Information Technology (IT) continues to change rapidly, creating new opportunities and challenges. The discipline is relatively new and areas thought not possible to apply computer technology continue to provide new opportunities. These two issues create insatiable global demand for human resource to work in Information Technology industry.
To meet the current demand, improvements on old technology continue to occur and new areas of application are constantly discovered. These provide the following challenges:
Need for a dynamic curriculum that adopts new technology,
Need for affordable cost of learning, and
A realistic study duration.
Whereas various efforts have been made to address these problems, there is still shortage of up to date and relevant curriculum at diploma and certificate levels in Kenya.
The Department of Computer Science has taken these problems as a challenge and reviewed the program, which integrates academic and professional training. The scope of the program is wide and adequate for diploma level.
Upon successful completion of the diploma, the graduates will be well prepared to handle other professional certification examinations.
This programme has been reviewed with the intention of making it competitive while maintaining the high standard. With the Courses offered, the graduates will become highly competitive in the job market and at the same time become independent in making career choices. They will also be able to handle self-employment. Students are trained not only in the technical areas of specialization but also in self-discipline, communication skills and entrepreneurship.
3. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE
The aim of this programme is to prepare students to fit into the world market entering at the middle level. The students are also to be armed with adequate skills that would allow them to advance their careers into computer profession. The objective of the program is to address the challenges listed above. Graduates of the program will be able to work independently or in teams in managing Information Systems and solving Information Technology related problems. The graduates will also be able to join undergraduate degree program in computer science or related disciplines at senior level.
The general objectives of the program are:
training students who will conduct themselves with commitment to excellence, high productivity and social responsibility.
equipping the students with skills required to work as User Support Professionals, Network Administrators, Web Masters or Programmers.
4. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The following shall be eligible for admissions to Diploma in Computer Science at Egerton University as per University statutes:
Applicant must possess KCSE certificate with a minimum of C. In addition, he/she must have obtained at least the following grades:
Physics C or Physical Sciences C
Mathematics C Kiswahili C
Applicant must possess KCE/EACE certificate with at least a Division three (3) with at least the following grades:
Physics or Physical Sciences Credit five (5).
Mathematics Credit four (4).
English Language Credit six (6) Or Kiswahili Credit (6)
Applicant must have passed KACE/EAACE examination. In addition, he or she must possess at least: Subsidiary pass in Mathematics and
At least a credit pass in Physics/Physical Sciences at Ordinary level.
Any equivalent qualification such as Certificate in Microcomputer Application, Programming etc, recognized by the senate of Egerton University.
Those that have week grades in maths and physics can do a certificate course at NTC, a certificate that prepares them for the Diploma in Computer Science.
5. LOADING AND DURATION OF STUDY
Students will take and pass all the eighty five (85) Credit Factors.
Full-time Students will complete the programme in a minimum period of eighteen (18) months within four semesters.
Part-time students must register for a minimum of nine - (9) Credit Factors per Semester.
Part-Time students will take a maximum of eight Semesters (36 months) to complete the programme.
7.1.Examination are conducted as per Egerton University Rules and Regulations.
Information in the 21st century has become an important resource more than ever before. It is therefore important to equip all people working in libraries, archives and other information management centres with knowledge and skills to collect, organize, store, retrieve and disseminate information. The need for middle-level information managers is pertinent in Kenya today as the Government is providing information resources freely to public schools. However, majority of those charged with the responsibility of manning these resources happen to be unskilled. In addition, clerks in public institutions in Kenya tend to manage information resources without relevant skills. Therefore the Diploma in Library and Information Science (DLIS) is being introduced at Egerton University to cater for these diverse interests at Para-professional level.
It is imperative to ensure proper organization and dissemination of information in all institutions for their proper functioning. This has not always been the case due to lack of knowledge and skilful information handlers. In this regard, the introduction of Diploma programme in Library and Information Science at Egerton University is quite significant. Further, graduates of the DLIS programme would be expected to form the raw material for the existing Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLINS) degree programme.
The aim of this programme is to provide the learner with basic skills and knowledge in Library and Information Science. Its graduates would be able to manage information resources effectively. This would help in efficient collection management and dissemination of information at a lower cadre, while ensuring that the information needs of end users are satisfied. By the end of the programme the learner should be able to:
1. Utilize the acquired knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies that will equip them with practical skills to engage effectively in the collection, management and dissemination of information resources.
2. Understand the role and importance of information management.
2.1 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
a) An aggregate score in KCSE of grade C or KCE/EACE Division III or equivalent.
b) Candidates who have obtained a certificate in library, archives and records management or equivalent from recognized institutions.
c) Any other relevant certificate with a recommendation letter from the employer may be considered.
2.2 PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND DURATION OF STUDY
The studies and examination procedures for Diploma in Library and Information Studies shall be governed by the general Egerton University Examination Regulations. No candidate shall be admitted to examination unless he/she has registered for the same during the prescribed period.
Besides, they must have fulfilled all the requirements. Unless otherwise stated, all courses taken must be examined through continuous assessment, which comprises 30% and final examination which, accounts for 70 % of the total marks.
Students who have not submitted assignments for assessment will not be allowed to sit for end of semester examination. The end of semester examination shall be marked out of a total of 70%. As in all examinations of the university, the pass mark shall be 40%. A candidate shall be required to take and pass all courses offered.
On full time basis, the course shall take three (3) years running (i.e. six (6) academic semesters).
ii)School Based Programme
The course shall take four (4) years running during the months of April, August and December.