Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Electrical Engineering

Qualification code: 90138
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 111285
APS/AS: 18
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practicing professional engineering technician. This qualification provides: Preparation for careers in engineering and areas that potentially benefit from engineering skills, for achieving technical proficiency and competency to make a contribution to the economy and national development. The educational base required for registration as a candidate and/or a professional engineering technician with Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) (Refer to qualification rules). The qualification reflects the new standard for engineering technicians as required by the Engineering Council of South Africa (referred to as the ECSA hereafter) based on the new Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF) (ECSA document E-02-PN; February 2015: Qualification Standard for Diploma in Engineering: NQF Level 6). This qualification was endorsed by constituents from industry via advisory committee meetings for mechanical engineering. The qualification is part of a group of new qualifications in Engineering focused on de-colonialisation and curriculum transformation. The new qualifications will increase of the institutional reputation; will attract more international students, especially from Africa, leading to an improved international scholarly output. Professional Engineering Technicians apply established and newly developed engineering technology to solve well-defined problems and develop components, systems, services and processes. The qualification will be the only one that is offered by an open and distance learning institute. As such, it will be accessible to students countrywide, and is more likely to be taken up by employed students who would not be able to attend full-time courses offered by residential institutions. This qualification plans to address the current engineering skill shortage allowing workers in the field to upgrade their qualifications via self-study, facility not available through contact universities. This qualification is designed to meet the educational requirement towards registration as a Candidate or Professional Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council of South Africa
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

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.

First level

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DPJ2601 - Design Project III (offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:EEM2601, ECD2601, MCD2601, ELB1502
EAL3601 - Alternative Energy Design Project III (offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:SCN1501, ECD2601
ELA2602 - Electronics III (offered from 2021 S2) Pre-requisite:ELA2601
INI3601 - Industrial Instruments III (offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MCD2601
MAT3700 - Mathematics III (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT2691(Not applicable to 90128, 90133,90134 and 90142)
WDL3601 - Work-directed Learning: Electrical Engineering (Project based) (offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:ECD2601, MCD2601, ELB1502, EAL3601