Message from the Department Head of Information Science
Department of Information Science is structured under College of computing. The Department as an academic program has Academic Council that constitutes all departments’ academic staff. Any further enquiry and information regarding admission, research, collaboration and partnership can be forwarded to the head of the department at the following .
The undergraduate professional degree program centers on how the artifacts of human knowledge are structured, organized, managed, evaluated, and made accessible. The university believes that Information Science (IS) and newly emerging related fields must be taught together since the technical, humanistic, social, and behavioral aspects of Information Science are interrelated. An understanding of users must guide information systems design, just as knowledge of technical possibilities and constraints must shape user services. The history, policy, and economic contexts of information creation and dissemination are also essential elements.
When Melvil Dewey opened the first school at Columbia University in 1887, the core curriculum was designed to provide students with a set of theoretical and unique professional responsibility to acquire, organize, preserve and disseminate needed and legitimated kinds of information, no matter their textual format to assist users in a particular institutional environment. The traditional core curriculum of information resource selection, cataloging and classification, reference work, administration and management, history of information, research methods, and libraries in society (including communication) are also considered well.
The introduction and use of computer technology has expanded the knowledge base for information science education. The first factor was the introduction of technology itself into the curriculum: students must use technology to solve information problems. The second factor was the emphasis on specialization in practice and the introduction of elective courses. The diverse range of professional opportunities has expanded the knowledge and skills that graduates must possess not only as user-centered perspective, but the core curriculum program that incorporates instruction in information-seeking from the cognitive level to the role of information in society. These factors remain included in the curriculum of reference or information access courses at undergraduate institutions with special reference to Ethiopian University. The focus on users makes information science distinct from other fields that play a role in the creation, organization, management, accession, and dissemination of information.
The curriculum provides not only a list of courses or modules offered in a program, but it also gives information on content, purpose, method, time/duration, trainers and location or situation of a program or course - all of which are essential in a successful dispensation of manpower training and education.
The traditional concept of information is being redefined from a place to access paper records or books to one that also houses the most advanced electronic resources, including the Internet, digital libraries, and remote access to a wide range of information sources. Consequently, information professionals, increasingly combine traditional duties with tasks involving quickly changing technology. Thus the new program houses necessary technology-based program in the University and consequently called Department of Information Science.
Therefore, the curriculum is comprised of 180 ECTS with 12 Modules (Basic English Skills; Mathematical Skills; Civics and Ethical Education; General Psychology; Information Science Foundation; Basic Programming; Scientific Studies and Communications; Communications and Networking; Digital Contenting; Advanced Programming; Information Consultancy; Information Management; Information Retrieval; Intelligence Information; Integrated Information Management Systems; Research Project.
The B. Sc. degree program in Information Science has been offered since 2006 in Maddawalabu University. Although the program has contributed few batches in producing the necessary skilled manpower.