course registration portal are Not Eligible to take the TMA and examinations for the course(s).
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NOUN ACETEL Course Re-registration
You are not allowed to re-register for a course you have already passed.
Add and Drop courses.
The ACETEL course registration portal allows students to drop and add courses. To add or drop a class, visit the Course Registration portal and follow the instructions at acetel.nou.edu.ng. You should ensure that you add or drop courses before the course registration portal is closed.
The research project is one of the requirements for the award of M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in ACETEL. It is a compulsory course of 6 credit units for which M.Sc. students must be duly registered in the third semester of their programme duration and 12 credit units for PhD students.
It is an extended essay that involves research to be conducted on a topic that the Centre approves. The Project shall be written under the supervision of a subject matter expert, academic staff in the Centre, or a tutorial facilitator.
Grading, Moderation and Mode of Submission of Projects
Projects submitted directly to the Centre are graded by the project supervisor and subjected to internal and external moderation in the Centre. All PhD projects would be subjected to external defence by an appointed Professor on the area of specialisation the Project addresses.
Grading of research projects
Research Projects are graded as follows:
|70 and above
|39 and below
Mode of Submission of Projects
There are guidelines for submitting projects in ACETEL which students must comply with before a pro the Centre accepts a project assignment (whether Master’s or PhD) shall be printed and approved per the guidelines specified for projects in the National Open University. Students are to submit four bounded copies of their research project and soft documents of the Project in two (2) Compact Discs (CDs) to ACETEL.
Note: The research project must be passed to be eligible for graduation.
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Industrial Attachment/Student Industrial Workplace Scheme (IT/SIWES)
All Masters’s students are expected to participate in at least six (6) weeks of field attachment training before the end of the programme. It is a compulsory 6-credit unit course that must be passed to be eligible for graduation.
Industrial attachment training must be conducted in a workplace relevant to the student’s discipline. Field supervisors shall be assigned to you to monitor and assess your activities during the period of their attachment. Grading of the course is the same as for other classes and projects.
End of Programme Clearance
Upon the graduation list’s release, graduating students must undergo a clearance process as contained on the Centre website.
ASSESSEMENT AND EVALUATION
Assessment and Evaluation are how students’ learning outcomes are measured against the stated learning objectives for each course and programme. Three types of assessment are employed in NOUN:
- Self-Assessment Exercises: These are exercises found within each study unit of the course materials. Although not graded, they are designed to help students assess their progress as they study.
- Continuous Assessment: This type of assessment is designed to allow students to assess their learning and progress throughout the course. The results constitute 30% of students’ final scores in a system.
- End of Semester Examinations: As the name implies, semester examinations assess students on the entire course at the end of a semester. The studies constitute 70% of students’ total scores in a system.
Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA)
Continuous assessments in NOUN are automated in the form of computer-marked assignments and are administered online. This would take the form of projects, modelling, and practicals as approved by the ACETEL Academic Board. You can access the TMA portal at firstname.lastname@example.org/.
The TMA portal opens after semester course registration and clo,ses just before the examinations begin.
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Two types of examinations are employed at the Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning. They are the e-Examination and the Pen-on-Paper (PoP) examinations. The tests are conducted at the end of every semester at the Study Centres or any other location as may be arranged by the Centre. For undergraduate students, the examinations account for 70% of the total score for the course.