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BSc in Geography

 
{tab=Introduction}Geography is concerned with understanding the forces that shape the physical environment upon which humans depend. Knowledge of geography will give students an in-depth understanding of present environmental challenges and prepare them for a career in one of several environment and planning related occupations.This is a four-year program that provides students with the knowledge, core competencies, and transferable skills for diverse careers in resource management; urban and regional planning; education; industry; public administration; and business. The program provides students with a range of theoretical, applied, and field-based courses in Geography and students may specialize in courses that will emphasize resource management and/or urban development. The curriculum proposed is a balanced combination of theoretical and applied courses in Geography, including specialized courses in geographic information systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and Environmental Analysis. {tab=Justification}The curriculum has been designed to ensure that students make the connection between theoretical concepts and real-world events, processes, and situations. The goal of the B.Sc. Degree in Geography is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire awareness, appreciation and understanding of issues associated with the management of different resources and sustainability of the environment. This B.Sc in Geography program is distinctive as it will: Offer an integration of theoretical, applied, and practical course work around two major specializations ? Natural Resource Management and Urban Growth Management ? a program that is not offered at any other Kenyan University; Provide students with the opportunity to explore the scope and nature of geographic thought, the philosophical and practical aspects of natural resource and urban growth management, and assess the merits of qualitative and quantitative research ? program that is unique in Kenya; Encourage students to think critically, analyze problems, negotiate and mediate management disputes, facilitate public presentations, and deliver oral, written and visual reports in an effective way ? objectives that will be delivered across the curricula; Urban and regional planning Students will recognize and value the applied aspects of a geographic education, especially the acquisition of GIS skills, spatial statistics and geographic communication. Graduates of the BSc in Geography Degree find employment in many fields in both the public and private sectors International Organizations, and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Geography Graduates are employed in a variety of jobs that include; Resource Planners, Hydrologists, Land Management specialists, Monitoring of Climate Change and a variety of environmental related fields. The degree also provides perStudy Visitsfect grounding for higher degrees and good graduates will be eligible to proceed to postgraduate courses Masters and PhDs study in the Department or elsewhere.Objectives
The aim of this program is to provide access to a large number of students who wish to secure a B.Sc in Geography at Egerton University. The goal of the B.Sc in Geography is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire an awareness, appreciation and understanding of issues associated with the management of natural resources, including environmental sustainability and provisions for accommodating future urban growth. Key objectives of the proposed program:
? Provide students with an opportunity to acquire a B.SC. in Geography with a specialization in Natural Resource Management or Urban Growth Management or an opportunity to tailor their own B.SC. Major in Geography (General) by completing a minimum of 30 credits in Geography courses to meet career or professional objectives; Deliver a balanced combination of theoretical and applied courses in Geography, including specialized courses in geographic information systems (GIS); ? Provide opportunities for students to engage in independent or supervised work-study research projects; ? Deliver curricula that is relevant to the demands of employers seeking graduates with a sound academic and applied background in Geography, especially in the areas of natural resource management and urban growth management; ? Provide students with the opportunity to acquire a range of transferable skills, notably in the areas of statistical and spatial analysis, remote sensing, and GIS; ? Encourage students to round out their education by choosing lower- and upper-level electives in the arts, humanities, social sciences and/or sciences that will broaden their post-graduate education; and, ? Deliver a program that will provide students with the opportunity to apply for graduate school or enter such professional fields as education, planning, law, public administration, or business administration. Anticipated Contribution to Egerton University?s Mandate and Strategic Plan This program will contribute to Egerton University?s mandate and strategic plan by: Improving access to another B.SC. option for students in Kenya; Implementing curricula that promotes the development of analytical and creative thinking skills and responds to the economic and social needs of the local communities; Providing students with a high quality education using varied and flexible learning formats, including up-to-date computer programs, research projects, and field trips ? all designed to assist students in acquiring hands-on experiences that will serve them well in the contemporary workforce or graduate studies; Ensuring a program that keeps pace with changing technologies in the workplace, especially in the delivery of GIS education; Subjecting the program to periodic internal and external curricular review. Delivery MethodsDelivery methods used in this program include: A mix of classroom-based lectures and labs (e.g., introductory Physical Geography, spatial analysis); Computer-based labs (e.g., GIS, statistics, remote sensing); Field-based courses (e.g., field studies in geography, research project); Research project ? independent or collaborative undertaking, under the supervision of a faculty member and/or external supervisor (e.g., professional planner), will be an option for qualified. {tab=Admissions}In addition to satisfying the university entrance requirements, candidates for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Geography program are required to have obtained a good pass (at least grade B-) in KCE or its equivalent with at least any three of the following subjects; Geography, Mathematics, Economics, Biology, Fine art, Agriculture or Physical Science.Course Loading and DurationThe curriculum is a four year (or eight semesters) Degree Program of study runs on fulltime term basis. In order to be awarded a B.Sc degree in Geography, a student must take and successfully complete a minimum of 156 Credit Factors (CF). After common first and second years in which fundamental aspects of geography are covered, students in their third and fourth years will be allowed to choose some elective courses that would make them specialize. Study Visits The course includes study visits (Field Trips) particularly in years three and four, which will give students the opportunity to apply their geographical knowledge within a specified geographical theme. InternshipAt the end of Year 3 Semester 2, each student will undergo an eight-week Industrial attchment/Internship/Practicuum5.3 Dissertation The individual dissertation is an important component of the course. A topic is selected by each student in consultation with a member of staff. Such a topic will emphasize applied aspects of geographical knowledge in solving various problems. 6.0 Course CodingCoding of the courses offered by the Department of Geography is represented by GEOG, followed by a three digit figure. The first figure represents the year in which a particular course is being offered. The second digit represents the discipline of study; for instance 1-Introductory course, 0-principle course. The third digit is the serial number of the course within that field. E.g., GEOG 101 is a first year introductory course and the first in the series.{tab=Examinations}The assessment of students? academic achievement shall be on the basis percentage marks and each course assessment shall consist of 30 per cent of Continuous Assessment and 70 per cent Final Examination at the end of each semester. Where a course is mainly of practical nature, it may be examined wholly by continuous assessment and/ or practical assessment.
Student Evaluation
Lecturers will be responsible for assessing a student?s performance based on a combination of exams (lecture and lab) and assignments (fieldwork and C.A.Ts). Participating employers, who supervise students when on a research project, may assess the performance of the student; however, the final evaluation will remain in the hands of the supervising staff member. Grading
Marks obtained in examinations shall be converted into letter grades as follows:A 70% and above ExcellentB 60% to 69% Very goodC 50% to 59% GoodD 40% to 49% AverageF 39% and below Poor
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Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)

