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WELCOME ADDRESS

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Department of Accounting, Umaru Musa Yar,adua University, Katsina. Since its inception two years ago, the department has recorded a modest achievement largely due to high level of commitments displayed by its staff. At present the Department offers a B.Sc Accounting degree programme.

Over the past two years of our existence we strive to entrench an enabling academic environment by monitoring and reviewing policies and programmes with a view to ensuring that the academic environment remains lively and stimulating and that staff and students derive maximum satisfaction from working and studying in the department. We provide good support to our students’ right from their day one in this University up to their graduation. For example, the students have direct access to their coordinators/course advisors and receive statement of result at the end of each semester. In addition, the Department has established a Committee for Students Development (CSD) which performs a variety of tasks including guidance and counseling.

The academic staff of the Department have interest in a number of important areas such as International Accounting, Social and environmental accounting, financial markets, Corporate governance, Oil and Gas accounting, Taxation and Tax Management, Management Accounting and Auditing and Investigations. This versatile mix of research interests amongst our staff means that we have a very vibrant atmosphere within the Department which is both scholarly and challenging. Further, many of our staff belongs to a number of professional bodies within and outside the country.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Accounting is under the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences (FSMS), Umaru Musa Yar,adua University, Katsina Nigeria. The Department was created as a full-fledged Department in September 2012, following the dedicated efforts of the Katsina State Government and the present Vice Chancellor of the University in furtherance of the state’s strategic goal of creating additional opportunities for University education to the teaming youth of the state and its neighboring communities.

The Department have a total number of fifteen (15) fulltime and visiting academic staff who engaged in research and teaching in a wide variety of areas, covering accounting, finance, auditing, taxation, quantitative techniques, treasury and cash management and management information system, etc. The Department enjoys the active participation of some very hardworking academics from departments of Business Administration, Economics, English & European Languages and the faculty of Law, who facilitate some specialized course units in its programmes.

Since its inception two years ago, the department has experienced remarkable growth due to high level of commitments displayed by its staff. At present the Department offers a B.Sc Accounting degree programme. The department is currently enjoying the recognition and respect of other relevant professional bodies, like the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA), the Institute of Treasury Management (ITM), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria (ICPAN) among others.We envisage that our future products will gain membership into these professional bodies either by passing their qualifying examinations or by direct membership.

In our quest to achieve continuous growth and establish national pre-eminence in our core activities: scholarly performance, high academic research, linkages with sister departments in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, three major standing committees are operational. They are Committee on Accounting Research and Education (CARE); Committee on Academic and Professional Linkages (CAPL); and Committee on Students Development (CSD).

Over the past two years of our existence, we strive to entrench an enabling academic environment by monitoring and reviewing our progress with a view to ensuring that the academic environment remains lively and stimulating and that staff and students derive maximum satisfaction from working and studying in the department. We provide good support to our students right from their first day in this University and hope to maintain this up to their graduation. For example, the students have direct access to their coordinators/course advisors and receive statement of result at the end of each semester. In addition, the Department has established a Committee for Students Development (CSD) which performs a variety of tasks including guidance and counseling.

The academic staff of the Department have interest in a number of important areas such as International Accounting, Social and environmental accounting, financial markets, Corporate governance, Oil and Gas accounting, Taxation and Tax Management, Management Accounting and Auditing and Investigations. This versatile mix of research interests amongst our staff means that we have a very vibrant atmosphere within the Department which is both scholarly and challenging. Further, many of our staff belong to a number of professional bodies within and outside the country.

Over the last two years of our existence, we have recorded modest achievements in terms of staff development and training and student performance evaluations. We have three tenure staff on foreign training (one on a Ph.D programme and the other two on M.Sc programme) at Malaysia. The recent performance evaluation of our student indicates about 8% are comfortably depending first class in the second year of the 4 years programme. Even though the department is very young at the moment there are good indications of promising potentials for success in the future.

THIS HANDBOOK IS DESIGNED TO SERVE FIVE PURPOSES, THUS:

  1. To give students general course outline (syllabus) of   the existing programme in the Department;
  2. To familiarize the students with the registration guidelines at all levels of studies in the Department;
  3. To introduce the students and other interested parties to the organizational structure and administrative set up within which the Department operates;
  4. To orient the students towards the “secret” of GPA and CGPA computation; and
  5. To provide intending staff and students with vital background information on potential, new colleagues and lecturers.

VISION, MISSION, PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

VISION

To be the foremost Accounting Department in Africa, and the dream of every Accounting Scholar.

MISSION

To produce intellectually, technically and ethically sound accounting graduates that can give selfless, competent and value adding services to the society and who are capable of qualifying as professional accountants, through a team of very dedicated staff, who place high premium on research and effective teaching.

PHILOSOPHY

Accounting knowledge is power, it is necessary as a language of business and governance. Since the establishment of the accounting college in Ibadan (Nigeria) in 1965, the rate of Accounting knowledge creation and dissemination in Nigeria has increased significantly. One reason for this is the rapid advances in information and communications technologies (ICTs) which have considerably decreased the costs of knowledge acquisition and professionalism. With the increased affordability, the use of information technology in accounting profession has surged, along with the efficient dissemination of existing accounting knowledge and techniques. Our philosophy in this department is to lead others to follow in the generation of new knowledge and accounting scholarship in the 21st Century.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The relevance of the programme is to facilitate the production of result-oriented middle class managers/ professionals for both the industry and government who, through the training and skills they would acquire, would be able to make significant contribution towards the economic, political and social development of Nigeria.

Other specific objectives include:

  1. To create competent manpower in the Accounting area of specialization that would meet international standard both professionally and academically.
  2. To facilitate an easy access to the products of the department to qualify in all relevant professional examinations within relatively short period of time.
  3. To establish beneficial linkages both locally and internationally with academic and professional institutions/bodies, that would help in broadening the capabilities, competence and exposure of the products of the department.
  4. To become one of the leading Accounting departments in Nigeria in the near future.
  5. To facilitate and acquire the examination/training status of a number of professional bodies particularly the ACCA in the Northern part of Nigeria within the next five years.