BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Overview

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES  

Philosophy of the Programme


The philosophy of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is to impart and foster
students with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional excellence and
Competencies in computer science theories and practice areas through quality teaching,
research and innovation. The dynamic and emerging trends in Information, Communication
and Technologies (ICTs) developments and the appropriation of the same ICTS, provides the
context that continues to inform our teaching and learning.


 Rationale of the Programme
The School of Computing & Informatics, through this curriculum seeks to train computer
scientists who can use the gained knowledge and practical skills to innovate computer based
solutions to the emerging global challenges and opportunities.
Granted that our graduates are, and continue to be players in the global technology and sector
specific industries, this curriculum intends to bridge knowledge and skills gap that will
enhance employability and entrepreneurship, and is therefore informed by stakeholders
feedback analysis, academic benchmarking against IEEE/ACM guidelines for Computer
Science Curriculum development and Commission for University Education (CUE)
guidelines and standards.

Objectives

Facilitate acquisition, adoption and adaptation of Computer Science knowledge, techniques and tools.  Develop graduates with the ability to apply Computer   Science knowledge, skills, techniques and tools to create best-possible solutions to practical problems of varying complexity, in a wide range of contexts.  Develop graduates who are innovative and creative, who possess good problem-solving skills and are capable of life-long learning.  Develop all-rounded graduates with demonstrable ethical and professional behavior, and who possess effective communication, management, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills.

Contacts of support persons

director-sci@uonbi.ac.ke

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Schedule of intakes

The intake is in September 

Mode of delivery


Face-to-Face Mode
The programme shall adopt blended learning through the use of face-to-face and Open,
Distance and Electronic Learning modes of delivery. For face-to-face learning, learning will
take place within classroom and laboratory settings.

The course will extend over a minimum period of 8 semesters and a  maximum period of 16 semesters. Each academic year will have at least two semesters.  The Second Year Projects shall be equivalent to two course units.  The Industrial Attachment shall be equivalent to two course units.

The Fourth Year Project shall be equivalent to four course units.  The course is organized into Knowledge Areas. 

Industrial Attachment
The Student will undertake Industrial Attachment for a period of 8 weeks between semester 2 of year three and semester 1 of year four, in accordance to the School’s guidelines on Industrial Attachment.  

COURSE OUTLINE  
 
Year of Study I (Compulsory Units)  
 
Semester 1  

 
CSC111 Introduction to Computer Systems

 CSC112 Introduction to Programming

 CSC113 Discrete Mathematics

 CSC115 Programming Lab  

CSC126 Physics for Computing Systems

 CCS001 Communication Skills

 CCS009 Elements of Economics 

Semester 2  
 
CSC122 Database Systems  

CSC123 Data Communications

 CSC125 Linear Algebra  

CSC127 Object Oriented Programming

 CSC211 Data Structures and Algorithms

 CSC214 Digital Electronics  

CCS010 HIV/AIDS  
 
Year of Study II (Compulsory Units)  
 
Semester 1
 
 
CSC114 Differential and Integral Calculus

 CSC212 Systems Analysis and Design

 CSC213 Computer Architecture

 CSC217 Knowledge-based Systems & Programming  

CSC223 Operating Systems  

CSC224 Software Engineering

 CSC225 Computer Networks  
 
Semester 2  
 
CSC124 Probability and Statistics

 CSC216 Assembly Language Programming

 CSC222 Automata Theory

 CSC227 Programming Project  

CSC228 Web and Services Programming  

CSC229 Machine Learning Algorithms & Programming  

CSC313 Foundations of Human Computer Interaction  
 
Year of Study III (Compulsory Units)  
 
Semester 1
 
 
CSC311 Analysis and Design of Algorithms

 CSC314 Computer Graphics  

CSC315 Distributed Systems

 CSC316 Intro to Organizations and Management  

CSC317 Artificial Intelligence Applications

 CSC318 Network Design Implementation and Management

 CSC319 Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

Year of Study III (Compulsory Units)  
 
