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Faculty Handbook 2003

Faculty Handbook 2003

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GENERAL INTRODUCTION
The mission of the Faculty of Technology is to equipstudents with technical skills for the future. Thismission shall produce graduates who will be wellqualified to operate and develop the public services,initiate and carry out technical designs, engage inindustrial management and pursue development andresearch.In a country developing at such a rapid rate as Uganda,it is expected that University graduates will individuallyneed and utilise a wider range of general technicalknowledge than is customary in developedcommunities. They will also be required to acceptresponsibility at an unusually early age. These factorsinfluence the structures of the curricula which have been planned to achieve breadth without sacrificingspecialisation.The preparation of any technical career requires bothformal academic studies at University and intensive practical training. This mix is achieved by requiring a practical period of three months every year.A major change in programme schedules was directed by the University to begin in October 1997. Thischange involved blocking of programmes on the basisof a semester system, instead of the termly (trimester)system. The main advantages of the new semester system include:-Flexibility-choice of courses and timingConcentration -
allows focus on coursematerials
Integration-permits immediate linkagesEfficiency-in utilising resourcesMonitoring-made easieGreater enrolment-admission in every semester International outlook -enables easy comparisonOf course there have also been some disadavantagesassociated with it, such as:-- the need for optimum resources to be in place,-the demand for increased discipline in usage otime on the part of students, lecturers andadministrators,- and the tendency to compartmentalise knowledge.With the introduction of the semester system, thetraditional course structure that led to the award of thedegree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering has beenreplaced by Course Structures that now lead to theawards of separate Bachelor of Science Degrees in thethree disciplines of Civil, Electrical and MechanicalEngineering, and designated as B.Sc.C.E, B.Sc.E.E. andB.Sc.M.E., respectively.Likewise, the previously term-based programmesleading to the Degrees of Bachelor of Architecture(B.Arch.) and Bachelor of Science in Surveying (B.Sc.(Surv.) have also been blocked on semester basis. Thisdocument contains all the five programmes. 
DEPARTMENT OF CIVILENGINEERING
INTRODUCTION
Civil Engineering is an exciting profession thataddresses the most basic needs of society. Civilengineers are creative professionals who conceive, plan,design, construct and maintain the physical systemsthat sustain human enterprise. Transportation systems,water supply systems, structures and water treatmentfacilities are all part of the responsibilities of civilengineers. Students earning the Bachelor of Science inCivil Engineering are prepared for professional practicein any of these areas.The Department of Civil Engineering was established in1970 to educate civil engineers to the highestinternational professional standards, and has manygraduates that are practising at all levels of Governmentand private practice. At the undergraduate level, thefour-year curriculum provides a broad foundation for engineering, water resources and hydraulicsengineering, environmental engineering, geotechnicalengineering, transportation engineering and constructionmanagement. At the fourth year, students are preparedto do an independent study in a field of their choice, aswell as choose elective courses. The curriculum provides a sound theoretical basis, plus applications inthe various speciality fields. Laboratories andcomputing in the curriculum provide hands-onopportunities to apply knowledge to practical problemsof engineering. There are also practical trainingcomponents in the curriculum which introduce studentsto actual field practice.The Department also offers Master of Science andMaster of Engineering degrees, in which studentsspecialise in several areas of study. These degree programmes can be completed in two years of full-timestudy.The Department in addition has started Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in several areas of CivilEngineering. The programmes are planned for aminimum of three years and a maximum of five years.
REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OFBACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVILENGINEERING (B.Sc.C.E.)
 
T1.0GENERAL UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS
Studies and examination for the degree of B.Sc.C.E.shall be governed by the general regulations andstatutes of Makerere University and, in addition, bythe regulations of the Faculty of Technology.
T2.0ADMISSION TO THE FIRST YEA
Admission into the first year is through any of thethree avenues:-
Direct Entry
-
Mature Age Scheme
-
Diploma Holders Scheme
9
 
