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Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

RationaleEntrepreneurship spirit and Innovation is the backbone of the biggest economies in the world. In this regard, such big economies such as the USA have an education system that emphasizes entrepreneurship and innovation. Small businesses are critical to such big economies and have been invaluable in creation of employment and realization of great economical and social change in form of a strong and vibrant middle class. We belief that introduction of a bachelor of entrepreneurship and small business management course (BENS) at Egerton University will create a specific and highly trained manpower that will drive entrepreneurship and provide skilled management in this important sector. In this course (BENS), we seek to provide the student with requisite skills to be entrepreneurs and/or innovators and capable of providing consultation services to already existing businesses.
This course fits perfectly well with the ambitious vision 2030 of the Kenyan government, which promises to make Kenya a middle income country by 2030. Based on experiences from other countries that have witnessed great economical development, it would be impossible for Kenya to achieve such feat, without successful small businesses and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Therefore this course (BENS), addresses an important national issue i.e. strong and vibrant economy, responsible for its own citizens.
Programme ObjectivesThe aim of the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (BENS) degree is to provide students with necessary skills that can enable them to respond to their need for effective management of public and private enterprises. The Specific objectives of this programme include:i). To develop a coherent and broad based coverage of business organizations and their Management.ii). To equip the learners with appropriate business skills thus enhancing their confidence and ability to critically evaluate business information requirements and develop solutions from moral, professional and academic perspectives.iii). To provide students with experience in the development and use of computer systems for solving business problems and marketing managerial decisions. To prepare the candidates to undertake research and pursue Post-graduate studies.Admission Requirementsi). All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (BENS) must satisfy the minimum common entrance requirements of Egerton University.ii). In addition a candidate must obtain at least a C grade in Mathematics.iii). Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognised by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.iv). Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in Co-operative Management, Banking, Finance, Agri-Business, Marketing, Insurance and Risk Management and Management Science disciplines passed with a credit or higher or their equivalent. Such cases will be treated on individual merit.v). Admission may also be offered to those holding CPA II and/or its equivalent through mature age entrance scheme as specified by the faculty.vi). Based on Senate approved guidelines, candidates may be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of 30% of the required programme credits from a diploma course or its equivalent from an institution recognised by the University Senate.
Course Structure and Durationi). The Bachelors of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management degree programme takes FOUR academic years for full time students.ii). Part-time students may be allowed to cover the programme within EIGHT academic years.iii). Each semester will have a maximum of seven (7) and minimum of (2) units for part-time students.iv). The course code is four capitals letters BENS standing for Bachelor of Entrepreneurship Technology followed by three digitsv). First digit indicates the years of study i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4;vi). The Second digit is the nature of the sub-discipline levels. 0 – General BENS Courses 1 – Small Business Courses 2 – Entrepreneurship Courses 6.4 Third digit indicates sequence of the course.
Examination RegulationAll the examination of the university shall be conducted in accordance with university statutes stipulated in the university statute No XXVIII.
Grading systemThe grading system will be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statutes XXVIII.
Graduation requirement.To graduate with a bachelor of commerce, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within stipulated time.
Degree classificationThe Bachelors degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton university statute programs statute XXVIII

