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FMDS conducts FIC Orientation for Second Semester AY 2016-2017

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) conducted the two-day Faculty-In-Charge (FIC) Orientation for the Second Semester AY 2016-2017 on 17-18 January 2017 at Audio Visual Room, UPOU Headquarters, UP Open University, Los Baños, Laguna.


As part of the Faculty’s thrust to enhance the learning experience of its students through faculty development and as an Academic Productivity Improvement initiative of FMDS, FIC Orientation is conducted every semester to orient new FICs and update continuing FICs about new approaches, technologies and other improvements in teaching via distance mode.

Dean Primo G. Garcia discussed Principles of Online Teaching and Learning and Facilitating Learning and Building Community of Learners. Asst. Prof. Rita C. Ramos, Secretary to the Faculty of FMDS, discussed the Roles of FIC and other Administrative Matters, Assessment in Online Learning and Myportal: The Learning Management System. Overview of Course Site and Updating the Course Content were discussed by Assoc. Prof. Joane V. Serrano while Asst. Prof. Aurora V. Lacaste shared about Designing Learning Activities and Preparing the Course Guide. Mainstreaming Gender was discussed by Asst. Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan, Director of UPOU’s Office of the Gender Concerns.

For this semester, FMDS invited Engr. Edison Sevillo of UPOU Multimedia Center to teach about New Technologies for Instruction. He taught the FICs on how to use software such as Screencast-O-Matic and Office Mix that they may use to improve their course materials.

FMDS aims to continue to follow its commitment to adhere to the highest standards of academic excellence, service, and social responsibility by conducting regular activities such as FIC Orientation.

MIH program of FMDS holds thesis students’ orientation

The Master of International Health (MIH) Program of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies held an orientation for its thesis students on 21 January 2017 at the UPOU Oblation Hall, Los Baños, Laguna to give them an overview on the process that they will go through as they take up IH 300 (thesis) course and equip them with enough knowledge needed in the course.

Asst. Prof. Myra D. Oruga, Chair of the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Programs, served as resource person. She talked about the course portal for IH 300, draft manual of thesis style guide written by Asst. Prof. Oruga and Dr. Sheila R. Bonito, algorithm or process flow on how to submit the manuscript, and ethical standards including Ethics Review Board approval.

During the orientation, the students also had the chance to watch an audio-visual learning material about ethics in research created by Ms. Jelaine R. Bagos, Research Assistant of the D/MIH Programs. The learning material was originally produced by the D/MIH program through the one time grant of the UPOU’s Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services and Multimedia Center. Before the orientation ended, Asst. Prof. Oruga announced the students’ respective thesis advisers. It was then followed by a short consultation regarding their thesis.

A total of 11 thesis students participated in the orientation. Two of them joined via google hangouts as they were offshore-based.

The activity was organized by Asst. Prof. Oruga and Ms. Bagos. It was the first orientation conducted for thesis students of the MIH program.

The MPM Program to conduct Field Visits and Seminar on Local Governance

The UPOU-FMDS Master of Public Management (MPM) Program intends to conduct its UP Academic Program Improvement (API)-sponsored project entitled “Planning and training to establish collaboration with the local governance resource institutions through externships of faculty members in relevant sites” on 15-17 February 2017, in collaboration with the Nueva Vizcaya State University, a member of the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, Inc. (ASPAP).

The MPM Program currently offers three areas of specialization; namely: Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA), Public Policy and Program Administration (PPPA); and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM), all of which are anchored on good governance, innovation, sustainability and citizen empowerment. To enhance the delivery of the 22 courses under these three areas of specialization, faculty members need to be grounded and updated on what is going on in the field.

The project includes the following activities: a learning visit to Lower Magat Ecotourism Park and Bayombong-Capisaan Cave as local government management initiatives; an interview with Hon. Carlos M. Padilla, Governor, Nueva Vizcaya on the provincial programs and projects; and a “Let’s Talk It Over” on Federalism and Local Governance by Dr. Danilo Dela Rosa Reyes, Professor, UP NCPAG and Gov. Carlos M. Padilla, respectively which will be live/web-streamed to accommodate viewers from other ASPAP member-schools.

The Program aims to document the activities which will form part of the open educational resources that may be used as learning materials by the UPOU, in particular and the ASPAP member-schools, in general. The Program also hopes to gather the MPM students in the learning/externship activities and sites for a meet-and-greet with the MPM faculty and staff members for some academic and administrative consultation and advising.


FMDS Comprehensive Examination Date Schedule (2nd semester 2017-2018)

Diploma in Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 14, 2018)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management (May 16, 2018 )

Master of Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 14, 2018)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (May 16, 2018 )
  • Area of Specialization (May 18, 2018)

Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

  • General Field (May 29, 2018)
  • Major Field (May 31, 2018)

Master of Public Management

  • General Field (May 28, 2018)
  • Public Policy and Program Administration (May 30, 2018)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (June 1, 2018)

Master of Arts in Nursing

  • Content (June 5, 2018 )
  • Methodology (June 7, 2018 )

Master of ASEAN Studies (July 6, 2018)

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