Diploma in Water Engineering (DWE)

OVERVIEW OF THE DIPLOMA IN WATER ENGINEERING

The syllabus has been developed on a competency-based approach so that the student should be able to have knowledge and   skills in water and waste water technology and management. The trainee should be able to understand design aspects, construct, operate and maintain water and waste water related works.

Objectives of the   water engineering  

Upon completion of   the Diploma in Water engineering programme, the student should be able to:

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

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 Diploma programme

The programme as a whole takes three years with two graded industrial attachment sessions in the third semester of the first year and third semester of the second year respectively, each lasting 12 continuous weeks. . Each academic year consist of 980 hours including theory, practical and self study. The ratio of practice to the theory is 40:60%. Industrial attachment is a core component of the programme consisting of 840 hours consisting of 420 hours per session

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. They will attend two sessions of industrial attachment each lasting at least three months in the third semester following the first and second academic years of study. Table below shows summary of the pattern of attendance. 

Year

Semester I(15 weeks)

Semester II(15 weeks)

Semester III(12weeks)

I

Course Work

Course Work

Industrial Attachment

II

Course Work

Course Work

Industrial Attachment

III

Course Work

Course Work

N/A

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission into the o the Technician Diploma programme in Water Engineering are as follows:

      i.   Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with aggregate mean grade C- (minus), or

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

    iii.  A minimum grade of C- or equivalent in the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or Physical Sciences.

n/b Equation of international academic qualifications shall be done in consultation with Kenya National Examination Council

EXAMINATIONS

General Examination Regulations

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

 ii. All the exams 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 examinations shall pay to the institute in respect in respect of the Examinations 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 lectures and 100% of practical sessions. Only students who have registered within the first three weeks of the semester and fulfilled all other requirements shall be legible for taking examinations.

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

i.  Deferral shall be sought through written application to the Director, Kenya Water Institute. The application shall be tabled before the Academic Board for final decision to be made on the status of the application.

ii.  There shall be internal and external examiners of the Institute appointed by the academic board upon the recommendations by the Academic Affairs unit who shall prepare examinations and examine the students.

iii. The final exams marks shall be agreed upon the external and internal examiners and this shall then be ratified by the KEWI Academic Board.

iv. In the event that no such agreement can be reached then the Academic Board shall make the decision.

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

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

Moderation of Examinations

i. 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.

ii. Departmental panels shall be constituted by the respective Academic Departments in charge of the       course.

iii. There are established guidelines for setting and moderation of the examinations4.

Continuous Assessment Tests (CATS)

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

Summary of Courses per Semester: Diploma in Water Engineering (DWE)

DWE Year One: Summary of Courses Per Semester

DWE Year 1 Semester I Courses

Number

Course code

Course Name

Hours Per Week

Hours Per Semester

  1.  

MMA 1313

 Algebra and trigonometry,

3

42

  1.  

MMA 1323

 Calculus I

3

42

  1.  

MPH 1312

Physics

2

28

  1.  

RCH 1310

Chemistry

3

42

  1.  

WEN  1331

Surveying I

4

56

  1.  

WEN 1311

Water Supply Technology

3

42

  1.  

COMS 1312

Communication Skills

3

42

  1.  

MIT 1312

Information Technology

2

28

  1.  

EME 1311

Mechanical Workshop Technology

3

42

  1.  

WEN 1352

Engineering drawing

3

42

  1.  

WRE 1310

Environmental science

3

42

  1.  

WEN 1321

Engineering Materials

3

42

Total

35

490

 DWE Year I Semester II Courses

Number

Course code

Course Name

Hours Per Week

Hours Per Semester

  1.  

MMA 1324

Calculus II

3

42

  1.  

RWQ 1330

Chemical & microbial Water Quality

4

56

  1.  

WRM 1320

Geology

2

28

  1.  

WRM 1310

Hydrology

2

28

  1.  

EME 1312

Mechanical Plant

3

42

  1.  

WEN 1325

Construction technology

4

56

  1.  

WEN 1317

Hydraulics 1

3

42

  1.  

