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