Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Pulp and Paper Technology

Qualification code: 90141
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 112567
APS/AS: 18
Please note that all practicals will be conducted at Unisa Science campus, in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province. Further note that this is compulsory to all students and for all the engineering modules that require practical work in the laboratories. Compilation of curriculum: A student may register for a maximum of 60 NQF credits per semester (consequently 120 NQF credits for an academic year); Students should take cognizance of prerequisite modules when selecting modules for registration. From 2024, Engineering modules will be offered as year modules only. Please click on the modules to see further information.
Purpose statement:
The specific purpose of educational programmes designed to meet this qualification are to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Professional Engineering Technician. This qualification provides: a. 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; b. The educational base required for registration as a Candidate and/or a Professional Engineering Technician with Engineering Council of South Africa; c. Entry to an Advanced Diploma or a combination of work-integrated learning equivalent to at least 30 credits but not to exceed 120 credits and coursework.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. 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. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

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

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Second level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CEF2601 - Chemical Engineering Fundamentals IIB Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CHE181T
CET2601 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
ENM2601 - Engineering Management I
MPP3601 - Mineral Processing Principles Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601
PPT2601 - Pulp and Paper Technology IA Pre-requisite:PPS1501
PPT2602 - Pulp and Paper Technology IIB Pre-requisite:PPS1501
PPT2603 - Pulp and Paper Technology IIIC Pre-requisite:PPS1501
SPP2601 - Separation Principles IA Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
TPH2601 - Transport Phenomena IA Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501

Third level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
PPT3601 - Pulp and Paper Practicals I Pre-requisite:CEF1501, CEF2601, PPT2601, PPT2602
Co-requisite:SPP2601, TPH2601, PRC3601, MPP3601, CET2601
PPW3601 - Workplace-based Learning I: Pulp and Paper Pre-requisite:TPH2601, REE2601, PPT2602
Co-requisite:PRC3601, MPP3601, PPT3601
PPW3602 - Workplace- based Learning II: Pulp and Paper Pre-requisite:TPH2601, REE2601, PPT2602
Co-requisite:PRC3601, MPP3601, PPT3601
PRC3601 - Process Control Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501