Overview

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objective of this degree programme is to provide students with sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable them think analytically and conceptually in finding solutions to problems in building and civil engineering construction.  The programme is developed around a combination of subject groups such as:

  1. Construction Technology
  2. Construction Economics
  3. Construction Law
  4. Construction Management and
  5. Construction Measurement.   

The programme aims at equipping the students with specialized skills and techniques which enable them to interact with other professionals in the construction industry; to provide independent, objective, accurate and reliable capital/operating cost assessments for investment funding and project administration and control; to analyze investments and developments for the guidance of owners, financiers and contractors.

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

The courses are delivered through an appropriate mixture of lectures, studio project, and small working groups dealing with relevant case studies and exercises, academic field study trips as well as seminars.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION

  1. The curriculum covers a minimum of nine (9) semesters and one term and a maximum period of eighteen (18) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each (3,015 HOURS).
  2. Candidates are expected to take a minimum load of six (6) units and a maximum load of nine (9) units each semester.

The research project is equivalent to four (4) course units

Structure: 

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER (1/1)

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 101

Physical Environment

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 103

Descriptive Statistics

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 105

Introduction to Microeconomics

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 107

Introduction to Mathematics for Economists

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 109

Building Technology I

60

1 x 3 hrs

BQS 111

Applied Mathematics

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 113

Introduction to Law

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 115

Building Services I

45

1 x 2 hrs

CCS 001

Communication Skills    

45

1 x 2 hrs

 

TOTAL

420

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER (1/2)

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 100

Building Services II

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 102

Inferential Statistics

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 104

Introduction to Macroeconomics

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 106

African Economic Problems

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 108

Building Technology II

60

1 x 3 hrs

BQS 110

Theory of Structures I

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 112

Law of Contract

45

1 x 2 hrs

CCS 008

Introduction to Elements of Philosophy

45

1 x 2 hrs

CCS010

HIV/AIDS

45

1 x 2 hrs

 

TOTAL

420

 

 

FIRST SEMESTER (2/1)[i]

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 201

Introduction to Land Surveying

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 203

Microeconomic Theory

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 205

Building Services III

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 207

Building Finishes and Fixtures

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 209

Law of Torts

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 211

Theory of Structures II

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 213

Principles of Measurements & Description of Building Works I

60

1 x 3 hrs

BQS 215

Urban & Regional Planning

45

1 x 2 hrs

 

TOTAL

375

 

SECOND SEMESTER (2/2)

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 200

Commercial Law

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 202

Physical Environment in Building Design

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 204

Macroeconomic Theory

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 206

Construction Materials

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 208

Principles of Structural Design

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 210

Principles of Measurements & Description of Building Works II

60

1 x 3 hrs

BQS 212

Management I

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 214

Computing I

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 216

 

Environmental Management and Conservation in Construction. 

45

1 x 2 hrs

 

TOTAL  

420

 

                                                                                                            

THIRD YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER (3/1)

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 301

 

Computing II

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 303

Management II

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 305

Principles of Measurements & Description of Building Works III

60

1 x 3 hrs

BQS 307

Construction Economics I

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 309

Advanced Construction Technology I

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 311

Property Law

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 313

Reinforced Concrete Structural Design

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 315

 

Entrepreneurship

45

1 x 2 hrs

 

TOTAL

375

 

SECOND SEMESTER (3/2)

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 300

Organisational Theory

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 302

Principles of Measurements & Description of Building Works IV

60

1 x 3 hrs

BQS 304

Housing Economics and Investment Appraisal Techniques

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 306

Construction Project Management

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 308

Advanced Construction Technology II

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 310

Costing for Building and Civil Engineering Works

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 312

Civil Engineering Technology

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 314

Research Methods and Techniques

45

1 x 2 hrs

 

TOTAL

375

 

 

THIRD SEMESTER 3/3

CODE

COURSE

HRS

BQS 316

Industrial Attachment

8 WEEKS

 

FOURTH YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER (4/1)

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 401

 

Civil Engineering Measurement and Description of Works

60

1 x 3 hrs

BQS 403

Construction Economics II

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 405

Project Planning Techniques

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 407

Construction Maintenance

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 409

Building and Civil Engineering Law

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 411

Research Project

180

 

 

TOTAL

350

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER  (4/2)

CODE

COURSE

HRS

EXAMINATION

BQS 400

Quantity Surveying Practice & Procedure

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 402

Cost Planning and Cost Control

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 404

Construction Plant and Equipment

45

1 x 2 hrs

BQS 406

Standard forms of Construction Contracts

45

1 x 2 hrs

 

TOTAL

270

 

 


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet the stipulated minimum University of Nairobi General Admission criteria as provided for under statute XIX.  Applicants with the following qualifications will be eligible for consideration for admission into the degree programme:

  1. KCSE APPLICANTS OR EQUIVALENT:  Mean Grade C+ with a minimum of grade C+ in the following subject clusters:  English or Kiswahili; Mathematics; Physics; Geography or Accounts or Commerce or Economics, or Building Construction or Drawing and Design.
  2. KACE (A LEVEL) APPLICANTS OR EQUIVALENT:  Two Principal Passes with a minimum principal ‘D’ pass in either Mathematics or Physics and in any one of the following subjects: Economics, Geography, and Chemistry and a credit pass in the English language at KCE level or equivalent
  3. DIPLOMA HOLDERS: A minimum KCE Division II or mean grade C in KCSE in addition to a credit pass or equivalent of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Diploma or its equivalent in:  Building Construction, Architectural Studies, Civil Engineering and Applied Physical Sciences.
  4. DEGREE HOLDERS:  A holder of a University degree or its equivalent from a recognised University in the following areas:  Architecture, Engineering, Design, Economics, Commerce, Land Economics, Planning or any other relevant equivalent degree.

