Bachelor of Economics
1.1 Entry Requirements
1.1.1 Admission into the undergraduate programmes requires the potential candidate to have attained the minimum university entry requirement of KCSE C+.
1.1.2 Candidates taking a degree course within the School of Economics will be required to have at least C+ in the following subjects: Physics or Chemistry or Biology, English or Kiswahili, a Humanity or a Commercial subject. In addition, candidates should have obtained at least a B- in Mathematics. Candidates with A-level qualifications or its equivalence will be considered, on condition that they attain at least two (2) principals and a credit in Mathematics.
1.1.3 A candidate taking a degree course within the School of Economics will be required to take a combination of subjects approved by the School. Such a combination may be modified only after obtaining the consent of the Dean and Chairmen of relevant Departments, and only within the first four weeks of the semester.
1.1.4 The School of Economics continues to service the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), which admit Bachelor of Arts Degree students. The School of Economics continues to service all departments in the University that offer Economics courses such as the Schools of Education, Business, and Engineering. Apart from meeting the minimum requirements for admission into the School of Humanities and Social Science, candidates should in addition have obtained at least a B- in Mathematics.
The undergraduate degree programme will extend over a period of four (4) academic years.
1.3 Degree Patterns
1.3.1 Courses will be taught in units. A unit is defined as the equivalent of 35 one-hour lectures.
1.3.2 A student in the School of Economics will choose courses from the following departments:
(a). Economic Theory
(b). Econometrics and Statistics
(c). Applied Economics
1.3.3 Enrolment for units outside School of Economics will be possible provided it is approved by the Dean of the School in consultation with the relevant Chairpersons of Departments.
1.3.4 (a) In the first year of study, a student will be required to take a minimum of thirteen (13) units distributed as follows:
(i) Four (4) University Common Units i.e. UCU 100: Communication Skills, UCU101: Development Studies, UCU 103: Critical and Creative Thinking and UCU 104: Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
(ii) Nine (9) departmental units chosen from the departments within the School, such that the student takes an approved combination of units from each department.
(b) An approved combination of subjects after the first year of study shall have a minimum of Twelve (12) units.
(c) For a student to qualify for degree classification in the School of Economics, he/she must have done a minimum of forty-nine (49) units.
(a) In all the years of study, permission to take a specific unit shall be subject to a student meeting the departmental requirements.
(b) Subject to the approval of the department concerned, a student may be permitted to take one audit unit per subject per year. Such a unit will not be examined and may be a service unit, offered by any department.
1.4 Unit Codes
The following is the list of codes for units that are taught from within the School of Economics.
EAE: Units from Department of Applied Economics
EES: Units from Department of Econometrics and Statistics
EET: Units from Department of Economic Theory
Units taught from outside the School shall retain the codes of the mother departments.
1.5 Examination Regulations
University examination regulations shall apply. Examinations shall consist of Continuous Assessment Test (CAT), which shall contribute 30%, and University Examinations, which shall contribute 70%. The pass mark in all cases shall be 40%. Failed units will be retaken when next offered. Retakes will be graded as those of normal examination units. No student will be allowed to retake a unit more than two times (twice). A student who fails in all units taken in any one session will be discontinued. The final classification of the bachelor degrees will be based on the required 49 units taken during the degree programme. The total score will be based on cumulative score average to arrive at the following final classification: -
70% and above First Class Honours
60% - 69% Second Class Honours, Upper Division
50 % - 59% Second Class, Lower Division
40% - 49% Pass