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Curriculum Objective

1. Our emphasis in teaching is for students to develop high analytical and communication skills, oral and written, in preparation for life and profession. Courses are intellectually rigorous and hands-on as the teaching objective is to produce highly trained and skilled graduates who understand and fully engage theory as it relates to practise in their profession.

2. The objective in the Cultural Excellence Programme is to teach students to appreciate African arts and to get them rooted in African tradition, knowledge, and culture. Instruction in Cultural Excellence Programme aims at deepening students' understanding of the principles of African life rooted in umunthu for students to internalise those principles that inform and order African cultural and social value systems


  • FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

  • FACULTY OF BUSINESS

  • FACULTY OF LIFE SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING

  • FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • FACULTY OF ALLIED HEALTH

    Centre for Malaria and Infectious Disease Control

    Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology will establish the Centre for Malaria and Infectious Disease Control to inherit the malaria eradication project of Blantyre North Relief Project, the parent organisation of the university. The Centre for Malaria and Infectious Disease Control will focus on research on ways to eradicate common infectious diseases including those not given much attention yet claiming many lives of children and adults. The Centre will engage in research on:
    1. Developing methods for detecting infectious diseases and comprehensive surveillance systems and sensitive response mechanisms essential to monitor progress, detect epidemics and programme deficiencies, and how to take remedial action.
    2. Developing clear epidemiological assessment and mapping system for surveillance for monitoring the effectiveness of interventions in reducing and interrupting transmission; and criteria for certification of elimination of infection.
    3. Carrying out vector competence studies on existing, or emerging infectious diseases.
    4. Developing methods for testing assays for emerging infectious diseases.
    5. Conducting detection and surveillance training for infectious disease control practitioners, physicians, medical examiners, laboratory technicians, nurses, and veterinarians.



COLLEGES

College of Accountancy
College of Communication
College of Education
College of Fine Arts
College of Hospitality Management
College of Life Sciences
College of Engineering
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
College of Social Work




BACHELORS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

To earn a diploma in any career or academic discipline students need a minimum of 96 college-level credit hours passed with no less than a C grade. For a degree a minimum of 138 college credits are required, 96 credits post a Bachelors degree to earn a Masters, and ordinarily 120-200 hours post Masters for a doctoral degree and depending on field of specilisation. The credits are distributed as follows: 48 credits in the concentration or field of career or professional training, 46 credits distribution requirements, 15 credits recommended electives, 24 credits in the Cultural Excellence Programme, 4 credits in computer skills (1 credit in keyboarding and 3 credits Computer concepts and applications), 6 credits community service, 4 credits for internship, and 3 fourth year project.

DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS AND EARNED CREDITS

Core Programme 24
Cultural Excellence

Faculty of Humanities 24
One course from these three
        African Studies
    Education
    Philosophy

Religion/Theology 6

Languages and Literature 6

Writing Across the Curriculum 3

Fine Arts 6
Two courses from this list
    Music
    Performing Arts
    Commercial Art
    Knitwear and Clothing manufacturing
    Fashion Design
    Industrial Design
    Interior Design

Faculty of Business 6
Two courses from this list
    Accounting
    Business Administration
    Banking
    Business Management
    Finance
    International Business
    Marketing

Faculty of Life Sciences and Engineering 6
Two courses from this list
    Agriculture sciences
    Biology
    Biological sciences
    Biotechnology
    Chemistry
    Horticulture
    Mathematics
    Physics
    Psychology

Engineering and Applied Science 4
Keyboarding and one course from this list:
    Computer Keyboarding
    Computer concepts and applications
    Computer Aided-Design
    Computer Information System

Faculty of Social Sciences 6
Two courses from this list:
    Anthropology
    Economics
    Environmental Studies
    Geography
    History
    Political Science
    Sociology
    Statistics

Electives 15
Four electives
Lower level course (100-200) 1
Upper level courses (200-300) 2
Seminars (400-499) 2

Community Service 6

Fourth Year Project 3
All graduating seniors without exception must engage in a project to be orally defended and, or demonstrated before peers and the teaching staff of the department and related fields of inquiry.
Internship/practicum 4-8

Degree 48
Lower level courses 6-8
Upper level courses 40

POST GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for post graduate degrees are set by individual departments and, or the faculty. Ordinarily, a minimum of 96 credits are required for master's degree. However the requirements are defined, post graduate students must take some requirements that reflect the core values of Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology.

