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.
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).
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.
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.
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: 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:
|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|
|Total minimum CU semester I 15|
|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|
Comprehensive proposal development and defense. Proposal should be ready for submission to the Graduate School at the end of this Semester
Data collection with progress report submitted to the School of Graduate Studies at the end of the Semester
Data analysis and writing dissertation with progress report submitted to the School of Graduate Studies at the end of the Semester
Submission of submission and defense. The dissertation should be submitted for examination at the end of the Semester.
Preparation of Concept paper and presentation
Developing, submitting and defending comprehensive Research Proposal
Field work/data collection with a progress report submitted at the end of the Semester
Data Analysis with a progress report submitted at the end of the Semester
Dissertation writing. Progress report should be submitted at the end of the Semester together with a draft proposal
Finalizing Dissertation, submission and viva voce