Bachelor of Business information Technology

The Bachelor of Business Information Technology degree prepares candidates to become specialists in the Information Technology needs of modern businesses.  It is designed to meet the increasing demand in the market place for IT professionals with a wide knowledge of business management, technical skills and the capacity to harness and implement IT strategies taking advantage of emerging technologies.

The course is structured to focus on issues surrounding the strategic use, development, implementation and management of computer systems.  It includes creating critical awareness of the need to align Information Systems and Information Technology with an organisation’s long-term strategy. Courses in humanities and ethics are included to address the need for a wider consideration of issues in business decision-making.  Candidates are prepared to work as project managers, System Designers, Information Systems Developers, etc.

VISION
This programme is designed to promote the JKUAT vision which is to be “A University of global excellence in Training, Research and innovation for development”.
MISSION
The department of Commerce and Economic Studies will focus on the production of leaders in training, research and innovation in the fields of Social Sciences, Information Technology and Development to support the JKUAT mission and to suit the needs of a dynamic world.

PHILOSOPHY
The program is anchored on the philosophy of producing leaders in training, research and innovation in the fields of Social Sciences, Information Technology and Development at degree level.

TARGET GROUPS
Secondary school leavers who have attained the minimum qualification to start a career in Information Technology. The programme is also open to applicants who possess relevant qualifications for admission to a degree programme.

GOALS OF THE PROGRAMME
The Bachelor of Business Information Technology degree programme aims to achieve the following objectives:

1.    To develop a coherent and broad-based coverage of business information systems and the underlying technology to implement these systems

2.    To enhance confidence and the ability to critically evaluate business information requirements and develop solutions from both moral, professional and academic perspectives

3.    To prepare the candidates to apply the principles learnt in the performance of their duties

4.    To prepare the candidates for progression to higher levels of study in their fields of specialization.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Candidates wishing to study for the Bachelors degree must satisfy the minimum University and SHRD requirements for admission.
EITHER
1    Be a holder of KCSE (or equivalent examination) certificate with a minimum aggregate of C+ and a minimum of C in both Mathematics and English
OR
2    Be a holder of KACE certificate with a minimum of two principal passes and subsidiary pass and a minimum of credit pass in Mathematics at KCE
OR
3    Be a holder of a diploma in a relevant discipline from an institution recognised by the University Senate.
OR
4    Be a holder of any other qualification accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to any of the above.
5    Candidates who hold a diploma from JKUAT (see 8.3 above) will be exempted from Year I.  However, they must pass the three university core units in order to graduate. Candidates with a Diploma from other institutions recognized by the University Senate may be exempted from year one.  In addition, a student registered in another University recognized by the Senate may be allowed to transfer credit to the programme.
6    Possession of the Minimum requirements does not guarantee automatic admission to the bachelors’ degree.

PROGRAMME DURATION AND COURSE STRUCTURE
All Bachelors degree courses shall be offered in EIGHT academic semesters organised in four academic years.  A student will be deemed to have passed an academic semester after successful completion of all the units in the academic semester. At the end of Year II, a student who will have completed and passed all the units can exit with a university diploma, provided they undertake and pass Industrial attachment for eight (8) weeks.  Otherwise, there shall be one Industrial Attachment at the end of Year III.
Each semester will have a maximum of nine (9) units and a minimum of seven (7) units.
Courses shall be offered in terms of units with one unit consisting of a minimum of 35 contact hours.  For this purpose a one-hour lecture is equivalent to a two-hour tutorial or a three-hour practical period or an equivalent amount of other assigned study or practical experience or any combination of these that may be approved by the University Senate.
The programme will run for a maximum of eight (8) semesters.  The period of the Industrial Attachment will be part of the programme duration.  The Industrial Attachment will take eight (8) weeks.
Students who wish to take extra units during vacations will be allowed to do so, subject to availability of resources.