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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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INTRODUCTION
The process of development involves structural change in the economy and society, leading to enhancement of capabilities to meet human needs. This programme aims to provide students with an understanding of development as a comprehensive process with several dimensions. The programme will introduce students to some of the key debates and approaches among development specialists and analysts. In this regard, the programme offers courses, which together with other approved courses, lead to the award of Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies with Information Technology (IT).

OBJECTIVES
The objectives are to:-

students with skills to analyze development issues and processes;
enable students acquire capabilities to carry out research;
skills that can enable graduates to effectively participate in the development process.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants to be admitted into the degree programme must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to the University and the School.


PROGRAMME DURATION
The duration of the programme shall normally be four academic years.


DEGREE STRUCTURE
The programme offers courses within the degree structure spelt out by the University and the School of Development and Strategic Studies. Consequently, in the first two years students shall be required to take courses from this programme and any other two programmes within the School as directed from year to year. In the last two years students shall take courses from the Development Studies programme only.


PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
The programme offers courses in terms of units as defined by the University.
There are CORE, ELECTIVE and REQUIRED courses. Core courses are mandatory, while elective courses may be chosen by students from an approved list of courses in fulfilling the full-time load requirement. Required courses are provided by the other programmes within and outside the School.
The normal full-time load for one academic year shall be at least 42 units but not more than 48 units.
The programme shall be of the 3.3.1.1 pattern of which the student shall be required to register in the School’s three programmes in the first two years, and in one programme (Development Studies) in the last two years. In each of the first two years, a student shall take 12 units from this programme in addition to the indicated Information Technology courses. In each of the last two years, a student shall take a minimum of 42 units including Information Technology courses.