Masters of information Science

Rationale
With the explosive growth of information in organizations and society, skilled information professionals are needed to handle and manage the information for effective decision making and learning. Information handling encompasses the complex process of gathering, processing, storing, organization, retrieving, filtering, synthesizing, representing, disseminating and using information. The MISC in information studies programme is a multidisciplinary programme that draws on the disciplines of library and information science, information management and information technology. It provides broad-based information professions. The programme has been designed to provide flexibility for students who wish to specialize in different areas:
Library & Information Science
Information Management and Systems
Archival informatics
Media Resource Management
Information storage and access is becoming imperative in Kenya and the world in general. This is because information has become very crucial in decision making in any organization today. It is for this reason that the information handling is evolving rapidly through the establishment and development of libraries and information centers in the public and private sectors, industries, commerce, business and non-governmental organizations. This therefore calls for information professional‗s who understand the complexities of storing and accessing information, who can effectively manage information resources, provide and develop quality services in terms of information storage and access, teach and undertake research.
Programme Objectives
i) To put emphasis on handling of information (which includes storage and access) in all forms rather than the conventional library activities.
ii) To produce quality professionals capable of holding senior level positions in Libraries and archives, Information Institutions, Universities, etc. and also to build up efficient information intermediaries.
iii) To make the environment around us realize that information is a pervasive element in contemporary society, the development of which will depend upon the future shape of information services particularly with the usage if Information communication Technologies. To this end in view, the MISC programme has been launched wherein information access, processing, organization and dissemination are the core components.
Admission Requirements
The Common University rules and regulations for Masters Degree programme specified in the Egerton University Statute shall be applicable. In addition to the above
A holder of a lower class honours degree from a recognized University with at least two (2) years relevant work experience or relevant professional qualifications; or
A holder of a pass degree from a recognized university with at least two (2) years relevant work experience and relevant professional qualifications; or
A holder of a professional qualification with at least pass degree from a recognized university with at least two (2) years work experience and have passed university-level qualifying examination(s) in key subject areas approved by the faculty shall be eligible for admission for the Master of Information Science (MISC) Programme
Course Structure and Duration
The program of study for the MISC degree consists of coursework, examination and a research project.
The course codes are four capital letters namely, MISC stranding for Library and Information Science, followed by the three digits. 1st digit indicates a graduate level which the course is offered, i.e. 7 for MISC courses. 2nd digit indicates the nature of sub-discipline of the course within the discipline. Level 0 - General MISC course 1 – Library and Information Science 2 – Information and Management Systems 3 – Archival Informatics 4 – Media Resource Management
Examination Regulations
All examinations for this programme 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
The Master of Information Science degree is classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.