The Department of Agricultural Economics proposes to start a degree of B.Sc. (Agricultural Education and Extension). The emphasis of the programme is on Rural Sociology, Extension Education, Cultural and Rural Development. The aims and objectives of the programme shall be to produce personnel who will help to enhance participation of agricultural change agents, such as extension agents, farm advisors, community agents and the others who are dedicated to developing Kenyas food supplies and helping people in other ways. The course is planned for both regular Government sponsored students and self-sponsored (parallel) students. The course will offer the flexibility of full -time as well as part- time teaching. Students shall cover the programme in four academic years, involving study by course work, project paper and field work.
To help clients make the best possible use of resources and services already available to them by
Changing their knowledge base so as to increase allocative efficiency in resource use.
Changing their outlook and attitudes through development of skills and capacity for work
Providing them with training and know-how for problem identification, solution and decision making.
The teaching of the degree shall extend over not less than four academic years or their equivalents, each year consisting of two teaching semesters of fifteen weeks or their equivalents.
Each student shall be required to take relevant Farm Practice, Field Attachment or Teaching Practice for a minimum period of 8 weeks after completion of the third year and before entering the fourth year of study.
In the second semester of the 4 th year, each student shall be required to carry out a Special Project, AEX 411 relevant to the area of Agricultural Education and Extension.
In addition to satisfying the minimum University entrance requirements of mean grade of C+ , the candidates should also offer passes at C+ or above in Biology or Biological Sciences, Physics and Chemistry or Physical Sciences and Mathematics. In order to satisfy the cluster of four subjects for candidates offering Physical and Biological Sciences, the fourth subject may be selected from the following subjects:
- Building Construction
- Home Science
- Power Mechanics
- Wood work
- Drawing and Design
- Metal work
- Aviation Technology
Other Candidates (for self-sponsored students only):
Admission to the degree course may also be granted to the following candidates:
Holder of KACE or Equivalent with minimum 2 Principal passes and at least a subsidiary pass; in mathematics. If Mathematics was not offered at KACE, then it should be offered at Ordinary Level with a minimum of a pass at credit or above.
Holder of diploma from a recognized agricultural or veterinary college with passes at credit or distinction.
Holder of a degree from a recognized University.
Holder of a Higher National Diploma from a recognized institution.
Fees and Funding
The conduct of examinations shall be governed by the following regulations:
6.1 No candidate shall be permitted to an examination unless he/she has satisfactorily attended the prescribed course of study.
6.2 For purposes of these regulations. Industrial attachment shall be deemed to be part of the fourth year of study.
6.3 All examination procedures shall be governed by the following:
(a) Each course shall be examined out of a total of 100%.
(b) The pass mark in each course examination shall be 40% and be graded as follows:
70 – 100% A
60 – 69% B
50 – 59% C
40 – 49% D
39% and below F
(c) Written examination in each course shall constitute 70% Coursework Assessment Tests (CATs) the remaining 30% of the total marks.
(d) The Industrial Attachment shall be examined by written report and oral presentation. The Industrial attachment score shall be graded as Pass (P) or fail (F) on 1 and shall not be used in the degree classification.
(e) The Special Research Project shall be examined by written report and oral examination.
(f) For purposes of regulations 6.3 (a) – (e) herein, all papers shall carry equal weight.
(g) A candidate who fails to attain the pass mark in seven or more papers in any year shall on the recommendation of the Faculty Board and approval by Senate be discontinued.
(h) A candidate who fails to attain the pass mark in five to six papers may on the recommendation of the faculty Board and approval by Senate be allowed to repeat the year with the option, to repeat externally. Candidates who repeat the year externally shall be required to pay examination and any other fees that the University may deem applicable. Candidates who repeat the year shall sit for examinations in the failed subjects only.
(i) In any year, a candidate who fails to attain the PassMark in four papers or less may on the recommendation of the Faculty Board and approval by Senate be allowed to sit Supplementary Examinations in the papers failed within a period of three months from the last date of the ordinary examination.
(j) A candidate who fails to attain a pass mark in a Supplementary examination shall on the recommendation of the Faculty Board and approval by Senate be allowed to resit the supplementary examination ONCE ONLY as long as such examinations do not exceed eight in number during any one sitting.
(k) A candidate failing a resit Supplementary shall on the recommendation of the Faculty Board and approval by Senate be discontinued from the degree course.
(l) Any Supplementary Examination shall be marked out of 100%, but the passing score shall be reduced to 40% only.
(m) For purposes of evaluation of all Supplementary examinations, regulations 6.4 (g) – (ii) shall apply.
(n) No candidate shall be permitted to repeat any year more than once for academic reasons only.
6.6 The final award of the Degree of Bachelor of Science (Food Science and
(a) Be given to candidates who have completed and passed examinations in all the courses of study including Industrial Practice.
(b) Be based on the average score of all the examinations of the courses taken in the second, third and fourth year of study.
(c) Be classified into First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (Upper or Lower) Division, and Pass, provided that in order to qualify for an award of honours degree, a candidate shall not have repeated either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study or have had resit Supplementary in an Examination from the same years.
6.7 In arriving at the decision as to the degree classification for each candidate, the Faculty Board of examiners shall have regard to the overall marks obtained by the candidate and shall apply the principle that an aggregate score of:
(a) 70% -100% merits First-class Honours.
(b) 60% - 69% merits the Second Class Honours (Upper Division).
(c) 50% - 59% merits the Second Class Honours (Lower Division).
(d) 40% - 49% merits a Pass.
(e) Below 40% merits a Fail.