Diploma in Irrigation & Drainage Engineering

OVERVIEW OF THE DIPLOMA IN IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE ENGINEERING

The syllabus has been developed on a competency-based approach so that the trainee is able to acquire knowledge and skills that the trainee will apply in supervision, operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems and allied facilities.

Objectives of the Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Upon completion of all the modules in this 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.

b)      Understand the principles of planning and design of irrigation and drainage systems.

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

d)      Construct and install irrigation and drainage systems.

e)      Apply skills required in management and operation and maintenances of the components within irrigation and drainage systems.

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

Duration of the course

The programme takes three academic years with two graded industrial attachment sessions in the third semester of the first year and third semester of second year, each lasting 12 continuous weeks. Each academic year consists of 980 hours including theory,  practicals and self study. The ratio of practice to theory is 40%: 60%. Industrial attachment is core component of the programme 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 at the campus. They will attend two sessions of industrial attachment each lasting at least 12 weeks in the third semester of the first and second academic years of study as shown in table 2.

Table 2: Pattern of Attendance: Diploma Water and waste water Laboratory Technology

Year

Semester I (15 weeks)

Semester II (15 weeks)

Semester III (12 weeks)

I

Course work

Course work

Industrial attachment

II

Course work

Course work

Industrial attachment

III

Course work

Course work

 

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission into the Technician Diploma programme in Irrigation and Drainage 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 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 the Kenya National Examinations Council

EXAMINATIONS

General Examination Regulations

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

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

iii.Every candidate to be eligible to take KEWI examinations shall pay the Institute in respect for the examination 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 which will be assessed by laboratory presence log book. Only students who have registered within the first three (3) weeks of the semester and fulfilled all other requirements shall be eligible for taking Examinations.

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

vi. Deferral shall be sought through 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 the 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 then shall be ratified by the KEWI Academic Board.

 ix. In the event that no such agreement can be reached the KEWI 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 had no part in teaching the candidate(s) 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 all the Examination requirements of the previous year of study.

 Moderation of Examinations

All the courses in every semester shall be examinable at the end of that semester.  Examination papers shall be set and moderated by the Departmental Panels and external examiners. The departmental panels shall be constituted by the respective Academic Department in charge of the course. There are established guidelines4 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 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.

Assessment Criteria and Procedures

Ordinary Examination

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 academic 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.

ix. 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 any 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, whichever comes earlier. Grading of special examination will be done as in the case for the regular examination, and the student awarded the appropriate grade.

Supplementary Examinations

        i.            Supplementary exams for semester one and two will be done in the third month of the succeeding semester. A student may only sit for supplementary examinations 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 exams shall be allowed to retake the course when next offered.

    iv.            A student who fails a supplementary examination shall be allowed to re-take a failed unit 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 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.            A student who fails up to 30% of the courses offered in an academic year will sit for supplementary examination 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 Diploma.

Remarking of Examinations

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  y 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 840 practical hours on industrial attachment to satisfy the requirement of the three year technician diploma programme. There are established KEWI Students’ Industrial Attachment Guidelines (2005) for the industrial attachment by the trainee in the respective 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 industrial attachment with a KEWI student’s industrial Attachment   log book (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 industry, to monitor the student’s progress during attachment. Grading of industrial attachment shall be done as per the KEWI grading system (section 6.0).

PROJECT WORK

Each candidate shall carry out a trade project and a business plan project to satisfy the requirement of year three of the technician course. During third 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 student. A minimum of 12 hours will be spent on orientation to project methodology by a lecturer who shall also 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 third academic year. The student shall submit his/her project title for evaluation before the end of the first semester of the third academic year.

