Grounding PhD students at
Makerere University:
The Case for Cross-cutting Courses
George Nasinyama
Assoc Prof and Deputy D...
Content
 PhD

programs at Makerere University
 Why cross-cutting courses
 Outline of Cross-cutting courses
 Developmen...
Forms of PhD programs
 Two
 By

basic forms
Thesis i.e. research alone

 Most

Common form
 Offered by all academic un...
The need for Cross-cutting
courses
 Prior

to 1999, PhD was by Thesis alone
 Initiatives for taught PhD followed Mujjaju...
Developments
 Subsequently,

a few pioneer Faculties
developed PhD programs by both
course work and research
 Faculty

o...
Currently…
 The

following colleges run some PhD
programs by Course work & Dissertation
 College

of Education and exter...
The Challenge
 Feedback

from PhD students revealed

 courses

offered dealt adequately with the
technical aspects in th...
Birth of cross-cutting courses - 2000
 School

of Graduate Studies developed
and coordinated cross-cutting courses
with s...
Cross cutting courses offered 2000-2007
Course

August/Sept
2001 Sept-2002
Aug/Sept 2003
July 2003
June 2005

No. of
parti...
Curriculum of CCCs
a) Core Courses
ITS
code
CCC
9101

Course name

LH

PH

TH

CH CU

Advanced Research
Methods

30

40

1...
b) Electives
ITS code

Course name

LH PH TH CH CU

LIB 9103

Information Competence &
Management
Advanced gender Research...
In addition…
 Workshops

for academic staff annually:

 Scholarly

writing & Communication Skills
 Research Management
...
Content and Delivery
 Identification

of staff in Mak with competence and
expertise in the areas
 Interest by PhD studen...
Conclusion
 Development

of CCCs arose out of need
to better ground and produce quality
PhD students
 Positive evaluatio...
TAC
[THANK YOU FOR LISTENING]

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Cross cutting courses - mak oct 2013

  1. 1. Grounding PhD students at Makerere University: The Case for Cross-cutting Courses George Nasinyama Assoc Prof and Deputy Director Directorate of Research & Graduate Training Presented at SLU – October 17, 2013
  2. 2. Content  PhD programs at Makerere University  Why cross-cutting courses  Outline of Cross-cutting courses  Development and Delivery mode  Conclusion Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  3. 3. Forms of PhD programs  Two  By basic forms Thesis i.e. research alone  Most Common form  Offered by all academic units/disciplines  By Course work & Dissertation  Year 1 – course work  Years 2-4 for Research and write-up Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  4. 4. The need for Cross-cutting courses  Prior to 1999, PhD was by Thesis alone  Initiatives for taught PhD followed Mujjaju Report (1999):  PhD qualification required for appointment as a lecturer at Mak  Increased support by staff development to train staff to PhD level  PhD degree programs by research alone were considered inadequate  Value addition and intellectual discourse Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  5. 5. Developments  Subsequently, a few pioneer Faculties developed PhD programs by both course work and research  Faculty of Computing and Information Technology  School of Education  Faculty of Economics and Management Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  6. 6. Currently…  The following colleges run some PhD programs by Course work & Dissertation  College of Education and external Studies  College of Computing and Information Sciences  College of Business and Management Studies  College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  7. 7. The Challenge  Feedback from PhD students revealed  courses offered dealt adequately with the technical aspects in the various disciplines  Inadequacy in terms of content in basic courses required for sharpening the students’ skills in research and publication  Knowledge areas identified - Research methodology, Data analysis, Information Management, Philosophy of Method, and Scholarly writing and communication Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  8. 8. Birth of cross-cutting courses - 2000  School of Graduate Studies developed and coordinated cross-cutting courses with support from development partners  Sida/SAREC of Sweden  Carnegie Corporation of New York  Norad of Norway  in collaboration with some units of the university Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  9. 9. Cross cutting courses offered 2000-2007 Course August/Sept 2001 Sept-2002 Aug/Sept 2003 July 2003 June 2005 No. of participants 20 28 14 22 17 Nov/Dec 2001 Nov/Dec 2002 Nov/Dec 2004 Nov/Dec 2006 30 24 25 26 Statistics and Computer Applications in Research May 2002 May 2004 July 2007 July 2008 20 20 10 10 Genes and Genomes Conducted 5 times 2006 2007 2008 100 Philosophy of Method Collaborating Institution Linkoping University, Norway Advanced Gender Research Gottenberg University, Methods Germany Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methodology Information Competence & Management Lund University, Sweden Dates 12 32 36
  10. 10. Curriculum of CCCs a) Core Courses ITS code CCC 9101 Course name LH PH TH CH CU Advanced Research Methods 30 40 10 60 4 ART 9102 ART 9105 Philosophy of Method 30 - 15 45 3 Scholarly Writing & Communication Skills 20 20 15 45 3 Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  11. 11. b) Electives ITS code Course name LH PH TH CH CU LIB 9103 Information Competence & Management Advanced gender Research Methodology Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis Advanced Qualitative Research Methodology & Data Analysis Mechanisms & epidemiology of Cancer with focus on Africa Clinical Epidemiology 20 20 15 45 3 20 20 15 35 3 30 20 20 60 4 30 20 20 60 4 20 20 15 45 3 20 20 15 45 3 25 20 10 45 3 FVM 7201 Genes and Genomes in the Tropics Advanced Epidemiology 30 10 25 60 4 FOM 9110 Biomedical Research Methods 30 60 - 60 4 WGS 9104 ISE 9106 SOC 9107 FOM 2087 FOM 9108 FOM 9109
  12. 12. In addition…  Workshops for academic staff annually:  Scholarly writing & Communication Skills  Research Management  Includes grant proposal writing  Supervision  For staff with PhDs Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  13. 13. Content and Delivery  Identification of staff in Mak with competence and expertise in the areas  Interest by PhD students is high  Value of courses rated highly from feedback/ course evaluations  Courses taken for credit and credits are transferable  Curriculum developed and with senate  DRGT coordinates the running of the courses Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  14. 14. Conclusion  Development of CCCs arose out of need to better ground and produce quality PhD students  Positive evaluation of CCCs by PhD students  Drive is to have some taught component in all PhD programs at Mak Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
  15. 15. TAC [THANK YOU FOR LISTENING] Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013
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