DIPLOMA IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Objectives of the Course:

At the end of this course the trainee should be able to:

• Comprehend the relevant physical, inorganic chemistry principles for use in analytical chemistry.

• Apply different techniques for chemical and biochemical analyses.

• Use appropriate analytical instruments to analyse and identify a given chemical substance.

• Observe safety measures in a chemical laboratory

• Supervise laboratory work

• Prepare accurate laboratory reports

• Plan continued education for self and others

• Contribute to the development of science and technology through creativity and application of acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes.

• Demonstrate the ability to evaluate own performance

Programme aim

This course is aimed at providing the trainee with knowledge and skills in analytical chemistry. Trainees will utilize the skills acquired in analytical, industrial and research laboratories or be self-employed.  In addition, the course will impart general knowledge and entrepreneurial awareness to enable trainees to contribute positively in society.

Entry Requirements

Trainees should have any of the following minimum requirements:

  • A pass in relevant craft course or
  • A pass in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum mean grade of C- (minus).

Duration

  • The course duration is 2970 hours (3 years). It is organized in three stages.  Each stage has 990 hours (1 year).
  • The pattern of attendance is full time.

Examinable Subjects - Internal Examinations

Stage One

  1. Mathematics                                      
  2. Science                                                 
  3. Entrepreneurship education                 
  4. Technical drawing                                
  5. Communication                                   
  6. Physical chemistry                          
  7. In organic chemistry                          
  8. Laboratory practice and management

Stage Two

  1. Entrepreneurship Education                   
  2. Computer application                          
  3. Physical chemistry
  4. In organic chemistry                          
  5. Organic chemistry
  6. Chemical analytical methods/Biochemistry
  7. Instrumental methods of analysis
  8. Laboratory practice and management

Stage Three

Final Examination Papers – KNEC

  1. Physical chemistry
  2. Inorganic chemistry
  3. Organic chemistry
  4. Chemical analytical methods/Biochemistry
  5. Instrumental methods of analysis
  6. Laboratory practice and management
  7. Project

At the end of the three years student will be awarded a diploma by KNEC

Project Work

A project in this context means a piece of work carried out by an individual trainee.  It may be practical, mathematics, evaluation, descriptive or research based project.  It must have well defined objectives and presented as concise technical report.

For external examination (KNEC) students will present two written projects.

  1. Trade project for assessment
  2. Entrepreneurship project for validation

Assessment of the project work should be carried out by internal examiners of the institution and an assessor appointed by KNEC.

Attachment 

  

Students will only proceed for industrial attachment after they have covered ¾ of prescribed course work.  The trainee should cover a minimum of 4 months for the attachment.  During this period they should be attached to a relevant institution or industrial firm where he/she will be expected to familiarize himself/herself with most aspects of analytical methods and techniques to prepare for challenges in work environment once they graduate.

Future Prospect

  • Chemistry is a universal science because almost everything is made up of at least one or more chemicals. More so to go analytical is another inevitable advantage.
  • Analysis can be carried on foods, drugs, chemicals, materials and even the environment.
  • Graduates will find placements in most sectors in life which deals in chemicals like manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical industries, food processing companies and research laboratories e.g. ICIPE and universities.
  • Graduands can also proceed by furthering education to degree level and beyond.