1.0 BACKGROUND

1.1 UNIVERSITY VISION, MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY

Vision

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

Mission

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

Philosophy

The Philosophy of MMU 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 UNIVERSITY MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

As stipulated by Maasai Mara University Senate, the minimum entry requirement for undergraduate degrees is KCSE C+. In addition, the regular government sponsored students are admitted upon meeting the requirements stipulated by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

  1. a) C+ for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) holders or its equivalent

as determined by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC);

  1. b) KNEC diploma or its equivalent.

2.0 THE PROGRAMME

2.1 TITLE

The title of the programme isBachelor of Science in Project Planning and Management(BSc. in Project Planning and Management).

2.2 PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the BSc in Project Planning and Management programme is to inculcate in the students an entrepreneurial culture, which will enable them to scan the environment to identify business opportunities, mobilize resources, and start and manage business ventures successfully.

2.3 RATIONALE

Vision 2030 is anchored within three pillars which include Economic, Social and Political. The realization of Vision 2030 is been realized through Medium Term plans (2008-2012) which are translated into sectoral programs and projects.

Projects have always played an important role in the development and introduction of new products and technology, and are increasingly becoming the dominant means by which many countries, institutions and companies execute their strategy and operations. Project management has evolved into a skill  required for Managers in all areas of Business, Industry, Government and ducation. This programme has been developed to satisfy needs in both the private and public sectors.

2.4 GOAL

The goal of the programme is to develop the learners skills in project costs and scope management as well as control projects implementation to effectively meet deadlines and due dates through forecasting and project schedule management.

2.5 EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES / PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

By the end of the programme, the student should be able to: identify appraisal, implementation and review development projects effectively.

The Programme aims at providing the students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to:

  • Conceptualize, perceive, and develop projects.
  • Understand analytical tools, principles and concepts of project identification, appraisal, implementation and review.
  • Equip students with skills necessary to identify the needs of a particular area and develop projects to meet these needs.
  • Provide sufficient knowledge to implement projects effectively according to plans.
  • Provide skills and knowledge in monitoring and evaluating the performance and impact of development projects.

2.6 MODE OF DELIVERY

The programme shall be delivered using following  modes:

  • Face-to-face (full-time, part-time, evening, weekend);
  • Open and distance;
  • E-learning;

The mode of delivery may, however, vary from time to time and from Campus to Campus based on the specific needs of the students and available resources.

2.7 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

2.7.1 Admission Requirements

The Maasai Mara University common regulations for admission into undergraduate programmes shall apply. However, a student should have obtained grade C+ in KCSE.

The Maasai Mara University common regulations for admission into undergraduate programmes shall normally apply. To be admitted, an applicant should be a holder of:

  1. At least a mean grade of C+ (plus) and a C (plain) in English Language and C (plain) in Mathematics, or at least a D+ in Mathematics and a C (plain) in Commerce, Business Studies, Accounting, or Economics; in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education; OR,
  2. At least two Principal and one Subsidiary passes in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE); OR,
  3. A two-year Diploma in Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Economics, or any other business area of study from Maasai Mara University or any institution recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate with at least a credit to be admitted in the second year of study; OR,
  4. A two-year Diploma in non-business area of study to be admitted in first year of study; OR,
  5. A one-year Diploma from Maasai Mara University or from other institutions recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate (e.g. KIM, ABE, CIM and CIPS) to be admitted in the first year of study.
  6. CPA/CPS 1, 2, or 3 to be admitted to either first, second, or third year of study respectively.

2.7.2 Credit Transfer

Transfer of Credits shall be accepted for purposes of student mobility and recognition of previous learning.

  1. In line with the existing qualification frameworks, credit transfers shall only be accepted from accredited institutions and programmes;
  2. Credit transfers may be permitted up to a maximum of 49% of the core course units for similar programmes at the same level;
  3. No credit transfer shall be allowed in respect of University-wide common courses.

2.7.3 Student Assessment Policy/Criteria

The Maasai Mara University Common Undergraduate Examination Regulations shall apply.The pass mark shall be 40%. There shall be a written end-of-semester examination for each course taken during the semester, and it will constitute 70% of the total marks for that course. There shall be Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) worth 30% of the total marks for each course. CATs will normally be in the form of assignments, sit-in tests, seminars, term papers, or essays.

2.7.4 Grading and Classification System

The letter grades for respective performance in individual courses shall be as follows:

 

            Letter Grade                           Performance

A                                              70% and above

B                                              60-69 %

C                                              50-59 %

D                                              40-49%

E (Fail)                                     39% and below

The overall classification of the degree shall be based on the overall weighted average performance as follows:

            Classification                                                  Percentage Level

First Class Honours                                                    70% and above

Second Class Honours, Upper Division                     60-69 %

Second Class Honours, Lower Division                     50-59 %

Pass                                                                            40-49%

Academic credits acquired elsewhere and transferred into a student’s programme shall not be considered in the calculation of the final classification his/her degree.

2.7.5 Examination Regulations

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

2.7.6 Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation with a BSc. in Project Planning and Management degree, a candidate shall satisfy all the requirements. A candidate must cover a total of 177 credit hours, which is within the range of 168-192as per the Commission for University Education Standards and Guidelines for an Academic Programme (INST/STD/00). The total credit hours are spread as follows: 

            Category of Courses                                       Credit Hours

University-wide common courses                                         18

Programme Core courses                                                     159

            Total                                                                          177

The distribution of credit hours across the academic years and semesters as well as various categories of courses is shown in Table1.

