Bachelor of Arts In Planning

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts (Planning) programme aims to train professional planners in urban and regional planning who are competent to offer planning services to the government, including local authorities, regional development agencies, private sector, non -governmental organizations, and other agencies.

Course Objectives:

The course also caters for those who wish to pursue policy and research oriented careers in planning. In the second category, the programme caters for those who wish to pursue higher degrees in planning at masters and doctorate levels. The programme is designed to balance planning theory, methodology and techniques courses, with those intended to meet planning application needs. The Bachelor of Arts in Planning is a development management oriented programme, tailored to enable the graduate to serve the various sectors of society including the economic sectors.

Contact Details: Telephone: 020-2319187 ; E-mail:durp@uonbi.ac.ke

Course Structure and Duration

 1. The course is covered in seventy (70) course units consisting of lecturers, studio, workshops, class presentations, fieldwork, demonstrations, supervisions/ consultation and professional attachment.

2. Students will undergo continuous assessment by written assignments and/or class presentations and/or studio.

3. Each candidate is required to take all the course units shown during the semester; 1st year - 16 units; 2nd year - 18 units; 3rd year - 18 units; 4th year - 18 units

4. Each academic year is divided into two teaching semesters and a third semester for practical attachment.

 

COURSE OUTLINE                                                                                                             Hrs

FIRST YEAR

Semester I

BUR 101 Introduction to Planning                                                                                    45

BUR 103 Elements of Physical and Biological Environment                                         45

BUR 105 Social Concepts for Planners                                                                             45         

BUR 107 Quantitative Techniques for Planners                                                             45

CCS 001 Communication Skills                                                                                          45

BUR 109 Presentation Techniques I                                                                                135

Semester II                                                                                                                        Hrs

BUR 100 Economics for Planners                                                                                    45

CCS 008 Element of Philosophy                                                                                      45

CCS 010 HIV and AIDS                                                                                                      45

BUR 102 Rural Planning Principles and Techniques                                                    45

BUR 104 Statistics for Planners                                                                                      45

BUR 106 Presentation Techniques II                                                                             135 

 

SECOND YEAR

Semester I                                                                

BUR 201 Planning Theory and Methodology I                                                           45

BUR 203 Urban Planning Principles and Techniques I                                              45

BUR 205 Information Technology and Data Systems                                                45

BUR 207 Land Economics and Administration                                                           45

BUR 209 Transportation Planning I                                                                              45

BUR 211 Population and Demography for Planners                                                 45

BUR 213 Rural Planning Studio I                                                                                 135

Semester II                                                        

BUR 200 Planning Theory and Methodology II                                                         45

BUR 202 Urban Planning Principles & Techniques II                                                45

BUR 204 Elements of Land Surveying & Cartography                                              45

BUR 206 Infrastructure & Utilities Planning I                                                             45

BUR 208 Housing & Community Services                                                                   45

BUR 210 Transportation Planning II                                                                             45

BUR 212 Rural Planning Studio II                                                                                 135

 

THIRD YEAR

Semester I

BUR 301 Regional Planning Principles & Techniques I                                           45

BUR 303 Infrastructure & Utilities Planning II                                                         45

BUR 305 Resource & Environmental Planning I                                                      45

BUR 307 Planning Law I                                                                                              45

BUR 309 Research Methodology                                                                              45

BUR 311 GIS & Remote Sensing                                                                                45

BUR 313 Urban Planning Studio I                                                                            135

Semester II

BUR 300 Regional Planning Principles & Techniques II                                        45

BUR 302 Elements of Building Design & Development                                       45

BUR 304 Resource & Environmental Planning II                                                   45

BUR 306 Urban Design & Site Planning                                                                  45

BUR 308 Planning Law II                                                                                            45

BUR 310 Organizational & Political Context of Planning                                      45

BUR 312 Urban Planning Studio II                                                                          135

 

FOURTH YEAR                                                   Hrs

Semester I

BUR 401 Management Techniques                                                                      45

BUR 403 Regional Development Theory                                                             45

BUR 405 Planning Research Project                                                                   180

BUR 407 Regional Planning Studio I                                                                   135

Semester II     

BUR 400 Planning Practice & Administration                                                    45

BUR 402 Planning Development Project                                                           225

BUR 404 Regional Planning Studio II                                                                  135

For KCSE holder or equivalent: Overall Grade C+ and a minimum of Grade C+ in the following subject clusters:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics, Chemistry Biology
  • History, Government, Geography, Christian Religious Education; Islamic Religious Education; Hindu Religious Education;
  • Home Science, Art and Design, Agriculture, Aviation Technology, Computer Studies
  • French, German, Arabic, Music, Business Studies.