{tab=Introduction}The mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences is to produce graduates who will harness their intellectual and practical prowess for their own and community?s good health enhancement. To this end the graduate should be able to develop skills to maintain continuous medical education throughout his/her professional life. Further the programme envisages inculcating acquisition of knowledge and skills in research in health and health related issues. To achieve this, self-directed learning, problem solving and effective communication will be crucial. The graduate will be expected not only to excel in curative medicine but also in community-based prevention of disease and promotion of health.{tab=Justification}One of the stated goals of the newly independent Kenya was to fight disease. This has remained a major challenge to date not only in terms of health care financing but also in the number of trained personnel. This is especially so in the higher cadres. Although Kenya has been training doctors from late 1970s an acute shortage of doctors still persists. There is no doctor available below the level of a district hospital and indeed many district hospitals are under the management of clinical officers. There is dire need to change this state. With this in mind, the starting of training of medical doctors at Egerton University is fully justified.{tab=Objectives}At the end of the programme the graduate should be able to: Integrate knowledge of physical, chemical, biological, psychological, social, developmental and environmental mechanisms to diagnose, manage and prevent illness. Appreciate that curative medicine may be largely as a result of failure to prevent disease and promote health activities within the community. Be an integral member in contributing to the identification and solution of community- based health problems. Actively contribute to the promotion and maintenance of good health and prevention of ill ? health. Apply principles of research in identification, evaluation and management of health - related problems. Manage health services. Plan and implement training/educational programmes for the community and health workers. Engage in and maintain proper professional ethics. Effectively cultivate a sense of advancement of self -knowledge, skills and attitudes. Relate appropriately with the community and take position as a leader and responsible member in the community. Acquire, evaluate and communicate information appropriately.{tab=Admission Regulation}All candidates must satisfy the following requirements:(a) Minimum university admission requirements.(b) In addition, they must obtain at least B+ (plus) from one of the following clusters drawn from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). Biology Biological Sciences Chemistry Physical Sciences Physics Mathematics Mathematics English English Kiswahili KiswahiliThose holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Egerton University may also be admitted.(a) Applicants with relevant diplomas or University degrees in relevant fields who fulfill all the University entrance requirements may be considered for admission provided the Faculty of Health Sciences Board recommends and the Senate approves.(b) Such applicants may be required to pass a qualifying examination, administered either orally or in written form or in both formats by the Faculty Board to assess their suitability for enrolment into the programme.Duration of StudyThis is a full time programme designed to take seventeen (17) terms of fifteen (15) weeks each with a maximum of twenty one (21) terms of the same duration. All courses in the programme are compulsory unless the Faculty Board recommends exemption and Senate approves. Completion of all prescribed work is mandatory before graduation.Credit factor system: one credit factor will be equivalent to one (1) lecture/clinical hour or two (2) practical hours per week.{tab=Exam Regulations}All the university rules and regulations shall apply for the MBChB programme.The examinations in this programme will be conducted in a combination of any of the following modes, depending on the year of study and according to the examination schedule.(a) Written examination(b) Viva voce (oral examination.)(c) Practical examination(d) Clinical examinationIn addition, the following rules and regulations shall apply(a) The end of year examination:(i) Shall include a theory paper comprising 60% and continuous assessment tests 40%, except for the non-clinical courses where the 70% and 30% rule will apply.(ii) Viva voce (oral examination) will beused where applicable.(iii) The clinical examination shall be marked out of 100% with viva voce comprising 10%.Any candidate who fails the clinical examination will have failed to satisfy the examiners in the overall discipline examination even if the final mark is 50% or higher.(b) The pass mark shall be 50% except for University core courses whose pass mark will depend on the faculty under which these courses fall.(c) The total marks scored for each course shall be translated into letter grades as follows:75% and above - A (Distinction)65 ? 74% - B (Credit)50 ? 64% - C (Pass)Less than 50% - D (Fail)(d) The Bachelor?s degree in Medicine and Surgery shall not be classified.Course Coding and ScheduleAll courses shall be abbreviated as MEDS where applicable followed by coded numerals.The 1st numeral represents the year of studyThe 2nd numeral represents course category, i.e.0 = Anatomy1= Physiology2= Behavioural Sciences & Community Health3= Pathological Sciences4= Internal Medicine5= Surgery6= Paediatrics7= Reproductive Health8= Surgically oriented disciplines.9= Other Clinical Sciences.{/tabs}Download course description and schedule

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