Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. G. E. Kohrman

Second Advisor

Dr. F.S. Scott

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Problem and Its Background


A curriculum can be developed in several ways. The simplest method is to use the curriculum of another institution without modification. The hazard of such an approach lies in the possibility that the curriculum may not be a good one or, even if satisfactory for the original institution, may not fit into the conditions of the setting where it is to be used. For example, entrance requirements for institutions vary from country to country and from one institution to another.

Another method is to study a number of curriculums and develop a composite curriculum embodying the best points of all of them. The difficulty sometimes encountered with this method is that the resulting programme may not constitute a complete integrated curriculum. Probably the most effective method is to use an approach which depends on up-to-date analyses of the occupations with which the programme is concerned and the development of a curriculum based on these analyses. In this approach, the stated objectives of the institution are considered and on the basis of the occupations analysed, an inductive reasoning process is used to determine the knowledge, skills, and other factors which should be included in the curriculum in order to achieve the objectives.

This study represents an attempt to apply refined occupational analyses to the Nigerian situation. It is the hope that this study might provide data to help clarify the problems related to the construction and evaluation of curriculum for Nigerian industrial technicians without specifically detailing programmes and courses in the process.