Overview

Course: B.SC in Mechanical  Engineering F18

Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face and ODeL and Blended Learning Mode

Philosophy

The philosophy of the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering is to promote the design, manufacture, operation, and maintenance of mechanical systems for the economic progress of society in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Rationale

Mechanical engineers apply the principles of science to design, manufacture, operate, maintain and model mechanical systems. Such systems are in turn used in transportation (aircraft, aerospace, railway, automobiles); manufacturing (machine tools, manufacturing industries, and process industries); defence; energy and building services among others. The design and other operations involve not only the hardware but also the systems and processes involved as well as the materials used to actualize such designs. All the above are essential for industrialization which is one of the main tenets of Vision 2030. Furthermore, manufacturing is the main part of the Kenya Governments’ Big Four Agenda. There is a need to develop human resources with competence to take up the high level leadership role in providing solutions to challenges in the highly competitive environment of the manufacturing/ service industry. The programme presented here will equip the learner with adequate knowledge and skills in innovation to be able to carry out research and development activities in the highly specialized areas of manufacturing and service provision. On completion of the programme the learners will be adequately prepared to independently carry out industrial research and development activities. They will also be well equipped to pursue post-graduate studies and generate specialized innovations in this field.

A programme in Mechanical Engineering has been offered at the University of Nairobi for over five decades. The motivation to review the curriculum comes from consideration of the following factors:

1. The need to keep abreast of technological advances. This dictates that new content be incorporated while other content, which might have become obsolete, is expunged or revised.

2. The need to comply with emerging regulatory requirements such as those issued by the Commission for University Education (CUE)

3. The desire to introduce some element of specialization given that the breadth of mechanical engineering has grown as a result of technological advancement.

To achieve the above objectives, the following changes have been incorporated during the current review:

a. The course descriptions have been rewritten to be consistent with the guidelines issued by CUE, specifically ensuring that the learning process is outcome-based.

b. Introduction of two courses in Engineering Mechanics (covering “Statics” and “Dynamics”) to replace courses in Applied Maths.

c. Re-alignment of the courses in “Engineering Drawing” to emphasize computeraided drawing, solid modelling, and similar digital techniques.

d. The introduction of courses on the computational modelling of mechanical systems. This recognizes the increasing role of numerical modelling in engineering.

e. Introduction of a course on “Micro Controllers” to prepare the learners for the dictates of manufacturing automation.

f. Introduction of clusters of elective (optional) courses in the final year of study to introduce an element of specialization for the learners.

g. Introduction of courses in entrepreneurship, project management, building services engineering and innovation.

Objectives

The programme presented here will equip the learner with adequate knowledge and skills in innovation to carry out research and development activities in the highly specialized areas of manufacturing and service provision. Upon completing the programme, the learners will be adequately prepared to carry out industrial research and development activities independently. They will also be well equipped to pursue postgraduate studies and generate technological innovations in this field.

Course Structure and Duration

The course shall run for a minimum of five academic years or 10 semesters with two semesters per year.

First Year Courses

Course

Code

Course

Title

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Hours

Credit

Units

FME 111

Physics I

45

 

3

FME 112

Physics II

 

45

3

FME 151

Chemistry I

45

 

3

FME 152

Chemistry II

 

45

3

FME 161

Engineering Drawing I

60

 

4

FME 162

Engineering Drawing II

 

60

4

FME 165

Communication Skills (CCS 001)

45

 

3

FME 168

Elements of Philosophy (CCS 008)

 

45

3

FME 169

HIV/AIDS (CCS 010)

45

 

3

FME 171

Fundamentals of Engineering Mathematics

45

 

3

FME 172

Calculus I

 

45

3

FME 173

Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)

60

 

4

FME 174

Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)

 

60

4

FME 181

Computer Science I

45

 

3

FME 182

Computer Science II

 

45

3

Total

390

345

49

 

Second Year Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Semester I Hours

Semester II Hours

Credit Units

FME 201

Solid & Structural Mechanics I

60

 

4

FME 202

Solid & Structural Mechanics II

 

60

4

FME 211

Kinematics of Mechanisms

60

 

4

FME 212

Mechanical Power Transmission I

 

60

4

FME 221

Thermodynamics I

60

 

4

FME 222

Thermodynamics II

 

60

4

FME 231

Fluid Mechanics I

60

 

4

FME 232

Fluid Mechanics II

 

60

4

FME 243

Workshop Technology and Practice

60

 

4

FME 251

Materials Science and Engineering I: Fundamentals

60

 

4

FME 262

Engineering Drawing III

 

60

4

FME 271

Calculus II

45

 

3

FME 272

Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

 

45

3

FME 291

Electrical Circuit Theory

45

 

