Programs Offered at APIST

PROGRAMMES

ACCADEMIC COURSES

A. Sciences Department

Diploma in Agricultural and Community Development

Diploma in Health Records Management

B. Polytechnic Department

Certificate in Architectural Technology

Certificate in Electronic and Telecommunication Technology 

PROFESSIONAL COURSES

  1. ICM
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Accounting and Finance
  4. Purchasing and Supply Management
  5. Professional Computing and Information Processing
  6. City & Guilds
  7. Secretarial & Office Management  

1.      AGRICULTURE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

·         PROGRAMME DETAILS

1. 1. Programme TitleAgriculture and Community Development
1.2.  Exit AwardsCertificate of HE (Cert. HE) in Agriculture and Community Development Dpt, (1 Acad Year,) Diploma of HE (Dip. HE) in Agriculture and Community Development Dpt, (3 Acad Years,)  
  • AIMS AND RATIONALE

The impressive development of seven emerging economies: Brazil, Chile, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine in so many spheres greatly contributed to raising our prestige abroad and to enhancing confidence in the economic stability of our Eswatini. For various reasons the rapid growth rate in these countries revealed the limitation of various resources and accentuated the urgency of planning to ensure a constant rate of development adapted to the circumstances peculiar to the country.

The importance of the Agricultural industry and the resources of which it is in charge are so great that it has strong claims for consideration under regional and community planning as a great partner in accordance to its contribution to and total value for the economy.

The position of Agriculture in the national economy, and its contributions to the vitality of the country, has been described by several authors. The key role of the agricultural sector on a national basis may be summarized as follows:

  • Agriculture is the life link between man and nature.

This special role of the farmer and his industry in the existence of man is rarely fully appreciated. The farmer is fundamentally the key man of the man nature cycle in our economy.

  • Agriculture feeds the nation.

There is a great anxiety over the clear indications that the world is heading for serious food crises, since in many countries food production has not kept pace with the growing needs of rapidly increasing populations. It had been estimated that to feed the expected 6 million human beings in the year 2 thousand, grain production would have to be increased by more than one hundred per cent and animal products by 2 hundred per cent. The strategic worth of the food producing capacity of countries has become so great that it is considered one of the most important criteria for distinguishing between developed and developing countries.

In this respect, a country that sets a good agricultural policy can consider itself fortunate. Although its agricultural industry may prove to be still comparatively young, the future average level of nutrition of its population will compare very favorably with that of the most advanced countries.

The Programme of Agriculture and Community Development to be offered at APIST will equip students with all necessary knowledge in current thematic areas of the Development sector such as development theories and strategies, environment and sustainable development, Research methods, Public policy and poverty reduction, development economics, globalization etc. This core academic course structure also has intrinsic ability to develop research skills, proficient communication abilities, and geographical, cultural and sociological knowledge.

·         LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the programme, students should be able to use concepts, approaches, and methods from Agriculture and Community Development curricula in their career or future studies to understand and evaluate issues, plans, or projects.

At the end of three years of studies, the graduates in the Science Department, Programme of Agriculture and Community Development will be awarded a Diploma and can work as: community and economic development in positions that include: Agricultural Extension worker, Agricultural Vulgarizer, Agricultural Advisor/Extender, development coordinator for agriculture and environmental organizations, staff of economic development corporations and planning organizations/agencies

The programme goals are as follows:

Goals:
1. Student should be familiar with issues related to the agricultural sector, natural resource policies, and rural community development. 
Their focus should include three out of the five following areas:
• Agricultural markets, inputs and products
• Agricultural and natural resource-based firm production management
• Understanding of issues and changes facing agriculture in the region, nationally, and internationally
• Basic legal concepts related to business and agriculture
• Natural resource policy economics
• Community Development

2. Students should be able to communicate effectively, both written and orally, economic concepts, business decision-making, and agricultural and natural resource concepts. 
These concepts include but are not limited to the following:
• Understanding the drivers to changes and trends in the holistic development
• Economic decision-making
• Economic and business planning
     o Time value of money
     o Basic understanding of accounting and finance tools
     o Strategic planning
• Basic statistics
• Benefit cost analysis
• Market analysis
• Enterprise management and production analysis
• Decision-making under uncertainty
• Understanding of international trade, environmental issues
• Introductory foundations in biological and physical sciences as they pertain to agricultural and natural resources

3. Students should have the skills to fit into a business, agency, or academic environment and use economic concepts to quantify and analyze issues related to their employer’s issues. 
This includes:
• Competence in professional/technical writing and word processing 
• Ability to use spreadsheets and statistical computer programs
• Competence in applying analytical tools relevant to economic analysis

Agriculture and Community Development

  • Entry profile

The recommended candidate in the Science Department, Programme of Agriculture and Community Development is everyone who holds an SGCSE Certificate with 3 credits at least 1 sciences subject, 2 passes in any subject including English

