Diploma in Computer Science


Rationale
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.
Programme 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:
i) training students who will conduct themselves with commitment to excellence, high productivity and social responsibility;
ii) equipping the students with skills required to work as user support professionals, Network Administrators, Web Masters or Programmers.
Admission Requirements
The following shall be eligible for admissions to Diploma in Computer Science at Egerton University as per University Statute: Applicant must possess KCSE certificate with a minimum of C. In addition, he/she must have obtained at least the following grades:
Physics C OR Physical Sciences C
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.
Course Structure and 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.
Examination Regulations
All examinations for Diploma in Computer Science shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
Graduation Requirements
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree Classification
Degree classification for Diploma in Computer Science shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX for undergraduate students.