B.SC. Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Overview

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1.1          Background

The syllabus for Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is designed to meet the needs of Industry as expressed through various stakeholders’ fora. Engineering drives most of the pillars of the Kenya Vision 2030 strategic policy plan, and is one of the main pillars for industrialisation as envisioned in the document. It is thus a national duty to produce the required manpower and skill-set to drive the industrialization agenda forward.

Apart from the theoretical classes covered, the course enhances the skill-set of the graduates by introducing practical hands-on approach to electrical engineering training. By including the major emerging areas for coverage in the new curriculum, the course equips the department to be in the forefront of technological development and innovation.

 

1.2          Philosophy

The programme philosophy is to produce highly motivated, self-driven and innovative graduates of Electrical and Electronic Engineering prepared to solve engineering-related problems with integrity.

 

1.3          Rationale of the Programme

Electrical and Electronic Engineering forms the basis of very important sectors of the industry. Electrical engineers provide skilled labour in the fields of Telecommunications, Power generation and distribution, computing systems, and control systems. The knowledge imparted to the students during the five years of training is expected to prepare them to work in the industry or go into self-employment. 

 

1.4          Goal of the Programme

The goal of the programme is to provide relevant skills and knowledge to the learners in order for them to be competent engineers in the field Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

 

1.5          Expected learning outcomes of the programme

At the end of the course the learner should be able to:

a)            Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in solving contemporary electrical and                           electronic engineering issues

b)            Conduct own-designed experiments in electrical and electronic engineering

c)            Interpret data from experiments in electrical and electronic engineering

d)            Formulate and solve identified electrical and electronic problems

e)            Communicate effectively when functioning within a multidisciplinary team

f)             Design systems to meet desired needs within realistic constraints

g)            Demonstrate professional/ethical responsibility in electrical and electronic engineering

 

 

Course units

The course units for the five year programme are distributed as indicated below:  

2.1.1 First Year

COURSE

CODE

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER

I

HOURS

SEMESTER

II

HOURS

FEE 101 

Physics A

45

 

FEE 111 

Applied Mathematics A

45

 

FEE 121 

Pure Mathematics A

45

 

FEE  131 

Computer Science I

45

 

FEE 141  

Communication Skills

45

 

 FEE  151

HIV/AIDS

45

 

FEE 161 

Mechanical Workshop Technology

45

 

FEE 102

Physics B

 

45

FEE 112 

Applied Mathematics B

 

45

FEE 122 

Pure Mathematics B

 

45

FEE  132 

Computer Science II

 

45

FEE 142  

Electrical Measurements

 

45

FEE152

Elements of Philosophy

 

45

FEE 162

Electrical Workshop Tech.

 

45

 

2.1.2 Second Year

COURSE

CODE

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER

I

HOURS

SEMESTER

II

HOURS

FEE 201

Physical Electronics A

45

 

FEE 202

Physical Electronics B

 

45

FEE 221

Electric Circuit Theory IA

45

 

FEE 222

Electric Circuit Theory IB

 

45

FEE 231

Computer science III

45

 

FEE 232

Computer science IV

 

45

FEE 241

Engineering Drawing A

45

 

FEE 242

Engineering Drawing B

 

45

FEE 251

Thermodynamics for EE

45

 

FEE 252

Fluid Mechanics for EE  

 

45

FEE 261

Mech. of Mach. & Str. of Mat. A

45

 

FEE 262

Mech. of Mach. & Str. of Mat. B

 

45

FEE 271

Mathematics IIA

45

 

FEE 272

Mathematics IIB

 

45

FEE 281 

Laboratory IIA  

60

 

FEE 282

Laboratory IIB   

 

60

 

2.1.3 Third Year

COURSE

CODE

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER

I

HOURS

SEMESTER

II

HOURS

FEE 301

Analogue Electronics A

45

 

FEE 302

Analogue Electronics B

 

