Sunday, 15 September 2019

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY


Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology
a)  Candidates must have obtained the minimum University and School admission requirements.
b)  The following shall be eligible for registration for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology
in the Department of Biological sciences:
i)  An aggregate of C+ grade which is the minimum University of Embu admission requirement and must have obtained at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) the following grades:
                                                                                         Biological Sciences C+
                                                                                         Physical Sciences C
                                                                                         Mathematics C
                                                                                         English/Kiswahili /Geography C
                                                                                           OR
                                                                                         Biology C+
                                                                                         Chemistry C
                                                                                         Mathematics/Physics C
                                                                                         English/Kiswahili/ Geography C
ii)  Two principal passes at A-level in Biology and Chemistry and a subsidiary all obtained at the same sitting. In addition, a credit in Mathematics or Physics at O-level.
iii)  A degree in Biological Sciences and/or Chemistry from any recognized University plus KSCE Biology/Biological Sciences C+ or a credit in Biology at O-level.
iv)  Have a diploma in relevant subjects from an Institution recognized by the University Senate
v)  Have a National diploma with a credit pass in a Microbiology related subject from a institution recognized by the University Senate, or have any other qualification accepted by the University Senate as equivalent, a relevant diploma may at the discretion of the Department of Biological Sciences be admitted at 2nd year of the course in which case they may complete their course in 3 academic years and a maximum of five years.  
vi)  Those with a relevant Higher Diploma may at the discretion of the Department of Biological Sciences be admitted directly into the course in the third year of study in which case they may complete their course in a minimum of two years and a maximum of four academic years
c)  Any other qualification equivalent to the above subject to Senate’s approval.

Duration of Study
Four (4) academic years

Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will:
a)    Have gained knowledge and skills to enable them work in research institutions or industry.
b)    Have gained solid basic knowledge that will enable them to enroll for postgraduate studies in Microbiology or Biotechnology.
c)    Be able to articulate the Application of microorganisms in agriculture, medicine, industry and environment.
d)    Be conversant with relevant and recent advances in basic and applied microbiology and Biotechnology.

Career prospects
The students who graduate from the BSc Microbiology and Biotechnology course can work in research institutions or industry specifically in the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical, agricultural and environmental biological products for the benefit of the society.  The graduate may also pursue postgraduate degrees in microbiology, biotechnology, genetics or public health.
Course requirements.
i.  A learner is required to attend at least two thirds of the total number of lectures in a unit in order to be allowed to sit for the end of semester examination in a given unit of the programme.
ii. The lecturer shall ensure the programme course(s) are delivered in a manner that learning takes place and in line with the University requirements for teaching, assessment and evaluation of a unit.
iii.  Any student who fails to attain the pass mark in:
a)  Less than 40% of the units taken in an academic year shall be required to retake the failed units when next offered.
b)  Between 40% and 75% of the units taken in an academic year shall be required to repeat the year.
c)  More than 75% of the units taken in an academic year shall be discontinued.
iv.  A student who fails to attain a pass mark in a retake examination, shall on recommendation of the school board and approval by Senate be allowed to retake the failed unit only once. Grading of retake Examinations shall be similar to that of ordinary Examinations as specified in respective programmes.
v.  A student will not be allowed to proceed to the subsequent year of study without clearing retakes in the previous year. For instance, a second year student with retakes in the first year will not be allowed to proceed to the third year of study.
vi.  A student who fails after the second retake will be required to repeat the year and shall not be allowed to register for the next year of study until they have passed in all the pending retake units.
vii.  A student shall be allowed to repeat a year of study ONLY ONCE.
viii.  A repeating student in any academic year who fails to attain the pass mark in any of the failed courses shall on recommendation of the School Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the degree programme.
ix. The lecturer is obliged to interpret and implement the curriculum and check student class attendance.
x.  Course requirement for community service includes the 200hrs Field and Industrial Attachment.