Semester 2  

 
CSC321 ICT Project Management

 CSC322 Network and Distributed Programming  

CSC326 Compiler Construction

 CSC327 Embedded Systems & Mobile Programming  

CSC328 Business Intelligence & Analytics  

CSC411 Computer Network Security  
 
After Third Year of Study and Before Fourth Year  
 
CSC311 Industrial Attachment  
 
Year of Study IV (Compulsory Units)  
 
   
 
Semester 1  
 
CSC414 ICTs and Society  

CSC417 Information Systems and Organizations

 CSC418 Emerging Technologies Bootcamps

 CSC451 Distributed Databases  

CSC481 Computer Games Programming

 CSC416 Computer Systems Project  
 
Semester 2  
 
CSC416 Computer Systems Project  

CSC434 Cloud Computing and Services

 CSC452 Information Systems Control Audit  

CSC455 Information for Emerging Online Solutions 

Candidates must satisfy the University's general admission criteria  
Eligibility for consideration for admission into the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in the School of Computing and Informatics is governed by the following minimum admission requirements or an equivalent qualification recognized by Senate:  
KCSE Candidates  
Candidates must have obtained a minimum grade of C+ in the   following cluster subjects:  
Cluster 1: Mathematics  
Cluster 2: Physics  
Cluster 3: Second Group II or Any Group III  
Cluster 4: Any Group II/Group III/Group IV/Group V  
A-Level Candidates  
Candidates with 2 principal passes, one of which must be in Mathematics or Physics, and a subsidiary pass with a Credit pass in Physics at 'O' level.  

Diploma in Computer Studies: A holder of an ordinary diploma in computer studies or equivalent with, a minimum pass at credit level, from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate. In addition, the candidate must have obtained a mean grade of C Plain at KCSE level with a C Plain in Mathematics and a C Plain in Physics.

Higher Diploma in Computer Studies: A holder of a Higher Diploma in Computer Studies or equivalent, from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate. In addition, the applicant must have obtained a minimum of C plain in Mathematics and Physics in KCSE.

Bachelor’s Degree: A holder of a Bachelor’s degree in a related academic discipline from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi senate.

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Career Prospects/Opportunities.

 

From games developer to manager of IT and communications services, you'll have a range of opportunities open to you as a computer science graduate

Job options

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE COMPUTER SCIENCE - P15      
YEAR 1 -15UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 180,000 180,000 360,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 8,000 7,000 15,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000 0 4,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 5,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
  0 0 0
Total for year 1 216,750 189,250 406,000
       
YEAR 2 - 14UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 180,000 180,000 360,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 7,000 7,000 14,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000 0 4,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
Total for year 2 210,750 189,250 400,000
       
YEAR 3 -14UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 180,000 180,000 360,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 8,000 6,000 14,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000 0 4,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
Total for Year 3 211,750 188,250 400,000
       
YEAR 4 -12UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 180,000 180,000 360,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 6,000 6,000 12,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000 0 4,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
Total for Year 4 209,750 188,250 398,000
       
Grand Total  B.Sc. Computer Science     1,604,000
Exam Regulations

Written Examinations

  1. All course units taken in a given semester shall be examined at the end of that semester, except where a course is not examinable. 
  2. A candidate for the degree shall satisfactorily complete such coursework and practical assignments as may be required for the scheme of study. Satisfactory completion of any such requirements shall be a condition of admission to the examination at the end of that semester of study. 
  3. A written examination for a course unit shall have a minimum duration of two hours. 
  4. Each course unit or its equivalent shall be graded independently out of a maximum of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40 subject to the candidate acquiring 40% in both the course work and written examination. 
  5. The complete assessment of a taught unit shall consist of course work (i.e. assignments, laboratories and continuous assessment tests) and a compulsory written examination. The contribution towards the unit aggregate shall be 50% for course work and 50% for written examination. 
  6. A candidate who fails to take any prescribed examination without good cause will be considered to have scored 0 (zero) marks in that examination.
  7. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in not more than one third of the units prescribed for a year of study, shall on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to take supplementary examinations in the failed units before the start of the next academic year. 
  8. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in more than one third of the units prescribed for a year of study, shall on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, not proceed to the next year of study but be allowed to retake the failed units when those units are next offered. 
  9. A candidate who fails to satisfy the Board of Examiners after any supplementary examination, shall on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to retake the failed units when those units are next offered.
  10. A candidate who fails to take any prescribed examination with good cause may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to take a special examination for the unit before the start of the following academic year. Examinations taken under this clause shall be treated in accordance with Clause 5.1.7.
  11. Regulations 7, 8, 9 and 10 not withstanding, a candidate who