45

FEE 321

Electrical Circuit Theory IIA

45

 

FEE 322

Electrical Circuit Theory IIB

 

45

FEE 331

Digital Electronics A

45

 

FEE 332

Digital Electronics B

 

45

FEE 341

Electrical Machines IA

45

 

FEE 342

Electrical Machines IB

 

45

FEE 351

Electromagnetic Fields A

45

 

FEE 352

Electromagnetic Fields A

 

45

FEE 361

Mechanical Engineering for EE

45

 

FEE 362

Instrumentation

 

45

FEE 371

Mathematics III A

45

 

FEE 372

Mathematics III B

 

45

FEE 381 

Laboratory III A

60

 

FEE 382 

Laboratory III B

 

60

 

2.1.4 Fourth Year

COURSE

CODE

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER

I

HOURS

SEMESTER

II

HOURS

FEE 401

Electronics A

45

 

FEE 402

Electronics B

 

45

FEE 411

Control System A

45

 

FEE 412

Control System B

 

45

FEE 421

Telecomms. & Electroacoustics A

45

 

FEE 422

Telecomms. & Electroacoustics B

 

45

FEE 431

Electrical Power Systems I A

45

 

FEE 432

Electrical Power Systems I B

 

45

FEE 441

Electrical Machines II A 

45

 

FEE 442

Electrical Machines II B 

 

45

FEE 451

Electrodynamics & Ins. Mat. A

45

 

FEE 452

Electrodynamics & Ins. Mat. B

 

45

FEE 471

Statistics

45

 

FEE 472

Numerical Methods

 

45

FEE 481 

Laboratory IV A

60

 

FEE 482 

Laboratory IV B

 

60

 

 

 

 

2.1.5 Fifth Year

COURSE

CODE

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER

I

HOURS

SEMESTER

II

HOURS

FEE 501

Applied Electronics

45

 

FEE 502

Applied Electronics B

 

45

FEE 511

Control Engineering A

45

 

FEE 512

Control Engineering B

 

45

FEE 560

Engineering Project

100

100

FEE 571

Mathematical Methods

45

 

FEE 582 

Management for Engineers

 

45

FEE 581

Laboratory V A

60

 

FEE 582

Laboratory V B

 

60

 

LIGHT CURRENT OPTION

 

 

FEE 521 

Telecommunications A

45

 

FEE 522

Telecommunications B

 

45

FEE 551 

Microwaves and Antennas A

45

 

FEE 552

Microwaves and Antennas B

 

45

 

HEAVY CURRENT OPTION

 

 

FEE 531

Electrical power systems IIA

45

 

FEE 532

Electrical power systems IIB

 

45

FEE 541 

Power Electronics & Variable Machine Drives A

45

 

FEE 542 

Power Electronics & Variable Machine Drives B

 

45

 

 

 

2.2          Interpretations

a) In interpreting the course codes, after FEE the first integer denotes the year study. The second integer denotes as far as is possible, the subject area while the last integer denotes the semester in which the course is taught; 1 for the first and 2 for the second semester. Where the last integer is 0 it means that this is a course which is done throughout the two semesters such as the Engineering Project in the fifth year of study.

 

b) Each semester course shall have a total of 45 contact hours including lecturers and tutorials and shall comprise one course unit.

 

c) Laboratories shall have 60 hours per semester and shall comprise one course unit, except in the first year of study when they shall have 45 hours.

 

d) There shall be a practical assignment term lasting for eight weeks at the end of the first year of study. There shall also be industrial attachment of undergraduate students arranged to take place during the long vacations of the third and fourth years of study.

