M.Sc. (Environmental and Biosystems Engineering)

Overview

Introduction

The proposed syllabus takes into account recent scientific and technical advances in the education and training of engineers. It is relevant and broad based in line with the requirements of the engineering profession. To improve on its utility, the programme has been and will continue to be re-aligned to be consistent with the changing needs of the society. It has been developed from a programme of three options to the current five distinct areas of study: Environmental Engineering, Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering, Power and Machinery Engineering, Process and Food Engineering and Structures Engineering, each one addressing a unique engineering need in the society. The programme is targeted towards those graduates who would like to practice at a higher level in industry, research and education.

Therefore, the objectives of the programme are:

To give additional knowledge and necessary skills to the engineering graduates to enable them practise at a higher level in industry, research and education.

 

Course Structure and Duration

    1. The programme shall run over a minimum of four semesters and a maximum of ten semesters of fifteen weeks each.
    2. The programme shall consist of two parts.
    3. Part I shall be devoted to coursework i.e. continuous assessment, seminar presentations, written assignments and semester examination.
    4. Candidates shall be required to take twelve courses. Six courses shall be from the list of the core courses and the other six from the list of electives for the area of specialization.
    5. Candidates shall take a maximum of six courses and a minimum of three courses per semester.
    6. Part II shall be devoted to undertaking a research project, thesis production and examination.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

1. Part I Core Courses

Code

Title

Hours

FEN 601

Mathematical Statistics

45

FEN 602

Partial Differential Equations and Complex

45

 

Variables

 

