Wednesday, 07 July 2021 10:01

BSD faculty honed in case study analysis skills

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The Business Studies Department (BSD) through the initiative of the Human Resource Development Committee organized a faculty development programme on the topic Comprehensive Case Study Analysis last June 29, 2021.

Dr. Mohammed Nazeer Ahmed, the resource person and a BSD faculty member, presented the importance of exploiting case studies in classrooms as an effective means to enhance student learning. He elucidated the basics of case studies and the reasons for using case studies to a variety of industries, organizations and strategic problems.

He further explained that using case studies is of great importance to students to assume managerial role, apply tools and techniques of their respective specialization or functional area, and even compel them to come up with pragmatic management action plans. The discussion continued with an emphasis on the different types of case studies available for the academics to explore while imparting quality education to the students.

Lastly, the resource person shared some teaching tips, while handling case study assignments in the classroom environment. The particular focus during the session was how to create interest in the students’ minds while dealing with case studies.

ELC holds first virtual award ceremony

In adherence to the decision of the Supreme Committee to strictly observe physical distancing in the workplace, the English Language Center (ELC) held its first ever virtual award ceremony on the 29th of June 2021 via MS Teams.

During his message, Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, expressed his gratitude to the entire ELC staff for their contributions to the Center amid the global pandemic. The Head of the ELC mentioned that both the academic and support staff play a crucial role in the success delivery of remote learning because of their spirit of teamwork, patience, and cooperation.  

The Patron of the ceremony was Dr. Mohammed Rashid Almamari, the Dean of UTAS-Salalah College of Technology. He commended the ELC administration for initiating such an event and the ELC staff for their hard work and dedication.

The awardees in different categories are as follows:

ELT National Virtual Symposium

  1. Ms. Huda Al Huraibi           –          Organizer
  2. Ms. Muna Kashoob            –          Organizer
  3. Ms. Kamla Koofan              –          Organizer
  4. Ms. Samha Al Mashali       –          Member
  5. Ms. Nawal Al Jameel         –           Member
  6. Ms. Amal Alawadi              –          Member
  7. Mr. Shoaib Al Balushi        –          Member
  8. Mr. Khalid Al Ghafri           –          Member
  9. Mr. Randy Magdaluyo       –          Member
  10. Dr. Rais Attamimi               –          Member
  11. Mr. Edward Stallard          –           Member
  12. Mr. Antony Jawahar          –          Member
  13. Ms. Laveena Lazar             –           Member
  14. Mr. Bernard Ugalde          –           IT Support
  15. Ms. Melissa Juanillo           –         IT Support
  16. Mr. Melanio Calangian      –          ETC Support
  17. Mr. Abdelaziz Gali Hamid  –          ETC Support
  18. Mr. Amir Hajjaj                    –         ETC Support
  19. Ms. Hakima Mohammed   –         ETC Support
  20. Mr. Junn Eric Timoteo       –           ETC Support

ELC Webinar Speakers

  1. Dr. Muna Muqaibal        –              Staff Professional Development
  2. Dr. V.M. Sundar                –             Staff Professional Development
  3. Dr. Aju Thomas                –             Research and Consultancy
  4. Mr. Edward Stallard        –             Research and Consultancy
  5. Dr. Manizhe Alami          –            Research and Consultancy

International Webinar Speakers

  1. Dr. Lorna Beduya               –           Staff Professional Development
  2. Ms. Gaby Lawson             –            Staff Professional Development

ELC Magazine

  1. Dr. Claire Orpilla                  –         Editor in Chief
  2. Mr. John Richard O’Neil     –         Associate Editor
  3. Mr. Jon Chittick                   –         Copy Editor
  4. Mr. Anurag Thota               –          Feature Editor
  5. Mr. Melanio Calangian      –          Cover Editor
  6. Ms. Huda Al Huraibi           –          Contributing Editor
  7. Ms. Sharooq  Reehan          –         Contributor
  8. Dr. Muna Muqaibal            –         Contributor
  9. Ms. Rachel Joseph              –          Contributor
  10. Ms. Hridhya Menon           –          Contributor
  11. Mr. Osman Mohammed    –         Contributor
  12. Ms. Marion Wilton             –          Contributor
  13. Dr. Wifred Blessing             –         Contributor (IT Department)
  14. Dr. Mohammed Nazeer      –        Contributor (Business Studies Department)
  15. Sharifa Al Kathiri                  –        Contributor (Engineering Department)
  16. Majed Al Ghassani              –         Contributor (English Language Center)

ELC Staff who are Leaving

  1. Ms. Marily Gayeta       
  2. Ms. Radhika Kumar
  3. Ms. John Richard O’Neil
  4. Mr. Zaid Owda

ELC Management Support

  1. Ms. Muna Al Maashani      –         Timetable Coordinator
  2. Dr. Rana Aslam                    –          Post-Foundation Coordinator
  3. Ms. Rekha Siby                    –          Level 4 Coordinator
  4. Mr. Aminah Sutphen         –          Level 3 Coordinator
  5. Mr. Musallam Al Mahri     –          Level 2 Coordinator
  6. Ms. Samha Al Mashali       –          Level 1 Coordinator
  7. Ms. Salina Mascrelhas       –          QA Expert
  8. Mr. Shoaib Al Balushi        –          Registrar & Data Analyst
  9. Ms. Yusra Said                    –          Assistant Registrar
  10. Mr. Farrukh Irshad             –          GFP Exam Coordinator
  11. Dr. Iyyappan S.                   –           PFP Exam Representative
  12. Mr. Kamal Moaaz              –           Resource Requirement Coordinator
  13. Dr. Claire Orpilla                –           Department Coordinator


Meanwhile, the master of ceremonies during the event was Mr. Salim Al-Maashani, the HoS-English Language Programs, while Ms. Khayar Alamri, the HoS-Curriculum and Teaching Methods, closed the event by expressing her profound gratitude and felicitations to all staff for a job well done despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Civil and Architectural Engineering staff of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah attended a webinar on Sustainability from an Engineering Perspective via MS Teams on the 15th of June 2021.

The speaker was Prof. Khalifa S. Al-Jabri (PhD, FICE, F.ASCE) from the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University. He started with the importance of understanding sustainability and social responsibility embedded on Engineering as a career. Then he gave an overview of the United Nations 17 Goals of Sustainable Development by challenging the attendees that civil engineers and architects could contribute towards the achievement of these goals.

The webinar concluded with a fruitful interaction between the speaker and the attendees. The success of the webinar was attributed to the Section Staff Development Committee coordinated by Ar. Jyoti S. Gidavir.

Thursday, 24 June 2021 08:14

BSD faculty honed in forecasting skills

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The Business Studies Department (BSD) through the initiative of the Human Resource Development Committee organized a faculty development programme on the topic Introduction to Time Series Analysis on the 15th of June, 2021.

Mr. Pavan Kumar, the facilitator and a BSD faculty member, presented comprehensive data on trend analysis using the EViews software. Statistical forecasting was highlighted during the session, where the attendees learned that using various analytical tools is user friendly since data could be efficiently managed. The facilitator also explained the significance of using Simple Time Series Regressions.

The programme was dynamic as evidenced with the attendees’ insightful participation during the question and answer portion.

The Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee of the Information Technology Department hosted a university-level webinar entitled “Research Talks on May 25th 2021 via Google Meet platform to encourage staff to undertake research, enhance their research skills and find some research opportunities.

During the first session of the presentation, Dr. Nitesh K. N, discussed about research proposal, stressing all important areas like objectives, significance, review of literature survey, and outline of good a research proposal.

Dr. R. Venkateswaran, speaker of the second session, shared information about MoHERI and EJAAD and some opportunities for funding and innovation awards programs through these platforms.

For the last session, Dr. Shrahda Dwivedi highlighted the selection of journal publications, impact factor and its merits and methods of calculation, h index, JCR, SJR and ORCiD numbers and their role in research activities.

About 40 staff from different departments in the university who participated in the webinar gave their positive feedback for such an enriching experience.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:18

42 IT students oriented on Certiport MS Exam

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The Information Technology Department, UTAS-Salalah, hosted an orientation program on Certiport Microsoft Examination to 42 IT students from various levels and specializations via Google Meet on May 5, 2021.

Dr. R. Venkateswaran, a lecturer from the Networking and Information Security section and a proctor and member of Certiport UTAS Salalah, co-facilitated the program with Mr. Sunil Thomas Karickom, Mr. Mohamed Sinnaiya Chithik Raja, Mr. G Baskar, and Mr. Leo Lobramonte.

During the orientation program, Dr. Venkateswaran explained about Certiport and the landscape of the Microsoft certification exam. He also demonstrated the student registration process to take the exam, showed a sample badge after passing the exam, and provided reference study materials for exam preparations.

The program was coordinated with the Student Development Committee. Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, the Head of IT Department, appreciated the entire team for initiating such an event for the students.

To keep abreast with new trends in technology and teaching, the Human Resources Development Committee, headed by Mrs. Melissa Juanillo, organized an online training entitled “Using Google Workspace Education Tool for Online Teaching and Learning,” for the IT staff on Tuesday, 3rd of May, 2021.

Mr. Franco Nicolo Addun, a Google Certified Innovator/Educator and an Education Technology and Technology Integration Specialist from the Philippines, shared his knowledge on the features and capabilities of the three Google apps: Google Sites for creating websites, Google Jamboard for enhancing student online interaction, and (3) Gmail tips and tricks for email management.

The participants learned that Google tools help increase opportunities for critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, all while supporting the learning objectives for the students.

Facilitators of the said training were Dr. Mohammed Maqsood, Mrs. Asra Anjum, and Dr. Benciya Abdul Jaleel. A total of 35 participants from the IT and other departments gave their positive feedback about the online training, and each of them received e-certificates of participation.

Various features of MS Teams which help facilitate online classes more interactive and engaging were explored through a virtual workshop conducted by the ELC E-Learning Coordinator on May 19, 2021.

Mr. Antony Jawahar provided hands-on training on different features of MS Teams such as Announcements, Polls, Insights, Integrating Moodle, Class Materials, and Class Notebook. More than 70 participants from the ELC and other departments of UTAS-Salalah attended the virtual workshop, and all their queries were addressed.

Before the workshop started, Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, HoC-ELC, appreciated the staff for their efforts and encouraged them to effectively use the said online platform. Ms. Aminah Sutphen, Level 3 Coordinator and member of E-Learning Committee, moderated the workshop.

The Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee of the Business Studies Department (BSD) organized an online session on “Project Awareness for Staff Supervisors and Students on Project Guidelines” via MS Teams on May 11, 2021 at 10:40 a.m.

The speaker was Dr. Navaneetha Krishnan, BSD Lecturer of UTAS-Salalah.  The session was one of the series of R&C committee’s workshops, which aims to help senior project students understand the procedures and assessment criteria to be followed in their projects, and to provide them the relevant tools and knowledge to complete their project requirements. 

During the session Dr. Navaneetha highlighted the general guidelines in preparing the graduation/senior project, along with responsibilities of the students and the supervisors. He explained the basic rules and procedures on how to effectively prepare the project and its contents including the timetable for submission and completion.

Dr.,Ghanim Shamas, HoS-Accounting and R&C committee member, also shared his expertise on the critical contents of the project specifically on the literature review and how it is supposed to be written. The session was well attended by all students, their supervisors, and R&C committee.

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