Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical (Environmental)

Qualification code: BTECE
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 16427
APS/AS: 50
Important: A student may only register for the BTech: Engineering: Chemical (Environmental) if he or she : a) can identify and complete a research project for CEE4701 (CEE401C), b) the project (CEE401C/CEE4701) must be related to water treatment or solid waste treatment or air quality control, c) has access to a computer simulation design programme/package for CPD4702 (CPD4M2C), such as ASPEN, CHEMCAD, PROII, etc. and d) can provide a mentor for each of the above study units respectively. It is the responsibility of the student to find it elsewhere. Students who register for CEE4701 and CPD4702 will be required to do oral presentations as part of the assessment for these modules. CEM4703 has been replaced with SEP4701, students who have completed CEM4703 may not register for SEP4701.
Purpose statement:
Chemical engineering is concerned with the manufacturing of chemicals on an industrial scale as well as with the industrial processes that convert raw materials into products that have higher economic value. In a particular manufacturing environment, there is usually a chemical engineering team. This team is usually led by a degreed Chemical Engineer, usually assisted by a Chemical Engineering Technologist or a Chemical Engineering Technician. They all obtain their qualifications from a university of technology or a university. The technologist has obtained a BTech degree and the technician a National Diploma. The team is qualified to research, develop, design, construct and operate the plants required to make any processed product. A qualified person with sufficient experience will be able to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Technologist in this field of Engineering.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2021, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.