Maseno University

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Programme Overview
The Department of Linguistics offers courses with other University approved courses lead to a B.A. (English) or B.A in English.   Specifically, the courses focus on development and expansion of knowledge in translation, creative writing, lexicography and codification of languages as well as sharpening the productive skills of students pursuing other disciplines.

Objectives
The courses are designed to:
(i)     Provide a theoretical foundation in the study of English language;
(ii)    Give students skills to achieve a high level of accuracy and proficiency in the English language;
(iii)   Provide students with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge in some selected areas of English language and linguistics;
(iv)   Provide students with a broad-based linguistic knowledge to pursue careers in communication.
(v)    Train highly specialized students to undertake research and Postgraduate studies.

Year1:Semester1
  • AEN 101:               -        Introduction to Language
  • AEN 102:               -        Introduction to Linguistics

Year1:Semester2
  • AEN 103:               -        A History of English Language
  • AEN 104:               -        Art of Writing

Year2:Semester1
  • AEN 201:            -     Introductory English Phonetics
  • AEN 202:            -     Contrastive Study of Language
  • AEN 203:            -     The English Word & Morphology

Year2:Semester2
  • AEN 204:             -    The Structure of English Sent. I
  • AEN 205:             -    The English Group
  • ALI 211:              -    Literary Theory & Criticism
  • Common course
  • Other progammes

Year3:Semester1
  • AEN 302:           -     The Structure of Eng. Sentence II
  • AEN 303:           -     English in Bi-Multilingual Contexts
  • AEN 304:           -     Functional Varieties of English
  • AEN 305:           -     The English Phonology
  • FHT 306:           -     Enterpreneurship & Innovation
  • AEN 307:           -     Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics
  • AEN 308:           -     Introduction to Phonemics
  • AEN 309:                 Spatial Linguistics

Year3:Semester2
  • AEN 306            -    Advanced English Phonetics
  • AEN 310:           -    Research methods
  • AEN 311:           -    Semantics & Pragmatics
  • AEN 312:           -    Psycholinguistics
  • AEN 313:           -    English Prosody
  • AEN 314            -    Language Acquisition
  • AEN  315:          -    Trends in Contemporary English

Year4:Semester1
  • AEN 401:          -    Research Project
  • AEN 402:          -    Functional Grammar
  • AEN 403:          -    Introduction to Theory & Principles of Translation
  • AEN 404:          -    Advances in the Description of English
  • Syntax
  • ALI.  401:         -    The African Novel
  • AEN 405           -    Sociolinguistics
  • AEN 406           -    Phonological Theory
  • AEN 414                Orthography

Year4:Semester2
AEN.407:                   -    Advanced Phonemics (Practical)        
AEN.408:                   -    Comparative Study of Language (Elective)    
AEN 409:                   -    Practical English Stylistics         
AEN 410:                   -    Creative Writing (Practical)        
AEN 411:                   -    Principles of Translation (Practical)        
AEN 412:                   -    Public Speaking (Practical)            
AEN 413:                   -    Discourse Analysis

Key:        
C -    CORE
E -    ELECTIVE
R -    REQUIRED

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.

  • Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to the university.
  • Applicants must satisfy the entry requirements for admission to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


DEGREE  STRUCTURE
The department offers course within the degree structure as spelt out by the faculty.

COURSE STRUCTURE

  • The Department offers courses in terms of units as defined by the Faculty; a unit is defined as one hour lecture per week per semester, or two hours of tutorial per week per semester, or three  hours of practical work per week per semester.
  • 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.
  • The normal fulltime load for one academic year shall be at least 40 units but not more than 48 units.

Course units from the department shall be distributed as follows:

  • A minimum of 12 units in each of the first two years and a minimum of 21 units in each of the subsequent two years for the 3.3.2.2. degree pattern; and
  • A minimum of 12 units in each of the first two years and a minimum of 42 units in each of the subsequent two years for the 3.3.1.1. degree pattern.

EXAMINATION REGULATIONS.

  • The general University examination regulations shall apply.
  • A written research project shall be marked out of 100% marks.