SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
F1 Candidates shall be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Engineering in the following categories.
a) KCSE Candidates
The basic admission requirement shall be the minimum requirement set for entry into Public Universities which is a mean grade of at least C+ in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In addition, candidates shall have obtained at least C+ in each of the four cluster subjects from any of the following alternative clusters. However, a cut-off grade higher than C+ in each cluster subject shall be preferred if limitations of the number of places available for each degree programme versus the number of qualified candidates so demand. The said cut-off grades shall be determined and implemented by the School Board.
Physics Biology or Geography or any Group IV Subject
Physical Sciences Geography or any Group IV Subject
Group IV Subjects:
Home Science Building Construction
Art and Design Power Mechanics
Woodwork Drawing and Design
Metalwork Aviation Technology
b) A-Level Candidates
Candidates with a minimum entry requirement of principal C passes in Mathematics and Physics and a Subsidiary level pass in Chemistry with a credit pass in English at ‘O’ level, except that for Geospatial Engineering, a subsidiary level pass in Geography shall also be accepted in lieu of Chemistry.
c) KNEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or Equivalent
Candidates with Higher National Diploma in the following broad areas of study:
Candidates with a Diploma in Mathematics and Physics from recognized teacher training colleges.
Candidates with a Bachelor of Science or Education degree in Physics and Mathematics from recognized institutions or any other relevant degree from a recognized institution.
Exemption from any Courses in the Programme
Course Structure and Duration
F2 a) Every Curriculum for the degree shall extend over not less than five academic years.
F3 Each curriculum shall consist of an approved scheme of study.
F4 The choice of options within an approved scheme of study shall, in all cases, be subject to the approval of the Department.
F5 (a) A candidate for the degree shall satisfactorily complete such course work/practical assignments as may be required for each scheme of study. Satisfactory completion of any such requirements shall be a condition for admission to the examination at the end of that semester of study.
(b) A candidate who fails to satisfy the condition set in F5 (a) above with good cause shall be required to repeat the course unit, otherwise the candidate shall be discontinued.
F6 Attendance of not less than two-thirds of the total lecture hours of all prescribed courses shall be a condition for admission to the examination at the end of that semester of study.
A candidate who does not satisfy this condition with good cause in any semester, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to repeat all the affected units in that semester.
A candidate who does not satisfy this condition without good cause in any semester, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the course of study.
F7 Each academic year shall be divided into two semesters while there may also be a third practical semester or industrial attachment semester as may be provided for in the specific degree programme.
F8 Courses shall be evaluated in terms of course units. A course unit shall be as defined in the approved course syllabus.
F9 Courses that are spread over two semesters shall be examined at the end of the second semester.
F10 All courses taken in a given semester shall be examined by Ordinary examinations at the end of that semester unless otherwise specified.
F11 A written ordinary Examination for a course unit, where it applies, shall have a minimum duration of two hours. A course with more than or less than 45 contact hours shall generally be examined for a duration proportional to the 2 hours for one course unit, such as:
45 contact hours - 2.0 hour examination
60 contact hours - 2.5 hour examination
F12 The pass mark in each course unit shall be 40% of the maximum mark possible in the course unit.
F13 a) Each course unit covered in a semester shall be graded independently out of a maximum of 100 marks.
F14 In order to be allowed to proceed to the next year of study a candidate shall have obtained an aggregated mark of not less than 40% and passed all course units or satisfied F16(a).
F15 (a) A candidate who fails an accumulated number of not more than four units and attains an aggregate mark of not less than 30% in any academic year of study shall be allowed to sit for supplementary examinations within three months.
(b) A candidate who fails the project in the final year of study shall be allowed to resubmit the revised project within three months’ time. A candidate who fails the re-submitted project shall repeat the project unit during the next academic year.
(c) A candidate who fails a course unit examined entirely by coursework shall be allowed to resubmit the coursework within three months’ time. A candidate who fails the re-submitted coursework shall repeat the unit during the next academic year.
F16 A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the supplementary examinations:
F17 A candidate who obtains an aggregate mark of not less than 30% and has failed in more than an equivalent of 4 course units but in not more than an equivalent of 8, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be required to repeat the year of study and attend classes in the failed units and take the examination in the failed course units at the next Ordinary University Examinations. Marks obtained in such examination shall be adopted fully and will be entered as such in the candidate’s academic record.
F18 A candidate who:
Shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by senate, be discontinued from the course of study.
F19 (a) A candidate who fails to take prescribed examinations with good cause shall be allowed by Senate on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners to take Special Examinations at the next Ordinary University Examination/Supplementary Examinations.
b) Examinations taken under clause F19 (a) shall be treated in accordance with clause F13 and shall be graded in full.
F20 Compensation may be allowed in a maximum of two failed course units only for any year of study, provided the mark for the failed unit is between 35% and 39% inclusive and the average mark for the candidate is 50% or above and shall be applied by taking two marks from the highest scores to make up for each mark failed. The compensation shall not apply to Final Year Project.
Award of Degree
F21 The final award of the degree shall be based on the assessment of the performance of the candidate in the last three years of study by computing an aggregated score using relative weights of 1:2:3 for the third, fourth and fifth years of study respectively.
F22 A candidate who repeats in accordance with F17 in the fifth year of study, or fails supplementary examinations according to F16 in the fifth year of study shall not be eligible for the award of First Class Honours degree.
F23 A candidate who qualifies for the award of the degree shall be placed in one of the classes to be described as First, Second (Upper Division and Lower Division) and pass. Honours degrees shall be awarded to candidates who have been awarded First Class and Second Class (Upper Division and Lower Division).
F24 The classification of the final degree award stipulated in F23 shall be based on the aggregated score calculated according to clause F21 as follows:
First Class Honours 70% and above
Second Class Honours (Upper Division) 60% - 69%
Second Class Honours (Lower Division) 50% - 59%
Pass 40% - 49%
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