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BACHELOR OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

1.0 Rationale

Information is an important resource in the day- to-day operations of individuals, organizations and society. The world has evolved to an age where information technology and information explosion are here with us. This calls for highly trained professionals in information sciences. The Bachelor of Information Science degree program is specially tailored for this need. The Bachelor of Information Science programme is a structured, professional and discipline- specific curriculum. There are four main areas of specialization namely: Library and knowledge management; Records and archives management; Information systems and communication technology; Publishing and media informatics. The Bachelor of Information Science degree programme at Egerton University cuts across disciplines whilst being professionally focused. This will produce information professionals who are marketable, both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, the programme has a major element of training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

2.0 Programme Objectives

The broad objective of this programme is to equip the students with appropriate technical and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in Information Science. The specific objectives are:

  1. To equip students with knowledge, skills and attitudes for the generation, organization, storage and dissemination of information in different types of information institutions and Information and Communication Technologies required for libraries, media houses and other information centres.
  2. To produce professionals who can work in libraries, media houses and other information centres.
  3. To equip students with knowledge, skills and culture to enable them to be competent in handling information globally.
  4. To enhance the knowledge and skills of those already practising in library, media and information management centres.
  5. To prepare students for further studies in areas of library, information communication and technology (ICT) and other related fields.

3.0 Programme Learning Outcomes

The Graduate will be able to use acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes to:-

  1. Produce professionals capable to master the skills, organization, storage and dissemination of information in various types of institutions.
  2. To produce profession as who can work in libraries, media houses and other information centres.
  3. Produce scholars who will pursue the professional courses and a higher level of masters and doctorates of information science.

4.0 Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet the minimum Egerton University entry requirements for admission together with those in the Department and Faculty. Applicants who have passed with at least a Diploma or its equivalent in Library and Information Studies from a recognized institution. Applicants who have attained a Diploma in library, archives and records management or Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent may be admitted in second and third year respectively on the basis of credit transfers, a maximum of 40% as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes. However, such students will be required to do common core courses taught in first year.

5.0 Course Structure and Duration

The INSC programme is a three (2½ )- and four (4)- year full-time course for mature and fresh students respectively and a maximum of eight (8) academic years for part-time students. A maximum transfer of thirty percent (30%) of the Senate-approved Credit Factors towards the requirements for the degree programme will be accepted, provided the candidate had obtained a grade ‘B’/60 Marks or above in the specific relevant course. To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Information Science, a student must have passed one hundred and fifty one (151) Credit Factors (CFs). These shall consist of one hundred and twenty seven (127) CFs of courses in Library and Information Science (84%) and twenty-four (24) CFs of the Common CoreCourses together with the service courses from other disciplines (16%). Course Coding The discipline code used is INS, meaning“Information Science” followed by three digits. The first digit denotes the year or level of study. The second digit signifies the broad subject of study, viz:

  1. - Information and Knowledge Organization
  2. - Records and Archives Management
  3. - Publishing and Media Informatics
  4. - Librarianship and Knowledge Management
  5. - Management of Library and information Centres
  6. - Information Systems and Communication Technology
  7. - Language Courses
  8. - Special Topics 8
  9. - Research and Writing Courses
  10. The third digit denotes the sequencing of courses as per the course schedule. The Course Descriptions for the non-LINS courses are provided under the relevant Departments.

6.0 Examination Regulations

All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute No 36 2013

7.0 Grading System

The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute 36,2013

8.0 Graduation Requirements

To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

9.0 Degree Classification

Degree Classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute 36 2013


COURSE SUMMARY

  • YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1
    CODE TITLE L P CF
    CRSS 100 Introduction to Criminology 45 0 3.0
    COMS 101 Academic Communication Skills 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 101 Introduction to Criminal Law 45 15 3.5
    SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 102 Juvenile Criminology 30 30 3.0
    EPSC 121 Introduction to Psychology 30 30 3.0
    PHIL 106 Law and Society 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 285 30 21.0

  • YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2
    SIHL 100 Society and International Humanitarian Law 45 0 3.0
    SOCI 102 Introduction to Anthropology 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 103 Introduction to Theories of Crime 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 105 Counselling in Criminal Justice 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 104 Theories of Psychological Counselling 45 0 3.0
    PHIL 105 Government and Society 45 0 3.0
    HIST 130 The making of Kenya 30 30 3.0
    TOTAL 300 30 21.0


  • YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1
    COMP101 Computer Applications 45 15 3.5
    CRSS 200 Criminal Justice System 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 201 Psychology of Criminal Behaviour 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 202 Law of Evidence 450 3.0
    SOCI 104 Introduction to Social work 30 30 3.0
    SOCI 204 Social Institutions 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 255 45 18.5

  • YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2
    CRSS 204 Criminal Investigation I 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 205 Introduction to Rehabilitation of offenders 45 0 3.0
    BCOM 110 Principles of Accounting 1 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 207 Crime and Conflict Management 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 208 Crime and Public Relations 45 0 3.0
    SOCI 205 Collective Behaviour and social movements 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 255 30 18.0

  • YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1
    SOCI 312 Sociology of work and Occupation 450 3.0
    CRSS 300 Criminal Justice Management45 0 3.0
    CRSS 301 Social group work 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 302 Ethics in Criminal Justice 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 303 Criminal Investigation II 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 304 Forensic Accounting 30 30 3.0
    TOTAL 240 60 18.0

  • YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2
    CRSS 305 Community Work 45 0 3.0
    SOCI 302 Social statistics I 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 306 Crime prevention 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 307 Criminal procedure 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 308 Courtroom psychology 45 0 3.0
    SOCI 309 Social policy and administration 30 30 3.0
    TOTAL 255 30 18.0

  • CRSS 309 Institutional attachment 0 120 4.0

  • YEAR 4 SEMESTER 1
    SOCI 403 Social Statistics II 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 401 Research methods 0 60 2.0
    CRSS 411 Rehabilitation of mentally challenged Offenders 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 412 Rehabilitation of Sexual Offenders 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 413 Rehabilitation of substance abuse offenders 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 414 Correctional Services in Kenya 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 270 90 18.0


  • YEAR 4 SEMESTER 2 SPECIALIZATION 1
    CRSS 402 Attachment Report Writing 0 60 3.0
    CRSS 415 Crime and punishment 0 45 3.0
    CRSS 416 Human Rights and Criminal Justice 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 417 Restorative Justice 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 418 Victimology 45 0 3.0
    SOCI 412 Sociology of Deviant Behaviour 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 235 60 18.0

  • SEMESTER 1 SPECIALIZATION: II (SECURITY AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT)
    SOCI 403 Social statistics II 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 401 Research methods 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 421 Security Management 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 422 Physical Security I 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 424 Emergency Management 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 425 Fire and Safety Protection 30 30 3.0
    BBAM420 Strategic Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 255 60 21.0

  • YEAR 4 SEMESTER 2 SPECIALIZATION II
    CRSS 402 Attachment Report Writing 0 60 3.0
    CRSS 423 Physical Security II 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 426 Computer Security 30 30 3.0
    SOCI 409 Disaster Management 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 427 Security Investigations 30 30 3.0
    CRSS 428 Risk Management for Security Managers 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 429 Terrorism and Threat Assessment 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 255 150 21.0

  • YEAR 4 SEMESTER 1 SPECIALIZATION 3(CRIMINAL AND FORENSIC INVESTIGATION)
    SOCI 403 Social Statistics II 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 431 Forensic Methods and Techniques 30 15 3.0
    CRSS 432 Crime Scene Management 30 15 3.0
    CRSS 433 Intelligence 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 434 Criminal Identification and Profiling 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 435 Litigation Process 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 436 Forensic Interviewing 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 285 30 21.0

  • YEAR 4 SEMESTER 2
    CRSS 416 Human Rights and Criminal Justice 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 429 Terrorism and Threat Assessment s 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 437 Project Management for Forensic Investigators 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 438 Fraud Management 45 0 3.0
    CRSS 402 Attachment Report Writing 0 60 3.0
    SOCI 407 Conflict Resolution and Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 225 60 18.0

11.0 Examination Schedule

The examination schedule for all courses is provided regularly by the Directorate of Examination and Timetabling at the beginning of each semester.