1.0       INTRODUCTION

Maasai Mara University was chartered on 12thFebruary, 2013. The University’s competitive advantage lies in the strategic location as a gateway to Maasai Mara National Reserve which is a worldwide household name. It is also close to Mau Forest, one of the most important water towers in the region, but highly threatened; it also lies within the major livestock and wheat production area in the nation. These intertwined with the Maasai Culture makes the university the ideal place for studies in Science, livestock, agriculture, heritage, tourism, wildlife and natural resources which we have identified as our flagship courses.

1.1 VISION

To be a world class university committed to academic excellence for development

1.2 MISSION

To provide quality University education through innovative teaching, research and consultancy services for development

2.0 PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

The University is guided by a philosophical statement, "eng'eno e puuan", which is a Maasai name for "knowledge is prosperity". As the University seeks creation of knowledge for prospering through research, innovation and technology, it is further guided by its core values of excellence,professionalism, teamwork, creativity & innovativeness, transparency & accountability, equityand socialjustice.The University’s Philosophy Statement and its Mission Statement are complementary statements that focus on ensuring that the University has a genuine need for its existence by offering quality and relevant higher education, training and learning to its students and any other esteemed client. While the Mission Statement focuses on why the University exists, the Philosophy Statement addresses how Maasai Mara University fulfils its educational, research, innovativenessand technological mission as an institution for higher learning.

Maasai Mara University offers challenging undergraduate, graduate and professional career programmes that prepare students to remain relevant in the society upon graduation as they prepare to enter the job market to start nurturing their careers. Many students have found Maasai Mara University academic programmes a stepping-stone to further education within their fields of specialization. This has become possible due to a collegial union of academic Schools and Departments, students, staff, administration and business community members who are holistically committed to providing academic programmes, resources, activities and instructional facilities that support excellence in higher education, training and learning. As the University believes that members of business and industry communities must also participate in the process of developing, establishing, implementing and evaluating educational and any academic programmes for the sake of continued relevance, attractiveness and competitiveness in the society. While primarily concerned with students’ intellectual growth and development, the University also supports their physical, moral and spiritual growth and development, and augments their capacity for leadership through co-curricular programmes and the entire students’ leadership fraternity.

At the heart of the mission, vision and goals of academic, research, innovation and students’ affairs, is the University’s fundamental commitment to a strong general education, training and learningprogrammes that introduce students to universal life, training and learning, broadens their knowledge in the arts and sciences, helps them integrate learning and community concerns, and prepares them for success in their major fields of study and life after graduation. In all these academic programmes of study, the University encourages the examination of fundamental questions of human concern, respectful dialogue in the context of diverse points of view and experience, as well as the search for truth and social justice for all.

In an atmosphere of intellectual dogmatism made possible by academic freedom, University Schools and Departments build up and train students in courses within their areas of advanced study, extend research and innovation in their fields of specialization, produce highly scientific, innovative, technological, scholarly and creative work, and serve the University as well as the nation and the entire global community. University Schools and Departments are independent administrative units within the University’s main administration responsible for developing principles and policies that guide academic, research, innovation, technology and students’ affairs as well as designing and determining the content of the University curriculum. In education, training, learning, scholarship and service, the Schools and Departments represent one of the most visible examples of the intellectual life of the University.

At Maasai Mara University, each student is considered on individual basis as an important member ofthe larger University community and as his/her needs and demands of student life are carefully considered. Students at the University are exposed to diversified fields of academic programmes, co-curricular activities, community experiences and support services designed to boost their learning at all levels and to help them develop more fully as confident, contributing citizen leaders of an ever-increasingly complex and global community. This is indeed based on the University’s belief that learning takes place in a variety of ways.The University identifies and supports students of diverse talents, experiences, knowledge, interests and cultures who are willing and prepared to learn and to seek excellence in themselves and others. The University believes that career education instruction that a student undertake isan art as well as a science. And that the process of undertaking it is indeed very dynamic and helpsdevelops both the skill and the intellect of career-minded individuals in its community. The University further believes that career education is an interactive process on which the future of society dependsas emerging graduates become professionalsof all typesand critically become the driversfor future socio-economic growthand development in the society.

