Correlation of Relationship between Course of Study and Academic Performance of Undergraduate Engineering Students in Universities

  • Taofeek Ayotunde Yusuf University of Agriculture Makurdi
  • Mutairu Idonigie Oseni University of Agriculture, Makurdi Nigeria
  • Gloria Otini Adejoh University of Agriculture, College of Agricultural and Science education, Makurdi Nigeria


A hypothesis of whether the nature of course of study (COS) or interest in it affects the performance of engineering students (POES) was determined in this study. The data used were obtained through questionnaires administered to undergraduate engineering students selected from two Nigerian Federal Universities. Eighty-five (85) percent of engineering students personally chose their course of study and about eighty-eight (88) percent have likeness for their engineering discipline. Statistical correlation analysis shows that there is no significant relationship between COS and POES (p>0.05). However, it was found out that the subject or course content is a strong factor for academic motivation and that POES is significantly affected by the degree of likeness for COS (p<0.05). This study has confirmed that COS has nothing to do with good or poor performance of engineering undergraduate students. However, loss of affection or interest for COS plays a significant role on how performing an engineering student can be during his university education. It is therefore essential that choice of engineering discipline be informed by personal decision of students based on interest and career ambition so that the parents may have values for their labour and the society benefits from the quality of the graduates in engineering profession. One of the major implications of this study is that the culture of offering provisional admissions to candidates into a course of study different from their choice in Nigerian universities is not abysmal as long as their interest for the given course is sustained. Otherwise, it may be better asking candidates to reapply during admission and screening exercises so as not jeopardize their success in the future academic career.

Keywords: academic performance, engineering education, undergraduate students, and course of study, universities

Author Biographies

Taofeek Ayotunde Yusuf, University of Agriculture Makurdi

Taofeek Ayotunde Yusuf is a registered Engineer, certified educationist and teaching member of College of Engineering, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria. He holds masters in Mechanical Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Education. He plays a role of a teacher, researcher, image-launderer, advocator and consultant in Mechanical engineering and academics. His two books and six journal publications are also in the sphere of the duo of these professional callings.

Mutairu Idonigie Oseni, University of Agriculture, Makurdi Nigeria

Engr. Prof Mutairu Idonigie Oseni holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Production) and lectures in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Agriculture, Makurdi Nigeria. He is a consultant on vocational skills acquisition and development to Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and National Commission on Mass Literacy among others. He is the Author of National Industrial Skills Development Programme of Nigerian Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

Gloria Otini Adejoh, University of Agriculture, College of Agricultural and Science education, Makurdi Nigeria

Mrs Gloria Otini Adejoh holds a PhD from the Department of Educational Foundations and General Studies, University of Agriculture, College of Agricultural and Science education, Makurdi Nigeria and works at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Department of the same institution.


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eISSN: 1998-1279