Certificate in Water Engineering

OVERVIEW OF THE CERTIFICATE IN WATER ENGINEERING

The syllabus has been developed on a competency based approach so that the trainee is able to acquire intended to impart skills, knowledge and attitudes that the trainee will apply in supervision, operation and maintenance of water engineering works and allied facilities

Objectives of the Water Engineering Programme

Upon completion of the entire programme, the trainee should be able to:

a)                  Apply skills required in problem solving involving collection and analyses of data, and implementation of solutions accurately and efficiently in the water sector.

b)                  Apply skills required in management of the environment and water resources and their related tasks.

c)                  Identify aquifer formations for groundwater assessment survey.

d)                  Understand the principles of planning and design of the water supply, wastewater and irrigation and drainage system.

e)                  Sink and equip boreholes for groundwater abstractions.

f)                   Construct and install water supply, wastewater and irrigation and drainage systems.

g)                  Apply skills required in management and operation and maintenances of the components within the water supply, wastewater, solid waste and irrigation and drainage systems.

h)                  Communicate effectively on matters related to the job and the environment.

Duration of the programme

The programme takes two academic years with one graded industrial attachment session in the third semester of the first year lasting 12 continuous weeks. Each academic year consist of 980 hours including theory, practicals, and self study. The ratio of practice to theory is about 60%: 40%. Industrial attachment is a core component of the programme, consisting 420 hours.

Pattern of Attendance

KEWI curriculum is based on a fifteen week semester system with each academic year consisting of three semesters. Trainees will attend the first two semesters in each academic year at the campus. They will attend one sessions of field Attachment lasting at least three months in the third semester following the first academic years of study as shown in the table 2.

Pattern of attendance: Certificate in Water Engineering

Year

Semester 1(15 Weeks)

Semester 2(15 Weeks)

Semester 3(15 Weeks)

1

Course work

Course work

Industrial Attachment

2

Course work

Course work

N/A

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum qualification for entry to the craftsman certificate programme in Water Engineering is as follows:

                    i.            Kenya certificate of Secondary Education with an aggregate mean grade D+(plus), or

                  ii.            An approved equivalent qualification which may be from Kenya or from other countries

                iii.            A minimum grade of D+ in each of the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or Physical Sciences.

N/B Equation of international academic qualifications shall be done in consultation with Kenya National Examinations council.

EXAMINATIONS

General Examination Regulations

        i.            Students will sit for written examinations at the end of every semester for all courses covered in that semester.

      ii.            All examinations shall be conducted under the authority of the Academic Board as specified under the KEWI Act 2001

    iii.            Every candidate, to be eligible for KEWI examination shall pay to the institute in respect of the examination such fees as the governing council shall prescribe from time to time.

    iv.            A candidate is eligible for examination upon attaining at least 75% attendance of lecturers and 100% of practical sessions. Only students who have registered within the first three (3) weeks of the semester and fulfilled all the requirements shall be eligible for taking the examination.

      v.            In the event that a student is unable to undertake studies or examinations to acquire the stipulated minimum requirements, he/she shall be allowed to defer studies and/or examinations.

    vi.             Deferral shall be sought though a written application to the Director Kenya Water Institute. The application shall be tabled before the academic board for a final decision to be made on the status of the application.

  vii.            There shall be internal and external examiners of the institute appointed by the Academic Board upon recommendation of the Academic Affairs unit, who shall prepare examinations and examine the students.

viii.            Final examination marks shall be agreed upon between the internal and external examiners. This shall be ratified by the KEWI Academic Board.

    ix.            In the event that no such agreement can be reached, then the Academic board shall make the final decision.

      x.            In the case of re-examination, a moderator may be appointed from within or outside the institute who have no part in teaching the candidate in the course for the paper under examination

    xi.            No student shall be permitted to proceed to the next year of study without having satisfied the requirements of the examination requirements.

Moderation of Examinations

All the courses in every semester shall be examinable at the end of that semester.  Examination papers will be set and moderated by the Departmental Panels and external examiners. Departmental panels shall be constituted by respective Academic Departments in charge of the course. There are established guidelines for setting and moderation of the examinations.

