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Workshop for the creation of MS Chemistry Program conducted

The Department of Chemistry faculty and staff who attended the three-day API workshop.

The CAS-Department of Chemistry conducted a workshop entitled “Planning for the Creation of the MS Chemistry Program,” at the Teaching and Learning Resource Center, UPV Miagao Campus last 25 – 27 January 2017. The activity is part of the Academic Program Improvement (API) of the department.

Attended by the faculty and staff of the department, the three-day workshop reviewed the capability of the Department of Chemistry to develop and offer a graduate program course on the Master of Science in Chemistry. It also evaluated the Department’s available resources which included, but not limited, to its faculty profile, library resources, stock room facility, laboratory standards, and instrumentation capacity.

Dr. Vivian A. Topor, Chair of the Curriculum of the department, presented the results of a survey which she conducted in 2013 which assessed the need for an MS Chemistry program in the region. She also shared the preliminary evaluation of the department’s faculty resource that would meet the requirements in creating the new program according to the policies and standards as stipulated in the CHED Memorandum Order No. 08 series of 2011.

Prof. Steve P. Janagap, Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry conducted an assessment of the capability of the Department to offer the MS Chemistry program. Mr. Leandro G. Gamarcha and Ms. Scarlet F. Dumalay, on the other hand, discussed the role of the Analytical Service Laboratory as a support unit. They likewise presented the inventory of available laboratory equipment and facilities.

On the second day of the workshop, Prof. Jay O. Martizano discussed the competency standards and curriculum requirements of the MS Chemistry program according to the CHED guidelines. This was followed by the identification of core and elective courses, as well as possible research thrusts.

The 3rd and final day of the workshop was devoted to setting of the guidelines for thesis writing and graduate seminar. A presentation of the proposed MS Chemistry program capped the three-day activity.

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