Overview

Philosophy

Implementation of this programme is guided by the need to provide leadership and stewardship in the acquisition, development and application of knowledge in geospatial engineering, to inspire rational and optimal use of land resources.

Rationale

This programme is a key contributor to the development of human resources for infrastructure development, physical planning, land administration and management, education and management and use of geospatial information by various government organizations and private business enterprises.

    1. Goal of the Programme

The goal of this programme is to provide learners with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for collecting, storing, analysing, managing and disseminating geospatial information.

    1. Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explain disciplines relevant for enabling and developing spatial concepts in Geospatial Engineering
  2. Apply formal and theoretical foundation e.g. Physics, Maths and ICT in solving Geospatial Engineering Problems
  3. Collect spatial data using various Geospatial techniques;
  4. Process Geospatial data using various application tools.
  5. Manage Geospatial Engineering projects and information using various techniques including LIMS, Web-Based tools, Mobile Application tools as well as visualization tools.  MODE OF DELIVERY
    1. Face-to-Face Mode

This is through lectures and tutorials using notes, electronic presentations, instruction manuals, group discussions, practical laboratory demonstrations and fieldwork.

    1. Open, Distance Learning and e-Learning

In case of delivery through ODeL, special arrangements shall be made for the practical laboratory, field work and computing sessions. Where not feasible alternative arrangements will be made to do them on campus.

    1. Blended Learning

This is a hybrid of face to face with Open, Distance Learning and e-learning.

Course objectives

The broad objectives of this study can be stated as follows:

  1. To impart to the students the necessary knowledge, skills and professional attitude demanded by the industry in the broad area of geospatial Engineering today and in the foreseeable future.
  2. To lay the intellectual foundation necessary for our graduates to play their full roles in the evolution of Geospatial engineering
  3. To introduce the students to other disciplines closely related to Geospatial Engineering in order for them to appreciate the interrelationships between Geospatial Engineering and the respective disciplines and to provide them with the opportunity to consider careers in the related disciplines should they desire.
  4. To introduce the students to certain advanced topics in selected areas of Geospatial Engineering in order to motivate them towards further studies or specialized practice in those areas.

 

​​​​​​COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1.       Student Obligations

a)    Each student shall sign a class attendance register for each lecture, practical lesson attended.

b)    The student shall be required to attend at least two-thirds of all lectures and practical sessions, write all CATs, submit all practical laboratory and or field reports and assignments to be allowed to sit the semester examinations.

c)    A candidate who does not satisfy condition (b) above in any semester with good cause, shall on the recommendation of the school academic board of examiners and approval of the Senate, be allowed to repeat all the affected units in that semester.

d)    A candidate who does not satisfy condition (b) above, in any semester without good cause, shall on the recommendation of the school academic board of examiners and approval of the Senate, be discontinued from the programme.

 

2.        Lecturer Obligations

The lecturer shall,

a)    Deliver lectures, practical, laboratory and or field sessions as scheduled in the timetable.

b)    Ensure complete coverage of the syllabus as prescribed in the course outline of each unit, and set, administer, invigilate and mark the respective examinations in each semester and submit examination results as prescribed in the teaching and learning process of the University of Nairobi.

c)    Monitor and compute attendance of lectures, tutorials and practical/field sessions by students for each course unit.

d)    Guide, counsel and mentor students in his/her area of specialization.

 

STUDENT ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

a)    All course units taken during a semester shall be examined at the end of the semester.

b)    The examinations shall consist of continuous assessment and a two-hour end of semester-examination for each course unit.

c)    Unless otherwise stated, the final mark for the end-of-semester examination will comprise 70% for the written examination and 30% for continuous assessment.

d)    Continuous assessment shall consist of an aggregate combination for marks for class tests, practical exercises, term papers and assignments.

e)    Each course unit shall be graded out of a maximum of 100% and the pass mark for each unit shall be 40%.

f)     Other courses that include industrial attachments, fourth terms and geospatial camps shall be assessed as either satisfactory or not.

