The main purpose of introducing this programme is to facilitate possible upgrading of holders of the Diploma in Engineering to a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering level focussing on those areas relevant to the local industry. As a technology degree, it builds on the practically oriented training at diploma level. The curriculum for the degree of Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering is therefore designed to produce graduates with sufficient theoretical knowledge, design skills and practical experience that will enable them fit into any area of Civil Engineering practice. The programme aims at giving a chance to already trained graduates from tertiary institutions to further their studies. Qualified and Practising Technician Engineers who are holders of Diploma in Engineering or its equivalent will be trained to a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology level so that they can be considered for registration as Professional Engineers by the Engineers Registration Board (ERB). The cornerstone of the programme is the deliberate emphasis placed on computer applications in solving engineering problems and the possibility of Electives for specialization.
The Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering programme targets diploma holders from recognized middle level colleges who will be upgraded to degree level.
i) Such graduates will be better placed for the competitive job market by combining hands on experience which is normally emphasised at diploma level.
ii) The Course will also provide a missing link between Masters Programmes in Engineering and Diploma Programmes. It will facilitate possible upgrading and hence a route/pre-requisite for admission to relevant Masters programmes for the Diploma holders in Engineering related areas.
iii) The programme creates opportunity for specialisation in the following areas of the Civil engineering discipline:
Water Resources Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
Geotechnical and Highway Engineering
At the end of the training, the student will have acquired practical and conceptual skills in research, consultancy, planning, design, development, operation and maintenance founded on scientific principles, upon which Civil Engineering is based. The specific objectives of this programme are to:
i) Extend the students appreciation of principles established in his or her previous study.
ii) Develop the knowledge and technical ability to analyse, synthesize and optimise the variables in real problems as posed by the project, clients or technologists/engineer.
iii) Develop the ability to discern and evolve by scientific methods the most appropriate technology and/or materials to be used in a given situation or problem.
iv) Give a theoretical/practical orientation to the graduate engineer to be able to contribute practical solutions to water, environmental, structural, building construction and engineering management problems.
v) Impart knowledge and modern technical and managerial skills to students, to enable them respond effectively to the nation‟s industrialisation challenges.
vi) Prepare graduate engineers with sound engineering ability in planning, design construction operation and maintenance of civil facilities.
vii) Provide a firm academic base to students to enable them carry out research, pursue further studies and offer consultancy services in Civil Engineering and other related areas.
The programme is open to all candidates who meet the following requirements under Egerton University statutes:
i) Holders of relevant technical based Diploma certificate of minimum credit pass from institutions recognized by Egerton University.
ii) Holders of relevant technical based Higher Diploma certificate from institutions recognized by Egerton University.
iii) Diploma holders with pass grade from institutions recognized by Egerton University However this group will undergo a bridging course for one academic year before being admitted into the programme.
Course Structure and Duration
The duration of the programme is six (6) semesters (equivalent to 3 academic years) with a supervised industrial attachment after the 4th semester. To graduate a student will be expected to cover a total of 124.5 Credit Factor (CF). The processing of examinations will be done at the end of every academic Year.
The course code used is CENT, standing for Civil Engineering Technology, followed by 3 digits. First digit indicates the Year the course is offered (1,2,3).
Second digit indicates the discipline within the course as follows:
1. Basic Engineering and Technology courses
2. Geotechnical Engineering courses
3. Structural Engineering courses
4. Environmental Engineering courses
5. Water Resources Engineering courses
6. Research, Industrial attachment and projects
7. Construction Engineering and Management courses
8. Transportation Engineering courses
Third digit indicates the sequencing of the courses within a discipline.
All Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the Examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII.
The grading of Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII.
The following practical related courses shall be examined as indicated:
i) CENT 261: Research Methods and Applications; shall be examined as follows: Final examination 40%, Course-work 60%. This course shall be done during the third semester of the study programme. Each student will be expected to submit a typed project proposal.
ii) CENT 364: Student Research Project; The project implementation stage shall be examined by course-work as follows: Final report which shall be typed and bound will account for 60% of the marks and oral presentation of the project will constitute 40% of the marks.
iii) CENT 262: Field visits; shall be assessed through attendance and written reports.
iv) CENT 363: Industrial attachment (Internship); shall be examined by faculty staff visiting the student in station of attachment (20%), a written report (70%) and the field supervisor of the student (10%).
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 XXVIII.