Bachelor of Purchasing and Supplies Management

RationaleFor a long time, Purchasing has been a finance function. However due the dynamic nature of many organizations today, there is need to separate this function from the ordinary finance operations. Owing to the demand for personnel to work in Purchasing and Supplies department has increased over time. It is against this background that Faculty of Commerce has developed this Programme to address the need for adequately trained manpower to manage the area of procurement in various sectors of the economy. Opportunities for graduates of this program exist in government, public and private sector.
Programme ObjectivesThe aim of the Bachelor of Purchasing and Supplies Management (BPSM) degree is to provide students with necessary skills in Purchasing and Supplies Management that can enable them to respond to their need for effective management of public and private enterprises. The specific objectives of this programme include:
i). To develop a coherent and broad based coverage of Purchasing and Supplies Management and the underlying principles in the supply chain management.ii). To equip the learners with appropriate business skills in Purchasing and Supplies Management.iii). To enhance learners confidence and ability to critically evaluate supply chain requirements.iv). To enable learners to develop solutions from moral, professional and academic perspectives.v). To provide students with experience in the development of Supply Chain Systems necessary for solving business problems and making managerial decisions.vi). To prepare the candidates to undertake research and pursue Post-graduate studies80.3 Admission Requirementsi). All applicants admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Purchasing and Supplies Management must satisfy the minimum admission requirements of Egerton University senate.ii). In addition, the candidate should have a minimum of C in both Mathematic and English/Kiswahili. ORiii). The candidate be a holder of KACE certificate with a minimum of two Principal passes, and a minimum of a credit pass in Mathematics at KCE ORiv). The candidate must be a holder of diploma in Marketing, Insurance Risk Management, Co-Operative Management, from any institution recognized by the Egerton University Senate. ORv). The candidate must be a holder of any other qualification equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.vi). Based on senate approved guidelines, candidates may be allowed to transfer up to 30% of credit factors from a diploma course.
Course Structure and Duration of the Studyi). The Bachelor of Purchasing & Supplies Management (BPSM) course shall be offered in four academic years for full time students.ii). Part-time students will be allowed a maximum of eight academic years from the time of registration.iii). The course code is four capital letters BPSM standing for Bachelor of Purchasing and Supplies Management followed by three digits.iv). First digit indicates the year of study i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4; 6.3 Second digit is the nature of the sub-discipline of the course within the discipline. Levels 0 – General BPSM Courses 1 – Purchasing 2 – Suppliesv). Third digit indicates sequence of the course.
Examination RegulationAll the examination of the university shall be conducted in accordance with university statutes stipulated in the university statute No XXVIII.
Grading systemThe grading system will be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statutes XXVIII.
Graduation requirement.To graduate with a bachelor of commerce, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within stipulated time.
Degree classificationThe Bachelors degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton university statute programs statute XXVIII

Bachelor of Commerce

RationaleThe rationale of the Commerce degree programme is to provide students with a wide range of skills, knowledge, and attitudes to respond to their need for effective management of public and private business enterprises.
Programme ObjectivesAt the end of the training, the graduates will be expected to:i). Effectively manage resources at their disposal according to contemporary economic, business management and technological trends;ii). Carry out research with a view to finding solutions to contemporary problems affecting business development at various scales;iii). Appreciate the complex relationship between the national economy and global economic trends; andiv). Have acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes for pursuing further studies in Commerce.
Admission Requirementsi). All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) must satisfy the minimum common entrance requirements of Egerton University which currently is a C+.ii). In addition, candidates must obtain at least the minimum cut-off points for the year as determined from any one of the following four cluster subjects from revised K.C.S.E. structure.
English or KiswahiliAt least any one from the following:History and GovernmentGeography,Christian Religious EducationSocial Education & Ethics,Hindu Religious Education orIslamic Religious EducationMathematicsEither,Biology or Biological Sciences; orChemistry or Physics orPhysical SciencesOrAny one of the following:AccountsCommerceEconomicsiii) A Candidate must obtain at least a C grade in mathematics. Those with less than a C grade must take and pass a bridging course in mathematics.iv) Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognised by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.v) Admission may be offered to CPA II and diploma holders in Co-operative Management, Banking, Finance, Agri-Business, Marketing, Insurance and Risk Management and Management Science disciplines passed with a credit or higher or their equivalent. Such cases will be treated on individual merit. Based on Senate approved guidelines, candidates may be allowed to transfer credits from a diploma course or its equivalent from an institution recognised by the University Senate up to a maximum of 30% of the required programme.
Course structure and DurationThe Bachelor of Commerce degree programme takes four academic years for full-time. Part time students may be allowed to cover the programme within eight academic years. Course structure and requirements for a bachelor‟s degree:i). Courses taken to fulfil graduation requirements are drawn from a cluster of University Common Core courses and from those specified by Faculties and Departments.ii). In order to fulfil the graduation requirements for Bachelor of Commerce degree, candidates are required to take and pass at least 144 credit factors of courses approved by the Senate.iii). Full Time Students will be required to complete a minimum of 36 credit factors each year which will be distributed as follows: First year, 9 credit factors from University wide courses, 27 credit factors from Faculty wide courses. Second year, 36 credit factors from core courses. Third year, 21 credit factors from core courses, 12 credit factors from specialisation options and 3 credit factors from electives. Fourth year, 18 credit factors from core courses, 15 credit factors from specialisation options and 3 credit factors from electives.iv) Part-time Students shall be allowed to take a minimum of nine (9) C.F.s and maximum of eighteen (18) C.F.s per semester.vi) The course code is four capital letters BCOM standing for the Bachelor of commerce, followed by three digits. 1st digit, Indicates year or level the course is offered, i.e. (1,2,3,4). 2nd digit, Indicates the nature of sub-discipline of the course within the discipline.1 Levels 0 - General B.Com. courses2 -Accounting course3 -Marketing course4 -Banking and Finance course5 -Insurance and Risk Management course6 -Co-operative Management course7 -Human Resource Management course8 -Management Science course 3rd digit, indicates the sequencing of the course
Examination RegulationAll the examination of the university shall be conducted in accordance with university statutes stipulated in the university statute No XXVIII.
Grading systemThe grading system will be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statutes XXVIII.
Graduation requirement.To graduate with a bachelor of commerce, a student shall be required to take and pass in all scheduled courses within stipulated time.
Degree classificationThe Bachelors degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton university statute programs statute XXVIII

