Records and archives management profession, like other information professions requires a complex theoretical and practical knowledge base to underpin its special expertise. Iwhiwhu, (2005), notes that Information and records management are the pillars of business activities. Therefore, with their absence, management is incapacitated in its decision making process.
The lack of records impairs orderly methods of information communication and utilization in an organization or institution. Organizations today require highly qualified personnel to manage their records. Such personnel ought to have undergone thorough training. Therefore, institutions with the mandate to train records and archives professionals have to design curricular to train personnel who can excel in the market environment. Ocholla and Botha (2007) note that it is important that curricula ought to be aligned to keep track of the latest developments in the information world and keep their teaching market-related and relevant.
Besides that, Uganda is one of the countries in which Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to be achieved. The MDGs provide the benchmarks for measuring progress and fundamentally reflect the shared aspirations of the various national governments in global human capacity development. This requires significant investment in education in an attempt to address important aspirations such as: improvement in standards of training, provision of specialized education and training programmes; enhancements of management and administration of education at national, district and institutional levels. Training in Records and Archives Management is one of the ways of bridging the gap.
In accordance with the mission of Makerere University and EASLIS mission of being a center of excellence responsible for producing high quality records and information professionals, EASLIS therefore introduced a Diploma in Records and Archives management in 1999. From the time the programme was started, hundreds of persons have undergone training and attained this Diploma. Since its inception, a lot has changed in the market and legal environment in which graduates of this programme work. It is against this back ground that EASLIS proposes to review the Diploma in Records and Archives Management (DRAM) programme.
The Diploma in Records and Archives Management programme is being revised in order to:
Programme goal: Developing of human capacity at paraprofessional level to address needs and challenges in records and archives management
The programme objectives to:
|DRA 1101||Foundations of Records Management||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 1103||Information Technology||4||30||60||60|
|DRA 1106||Foundations of Knowledge Management||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 1107||Office Organization and Management||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 1105||Records Processing and Organization||4||30||60||60|
|DRA 1205||Documentation Work and Information Service||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 1206||Information Technology in Records Management||4||30||60||60|
|DRA 2101||Stores and Materials Management||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 1104||Oral History and Paleography||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 1204||Archives Management||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 2106||Basics of Financial Management||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 1203||Legal and Policy Aspects of Records Work||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 2102||Preservation and Conservation||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 2206||Project Planning and Management||4||45||30||60|
|DRA 2207||Communication Skills||4||30||60||60|
|DRA 2208||Field Attachment||5|