3

FME 292

Electrical Machines

 

45

3

TOTAL

450

390

56

Third Year Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Semester I Hours

Semester II Hours

Credit Units

FME 301

Solid & Structural Mechanics III

60

 

4

FME 302

Solid & Structural Mechanics IV

 

60

4

FME 311

Mechanical Power Transmission II

60

 

4

FME 312

Dynamics of Machines

 

60

4

FME 321

Thermodynamics – III – Standard Cycles

60

 

4

FME 331

Fluid Mechanics III

60

 

4

FME 332

Fluid Mechanics IV

 

60

4

FME 343

Business Management for Engineers

45

 

3

FME 344

Law for Engineers

 

45

3

FME 351

Materials Processing I

60

 

4

FME 352

Materials Processing II

 

60

4

FME 353

Materials Science & Engineering II: Metallic Alloys

60

 

4

FME 354

Materials Science and Engineering III: Non Metals

 

60

4

FME 362

Mechanical Engineering Design I

 

60

4

FME 371

Complex   Analysis    and                  Differential Equations

45

 

3

FME 372

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

 

45

3

Total

450

450

6

FME 399:       INTERNAL ATTACHMENT – (8 weeks)

MODULE

TITLE

HOURS

CREDITS

I

Computer Aided Drawing and Workshop Practice

192

13

II

Creativity and Innovation

32

2

III

Technical Writing and Presentation Skills

32

2

IV

Industrial Visits

64

4

TOTAL

320

21

FOURTH YEAR COURSES

Course

Code

Course Title

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Hours

Credit

Units

FME 401

Solid & Structural Mechanics V

60

 

4

FME402

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

 

60

4

FME 412

Mechanical Vibrations I

 

60

4

FME 421

Thermodynamics IV – Power Cycles

60

 

4

FME 422

Thermodynamics V – Combustion

 

60

4

FME 431

Fluid Mechanics V

60

 

4

FME 432

Fluid Mechanics VI

 

60

4

FME 441

Engineering Project Management

45

 

3

FME442

Maintenance Engineering

 

45

3

FME 451

Materials Science & Engineering IV

60

 

4

FME 461

Mechanical Engineering Design II

60

 

4

FME 462

Mechanical Engineering Design III

 

60

4

FME 472

Numerical Methods for Engineers

 

45

3

FME 491

Electrical Measurement and Instrumentation

45

 

3

FME 492

Programmable Logic Controllers

 

45

3

 

Total

390

435

55

 

INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT – (Minimum of 8 weeks)

 

CODE

TITLE

HOURS

CREDITS

FME 499

Industrial Attachment

320

21

TOTAL

320

21

FIFTH YEAR COURSES

 

Course

Code

Course

Title

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Hours

Credit

Units

FME 502

Solid & Structural Mechanics VI

 

60

4

FME 511

Dynamic Systems and Control

60

 

4

FME 521

Heat Transfer I

60

 

4

FME 522

Heat Transfer II

 

60

4

FME 541

Industrial Management I

45

 

4

FME 542

Industrial Management II

 

60

4

FME 554

Materials Selection in Design

 

60

4

FME 557

Manufacturing Automation

60

 

4

FME 561

Engineering Project I

60

 

4

FME 562

Engineering Project II

 

60

4

 

Elective I

60

 

4

 

Elective II

60

 

4

 

Elective III

 

60

4

 

Elective IV

 

45

3

TOTAL

405

405

55

 

 

 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 Schedule of Intakes

The Department admits new students at the beginning of every academic calendar year (which is usually September).

Application Information

Application for admission are open throughout the year through the online platform. The requirements for submitting your application are detailed in the link provided (https://application.uonbi.ac.ke/).

 Minimum Requirements

The minimum entrance requirements as spelt out in Statute XXII of the University of Nairobi statutes shall apply.

In addition to the minimum university requirements the candidates, must have any of the following:

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.

Alternative A:

Physics                                 Biology or Geography or any Group IV Subject

Chemistry

Mathematics

 

Alternative B:

Physical Sciences                              Geography or any Group IV Subject

Biological Sciences

Mathematics

 

Group IV Subjects:

Home Science                                    Building Construction

Art and Design                                    Power Mechanics

Agriculture                                         Electricity

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:

    1. Agricultural Engineering
    2. Civil engineering
    3. Electrical engineering
    4. Mechanical engineering
    5. Geospatial Engineering
    6. Any other approved subject area.

 

  1. Ordinary  KNEC Diploma or equivalent (with credit pass)
    1. Agricultural Engineering
    2. Civil engineering
    3. Electrical engineering
    4. Mechanical engineering
    5. Geospatial Engineering
    6. Any other approved subject area.
  2. Diploma from Science/Technical Teacher Training Colleges

Candidates with a Diploma in Mathematics and Physics from recognized teacher training colleges.