FEN 604

Mechatronics

45

FEB 600

Research Methods

45

FEB 601

Tensor Analysis

45

FEB 605

Fracture Mechanics

45

FEB 606

Continuum Mechanics

45

FEB 607

Digital Simulation and Measurements

45

FEB 608

Analogue Simulation

45

FEB 609

Vector Analysis

45

FEB 610

Similitude Theory and Applications

45

FEB 611

Finite Element Method

45

FEB 614

Arbitration

45

FEB 615

Principles of Automatic Control

45

FEB 617

Engineering Acoustics

45

FEB 619

Faculty Seminar

45

FEB 620

Machine Vision

45

FEB 691

CAD/CAM

45

FEB 692

Boundary Element Method

45

FEB 693

Computational Fluid Dynamics

45

FEB 702

Theory of Elasticity

60

FEB 703

Theory of Plasticity

60

FEB 704

Viscoelasticity

60

FEB 712

Transport Phenomena in Engineering

60

FEB 713

Robotics

60

FEB 716

Theoretical Soil and Granular Mechanics

60

 
  1. 2. Part II Elective Courses
  2. 1. Environmental Engineering

Code

Title

Hours

FEB 621

Pollution Abatement

45

FEB 622

Advanced Geographical Information Systems

45

FEB 623

Environmental Management

45

FEB 624

Landscape Engineering

45

FEB 626

Water and Waste Water Treatment Processes

45

FEB 628

Management of Soil and Water Salinity

45

FEB 629

Watershed Engineering

45

FEB 630

Land Use Systems Analysis

45

FEB 631

Soil Erosion Processes and Models

45

FEB 632

Stream Sanitation

45

FEB 633

Water Resources Management

45

FEB 634

Environmental Impact Study

45

FEB 635

Waste Management

45

FEB 727

Sediment Transport Engineering

60

2. Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering

Code

Title

Hours

FEB 626

Water and Waste water Treatment Processes

45

FEB 628

Management of Soil and Water Salinity

45

FEB 632

Stream Sanitation

45

FEB 633

Water Resources Management

45

FEB 634

Environmental Impact Study

45

FEB 641

Planning and Development of Water Resources

Projects

45

FEB 642

Advanced Irrigation Engineering

45

FEB 643

Advanced Drainage Engineering

45

FEB 647

Open Channel Hydraulics

45

FEB 727

Sediment Transport Engineering

60

FEB 745

Surface Water Hydrology

60

FEB 746

Groundwater Hydrology

60

FEB 748

Compressible Fluid Flow

60

FEB 749

Theory of Flow Through Porous Media

60

​​​​​​​3. Power and Machinery Engineering

Code

Title

Hours

FEB 650

Transport Systems

45

FEB 653

Energy Conversion in IC Engines

45

FEB 654

Diesel Engines

45

FEB 655

Tribology and Design Applications

45

FEB 656

Land Vehicle Dynamics

45

FEB 671

Analysis of Dynamic Systems

45

FEB 674

Advanced Heat Transfer

45

FEB 678

State Space Methods for Dynamic Systems

45

FEB 751

Combustion Theory

60

FEB 752

Soil Machine Dynamics

60

FEB 757

Hydrodynamic Lubrication

60

FEB 758

Fluid Power Systems

60

FEB 759

Modelling Dynamic Systems

60

FEB 773

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

60

4.  Process and Food Engineering

Code

Title

Hours

FEN 603

Methods Engineering

45

FEB 635

Waste Management

45

FEB 662

Mechanical Methods in Food Processing

45

FEB 663

Thermal Processing of Food

45

FEB 664

Biotechnology of Food Processing

45

FEB 665

Fermentation Processes

45

FEB 666

Manufacturing Processes and Simulation

45

FEB 667

Industrial Safety

45

FEB 668

Processing of Field Crops

45

FEB 669

Product Development

45

FEB 670

Theory of Drying

45

FEB 672

Rheology of Fluids

45

FEB 675

Advanced Refrigeration

45

FEB 694

Analysis of Inventory Systems

45

FEB 749

Theory of Flow Through Porous Media

60

FEB 751

Combustion Theory

60

FEB 773

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

60

​​​​​​​5. Structures Engineering

Code

Title

Hours

FEB 650

Transport Systems

45

FEB 676

Principles of Heat Exchangers

45

FEB 677

Advanced HVAC

45

FEB 681

Theory of Plates and Shells

45

FEB 683

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

45

FEB 685

Structural Dynamics

45

FEB 686

Principles of Foundation Analysis

45

FEB 687

Earthquake Engineering

45

FEB 688

Concrete Shell Design

45

FEB 689

Pre-stressed and Pre-cast Concrete

45

FEB 690

Advanced Reinforced Concrete

45

FEB 695

Energy Method in Mechanics

45

FEB 696

Elastic Wave Propagation

45

FEB 759

Modelling Dynamic Systems

60

FEB 782

Rock Mechanics

60

FEB 784

Mechanics of Composites

60

 

Admission Requirements

  1. 1. The common regulations for Masters Degree in all Faculties and those of the Faculty of Engineering, of the
  2.     University of Nairobi, shall apply
  3. 2. The following shall be eligible for admission:
  4.      2.1 Holders of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with at least upper second-class honours Degree.
  5.      2.2 Holders of lower second-class honours Degree in Engineering with either a relevant post-graduate
  6.            diploma or at least two years relevant experience.
  7.      2.3 Holders of pass Degree in Engineering with either a relevant post-graduate diploma or three years
  8.           relevant experience.

Course Exemptions

1. A candidate may be exempted up to a maximum of one third of the taught courses, provided that these are from institutions recognized by the senate of the University of Nairobi.

2. Applicants seeking course exemptions shall send a formal application to the Director, Board of Postgraduate studies through the Dean Faculty of Engineering including justification of request and attach evidence of relevant credentials in support of the request. The application shall be processed only after payment of the prescribed fees.

3. Applicants will only be exempted from a course offered at a level which is equivalent to what is offered by the University of Nairobi.

M.Sc. (Environmental and Biosystems Engineering)

Sectors in which Environmental and Biosystems Engineers find work

  • Food Security
  • Water for crops, livestock and communities
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environment

UON OFFICEOF CAREER SERVICES

JOB AT UON

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING - F535      
Year 1  Semester 1 -6UNITS   Semester 2-6UNITS   TOTAL  
TUITION           240,000             240,000                 480,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               5,000                      -                       5,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)               5,000                      -                       5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               6,000                 6,000                   12,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                       1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
TOTAL           275,750             248,250                 524,000
       
       
Year 2  Semester 1   Semester 2   TOTAL  
TUITION           240,000             240,000                 480,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               5,000                      -                       5,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
THESIS EXAMINATION                     -                 30,000                   30,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                     -                        -                             -  
TOTAL           264,750             272,250                 537,000
       
Grand TOTAL                  1,061,000
Exam Regulations

Examination Regulations

The common regulations for the Masters degree in all Faculties shall apply. The examination shall consist of the following two parts:

 

    1. Part I Written Examinations
      1. Each course shall, unless otherwise stated, be examined by a final written paper lasting three hours at the end of each semester.
      2. Assessment shall be based on the semester examination in each course which shall account for 70% and continuous assessment for 30% of the total marks.
      3. The pass mark for each course shall be 50%.
      4. A candidate shall be permitted to proceed to Part II only after passing all Part I courses.
      5. A candidate who fails in any course may be permitted to re-sit or retake the failed course up to two times during the next regular semester examinations.
      6. The pass mark obtained after a re-sit examination shall be recorded as 50 % in the candidates transcript while that for a retake shall be the mark obtained at the said sitting.
      7. A candidate who fails a second re-sit or retake or fails to complete the programme within the prescribed period shall, on recommendation of the Faculty Board of examiners and approval by senate be discontinued.

 

    1. Part II Research Project and Thesis Examination
      1. The thesis shall be submitted and examined as specified in the common regulations for Master's Degrees in all Faculties.
      2. The examination of the thesis shall be based on a research project undertaken in part II of study.

 

Degree Award

Candidates, who pass, shall be awarded the Degree of Master of Science in Environmental and Biosystems Engineering in one of the following areas:

    1. Environmental Engineering
    2. Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering
    3. Power and Machinery Engineering
    4. Process and Food Engineering
    5. Structures Engineering
Department
EBE