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:

  • Fulfill requirements for accreditation of programmes as set by the National Council for Higher Education, and the Quality Assurance guidelines of Makerere University. 
  • Equip students with knowledge and skills required for good governance, and transparency
  • Meet the new skills requirements for archival practitioners and changing Records and archives practices such as; ICT skills requirements
  • Meet new knowledge requirements such as the new legislations at the national and international level e.g. The 1995 Constitution, The National Records and Archives Act 2001, The Access to Information Act 2005, Sarbanes -Oxley Act 2002 etc.
  • Update the programme to meet the changing conditions in the market. Since the programme was first introduced in 1999, a lot has changed and thus a need to keep it relevant to the needs in the market.

Plans (Pathways)

  • An upward opening for certificate holders
  • A programme to train paraprofessionals for entry into professional programmes

Programme goal and objectives

Programme goal:  Developing of human capacity at paraprofessional level to address needs and challenges in records and archives management

The programme objectives to:

  • Equip students with knowledge and skills in records and archives management 
  • Expose students to practical training to enable them acquire competencies and skills required in Records and archives work
  • To enable students appreciate and apply ICT in the management of records and archives
  • Develop students professional attitudes in records and archives work

Programme Structure

Semester One

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
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
Total CU   16      

Semester Two

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
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
Total CU   16      

Semester Three

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
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 2202 Museology 4 45 30 60
Total CU   16      

Semester Four

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
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
Total CU   16      

Recess Term

Code Course Name CU
DRA 2208 Field Attachment 5

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