 

 e) The undergraduate students shall complete the following course units (including laboratories):

 

First year.................... 14

Second year............... 16

Third year................. .16

Fourth year................ 16

Fifth year....................14

Total........................... 76

 

Entry Requirements

F1     Candidates shall be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Engineering in the following categories.

a)       KCSE Candidates

The basic admission requirement shall be the minimum requirement set for entry into Public Universities which is a mean grade of at least C+ in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In addition, candidates shall have obtained at least C+ in each of the four cluster subjects from any of the following alternative clusters.  However, a cut-off grade higher than C+ in each cluster subject shall be preferred if limitations of the number of places available for each degree programme versus the number of qualified candidates so demand. The said cut-off grades shall be determined and implemented by the School Board.

Alternative A:

Physics                           Biology or Geography or any Group IV Subject

Chemistry

Mathematics

Alternative B:

Physical Sciences           Geography or any Group IV Subject

Biological Sciences

Mathematics

Group IV Subjects:

Home Science                 Building Construction

Art and Design               Power Mechanics

Agriculture                     Electricity

Woodwork                      Drawing and Design

Metalwork                      Aviation Technology

b)       A-Level Candidates

Candidates with a minimum entry requirement of principal  C passes in Mathematics and Physics and a Subsidiary level pass in Chemistry with a credit pass in English at ‘O’ level, except that for Geospatial Engineering, a subsidiary level pass in Geography shall also be accepted in lieu of Chemistry.

c)       KNEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or Equivalent

Candidates with Higher National Diploma in the following broad areas of study:

    1. Agricultural Engineering
    2. Civil engineering
    3. Electrical engineering
    4. Mechanical engineering
    5. Geospatial Engineering
    6. Any other approved subject area.
  1. Ordinary  KNEC Diploma or equivalent (with credit pass)
    1. Agricultural Engineering
    2. Civil engineering
    3. Electrical engineering
    4. Mechanical engineering
    5. Geospatial Engineering
    6. Any other approved subject area.
  2. Diploma from Science/Technical Teacher Training Colleges

Candidates with a Diploma in Mathematics and Physics from recognized teacher training colleges.

  1. BSc/BEd (Science) degrees from Universities or any other relevant degrees 

Candidates with a Bachelor of Science or Education degree in Physics and Mathematics from recognized institutions or any other relevant degree from a recognized institution.

Exemption from any Courses in the Programme

  1. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with a KNEC higher national diploma or its equivalent in accordance with F1 (c) shall be in the second year of study.
  2. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with an ordinary KNEC diploma or its equivalent in accordance with F1 (d) shall be in the first year of study.
  3. The point of entry into the programme for candidates with qualification other than those outlined in F1 (a), F1 (b), F1 (c) and F1 (d) shall be approved by Senate on the recommendations of the School Board of Engineering and the College Academic Board and shall be based on the qualifications of the applicant.
  4. Where a candidate wishes to be exempted from any course or courses, he/she shall send a formal application to the Academic Registrar justifying his/her request and attaching evidence of the credentials which support such request.  Such a candidate may be required to sit and pass an exemption examination set and administered by the School, and approved under the authority of the Senate after payment of a prescribed fee.
  5. Based on the assessment of the exemption examination, the School Board of Engineering shall make its recommendations to the Senate.  The Academic Registrar shall communicate to the candidate, the Senate’s decision.

Electrical engineering is a versatile degree. Because electronics have penetrated virtually every aspect of our lives,the opportunities are unlimited.By the time you’ve graduated with a Bsc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering , chances are you’ll be more proficient in some skills than others. Depending on your preferences, you may choose to go down one of these common career paths:

  • Electrical Engineer: The most obvious career path for one with an Electrical engineering degree, the electrical engineer is generally responsible for the design, development and testing of electronic products, components, and devices.

  • Project Engineer: If you have strong soft skills such as leadership and communication, you may be suited to overseeing projects and delegating tasks. Project engineers are responsible for managing personnel, budgets, and schedules to meet technical deliverables.  Depending on the structure of a company, a senior electrical engineer may double as a project engineer or project manager

  • Design Engineer: If you love CAD and PCB design, this is the career path for you. The design engineer is the one who actually drafts the wiring diagrams and engineering drawings that document the product. Design engineers are actively involved in turning engineering requirements into product designs.