Vital to the success process of supporting excellence in higher education, training and learningare the dedicated members of variously skilled academic support services and the administrative leadership charged with nurturing strategic planning, institutional assessment, and effective and efficient stewardship and strategic deployment of University resources. This connection and collaboration ensures that the University is offering an education that produces an employable, skilled, responsible and accountable person in the society. The enduring fellowship of alumni, sponsors, trustees, and other friends and contributors in the community at large demonstrates their continuing faith and trust in the central mission, vision and goal of Maasai Mara University through various acts of giving, prayer and support.

Infusing this community of shared concern are the distinctive qualities and values of Maasai Mara University, including the belief that faith and reason can interact in mutually fruitful ways. Therefore, the University membership encourages a full search for truth, including religious truth, while respecting freedom of personal expression. It also promotes a vigorous and compassionate dialogue among the various faith traditions, and between them and the academic disciplines. At its foundation, teaching and learning at Maasai Mara University are premised upon and committed to the fundamental dignity and unique worth of each human person.

Finally, as outlined in Kenyan constitution, it is also the philosophy of Maasai MaraUniversity that no person shall be denied admission to any academic programme of any kinds in the University, be excluded from any trainingwhatsoever, be denied the benefits of trainingand learning of any level, or be subjected to discrimination in any recruitmentpracticesor activity of the University because of race, creed, color, handicap, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or religious belief.

3.0       DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCES

The missionof the Department of Computing and Information sciences at Maasai Mara University is to produce graduates with practical and intellectual skills in Information Sciences and information communication and technology (ICTs) appropriate to the needs of the present and future Kenyan society. In line with Vision 2030, the Department ensures that its students acquire relevant techniques; skills and knowledge that will enable them make a positive contribution to the National Development Programme. In this context, the Department designs a BSc programme in Information Sciences, which meets the needs and aspirations of the students in all respects, thus making them relevant in the society. 

The Information Sciences curriculum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of science and contains diverse courses ranging from basic to applied sciences; including: Science, computer science, communication, information technology, business and management, economics, humanities and the social sciences.

The curriculum encourages the students to acquire the important skills of self-directed learning, problem solving and effective communication. The graduate is expected to be proficient in a variety of setting, which shall include: management of information sciences, information systems, teaching and undertaking relevant research activities. Additionally, the curriculum is intended to provide the students with the foundation for future postgraduate work.

2.1       PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

Historically information has been treated as a public good, freely available to Kenyan Citizens. This paradigm shift has become under pressure, as the full economic and social significance of information become apparent, hence the creation of the Ministry of information, Communication and Technology by the Kenya Government to handle ICT sector in the country to meet the needs of Vision 2030 for sustainable development.

With the changing needs of the global economy, demands in science, technology, and trained personnel are required to drive and sustain it through academic rigor, partnership with the industrial world and research institutions. Information Science programme is designed to respond to the dynamic demands of the world. Hence the Department of computing and information Sciences is designed to meet this need.

3.0       RATIONALE OF THE PROGRAMME

The Department of Computing and Information Sciences has designed the BSc programme in Information Sciences with a view to accommodating the emerging challenges in information and knowledge management. Information Sciences students at Maasai Mara University combine theory with practice, gaining skills that produce results to 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 computer laboratory experience.

The Department of Computing and Information Sciences is established to accommodate the emerging challenges in economic and social well-being of Kenyans which depends increasingly on her ability to generate and access information and new knowledge in order to realize Kenya Vision 2030. Information Sciences students at Maasai Mara university combine theory and practical’s gaining skills that produce results in creating storing, processing, retrieving and disseminating information and knowledge to enable the Kenyan community make better informed decisions.