GRADING SYSTEMS

Marks shall be translated into letter grades as follows:

70-100%

A

60-69%

B

50-59%

C

40-49%

D

0-39%

 

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have obtained the minimum University of Nairobi and School of Engineering general admission requirements. They must have at least one of the following qualifications

    1. Minimum Admission Requirements
  1. A minimum of KCSE Mean Grade C+ with C+ in Mathematics, Physics, Geography/Biology/Chemistry.
  2. A minimum KCSE Mean Grade C or KCE Division III plus ordinary/ Higher Diploma in Land Surveying / Cartography/ Photogrammetry.
  3. KACE or IGSCE/GCE – A-level or equivalent with 2 principal passes in Mathematics and Geography.
    1. Credit Transfer and Exemptions

A candidate may be exempted from some courses and credit transferred from approved institutions subject to the following conditions:

    1. Request for exemption shall be made in writing on admission, to the Dean, School of Engineering and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents, including the syllabus for the relevant courses
    2. Application for exemption will be considered only after the payment of an exemption fee as may be prescribed by the school of Engineering.
    3. Where the school resolves that exemption can only be granted through a test, the candidate shall be required to sit and pass approved examinations in the appropriate units.
    4. The courses from which such exemption is sort shall not exceed one –third (1/3) of the total units for the programme.

 

Research and Consultancy                         

The department has an active research program in the areas of:    

  • Resource Mapping
  • Establishment of Geodetic Control
  • Cadastral Surveying
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Cellular Mobile Mapping
  • Capacity Building
  • Various GIS Applications e.g.
  • Marketing Segmentation
  • Tax Assessment Mapping
  • Business Mapping
  • Fixed Assets Mapping
  • Infrastructure mapping
  • School Mapping
  • Health Risk mapping

Some of the Potential Employment Fields

  • Cadastral Surveying & Digital Cadastre
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Hydrographic Surveying
  • Photogrammetric Mapping
  • Defense Mapping
  • Asset Management and Utilization
  • Enviromental Management
  • Educational Institutions
  • Spatial Data Management
  • Remote Sensing
  • Planning and Urban development
  • Business Mapping
  • Land Mapping
  • Land Planning
  • GIS and GIS Applications
  • Cartography

Attachment Opportunities

Private Service Practitioners 

YEAR 1

Tuition Fee

Unit Cost

No.

Amount

Tuition

180000

2

360000

Other fees

 

 

 

Medical

5000

1

5000

Computer

5000

1

5000

Activity

2000

1

2000

Caution

5000

1

5000

Registration

1000

1

1000

Examination

5000

1

5000

ID Card

500

1

500

Lab fees

5000

1

5000

UNSA Registration

1000

1

1000

Fourth Term

-

-

-

Field Fee

10000

1

10000

Total

399500

YEAR 2

Tuition Fee

Unit Cost

No.

Amount

Tuition

180000

2

360000

Other fees

 

 

 

Medical

5000

1

5000

Computer

5000

1

5000

Activity

2000

1

2000

Caution

5000

1

5000

Registration

1000

1

1000

Examination

5000

1

5000

ID Card

500

1

500

Lab fees

2000

1

2000

UNSA Registration

1000

1

1000

Fourth Term

5000

1

5000

Field Fee

10,000

1

10000

Total

401500

YEAR 3

Tuition Fee

Unit Cost

No.

Amount

Tuition

180000

2

360000

Other fees

 

 

 

Medical

5000

1

5000

Computer

5000

1

5000

Activity

2000

1

2000

Caution

5000

1

5000

Registration

1000

1

1000

Examination

5000

1

5000

ID Card

500

1

500

Lab fees

2000

1

2000

UNSA Registration

1000

1

5000

Fourth Term   

5000

1

5000

Field Fee

10,000

1

10,000

Total

401500

YEAR 4

Tuition Fee

Unit Cost

No.

Amount

Tuition

180000

2

360000

Other fees

 

 

 

Medical

5000

1

5000

Computer

5000

1

5000

Activity

2000

1

2000

Caution

5000

1

5000

Registration

1000

1

1000

Examination

5000

1

5000

ID Card

500

1

500

Lab fees

2000

1

2000

UNSA Registration

1000

1

1000

Field Fee

15000

1

15000

Total

401500

YEAR 5

Tuition Fee

Unit Cost

No.

