Diploma Programmes

Diploma in Farm and Resource Management

Introduction


The objective of the curriculum in Farm Management is to produce a graduate with knowledge and technical skills in crop and livestock production coupled with the ability to conduct economic analysis of problems and opportunities in agricultural production, marketing and management.

Admission Requirements


The requirements for admission as diploma students in Farm Management are:
An aggregate score of KCSE Grade or KACE/EACE Division II or equivalent.
Individual score KCSE Grade C or Credit (KACE/EACE) in each of the following subjects;
English or Kiswahili
Mathematics
Physics, Chemistry or Physical science
Biology or Biological Science

Diploma Course Coding
The grading system for Diploma courses offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management is as follows:
All course codes begin with an abbreviation AGEC indicating that the course is offered from the department.  The abbreviation is followed by a set of four digits as follows:
(a)    The first digit is a zero (0) denoting that course is diploma course.
(b)    The second digit is either a 1, 2, or 3, denoting the year the course should be offered.
(c)    The third digit denotes the course discipline within the Department.   The department has categorized its course into five disciplines as follows:
Category 1. Introduction economic theory and quantitative economics
Category 2.  Resource and development economics
Category 3.  Agricultural marketing , price analysis & international  trade                                     
Category 4.   Farm management and production economics
Category 5.  Agricultural law & policy
Category 6.  Industrial and field attachment

The last digit denotes the sub-discipline of the course within the boarder category described in (c) above.
Example: AGEC 0112:  Introduction to Agricultural Economics.  This course is offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management (AGEC) to the diploma student (0).   It is offered in the first year (1) and falls within the first (1) discipline (Economic Theory and Quantitative Economics) under first (1) sub-discipline (General Economic theory).

Philosophy Of Training


The subjects taught in the first YEAR 1nclude the following basic agricultural sciences; Chemistry, Biology, Principles and Practices of Crop Science and Animal Science, Elementary Statistics and Principles of economics.   In the second year the student penetrates into more applied technical subjects of crop and livestock production, basic principles and methods of agricultural extension are taught.  In their final year (third) year, the students specialise in farm management proper and delve into advanced farm management economics.   The students study applied and practical courses comprising of: farm planning and budgeting, labour management, financial management.   Seminars are also conducted to enhance the students' ability to analyze and synthesize farm management problems, decisions and related issues.

The farm management curriculum acknowledges the importance and value of involvement in practical operations and activities in farming.  In fact practical orientation permeates the entire curriculum and consequently students carry out practical work at every possible opportunity throughout the tenure of training.  Practical farming facilities are available in the University in the tuition farm namely: The Tatton Demonstration Unit (T.D.U) which comprises of about 800 acres (330 Ha).

In recognition of the fact that about 90% of Kenyas population is found in the small-scale farming section from where they derive their livelihood, students are attached to various districts and locations to work alongside the agricultural extension advisory staff.  During this period of field attachment they are required to study and appreciate the environment, farming systems and the socio-economic circumstances and consequences and constraints which face the small-scale farms vis-ƒ -vis the programmes intended to enhance crop and yields and the productivity generally.

The Tatton Farm (T.D.U.) acts as a field laboratory and is accessible to students at any time.   The unit grows a variety of crops which comprises of wheat, maize, English potatoes, vegetables, dairy cattle, sheep and poultry are also raised.

The students carry out various farm operations including seedbed preparation, planning, weeding, harvesting and sale of crops.   Alternative methods are carried out and appraised.  For livestock management, students undertake feeding, milking, disease control and other routine duties.  Ultimately, farm costing and return are analyzed to evaluate viability of enterprises.

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Diploma in Horticulture

Introduction

The horticultural in Kenya is a major contributor to agricultural production and has evolved to be among the top four sectors that earn significant foreign exchange. The sector is rapidly growing and possesses great potential that needs to be fully exploited for increased output and quality of horticultural produce. The realization of this potential requires highly trained technical manpower with practical knowledge and skills in horticulture.

Justification

The three-year course leading to the Diploma in Horticulture is designed to produce graduates having broad practical knowledge and skills for the rapidly growing horticultural industry in Kenya. The practical-oriented training equips students for technical positions in research, extension, and commercial farms, associated service industries and self-employment. Egerton University is suitable for horticultural training, because it is centrally located between Eldoret and Nairobi airports, and in the Rift Valley province that is suitable for production of horticultural crops.

