BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

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The Bachelor of Science in computer science degree programme is designed to produce competent computer science professionals with practical and intellectual skills appropriate to the needs of the present and future Kenyan society. As Kenya gears towards industrialization, the  

Department ensures that its students acquire skills and knowledge that will enable them to make a positive contribution to national development. In this context, it will equip the students with skills appropriate for the transfer of modern information technology to industry and the general public. 

The computer science curriculum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of science, and contains diverse courses ranging from basic physical sciences to applied courses in mathematics, physics, communication, information technology, business and management, economics and social sciences.

The curriculum encourages the student to acquire the important skills of self-directed learning, problem solving and effective communication. The graduate is expected to be proficient in a variety of settings, which shall include management of computer information or systems, teaching and undertaking research activities. This curriculum is therefore also intended to provide the students with a sound basis for the future postgraduate work.

  • PROGRAMME RATIONALE, PHILOSOPHY AND JUSTIFICATION
  1. Rationale

The department of information science designed the BSC Computer Science curriculum with the flexibility to accommodate emerging challenges. Computer Science students at Garissa University College combine theory with practice, gaining skills that produce results and improve technology in a morally upright and ethical way. In class, students get the latest in both theory and practical applications from dedicated staff and invited speakers. Lectures are complemented with hands-on laboratory experience.

  1. Philosophy

With the ever-changing needs of the global economy, demands in science also changes. For any technology to succeed, trained personnel are needed to sustain it through academic rigor, partnership with the industrial world and research institutions. The Computer Science programme is designed to respond to the dynamic demands of the world.

  1. Justification of the Programme  

In principle, Computer Science is a fundamental science to technology and innovation and it has been identified as a central plank for Kenya’s development and a foundation for vision 2030. To drive the attainment of vision 2030, scientists would need to be trained, accordingly.  Computer science would be crucial to the achievement of the outlined vision.

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
  1. 4.1 General Objectives

The general objectives of the computer science programme are:

  1. Take up employment in computer industry, research institutions or any other   

relevant private and public sectors

  1. Meet the ever increasing demand of trained personnel in computer science in  

various fields.

  1. Have adequate knowledge and skills so as to be able to work independently as 

Computer Hardware and Software specialists

  1. Participate in research and development of ICT
  1. 4.2 Specific Objectives
  2. Apply the process of critical reasoning in managing computer systems and information in 

order to venture into entrepreneurship and marketing. 

2  Capture process and disseminate information and maintain the highest professional  

     standards in information technology.

  1. Adapt to, participate in and act as agents of change in this age of information technology and contribute actively in the industrialization process in Kenya.
  2. Effectively plan, supervise and mobilize human, financial, capital and information technology for efficient achievement of the goals of an Information Technology organization.
  3. Identify community needs and offer advisory and outreach services.
  1. Learning Outcomes of the Programme

On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate confidence and skill in application and management of computer  

             science in various areas.

  1. Have adequate knowledge and skills so as to be able to work independently as computer hardware and software specialist.
  2. Take up employment in computer industry, research institutions or any other relevant private or public sector and participate in research and development of IT.
  3. Apply the process of critical reasoning in managing computer systems and information in order to venture into entrepreneurship and marketing.
  4. Effectively plan, supervise and mobilize human, financial, capital and information technology for efficient achievement of the goals of an information technology organization.
  5. Exemplify proficiency in information systems analysis, design, information gathering, repackaging and dissemination of information systems in various computer platforms.
  6. Maintain efficiency and observe professional ethics in the computer science industry.
  7. Contribute effectively in the industrialization process of the Kenya nation.
  8. Adapt to, participate in and act as agents of change in this age of information technology.
  1. 4.4 Mode of Delivery of the Programme

The programme will be delivered mainly through face to face contact with students. In situations of a distance approach of course delivery, students would be required to have access to laboratory facilities for a hands-on laboratory practice.

  1. 5.0 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS
    1. 5.1 Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the B.Sc. Computer Science Programme, a candidate must:

  1. Meet the minimum University admission criteria as set by the commission for Higher Education.
  2. Have passed the K.S.C.E with a minimum average grade of B- in the following Cluster of subjects:

CLUSTER A                                    CLUSTER B

BIOLOGY BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

CHEMISTRY PHYSICAL SCIENCES

GEOGRAPHY OR   MATHEMATICS

PHYSICS GEOGRAPHY

MATHEMATICS AND ONE OTHER SUBJECT FROM GROUP III

 Candidates who have successfully completed a relevant diploma course recognized by the University College and have attained a distinction or a credit with at least 2 years of field or research experience. Diploma holders who meet the admission requirements are eligible for admission on credit transfer. Satisfactory credit transfer will normally determine the year of entry.

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