Measurement is a very important activity in every branch of Engineering and Science. Instrumentation is a fundamental discipline and is understood well in terms of measurement systems. Instrumentation is important in product testing and quality control, monitoring in the interest of health, safety, cost, part of a control system, research and development, etc. The ability to control effectively is often limited by the quality of measurements. Thus it is important for the Control Engineer to understand the quality and limitations of measurement systems. Similarly, the Instrument Engineer has to understand the nature and problems of a control system, and the quality and limitations of control philosophy.
The Bachelor of Science in Instrumentation and Control Engineering is designed to produce highly trained manpower in Instrumentation and Control Engineering ready to take up the challenges in industrial research, industrial and commercial organizations. The programme is broad-based and is developed so as to attain both academic and practical skills. It integrates instrumentation and control engineering systems. The programme is industry-oriented and is designed to produce graduate engineers capable of adapting to technological changes and in line with government policy of vision 2030. Instrumentation and Control Engineers find career opportunities in a wide range of Fields such as industrial research, production and commercial organizations ranging from process industries to aero-space, economic and business modelling.
The main objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Instrumentation and Control Engineering Programme are:
i) To prepare an engineer who can plan, design and construct instrumentation and control systems.
ii) To develop and inculcate the engineer with intellectual, imaginative and engineering skills, able to respond and adapt to change anticipate and initiate such a change.
iii) To provide the graduate with a good foundation for postgraduate education.
i) All candidates admitted to the programme must meet the minimum university admission criteria stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.
ii) In addition the candidates must obtain at least the minimum cut-off points for the year as determined from any one of the following four cluster subjects in the KCSE.
Alternative A Alternative B
Physics Physical Science
Chemistry Biological Sciences
Either Biology or Either group III/IV/V subjects
iii) Those holding qualifications equivalent to the KCSE or above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.
iv) Admission may be offered to diploma holders in engineering disciplines passed with at least a credit.
v) Credit transfers for diploma holders or their equivalent may be considered, based on the guidelines by the Senate.
vi) Self-sponsored applicants shall be required to meet the University and Faculty admission criteria.
Course Structure and Duration
The normal duration of the programme shall be five academic years. Each years in consist of two semesters, each of seventeen weeks duration. Part-time students shall be allowed to complete the programme within a period of 10 academic years.
The course codes used are ICEN – Instrumentation and Control Engineering followed by 3 digits.
The first digit refers to the year in which the course is offered. The 2 digit refers to the nature or sub-discipline of the course within the discipline as follows:
Level 0 – Electrical
Level 1 – Instruments and measurements
Level 2 – Electronics
Level 3 – Computers
Level 4 – Control and Process
Level 5 – Telecommunications
Level 6 – Design, projects, attachments and seminars
Level 7 – Management
The 3 digit refers to the sequences of the course.
All Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the Examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII.
The following practical courses shall be examined as stipulated.
i) ICEN 361 – Engineering practice – shall be examined by continuous assessments only. Grading shall be on pass or fail basis.
ii) ICEN 463 – Industrial attachment – (at the end of the fourth year) shall be examined by a written report and industrial attachment assessment.
iii) ICEN 564 – Student Research Project I and visits shall be examined by seminar presentation and written report.
iv) ICEN 565 – Student Research Project II shall be examined by seminar presentation of completed project and written report.
The grading of Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII.
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.