Teaching and Learning

    1. Academics

Curriculum Development

All the programmes at HIAMS and HIAEBS are formed on sound educational theories and principles with strong curricula developed as a map of key subjects, schedule of skills, portfolio of meaningful personal experiences, and agenda of important cultural or local community issues.

Key elements of our programmes

    • Prolonged, early and regular exposure to practice placements from the outset of each programme to facilitate the integration of theory and practice.
    • Value placed on a strong and early emphasis of the acquisition of skills.
    • Importance of a comparable and equitable assessment strategy that is valid and reliable.
    • Use of an Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) approach.
    • Ladder approach in training
    • Recognition of the logistical problems created by student numbers and placement availability, and the need to find solutions that safeguard the quality of the practice learning experience.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning is achieved through classroom lecture sessions with PowerPoint projections, tutorials, practical or workshops and personal studies. Typically, Mondays to Thursdays are for lectures and enquiry, while Fridays are for integration of theory and practice through tutorials, cases studies or practical in our well-equipped laboratories.

Our E-Learning platform has lecture notes, learning resources including videos and practice questions to facilitate learning. All our students are encouraged to have their own personal computers since internet access around the UIAS premise is free.

Our Library also has a good collection of books for our students to borrow for up to two weeks.

An academic year is made up of 2 semesters of 16 weeks each. Generally, the first 7 weeks is for theory, next 7 weeks for internship, 1 week for revision and 1 week for examination.

Internships

Internships take place in our partner institution or hospital, where students keep track of their skills by filling their skills booklets and write a portfolio. Students are also assessed by their supervisors during internship.

Assessment

Assessment is done through tests, assignments, internship reports, portfolios, and a final examination which usually carries 70% of the total marks.

Programme Expected Outcome

HND

Clearly integrates theory and practice

Develops student’s ability to perform defined professional skills, team, leadership and entrepreneurial qualities,

Introduces student to research and make them evidence based practice professionals

Develops the student’s ability to apply a reflective and self-directed lifelong approach to learning

Meets current Cameroonian, American and European standards

Bachelor’s Degree

Top-up or conversion from HND, with emphasis on advanced skills and knowledge, research and data analysis, management and professional ethics and responsibility.