Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Pulp and Paper Technology

Qualification code: 90141
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 112567
APS/AS: 18
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to provide for a formal qualification for high-level operators in the pulp and paper industry. A learner accredited with this qualification will be able to take responsibility for the operation of a plant or process in a pulp or paper mill safely and with due understanding of the quality, cost and environmental impacts of his/her actions.
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

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CEF2601 - Chemical Engineering Fundamentals IIB (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CHE181T
CET2601 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601
ENM2601 - Engineering Management I (Offered from 2021)
MPP3601 - Mineral Processing Principles (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601
Co-requisite:SPP2601
PPT2601 - Pulp and Paper Technology IA (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:PPS1501
PPT2602 - Pulp and Paper Technology IIB (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:PPS1501
PPT2603 - Pulp and Paper Technology IIIC (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:PPS1501
SPP2601 - Separation Principles IA (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
Co-requisite:CEF2601
TPH2601 - Transport Phenomena IA (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
Co-requisite:CEF2601

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
PPT3601 - Pulp and Paper Practicals I (Offered from 2022) Pre-requisite:CEF1501, CEF2601, PPT2601, PPT2602
Co-requisite:SPP2601,TPH2601, PRC3601, MPP3601, CET2601
PPW3601 - Workplace-based Learning I: Pulp and Paper (Offered from 2022) Pre-requisite:ENG1503, EUP1501, MAT1514, CHE181T, CHE1PRA, CEF1501, CEF2601, PSE1501, MAT1581, CET2601, TPH2601, SPP2601, ENM2601, PPT2601, PPT2602
Co-requisite:PRC3601, MPP3601, PPP3601
PPW3602 - Workplace- based Learning II : Pulp and Paper (Offered from 2022) Pre-requisite:ENG1503, EUP1501, MAT1514, CHE181T, CHE1PRA, MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601, PSE1501, TPH2601, CET2601, SPP2601, ENM2601
Co-requisite:PRC3601, MPP3601
PRC3601 - Process Control (Offered from 2022) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
Co-requisite:CEF2601