Summary of Courses per Semester: Diploma in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

 DIDE Year I Semester I

 

CODE

COURSES

H/WK

H/SEMESTER

1

MMA 1313

Algebra and Trigonometry

3

42

2

MMA 1323

Calculus I

3

42

3

MPH 1312

Physics

2

28

4

RCH 1300

Chemistry

3

42

5

WEN 1331

Surveying I

4

56

6

WEN 1311

Water Supply Technology

3

42

7

COMS  1312

Communication Skills

3

42

8

MIT 1312

Information Technology

2

28

9

EME 1311

Mechanical Workshop Technology

3

42

10

WEN 1352

Engineering  Drawing

3

42

11

WRE 1310

Environmental Science

3

42

12

WEN 1321

Engineering Materials

3

42

 

 

TOTAL

35

490

DIDE Year I Semester II

 

CODE

COURSES

H/WK

H/SEMESTER

1

MMA 1324

Calculus II

3

42

2

RWQ 1334

Chemical and Microbial Water Quality

4

42

3

WRM 1320

Geology

2

28

4

WRM 1310

Hydrology

2

28

5

EME 1312

Mechanical Plant

3

42

6

WEN 1325

Construction Technology

4

56

7

WEN 1317

Hydraulics 1

3

42

8

WEN 1341

Soil Mechanics I

3

42

9

WEN 1361

Structural Mechanics I

4

56

10

WEN  1314

Waste Water Technology I/ Irrigation Tech

3

42

11

WEN 1310

Plumbing and Pipe Fitting

4

56

 

 

TOTAL

35

490

 DIDE Year II Semester I

 

CODE

COURSES

H/WK

H/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

IEN 2323

Soil Science

3

42

6

IEN 2312

Irrigation and Drainage I

4

56

7

WRM 2322

Hydrogeology I

3

42

8

RCH 2322

Water chemistry

3

42

9

WRE 2334

Water and Environmental Law

3

42

10

WRE 2313

Soil and Water Conservation

3

42

11

IEN 2353

Land Shaping For Irrigation and Drainage

2

28

 

 

TOTAL

35

490

DIDE Year II Semester II

 

CODE

COURSES

H/WK

H/SEMESTER

1

MMA 2344

Numerical Methods, Power Series

3

42

2

WEN 2354

Technical Drawing II (CAD)

5

70

3

WRM 2351

Drilling Technology

3

42

4

WEN 2362

Structural Mechanics II

4

56

5

WEN 2326

Measurement of Civil Engineering Quantities

4

56

6

WEN 2342

Soil Mechanics II

4

56

7

IEN 2331

Surface Irrigation Systems

3

42

8

MBM 2312

Principles of Management

3

42

9

WEN 2323

Construction Plant and Equipments

3

42

10

WEN 2333

Remote Sensing  & GIS I

3

42

 

 

TOTAL

35

490

DIDE Year III Semester I

 

CODE

COURSE

H/WK

H/SEMESTER

1

MMA 3354

Complex Numbers and Matrices

3

42

2

WRE 3320

Environmental Management

3

42

3

WEN 3327

Estimating and Costing

3

42

4

WEN 3334

Remote Sensing & GIS for Irrigation

4

56

5

IEN 3332

Pressurized Irrigation Systems

5

70

6

WRE 3332

Legislation & Ethics

4

42

8

WEN 3328

Construction Management

3

42

9

MBM 3321

Entrepreneurship and Business Plan

5

70

10

MBM 3323

Project Planning And Management

3

42

 

 

TOTAL

33

462

DIDE Year III Semester II 

 

CODE

COURSES

H/WK

H/SEMESTER

1

MBM 3323

Community Development in WRN

3

42

2

WRM 3341

Integrated Water Resources Management

3

42

3

WEN 3319

Hydraulic Structures

5

70

4

IEN 3351

Drainage of Irrigated Land

4

42

5

IEN 3340

DIDE Project

5

42

6

IEN 3342

Agricultural Extension

3

42

7

IEN 3352

Land Evaluation And Land Use Planning

3

42

8

WRM 3311

Applied Hydrology

5

70

 

 

TOTAL

31

434

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