|Degree Code:||I44||Degree Name:||B.SC. IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS|
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B.SC. IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
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Candidates must have attained the minimum University of Nairobi and School of Physical Sciences entry requirements. In addition, the prospective candidates must have attained a minimum grade of C+ in Physics or Physical Science and C+ in Mathematics at KCSE level OR principal passes in Mathematics and Physics at KACE/EAACE level.
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3.1 Besides the general University of Nairobi and School of Physical Sciences regulations, students registered for the program must take at least 42 of the listed course units as scheduled, except where EXEMPTIONS are given. A course unit being defined as a series of 35 one-hour lecture equivalents. For this purpose 1-hour lecture is equivalent to one 2-hour tutorial or one 3-hour practical session or any combination of these that may be approved by the Board of Physical Sciences. Conditions for passing from one year of study to the next one will be governed by the general School of Physical Sciences Regulations.
3.2 A student may be exempted from some course units and credit transferred from approved institutions, subject to the following conditions:
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* These are elective courses
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5.1 To qualify for award of the degree, a candidate shall have passed in a minimum of TEN units in each of the 1st, and 2nd and a minimum of EIGHT units in each of the 3rd and 4th years of study.
5.2. The degree award and classification shall be based on the average score of ALL units taken in the 3rd and 4th years of study.
5.3. The final award of the degree shall be classified as below based on the average score as defined in Regulation 5.2
First Class Honours 70 – 100%
Second Class Honours (Upper Division) 60 – 69%
Second Class Honours (Lower Division) 50 – 59%
Pass 40 – 49%
5.4. A candidate who repeats the 3rd or 4th year of study but satisfies Regulations 5.1 and 5.2 shall be eligible for a Pass degree only.
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4.1. All units shall be examined by Ordinary Examinations during the academic year in which they are taken. Such Ordinary Examinations shall consist of Continuous Assessments and a ONE AND HALF-HOUR end-of-semester examination for each UNIT. Unless otherwise stated, end-of-semester examinations will comprise 70% of the total UNIT marks whereas Continuous Assessment will account for 30%. Continuous Assessment shall consist of several evaluations based on a suitable combination of practicals, tutorials, assignments and class tests.
4.2. Each unit shall be graded out of a maximum of 100 marks, and the pass mark shall be 40%. Marks shall be translated into letter grades as follows:
70 – 100% A
60 – 69% B
50 – 59% C
40 – 49% D
39% and below E (FAIL)
4.4. A candidate who, whether by Ordinary Examinations or Special Examinations or after repeating the year of study;
(a) Passes in at least TEN units in the 1st or 2nd, or EIGHT units in 3rd year of study including exempted units shall, on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to proceed to the subsequent year of study;
(b) Passes in EIGHT units in the 4th year of study shall, on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be considered for award of the degree, subject to Regulation 5.1.
4.5. A candidate who, whether by Ordinary or Special Examination or after repeating the year of study,
(b) Passes in SIX to SEVEN units in the 4th year of study shall, on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be subject to Regulation 5.2.
4.6. A candidate shall, on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to repeat the year of study if the candidate has passed FOUR to SIX units in the 1st or 2nd, or FOUR to FIVE units in 3rd or 4th year of study. Repeated units shall be marked like an Ordinary Examination. A candidate repeating a year of study shall:
(i) Be required to register for ONLY the units previously failed or not completed.
(ii) Be required to attend lectures and tutorials as well as to carry out practicals and to sit for assessment tests in all units repeated.
(iii) Be allowed to repeat the particular year of study ONLY ONCE.
4.7 A candidate shall be discontinued from the University if:
(i) In any year of study the candidate passes in less than FOUR units.
(ii) The candidate fails to follow the prescribed units of the course.
(iii) The candidate after repeating 4th year of study fails to satisfy Regulation 4.4(b).
This degree course is designed to train graduates who will have the relevant skills to work in areas of Basic and Applied Space Sciences, such as Satellite Space Stations (e.g., San Marco in Malindi), Astronomical observatories and Aeronautical Engineering Departments and Remote Sensing. The mounting of this course is meant to be the basis for serious capacity building to attain the critical mass of expertise needed for the development of space science in Kenya, which ultimately will be critical to the establishment of a Kenya Space Agency, whose establishment is long overdue. Currently Kenya is engaged in some joint Space Science activities, with the Italian Government through the San Marco Project in Malindi.
The units offered under this program are meant for B.Sc. Astronomy and Astrophysics degree programme covered in Eight regular University of Nairobi semesters.
The capacity of this course is envisaged to be 30 candidates per class per year.
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