The course will produce graduates who help to improve the efficiency of the building construction process.  It prepares students for careers in the construction industry in the areas of:

building and engineering construction

cost modelling,

construction cost consultancy and quantity surveying,

project management, and dispute resolution, among others. 

Graduates will get employment in government ministries, consulting quantity surveying firms, construction companies, local authorities, parastatals, financial institutions, insurance companies, and other players in the construction industry as well as in self-employment.

BACHELOR OF QUANTITY SURVEYING - B66
BA of Quantity Surveying-Year 1 (TOTAL of 18 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              198,000             198,000                   396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                          6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                          7,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)                   5,000                         -                          5,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                          4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                        4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   9,000                  9,000                     18,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                          2,000
TOTAL              235,750             209,250                   445,000
       
BA of Quantity Surveying-Year 2 (TOTAL of 17 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              198,000             198,000                   396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                          6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                          7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                          4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                        4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   8,000                  9,000                     17,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                          2,000
TOTAL              229,750             209,250                   439,000
       
BA of Quantity Surveying-Year 3 (TOTAL of 16 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              198,000             198,000                   396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                          6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                          7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                          4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                        4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   8,000                  8,000                     16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                          2,000
TOTAL              229,750             208,250                   438,000
       
BA of Quantity Surveying-Year 4 (TOTAL of 13 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              198,000             198,000                   396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                          6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                          7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                          4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                        4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   6,000                  7,000                     13,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                          1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                          2,000
TOTAL              227,750             207,250                   435,000
       
Grand TOTAL: BA Quantity surveying          1,757,000
Exam Regulations

FACULTY EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

Examinations are held in line with the following common faculty examination regulations approved by the Senate.

FAD 1             Each academic year shall be divided into two semesters.

FAD 2             No candidate shall be admitted to an examination unless he/she has satisfactorily attended a minimum of 2/3 of the prescribed contact hours for course of study.

FAD 3             Examinations shall consist of written papers, projects, studios and portfolios.

FAD 4             One course unit shall be equivalent to 45 Contact Hours.

FAD 5             All course units, except projects, studios and portfolios, shall be examined during the semester in which they are taken.  Such examinations shall consist of continuous assessments, course tests and end of semester examinations.  The end of semester examinations shall account for 70% of the total marks, while continuous assessment and course tests, shall account for 30%.

FAD 6             (a)       All studio and portfolio examinations in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Years of the Bachelor of Architecture degree course shall be conducted at the end of the academic year in which they are taken and shall in each case be equivalent to Six Course Units.

  1.  All Studio/Portfolio examinations in the First Year of the Bachelor of Architecture degree course and in the first to Fourth Year of the Bachelor of Arts in Design course shall be conducted at the end of the academic year in which they are taken and shall constitute individual course units.

 FAD 7          Research projects shall be examined at the end of the academic year and shall be equivalent to four course units.

FAD 8           The Pass Mark for each course Unit shall be 40%.

FAD 9              In order to proceed to the next year of study a candidate shall have:

(a)      Passed all the course units taken for the year of study, or

 (b)      Failed in not more than four (4) course units and obtained an aggregate mark of 40%.

FAD 10           (a)       A candidate shall be allowed to carry forward upto an equivalent  of four (4) failed course units in a year of study.  Examinations for all courses carried forward shall be taken at the next ordinary University examinations.

b)         A candidate who fails studio/portfolio examinations only for the   Bachelor of Architecture degree course as defined in Regulation 6(a) above may on recommendation of the Faculty Board of 

Examines and approval by the Senate be allowed to re-submit a failed studio/portfolio project within a period of three months from the date the results of the Ordinary University Examinations are released.

FAD 11          Any candidate who:

  1. Obtains less than an aggregate mark of 40% and fails in more than four (4) course units and not more than nine (9) course unit; or
  2. Fails in the re-submitted studio/portfolio examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Architecture shall on recommendation of the Faculty Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate be NOT ALLOWED to proceed to the next year of study until he/she has satisfied regulation FAD 9 above.
  3. Fails in 5 to 9 course units in retake examination or resubmitted studio/portfolio resubmitted examinations shall on recommendation of Faculty Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate be allowed to retake those units failed during the next ordinary University examinations.

FAD 12       A candidate who:

  1. resits a course unit under regulations FAD above will not be subjected to rule FAD 2 above,
  2. resubmits a studio/portfolio project under regulation FAD 10(b) above will be expected to attend studios and be available for crits as appropriate.

FAD 13          Any candidate who

(a)       has failed more than 9 course units; or 

(b)       has failed in any course unit after four (4) attempts; or

(c)        has attempted the course for more than the prescribed period of study for the degree programme shall on the recommendation of he Faculty Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate be DISCONTINUED.

FAD 14    A pass obtained in a resit examination shall be 40% in the student’s academic record.

FAD 15          Compensation may be allowed in a maximum of two failed course units only for any year of study, provided the mark for the failed subject is between 35% and 39% inclusive and the average mark for the candidate is 50% or above.  The compensation shall not apply to Studio/Portfolio under regulation FAD 7 and all courses in the Final Year Examination for the Bachelor of Architecture degree course.  General compensation rules shall apply where compensation is allowed.

 

FAD 16          The final award of the degree shall be based on a weighting of the last three years of the degree programme in he ratio of 1:1:3 in the department of Architecture  and 1:2:3 in the other departments.

FAD 17          a)       The final degree award shall be classified into FIRST CLASS HONOURS, UPPER SECOND CLASS HONOURS, LOWER SECOND CLASS HONOURS AND PASS.