Aims and Objectives

At the end of the Diploma programme, students should be able to:

3.1 Perceive the importance of horticulture in the national economy with particular reference to the roles of vegetables, fruits, flowers and other ornamental plants in meeting the nutritional needs of the family, aesthetic gratification and foreign exchange earnings;

3.2 Use the acquired knowledge and practical skills to improve the production and post-harvest technology of horticultural crops and marketing of the produce;

3.3 Effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and skills to various individuals and groups interested in improving horticultural crop production;

3.4 Set up and manage a commercial horticultural enterprise involving the production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, cut-flowers and nursery stock plants in both outdoor and greenhouse environments;

3.5 Carryout meaningful scientific research on various facets of horticultural and other crop enterprises;

3.6 Promote environmental and food safety awareness by safe use of pesticides and employing production practices that minimize chemical residues, as well as soil erosion;

3.7 Utilize the acquired knowledge and skills in gainful self-employment.

4.0 Admission Requirements

4.1 Applicants must satisfy the University minimum entry requirements for a University Diploma of Grade C in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or equivalent examinations and, in addition, offer passes with at least a:

(i) C in English/Kiswahili

(ii) C in Maths/Physics or in Agriculture

(iii) C+ in Biology or B- in Biological Sciences

(iv) C+ in Chemistry or B- in Physical Sciences

4.2 Admission may be granted to outstanding holders of a Certificate in agriculture, or fields related to agriculture from recognized Colleges, who will have passed with at least a credit or its equivalent.

5.0 Loading and Duration of Study

5.1 The Diploma in horticulture shall normally take three academic years, each with two semesters.

5.2 To graduate with the Diploma in horticulture, a student will be required to take and pass all courses scheduled in (8), which include the University common core courses approved by the Senate.

6.0 Course Coding

The courses are coded as follows:

6.1 The abbreviation HORT refers to Horticulture,

6.2 The first digit (i.e. zero) in all the courses indicates the level of training (i.e. Diploma),

6.3 The second digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3) represents the year of study,

6.4 The third digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) refers to the subject discipline/matter as follows:

0 = Introductory Courses

1 = General and Principle Courses

2 = Basic Horticultural Courses

3 = Vegetable Crops

4 = Fruit Crops

5 = Post-harvest Management

6 = Ornamental Horticulture

7 = Experimentation and Research Projects.

6.5 The fourth digit shows the series of courses in a particular field.

7.0 Examination

All examinations for this programme will be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in Statute of Egerton University.

8.0 Schedule of Courses

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

 

CODE

TITLE

L.

P

C.F.

BOTA 0211

Agricultural Botany

30

30

3.0

BOTA 0212

Plant Taxonomy

30

30

3.0

CHEM0111

Basic Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

30

30

3.0

HORT 0111

Principles and Practices of Horticulture

30

30

3.0

MATH0121

General Mathematics

45

0

3.0

ZOOL 0100

Entomology

30

30

3.0

SOIL 0100

Introduction to Soil Science

30

30

3.0

HORT0170

Horticultural Practical Experience I

0

45

1.5

TOTAL

225

225

22.5

 

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

 

AGED 0111

Agricultural Communication Skills

30

0

2.0

CHEM0112

Basic Organic Chemistry

30

30

3.0

MATH0122

Basic Statistics

45

0

3.0

ENSC 100

Environmental Science

30

30

3.0

BOTA0222

Genetics

30

30

3.0

HORT0170

Horticultural Practical Experience II

0

60

2.0

AGEC0112

Introduction to Agricultural Economics

45

0

3.0

TOTAL

210

150

19.0

 

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

 

AGEN 0231

Introduction to Mechanized Agriculture

30

30

3.0

AGRO 0221

Principles of Crop Improvement

30

15

2.5

HORT 0212

Horticultural Plant Identification

0

45

1.5

HORT0222

Plant Propagation

30

30

3.0

AGRO0232

Annual crops

30

30

3.0

AGEC0241

Production Economics

45

0

3.0

HORT0232

Vegetable Production

45

30

4.0

AGED0251

Rural Sociology

30

0

2.0

TOTAL

240

180

22.0

 

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2

 

BOTA 0226

Plant Pathology

30

30

3.0

SOIL 0220

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

30

30

3.0

HORT0242

Fruit Production

45

30

4.0

HORT0261

Floriculture

30

30

3.0

HORT0271

Principles of Agricultural Experimentation

15

45

2.5

AGEC0243

Farm Management and Accounts

45

0

3.0

AGED 0252

Extension Education

45

0

3.0

TOTAL

240

165

21.5

HORT 0373

Field Attachment (8 wks)

0

120

4.0

 

YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

 

