Bachelor Of Science In Ecotourism And Hospitality Management

Rationale

The tourism and hospitality industries are among the fast expanding industries in the

world and are important top forex earners for Kenya. Kenya is endowed with rich faunal

and floral biodiversity characterised by a myriad of terrestrial and marine plant and

wildlife, natural and physical scenic features, and a growing diversity in the social-cultural heritage of the people. To date conventional tourism has dominated the tourism

sector in the region. However, the demand on land for agricultural use and other

development activities is rising threatening the future sustainability of tourism resources.

The new tourism policy has put emphasis this on involvement of the local communities in

managing tourism resources. The Government is determined to encourage and facilitate

this approach. To achieve this the emphasis must be directed to sustainable ecotourism

development as the core in this industry supported by expansion in the hospitality service

sector. There is inadequate skilled manpower in this sector but the future of tourism needs

product diversification, opening up of new tourist circuits, promotion of domestic tourism

and provision of skilled manpower. The programme in Ecotourism and Hospitality

Management is designed to train manpower to meet these challenges.

Development of ecotourism offers opportunities for diversification in tourism and

haspotential to transform economies,conserve the environment and culture. This can be

realised through increased involvement of all stakeholders in decision making and sharing

of benefits. In order to actualize the above positive attributes of ecotourism, an expanded

hospitality service network should be established. The degree programme in Ecotourism

and Hospitality Management will provide competence to service providers in this

industry by training new entrants or upgrading skills of those who are already in the

industry.

Tourism is a complex industry governed by the laws of supply and demand. The modern

time tourist, especially ecotourists, demand more information and guidance on the

tourism product‘s natural history than the amateur naturalist, who is sufficiently rewarded

if he/she can see a great eagle soar across the sky or come upon a pride of lions resting in

a thorn bush. The programme will provide the competence needed to take the client to the

next stage beyond identification i.e. to appreciate the ecology, behaviour and the tourism

product‘s interrelationship with the environment. In the case of animals, behaviour is the

most intricate and revealing part of an animal‘s natural history.

 

Programme Objectives

The aim of this programme is to equip the students with relevant technical and

professional knowledge that will enable them to effectively manage the ecotourism and

hospitality industry. The specific objectives of the programme is to:

i) Provide training and knowledge to new entrants in ecotourism and

hospitality industry.

ii) Upgrade skills of those who are already in the industry

iii) Enhance conservation of biodiversity through nature based tourism

iv) Equip stakeholders with relevant education in the ecotourism

v) Create entrepreneurship attitude among graduates ofthis program

At the completion of the training the B Sc. Ecotourism and Hospitality Management

graduates should be able to:-i) Analyse and explain the physical environment, ecology and behaviour of

major African fauna, floral communities and educate the client beyond simple

identification, which is the current practice in tourism.

ii) Identify, prioritize and map various tourist products, infrastructure and tourist

circuiting and associated land use in destination areas.

iii) Determine marketing and branding for destination areas.

iv) Determine realistic potential and carrying capacity for tourism development in

destination areas.

v) Establish planning and management guidelines for environment, business and

community involvement in tourism products.

vi) Where possible run their own enterprises including consultancy.

 

Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the minimum admission requirement for Egerton University, the

candidates should obtain at least grade C in Mathematics, C+ in Biology or B- in

Biological Sciences, C in Chemistry, B- in Geography or History and Government, and at

least C+ in English or Kiswahili at K.S.C.E. Admission will be granted to diploma

holders in Hotel or Tourism management from a recognized institution. Degree holders

from other institutions interested in this program will be considered on individual merits.

 

Course Structure and Duration

The programme shall cover four academic years. Each semester shall consist of fifteen

15.weeks with two weeks for examination. At the end of Year 3 semester 2, the student

will undergo an eight-week industrial attachment. The duration for Diploma and other

degree holders will depend on the number of credit hours transferred as per the University

regulations on credit transfers. Diploma students who qualify for credit transfer may

complete their programme in a minimum period of 2 ½ years, whereas those on part-time

basis may do so in 3 ½ years.The Self Sponsored Part-time students‘ Programme will be

offered at the Town Campus. The cost for SSP Programmes per year will be as per

University rates of fee payments for the SSP Science based courses. The course involves

extensive academic field trips which will require additional cost for the trips.

The coding for the courses offered in this programme is represented by TOHM followed

by a three-digit figure. The first digit represents the year in which the particular course is

offered. The second digit represents the discipline of study. For instance; 0-introductory

course, 1-principle courses, 2-ecology, 3-climate, 4-management, 5-applied, 6-planning

courses, 7- seminar, research and student projects, 8-policy, law and administration. The

third digit is the serial number of the course within that field e.g. TOHM 101 is first year

introductory course and the first in the series.

 

Examination regulations

All examinations for the B Sc. in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be

conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University

Statute XXVIII.

 

Grading

The grading of examination for B Sc.in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate a B Sc. in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management a student shall be

required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.

 

Degree Classification

The classification for B Sc. in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students