Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Engineering: Chemical

Qualification code: NDENG
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62384
APS/AS: 18
Rules:
Students enrolling for the first time in 2018 are required to do MAT1510. Students who registered prior to 2018 are not required to do this module. Students should register for MAT1581 in the 2nd semester, once they have done the first part of MAT1510. CHF1501 replaces CEM2601. The following practical modules must be done at Unisa's Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria: INC2PRA, ORC2PRA and PCH2PRA. The practical component of these study units is compulsory. Registration for the practical component is done at Unisa. The Chemical Engineering practical courses must be done at Unisa Florida laboratories. Both the theoretical and the practical component of the subject must be passed before credit for the subject can be obtained. The practical component must be done simultaneously or after the theoretical component. Modules can be completed concurrently or in different years. Access to a personal computer is compulsory for the practical. All study materials and examination papers are available only in English.
Purpose statement:
Chemical engineering is concerned with the manufacturing of chemicals on an industrial scale as well as the industrial processes that convert raw materials into products that have a higher economic value and in a particular manufacturing environment; there is usually a chemical design 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 as a Professional Technician in this field of Engineering.
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.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • 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

Students enrolling for the first time in 2018 are required to do MAT1510 and CHF1501. Students who
registered prior to 2018 are not required to do MAT1510. CHF1501 replaces CEM2601. Students who have
done CEM2601 or CEM211F do not need to do CHF1501. Students are recommended to register for MAT1581
in the 2nd semester, once they have done the first part of MAT1510.


Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CHE181T - Chemistry I (Theory) Co-requisite:CHE1PRA
CHE1PRA - Chemistry I (Practical) Co-requisite:CHE181T
CHF1501 - Chemical Engineering Fundamentals I Co-requisite:CHE181T & MAT1581
DCE1501 - Drawing: Chemical Engineering I
ENN103F - English for Academic Purposes
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
FIC181C - Physics I (Theory) Co-requisite:FIC1PRA
FIC1PRA - Physics I (Practical) Co-requisite:FIC181C
MAT1510 - Precalculus Mathematics A
MAT1581 - Mathematics I (Engineering) Recommendation:Students are recommended to register for MAT1581 in the 2nd semester, once they have done the first part of MAT1510

Second level

The following practical modules must be done at Unisa's Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria: INC2PRA,
ORC2PRA and PCH2PRA. The practical component of these study units is compulsory. Registration for
the practical component is done at Unisa. The Chemical Engineering practical courses (CEMPRA2;
CEMPRA3 and CEMPRB3) must be done at Unisa Florida laboratories. Both the theoretical and the
practical component of the subject must be passed before credit for the subject can be obtained. The
practical component must be done simultaneously or after the theoretical component; the modules can
be completed concurrently or in different years. Access to a personal computer is compulsory for the
practical.
All study materials and examination papers are available only in English.
Students who have done CEM2601 do not need to do CHF1501, students who have done CPI2601 do not need
to do CHF2601.










Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CEMPRA2 - Chemical Engineering Technology II (Practical) Co-requisite:CHF2601or CEM2601
CHF2601 - Chemical Engineering Fundamentals II Pre-requisite:CHE181T& MAT1581 & (CHF1501or CEM2601)
ENP291Q - Engineering Physics II (Theory) Pre-requisite:FIC181C
Co-requisite:ENP2PRA
ENP2PRA - Engineer Physics II: (Practical) Pre-requisite:FIC181C
Co-requisite:ENP291Q
INC251U - Inorganic Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE181T & CHE1PRA
INC2PRA - Inorganic Chemistry II (Practical) Co-requisite:INC251U
MAT2691 - Mathematics II (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT1581
ORC221F - Organic Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE181T & CHE1PRA
ORC2PRA - Organic Chemistry II (Practical) Co-requisite:ORC221F
PCH241P - Physical Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE181T, CHE1PRA
PCH2PRA - Physical Chemistry II (Practical) Co-requisite:PCH241P

Third level

Work-integrated learning is a compulsory component towards the completion of this qualification.
Students must complete CEP101E or CEP2602 and CEP201E or CEP3602. Students may do CEP101E and
CEP201E sequentially (i.e CEP201E after CEP101E) or simultaneously by registering for both modules
in the same year. A student may only select CEP101E and CEP201E if s/he has a placement. CEP2602 and
CEP3602 are modules which are offered at Unisa's Florida campus only which may require the student
to relocate for the duration of the project. TRP2601 replaces CEM311A. Students who have done
CEM311A do not need to do TRP2601. Students must complete CEP101E or CEP2602 and CEP201E or CEP3602.
Students may do CEP101E and CEP201E sequentially (i.e CEP201E after CEP101E) or simultaneously by
registering for both modules in the same year. A student may select CEP101E and CEP201E if s/he has
a placement. CEP2602 and CEP3602 are modules which are offered at Unisa's Florida campus only which
may require students to relocate for the duration of the project. CES2601 replaces CEM321B. Students
who have done CEM321B do not need to do CES2601.



Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CEMPRA3 - Chemical Engineering Technology III (Module A) (Practical) Co-requisite:TRP2601 or CEM311A
CHP3601 - Chemical Plant III (Module A) Pre-requisite:CHE181T
EMA2601 - Engineering Management II (Module A)
PCT3601 - Process Control III Pre-requisite:MAT1581
Co-requisite:MAT2691
TDC3601 - Thermodynamics (Chemical Engineering III) Co-requisite:PCH241P
TRP2601 - Transport Phenomena I Pre-requisite:MAT1581 & CHF1501 or CEM2601
Co-requisite:CHF2601 or CPI2601(Only applicable to NDENG)
Group B. Choose one from the following
CEP101E - Chemical Engineering Practice I Pre-requisite:CHE181T & CHE1PRA & DCE1501 & ENN103F & EUP1501 & FIC181C & FIC1PRA & MAT1581 & CEM2601or CHF1501 & CEMPRA2 & CHF2601or CPI2601 & MAT2691
Co-requisite: CEM321B or CES2601 & CEMPRA3 & CHP3602 & CPD3601 & EMA2602 & TDA3601
CEP2602 - Chemical Engineering Practice: Work Directed Theoretical Learning I Pre-requisite:CHE181T & CHE1PRA & DCE1501& ENN103F & EUP1501 & FIC181C & FIC1PRA & MAT1581 & CEM2601or CHF1501& CEMPRA2 & CHF2601 or CPI2601& ENP291Q & ENP2PRA & INC251U & INC2PR &, MAT2691 & ORC221F & ORC2PRA & PCH241P& PCH2PRA
Co-requisite:CEM321B or CES2601& CEMPRA3 &CHP3602 & CPD3601& EMA2601 & TDA3601

Fourth level

Work-integrated learning is a compulsory component towards the completion of this qualification.
Students must complete CEP101E or CEP2602 and CEP201E or CEP3602. Students may do CEP101E and
CEP201E sequentially (i.e CEP201E after CEP101E) or simultaneously by registering for both modules
in the same year. A student may only select CEP101E and CEP201E if s/he has a placement. CEP2602 and
CEP3602 are modules which are offered at Unisa's Florida campus only which may require the student
to relocate for the duration of the project. TRP2601 replaces CEM311A. Students who have done
CEM311A do not need to do TRP2601. CES2601 replaces CEM321B. Students
who have done CEM321B do not need to do CES2601.




Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CEMPRB3 - Chemical Engineering Technology III Module B (Practical) Co-requisite:CES2601 or CEM321B
CES2601 - Separation Principles I Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CHF1501 & CHF2601
Co-requisite:TRP2601 & CEMPRB3
CHP3602 - Chemical Plant III (Module B) Pre-requisite:CHE181T
CPD3601 - Chemical Process Design: Principles III Pre-requisite:CEM2601 or CHF1501
Co-requisite:CEM321B or CES2601
EMA2602 - Engineering Management II (Module B)
TDA3601 - Thermodynamics (Applied III) Co-requisite:PCH241P
Group B. Choose one from the following
CEP201E - Chemical Engineering Practice II Co-requisite:CEP101E or CEP2602
CEP3602 - Chemical Engineering Practice: Work Directed Theoretical Learning I Pre-requisite:CHE181T & CHE1PRA & DCE1501& ENN103F & EUP1501& FIC181C & FIC1PRA & MAT1581& CEM2601 or CHF1501 & CEMPRA2 & CHF2601 or CPI2601 & ENP291Q & ENP2PRA & INC251U & INC2PRA & MAT2691& ORC221F & ORC2PRA & PCH241P & PCH2PRA
Co-requisite:CEP2602 or CEP101E & CEM321B or CES2601& CEMPRA3 & CHP3601 & CPD3601& EMA3602 & TDA3601