  • Test Engineer: Products need to be tested, often in the field. The test engineer will test a product to its engineering requirements. This can involve everything from subjecting a product to extreme temperatures, humidity, and dynamic environments to running electrical tests on the assembly line.

  • Instrumentation & Controls Engineer: The instrumentation and controls engineer takes process variables such as pressure, temperature, humidity, flow, and speed, etc. and uses them with control schemes to automate a production process.

In reality, there can be a lot of overlap between the different job titles in this list. The actual roles of job titles can vary from company to company. 

This list barely scratches the surface of the different careers an Electrical engineering graduate can pursue.

   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           198,000             198,000                 396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)               5,000                      -                       5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               7,000                 7,000                   14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
TOTAL           233,750             207,250                 441,000
       
Bachelor of Science-Electrical Engineering-Year 2- 16 units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           198,000             198,000                 396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               8,000                 8,000                   16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
TOTAL           229,750             208,250                 438,000
       
Bachelor of Science-Electrical Engineering-Year 3-16 units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           198,000             198,000                 396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               8,000                 8,000                   16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
TOTAL           229,750             208,250                 438,000
       
Bachelor of Science-Electrical Engineering-Year 4--16units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           198,000             198,000                 396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               8,000                 8,000                   16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
TOTAL           229,750             208,250                 438,000
       
Bachelor of Science-Electrical Engineering-Year 5-14 units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           198,000             198,000                 396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               7,000                 7,000                   14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
TOTAL           228,750             207,250                 436,000
       
Grand TOTAL                  2,191,000
Exam Regulations

Exam Regulations

Course Structure and Duration

F2 a) Every Curriculum for the degree shall extend over not less than five academic years.

  1. A candidate enrolled for the degree shall satisfactorily complete such curriculum in a period of not more than twice the minimum period for which he/she was registered for the degree.

F3     Each curriculum shall consist of an approved scheme of study.

F4     The choice of options within an approved scheme of study shall, in all cases, be subject to the approval of the Department.

F5     (a) A candidate for the degree shall satisfactorily complete such course work/practical assignments as may be required for each scheme of study.  Satisfactory completion of any such requirements shall be a condition for admission to the examination at the end of that semester of study.

(b) A candidate who fails to satisfy the condition set in F5 (a) above with good cause shall be required to repeat the course unit, otherwise the candidate shall be discontinued.

F6     Attendance of not less than two-thirds of the total lecture hours of all prescribed courses shall be a condition for admission to  the examination at the end of that semester of study.

A candidate who does not satisfy this condition with good cause in any semester, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to repeat all the affected units in that semester.

A candidate who does not satisfy this condition without good cause in any semester, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the course of study.

F7     Each academic year shall be divided into two semesters while there may also be a third practical semester or industrial attachment   semester as may be provided for in the specific degree programme.

Examinations

F8     Courses shall be evaluated in terms of course units.  A course unit shall be as defined in the approved course syllabus.

F9     Courses that are spread over two semesters shall be examined at the end of the second semester.

F10   All courses taken in a given semester shall be examined by Ordinary examinations at the end of that semester unless otherwise specified.

F11   A written ordinary Examination for a course unit, where it applies, shall have a minimum duration of two hours.  A course  with more than or less than 45 contact hours shall generally be examined for a duration proportional to the 2 hours for one course unit, such as:

45 contact hours -        2.0 hour examination

60 contact hours -        2.5 hour examination

F12   The pass mark in each course unit shall be 40% of the maximum mark possible in the course unit.

F13   a) Each course unit covered in a semester shall be graded independently out of a maximum of 100 marks.

