1. PREAMBLE

The world is dynamic hence requires programmes designed specifically to meet emerging challenges. The world economy is so volatile that every second posts its own expectations. It is on this basis that the world requires degree in economics that provides sufficient grounding in theory and skills to meet the on-job-needs of economists. This programme aims at supplying the market with highly trained and technically proficient economic managers and policy analysts. It also aims at giving proper grounding to those who are looking forward to becoming university lecturers and researchers.

  1. RATIONALE

The programme aims at providing the students with a very rich background in economics theory, quantitative analysis in addition to descriptive and applied economics to enable the student do a thorough economic and policy analysis. The programme is designed in a sequence that has some prerequisites. It also introduces the art of specialization in the areas of students’ interest at undergraduate level thereby enhancing quality training. The students who specialise in Economics will join the private and public sectors in planning, county and national government economic administration.

  1. VISION

To be a programme of utmost quality and relevance to the dynamic economic realities of the world.

  1. MISSION

To train and produce world class economists equipped with the high calibre intellectual knowledge capable of simulating economic scenario and offering empirical solutions.

  1. OBJECTIVES

5.1 General Objective

The programme aims at providing the students with appropriate analytical skills necessary for economic modeling, policy formulation and analysis and evidence based decision making.

5.2 Specific Objectives

  1. To prepare the students in the field of planning and building economic models and understanding world economic operations
  2.  To equip students with skills that will help them play a practical role in economic activities.
  3. To prepare students for managerial and entrepreneurial careers in the economy and other related areas.
  4. To train students in economic theory and methods for policy analysis, simulation and economic management within the government, private sector and the universities.
  5. To prepare students to undertake studies at the Graduate level with the aim of joining the universities and research institutions for employment.
  6. To train competent researchers in the field of Economics.
  7. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  1. The Maasai Mara University common regulations for registration into a Bachelor degree program shall apply.
  2. Inaddition to meeting the University entry requirements of overall C+ in KCSEorequivalent, candidates for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSc. Economics)must have obtained a minimum of B- (minus)in Mathematics 
  1. SUBMISSION AND PROCESSING OF APPLICATION

The common procedures approved by Maasai Mara University shall apply.

  1. DURATION OF STUDY AND DEGREE PATTERN
  2. The Bachelor of Science in Economics programme shall take eight semesters.
  3. Every academic year shall consist of two semesters of sixteen weeks each. The last two weeks of each semester shall be devoted to examinations.

iii)           In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a candidate must have completed at least 56 courses of 39 contact hours each.

  1. In addition to the 3 university common courses, students in the first year of study musttake the11courses offered in the programme.
  2. In the second year of study, student must take 2 university common courses and 12 courses offered in the programme.
  3. In the third year of study, the student will be required to take 1 university common course and 13 courses offered in the programme.
  • In the fourth year of study, the student shall be required to take the 14 courses offered in the programme.
  1. EXAMINATIONS

(a) Rules and regulations

  1. The common rules and regulations govrning examinatin of Maasai Mara University shall apply.
  2. Students enrolled for the Bachelor of Science in Economics degree programme will be expected to take written examinations on all taught courses.

(b) Grading

  1. Assignments, fieldwork and such other continous assessments as required by the Department, School, University, or Institute shall constitute thirty percent (30%) of the total marks for each course.
  2. The final examinations shall constitute seventy percent (70%) of the total marks for each course.
  • Each course shall be graded out of 100% and the pass mark for each course shall be 40% of the total marks. These marks shall be translated into literal grades as:
  1. 70% and above                                       A
  2. 60% to 69%                                            B
  3. 50%to 59%                                             C
  4. 40%to 49%                                             D
  5. Below 40% F (Fail)

(c) Special Examinations

  1. Special examinations will be offered to candidates who, due to circumstances acceptable to the University Academic Board, were unable to sit for the ordinary exams.
  2. Special examimations shall be graded on the same guidelines as those for the ordinary exams.
  3. Special exams shall be held concurrently with the supplementary examinations unless otherwise stated by the University Academic Board.

(d) Re-sit Examinations

Shall be done in accordance with the university rules and regulation.

 (e) Discontinuation

A sudent shall be discontinued from the programme as per the University examination regulations.