T2.1
For Direct Entry Scheme, an applicant must obtaintwo advanced level principal passes inMathematics and Physics, at the same sitting of theUganda Advanced Certificate of EducationExamination or its equivalent. For purposes of computing entry points, the advanced level subjectshall carry the following weights:
Weight 3
-
Physics, MathematicsWeight 2
-
Chemistry, Applied Mathematics,Pure MathematicsWeight 1
-
General PaperWeight 0.5
-
Any Other SubjectT2.2
Admission may also be by the Mature Age EntryScheme after passing two special mature ageUniversity Examinations in aptitude andspecialised knowledge.
T2.3
Holders of the Uganda National ExaminationsBoard Ordinary Technical Diploma or itsequivalent can be admitted to the programme.Applicants should have obtained a Credit Classdiploma with at least a Credit Pass in Mathematics.
T3.0ADMISSION TO OTHER YEARS
Admission other than to the first year of the programme shall require a special resolution of theFaculty Board and permission of the Senate. TheDepartment will work out all appropriate Credittransfers which shall not exceed 40% of theminimum degree Credit Units.
T4.0PROGRAMME DURATION
The B.Sc.C.E. programme shall extend over aminimum of four years. Each year, except thefourth, shall consist of 2 semesters and a RecessPeriod. The fourth year shall consist of twosemesters only.
T5.0LENGTH OF A SEMESTER 
A semester shall be 17 weeks - 15 weeks foteaching and 2 weeks for examinations.
T6.0TYPES OF COURSES
Courses in the programme shall be classified asfollows:-a)A Core Course is one that must be registered for and passed by a student to obtain a Degree. b)An
 Elective Course
is one that may be taken to makeup the minimum requirements of the degree.c)An Audited Course is one that a student attends but isnot examined in.d)A Pre-requisite Course is one that must be taken before a related higher level course and in which astudent needs to score at least 40% before moving tothe next level.
T7.0COURSE CREDITS
Instruction shall be by courses, quantified intocourse credit units.a)A credit unit is granted for a series of fifteen contacthours or one contact hour per week per semester. b)A contact hour is calculated as being equivalent to:--One Lecture hour, or -Two Laboratory hours, or -Ten Industrial/Workshop practice hoursc)No course shall carry less than one credit unit.
T8.0FULL TIME STUDY
A full time student on the B.Sc.C.E. Programmeshall not carry less than 15 credit units in a semester and not more than 25 credit units per semester.
T9.0PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
The B.Sc.C.E. Programme shall have the followingstructure:--Four Core Mathematics Courses-Two Core Computer Courses-Twenty five Core Engineering Courses-Three Core Practical Courses-Two Elective Courses-Four Core Non-Engineering Courses-Fourth Year Project in the 1
st
and 2
nd
Semester of the fourth year.Details of the programme structure are specified belowwhere the symbols
L
,
P
,
CH
, and
CU
represent
L
ectureHours,
P
ractical Hours,
C
ontact
H
ours and
C
redit
U
nits, respectively.
YEAR I
SEMESTER I (
 All Core Courses
)LPCHCU
EM111EngineeringMathematics I600 604CE111EngineeringDrawing4530 604CE112Introduction to CivilEngineering450 453CE113Computer Science I4530 604CE114Communication Skills450 453
SEMESTER II (
 All Core Courses
)
EM121 EngineeringMathematics II600 604CE121Mechanics450 453CE122Computer Science II4530 604CE123Electrical Engineering3030 453CE124Sociology450 453
RECESS PERIOD (
Core Course
) 
CE131 Workshop Practice0 300 302
TOTAL YEAR I CREDIT UNITS = 37
YEAR II
SEMESTER I (
 All Core Courses
)LPCHCU
EM211 EngineeringMathematics III600 604CE211Strength of Materials4530 604CE212Engineering Geology4530 604CE213Surveying4530 604CE214Thermodynamics450 453
SEMESTER II (
 All Core Courses
)
EM221 EngineeringMathematics IV600 604CE221Fluid Mechanics450 453CE222 Theory of Structures I450 453CE223Civil EngineeringMaterials4530 604CE224Route Surveying4530 60410
 
RECESS PERIOD (
Core Course
)
LPCH CU 
CE231 Industrial Training I0 300 302
TOTAL YEAR II CREDIT UNITS = 39
YEAR III
SEMESTER I(
 All Core Courses
)
CE311 EnvironmentalChemistry4530 604CE312 Theory of StructuresII600604CE313Highway Engineering4530 604CE314Hydraulics andHydrology4530 604CE315Soil Mechanics4530 604
SEMESTER II (
 All Core Courses
)
CE321 Foundation Engineering4530 604CE322Project Design4530 604CE323 Design of StructuresI600 604CE324Water ResourcesEngineering4530 604CE325PublicHealthEngineering I4530 604
RECESS PERIOD (
Core Course
)
 
CE331 Industrial Training II0 300302
TOTAL YEAR III CREDIT UNITS = 42
YEAR IV
SEMESTER I (
Four Core and One Elective
)
CE411 Civil EngineeringManagement600 604CE413Design of Structures II600 604CE414Traffic andTransportation Eng.600 604CE415PublicHealthEngineering II4530 604Elective450 453
 
YEAR IV
SEMESTER II (
Three Core, One Elective
)
Project Work 
(Spread over Semesters I & II 
)018090 6CE423Civil EngineeringEconomy600 604CE424Civil Engineering Law600 604
 Elective* 
450 453*
Choose from the list of three electives below 
TOTAL YEAR IV CREDIT UNITS = 36LIST OF ELECTIVES
CE416Civil InfrastructureMaintenance450 453CE425GeotechnicalEngineering450 453CE426Introductory Dynamicsof Structures450 453
T10.0SYLLABUS
 The syllabus for the programme is appended to theseregulations.
T11.0 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for the award of the Degree of B.Sc.C.E. A student must obtain a minimum of 154credit units distributed as follows:-Year I37 CreditsYear II 39 CreditsYear III 42 CreditsYear IV 36 Credits154 Credits
T12.0BOARD OF EXAMINERS
a)There shall be a Faculty Board of examiners,composed of external and internal examinersappointed by Senate on the recommendation of theBoard of the Faculty of Technology and chaired bythe Dean of the Faculty of Technology. b)The Board of Examiners shall receive, consider andrecommend to the Faculty Board the examinationresults of each candidate.c)The Faculty Board shall recommend the results of examinations to the Senate for consideration andapproval.d)In an emergency the Dean may act on behalf of theFaculty Board or the Board of Examiners but mustreport the action taken to the next Meeting of theseBoards. In so doing the Dean shall, however, act inconsultation with the relevant head of Department.
T13.0ADMISSION AND WITHDRAWALFROM COURSES
a)Admission into courses shall close at the end of thethird full week of each semester. b)A student can withdraw from a course without penalty any time up to and including the seventhfull week of the semester. Thereafter a student whowithdraws will be deemed to have failed.
T14.0ASSESSMENT OF COURSES
a)Each course shall be assessed on the basis of 100total marks with proportions as follows:-Course Work-40%Written Examination- 60% b)Course work shall consist of laboratory work and progressive assessment (assignments/tests), witheach component assessed at 20%.c)For a course without laboratory work, progressiveassessment shall carry 40%.d)A minimum of two course work assignments/testsshall be required per Course.e)For practical courses (workshop practice, andindustrial/field training) assessment shall be byassignment and/or a report form.
T15.0GRADING OF COURSES
a)Each course shall be graded out of a maximum of 100 marks and assigned appropriate letter grades andgrade point average as follows:-11

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