  • Exit profile

At the end of the studies, graduates in the Department of Agriculture and Community Development will be awarded a Diploma and can work as: community and economic development in positions that include: housing analyst, development coordinator for agriculture and environmental organizations, staff of economic development corporations and planning organizations/agencies

2.      HEALTH RECORDS MANAGEMENT

  • PROGRAMME DETAILS
Programme Title  Health Records Management
Exit AwardsCertificate in Health Records Management (1 Academic Year) Diploma in Health Records Management (3 Academic Years)  
  • AIMS AND RATIONALE
  • LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of 3years of studies, graduates in the Science Department, Programme of Health Records Management will be awarded a Diploma and can work in different field of Health Sector: Health information manager, Medical coder, Data analyst, Outpatient coding compliance auditor, Clinical documentation specialist, Clinical systems manager, Medical research analyst, Monitoring &Evaluation and Reporting officer.

At the end of the programme, students should be able to:

a. Identify the roles and responsibilities of health information management professionals in the development and maintenance of health record systems.

b. Demonstrate knowledge of different operational techniques for managing HIM functions.

c. Demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationship between the HIM department and other key departments within the healthcare organization.

d. Demonstrate knowledge of several techniques used in the management of the HIM department, such as policy and procedure development and the budgeting process.

e. Identify the role of the health information management professional in creating and maintaining secondary records.

c. Identify the different users of the health record and its importance to each user.

d. Describe the function of the health record and understand the content of health records in various healthcare settings.

e. Describe the components of health record data quality and Data correction.

g. Describe the different formats used for health records in healthcare organizations.

h. Identify techniques used in the storage and maintenance of health records.

i. Discuss the functions and responsibilities of common HIM support services, including cancer and trauma registries, birth & death certificate completion, and statistical and research services.

a. Describe the advantages of electronic health records over paper-based and hybrid health records.

e. Discuss the EHR challenges and the supporting roles of health information management professionals in addressing them, especially with respect to privacy, security, and legal aspects.

f. Describe the purpose, development and maintenance of registries and indexes such as the master patient index, disease index, and operation index.

k. Explain the relationship of core data elements to healthcare informatics standards in electronic environments.

m. Distinguish between primary and secondary data and between patient identifiable and aggregate data.

o. Compare and describe the registries/indexes used in hospitals according to purpose, methods of case definition and case finding, data collection methods, reporting, follow-up and pertinent laws and regulations affecting registry operations.

q. Discuss agencies for approval and education and certification for cancer, immunization, and trauma registries.

r. Distinguish among healthcare databases in terms of purpose and content.

s. Compare manual and automated methods of data collection and vendor systems with facility-specific systems.

t. Recognize appropriate methods for ensuring data security and the confidentiality of secondary records.

       Health Records Management

  • Entry profile
  • The Science Department, Programme of Health Records Management is open to holders of High school certificate (SGCSE) with 3 credits including English, Mathematics, Biology, 2 passes in any other subject
    • Exit profile

At the end of the studies, graduates in the Science Department, Programme of Health Records Management will be awarded a Diploma and can work in different field of Health Sector: Health information manager, Medical coder, Data analyst, Outpatient coding compliance auditor, Clinical documentation specialist, Clinical systems manager, Medical research analyst, etc…

3.    ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY

  • PROGRAMME DETAILS
Programme TitleArchitectural Technology
Exit AwardsCertificate of HE (Cert. HE) in Architectural Technology (1 Acad Year and 6 Months)  
  • AIMS AND RATIONALE

Architects add art, creativity, and beauty to the nation’s daily life in ways we don’t expect. They know how to design our favorite little alcove or how to give our building the best view. Various studies have shown that areas with good architecture and design create stronger communities with healthier neighborhoods and businesses.

The programme of Architectural technology proposed by APIST aims to offer knowledge and prepare Eswatini architectural experts for the identification and analysis of architectural problems, design and development in architecture and improvement in aesthetic as well as efficiency terms.  The key architectural, urbanistic, engineering and maintenance issues are related to other important parameters as social, aesthetic and ecological values.  Students that have completed the programme will be able to apply an advanced knowledge based on human, technical and social aspects and will be competent to solve programmes of architectural, urbanistic and civil engineering nature. Their enhanced communication, problem solving and analysis skills will prepare them to implement more complex project in the area and give them a route to academic research.

  •  PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

This certificate is designed to equip the trainee with the requisite knowledge in building design and understand the processes involved in their construction. At the end of one year of the studies, graduates in the Polytechnic Department, Programme of Architectural Technology will be awarded a Certificate in Architectural Technology

The course also forms a platform for further training in the building industry. Upon successful completion of the course, the trainee can work as clerk of works in construction companies or enroll for diploma courses in any of the related disciplines.

