BACHELOR OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (BLIS)

Kaddu Sarah

Library and Information Science (LIS) is a discipline that aims at training information professionals to serve different stakeholders for development. LIS is considered as a cross cutting discipline in humanities, sciences and technology. In Uganda, training in LIS started in 1963 when the East African School of Librarianship (EASL) now East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) was established at Makerere University in 1963 and is one of the academic units equivalent of a faculty. EASLIS mission is “to offer education, promote research and innovation, and outreach in LIS to respond to the present and future information needs of society”. The 2008/09 – 2018/19 EASLIS Strategic Plan addresses the following goals:
  • To provide a teaching and learning environment in LIS that ensures quality of staff and students that are competitive in the changing information management environment;
  • To promote staff and students research and technology innovations in library and information management;
  • To mentor staff and students in LIS with a purpose of preparing them for employment in the ever changing public and private sector information environment.
  • To promote transfer of library and information management best practices to private and public sector;
  • To facilitate LIS academic work in the real life information management sector
  • To facilitate networking between the international, regional, private, public sector and EASLIS stakeholders.

EASLIS has three departments that were established in 2001. The departments are: Information Science, Library Science, and Records and Archives Management. Each department is engaged in teaching, supervising field attachment; conducting research, consultancy and outreach programmes in the respective sub-disciplines.

Currently, the following programmes are offered at EASLIS:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science (PhD), 3 years
  • Master of Science in Information Science (M.Sc Inf. Sc.), 2 years
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (PGDL), 1 year
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) 3 years
  • Bachelor of Records and Archives Management (BRAM) 3 years
  • Diploma in Library and Information Studies (DLIS), 2 years
  • Diploma in Records and Archives Management (DRAM), 2 years

The Bachelor of Library and Information Science was introduced in 1989 under the term system. It was restructured for the semester system in 1997 and later revised in 2003, where practicum and options were introduced. Since 2003, four cohorts have gone through the programme.

PLANS (PATHWAYS)

For the BLIS programme, all the courses from year 1 to 3 are core. However, students will be required to take two academic courses outside EASLIS during the first two years of study. These will be chosen from among the courses offered in the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Science and Fine Art.

PROGRAMME GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

Programme goal:  Developing human capacity to manage information for organizational, national and international development.

The programme objectives to:

  • Equip learners with the theory, concepts and philosophy of library and information science
  • Expose learners to practical training for  enabling them acquire competencies and skills required in the LIS profession
  • Equip learners with knowledge and skills in the management of LIS institutions in a changing society
  • Expose learners to the research process to examine LIS issues and identify solutions
  • Enable learners appreciate and adopt ICT in the management of library and information services.
  • Develop learners’ professional attitudes in information work

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

SEMESTER ONE

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS1105 Information and Society 3 45 0 45
BLS1111 Information Technology I 4 45 30 60
BLS1106 Information literacy 3 30 30` 45
BLS3120 Library Operations 3 30 30 45
  Plus at least 2 courses from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 6 Credit Units 6      
Total CU 19      

SEMESTER TWO

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS1211 Information Technology II 4 45 30 60
BLS1205 Principles of Knowledge Organization 3 45 0 45
BLS1206 Publishing and Book Trade 3 45 0 45
BRM1101 Principles of Records and Archives Management 3 45 0 45
  Plus at least 2 courses from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 6 Credit Units 6      

TOTAL CU

19      

SEMESTER THREE


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS2106 Reference and Information Service 3 30 30 45
BLS2113 Classification I 4 45 30 60
BLS2112 Cataloguing I 4 45 30 60
BLS2107 Editing 3 30 30 45
BLS1213 Analysis of Information Systems 3 45 0 45
  Plus at least 1 course from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 3 Credit Units 3      

Total CU

20      


SEMESTER FOUR


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS2207 Documentation Work and Service 3 30 30 45
BLS2211 Classification II 4 45 30 60
BLS2212 Cataloguing II 4 45 30 60
BLS2208 Database Management and Information Retrieval 4 15 60 60
BLS3117 Publication Design and Production 3 30 30 45
  Plus at least 1 course from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 3 Credit Units 3      

Total CU

21      

RECESS SEMESTER


Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

BLS2301 Field Attachment

5

 

300

 

  TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

5

 

 

 