Continuous Assessment Tests (CATS)

There shall be a minimum of two Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) for every course unit in the course of the semester. In addition there will be other means of continuous assessment including take away assignments, practical reports and term papers where applicable.

Assesment Criteria And Procedures

Ordinary Examinations

        i.            The ordinary examination shall be graded on the basis of percentage marks consisting of continuous assessment tests (30%) and final examination (70%) of the final grade.

      ii.            The duration of the final examination shall be determined by the respective academic department on the basis of weighting of the course unit.

    iii.            Where a course is mainly practical in nature, it may be examined wholly or substantially by continuous and/or practical assessment.  Grading of the practical courses is as stipulated in the respective course outlines.

    iv.            The pass mark for KEWI examinations is 40% as per the criteria established for each programme of study. A candidate is required to pass all the papers in the end of each year before proceeding to the next year of study.

      v.            A student is required to pass all the papers in the end of each year before proceeding to the next year of study.

    vi.             A student can be referred in up to thirty percent of the examinable courses in each academic year, but will be required to sit for supplementary examinations in order to proceed to the following year of study.

  vii.            A student who fails in the range of 41% to 49% of the courses offered in an academic year will repeat the whole academic year.

viii.            A student who fails in the range of 31% to 39% of the courses offered in an academic year will be allowed to retake the courses failed once when the course(s) is next offered.

The total marks scored for each course shall be translated into letter grades as follows:

Grade

Percentage

Remarks

A

B

C

D

F

70% - 100%

60% - 69%

50% - 59%

40% - 49%

39%  and Below

Excellent

Good

Average

Below Average

Fail

Other designations related to KEWI examinations shall be as follows:

P: Pass

I: Incomplete

CP: Course in Progress

CT: Credit Transfer

AU: Course under Audit

 

Special Examinations

If for no reasonable cause a student is unable to sit examinations at the time scheduled, the candidate shall make a written application to be considered for special examination. Such special examinations shall be conducted concurrently with the supplementary examinations or when the exam is next offered. Grading of special examination will be done for the regular examination

Supplementary examinations

        i.            Supplementary exams for each semester will be done in the third month of the succeeding semester. A student may only sit for the supplementary examination once.

      ii.            A grade of D* shall be awarded to the student upon attaining a score of at least 40%, marks exceeding 40% will be recorded as 40% regardless of the student’s score.

    iii.            A student who fails a course in an end of semester examination shall be allowed to retake the course when it is next offered.

    iv.            A student who fails the supplementary examination shall be allowed to re-take failed unit up to once only.

      v.            When retaking a course offered in the first semester, a student shall be required to continue taking other courses in the second semester within the same academic year.

    vi.            When retaking a course offered in the second semester, a student shall be required to pass the course unit before being allowed to proceed to the next year of study.

  vii.            A student who wishes to retake a course when his/her group is out of session will be permitted to do so on condition that:

a)      The course is being offered to other students

b)      He/She registers as a student during that session

viii.            A candidate intending to sit a supplementary examination in a particular course will be required to register for the examination after paying the prescribed supplementary examination fees.

    ix.            The maximum score in supplementary examination shall be 40% and will be indicated with an asterisk in the academic transcript.

      x.            A student who fails up to 30% of courses offered in an academic year will sit for supplementary examinations only once.

Discontinuation

A student shall be discontinued on academic ground if he/she:

        i.            Fails more than fifty percent (50%) of the courses offered in an academic year

      ii.            Fails in the second retake of a course

    iii.            Fails to register for, and/or attend scheduled classes for four  weeks or longer without the consent of the Academic  Board

    iv.            Commits an examination malpractice.

      v.            Fails to meet any other condition stipulated by the institute for the award of the Certificate.

Remarking of Examination

        i.            A student shall be allowed to appeal to the Director through the Deputy Director Academic Affairs and the respective Head of Department or Principal of Campus for remarking on payment of a non refundable fee to be determined from time to time by the Governing Council.

      ii.            Remarking shall be done by an examiner (or examiners) other than the original one and shall be moderated by a moderating committee as established by the Academic  Departments

INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT

Each candidate should spend a minimum of 420 hours on industrial attachment to satisfy the requirement of the two year craftsman certificate programme. There are established KEWI Students Industrial Attachment Guidelines (2005) for the industrial attachment by the trainee in the Guidelines on what is to Academic Department. KEWI shall facilitate the placement of students in industry through the office of the Deputy Director Academic Affairs.

