Directorate of Academic Affairs (DAA)

Directorate of Academic Affairs

The Directorate of Academic Affairs (DAA) is responsible for coordination of academic activities of the university namely; student admissions, student records as well as teaching and examinations. Other responsibilities include; curriculum review, preparation of the University calendar, monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Department and keeping management updated on best practices in teaching and learning, and areas that need improvement. In addition, the DAA provides Secretariat to Senate.

Functions of DAA

The primary functions of DAA include: coordination of teaching and learning activities and management of student records. Under coordination of teaching and learning activities, the Directorate is charged with;

  • Preparation and management of the University Calendar (Almanac)
  • Ensuring that all necessary preparations for effective teaching and learning are in place such as projectors, white boards, online content, teaching and exam time table;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Department
  • Keeping management updated on best practices and areas that need improvement in teaching and learning
  • Initiation and coordination of innovative support services to facilitate students learning and development.

Under management of student records, the Directorate is charged with;

  • Assisting the Deputy Vice Chancellor in overseeing the coordination, administration and organisation of all academic matters in the schools including admission, undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies and examinations
  • Preparation of teaching and examination time table
  • Collection, processing and storage of student records
  • Serving as the Secretariat to the University Senate

 Teaching and Learning

Learner Centered Teaching and Learning Approach

Our teaching and learning approach is learner centered whereby students are active participants in learning and co-constructors of knowledge as opposed to passive recipients. Lecturers act as mentors and advisors to encourage students’ participation in active learning. Interactions between Lecturers and students facilitate the learning process through discovery, inquiry, and problem solving. The objective of our learner centred teaching and learning approach is to nurture students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and development of students’ abilities to acquire problem solving techniques. The overall goal is to deliver an effective learning process and outcome rather than just high scores. In addition to the learner centred teaching and learning approach, our e-learning and e-library systems are available 24/7 to facilitate continuous learning beyond classroom lectures. Beyond classroom hours, students continue to engage in learning online through personal revision, asking questions to Lecturers and discussions with classmates under the moderation of the Lecturer. More so, computer laboratories are open 24/7 to make it flexible for students to carry out practicals. More about e-learning and e-library systems can be found under the e-learning and e-library links.

Community Engagement (Field Work Attachment)

UTAMU has a unique field work attachment programme called community engagement for all its students that involves practical job placement for students for 4 months each academic year. By the end of a 3 year programme, a student at UTAMU has 12 months of work/field practice with various organisations which is equivalent to one year’s work experience. The objectives of this approach are three fold;

  • To facilitate further development of students’ practical skills through application of the knowledge and skills acquired in class to real life problems and development of real life solutions
  • To facilitate acquisition of key employability skills such as communication, problem solving, self-drive, time management, etc.
  • To provide an interactive environment for academic staff, students and potential employers to get feedback about the curriculum for continuous improvement and to connect students to prospective employers.

During field work, students are supervised by a University supervisor on at least three occasions. The goal of this approach to field work attachment is to produce competitive graduates not only in Uganda but in the entire region.

E-learning

Uganda Technology and Management University has an E-Learning System that provides 24/7 access to all UTAMU’s teaching and learning activities to students and staff. At anytime anywhere, registered students can access their learning resources, communicate with their lecturers and fellow students, participate in academic discussions and undertake online assessments. The system is closed to the general public and only accessible to staff and registered students of UTAMU. Access is found here.

E-Library

The Uganda Technology and Management University E-Library provides a vast collection of resources that support both student learning and staff research. It also profiles a big collection of open access resources that are free and open to the general public.

Uganda Technology & Management University is part of the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL). CUUL was established in December 2001 and consists of most public and private academic libraries in licensed and accredited institutions of higher education in Uganda. Some research institutions are also affiliate members of the Consortium. CUUL is a registered non-profit association with the Ugandan Registrar of Companies, Limited by Guarantee under the Companies Act, Laws of Uganda. Visit UTAMU E-Library here

 

 

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