SEMESTER FIVE


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS3122 Web Document Management 4 45 30 60
BLS3123 Research Methods 4 60 0 60
BLS3124 Multimedia Librarianship 3 30 30 45
BLS3113 Management of Information Institutions and Resources 3 45 0 45
BLS3116 Preservation and Conservation 3 30 30 45
BLS3125 Automation of Library and Information systems 4 45 30 60
           

Total CU

21      

SEMESTER SIX


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS1112 Communication Skills and Practice 3 30 30 45
BLS3220 Community and specialized  Information Systems 3 30 30 45
BLS3221 Management of Electronic Resources 4 45 30 60
BLS3222 Legal, Policy and Information Ethics 3 45 0 45
BLS3223 Information Entrepreneurship   3 45 30 60
BLS3224 Project 5 0 150 75

Total CU

21      

TOTAL MINIMUM GRADUATION CU REQUIREMENT


YEAR 1
SEM 1 CU

YEAR 1
SEM 2 CU

YEAR 2
SEM 1 CU

YEAR  2
SEM 2 CU

RECESS
TERM

YEAR 3
SEM 1 CU

YEAR 3
SEM 2 CU

TOTAL
CU

19

19

20

21

5

21

21

126

Those with Science background take courses from the Science faculties, while those from Arts take courses from either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Those with Science background take courses from the Science faculties, while those from Arts take courses from either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Dean’s Message

I take this opportunity to welcome you to East African School of Library and Information Science, popularity known as EASLIS. EASLIS is a regional center of excellence for educating Information Scientists, Records Managers, Archivists and professionals engaged in book production chain. Established in 1963, EASLIS has a very reach history which it is strategically building on by using its strategic plans of 2007/08 -2017/18. As part of the global reforms in Higher Educational Institutions and in particular Makerere University, EASLIS together with the former Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology joined to form the College of Computing and Information Sciences. This is anticipated to help build the synergies and enable the College become the center of excellence for educating and training Computer experts, Information Scientists, Records and Archives managers in Africa.

In executing these duties, we are guided by the EASLIS Mission statement:

“To offer education, promote research and innovation, and outreach in library and information science to respond to the present and future information needs of society”.

In the pursuit of its mission, EASLIS is guided by the following core values:
• Allegiance to the institution
• Honesty and Integrity
• Customer responsiveness
• Professionalism
• Openness to diversity
• Team Work
• Transparency and Accountability
• Identity Preservation
• Gender sensitivity/responsiveness
• Commitment and Hard work

EASLIS Strategic goals:
To provide a teaching and learning environment in Library, Information Science, Records and Archives that assures quality of staff and students that become competitive in the changing information management environment.

To promote staff and students’ research and technology innovations in Library, Information Science, Records and Archives Management.

To mentor staff and students in Library and Information Science, Records and Archives Management with a purpose of preparing them for employment in the ever changing public and private sector information environment.

To promote transfer of Library and Information management, Records and Archives management best practices to private and public sector.

To facilitate Library and Information Science, Records and Archives management academic work on real life sector information management and challenges.

To facilitate networking between the private, public sector and EASLIS stakeholders.

Key elements that make EASLIS a place to choose to study from include and are not limited to:

EASLIS is one of the few institutions in the world with a School status in a University. Because of this, it has built its human resources capacity to 21 academic staff currently and we intend to recruit another 8 before this year ends so as to ably handle the teaching, research and community services.

Integrated Curricula: All academic programmes at EASLIS have integrated coverage of relevant ICT courses and the key skills and competencies required within its discipline of work. All our curricula are reviewed after every cohort. This helps to make EASLIS courses stay afloat.

EASLIS is committed to its multidisciplinary and inter-professional team teaching and team learning which helps in promoting effective learning in an ever dynamic world.

EASLIS continues its community engagement as a core activity making it stand out in our society.

Overall, EASLIS within its operational mandate will play a significant role to continuously transform and improve on the Library, Information Science, Records and Archives Management profession in the East African region and Africa at large.
For more information, please, do not hesitate to contact the following:

Dr. George William Kiyingi (PhD)
Dean:
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Bachelor of Records and Archives Management (BRAM)

RATIONALE FOR THE BRAM PROGRAMME

Uganda’s most valuable asset for attaining and sustaining rapid human and economic advancement is its people. The capacity of these people needs to be quantitatively and qualitatively nurtured in order to ease access to relevant information that would facilitate proper decision making for rapid social economic development. This strategy is devolved from the long-term aim of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) to ensure that African countries move in the right path for sustainable growth and development, whose objectives among others are to ensure that Uganda achieves the agreed Millennium Development Goals (NEPAD, 2002:4).

