BACKGROUND

1.1 University Vision, Mission and Philosophy

1.1.1 Vision

The Vision of Maasai Mara University (MMARAU) is “To be a world class university committed to academic excellence for development”.

1.1.2 Mission

The Mission of Maasai Mara University is “To provide quality University education through innovative teaching, research and consultancy services for development”.

1.1.3 Philosophy

The Philosophy of MMARAU is “To promote holistic education for both students and staff through teaching, research, innovation and extension, in order to promote social, economic and political development of Kenya and beyond and to realize sustainable conservation of the environment through natural resource management and tourism’’

1.2 Introduction

The Department of Chemistry, in accordance with the general objectives of the University offers a program of studies which it feels would satisfy the needs and aspirations of the society from which its students are drawn. The program is sufficiently flexible to permit and encourage students to develop interest in relevant fields and specialist option topics which are specifically oriented towards industrial applications and the overallpattern of employment of chemistry graduates.

The degree program consists of four years with two semesters in each year. Written and in some cases practical examinations are given at the end of each semester. The first year is spent on basic science courses. In the second year, the student starts to orient towards physical sciences. The third and fourth years are devoted to an intensive study of theoretical and experimental chemistry courses and allow for a certain amount of specialist option courses. Laboratory practices throughout the study years, industrial attachment and guided research project is aimed at developing the graduates' practical skills. This program hopes to provide graduates not only with a specialized knowledge of the subject but also a mind which has been trained and exposed to well established scientific and technological procedures.

The Department also offers basic courses and service courses for education science, Information sciences and natural resource science oriented schools.

1.3 Philosophy of the program

With the ever-changing needs of the global economy, demands in science also changes. For any technology to succeed, trained personnel are needed to sustain it through academic rigor, partnership with the industrial world and research institutions. The Chemistry program is designed to respond to the dynamic demands of the world.

1.4 Rationale of the Program

The department of Mathematics and Physical Science designed the Chemistry curriculum with the flexibility to accommodate emerging challenges. Chemistry students at Maasai Mara University combine theory with practice, gaining skills that produce results and improve technology in a morally upright and ethical way. In class, students get the latest in both theory and practical applications from dedicated staff and invited speakers. Lectures are complemented with hands-on laboratory experience.

1.5 Needs assessment/ market survey/ situation analysis

Science, technology and innovation has been identified as a central plank for Kenya's development and a foundation for vision 2030. To drive the attainment of vision 2030, scientists would need to be trained. Accordingly Chemistry as a fundamental science would be crucial to the achievement of the outlined vision

1.6 Justification of the program

The Chemistryprogram is designed to empower students with the experimental and Computational tools necessaryin industry and allied fields such as medical and environmental Chemistry, water quality assessment, Renewableenergy, and Chemistryeducation among others. Chemists are required in Kenya to address the skills gaps in emerging energy areas like petroleum prospecting and processing.

1.7 Goals of the Program

The Chemistry program is aimed at:

  1. Producing graduates who are well grounded in the fundamentals of Chemistry and acquisition of the necessary skills in order to use their knowledge in Chemistry in a wide range of practical applications.
  2. Developing creative thinking and the power of imagination to enable graduates work in research in academia and industry for broader application.
  • Accommodating their relevant fields in allied disciplines and to allow the graduates of Chemistry to fit into an inter-disciplinary environment.
  1. Relating the training of Chemistry graduates to the employment opportunities within the country.
  2. To equip students with a good understanding of the principles of Applied Chemistry, aspects of which will be at the leading edgeof knowledge.
  3. To produce Chemistry graduateswith the necessary skills for team work in an industrial and scientific research environment.

1.8 Expected learning outcomes of the program

  1. Knowledge and understanding

The Chemistry program enables students develop competencies required to:

  1. Solve problems in Chemistryand offer relevant solutions using appropriate tools.
  2. Know the environmental and social impact of a Chemist’s activities
  • Understand business and management techniques relevant to a Chemist
  1. Cognitive skills/Application of knowledge

At the end of the programme should be able to:

  1. Execute and critically analyze results of an investigation and make logical conclusions.
  2. Use scientific principles in solutions of problems relevant to a Chemist
  • Analyze experimental data in Physics Chemistry.
  1. Use computers in the treatment of results
  2. Prepare research proposals and write reports

1.9 Mode of Delivery of the programme

The programme will be delivered mainly through face to face contact with students. In situations of a distance approach of course delivery, students would be required to have access to laboratory facilities for a hands-on laboratory experience.

