P.O BOX 62000 - 00200, NAIROBI - KENYA
Prof. David M.Mulati and J. M. Kamau
7-Apr-15 ISO 9001:2008 Certified
 Academic programmes define a University
 Aspirations, uniqueness and niche the University
occupies are reflected in the programmes the
University offers
 Programme development shall be prefaced by clear
understanding of:
Constitution – to capture the national aspirations
regarding higher education
b) University Act – What has the University been legally
mandated and obligated to deliver
c) University strategic plan a)
Process of prgramme development
 The department is the academic home of the programme.
 Individuals are encouraged to come up with ideas for new
 The department shall set up curriculum development
committee to synthesize the new ideas and develop the
new programme. Involve DAQA.
 Care should be taken to ensure that old dead programmes
are not renamed and presented as new programmes
 Follow CHE guide lines when developing new programmes
Process of prgramme development (cont.)
 The curriculum development committee shall submit the
draft new programme to the COD for departmental board
discussion and recommendations/approval.
The department submits the draft to Faculty Board for
approval and submission to Deans Committee after
consultations with DAQA
Dean submits the approved draft to Deans’ Committee.
Deans’ committees discusses and gives recommendations
to faculty for improvement.
Faculty tables the Deans’ committee approved draft to
Senate for approval
CHE Criterion for programme design
The programme must be in line with the institution’s
mission, forms part of institutional planning and
resource allocation, meets national requirements, the
needs of students and other stakeholders, and is
intellectually credible. It is designed coherently and
articulates well with other relevant programmes, where
possible. In order to meet the criterion, the following is
required at minimum:
Criterion for programme design (cont.)
The programme is consonant with the institution’s
mission and goals and is approved by the Senate.
2. Learning outcomes, degree of curriculum choice,
teaching and learning methods, modes of delivery,
learning materials and expected completion time
cater for the learning needs of its target student
intake. Competences expected of students who
successfully complete the programme are made
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Criterion for programme design (cont.)
3 .The programme maintains an appropriate balance of
theoretical, practical and experiential knowledge and skills. It
has sufficient disciplinary content and theoretical depth, at the
appropriate level, to serve its educational purposes.
4. The design offers students learning and career pathways with
opportunities for credit transfer within and across institutions,
where possible.
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Criterion for programme design (cont.)
5. Modules and/or courses in the programme are
coherently planned with regard to content, level, credits,
purpose, outcomes, rules of combination, relative weight
and delivery.
6. There is a DAQA policy for developing and evaluating
learning materials and ensuring their alignment with
the programme goals and underpinning philosophy.
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Criterion for programme design (cont.)
7. Programme outcomes meet national and/or regional
labour market, knowledge or other socio-cultural needs.
The requirements of professional bodies are taken into
consideration, where applicable. Relevant stakeholders,
including academic peers from outside the institution,
and employers and professional bodies where applicable,
are involved in the development of the programme.
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Thank you
7-Apr-15 ISO 9001:2008 Certified

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