Bachelors of Records and Archives Management programme, is designed to:

      • Satisfy the increasing demand for trained records and archives professionals.
      • Create upgrading avenues for existing undergraduate diploma programmes like DRAM, Secretarial studies, etc
      • Strengthen local governments by providing personnel for records and archives management.
      • Provide an opportunity for A-level leavers to develop a career in records and archives management.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The BRAM programme has the following objectives:

      • To build Human Resources capacity for the various government and private sector records and archives management institutions
      • To equip students with knowledge and skills for managing different types of records, archives and information institutions.
      • To prepare students for further professional growth in records, archives and information management.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
The BRAM programme duration shall run for a period of 3 Academic Years. The First and Third years shall consist of two semesters of 17 weeks each (15 weeks for 2 weeks for examinations). The Second year in addition to the two semesters of 17 weeks each shall include a Recess Term of 10 weeks for field attachment. Instruction shall be by courses, quantified into credit units. One credit unit is equivalent to fifteen (15) Contact Hours. A Contact Hour shall be equivalent to one (1) Hour of lecture or two (2) hours of tutorial/fieldwork. Four (4) Hours of Field Work are equivalent to one (1) Contact Hour.

Details of the BRAM programme structure are specified below where:
LH =   Lecture Hour
PH =    Practical Hour
CH =   Contact Hour
CU =   Credit Units
YEAR ONE


Semester 1

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Status

Core Course

BRM 1101

BRM 1102
BRM 1103

BRM 1104
BLS 1111
BLS 1112

Principles of Records and Archives management.
Organization and Office systems
Paleography and Oral history management
Supplies and Materials Management
Information Technology I
Communication Skills and Practice

 

3
3

3
3
4
3

 

45
30

30
30
30
30

 

30

30
30
60
30

 

45
45

45
45
60
45

 

New
New

New
New
Current
Current

Electives

None

None

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

19

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Status

Core Course

BRM 1201
BRM 1202
BRM 1203
BRM 1204
BRM 1205

 

BRM 1206

Papermaking and Reprography
Audiovisual Records Management
Classification and Cataloguing
Applied Organizational Psychology
Government Information Resources and Systems

Information Technology II

3
3
4
3

3

4

30
30
30
30

45

30

30
30
60
30

 

60

45
45
60
45

45

60

New
New
New
New

New

New

Electives

None

None

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

20

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                   
YEAR TWO


Semester 1

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Status

Core Course

BRM 2101

BRM 2102

BRM 2103
BLS 2215
BRM 2104
BRM 2105

Information and Documentation Services
Ethics in Records and Archives Management
Records Processing and Organization
Database Management Systems
Desktop Publishing and Editing
Research Methods

3

3

3
4
4
3

30

45

30
30
30
45

30

 

30
60
60

45

45

45
60
60
45

New

New

New
Current
New
New

Electives

None

None

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

20

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Status

Core Course

BRM 2201
BLS 3115

BRM 2202
BRM 2203
BRM 2204
BRM 2205

Management Principles and Practices
Analysis of Records Management systems
Health Records management
Archives Administration
Records Storage and Security
Research Data Analysis

3
3

3
3
3
3

45
30

30
30
30
30

 

30

30
30
30
30

45
45

45
45
45
45

New
Current

New
New
New
New

Electives

None

None

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

18

 

 

 

 

 

RECESS TERM


Recess Term

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Status

Core Course

BRM 2301

Field Attachment

5

 

300

 

New

Electives

None

None

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

5

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR THREE


Semester 1

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Status

Core Course

BRM 3101
BRM 3102
BRM 3103
BLS 3214

BLS 3121

Project Planning and Management
Management of Business Records
Preservation and Conservation
Automation of Records Management Systems
Website Development and Internet Technology

3
3
3
4

 

4

30
30
30
30

 

30

30
30
30
60

 

60

45
45
45
60

 

60

New
New
New
Current

 

Current

Electives

None

None

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

17

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Status

Core Course

BRM 3201
BRM 3202

BRM 3203
BLS 3215
BRM 3204

Management of Museums
Managing of Records and Archives Institutions
Management of Electronic Records
Records Management and the Law
Project

