BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Overview

Analytical chemistry is a sub-discipline of chemistry in the physical sciences subject domain. It involves the development and application of qualitative and quantitative methods for identification and determination of composition of matter, respectively. It therefore plays a central role in the chemical and allied industries. 
 
Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree programme was launched in the 2012/13 academic year as a module II programme. From the 2016/17 academic year, the programme has been admitting both module I and module II students. The programme produces analytical chemists to work in various sectors of the economy such as quality control and assurance, standardization, forensic analysis and toxicology. It also prepares learners for postgraduate studies.

 

 Philosophy of the degree Programme

The philosophy of Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree programme is that students are facilitated by various instructional means and conducive environment to acquire high standard analytical chemistry knowledge and skills to enable them to succeed in their careers and to make local and global contributions in chemistry and related fields. 
 

Rationale of the Degree Programme

The expected role of the education sector is to equip learners with desired values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and competencies essential for productive employment. Vision 2030 has set wealth creation as one of its goals and targets the exploitation of available natural resources to spur development in agriculture, energy, water and health among other economic sectors. To contribute to the achievement of these aspirations, there is need for the university to offer relevant knowledge and hands-on training in form of practicals, projects and industrial linkages to enhance development of entrepreneurial skills.  

 
This Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree programme responds to the goals of Vision 2030 by offering chemistry knowledge and skills that exploits natural resources to drive the industrialization process. The review of the curriculum was informed by a needs assessment of the existing programme through questionnaires administered to students on session, former students and employers in order to identify the gaps. A stakeholders’ workshop was held to give feedback on the quality of the prototype curriculum. The curriculum was benchmarked with similar programmes offered at other world-class universities. Some of the changes that have been made to the programme include offering of industrial training, adding some senate approved course units for the purpose of addressing deficiencies observed in the previous curriculum and, offering standalone practicals to enhance learning as well allowing more time to teach fundamental theory in first and second years of study. The programme has been formatted to comply with the Commission of University Education (CUE) guidelines for academic programmes. 
 

 Goals of the Degree Programme

The goal of the programme is to produce graduates who are well-grounded in chemistry knowledge and skilled in analytical chemistry to meet the needs of industry, academia and society. 
 

 

 Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the programme, the graduate will be able to:

1. Apply analytical chemistry knowledge in quality management, problem solving, innovation, economic development, improvement in quality of life and environment.

2. Demonstrate competencies in knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate training in chemistry and related fields.

3. Employ chemical safety skills in the laboratory, industry and other work environment.

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in dissemination of chemical and related information.

5. Practice chemistry as a profession, lead and work in teams ethically with integrity. 
 

 

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

The mode of delivery shall be either face-to-face and/or online or Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) and Blended.

  Face-to-Face

The face-to-face mode of delivery is given to students admitted in the full time program and shall consist of comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops and industrial visits for a semester (15 weeks). 
 
 

Online learning

The online mode of delivery is given to students admitted in the full time program and shall consist of comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, assignments, quizzes, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops using learning management systems (LMS) approved by Senate.  
 

Open, Distance and e - Learning (ODeL)

This delivery mode shall use Open, Distance and e-leaning including:

• Written self instructional study modules issued at registration time consisting of course study materials, relevant literature and interactive devices and self tests;

• Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of the semester, mid-semester and revision period before examinations;

• Support Study Centers at the University of Nairobi and its Regional Resource Centers to allow access to information through computers and e-learning platform as well as use of the library facilities.

 

 During orientation, students shall be introduced to the following;

• Orientation in Open, Distance and e-learning (ODeL) and the link between the University and satellite centres

• Reading skills and computer skills

• Mentorship, guidance and counseling 

 

Blended

This mode combines the face to face leaning, distance learning and online learning delivery methods.

 

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Duration.

The programme duration is a minimum four (4) academic years to a maximum of eight (8) academic years.

Courses Structure

In addition to the specialized courses pertaning to the programme, the structure complies with the University policy of offering common course units that impart social skills to undergraduate students

First Year

Learners take a minimum of twelve (12) course units in the first year and include chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Second Year

Learners take a minimum of thirteen (13) course units in the second year of study

Third Year

Learners take a minimum of thirteen(13) course units in the third year of study

Fourth Year

Learners take  a minimum twelve (12) course in the fourth years of study.

 

To graduate, learners shall take a minimum of fifty one (51) course units. To qualify for the award of a degree, a candidate shall have passed in at least FORTY THREE (43) units, with a minimum of TEN (10) units passed in the 1st year of study and a minimum of ELEVEN(11) units passed in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of study.

 

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Application to join the programm

Submission of application to join the programme normally opens in April of every year. Applicants wishing to be sponsored by the government must submit their applications through Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

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Self sponsered students wishing to join the programme should submit their applications through University of Nairobi Online Application Portal.

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Registration and admission for qualified applicants commences in August. Information on registration can be found here

Minimum Admission Requirements

a) A candidate who wishes to register for Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree must have the following minimum University general admissions requirements;

 (i) At least C+(Plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent.

(ii) At least C- (Minus) in KCSE and a Diploma or its equivalent.

(iii) At least two Principal Passes in KACE. 

 
b) In addition to meeting (a) above, candidates wishing to register for Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree must have any of the following:

(i) At least C+(Plus) in KCSE or its equivalent with passes in at least three subjects in either of the following two alternatives (A or B):

Alternative A

Chemistry  C+

Biology  C+

Physics   C+

Geography  C+

Mathematics  C+

Computer Science C+

 

Alternative B

Physical Sciences C+

Biological Sciences C+

Geography  C+

Mathematics   C+

Computer Science C+  
 
(ii) At least C- (Minus) in KCSE and a KNEC Diploma or its equivalent in physical science subjects (Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry), with at least a pass.

(iii) Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or equivalent qualification with at least two principal passes in science subjects one of which must be chemistry.

(iv) A science/technology based degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by the Commission for University Education.

Career Prospects

Graduates of this program find employment in various sectors of the economy such as quality control and assurance officers, standardization, forensic analysis and toxicology. It also prepares learners for postgraduate studies. The program also imparts skills to graduates who may wish to venture out as entrepreneurs.

Attachment Opportunities

The department has over the years formed very strong collaborations with various public and private institutions where our students can go for attachemnt. They include Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) , Government Chemist, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), KobianGeothermal Development Company (GDC). Students are encouraged to submit their attachment applications through NITA.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - I14      
YEAR 1 -12UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 144,000 144,000 288,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 6,000 6,000 12,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000 0 4,000
Total-Industrial chem Year 1 178,750 152,250 331,000
       
YEAR 2 -13UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 144,000 144,000 288,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 6,000 7,000 13,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000   7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500   6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000   2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000   4,000
Total--Industrial chem Year 2 173,750 153,250 327,000
       
YEAR 3 -10UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 144,000 144,000 288,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 5,000 5,000 10,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500   6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000   2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000   4,000
Total--Industrial chemYear 3 172,750 151,250 324,000
       
YEAR 4 -10UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 144,000 144,000 288,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 5,000 5,000 10,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500   6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000   2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000   4,000
Total--Industrial chem Year 4 172,750 151,250 324,000
       
Grand TOTALS     1,306,000
       
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