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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. TAC [THANK YOU FOR LISTENING] Presentation by George Nasinyama at SLU - Oct 17, 2013