3
3

4
3
6

45
30

30
45

 

30

60

150

45
45

60
45
75

New
New

New
Current
New

Electives

None

None

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

19

 

 

 

 

TOTAL MINIMUM GRADUATION CU REQUIREMENT


YEAR 1
SEM 1 CU

YEAR 1
SEM 2 CU

YEAR 2
SEM 1 CU

YEAR  2
SEM 2 CU

RECESS
TERM

YEAR 3
SEM 1 CU

YEAR 3
SEM 2 CU

TOTAL
CU

19

20

20

18

5

17

19

118


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
            Admission to the programme shall be through any of the four avenues:

      • Direct Entry
      • Mature Age Scheme
      • Diploma Holders Scheme
      • Degree Holders
      • Direct Entry

An applicant must have obtained at least two principle passes in Sciences or Arts subjects at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent and must also possess a certificate of the Uganda Certificate Education (UCE) or its equivalent.

For purposes of admission into the BRAM programme, the advanced level subjects shall carry the following weights:


Essential Subjects

Relevant Subjects

Desirable Subjects

Others

Two best done of ALL A-level subjects

Third best done of ALL A-level subjects

General Paper, Sub-Maths

ALL others

      • Mature Age Entry

Admission may be by Mature Age Entry Scheme after passing two special mature age university examinations in aptitude and specialized knowledge relevant to records and archives management.

      • Diploma Entry

Holders of Diploma in Records and Archives Management, Diploma in Library and Information Science, Diploma in Information Management, Diploma in Information Technology, Diploma in Computer Science, Diploma in Secretarial Studies, Diploma in Public Administration or related from any recognized institution may be admitted to the BRAM programme. The applicants should have obtained a Credit Class Diploma. A student who has enrolled for a Diploma in Records and Archives Management with effect from academic year 2010/2011 from Makerere University and graduates with a credit class Diploma qualifies to be exempted from the following courses in BRAM programme:

Semester 1

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Core Course

BRM 1101

BRM 1102
BRM 1103

BRM 1104
BLS 1111
BLS 1112

Principles of Records and Archives management.
Organization and Office systems
Paleography and Oral history management
Supplies and Materials Management
Information Technology I
Communication Skills and Practice

 

3
3

3
3
4
3

 

45
30

30
30
30
30

 

30

30
30
60
30

 

45
45

45
45
60
45

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

19

 

 

 

Semester 2

Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

Core Course

BRM 1201
BRM 1202
BRM 1203
BRM 1204
BRM 1205

 

BRM 1206

Papermaking and Reprography
Audiovisual Records Management
Classification and Cataloguing
Applied Organizational Psychology
Government Information Resources and Systems

Information Technology II

3
3
4
3

3

4

30
30
30
30

45

30

30
30
60
30

 

60

45
45
60
45

45

60

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

20

 

 

 

      • Degree

Holders of any Degree from a recognized university or institution of Higher learning may be admitted to the BRAM programme.

EXAMINATION REGULATIONS
The general regulations and statutes of Makerere University and East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) shall apply.

      • General Regulations
      • University Examinations shall be held in all courses at the end of each semester.
      • There shall be a Board of Examiners, which shall be composed of External, and Internal Examiners appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Board of the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS).
      • The Board of Examiners shall receive, consider and make recommendation of the final examination results for each candidate
      • The Director EASLIS shall chair the Board of Examiners and all decisions of the Board of Examiners shall be subjected to rectification by the EASLIS Board of Studies.
      • The EASLIS Board of Studies shall recommend to the University Senate what mark shall finally be awarded to each candidate in each course and the final result of the examination.
      • Pass mark
      • The pass mark in each course in the First, Second and Third years shall be 50%.
      • Progressive Assessment and Grading; progressive assessment, which shall consist of not less than two assignments per course, shall contribute 30% of the marks in any University Examination.

Marks                               Letter Grade                          Grade Point
80 – 100                                        A                                             5.0
75 – 79.9                                       B+                                           4.5
70 – 74.9                                       B                                             4.0
65 – 69.9                                       B-                                            3.5
60 – 64.9                                       C+                                           3.0
55 – 59.9                                       C                                             2.5
50 – 54.9                                       C-                                            2.0
45 – 49.9                                       D+                                           1.5
40 – 44.9                                       D                                             1.0
35 – 39.9                                       D-                                            0.5
Below 35                                       E                                              0

 

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