10 MODE OF STUDY

  1. Regular
  2. Open and Distance E-Learning (ODeL).
  3. Institutional Based-Programme (IBP) 
  1. CERTIFICATION

11.1 Award of Degree

The degree to be awarded is designated:

Bachelor of Sciencein Economics (BSc. Economics)

11.2 Classification of Degree

A candidate who qualifies for the award of Bachelor of Science in Economics shall be placed in one of the four classes as follows :

            First Class Honours                                         70% to 100%

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

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

            Pass                                                                 40% to 49%

  1. UNIVERSITY COMMON COURSES

The University common courses are as follows:

  1. CMJ 1100: Communication Skills
  2. ZOO 1100: HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle diseases
  3. COM 1200: Computer and Information literacy
  4. ENS 2100: Environmental Skills
  5. BBM 3200: Entrepreneurship Skills
  6. MAT 1200: Quantitative Skills
  7. REL 2100: Philosophy and Critical Thinking
  8. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND DURATION

Year of Study

1

2

3

4

Total

No. of Courses

14

14

14

14

56

Semester

1

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

 

Course Load per semester

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

 

Credit hours per course

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

 Weighted Credit Hours

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

168

  1. COURSES DISTRIBUTION BY YEAR AND SEMESTER

YEAR ONE

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

 Course Title

Credit Hours

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CMJ 1100

Communication Skills

3

COM 1200

Computer & Information Literacy

3

ZOO 1100

HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle Diseases

3

ECO 1201

Introduction to Macroeconomics 

3

ECO 1101

Introduction to Microeconomics

3

ECO 1202

Mathematics for Economics I

3

ECO 1102

Fundamentals of Mathematics

3

BCOM 1201

Business Law

3

ECO 1103

Economic Statistics I

3

BCOM 1203

Accounting II

3

BCOM1101

Accounting I

3

ECO 1203

Economics Statistics II

3

ECO 1104

Kenya’s Economy since Independence

3

ARE1203

Introduction to Agricultural Economics

3

Total

 

21

Total

 

21

YEAR TWO

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

 Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

Code

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

ENS 2100

Environmental Skills

3

ECO 2201

Intermediate Macroeconomics

3

REL 2100

Philosophy and Critical Thinking

3

ECO 2202

Mathematics for Economics II

3

ECO 2101

Intermediate Microeconomics

3

ECO 2203

Economics of Money and Banking

3

ECO 2102

Production Economics

 

ECO 2204

Calculus for Economists II

3

ECO 2103

Rural Development

3

ECO 2205

 History of Economic Thought II

3

ECO 2104

Calculus for Economists I

3

ECO 2206

Issues in Africa’s Economic Development

3

ECO 2105

History of Economic Thought I

3

ECO 2207

Accounting and Control

3

Total

 

21

Total

 

21

YEAR THREE

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

 

Core Units

 

 

Core Units:

 

ECO 3101

Advanced Microeconomics

3

BBM 3200

Entrepreneurship Skills

3

ECO 3102

International Economics

3

ECO 3201

Advanced Macroeconomics

3

ECO 3103

Development Economics

3

ECO 3203

Development planning

3

ECO 3104

Economics of Labour and Industry

3

ECO 3205

Research Methodology

3

ECO 3105

Operations Research

3

ECO 3204

Industrial Attachment

6

ECO 3130

Project Appraisal and Analysis

3

ECO 3230

Economics Planning and Social Choice

3

ECO 3131

Demographic Economics

3

ECO 3231

Health Economics

3

Total

 

21

Total

 

24 

YEAR FOUR

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit hours

 

Core Units:

 

 

Core Units:

 

ECO 4101

Econometrics I

3

ECO 4201

Econometrics II

3

ECO 4102

Research Paper

3

ECO 4202

Data Analysis and Computer Applications

3

ECO 4103

Applied Statistics

3

ECO 4203

Public Finance and Fiscal Policy

3

ECO 4130

Natural Resource Economics

3

ECO 4230

Environmental Economics

3

ECO 4131

Small Business and Entrepreneurial Skills

3

ECO 4231

Macroeconomic Modeling and Forecasting

3

ECO 4132

Comparative Economic Systems

3

ECO 4232

Transport Economics

3

ECO 4133

Urban and Regional Economics

 

ECO 4233

Food Policy

3

Total

 

21

Total

 

21

 

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