Core Programme 15/12
Cultural excellence programme 15 credits (if not already taken), or
Africa Studies 12 credits (if cultural excellence requirements were already met)

Languages and literature 6

Religion/Theology 6

Community Service 6

Practicum 8-12

Electives 12-15

Masters Thesis 6

Masters specialisation field 40-60 depending on the discipline and department

Doctoral research and specialisation 90

Doctoral dissertation 12




Bachelor of Arts and Science Programmes

DUAL DEGREES

Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Divinity and Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Public Health and Social Work


FACULTY OF ALLIED HEALTH

Bachelor of Science in Anesthesiology
Bachelor of Science in Clinical medicine
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Dental Technology
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Mental Health
Bachelor of Science in Ophthalmic Optics
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Radiological Technology
Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology



FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Banking
Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
Bachelor of Arts in Finance
Bachelor of Arts in International Business
Bachelor of Arts in Marketing

Hotels
Bachelor of Arts in Baking Management
Bachelor of Arts in Food Administration Service
Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Tourism Management



FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

Bachelor of Arts in African Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Literature
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Arts in Religious and Theological Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Bachelor of Divinity
Bachelor of Theological Studies

Fine Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Performing Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art
Bachelor of Arts in Knitwear and Clothing Manufacturing
Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design
Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design
Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Communications
Bachelor of Arts in Advertising
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Art
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism: Radio and Television
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Bachelor of Arts Photography



FACULTY OF LIFE SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING

Life Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology
Bachelor of Science in Computer Aided-Design
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information System
Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Design and Drafting Technology
Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology
Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Technology
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Motor Vehicle and Diesel Technology



FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Bachelor of Science in Education
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Science in Geography
Bachelor of Science in History
Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Bachelor of Science in Statistics




Masters Programmes


Business

Master of Business Administration in Accounting
Master of Business Administration in Administration: Global Trade Management
Master of Business Administration in Finance
Master of Business Administration in Marketing
Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management
Master of Business Administration in Hotel &Tourism
Master of Business Administration in International Business

Communication

Master of Arts in Communication

Humanities

Master of Arts in African Studies
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in Languages and Literature
Master of Arts in Music
Master of Arts in Philosophy
Master of Arts in Religion
Master of Theology
Master of Theological Studies


Life Sciences

Master of Science in Agriculture
Master of Science in Biology
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Master of Science in Chemistry
Master of Science in Psychology
Master of Science in Mathematics
Master of Science in Physics

Applied Sciences

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Social Science

Master of Science in Economics
Master of Science in Education
Master of Science in Environmental Studies
Master of Science in Geography
Master of Science in History
Master of Science in Political Science
Master of Social Work
Master of Science in Sociology
Master of Science in Statistics


Allied Health

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Master of Science in Nursing Administration
Master of Science Nurse Anesthetist
Master of Science in Nursing Education
Master of Science in Epidemiology
Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing
Master of Science in Midwifery
Master of Science Pediatric Nursing
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Immunology
Master of Science in Surgery
Master of Science in Neuroscience
Master of Science in Pathology
Master of Science in Physical Therapy
Master of Science in Psychiatry
Master of Science in Tropical Medicine






Doctoral Programmes


Business

Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Behavior

Humanities

Doctor of Philosophy in African Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in Languages and literature
Doctor of Philosophy in Music
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy in Religion
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

Life Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology/ Biochemistry
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Geographic information services
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology


Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography
Doctor of Philosophy in History
Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology


Allied Health Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Dentistry
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology
Doctor Philosophy in Infectious diseases
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Doctor of Philosophy in Obstetrics/Gynecology
Doctor of Philosophy in Ophthalmology
Doctor of Philosophy in Orthopedic Surgery
Doctor of Philosophy in Paediatrics
Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
Doctor of Surgery
Doctor Philosophy in Tropical medicine





  • Research
    The vision for the founding of Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology was to establish a university that would respond to development needs of Malawi and Africa, but also for a university that would be an heir to the culture and traditions of Africa. Research was conceived a major component of our vision. It is for this reason that Sindima Memorial Institute has opened with research centres in its five faculties.

  • Humanities

    Centre for Language Research
    The faculty of humanities through the arts, languages, philosophy, and religion will conduct research to expand our understanding and experience of the world, but also to preserve institutions of culture and traditions. The Centre for Language Research is established to conduct investigations towards preserving African languages that are widely spoken by language and ethnic groups in Africa, but are not the lingua-franca, or official. The Centre for Language research will conduct research into the grammar, morphology, and syntax of languages widely spoken in homes, market places, and public conversations in given geographic locations. During the first years the Centre will engage in establishing the grammar of the following languages in Malawi: ChiLomwe/Chikhokhola, ChiYao, ChiNdali, Nyakusa/Ngonde, ChiSena, Ngoni, ChiTumbuka/Phoka, ChiTonga, Ndau, and Nyakusa. The Centre will publish books on grammar, idioms, and proverbs in those languages to preserve and promote the languages. The Centre will conduct research in all language groups in Malawi and produce grammar books to be published by Africa Academy Press, an imprint of Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology.