HORT 0313

Horticultural Crop Protection

30

30

3.0

COMP 0190

Information Technology and National Development

30

30

3.0

HORT 0321

Horticultural Seed Production

30

30

3.0

HORT 0324

Nursery Stock Production and Management

30

30

3.0

HORT 0351

Post-harvest Technology and Marketing of Horticulture Produce

30

30

3.0

HORT 0362

Ornamental Horticulture

30

30

3.0

HORT0372

Field Visits

0

45

1.5

HORT0374

Research Projects I

0

45

1.5

TOTAL

195

255

21.5

 

YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

 

AGEN 0252

Soil and Water Management

45

45

4.5

AGEC 0348

Financial and Human Resources Management

45

0

3.0

HORT 0323

Introduction to Greenhouse Management

30

30

3.0

HORT 0343

Beverages, Medicinal and Nut Crops

30

30

3.0

HORT 0363

Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance

30

30

3.0

HORT0372

Field Visits

0

45

1.5

HORT0375

Research Projects II

0

45

1.5

TOTAL

180

225

19.5

Diploma in Computer Science (SSP only) Town campus

Introduction


Information Technology (IT) continues to change rapidly, creating new opportunities and challenges. The discipline is relatively new and areas thought not possible to apply computer technology continue to provide new opportunities. These two issues create insatiable global demand for human resource to work in Information Technology industry. To meet the current demand, improvements on old technology continue to occur and new areas of application are constantly discovered. These provide the following challenges:
•    Need for a dynamic curriculum that adopts new technology,
•    Need for affordable cost of learning, and
•    A realistic study duration.
Whereas various efforts have been made to address these problems, there is still shortage of up to date and relevant curriculum at diploma and certificate levels in Kenya.
The Department of Computer Science has taken these problems as a challenge and reviewed the program, which integrates academic and professional training. The scope of the program is wide and adequate for diploma level.
Upon successful completion of the diploma, the graduates will be well prepared to handle other professional certification examinations.

Justification


This programme has been reviewed with the intention of making it competitive while maintaining the high standard. With the Courses offered, the graduates will become highly competitive in the job market and at the same time become independent in making career choices. They will also be able to handle self-employment. Students are trained not only in the technical areas of specialization but also in self-discipline, communication skills and entrepreneurship.

Objectives


The aim of this programme is to prepare students to fit into the world market entering at the middle level. The students are also to be armed with adequate skills that would allow them to advance their careers into computer profession. The objective of the program is to address the challenges listed above. Graduates of the program will be able to work independently or in teams in managing Information Systems and solving Information Technology related problems. The graduates will also be able to join undergraduate degree program in computer science or related disciplines at senior level. The general objectives of the program are:
•    Training students who will conduct themselves with commitment to excellence, high productivity and social responsibility.
•    Equipping the students with skills required to work as User Support Professionals, Network Administrators, Web Masters or Programmers.

Admission


The following shall be eligible for admissions to Diploma in Computer Science at Egerton University as per University statutes: Applicant must possess KCSE certificate with a minimum of C. In addition, he/she must have obtained at least the following grades:
Physics C plain
OR
Physical Sciences C Plain
Maths C
Kiswahili C
English C
OR
Applicant must possess KCE/EACE certificate with at least a Division three (3) with at least the following grades:
Physics or Physical Sciences Credit five (5).
Mathematics Credit four (4).
English Language Credit six (6) OR
Kiswahili Credit (6)
OR
Applicant must have passed KACE/EAACE examination. In addition, he or she must possess at least:
Subsidiary pass in Mathematics and:
At least a credit pass in Physics/Physical Sciences at Ordinary level.
OR
Any equivalent qualification such as Certificate in Microcomputer Application, Programming, etc recognized by the senate of Egerton University. Those with weak grades in physics and maths to be considered if they have certificates in Computer Applications and bridging from institutions recognized by Egerton University.
Loading And Course Duration
•    Students will take and pass all the eighty five (85) Credit Factors.
•    Full-time Students will complete the programme in a minimum period of eighteen (18) months within four semesters.
•    Part-time students must register for a minimum of nine - (9) Credit Factors per Semester.
•    Part-Time students will take a maximum of eight Semesters (36 months) to complete the programme.
•    The programme will adopt the code COMP(Computer) followed by four digits.
•    The first digit will be zero (0), indicating the course is a diploma course.
•    The second digit signifies the year of study.
•    The third digit will denote the sub-discipline as follows:
1- Computer Architecture and Hardware
2 - Operating Systems
3 - Software Engineering
4 - Programming Languages
5 - Database Management Systems
6 - Distributed Systems
7 - Computer Networks
8 - Management and Entrepreneurship
9 - General Topics
•    The fourth digit signifies the sequential position of the course in a specific sub-discipline.