WEN 1341

Soil mechanics I

3

42

  1.  

WEN 1361

Structural Mechanics I

4

42

  1.  

WEN 1314

Waste Water Technology I

3

56

  1.  

WEN 1310

Plumbing and pipe fitting

4

56

Total

35

490

 

DWE Year Two: Summary of Courses Per Semester

 DWE Year II Semester I Courses

Number

Course code

Course Name

Hours Per Week

Hours Per Semester

1.

MMA 2333

Probability and Statistics

3

42

2.

EME 2321

Electrical Technology

3

42

3.

WEN 2332

Survey II

4

56

4.

WEN 2318

Hydraulics II

4

56

5.

RCH 2322

Water Chemistry

3

42

6.

IEN 2311

Irrigation and Drainage I

3

42

7.

WRM 2322

Hydrogeology I

3

42

8.

WRE 2334

Water and environmental law

3

42

9.

WRE 2313

Soil and water conservation

3

42

10.

WEN 2312

Water Supply Technology II

3

42

Total

32

448

 

DWE Year II Semester II Courses 

Number

Course code

Course Name

Hours Per Week

Hours Per Semester

1.

MMA 2344

Numerical Methods, Power Series

3

42

2.

WEN 2353

Technical Drawing (CAD)

5

70

3.

WRM 2351

Drilling technology

3

42

4.

WEN 2333

 Remote Sensing & GIS I

4

56

5.

WEN 2362

Structural Mechanics II

4

56

6.

WEN 2326

Measurement of Civil Eng. Quantities

4

56

7.

WEN 2315

Waste Water technology II

5

56

8.

WEN 2342

Soil Mechanics II

4

56

9.

MBM 2312

Principles of Management

3

 

10.

WEN 2323

Construction plant and equipments

3

42

Total

35

490

 

DWE Year Three:  Summary of Courses Per Semester

DWE Year III Semester I Courses

Number

Course

code

Course Name

Hours Per Week

Hours Per Semester

1.

MMA 3354

Complex Numbers and Matrices

3

42

2.

MBM 3321

Entrepreneurship Education &Business plan

3

42

3.

WRE 3320

Environmental Management

3

42

4.

WEN 3327

Estimating and Costing

3

42

5.

WEN 3334

Remote Sensing & GIS for WE II

4

56

6.

IEN  3312

Irrigation and Drainage II

3

42

7.

WRE 3332

Legislation & Ethics for WE

4

56

8.

WEN  3328

Construction management 

3

42

9.

WEN  3309

Non Revenue Water

3

42

10.

MBM  3323

Project Planning and Management

3

42

Total

32

448

 DWE Year III Semester II Courses 

Number

Course code

Course Name

Hours Per Week

Hours Per Semester

1.

WEN 3363

Structural Design

4

56

2.

MBM 3323

Community Development in Water Man.

3

42

3.

WRM 3341

Integrated Water Resources Management

3

42

4.

WEN 3319

Hydraulic Structures

5

70

5.

WEN 3313

Advanced Water Supply Technology(elective)

5

70

6.

WEN 3316

Advanced Waste Water Technology(elective)

5

70

7.

WRM 3311

Applied Hydrology(elective)

5

70

8.

WRM 3324

Applied Hydrogeology(elective)

5

70

9.

WRM 3352

Drilling Technology(elective)

5

70

10.

IEN 3313

Irrigation and Drainage Advanced(elective)

5

70

11.

WEN 3340

Project

5

70

  Total

30

420

 ELECTIVES

The following units under each subject given below shall be optional /elective and, out of the seven, each trainee shall study any three to satisfy the requirement of year III of this course:

S/No

Specialization

Course  Title

1

WATER AND WASTEWATER

Hydraulic Structures

2

Water supply Technology

Advanced Wastewater technology

3

DRILLING TECHNOLOGY

Applied Hydrology

Applied Hydrogeology

Drilling Technology

4.

IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE

Irrigation and Drainage III

 

 

Hydraulic Structures

 

 

Applied Hydrology

 

 

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