The Institute shall provide each student proceeding for attachment with a KEWI Student’s industrial attachment logbook (2015). The student shall fill the record of daily assigned activities in the log book. There shall be an assigned evaluator from KEWI, collaborating with a supervisor from the industry to monitor the student’s progress during industrial attachment period. Grading of industrial attachment shall be done as per KEWI grading system (Section 6)

PROJECT WORK

Each candidate shall carry out a trade project and a business plan project to satisfy the requirement of year two of the craftsman programme. During the second year, trainees will carry out a project under the supervision of a Lecturer. The format of writing the project will be formulated by the respective academic department and communicated to the trainee.

 

 A minimum of 12 hours will be spent will be spent on orientation to project methodology by a lecturer who shall be the project supervisor. The course lecturer shall provide guidance to the student on selection of relevant topics of study and proposal/concept note development in the first semester of the second academic year. The student shall submit his/her project title for evaluation before the end of the second semester of the second academic year.

Summary of Courses per Semester: Certificate In Water Engineering

CWE Year 1 Semester 1 Courses

NO

COURSE CODE

COURSES

HOURS PER WEEK

HOURS PER SEMESTER

1

MMA 1211

Real Numbers, Algebra, Series And Graphs

4

56

2

MPH 1212

Physics

3

42

3

RCH 1211

Chemistry

3

42

4

RSB 1222

Microbiology

3

42

5

WEN 1211

Water Supply Technology

3

42

6

COMS 1211

Communication Skills

2

28

7

MIT 1211

Information Technology

3

42

8

EME 1211

Mechanical Workshop Technology

5

70

9

WEN 1251

Engineering Drawing 1 ( Plane And Geometric Drawing)

3

42

10

WEN 1221

Engineering Materials

3

42

 

 

Total

32

448

CWE Year 1 Semester 2 Courses

NO

COURSE CODE

COURSE

HOURS PER WEEK

HOURS PER SEMESTER

1

MMA 1213

Trigonometry, Mensuration, Vectors And Co-Ordinate

4

56

2

RWQ 1221

Water Quality

3

42

3

WRM 1220

Geology

2

28

4

WEN 1252

Engineering Drawing II(3 Dimensional Drawing)

3

42

5

EME 1212

Mechanical Plant

3

42

6

WRM 1210

Hydrology

3

42

7

WEN 1222

Concrete Technology

3

42

8

WEN 1223

Construction Plant And Equipment

3

42

9

MBM 1221

Entrepreneurship and Business plan

5

70

10

WEN 1210

Plumbing And Pipe Fitting

5

70

 

 

Total

34

476

  CWE Year 2 Semester 1

NO

COURSE CODE

COURSE

HOURS PER WEEK

HOURS PER SEMESTER

1

MMA 2223

Calculus I

3

42

2

WEN 2224

Construction Technology 1

3

42

3

WEN1231

Surveying

5

70

4

WEN 2217

Hydrostatics

3

42

5

WEN 2253

Technical Drawing Cad

4

56

6

WEN 2214

Waste Water Technology

3

42

7

WEN 2209

Non-Revenue Water

3

42

8

EME 2221

Electrical Technology

3

42

9

MBM 2210

Principles Of Management

2

28

11

WRE 2210

Environmental Science

3

42

 

 

Total

35

490

YEAR 2 Semester 2 Courses 

NO

COURSE CODE

COURSE

HOURS PER WEEK

HOURS PER SEMESTER

1

MMA 2224

Calculus II

3

42

2

WEN 2218

Hydrodynamics

3

42

3

WEN 2261

Structural Mechanics

4

56

4

WEN 2241

Soil Mechanics

4

56

5

WRM 2251

Drilling Technology

3

42

6

WEN 2225

Construction Technology 2

3

42

7

MBM 2223

Community Development

2

28

8

WEN 2233

Remote Sensing  And GIS

3

42

9

WRE 2232

Legislation And Ethics

3

42

10

IEN 2211

Irrigation And Drainage

3

42

11

WEN 2240

CWE Project

4

56

 

 

Total

35

490

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