PHD IN INFORMATION SCIENCE

Highly educated and specialized information Scientists are critical for the generation of information/knowledge to facilitate better understanding of information society and the designing of appropriate policies.   In contemporary societies, the most highly educated and specialized Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals are those who have studied and acquired the Ph.D degrees.  Such Information Science Professionals who additionally have published and acquired experience in their respective fields of specialization have become the primary information policy advisors in their countries.  Uganda is in short supply of such professionals. 

EASLIS introduced the Ph.D Programme in 2004.  Since then there have been changes in the Library and Information Sector requiring new competences, knowledge and skills.

The Uganda Library and Information work force planning project, conducted in 2006 established that EASLIS clients demanded that on top of Ph.D programme by coursework and dissertation, there should be also a Ph.D programme by research only.   

PLANS (PATHWAYS)

The Ph.D in Information Science Ph.D. (Infor. Sc.) Programme will be a study by course work and dissertation; and by research only (thesis).   The programme will take a period of three academic years comprising of six semesters. There will be a Coursework and Dissertation (Plan A) or Research only (thesis - Plan B).

Plan A: Coursework and Dissertation

A student on Plan A must accumulate 23 credit units worth of coursework during the first two semesters and must submit a dissertation as a partial fulfillment that shall carry 10 credit units. The title of the dissertation shall appear on the transcript.

Plan B: Research only (thesis)

A student on Plan B will devote the first year on developing and defending the research proposal.  The remaining two years will be for field work/data collection, thesis writing and defense.  The title of the thesis shall appear on the transcript.

AUDIT COURSES

It may be necessary for candidates on the advice of the supervisors to audit certain courses in order to strengthen their capacity for research in Information Science.   Credits shall not be awarded to such courses.

PROGRAMME GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

Programme Goal:  Intensively enhance the competencies of information professionals and researchers for meeting society development needs.

The Ph.D Programme has been revised with the following objectives:

  1. To satisfy the growing demand for new competences, knowledge and skills in the LIS sector.
  2. To cater for the demand of clients interested in Ph.D by research only.
  3. To produce scholars who can effectively carry out research, publish; possess wide and deep knowledge and understanding of issues in the Information Science Profession.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PLAN A: Coursework and Dissertation

SEMESTER ONE

COURSE
CODE
COURSE NAME LH PH CH CU
PLS 8103 Theory of Information Science 45 30 60 4
PLS 8105 Research Paradigms in Information Science 45 30 60 4
PLS 8106 Operational Research in Information Science 45 30 60 4
PLS 8107 Seminar 15 60 45 3
Total minimum CU semester I                                                      15

SEMESTER TWO

COURSE
CODE
COURSE NAME LH PH CH CU
PLS 8205 Information Science Policy Studies 45 60 30 4
PLS 8206 Bibliometrics Studies  45 30 60 4
PLS 8207 Scholarly Writing and Communication 45 60 30 4
PLS 8208 Seminar: Concept Paper  Presentation 15 60 45 3
Total minimum CU semester 2                                                 15

SEMESTER THREE
Comprehensive proposal development and defense. Proposal should be ready for submission to the Graduate School at the end of this Semester

SEMESTER FOUR
Data collection with progress report submitted to the School of Graduate Studies at the end of the Semester

SEMESTER FIVE
Data   analysis and writing dissertation with progress report submitted to the School of Graduate Studies at the end of the Semester

SEMESTER SIX
Submission of submission and defense. The dissertation should be submitted for examination at the end of the Semester.

PLAN B: By Research Only (Thesis)

SEMESTER ONE
Preparation of Concept paper and presentation

SEMESTER TWO
Developing, submitting and defending comprehensive Research Proposal

SEMESTER THREE
Field work/data collection with a progress report submitted at the end of the Semester

SEMESTER FOUR
Data Analysis with a progress report submitted at the end of the Semester

SEMESTER FIVE
Dissertation writing. Progress report should be submitted at the end of the Semester together with a draft proposal

SEMESTER SIX
Finalizing Dissertation, submission and viva voce

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