 A holder of KACE (A-level) or equivalent;

  • two principal passes in mathematics or economics
  • geography, biology, physics, chemistry, history and a credit pass in English language at KCE or equivalent examination.

Diploma holders:

  • KNEC/ordinary diploma/Higher diploma in land surveying, cartography, GIS/RS, photogrammetry, building construction, architecture, applied sciences or related fields with a credit pass or equivalent,
  • Diploma certificates from science and technical colleges with credit pass in mathematics, geography, agriculture, forestry or agricultural engineering.

Degree holders

A holder of University degree or its equivalent from a recognized University in the following subjects: economics, mathematics, geography, land surveying, architecture, building economics, planning, agriculture or any other relevant degree.

Upon completion of this degree, the student is eligible to work in a variety of sectors including, public and private.  Many students pursue careers in urban and regional planning within Counties and National Government. The Non-government organisations employ the students as Project Officers and Research Analyst.  Those employed by private practicing planners are engaged in the preparation of local physical development plans and county spatial plans.

Graduates of Urban and Regional Planning can find employment in NGO's, County Governments, Central Governments UN Bodies- UNCRD, UNEP, UN-Habitat, Parastatals – Nairobi County Council (NCC), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), ENNDA, Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning Departments, National Lands Commission (NLC), Regional Development Authority and Water and Sewerage Companies under the Water Act.

Attachment opportunities in Private practicing Planners Firms to name a few:-

1. Metropolis Planning and Environment

2. Nairobi City County

3. CURI - Center for Urban and Research Innovation

4. REAL PLAN

5. Space Planners

   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           180,000             180,000                 360,000
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
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               8,000                 8,000                   16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           216,750             190,250                 407,000
       
BA Planning-Year 2 (TOTAL of 18 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           180,000             180,000                 360,000
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
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               9,000                 9,000                   18,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           212,750             191,250                 404,000
       
BA Planning-Year 3 (TOTAL of 18 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           180,000             180,000                 360,000
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
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               9,000                 9,000                   18,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           212,750             191,250                 404,000
       
BA Planning-Year 4 (TOTAL of 18 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           180,000             180,000                 360,000
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
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               9,000                 9,000                   18,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           212,750             191,250                 404,000
       
Grand TOTAL: BA Planning (TOTAL of 72 Units)                  1,619,000
Exam Regulations

Examinations shall be conducted as follows:-

1. A candidate shall be allowed to sit for examinations only when he/she has satisfactorily attended a minimum of Two Thirds (2/3) of the prescribed course contact hours.

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

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

4. All studio and portfolio examination shall be conducted at the end of the academic year in which they are taken.

5. In each case, all studio and presentation technique portfolios will be equivalent to three course units; planning research Project, and Portfolio Four course units, and Planning Development Project Portfolio Five course units.

6. The Pass Mark for each Course Unit shall be 40%.

7. In order to proceed to the next year of study, a candidate shall have:-

  • Passed all the course units taken for the year of study or,

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

8. A candidate shall be allowed to carry forward up to an equivalent 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.

9. A candidate who fails Studio/Portfolio examinations only as defined in regulation above may on recommendation of the Faculty Board of Examiners and approval by Senate be allowed to re-submit a failed studio/portfolio project within three months from the date results of ordinary University examinations are released.

10. Any candidate who:

  • Obtains less than aggregate mark of 40% and fails in more than four (40 course units and obtains more than nine (9) course units,

             or

  • Fails in the re-submitted studio/portfolio examinations shall be on recommendation of the Faculty Board of Examiners and approved by the Senate be Not Allowed to proceed to the next year of study until he/she has satisfied the regulation above.

11. A candidate who:

  • re-sits a course unit will not be subjected to rule above.

  • Re-submits a studio/portfolio project under regulation will be expected to attend studios and be available to critics as appropriate.

12. Any candidate who:

  • Has failed more than 9 course units, or

  • Has failed in any course unit after four (4) attempts or

  • Has attended the course for more than twice the prescribed period of study for degree programme shall on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be DISCONTINUED.

13. A pass obtained in a re-sit examination shall be 40% in the students academic record.

14. Compensation may be allowed in a maximum of two failed course units only in 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, and Planning Research Project and Planning Deve