Introduction

The Bachelor of  Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management  programme is designed to respond to the growing demand for professionalism and entreprenuership in order to contribute to the achievement of the global aspirations for  development through creation of employment opportunities for socio-economic progress of the Kenyan economy, in line with national development agenda.  Graduates of this programme will be   employable in a wide range of career opportunities sucha travel and safari companies, airlines, airports, wildlife parks,  destination management organizations, hospitality establishments, national and regional tourism organizations,  public institutions such as ministry of east african affairs, wildlife and tourism, transport firms, recreation facilities, and entertainment centers among others or be able to start their own businesses as entrepreneurs or subsequently advance their education.

Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme

  1. To demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies in hospitality management.
  2. To carry out hospitality and tourism managerial and operational functions and contribute to the growth of the indusrty.
  3. To demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and theories of tourism as a commercial and social phenomenon and its inter-dependence with other disciplines;
  4. To apply technical skills and knowledge in conceptualization, design and execution of hospitality research as a tool for decision making and furthering of academic knowledge and show skills for critical thinking, interpretation and use of research findings;
  5. To demonstrate attitudes, skills and commitment to develop a career in hospitlaity management or motivation to pursue hospitality entrepreneurship opportunities.

Admission Requirements for the Proposed Programme.

  • (I) Machakos University (MKsU) is an institution of higher education and training, therefore the University regulations shall apply to all students. A candidate shall not be admitted to the programme without satisfying the Minimum University entry requirements for admission.
  • (II) The minimum University entry requirements for admission into the programme are:
  1. Candidates must have C+ (C Plus) at KCSE or equivalent in any three (3) of the following subjects: Biology/ Biological Sciences; Chemistry/ Physical Sciences/ Physics/ Mathematics; Home Science; English/ Kiswahili/ Foreign Language; Geography/ History/ Business Studies/ Commerce/ Economics/ Agriculture.
  2. Diploma holders with a minimum of a credit pass in a related area from a recognized institution with a C (Plain) at KCSE or equivalent.
  • Mean grade of C- (Minus) at KCSE and progressed from certificate to Diploma from recognized/accredited institutions.

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

The teaching strategies and methodologies that will be employed in the delivery of this program will include lectures, workshop/seminar presentations, practicals, fieldwork, industry attachment and blended learning.

Student Assessment Criteria

Students enrolled for the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree programme are assessed in course of semester through continuous assessment tests (CATs) and written examinations in the following forms:

  1. Continuous Assessment involves a combination of assignments such as short tests, term papers, class presentations, and projects spread out throughout the semester. Two (2) sit-in CATS are administered in addition to assignments. The cumulative weight of the continuous assessment is 30%.
  2. A final examination or a project in lieu of the final examination is given at the end of the semester. The cumulative weight of the final examination is 70%.
  3. Besides, students are required to conduct research on an approved topic within the course structure in area of specialization. The student is subjected to continuous supervision. The project is marked out of 100%.
  4. Lastly, industrial attachment is done in hospitality and tourism related establishments to expose students to the practical application of the courses studied. The duration of the attachment is at least six (6) months, with the duration spread equally (three months) between first and second attachment. During attachment, each student is required to maintain a logbook containing weekly reports of the activities undertaken. A designated supervisor at the host establishment and a specialist lecturer evaluates the student. At the end of the attachment, each student submits the logbook plus a detailed report of major activities undertaken during the industrial attachment.

Graduation Requirements

To be considered for Award of Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree, a candidate must have taken and passed at least (57) required units. These includes practicums/internship and research project with approval from the University Senate. The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree is awarded only to candidates who fulfill all requirements and pass all the course units.