Diploma in Procurement and Supplies Management

RationaleThe Diploma in Procurement and Logistics Management endeavors to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge required for efficient acquisition and disposal of organization resources. The development of the programme is premised on:
i) The fact that Kenya and the rest of East Africa region has dire shortage of qualified procurement staff.ii) The need to support the ongoing priofessionaliza5tion of the procurement process.iii) This process is driven by increasing public awareness of the need to guard against waste and corrupt use of public resources.iv) The need to provide manpower that will drive Kenya‟s vision 2030. The vision envisages the channelling of considerable resources to certain identified key sectors. This will strengthen existing procurement capacity. There is therefore need to expand training opportunities so as to ensure realization of your vision.v) The need to come up with an innovative training programme that is cognizant of the changing environment in which procurement is conducted.
Programme Objectivesi). By the end of training, this programme is expected to:ii). Enable the graduates to acquire skills and knowledge for proper management of Organizations‟ resources.iii). Enable the graduates to effectively and efficiently handle acquisition and disposal of Organizations‟iv). Enable graduates to carry out research with a view to finding solutions to procurement problems affecting the organization.v). Equip students with skills for career in procurement and Logistics Management in the public and private sectorvi). Prepare students for further studies.
Admission RequirementsThe common University admission criteria is applicable. In additioni) The candidate must have obtained at least a mean grade of C (plain) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) Level or Division III at Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) or equivalent qualification.811ii) The candidate must have also obtained at least a C- (Minus) in mathematics and at least a C- (Minus) in English or Kiswahili.iii) Candidates with mean grades of C (plain) but have less than C- (Minus) in Mathematics and English or Kiswahili can be admitted after bridging in the respective subjects.iv) Candidates with a credit in certificate in business from Institution recognized by the Academic Board, and having a mean grade of D+ or equivalent in their K.C.SE, are also eligible for admission.v) Holders of Accounting Technicians Certificate (ATC) Final Level are also eligible for admission.
Course structure and Durationi). The duration of the courses is two (2) academic years comprising of four (4) semesters of seventeen (17) weeks each.ii). The course coding is four capital letter DPLM standing for Diploma in Procurementiii). and Logistics Management.iv). The courses borrowed from other programmes have codes that reflect those programmev). The abbreviation is followed by a set of four digits as follows.
1. The first is zero (0) indicating a diploma programme.2. The second digit is either 1 or 2 denoting the year the course is offered.3. The third digit indicates the semester in which the course is offered i.e. 1 or 24. The last indicates the sequence of the course i/e 0, 1, 2, 3……
Examination RegulationAll the examination of the university shall be conducted in accordance with university statutes stipulated in the university statute No xxvii
Grading systemThe grading system will be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statutes XXVIII.
Graduation requirement.To graduate with a bachelor of commerce, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within stipulated time.
Degree classificationThe Bachelors degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton university statute programs statute XXVIII