Upon successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Techniques of design and planning
  2. Engineering aspect of the project
  3. Evaluation of social, economic, spatial aspect of environment through design and planning process.
  4. Professional communication and interpretation in different levels of audience
  5. Providing solutions on construction, building technology and engineering problems related to Architecture and Construction industry.
  6. Evaluation of Architectonic and Urban values of spatial- urban units
  7. Making critical arguments, hypotheses, concepts and data in reaching decisions and solving architecture issues creatively
  8. Participating in planning, design and implementation of Small and Medium-scale architecture projects
  9. Actively participating, contributing and adapting to interdisciplinary teams in architectural design
  10. Apply acquired knowledge and skills in further professional and academic development
  11. Committing to lifelong learning and adapt to technology and work methods in architecture
  12. Architecture ethics and regulations underpinning the profession

Architectural Technology

Entry profile

The recommended candidate in the Polytechnic Department, Programme of Architectural Technology is everyone who holds an SGCSE Certificate with 3 credits and 2 passes and some Technical and Vocational Training will be added advantage.

  • Exit profile

At the end of the studies, graduates in the Polytechnic Department, Programme of Architectural Technology will be awarded a Certificate and can work as: This certificate is designed to equip the trainee with the requisite knowledge in building design and understand the processes involved in their construction. The course also forms a platform for further training in the building industry. Upon successful completion of the course, the trainee can work as clerk of works in construction companies or enroll for diploma courses in any of the related disciplines.

4.    ELECTRONIC AND TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

  • PROGRAMME DETAILS
1Programme Title   Electronics and Telecommunication Technology 
2Exit AwardsCertificate in Electronics and telecommunication Technology (1 Acad Year and 6 months) 
  • AIMS AND RATIONALE

As a developing country, Eswatini has a huge need for technicians/engineers in different domains to improve the welfare of its population and to sustain the development of its industry. That is particularly true in the domain of electronics and telecommunication technology.

In addition, part of the country’s Vision is to become a knowledge-based economy. Information and communication technology are expected to give a significant contribution in the achievement of such a vision and the world driven technology. For that reason, a constant injection of technicians/engineers in this field is needed to boost the economy and engineering technology in the Kingdom. The current programme comes to carry out this function.

APIST’s mandate is to produce the needed well-trained people in different fields of technology. This programme fulfills the mandate in the field of Electronics and Telecommunication Technology.

Educational Aims of the certificate in Electronics and Telecommunication Technology.

The main aims of this programme are to:

  • Develop the students’ knowledge of the theory and practice of electronics and telecommunication technology necessary for them to secure employment as professional electronic Craftsman in a wide variety of industries.
  • Develop students into Craftsman able and motivated to continue learning throughout their careers to meet the challenges of a changing world.
  • Produce Craftsman who are able to take up higher studies in electronics and telecommunication technology in national or internationally recognized institutions of higher learning.
  • Produce well-trained craftsman in entrepreneurial skills which will make them good nucleus for the establishment of more spin-off enterprises in the area of electronics and telecommunication technology.
  • LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the one year of studies, graduates in the Polytechnic Department, Programme in Electronics and Telecommunication Technology will be awarded a Certificate in Electronics and Telecommunication technology.  The Electronic and Telecommunication craft Certificate holder can get employment in many industries, including, IT, telecommunications, manufacturing, automotive, power, electronics and construction among others.

At the end of the Programme, graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Appropriate mathematical techniques needed to help model and analyze systems and concepts,
  • Information technology,
  • Principles of design of electronic engineering systems,
  • Electronic Technology Practice,

Telecommunication system component and devices.

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Entry profile

The recommended candidate in the Polytechnic Department, Programme of Electronics and Telecommunication Technology is everyone who holds an SGCSE Certificate with 3 credits and 2 passes and some Technical and Vocational Training will be added advantage.

  • Exit profile

This course is a combination of electronic and Telecommunication technologies. Electronic and Telecommunication Certificate holder can get employment in many industries, including, IT, telecommunications, manufacturing, automotive, power, electronics and construction among others. By the end of the course, a student is able to design Telecommunication and electronic equipment.

Diploma in Health Records Management

Course rationale
The Diploma in Health Records Management training is to provide a strong foundation for Information professionals competent in health records management and health research. Health information management is an excellent career choice for many reasons. Many health information managers find the job highly rewarding with its primary focus on improving the quality of patient care in a diverse range of settings.

Why Study the Programme
The diploma in Health Records Management at APIST COLLEGE is designed to equip the students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them harness and implement clinical skills, conduct research, Monitoring and Evaluation &Reporting and be able to advance academically in order to provide and improve the health delivery from the rural health facilities all the way to the National and International level

Programme Start Dates:

Every January and June

Day Class , Weekend Class and Evening Class

ICM

https://www.icm.education/professional-qualifications

City & Guilds

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