  1. BSc/BEd (Science) degrees from Universities or any other relevant degrees 

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

  1. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with a KNEC Higher National Diploma or its equivalent in accordance with clause (c) above shall be in the second year of study.
  2. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with an ordinary KNEC diploma or its equivalent in accordance with clause (d) shall be in the first year of study.
  3. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with qualification other than those outlined in clause (a), (b), (c) and (d) shall be approved by Senate on the recommendations of the School Board of Engineering and the College Academic Board and shall be based on the qualifications of the applicant.
  4. Where a candidate wishes to be exempted from any course or courses, he/she shall send a formal application to the Academic Registrar justifying his/her request and attaching evidence of the credentials which support such request.  Such a candidate may be required to sit and pass an exemption examination set and administered by the School, and approved under the authority of the Senate after payment of a prescribed fee.
  5. Based on the assessment of the exemption examination, the School Board of Engineering shall make its recommendations to the Senate.  The Academic Registrar shall communicate to the candidate, the Senate’s decision.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries should produce a certificate of proficiency in English (the equivalent of at least a Credit Pass at “O” Level)

  1.  

 Credit Transfer & Exemptions

A candidate may be exempted from some course units and credit transferred from approved institutions subject to the following conditions:

    1. Request for exemption should be made in writing on admission to the Academic Registrar and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents including the institutions’ syllabuses for the relevant courses and the candidate’s official transcript.
    2. No candidate shall be exempted from more than one third of the total number of units required for the course.
    3. Where there is doubt as to the equivalence of courses, a candidate may be required to sit and pass applicable University of Nairobi examination in relevant course units.
    4. Payment of appropriate exemption fees and examination fees where applicable.

Careers Options include but not limited to the following:

  1. Engineers, Maintenance Managers, Operations Managers, CEOs of all forms of manufacturing Industries
  2. Project Engineers and Managers: e.g. Pipeline installations, building services, installation of boilers, etc
  3. Engineers in Energy Generation: Electricity generation from Geothermal, hydropower, Wind, Solar, etc
  4. Government Engineers in various Ministries and Corporations
  5. Research and Development professionals
  6. Professional Consultants in Engineering Services
  7. Academics after pursuing for higher level Degrees up to PhD
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - F18      
Bachelor of Science-Mechanical  Engineering-Year I -14 UNITS      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION        198,000.00     198,000.00                  396,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)             6,500.00                       -                         6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)             7,000.00                       -                         7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)             2,000.00                       -                         2,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)             5,000.00                       -                         5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)             2,250.00          2,250.00                       4,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)             7,000.00          7,000.00                     14,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)             4,000.00                       -                         4,000.00
TOTAL        233,750.00     207,250.00                  441,000.00
       
Bachelor of Science-Mechanical Engineering-Year 2-14 UNITS      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION        198,000.00     198,000.00                  396,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)             6,500.00                       -                         6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)             7,000.00                       -                         7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)             2,000.00                       -                         2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)             2,250.00          2,250.00                       4,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)             7,000.00          7,000.00                     14,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)             4,000.00                       -                         4,000.00
TOTAL        228,750.00     207,250.00                  436,000.00
       
Bachelor of Science-Mechanical Engineering-Year 3-15UNITS      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION        198,000.00     198,000.00                  396,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)             6,500.00                       -                         6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)             7,000.00                       -                         7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)             2,000.00                       -                         2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)             2,250.00          2,250.00                       4,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)             7,500.00          7,500.00                     15,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)             4,000.00                       -                         4,000.00
TOTAL        229,250.00     207,750.00                  437,000.00
       
Bachelor of Science-Mechanical Engineering-Year 4 - 14 units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION        198,000.00     198,000.00                  396,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)             6,500.00                       -                         6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)             7,000.00                       -                         7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)             2,000.00                       -                         2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)             2,250.00          2,250.00                       4,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)             7,000.00          7,000.00                     14,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)             4,000.00                       -                         4,000.00
TOTAL        228,750.00     207,250.00                  436,000.00
       
Bachelor of Science-Mechanical Engineering-Year 5 -11 units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION        198,000.00     198,000.00                  396,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)             6,500.00                       -                         6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)             7,000.00                       -                         7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)             2,000.00                       -                         2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)             2,250.00          2,250.00                       4,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)             5,500.00          5,500.00                     11,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)             1,000.00                       -                         1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)             4,000.00                       -                         4,000.00
TOTAL        227,250.00     205,750.00                  433,000.00
       
Grand TOTAL       2,183,000.00
Department
MECHANICAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING