Beyond the Curriculum with Dr. Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah

Beyond the Curriculum with Dr. Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah
Oct 13, 2017

The University of Ghana Business School on Friday, 6th October 2017, organised a forum dubbed ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ for first year students at the R.S. Amegashie Auditorium. This is the first in series and forms part of the semesters activities put together by the UGBS Mentoring and Student’s Services Unit.

The School’s Administrator, Mrs. Stella Dovlo who moderated the session said the UGBS Mentoring and Student’s Services Unit was setup with the aim of offering services such as career and psychological counselling, internship opportunities and advisory services with regard to emotional, social, educational, health, academic and vocational concerns. Under the unit, mock interviews as well as CV clinics will also be organised for students. This is to reflect the school’s concern about the total wellbeing of its students. Mrs Dovlo added that the unit seeks to promote personal growth and development of students in response to the growing need for soft skills on the job market.

The first session in the series of Behind the Curriculum programme, had Dr. Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management (OHRM) deliver a talk on Time Management. According to him, the concept of time management speaks to a series of decision making activities that when not done properly has a negative toll on an individual. “Time as a commodity cannot be controlled or adjusted. Time management has to do with managing oneself to make very good use of time. Invariably, when we talk about time management, we are referring to self-management. It is essential to manage yourself else stress, frustration and lateness will never depart from you” he said.
He operationally defined time management as a set of principles, practices as well as tools and skills which help to productively manage oneself within the 24 hours of the day. Unclear communication and lack of understanding of tasks and assignments, inadequate technical knowledge in one’s area of study coupled with unclear objectives and priorities were named as some of the factors that steal an individual’s time. He said these should be avoided to ensure that time is not wasted executing the wrong tasks.  In addition, students were urged to take their foundational courses seriously since knowledge acquired from them will be applied in subsequent years. Furthermore, lack of planning, the inability to say no to peer pressure and personal disorganisation were identified as some other factors that lead to time mismanagement. Students were advised to develop personal timetables.

Dr. Amponsah-Tawiah mentioned some indicators of time mismanagement. These include rushing to lectures and other events, fatigue, inability to meet deadlines and constantly missing out on activities and insufficient time for rest as well as being overwhelmed by the demands of the environment.
To effectively manage time, tips such as documentation of tasks, prioritisation of activities, and the development of daily and weekly plans were shared with the students. Dr. Amponsah-Tawiah also urged the students to say no when necessary, schedule some time for leisure and recreation to avoid being overloaded, keep diaries and break large activities into smaller bits.

The event had a question and answer segment where individual questions were addressed. Dr. Amponsah-Tawiah concluded his presentation by encouraging students to leverage the Mentoring and Students’ Services Unit for academic excellence.


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