2. Academic regulations

2.1 Admission requirements

To be admitted into the B.Sc. Chemistry Programme in the Faculty of Science, a candidate must:

  1. i) Meet the minimum University admission criteria
  2. ii) Have passed the K.S.C.E with a minimum average grade of B- in the following Cluster of subjects:

CLUSTER A                                    CLUSTER B

BIOLOGY                   BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

CHEMISTRY               PHYSICAL SCIENCES

GEOGRAPHY              OR   MATHEMATICS

PHYSICS                               GEOGRAPHY

MATHEMATICS AND ONE OTHER SUBJECT FROM GROUP III

2.2 Course requirements

Class attendance/Attachment

Students must satisfy class attendance requirements spelt out in the University examination regulations besides attending a 3-month mandatory attachment at the end of the third year of study.

2.3 Student Assessment policy/Criteria

The General University Examination Regulations and the special examination regulations set by the school of Science shall apply. End of semester exams are written within 2-hour period. The weighting for each course is as follows:

(a)  Theory Courses

Continuous assessment tests (CATs)                                                    30%

End of semester exam; A written paper of 3 hours duration                   70%

(b)  Theory and Laboratory based Courses

Continuous assessment tests                                                                 15%
Continuous assessment of lab. Exercises                                              15%

End of semester exam. A written paper of 2 hours duration                 70%

2.4 Grading system

The grading system of courses and degree classification shall be the same as those contained in the common rules and regulations for undergraduate examinations of 2013 of Maasai Mara University found in section 5.3.

2.5 Examination regulations

Examinations will be governed by the common rules and regulations for undergraduate examination regulations of 2013 of Maasai Mara University.

2.6. Moderation of Examinations

The external examiner shall be involved in the moderation of examination question papers and marked scripts. In addition the external examiner may assess research project reportsand may participate in the oral examination of a candidate. Internal examiners will also be required to moderate examinations before being taken to the external examiner.

2.7 Graduation Requirements

To qualify for the award of a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry, a student shall satisfy all the university requirements pertaining to the degree.  Students shall take all the units offered in the first, second, third and fourth year of study.

2.8 Classification of degrees

The classification will be done as stated in the Maasai Mara University common rules and regulations for undergraduate examinations.

2.9 Industrial Attachment:

The student will compile and submit a report at end of  the attachment. The student’s field supervisor will fill a structured questionnaire form, which will serve as a report on the performance of the student. The distribution of marks is as follows.

Maintenance of logbook                                  10%

Field Supervisor’s Report                              20%

University supervisor’s Report                          20%

Student written Report                                   50%

2.10 Regulations for Project work

A student registered in accordance with the regulations will be required to pursue his/her project under the guidance of the supervisor appointed by the departmental board. The project shall constitutesix (6) Credit Hours running in two semesters.

Final year project assessment will bebased on performance in oral presentations and a formal written report. Oral presentation will be done before a departmental board. The departmental board will be allowed to ask questions and may contribute to the assessment of the candidate. The duration of the oral presentation shall be limited to within 40 minutes. After the oral presentation the board of examiners shall compile the scores and determine the average score which shall be entered as the final mark in the project. The scoring shall be split as shown below:

Assessment on the candidate's work and on the

Submitted Project Report                                                                     70%

Oral examination                                                                                  30%

2.11 Course evaluation

Direct assessment is through a range of in-semester tests that include, written examinations, assignments, homework, laboratory reports and/or quizzes. Final year project assessment is based on performance in oral presentations and a formal written report.

The maintenance of standards will be achieved by both internal and external moderation of examinations. Above allthe overall assessment process will be subject to external examiner scrutiny who will provide benchmarking to international standards.

The different teaching methods are assessed as follows:

Lectures(those that are delivered mainly by lectures) will be examined primarily by end of semester closed-book examinations, but will include an element (up to 30%) of continuous assessment.  The latter may be taken from worked problem sheets, laboratory reports, tutorial lessons, tests, quizzes, essays or small project exercises.  However most of the problem sheets supporting lectures will be formative as also may be some laboratory reports and essays (particularly at the lower levels).  Some of the lecture courses may be examined primarily or completely by assignments, where the nature of the course is unsuitable for assessment by examination,

2.12 Management and Administration of the programme

The programme will be housed at the School of Science and Informatics, which is headed by the Dean. The chairperson of the department shall ensure the effective running and administration of the programme. The quality assurance officer will coordinate the programme assessment and review.

3.0 DURATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

3.0 Courses/Units Offered for the Programme

The programme shall entail common university units, core programme units and common faculty units. A table indicating the course codes and titles, and lecture credit hours is provided below.

