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Brochure 2016

Common Undergraduate Courses

Common Undergraduate Courses are developed to cut across faculties, Schools and Institutes, and they are taught to all undergraduate students across the board, regardless of the degree of study that the student is undertaking. The syllabi for these courses draw from various disciplines. 


Courses offered


By the time of this Open Day as at April 2016, there are 10 common undergraduate courses which have been approved by the Senate for teaching, and there are two new courses which are in the process of being approved. Thus, CCS 001- CCS 010 are already approved while CCS 011 and CCS 012 are in the process:

CCS 001: Communication Skills

CCS 002: Fundamentals of Development and their applications in Kenya

CCS 003: Human Health

CCS 004: Law in Society

CCS 005: Environmental Science

CCS 006: Chemistry and Its Applications

CCS 007: Science and Technology in Development

CCS 008: Elements of Philosophy

CCS 009: Elements of Economics; and


CCS 011: National Cohesion, Values and Principles of Governance

CCS 012: Human Rights




Each common undergraduate course is domiciled in a faculty, school, or institute where it is professionally oriented. There is a coordinator for each common course appointed by the faculty, school, or institute where the course is domiciled to allow for effective administration. While lecturers for any common course can be many, and from various departments, the coordinator, who is normally from the department domiciling the course will be the one responsible for what goes on in the teaching of that course. Course Coordinators identify and assign lecturers to teach and examine the courses on behalf of the board of common undergraduate courses. It is their responsibility to ensure that teaching takes place once a lecturer has been assigned. After the examination is done, the coordinator has to ensure that the scripts are marked promptly, and results forwarded to the relevant faculty, school, or institute.


Course coordinators are also the link between the students and the administration as they are the first contacts with the students on all matters concerning the courses. Students are expected to first direct any queries that they may have about any common course to the respective Course Coordinator and only escalate the same to other levels of management when the coordinator has failed to resolve the issue.

Respective common undergraduate courses are domiciled in faculties, schools, or institutes as indicated below:

CODE                WHERE HOUSED

CCS 001            Communication Skills Unit

CCS 002            Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

CCS 003            School of Public Health

CCS 004            School of Law

CCS 005            School of Public Health

CCS 006            Department of Chemistry

CCS 007            Department of Food Technology and Nutrition

CCS 008            Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

CCS 009            School of Economics

CCS 010            School of Public Health

CCS 011            Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

CCS 012            Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Regulations governing Common Undergraduate Courses


The Common Undergraduate Courses are administered by the Board of Common Undergraduate Courses in collaboration with relevant faculties, schools, or institutes, where students are enrolled. Thus, at the time of teaching, BCUC through the coordinators assign lecturers to teach the courses, but it is the responsibility of the faculties, schools, or institutes to provide all the teaching materials needed by the lecturer, and the venue for the class. Likewise, during examinations, the board through the coordinators sets the examinations and assigns lead invigilators, but it is the responsibility of the faculties, schools, or institutes to provide the examination venues and extra invigilators when it become necessary.   


Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted for any common course, a candidate shall have fulfilled the general minimum university entry requirements, and admitted for any undergraduate course in any faculty, school, or institute. Thus, once a student is admitted for any undergraduate program in the University, he/she automatically becomes a candidate for three common undergraduate courses.

Course Duration

Common Undergraduate Courses are one semester courses where a student studies the course and sits the final examination in one semester. All other regulations that govern University teaching and examinations apply, and each course consists of a total of 45 lecture hours.

Choice of Courses

Common Undergraduate Courses are classified as either:

  1. Core
  2. Elective to all students
  3. Elective to students from the Sciences; or
  4. Elective to students from the Humanities

By Statute, a student is required to study and pass all the core courses, and any other of the elective courses, which together (core & elective) should make a total of three common undergraduate courses.


For ease of administration, while core courses will be statutory, faculties, schools, and institutes shall prescribe the elective courses for their students. This ensures that students of a faculty, school, institute or a department take similar common undergraduate courses without variation.  


Common undergraduate courses throughout the University are taught by lecturers posted by BCUC.

The Teaching Timetables

BCUC posts lecturers for common undergraduate courses based on the teaching timetables prepared by the faculties, schools, and/or institutes. Thus, a faculty, school, or institute will prepare its teaching timetable which it will forward to BCUC as a request for the lecturers.

The Examination Timetables

To maintain the examination confidentiality, examinations in common undergraduate courses are taken at the same time throughout the University. Thus, BCUC prepares and circulates its timetable early enough so that the same is incorporated in the timetables for the faculties, schools, or institutes for implementation.

Examination Regulations

Apart from the general regulations that apply to examinations, the following regulations apply to examinations in Common Undergraduate Courses, it is a statutory requirement that no candidate is allowed to graduate unless he/she shall have studied and passed in all the prescribed compulsory and elective courses.

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