Chemical and Process Engineering Program Offered at Moi University

Moi Uni

Moi University (Moi Uni)

Uasin Gishu County

Bachelors Degree 5 Years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: Moi University)

About Chemical and Process Engineering Bachelors Degree program.

Chemical and Process Engineering is concerned with the development and application of manufacturing processes in which chemical or certain physical changes are involved. These processes may usually be resolved into a co-ordinated series of unit operations and chemical processes.

The work of the chemical engineer is concerned primarily with the design, construction, and operation of equipment and plants in which these unit operations and processes are applied Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics are the underlying sciences of Chemical & Process Engineering, and Economics is its guide in practice.

What does the Chemical & Process Engineer help produce?

The chemical industry is large (a major fraction of Kenyan gross national product), dynamic, and is constantly expanding.

In spite of the fact that an average Kenyan constantly uses chemical products, the work of the chemical & process engineer is relatively unknown since most chemical products are not direct consumer items. Some items such as gasoline, paint, paper, drugs, and foods are delivered to the consumer as manufactured, but soda ash, caustic soda, chlorine, and sulphuric acid, for example, seldom reach the consumer in their original form in spite of the fact that they are in the heavy chemical group. Soda ash is used in the manufacture of glass, pulp and paper, soaps, and water softeners; caustic soda is used to make rayon, explosives, foods, bleaching compounds, and soap, etc. Chemical engineers also participate in the production of materials which the general public never comes into contact with, such as radioactive substances, rocket fuels, and military explosives.

Chemical & Process Engineers may be involved in the design of a new plant, either for a pilot plant project or for a complete production line. Pilot plant studies predict how big the real plant should be so that the processes are developed as efficiently as possible. Also, the engineers use their design ingenuity to find ways of modifying an existing production line to improve safety, efficiency, prevent pollution, and do so in a cost-effective manner.

The activities of chemical & process engineers can be summarised as below:-

  • Production
  • Equipment process and plant design
  • Research and development
  • Management and planning
  • Sales and marketing
  • Process and quality control
  • Environmental management
  • Teaching and training

Objectives of Chemical and Process Engineering

Chemical engineers are responsible for the chemical, biochemical and physical processes and machinery used to transform raw materials into valuable products.

This Chemical and Process Engineering program offered at Moi University aims to:

  • Prepare graduate engineers capable of designing, constructing, operating and maintaining chemical production systems while considering economic and human factors.
  • Inculcate into graduate engineers' confidence, skills and know-how essential for developing techniques required for conventional and non-conventional production processes.
  • Impart proper vocational attitudes necessary for practical orientation.
  • Strengthen the chemical engineering profession in the country.

Entry requirements for Chemical and Process Engineering

All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical and Production Engineering must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.

In addition, candidates must obtain at least the minimum cut-off points for the year as determined from any one of the following four subject clusters from the revised KCSE structure in which candidates take the examination in 8 subjects.

  • ALTERNATIVE A: Mathematics Physics Chemistry Either Biology or Geography or any Group V (i.e. the technical group of subjects)
  • ALTERNATIVE B: Mathematics Physics Chemistry Either Biology or Geography or any Group V (i.e. the technical group of subjects)
  • Mathematics Physical Sciences Biological Sciences Either Geography or any Group V (i.e. technical group of subjects)
  • The above clusters may change from year to year.

Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Moi University Senate may also be considered.

Chemical and Process Engineering Course Subjects

Year 1 Semester I

  • Pure Mathematics I
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Basic Physics I
  • Basic Chemistry I
  • Engineering Drawing I
  • Communication Skills I
  • Development Concepts and Applications

Semester II

  • Pure Mathematics II
  • Basic Statistics Basic Physics II
  • Basic Chemistry II
  • Engineering Drawing II
  • Communication Skills II
  • Quantitative Skills
    • Total number of units year 1 44

Year 2 Semester I

  • Chemical Reaction Kinetics Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemical Process Calculations
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Solid Mechanics I
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Electrical Technology I
  • State, Society and Development

Semester II

  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Fluid Mechanics I
  • Particle Technology I
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Thermodynamics I
  • Electrical Technology II
  • Introduction to Computer Hardware & Software
    • Total number of units year 2 48
  • Workshop Practice (12 Weeks)

Year 3 Semester I

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Thermodynamics I
  • Particle Technology II
  • Fluid Mechanics II
  • Engineering Mathematics III
  • Materials Science II
  • Solid Mechanics II
  • Fundamental Electronics

Semester II

  • Colloidal and Surface Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
  • Fluid Mechanics III
  • Principles of Chemical Eng.
  • Design Heat Transfer I
  • Mass Transfer I
  • Engineering Mathematics IV
  • Statistics
    • Total number of units year 3 48
  • Industrial Attachment I (12 Weeks)

Year 4 Semester I

  • Process Measurement & Instrumentation
  • Fluid Mechanics IV
  • Chemical Engineering Design I
  • Applied Biochemistry Heat Transfer II
  • Mass Transfer II
  • Reactor Engineering I
  • Computer Programming

Semester II

  • Industrial Pollution Control I
  • Process Modelling & System Analysis
  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Chemical Engineering Design II
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mass Transfer III
  • Reactor Engineering II
  • Introduction to Engineering Economics
    • Total number of units year 4 48
  • Industrial Attachment II (12 Weeks)

Year 5 Semester I

  • Industrial Management Industrial Processes
  • Industrial Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Industrial Pollution Control II
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Design Project
  • Elective I
  • Elective II

Semester II

  • Process Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Design Project
  • Industrial Law & Ethics
  • Operations Research
  • Elective III
  • Elective IV
    • Total number of units year 5 45
    • Electives The two electives of each semester will be taken from the groups of the elective courses listed below.
    • The choice will depend on the advice of the department, student interest, and needs of the profession. Not all electives may be offered during any particular semester. Semester I Optimization and Simulation Pulp & Paper Technology Biochemical Engineering Petroleum Technology Pilot Plant Projects Advanced Industrial Pollution Control Semester II Advanced Process Control Sugar Technology Electrochemical & Corrosion Technology Polymer Technology

About Moi University

In January 1981 a Presidential Working Party chaired by the distinguished Canadian academic, Dr. Colin B. Mackay, was convened to prepare detailed recommendations for a second university in Kenya and their report was presented to the then President, H. E. Hon. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi in September 1981. The report ... read more