Amount

Tuition

180000

2

360000

 

 

 

 

Other fees

 

 

 

Medical

5000

1

5000

Computer

5000

1

5000

Activity

2000

1

2000

Caution

5000

1

5000

Registration

1000

1

1000

Examination

5000

1

5000

ID Card

500

1

500

Lab fees

2000

1

2000

UNSA Registration

1000

1

1000

Project Fee

5000

1

5000

Total

391500

Grand Total =1,995,500

Exam Regulations

Written Examinations

A written examination for a course unit of 45 contact hours, shall have a minimum duration of 2 hours. A course with more than or less than 45 contact hours shall generally be examined for a duration proportional to the two hours. The written examinations account for 70% of the total marks for the course unit unless otherwise stated.

The general rules and regulations governing examinations and award of degrees in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

In particular;

Courses shall be evaluated in terms of course units. A course unit shall be as defined in the approved course syllabus.

Courses that are spread over two semesters shall be examined at the end of the second semester.

All courses taken in a given semester shall be examined by ordinary examinations at the end of that semester unless otherwise specified.

A written ordinary examination for a course unit, where it applies, shall have a minimum duration of two hours. A course with more than or less than 45 contact hours shall generally be examined for a duration proportional to the 2 hours for the one-course unit, such as:45 Contact Hours, 2.0-Hour Examination | 60 Contact Hours-5-Hour Examination.

The pass mark in each course shall be 40% of the maximum mark possible in the course unit.

The assessment shall be graded as follows:

Each course unit covered in a semester shall be graded independently out of a maximum of 100 marks.

The complete assessment of a course unit shall consist of continuous assessment tests, course/ laboratory/field assignments and end of semester written examinations, with the two components ordinarily carrying 30 and 70 marks out of 100 respectively.

Where a course unit does not have any laboratory/field assignments, or coursework, the continuous assessment test and semester written examination shall carry 30 and 70 marks of 100 respectively.

Where a course unit is examined entirely by coursework, or laboratory/field assignments, such course unit shall carry all the 100 marks.

Where distribution of the marks for a course does not conform to (b), (c) or (d) above, the distribution of the marks for the course unit as approved by the Senate shall be followed.

The final year project shall be considered as two-course units.

To be allowed to proceed to the next year of study, a candidate shall have obtained an aggregate mark not less than 40% and passed all course units or satisfied 7.1.9 (a).

A candidate who fails:

An accumulated number of not more than four units and attains an aggregate mark not less than 30% in any academic year of study shall be allowed to sit for supplementary examinations within three months.

The project in the final year of study shall be allowed to resubmit the revised project within three months. A candidate who fails the re-submitted project shall repeat the project unit during the next academic year.

A course unit examined entirely by coursework shall be allowed to re-submit the coursework within three months. A candidate who fails the re-submitted coursework shall repeat the unit during the next academic year.

A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the supplementary examinations in:

Not more than two units in any one academic year, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to proceed to the next year of study and sit the examinations in the failed course units at the next ordinary university examinations, subject to the provision of regulation 7.1.11. A pass obtained in such examination shall be adopted as 40% and will be entered as such in the candidate’s academic record.

In more than two units on the recommendation of the Board of examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to repeat the year and sit the examinations in the failed course units at the next ordinary university examination, subject to the provision of regulation 7.1.11.

A candidate who obtains an aggregate mark of not less than 30% and has failed in more than an equivalent 4-course unit but in not more than an equivalent of 8, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be required to repeat the year of study and attend classes in the failed units and take the examination in the failed course units at the next ordinary university examinations. Marks obtained in such examinations shall be adopted fully and will be entered as such in the candidate’s academic record.

A candidate who:

Obtains an aggregate mark of less than 30 % or

Has failed in more than an equivalent of 8-course units, or

Has failed the same course four times or

Has failed to take prescribed examinations without good cause, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be discontinued from the course of study.

A candidate who fails to take prescribed examinations with good cause shall be:

Allowed by Senate on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners to take Special Examinations at the next Ordinary University Examination/ Supplementary Examinations.

Examinations taken under clause 12 (a) shall be treated under clause 7.1.6 and shall be graded in full.

 Compensation may be allowed in a maximum of two failed course units only for any year of study, provided the mark for the failed unit is between 35% and 39% inclusive and the average mark for the candidate is 50% or above and shall be applied by taking two marks from the highest scores to make up for each mark failed. The compensation shall not apply to Final Year Project.

 

Department
Geospatial