3.1 COURSE DISTRIBUTION

3.1.1    FIRST YEAR

Semester I                                         

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

CMJ

1100

Communication Skills

3

ZOO

1100

HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle diseases

3

CHE

1103

Atomic Structure

3

CHE

1104

Physical Chemistry I

3

MAT

1103

Basic Mathematics

3

MAT

1103

Differential Calculus

3

COM

1103

Introduction to Computers and computing

3

STA

1103

Statistics I

3

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

24

Semester II

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

Prerequisite

COM

1200

Computer and Information Literacy

3

 

CHE

1205

Organic Chemistry 1

3

CHE 1103

CHE

1206

Chemical Bonding And Structure

3

CHE 1103

CHE

1207

Analytical Chemistry I

3

CHE 1104

COM

1204

Procedural Programming I

3

COM 1103

STA

1204

Statistics II

3

STA 1103

MAT

1207

Integral Calculus

3

MAT 1103

COM

1205

Computer Applications I

3

COM 1103

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

21

 

3.1.2    Second Year

Semester I                             

COURSE

CODE

TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

Prerequisite

CHE

2108

Atomic Structure and Bonding

4

CHE 1103

CHE

2109

Analytical Chemistry II

3

CHE 1207

CHE

2110

s- and p-Block Elements.

3

CHE1103

CHE

2111

 Chemistry of Aromatic compounds

3

1205

CHE

2112

Chemistry Mathematics I

3

 

ENS

2100

Environmental Skills

3

 

MAT

2111

Ordinary differential Equations I

3

MAT 1207

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

22

 

Semester II

COURSE

CODE

TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

Prerequisite

CHE

2213

Transition Metal Chemistry

3

CHE 1103

CHE

2214

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 1205

CHE

2215

Basic Thermodynamics

3

CHE 2108

CHE

2216

Biochemistry

3

CHE 1205

CHE

2117

Chemistry Mathematics II

3

CHE 2112

COM

2215

Procedural Programming II

3

COM 1204

MAT

2213

Linear Algebra II

3

 

REL

2100

Philosophy & Critical Thinking

3

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

24

 

3.1.3   Third Year

Semester I

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisite

CHE

3118

Organic Synthesis I           

3

CHE2212

CHE

3119

Analytical Chemistry III

4

CHE2211

CHE

3120

Surface and Colloid Chemistry

3

CHE2213

CHE

3121

Chemical Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

3

CHE2212

CHE 

3122

Aricyclic and Heterocyclic Chemistry

3

CHE2212

CHE

3123

Coordination Chemistry

3

CHE 2213

                                                                   

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

19

 

Semester II

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisite

CHE   

3225

Analytical Techniques in Structure Determination

4

CHE2214, CHE2109

CHE  

3226

Chemical Kinetics

3

CHE2215, CHE3121

CHE

3227

Stereochemistry and conformational Studies

3

CHE2214

CHE

3228

Industrial Chemistry I

3

 

CHE

3229

Quantum Chemistry

3

CHE2108

CHE

3230

Nano Chemistry

4

 

CHE

3231

Research Techniques And Seminars

3

 

BBM

3200

Entrepreneurial  and Work Skills

3

 

CHE

3232

Industrial Attachment

6

 

                                                                   

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

28

 

3.1.4FOURTH YEAR         

Semester I

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisite

CHE

4133

Polymer Chemistry

3

CHE2214, CHE3227

CHE

4134

Analytical Chemistry IV

3

CHE2109

CHE

4135

Chemistry of Natural Products

3

CHE2114, CHE3227

CHE

4136

Environmental Chemistry

3

 

CHE

4137

Bio-inorganic Chemistry

3

CHE2214,CHE3123

CHE

4138

Research Project

6

 

 

 

At least ONE ELECTIVE

3

 

                                                                   

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

24

 

Semester II

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisite

CHE

4239

Photochemistry

3

CHE2214, CHE3227

CHE

4240

Organic Synthesis II

3

CHE214, CHE3118

CHE

4241

Industrial Chemistry II

3

CHE3228

CHE

4242

Electrochemistry

3

CHE2215, CHE3121

 

 

At least ONE ELECTIVE

3

 

                                                                   

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

15

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

YEAR IV. Semester I Elective Courses

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisite

CHE

4143

Liquid Crystals

3

CHE2110

CHE

4144

Statistical Thermodynamics

3

CHE2215, CHE3121

CHE

4145

Radio and nuclear Chemistry

3

CHE2111, CHE2215

CHE

4146

Organic Spectroscopy

3

CHE2214

CHE

4147

Organometallic Chemistry

3

CHE2214, CHE3123

YEAR IV Semester II Elective Courses

Course

Code

Title

CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisite

CHE

4248

Chemical Reactivity and Mechanism

3

CHE2214, CHE3118

CHE

4249

Introduction to Group Theory

3

 

CHE  

4250

Medicinal Chemistry

3

CHE2214.

CHE

4251

Current Topics in Chemistry

3

3230

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