Diploma in Water Resources Technology & Management

OVERVIEW OF THE DIPLOMA IN WATER RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

The syllabus has been developed on a competency-based approach so that the trainee is able to have knowledge and skills in water resources technology and management. This programme is intended to impart skills, knowledge and attitudes that th[1]e trainee will apply in water resources management

Objectives of the Water Resources Technology and Management

A technician should have a thorough knowledge of the techniques, trade science and technology. In addition, the technician should have grounding in supervisory procedures. Thus the objectives of the Technician Programme are to:

a)   Develop skills that will be responsive to the country’s manpower requirements at the middle level in the surface water and groundwater resources.

b)      Acquire necessary academic base for further training and contribute to the development and science and technology.

c)      Prepare the student so that they can enter the field of water resources with confidence.

d)   Impart adequate skills that will enable the student either to operate as a water resources technician or to perform middle-level supervisory functions.

e)     Extend the scope of understanding of the environment of water resources and the society in general.

Duration of the Diploma Programme

The Diploma programme takes three academic years with two graded industrial attachment sessions in the third semester of the first year and third semester of second years, each lasting 12 continuous weeks. Each academic year consist of two semesters, with each semester consisting of 490 including theory, practicals and self study hours. The ratio of practice to theory is about 40%: 60%. Industrial attachment is a 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. Student shall attend the first two semesters in each academic year on campus. They shall 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 as shown in table


Pattern of attendance; DWRT&M 

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

Industrial Attachment

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission into the o the Technician Diploma programme in Water resources technology and Management 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.

(NB Equation of international academic qualification shall be done in consultation with the Kenya National Examination 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 the class attendance register and laboratory log book respectively. Only students who have registered within the first three (3) weeks of the semester and fulfilled all other requirements shall be eligible for taking KEWI 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 that academic year.

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 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.

Assessment Criteria and Procedures

Ordinary Examination

        i.            The ordinary examinations shall be graded on the basis of percentage marks consisting of CATs (30%) and final examinations (70%) of the final grade.

      ii.            The duration of the final examination shall be determined by the respective academic department on the basis of the 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 by the respective course outline in this syllabus.

    iv.            The pass mark for KEWI examinations is 40% as per the criteria established for each programme of study.

      v.            A candidate 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 fifty 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 50% of the courses or more will be discontinued subject to appeal through the director.

viii.            A student who fails in the range of 41% and 49% of the courses offered in that academic year  will repeat the whole  academic year

    ix.            A student who fails in the range of 31% and 39% of the courses offered in an academic year will be allowed to retake the course(s) failed once when the course 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 a reasonable cause a student is unable to sit examinations at the scheduled time, the candidate shall make a written application to be considered for special examinations. Such special examinations shall be conducted concurrently with the supplementary examinations or when the examination is next offered. Grading of special examinations will be done as is the case for the regular examination

Supplementary Examinations

        i.            Supplementary exams for each year will be done once per academic year. This will be in the third month of the third 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% in the supplementary examinations. Marks exceeding 40% will be recorded as 40% regardless of the student’s score.

    iii.            Students failing in up to 30% of course units in a given academic year to resit the examination in the third semester of the respective academic year Students failing more than 30% of papers but below 50% of papers in any given academic year to repeat the entire year

    iv.            Students failing in more than 50% of units in a given academic year to be discontinued pending appeal

      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.

Discontinuation

A student shall be discontinued on academic grounds if he/she

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

      ii.            Fails in the second retake of a courses

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

    iv.            Commits an examination malpractice4

      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 (20055) 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 (20156). 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 third academic year 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 Water Resources Technology and Management 

DWRTM Year I Semester I Courses 

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE

Hours Per Week

Hours Per Semester

1.

MMA  1313

 Algebra and Trigonometry

3

42

2.

MMA   1312

 Calculus I

3

42

3.

MPH   1312

Physics

2

28

4.

RCH   1310

Chemistry

3

42

5.

WEN   1331

Surveying I

4

56

6.

WEN   1311

Water Supply Technology

3

42

7.

COMS  102

Communication Skills

3

42

8.

MIT     1312

Information Technology

2

28

9.

EME    1311

Mechanical Workshop Technology

3

42

10.

WEN   1353

Engineering  Drawing

3

42

11.

WRE   1310

Environmental Science

3

42

 

 

Totals

32

448

 DWRTM Year I Semester II Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE

Hours per Week

Hours per Semester

1.

MMA 1324

Calculus II

3

42

2.

RWQ 1334

Water Quality

4

56

3.

WRM 1320

Geology I

2

28

4.

WRM 1310

Hydrology

2

28

5.

EME 1312

Mechanical Plant

3

42

6.

WEN 1325

Construction technology

4

56

7.

WEN 1311

Hydraulics 1

3

42

8.

WRM 1312

Hydrological Measurements I

3

42

9.

RSB    2323

Microbiology

3

42

10.

WEN   1314

Waste Water Technology I

4

56

11.

WRM  2211

Water Resource Management I

3

42

 

 

Totals

34

476

 DWRTM Year II Semester I Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE

Hours per Week

Hours per Semester

1.

MMA2333

Probability and Statistics

3

42

2.

EME 2321

Electrical Technology

3

42

3.

WEN 2332

Survey II

4

56

4.

WEN 2311

Hydraulics II

4

56

5.

RCH 2332

Water Chemistry

3

42

6.

IEN2311

Irrigation and Drainage I

3

42

7.

WRM 2322

Hydrogeology I

3

42

8.

WRE 2334

Water and Environmental Law

3

42

9.

WRM221

Water Resource Management I

3

42

10.

WRM 2321

Geology II

3

42

 

 

Totals

33

448

 DWRTM Year II Semester II Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE

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 I

3

42

4.

WEN 2333

Remote Sensing & GIS I

4

56

5.

WRM 2315

Hydrological Analysis II

4

56

6.

WRM 2323

Hydrogeology II

4

56

7.

WEN 2315

Waste Water technology II

4

56

8.

WRM 2313

Hydrological Measurement II

3

42

9.

MBM 2312

Principles of Management

4

56

 

 

Totals

34

476

DWRTM Year III Semester I Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE

Hours per Week

Hours per Semester

1.

MMA 3354

Complex Numbers and Matrices

3

42

2.

MBM 3321

Entrepreneurship Education

3

42

3.

WRE 3320

Environmental Management

3

42

4.

WRM 3312

Water Resource Management II

4

56

5.

WEN 3334

Remote Sensing & GIS  II

4

56

6.

IEN 3312

Irrigation and Drainage II

3

42

7.

WRE 3332

Legislation and Ethics for WRM

4

56

8.

MBM  3323

Project Planning and Management

3

42

 

 

Totals

27

378

 DWRTM Year III Semester II Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE

Hours per Week

Hour per Semester

1.

WRM 333

Water Quality Management

3

42

2.

MBM 3323

Community Development in Water Man.

4

56

3.

WRM 3341

Integrated Water Resources Management

3

42

4.

WRM 3311

Applied Hydrology

4

56

5.

WRM 3324

Applied Hydrogeology

4

56

6.

WRM 3352

Drilling Technology II

4

56

7.

WRM 3340

Water Resources Management Project

5

70

 

 

 Total

27

378

 

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