3.1       NEEDS ASSESSMENT/ MARKET SURVEY/ SITUATION  ANALYSIS

In principle, Information sciences is an interdisciplinary profession in nature, as such, it is fundamental to the growth and development of science, information technology, humanities, social sciences, applied sciences and innovation, it has been identified as a central plank for Kenya’s Development and a foundation for vision 2030, the National Development Programme. To drive the attainment of Vision 2030, scientists need to be trained accordingly. Information sciences would be crucial to the achievement of the outlined Vision because information processing, retrieving, preserving and dissemination is the major industry in the developed societies and that Kenya as a developing country is that, it is inexorably moving in the same direction.

The key concepts to be examined in the context of information Sciences are: data, information, knowledge, information needs, knowledge organization, searching and retrieval, indexing and abstracting, information seeking habits, Information Communication and information systems. The key factor is the information seeker seeking information satisfaction on the basis of convenient and direct access to the information systems.

3.1.1    JUSTIFICATION OF THE PROGRAMME 

The BSc programme in Information Sciencesis designed to empower students with skills necessaryto offer services in information centres. It is also envisaged thatstudents who completethe programme can pursue postgraduate studies.

3.2       GOALS OF THE PROGRAMME

The BSc programme in Information Sciences at Maasai Mara University is aimed at:

  • Producing graduates who are grounded in the fundamentals of the management of information, knowledge management and services.
  • Developing graduates with skills to design and manage Information systems and services.
  • Equip the students to manage libraries and other Information centers.
  • Relating the training of Information sciences to the employment opportunities within the information and knowledge industry, locally, nationally and internationally.

3.3       EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMME

By the completion of the prescribed programme, the Maasai Mara University graduate will be able to:

  • Have adequate knowledge and skills so as to be able to work independently as information professionals
  • Maintain the highest professional standards in the information sector.
  • Acquire process, store, repackage and disseminate information.
  • Contribute effectively in the industrialization process of the Kenya nation.
  • Participate in research and development in Information sciences and other related fields.
  • Take up employment in information centres, research institutions or any other relevant private or public sector.
  • Apply the process of critical reasoning in managing information, knowledge and ICT sector.
  • Venture into Infroneurship and marketing of information services.
  • Act as agents of change in this age of knowledge economy.

3.4       MODE OF DELIVERY OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme will be delivered mainly through face to face contact with students. Students would be required to have access to computer laboratory facilities for a hands-on practice. Where necessary, the programme will also use e-learning approach.

3.5       ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

3.5.1   ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted into BSc programme in Information Sciences, a candidate must:

  1. Meet the minimum University admission criteria
  2. Minimum mean Grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE with a C (Plain) in Mathematics and English/Kiswahili,

OR;

  1. Two year KNEC Diploma pass holders in information Sciences related fields

OR;

  1. IMIS Diploma holders, OR
  2.  Any other Diploma recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate

Admission Requirements to Second year of Study

    1. Two year KNEC Diploma pass holders in information Sciences related fields,

OR;

    1. 2 year Kenya Polytechnic Diploma in information studies.

OR;

    1. 3 year KIMC Diploma in mass communication.

OR;

    1. 2 Principals at “A” Level with credit in English/Kiswahili & Mathematics at “O” level

OR;

    1. IMIS Higher Diploma in Information Science

OR;

    1. (HND holders will be admitted in third year. Such candidates must have obtained Distinction or Credit)
    2. Vi)  Any other Diploma recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate                   

3.5.2    COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Class attendance/Attachment

Students shall satisfy class attendance requirements as spelt out in the University examination regulations (MMU Common Rules and Regulations for Undergraduate Examinations, 2013) besides attending a 3-month mandatory attachment at the end of the third year of their study.

3.5.3     STUDENT ASSESSMENT POLICY/CRITERIA

The General University Examination Regulations and the special examination regulations set by the School of Science and Information Sciences 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 University semester exam; A written paper of 2 hours duration          70%

(b)   Theory - and Laboratory - based Courses

Continuous assessment tests                                                                           20%
Continuous assessment of lab. Exercises                                                        20%

End of semester exam. A written paper of 2 hours duration                           60%

3.5.4    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.

