The upward trend in population has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for exploitation natural resources to meet livelihood needs. The main natural resources, which have been subject to exploitation, are soil and water. The continued exploitation of these resources has resulted into severe environmental degradation. Consequently, it is increasingly becoming difficult to meet the livelihood demands of the ever-increasing population. It is also worth noting that with increasing population, agricultural land is diminishing as settlement increases. This together with urbanisation have resulted into increased flash floods and further destruction of agricultural land and diminishing water resources. Thus, the use of soil and water resources requires understanding of the processes in order to design systems that can improve their sustainable use to meet the increasing livelihood demands.
The downward trend of the quality and quantity of soil and water resources has had direct impact on livelihood and the environment in terms of land productivity and reliability of water resources. This course is intended to improve the understanding of soil and water dynamics through use of modern technology such GIS and EO. In addition, it will also provide skills for sustainable use and reliability of water resources and improve land productivity by promoting storage.
The objectives of the programme are as follows:
i) To better understand the dynamics of soil and water processes and their interactions
ii) To provide understanding on the dynamics of soil and water and their interactions for sustainable production
iii) To improve skills in Engineering applications of soil and water resources
iv) To build capacity in the use of modern technology in managing soil and water resources for Engineering applications
The common University rules and regulations for Masters Degree programmes specified in Egerton University Statutes shall apply.
i) Minimum of upper second-class honours from Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, and other related fields
ii) Lower Second-class, with two years experience in relevant fields.
133.4 Course Structure and Duration
Candidates taking a masters degree in Soil and Engineering shall be required to successfully complete thirty (30) credit factors of course work and in addition successfully complete a thesis worth fifteen (15) credit factors to qualify for an award of Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Soil and Water Engineering.
The coursework will be conducted in two semesters, which will cover the thirty credit factors. Six (6) compulsory courses of fifteen (15) credit factors will be covered in the first semester. The remaining six (6) optional courses will be covered in the second semester of year 1. In the second year of study, a student shall be required to conduct research and write a thesis under close supervision.
i) Full-time candidates for Masters Degree in Soil and Water Engineering shall be registered for a minimum of 18 months and maximum of 36 months and register for a minimum of 9 credit factors per semester.
ii) Part-time candidates for Masters Degree in Soil and Water Engineering shall be registered for a maximum of forty-eight (48) months and must register for a minimum of six (6) credit factors per semester.
The course code shall be SWEN, which is the abbreviation for Soil and Water Engineering. A course number consisting of three digits shall follow the course code. The first digit (7) shall represent the first or second year of graduate study; the second digit is area of the specialisation and the last digit in the sequence of the courses in the area of specialization.
1 - Basic courses
2 - Soil and Water Conservation
3 - Water Resources Engineering
4 - Environment Engineering
5 - Self-study
Candidates will be required to take all the compulsory courses and at least one course from the three areas of specialisation.
133.5 Examination Regulations
All Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the Examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes number XXIX.
The grading of Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes number XXIX.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled course within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University statutes number XXIX.