Course Coding


CURRICULUM FOR DIPLOMA IN COMPUTER SCIENCE          
YEAR I SEMESTER 1
CODE    DESCRIPTION       
COMP 0113    Computer Organisation

COMP 0120    Operating Systems

COMP 0190    Information Techn. and the Society

COMP 0191    Mathematics for Computing

COMP 0192    Business Communication and Customer Care

ZOOL 105    Biology of HIV/AIDS and Society

YEAR I SEMESTER 2
COMP 0114    Digital Electronics

COMP 0130    Requirement Analysis and Design

COMP 0140    Fundamentals of Programming

COMP 0150    Database Design and Implementation

COMP 0160    Introduction to Web Based Programming

COMP 0170    Data Communication

YEAR 2 SEMESTER I
COMP 0231    Desktop Application Development

COMP 0232    Object Oriented Analysis and Design

COMP 0234    Software Systems Projects

COMP 0261    E-Systems

COMP 0271    Local Area Networks

COMP 0280    Entrepreneurship and Business Management

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2
COMP 0234    Software Systems Projects

COMP 0241    Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms

COMP 0242    Fundamentals of O-O Programming

COMP 0251    Database Administration

COMP 0262    Distributed Systems

COMP 0294    Emerging Techn. in Computer Science

COMP 0399    Industrial Attachment       
Examination
Examination will be conducted as per Egerton University Rules and Regulations.

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Diploma in Animal Science and Technology

Introduction


The three years program leading to the Diploma in Animal Science and Technology is aimed at producing diplomates with thorough theoretical knowledge and practical skills in nutrition, breeding, reproduction, management aspects of ruminant and non-ruminant animals and livestock health management. In addition to animal science training, the student is exposed to courses in agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, crop science, range management and extension. Basic science courses such as anatomy, physiology, genetics, organic chemistry and biochemistry are taught during the first and second year in preparation for more specialised animal science and technology courses during second and third year.

The practical training is carried out in laboratories and University farms, which are run as demonstration units. Animals raised in these farms include cattle, sheep, goats, camels, donkeys, horses, pigs, poultry, rabbits, bees, silkworms and fish. These animals provide facilities for practical training in all aspects of animal science.

Justification


The middle?level training in Animal Science is virtually non-existent in Kenya, thus, Post-secondary training is only found in the Universities. The course will also absorb interested candidates who are unable to be admitted directly into degree programs. The Department of Animal Sciences has got adequate capacity and resources to effectively manage this program. Upon completion of the training the graduates can easily be absorbed in the public and private sectors where they can be employed as technical staff in teaching, extension etc. The graduates are also highly sort by Non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) due to their skills in managing community-based organisation projects.

Objectives


The diploma curriculum is designed with the following objectives.

  • Understanding and appreciation of the role of animal agriculture in the national economy and especially in relation to its importance to human nutrition and in support of both consumption/use of finished products.
  • Appreciate the role of proper livestock management to improve the efficiency of production in view of increasing human population and diminishing resources throughout the world.
  • Acquire current and practical knowledge/skills in the major areas of livestock production such as nutrition, reproductive physiology, livestock products (meat, milk, honey, wool/hair, hides and skins) and routine management and livestock health management through appropriate technologies.
  • Provide a broad academic base in basic and applied courses to enable diplomates to further their studies in the field of animal production.
  • Prepare diplomates for careers in public and private sectors dealing primarily with the livestock production and processing livestock products.
  • Prepare diplomates to be able to engage themselves in income-generating activities as well as generate jobs in the rural sector.

Admission Requirements


All candidates admitted to the diploma programme must satisfy the minimum entry requirements and must have an aggregate of at least grade C in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary of Education (KCSE) or its equivalent. In addition, the applicants must have passes with at least C in English or Kiswahili and two science subjects in the cluster of Biology and Chemistry/Physical Science,

Alternatively, admission may be granted to certificate holders who have passed with credit and above or their equivalents in Agriculture, Animal Health, Range, and Wildlife Management and related disciplines from institutions recognised by Egerton University Senate.

Duration
The teaching for the diploma shall extend for a period of six semesters. The period following the end of the fourth semester shall be devoted to field practical work (Field/industrial Attachment), before proceeding to the final year. Each semester will consist of 17 weeks, with 15 weeks teaching and 2 weeks examinations. The weighting of courses is in terms of credit factors, with one credit factor being equivalent to 15 lecture hours or 30 practical (laboratory or tutorial or seminar) hours. The minimum credit factors to be done by a student before graduating is 90CF. No credit transfer allowed.
Course coding
The courses are coded as follows: the code ANSC refers to the Department of Animal Sciences, the first digit represents the level of training (e.g. zero denotes Diploma level), the second digit denotes the year of study, the third digit refers to the field of subject matter and the fourth digit refers to the series of courses in a particular field.