Courses/Unit Distribution Table for BSc Microbiology and Biotechnology

First Year  Common undergraduate Courses/Units

Unit code

Courses/Unit Title

Theory

Hours

Practical Hours

Status/ Remarks

CCS001

Communication Skills

45

0

Senate approved

CCS010

HIV and AIDS

45

0

Senate approved

CCS 009

Elements of Economics

45

0

Senate approved

 

First Year    10 Courses/Units

Unit code

Courses/Unit Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status/ Remarks

SBT101

Plant Diversity

30

15

Senate approved

SBT102

Introduction to Genetics

30

15

Senate approved

SMB101

Biological Techniques and Laboratory safety

30

15

Senate approved

SMB102

Introduction to Microbiology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL101

Invertebrate Zoology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL103

Fundamentals of Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SCH101

Inorganic Chemistry

30

15

Senate approved

SCH102

Organic Chemistry

30

15

Senate approved

SCH103

Physical Chemistry

30

15

Senate approved

SBC107

Information Technology

30

15

Senate approved

 

Second Year   12 Courses/Units

Unit code

Courses/Unit Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status/ Remarks

SZL201

Cell Biology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL210

Structure of Biomolecules

30

15

Senate approved

SBC203

Enzymology

30

15

Senate approved

SBC205

Regulation of Metabolic Pathways

30

15

Senate approved

SBC206

General and Molecular Genetics

30

15

Senate approved

SBC210

Principles of Parasitology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT204

Plant Biochemistry

30

15

Senate approved

SBT207

Principles of Plant Pathology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT208

Plant microbe interactions

30

15

Senate approved

SMB201

Principles of Bacteriology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB202

Epidemiology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL204

Basic Immunology

30

15

Senate approved

 

Third Year 12 Course/Units Equivalent

Unit

Courses/Unit Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status/ Remarks

SMB301

Techniques in Molecular Biology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB302

Recombinant DNA technology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB303

Microbial Genetics

30

15

Senate approved

SMB304

Microbial Metabolism

30

15

Senate approved

SMB305

General Mycology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB306

Food Microbiology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB307

Mechanisms in Microbial Pathogenicity

30

15

Senate approved

SMB308

Virology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB309

Downstream Processing and Bioreactors

30

15

Senate approved

SZL303

Biostatistics

30

15

Senate approved

SZL312

Entomology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL315

Research Methodology

30

15

Senate approved

SBM320

Field and Industrial Attachment

180

0

Senate approved

 

Fourth Year
Core Units    Seven Courses/ Units

Unit

Courses/Unit Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status/ Remarks

SMB401

Ethics and risks in Biotechnology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB402

Biopolicy, Biopiracy and Biodiplomacy

30

15

Senate approved

SMB403

Bioentrepreneurship

30

15

Senate approved

SBC401

Bioinformatics

30

15

Senate approved

SMB405

Recent advances in Biotechnology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB406

Microbial Natural products chemistry

30

15

Senate approved

SMB407

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

30

15

Senate approved

SBC416

Industrial Enzymes

30

15

Senate approved

 

Microbiology Option
Any Five Course/Units Equivalent

Unit

Courses/Unit Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status/ Remarks

SMB430

Research Project

30

 60

Senate approved

SMB408

Soil Microbial Ecology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB409

Industrial Microbiology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB410

Micro-organisms as Biological Control Agents

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB411

Microbial Food Toxicology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB412

Pathogenic Microbiology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB413

Marine Microbiology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB414

Environmental Microbiology

30

 15

Senate approved

SZL406

Medical Protozoology

30

 15

Senate approved

SZL407

Medical Helminthology

30

 15

Senate approved

SZL416

Vector Biology

30

 15

Senate approved

 

Biotechnology Option
Any Five Course/Units Equivalent

Unit

Courses/Unit Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status/ Remarks

SMB430

Research Project

30

 60

Senate approved

SMB415

Industrial Applications of Biotechnology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB416

Discovery Strategies in Biotechnology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB417

Applications of Genetic Engineering

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB418

Fermentation Technology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB419

Bio screening

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB420

Biosensor technology

30

 15

Senate approved

SBC414

Cell Technology

30

 15

Senate approved

 

Requirements for graduation
a)  The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology shall take a minimum of four academic years consisting of two semesters each.
b)  In each year a candidate is required to take all the thirteen (13) course units or equivalent offered.
c)  Candidates are expected to attend the courses registered for in entirety to the satisfaction of the Department and School Board of Examiners.
Award of Degree
a)  The degree award and classification shall be based on the average score of all units taken in programme.
b)  The degree award shall be Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology

Classification of Degrees
A candidate who qualifies for Award of the Degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology
 shall be placed in one of the classes as follows:
i.    First Class Honours                                    70% - 100%    
ii.    Second Class Honours (Upper Division)        60% - 69%
iii.    Second Class Honours (Lower Division)       50% - 59%
iv.    Pass                                                     40% - 49%