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%

3.5.5 EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

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

3.5.6 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.

3.5.7 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for the award of Bsc Degree in Information Sciences, a student shall satisfy all the university requirements pertaining to the degree.  Students shall take all the credit hours offered in the first, second, third and fourth year of study as appropriate to the entry requirements.

3.5.8 CLASSIFICATION OF DEGREES

The classification will be done as stated in the Maasai Mara University common rules and regulations for undergraduate examinations (MMU Common Rules and Regulations for Undergraduate Examinations, 2013).

3.6 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 all,the 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 semesterclosed-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. 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,

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCES

3.7 COURSE STRUCTURE

YEAR I

SEMESTER I

CODE                                    COURSE TITLE                              CREDIT HOURS

CMJ 1100      Communication skills                                                                                   3

INS 1103        Introduction to Information Technology                                                   3

INS 1104        Introduction to Information Sciences                                                         3

INS 1105      Introduction to publishing                                                                            3

INS 1106        Introduction to Communication and Mass Media                                    3

INS 1107        Records Management I                                                                                3

INS 1108       ICTs in Records and Archives Management I                                          3

ZOO 1109      HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle Diseases                                                          3

COM 1200     Computer and Information Literacy                                                        3

                                                                                    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 27

SEMESTER II

CODE                                    COURSE TITLE                                          CREDIT HOURS

INS 1203        E-Business                                                                                        3

INS 1204:       Procedural Programming                                                                3

INS 1205       Organization of Knowledge                                                 3

INS 1206        Human Communication                                                                  3         

INS 1207       Introduction to Print Production                                                    3

INS 1208        Archives Management I                                                                   3

INS 1209        Preservation of Information Materials I                                         3

                                                                                    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =21

YEAR 2

SEMESTER I

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                      CREDIT HOURS

ENS 2100      Environmental Skills                                                                           3  

REL 2100      Philosophy and Critical Thinking                                                     3         

INS 2103        Systems Analysis and Design                                                          3

INS 2104        Operating Systems Theory                                                              3

INS 2105        Sectoral Information Systems and Services                                   3

INS 2106        Classification I                                                                                  3

INS 2107        Digital Print Production                                                                   3

INS 2108        Office Records Management                                                            3

INS 2109        Knowledge Management                                                                  3         

                                                                                    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS= 27

SEMESTER II

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 2203        Data Communication Network                                                       3

INS 2204        Database Construction and Management                                     3

INS 2205        Principles and Practices of Management                                                    3

INS 2206        Cataloguing I                                                                                                3

INS 2207        Repackaging of Information                                                                       3

INS 2208        Principles and Practices of Marketing Communication                            3

INS 2209        Records Centre Management                                                                      3

INS 2210        Professional Organizations in Information Sciences                                 3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =24

YEAR 3

SEMESTER I

COMMON COURSES

CODE                                    COURSE TITLE                                          CREDIT HOURS

INS 3103        Web Design and Development                                                        3

INS 3104        Research Methods                                                                            3

INS 3105        Radio and Television Communication                                           3

INS 3106        Preservation of Information Materials                                           3

SPECIALIZATION:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 3107        Data Structures and Algorithm                                                                 3

INS 3108        Object-Oriented Technology                                                                        3

INS 3109        Management Information Systems                                                            3

INS 3110        Software Engineering                                                                                   3

                                                                                            TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 24

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES

CODE                                    COURSE TITLE                                          CREDIT HOURS

INS 3109        Management Information Systems                                                            3

INS 3111        Subject Indexing and Thesaurus Construction                                        3

INS 3112        Marketing of Information Services                                                             3

INS 3113        Open Access and Institutional Repositories                                              3