  1.  The complete assessment of a course unit shall consist of continuous assessment tests, course/laboratory/field assignments and end of semester written examinations, with the three components ordinarily carrying 10, 20, and 70 marks out of 100 respectively.
  2. Where a course unit does not have any laboratory/field assignments, or coursework, the continuous assessment test and semester written examinations shall carry 30 and 70 marks out of 100 respectively.
  3. Where a course unit is examined entirely by coursework, or laboratory/field assignments, such course unit shall carry all 100 marks.
  4. Where distribution of the marks for a course does not conform to (b), (c) or (d) above, the distribution of the marks for the course unit as approved by the Senate shall be followed.
  5. The final year project shall be considered as two course units.

F14   In order to be allowed to proceed to the next year of study a candidate shall have obtained an aggregated mark of not less than 40% and passed all course units or satisfied F16(a).

F15   (a) A candidate who fails an accumulated number of not more than four units and attains an aggregate mark of not less than 30% in any academic year of study shall be allowed to sit for supplementary examinations within three months.

(b)      A candidate who fails the project in the final year of study shall be allowed to resubmit the revised project within three months’ time. A candidate who fails the re-submitted project shall repeat the project unit during the next academic year.

(c)      A candidate who fails a course unit examined entirely by coursework shall be allowed to resubmit the coursework within three months’ time. A candidate who fails the re-submitted coursework shall repeat the unit during the next academic year.

F16   A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the supplementary examinations:

  1. In not more than two units in any one academic year, shall on recommendation of the School Board of examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to proceed to the next year of study and sit the examinations in the failed course units at the next Ordinary University Examinations, subject to the provision of regulation F18. A pass obtained in such examination shall be adopted as 40% and will be entered as such in the candidate’s academic record.
  2. In more than two units shall on recommendation of the Board of examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to repeat the year and sit the examinations in the failed course units at the next Ordinary University Examination, subject to the provision of regulation F18.

F17   A candidate who obtains an aggregate mark of not less than 30% and has failed in more than an equivalent of 4 course units but in not more than an equivalent of 8, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be required to repeat the year of study and attend classes in the failed units and take the examination in the failed course units at the next Ordinary University Examinations. Marks obtained in such examination shall be adopted fully and will be entered as such in the candidate’s academic record.

F18   A candidate who:

  1. Obtains an aggregate mark of less than 30% or
  2. Has failed in more than an equivalent of eight (8) course units, or
  3. Has failed the same course unit four times or
  4. Has failed to take prescribed examinations without good cause,

Shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by senate, be discontinued from the course of study.

F19   (a)      A candidate who fails to take prescribed examinations with good cause shall be allowed by Senate on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners to take Special Examinations at the next Ordinary University Examination/Supplementary Examinations.

b)  Examinations taken under clause F19 (a) shall be treated in accordance with clause F13 and shall be graded in full.

F20   Compensation may be allowed in a maximum of two failed course units only for any year of study, provided the mark for the failed unit is between 35% and 39% inclusive and the average mark for the candidate is 50% or above and shall be applied by taking two marks from the highest scores to make up for each mark failed. The compensation shall not apply to Final Year Project.

Award of Degree

F21   The final award of the degree shall be based on the assessment of the performance of the candidate in the last three years of study by computing an aggregated score using relative weights of 1:2:3 for the third, fourth and fifth years of study respectively.

F22   A candidate who repeats in accordance with F17 in the fifth year of study, or fails supplementary examinations according to F16 in the fifth year of study shall not be eligible for the award of First Class Honours degree.

F23   A candidate who qualifies for the award of the degree shall be placed in one of the classes to be described as First, Second (Upper Division and Lower Division) and pass. Honours degrees shall be awarded to candidates who have been awarded First Class and Second Class (Upper Division and Lower Division).

F24   The classification of the final degree award stipulated in F23 shall be based on the aggregated score calculated according to clause F21 as follows:

          First Class Honours                                              70% and above

          Second Class Honours (Upper Division)               60% - 69%

          Second Class Honours (Lower Division)               50% - 59%

          Pass                                                                       40% - 49%

Department
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