Table 1 Credit Hours Required for Graduation

YEAR

SEMESTER

CREDIT HOURS

University-Wide Common Courses

Programme Core Courses

Elective Courses

Total

1

1

6

15

21

 

2

3

18

21

2

1

6

15

-

21

 

2

 -

21

 -

21

3

1

 -

21

 -

21

 

2

3

24

-

27

4

1

 -

24

-

24

 

2

 -

18

-

21

 

TOTAL

18

159

-

177

2.7.7 Duration of the Course

The duration of the course shall normally be four academic years of two semesters each.

2.8 COURSE EVALUATION

The programme shall be evaluated as per the Maasai Mara University Quality Management System (QMS) Policy and Procedure on course evaluation. The evaluation shall cover all theaspects of each courseincluding course content, instructional process, infrastructure and equipment for the delivery of the course, instructional and reference materials,and assessments.The feedback on course evaluation shall be utilized in decision-making with regard to all the coursesin the programme.

2.9 MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

The management and administration of BSc.in Project Planning and Management shall be undertaken in such a way that it will ensure adequateacademic leadership and internal quality assurance mechanisms. The programme will be taught by a mix of professors, senior lecturers, lecturers and assistant lecturers. The senior academic staff shall provide the necessary academic leadershipat both the department and school levels.

For effective and efficient teaching and learning, the Maasai Mara University ISO policies and procedures contained in various Quality Manuals of the Quality Management System (QMS) shall be followed strictly. There shall be proper documentation of any deviations or non-conformities and corrective action shall be taken promptly.

2.10 LIST OF COURSES

The list of the courses in the programme by academic year and semester is as follows:

2.11 DURATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The program will take four academic years spread over eight semesters. The course structure is presented in Table 2.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NOTE

The CUE Standards / Guidelines [PROG/STD/04 - Structure of an Academic Programme, Section 1(b) (xiii)] require the following for each course:

  • Course title
  • Purpose
  • Expected learning outcomes
  • Content
  • Mode of delivery
  • Instructional materials and/or equipment
  • Assessment
  • Reference materials (including textbooks, journals and e-materials).

Year 1 Semester 1

Course Code             Course Title                                                                                           credit hours

CMJ 1100        Communication Skills                                                                                        3

ZOO 1100        HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle Diseases                                                                    3

BPM 1104       Theory and Practice of Management                                                                 3

BCM 1104       Introduction to Business Studies                                                                       3

BCM 1106       Business Mathematics I                                                                                     3

BPM 1107       Project Procurement and Contract Management                                               3

ECO 1110        Introduction to Microeconomics                                                                       3         

                                                                                                                                                   21

Year 1 Semester 2

Course Code             Course Title                                                                               credit hours

COM 1200       Computer and Information Literacy                                                                 3

BPM 1203       Management of Nonprofit Organizations                                                          3

BPM 1204       Foundations of Project Management                                                                3

BCM 1205       Fundamentals of Community Development                                                      3

BCM 1210       Business Mathematics II

ECO 1211        Introduction to Macroeconomics                                                                      3

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Year 2 Semester 1

Course Code             Course Title                                                                               credit hours

REL 2100        Philosophy and Critical Thinking                                                                     3

ENS 2100        Environmental Skills                                                                                        3

BPM 2103       Project Identification and Appraisal                                                                 3

BPM 2104       Financial Accounting in Project Management I                                                3

BPM 2105       Development Economics                                                                                 3

BPM 2106       Role and Theory of the Nonprofit Sector                                                         3

BPM 2107       Gender Issues in Project Management                                                            3

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Year 2 Semester 2

Course Code             Course Title                                                                                   credit hours

BPM 2203       Project Planning Design and Implementation                                                   3

BPM 2204       Resource Mobilization & Grant Proposal Writing                                              3

BPM 2205       Audit & Internal Review in Projects                                                                   3 

BPM 2206       Financial Accounting in Project Management II                                                3

BPM 2207       Project Communication Management                                                               3

BPM 2208       Introduction to Risk and Insurance in Project Management                              3

 ECO 2212       Intermediate Macroeconomics                                                                          3

                                                                                                                                               21                                       

Year 3 Semester 1

Course Code             Course Title                                                                                           credit hours

BPM 3103       Environmental Impact Assessment in Project Management                              3

BPM 3104       Ethics and Legal Issues in Project Management                                                 3

BCM 3104       Introduction to Management Accounting                                                           3

BCM 3107       Operations Research                                                                                           3

BCM 3112       Business Finance                                                                                                3

BCM 3163       Organizational Theory & Behaviour                                                                    3

ECO 3103       Development Planning                                                                                 3                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                21

Year 3 Semester 2 

Course Code             Course Title                                                                                           credit hours

BCM 3200       Entrepreneurship & Work Skills                                                                        3

BPM 3203       Consultancy in Project Management                                                                3

BPM 3204       Research Methodology in Project Management                                               3

BPM 3205       Project Time and Cost Management                                                                 3

BPM 3206       Strategic Project Management                                                                          3

BPM 3207       Creativity and Innovation in Project Management                                             3

BPM 3208       Field Attachment                                                                                                6

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Year 4 Semester 1

Course Code             Course Title                                                                                           credit hours

BPM 4103       Project Quality and Risk Management                                                              3

BPM 4104       Project Management Information System                                                         3

BPM 4105       Projects Human Resource Management                                                            3

BPM 4106       Taxation Theory and Practice in Project Management                                      3

BPM 4107       Social Enterprise Project Management                                                              3

BPM 4108       Research Project                                                                                                6

ECO 4103        Econometrics I                                                                                                   3

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Year 4 Semester 2

Course Code             Course Title                                                                               credit hours

BPM 4204       Strategic Change in Project Management                                                         3

BPM4205      Conflicts Resolution andManagement                                                                3

BCM 4205       Product Development and Management                                                          3

BCM 4215       Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management                                                3

BCM 4250      Production & Operations Management                                                              3

ECO 4203       Econometrics II                                                                                                  3                                                           

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