                                                                                TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 24

PUBLISHING AND MEDIA STUDIES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 3114        Writing for the Mass Media                                                                         3

INS 3115        Newspaper and Magazine Publishing                                                         3

INS 3116        Design and Production in Publishing                                                         3

INS 3117        Online Journalism                                                                                        3

RECORDS AND ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 3109        Management Information Systems                                                            3

INS 3118        ICTs in Records and Archives Management II                                        3

INS 3119        Information Security in Records and Archives Management            3

INS 3120        Marketing of Records and Archives Services                                      3

   TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =24

SEMESTER II

COMMON COURSES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

BBM 3200     Entrepreneurial skills                                                                                 3

INS 3203        Quantitative Techniques for Information Scientists                                 2

INS 3204        Information, Gender and Sustainable Development                                2

INS 3205        Electronic Publishing                                                                                    2

INS 3206        Disaster and Risk Management in Information Centres                         2

INS 3207        Practical Attachment                                                                                    6

SPECIALIZATION:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 3208        Human Computer Interaction                                                                     2

INS 3209        Artificial Intelligence                                                                                     3

INS 3210        Computer Organization and Architecture                                                 3

INS 3211        Information Security and Systems Audit                                                 2

           TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =27

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 3212        Information Needs Analysis and User Studies                                       2

INS 3213        Collection Management                                                                              2

INS 3214        Strategic Management in Information Environment                              2

INS 3215        Information Searching and Retrieval I                                                    3

       TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 27

PUBLISHING AND MEDIA STUDIES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURSINS 3216            Scholarly Journal Publishing                                                                         2

INS 3217        Principles and Practices of Photography                                                    2

INS 3218        Book Trade                                                                                                  3

INS 3219        Marketing, Sales and Distribution in Publishing                                     2

                                                                                          TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =27

RECORDS AND ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURSINS 3220            Health Records Management                                                                         3

INS 3221        Management of AV Archives                                                                      2

INS 3222        Digital Preservation                                                                                      2

INS 32223      Management of Electronic Records                                                            3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 24

YEAR 4

SEMESTER I

COMMON COURSES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURSINS 4103       Project Management                                                                             3

INS 4104        Legal and Ethical Aspects of Information                                        3

INS 4105        New Media                                                                                            3

INS 4106        Leadership and Management in Information Sciences                   3

INS 4107        Research Project                                                                                 3

SPECIALIZATION:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURSINS 4108            Law, Ethics and Professional Practice in ICT                                  3

INS 4109        Network Design and Administration                                             3

                                                                                 TOTALCREDIT HOURS= 21

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 4110        Classification II                                                                                 3

                                                                                                     TOTALCREDIT HOURS =18

RECORDS AND ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURSINS 4112            Records Management II                                                                  3

INS 4113        Archives Management II                                                                 3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =21

PUBLISHING AND MEDIA STUDIES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 4114        Editorial Title Management                                                             3

INS 4115        Advertising in the Media                                                                  3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =21

SEMESTER II

COMMON COURSES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 4203        Management of Information and Communication Technology  3

INS 4204        Infopreneurship                                                                                3

INS 4205        Marketing Management                                                                   3

INS 4206        Freedom of Information and Governance                                      3

INS 4207        Research Project                                                                               3

SPECIALIZATION: 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 4208        Data Mining and Advanced Databases                                          3

INS 4209        Distributed Systems                                                                         3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =21

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURSINS 4210            Information Searching and Retrieval II                                        3

INS 4211        Cataloguing II                                                                                   3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =21

PUBLISHING AND MEDIA STUDIES

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 4212        Multimedia and Hypermedia                                                                       3

INS 4213        Legal and Ethical Issues in the Media                                                        3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =21

RECORDS AND ARCHIVES MANAGEMENT

CODE            COURSE TITLE                                                                  CREDIT HOURS

INS 4214        Quality Assurance in Records and Archives Management                      3

INS 4215        Managing Business Records                                                                        3

         TOTAL CREDIT HOURS =21

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