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Director's Message

The Directorate of Academic Programmes oversees the implementation of academic decisions besides ensuring effective teaching and learning for all academic programmes.

 Operating under the Office of the DVC-ARSA, the Directorate keeps a sharp focus on the following four academic pillars of the University:

  • Quality teaching and learning
  • Quality research and scholarship
  • Quality and qualified faculty
  • Student excellence

The above will be achieved through the following activities:

  • Schools: Work with Schools to review/develop new/implement programmes, monitor teaching and recommend appropriate actions
  • Quality: Work with Directorate of Quality to facilitate approval of programmes, develop course delivery tools/resources and implementation of such tools/resources
  • ICT: Work with ICT and other related departments to ensure smooth learning by providing or advising the departments on appropriate decisions
  • Research: Work with Directorate of Postgraduate and Research to promote research in the University.
  • Students: Work with student bodies, such as DUSA and Dean of students to develop mechanisms to ensure student satisfaction.
  • Collaborations: Establish/facilitate collaborations with like-minded institutions to promote quality education.

Problem Based Learning (PBL)

What is Problem Based Learning (PBL)?

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centred approach in which students engage in collaborative group learning to explore and solve real-life problems. PBL is based on the principle of using problems as a beginning point to academic inquiry.

 Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach differs from the traditional lecture teaching method in which the lecturer leads in the transmission of knowledge. Contrary to the latter, the PBL approach empowers learners with the opportunity to take the lead in discovering and sharing of knowledge and skills through problem solving.

 In PBL, learners work in small groups where they are presented with real-world problems and exposed to practical hands-on training. The lecturer assumes the role of a facilitator while leaners are encouraged and motivated to use their innovative and creative thinking skills to develop practical solutions to the problems at hand. The PBL approach is acclaimed for enabling students to acquire problem-solving skills necessary beyond college education. The acquired knowledge and skills also make graduates suitable to effectively work in complex workplace environments in industry, community-based and governmental organisations.

 A major benefit of PBL approach is its ability to equip students with specific life skills that are greatly demanded by employers. These include:

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively in teams
  • Critical thinking and appraisal skills
  • Ability to generate ideas, develop and provide solutions
  • Ability to recognise and resolve real-world challenges
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Creativity and innovativeness
  • Decision making skills

These attributes are attained through well thought-out curriculum designed around four learning principles, namely constructive education where personal experience in integrated in knowledge creation, contextualising learning in local context, group learning and self-directed learning (SDL).

The Seven Steps of the PBL Process:

  • Identifying, clarifying of terms in the scenario.
  • Defining the problem
  • Brainstorming
  • Restructuring the problem
  • Formulate learning objectives/ goals.
  • Independent study
  • Regrouping/ Synthesis

In PBL, the interaction between facilitators, scribes, learners, and group leaders is as shown below:

A leading African institution of higher learning, Daystar University uses Problem Based Learning (PBL) model to equip students with quality, innovative and creative skills necessary for resolving real-world problems facing the 21st Century workplace. This is achieved as students work together in teams to explore their capabilities in leadership, research, teamwork and other key competencies.

PBL Board Members

List of Programmes offered per School;

School of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc. N)

School of Law

School of Science, Engineering & Health 

  • Diploma

    Information Communication Technology

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

    Applied Computer Science

    Biomedical Science

    Actuarial Science

    Environmental Health

    Mathematics

    Physics

School of Human & Social Sciences 

  • Diploma

    Counseling

    Community Development

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Psychology and Counselling

    Community Development

    Social Work

    Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

    Counseling Psychology

    Community Development

    Child Development

    Monitoring and Evaluation

    Clinical Psychology

School of Business & Economics

  • Diploma

    Entrepreneurship

    Marketing

    Purchasing and Business Logistics

    Human Resource Management

    Business Administration & Management

  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)

    Accounting

    Business Administration and Management

    Marketing

    Purchasing and Business Logistics

    Management Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

    Economics

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

    Strategic Management

    Human Resource Management

    Finance

    Marketing

    Project Management

    Supply Chain Management

School of Communication

  • Diploma

    Communication

    Music

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Communication

    Technical and Professional Communication

    Music

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

    Media Studies

    Development Communication

    Corporate Communication

  • PhD

    Media Studies

    Development Communication

    Corporate Communication

    Human Communication

School of Arts & Humanities

  • Diploma

    International Relations

    Peace and Conflict Transformation

    Theology

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Peace and Conflict Transformation

    International Relations and Security Studies

  • Bachelor of Education - Arts (B.Ed.)

    English/Literature

    Kiswahili/CRE

    Kiswahili/Music

    CRE

    Kiswahili/Business Studies

    CRE/Business Studies

    Early Childhood Development and Education

  • Bachelor of Education - Science (B.Ed.)

    Mathematics/Physics

    Mathematics/Computer Science

    Physics/Chemistry

    Physics/Computer Science

    Mathematics/Business Studies

    Computer Science/Business Studies

  • Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)

    Theology

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

    Theologys

    Christian Ministries

    Diplomacy, Development and International Security

  • Postgraduate Diploma

    Post-Graduate Diploma in Education – PGDE

Certificate Programmes

  • Certificates

    Business Management

    Community Development

    Information Communication Technology

    Peace & International Relations

    Counseling Psychology

    Media Studies

    Online skills for teachers, instructors and lecturers

For any enquiries contact us on Email: careersmade@daystar.ac.ke or call +254 709 972 000.