Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science

Objectives

The objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science are:

  • To provide the highest level of training in Information Science by coursework and dissertation
  • To produce scholars who can effectively carry out research, publish; possess wide and deep knowledge and understanding of issues in the Information Science profession
  • To produce qualified professionals who will give leadership in the Library and Information education.

Programme Duration

The programme duration is 3 academic years of which the first 1½-year will be for coursework and the remaining 1½ years shall be for developing the research proposal, doing research and writing the research dissertation/thesis.

Courses offered

Year I: Semester 1 CU
PLS 8101 Advanced Research Methods 4
PLS 8102 Information Literacy 4
PLS 8103 Theory of Information Science 4
PLS 8104 Seminar I 2
  Total minimum CU semester 1 14
Year 1: Semester II  
PLS 8201 Library and Information Ethics 4
PLS 8202 Current Developments in Information Science 4
PLS 8203 Operations Research in Information Science 4
PLS 8204 Seminar II 2
  Total minimum CU semester 2 14
Year 1I: Semester I  
PLS 8205 Seminar III 2
     
Year 1I: Semester II and Year III, Semester I and II  
PLS 8206 Research Dissertation  

Audit Courses

It may be necessary for some candidates to audit certain courses in order to strengthen their background at Masters level. The PhD candidates will be encouraged to take courses from other faculties around the University, to allow for an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to questions of importance to the information sector. Credits shall not be awarded for such courses. 

This arrangement will also cater for candidates who are on Sandwich programmes from other universities.

Area for Research and Seminars

Candidates will choose from among the following areas to prepare seminar topics and carry out research but not limited these only:

Community Information Systems and services

  • Health Information Systems and services
  • Education Information Systems and services
  • Information for disadvantaged groups
  • Information Systems Development
  • Advanced Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Legal Information Systems and services
  • Education and training of Information Professionals
  • Business and Financial Information Systems and services
  • Agricultural Information Systems and services
  • Science and Technology Information Systems and Services
  • Library and Information Ethics
  • Information and Communication Laws and Policies
  • Information Marketing and Consultancy
  • Information Systems for E-governance
  • Information Systems for E-Commerce
  • Library automation In formation and Communication Laws and Policies
  • Record Management Systems
  • Design of Library and Information Center buildings

Degree Award
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science is awarded to a candidate who satisfies all the conditions below:

  • Accumulated a minimum of 30 credit units and
  • Passes the requisite dissertation.
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