Diploma in Human Resources Management

Rationale
Diploma in Human Resource Management (DHRM) enables students to gain a clear understanding of various business disciplines i.e. (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Insurance, Human Resource Management and Management Science). This enables them to relate various functional areas in the organizations and appreciate the need for Human Resource department activities of the various departments. The diploma is a bridge to the Degree programme in business. It is a market driven-course which equips students with human resource managerial knowledge and skills that enable them to respond to the changing demand patterns in the market. A graduate who attains a credit or a distinction in this programme is eligible for credit transfer up to a maximum of 30% of total Credit Factors (C.Fs) in Bachelor in Commerce degree programmes.
Programme ObjectivesBy the end of the training the programme is expected to:Demonstrate understanding of the foundations and core modules of the Human Resource Management function in the organization.
i). Appreciate the role and contribution of the Human Resource management function in the organization.ii). Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for setting up a Human Resource function in an organization..iii). Appreciate the need and ways of acquiring professionalism in Human Resource Management.iv). Prepare students for further studies in Human Resource field.75.3 Admission Requirementsi). The common University admission criteria are applicable. In addition:ii). The candidate must have obtained at least a mean grade of C (Plain) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary School or Division III at Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) or equivalent qualification.iii). The candidate must have also obtained at least a C- (Minus) in mathematics and at least a C- (Minus) in English or Kiswahili.iv). Candidates with a mean grade of C (plain) but have less than C-(Minus) in Mathematics and English or Kiswahili can be admitted after bridging in the respective subjects.802v). Candidates with a credit in certificate in Business field from Institutions recognized by the Academic Board and having a mean grade of D+ (Plus) or equivalent in their (KCSE) are also eligible for admission.vi). Holders of Accounting Technicians Certificates (ATC) final level are also eligible for admission.
Course Structure and Durationi). The duration of the course is two (2) academic years comprising of four (4) semesters of seventeen weeks each.ii). The course coding is four capital letters DHRM standing for Diploma in Human Resource Management.iii). The courses borrowed from other programmes have codes that reflect those programmes.iv). The abbreviation is followed by a set of four digits as follows:
1. The first digit is zero (0) indicating a diploma programme2. The second digit is either 1 or 2 denoting the year the course is offered.3. The third digit indicates the semester in which the course is offered i.e. 1 or 2.4. The last digit indicates the sequencing of the course i.e. 0,1,2,3……
Examination RegulationAll the examination of the university shall be conducted in accordance with university statutes stipulated in the university statute No XXVIII.
Grading SystemThe grading system will be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statutes XXVIII.
Graduation RequirementsTo graduate with a bachelor of commerce, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within stipulated time.
Degree classificationThe Bachelors degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton university statute programs statute XXVIII

Faculty of Commerce

Dean, Faculty of Commerce
Dr Daniel O. Auka , Ph.D

The Faculty is located in the Central Business District of Nakuru Town, a fast growing town in the heart of Rift Valley of Kenya.  This location offers a great opportunity for students to acquire superior knowledge, attitudes and skills in the various disciplines of business.Faculty of Commerce is comprised of two Departments viz. Business Administration; housing the disciplines of Human Resource Management, Marketing, Insurance and Strategic Management. Accounting, Finance and Management Science Dept. housing the disciplines  of Accounting, Finance, Management Science, Operation Research and Information Systems. Currently, student enrolment stands at 2500 and a Faculty of twenty five (25) highly specialized staff.The programmes offered encompus the whole range of knowledge in the field of business.  Specializations open to students at Bachelor and Master level include: Accounting, Finance, Management Science, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Insurance, Cooperative and Strategic Management.Doctoral degree in Management has recently been launched with the initial six candidates dully enrolled.  This programme provides opportunity for candidates with outstanding academic achievements to engage in advanced research in the varied specialized areas of management.  Curricula has also been developed for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Business Incubation.   This is intended to serve the community and society at large.

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