The emerging socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, infrastructural and poverty challenges coupled with technological advancement and rapidly changing demands of society makes it imperative for development planners to find new ways of addressing the development challenges and needs of society at all levels. These then have made development planning one of the most exciting and dynamic fields of study available to mankind. As population and the challenges and needs of society increase, carefully planned development is the only way to ensure quality life for all. This degree programme therefore prepares students for professional career in addressing the development needs of society.
The aim of the Bachelor of Science programme in Development Planning is to impart knowledge to students and introduce them to the formulation of policies and programmes covering all sectors of development at the national, regional, district, rural, urban and community levels. It also intends to equip students with skills for conducting research on development planning issues.
The objective of the four-year programme is to produce development planners who are able to use the theories of development planning in solving the many developmental issues in Ghana. The programme hopes to equip students with practical knowledge specifically in the use of appropriate techniques and equipments in preparing development plans, seeing to its effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS OF GRADUATES
Upon completion of the course, graduates become competent to the extent that they are able to work in various fields of endeavour and are able to meet the challenges at the work place. This is because they are taught various skills that can be applied in solving real planning problems. Also, the graduate will be able to generate and prepare plans to address poverty issues and problems across the development spectrum. Moreover, the graduate of this course is equipped to provide a variety of services to cities, towns, villages, districts, regions, the nation and private clients interested in changing their physical, economic and social structures. Thus graduates of this programme can pursue career in District/Municipal/Metropolitan Assemblies, Central Government Agencies, Consultancy Firms, Non-Governmental Organisations, International Development Agencies, the Business Sector including the Banks and other institutions where planning is carried out.