i)has failed any course unit or its equivalent after four attempts or 

ii)has failed the Second Year Project after four attempts or 

iii)fails to successfully complete Industrial attachment after two attempts or 

iv)has failed the Fourth Year Project after four attempts or

v)fails to complete the course within sixteen semesters

12. shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of Senate, be discontinued from the programme.

13. A pass obtained in any supplementary Examination shall be recorded as 40% in the candidate’s academic record. 

14. In the event that this syllabus is revised, a candidate who is required to take any examination shall be required to take the examination in the equivalent course unit(s) in the revised syllabus. 

15. The final award of the degree shall be based on the assessment of the candidate’s performance in the third and fourth years of study, including the industrial attachment and Fourth year project, based on the average mark scored over all course units. 

16. For a candidate to qualify for the award the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, he/she must pass the ALL the course units in the first, second and third years of study, Industrial attachment undertaken between the third and fourth years of study, four (4) compulsory course units in the fourth year of study, four (4) elective units in the fourth year of study and a project in the fourth year of study. 

17. A candidate who passes the equivalent of one third or more course units through supplementary examinations or retake in the third and fourth year of study shall not be eligible for an Honours degree. 

18. A candidate who successfully completes the first and second year of study shall be awarded a Diploma in Computer Science according to stipulated regulations for the diploma.

19. In the final year of study, a mark between 35% and 39% inclusive will qualify for application of the rule of compensation (see 5.1.19 below).

20. Compensation may be allowed in a maximum of the equivalent of two course units only and shall be made by taking two marks in one passed unit for each unit with a mark above 40% to make up for every failed mark.

Year II Project

  1. A project in this context shall mean computer systems development work undertaken by a candidate or a group of candidates, in accordance to the School’s guidelines on Undergraduate Projects. 
  2. The project shall be equivalent to one (1) course unit. 
  3. The project shall be graded independently out of a maximum of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40%. 
  4. A pass obtained in any resubmitted project will be recorded as 40%. 
  5. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the project may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to resubmit the project within a period of 3 months. 
  6. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the first re-submission of the project may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to redo the same or do another project during a subsequent academic year. 
  7. A candidate who fails on the fourth attempt shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the programme. 

Year IV Project

  1. A project in this context shall mean computer systems development work undertaken by a candidate or a group of candidates, in accordance to the School’s guidelines on Undergraduate Projects. 
  2. The project shall be equivalent to four (4) course units. 
  3. The project shall be graded independently out of a maximum of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40%. 
  4. A pass obtained in any resubmitted project will be recorded as 40%. 
  5. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the project may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to resubmit the project within a period of 3 months. 
  6. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the first re-submission of the project may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to redo the same or do another project during a subsequent academic year. 
  7. A candidate who fails on the fourth attempt shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the programme.

Industrial Attachment

  1. The Student will undertake Industrial Attachment for a period of 8 weeks between semester 2 of year three and semester 1 of year four, in accordance to the School’s guidelines on Industrial Attachment. 
  2. The Industrial Attachment shall be equivalent to 2 course units. 
  3. The Industrial Attachment report shall be graded independently out of a maximum of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40%. 
  4. A pass obtained in any resubmitted Industrial Attachment report will be recorded as 40%. 
  5. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the Industrial Attachment may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to repeat the Industrial Attachment not more than once . 
  6. A candidate who fails in a repeated Industrial Attachment shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the programme.
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