  • Allied Health Sciences

    Centre for Research in Traditional Therapies
    Our people have used herbal medicines for thousands of years, but the knowledge of those remedies is being forgotten as more people consider them signs of backwardness, or superstition. However, many people still use traditional therapies and others turn to traditional medicine when hospitals have failed. Working with the faculty of life sciences and the College of Pharmacy, The Centre for Research in Traditional Therapies will conduct research in traditional therapies to document in order to preserve our knowledge in traditional medicine, but also to determine their pharmaceutical efficacy, establish dosage, regimen, and their safety. The Centre will work with traditional healers and others with knowledge in traditional herbal medicine. The Centre for Research in Traditional Therapies will establish the active chemicals in medicinal plants and to evaluate their curative effect on individuals. The objectives of the Centre are to:
    1. To conduct surveys of traditional botanical medicinal plants and to establish and maintain a comprehensive data base and a network system for addressing traditional health.
    2. To preserve knowledge on indigenous traditional medicine and to preserve the medicinal plants themselves by protecting their habitant, or by planting them elsewhere with a similar geographical environment, or collecting their seeds to protect them from extinction. The Centre will also collect and store seeds to maintain a gene pool for future use.
    3. To promote production of plant-derived pharmaceuticals for medical and nutritional purposes.
    4. To disseminate knowledge of traditional medicine by publishing its findings in a handbook of traditional therapies for clinicians to complement Western medicine.
    5. To establish a forum, conduct workshops and seminars for Traditional healers, medical practitioners, and scientists in life sciences.

  • Life Sciences and Applied Sciences

    Centre for Crop Research and Development
    Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology has 100ha to grow food, but also for study, research, and experimentation for staff and students agriculture sciences. The Centre for Crop Research and Development falls under agricultural studies. The centre is responsible for research and development of common crops, vegetables, and fruits in Malawi and the region: maize, rice, millet and other cereals, legumes such as beans, blackeye peas, pigeon peas, but also vegetables like cabbage, and fruits like bananas, mangoes and citrus fruits. The work of the Centre for Crop Research and Development is to cover plant genetic (management of germplasm and breeding) and resource management to improve production systems, harvest and post-harvest handling.

    The objectives and responsibilities of the centre are:
    1. To undertake basic, strategic, and applied research for developing methods and technologies to enhance productivity and utilisation of common food crops: maize, rice and other field crops, vegetables, fruits, roots, tubers and ornamental crops suitable for different agro-ecological regions.
    2. To develop after harvest ways of preserving food crops, vegetables, and fruits for home consumption, local and international markets;
    3. To teach local farmers and to disseminate research findings and development on food crops, vegetables, and fruits.
    4. To produce quality seed and planting material.
    5. To conduct detailed studies on the biology and ecology of key pathogen, insect and weed pests of food crops and identify ways to improve their control.



    Centre for Environmental Research and Education
    The main objective of the centre is to conduct environmental and ecological research with particular attention to the issues affecting sustainability in order to raise academic and public awareness. The Centre will develop awareness programmes to encompass post graduate, undergraduate and primary school levels, as well as the general public. The objective of the education programmes is to disseminate research finding by teaching data findings in the classroom and to ordinary citizens.

    The Centre's research is both basic and applied carried out in the laboratories of soil ecology and biotechnology, and analytical chemistry, but also outdoors focusing on the vital fields of soil and water quality, vegetable, plant, and animal species, forest and marine life, the quality of nutrition and human health. The Centre is also to produce educational material, printed and electronic, as well as to organise specialised seminars for primary, secondary, and college educators.

    The objectives of the Centre for Environmental and Ecological Research Education are set as follows:
    1. To collect, identify, and analyse data on terrestrial and marine biodiversity for preservation of endemic species in Malawi and the region.
    2. Assess and develop management of the long-term impact of human disturbances of the goods and services provided by various land and marine life ecosystems.
    3. Establish a network of primary and secondary schools environmental and ecological clubs for data collection of the various terrestrial and marine ecosystems to build an online database for current studies and reference and for future research.
    4. To develop teaching materials for environmental and ecological curriculum for primary school (Standards 1-8) and secondary education.
    5. To distill data and research information for public awareness of the environmental and ecological issues, and the long-term impact of human activities upon terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
    6. To develop a nationwide and regional-scale ecology course module to be team-taught by science lecturers and professors educators across Malawi and the region using data from the Centre as a centerpiece.
    7. To design collaborative research projects to arouse student interest in environmental and ecological studies and research so as to maximise student engagement in authentic science while maintaining a goal of generating publication quality, transformative data. Research projects to be published by the Centre's Environmental Journal, an Africa Academy Press Journal Publication.



Sindima Memorial Institute of Arts and Technology
P. O. Box 1124 Blantyre. Malawi
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