The third digit represents the different subject matter as follows:

  • General introductory and principle courses
  • Basic sciences e.g. physiology
  • Nutrition, feeds and feeding
  • Genetics and breeding
  • Production from ruminant animals
  • Production from non-ruminant and other animal species
  • Experimentation, projects, seminars and visits etc.
  • Examination of Courses

All examinations for the programme will be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in the University Statutes.

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Diploma in modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology

Introduction

The programme for the training of technicians has been expanded following the establishment of four National Polytechnics and conversion of technical training institutes into facilities that train technicians. The student population in these institutions and those from secondary schools continues to grow. Indeed, the National Polytechnics have recorded an increase of between 10.5 and 20.7 % whereas the student enrolment in other technical training institutes and institutes of technology rose from 15,155 in 2000 to 17,801 in 2001, an increase of 17.5 per cent (Ministry of Economic Planning and National Development, Economic Survey, 2002). And in recognition of the fact that Kenya is geared towards industrialization by the year 2020, the country, therefore, requires technicians and technologists with adequate skills and knowledge in Chemistry and modern technology. The course is designed to meet the needs of analytical and industrial chemical laboratories in teaching, research, industrial chemical processes and quality control. The major fields of study shall include basic organic, inorganic and physical chemistry biochemical techniques, instrumental methods of analysis and general industrial processes.

Justification


The Department of Chemistry recognized the importance of technical training and launched a Certificate in Science Laboratory Programme. An average of thirty graduates per year have been trained since its inception three years ago. The Department of Chemistry has introduced Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology so as to address the national demand for quality-trained technicians. The programme aims to provide practical experience in modern analytical instrumentation and procedures, graded from basic equipment to the most up-to-date, microprocessor-controlled devices. The programme also aims at enabling the certificates graduates of Egerton University and those from other institutions to competitively access higher education. At the end of the second year of study the students will go for field/industrial attachment. The field placement will be an opportunity for students to practice and develop the analytical skills through work.

Objectives


At the end of the programme the graduates should be able to:

  • Carry out modern chemistry laboratory analytical procedures in various research fields like agriculture, biochemistry, medicine, etc.
  • Handle and maintain basic and modern equipments in teaching, research and quality control laboratories.
  • Participate in the general implementation of sustainable scientific and technological developments in teaching, research and quality control.
  • Plan and administer routine analysis and safety regulations in teaching, research and industrial environment.
  • Pursue further education.


Admission


The minimum entry requirements for the Diploma of Egerton University shall apply as follows:
A mean grade of C of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or KCE/EACE division II or at least one principal pass at EAACE or its equivalent.
Individual minimum score of grade C (KCSE) in each of the following subjects;

  • English or Kiswahili
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and chemistry or physical science
  • Biology or biological sciences


Holders of certificate in Science Laboratory Technology, with a minimum credit pass, from institutions recognised by Egerton University, may be considered for admission.
Duration of Study
The programme is designed to take at least three academic years. A full-time registered student shall complete the course in three calendar years and six calendar years for part-time student. Each academic year shall have three BLOCKS: in April (4weeks), August (4 weeks) and December (4 weeks). At the end of second year there shall be mandatory practical attachment in a relevant scientific laboratory for a period of at least 8 weeks at work place or in a recognised teaching, research institution, or industry. The curriculum is organised in a unity system where one unity is weighted on number of C.F s as follows:

  • One (1) lecture hour per week is equivalent to one credit factor.
  • Two (2) practical hours per week are equivalent to one credit factor.
  • The major training aspects constitute about two-thirds of the curriculum while back-up subjects constitute one-third.
  • The students will be required to pass all courses registered before graduation.
  • The award will be entitled: Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology.


Examination Rules and Regulations
All the university rules and regulations shall apply for the Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology.

Course Coding


Programme Design and Structure
All the courses have been categorized into five broad areas as follows.
i. Applied chemistry.
ii. Laboratory practices and integrated management.
iii. Basic sciences.
iv. Communication skills and entrepreneurship for technologists.
v. Information technology.
Each course has been coded using an acronym and a series of figures, numbers and letters whose interpretation is as follows.
CHLT - Chemistry Modern Laboratory Technology
1st figure (0) - Indicates Diploma programme
2nd figure - Indicates the Year the course is
offered
3rd figure - Indicates the Broad category of the
course
4th figure- Indicates the Number of the course in the category