Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Engineering: Civil

Qualification code: NDECI
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62385
APS/AS: 18
Rules:
Work-integrated learning is a compulsory component towards the completion of this qualification. Students must complete PEC2601 or PEC2602 and PEC301C or PEC3602.Students may do PEC2601and PEC301C sequentially (i.e. PEC301C after PEC2601) or simultaneously by registering for both modules in the same year. A student may only select for PEC2601and PEC301C if s/he has a placement. PEC2602 and PEC3602 are modules which are offered at specific locations which may require the student to relocate for the duration of the project. 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 are required to register for MAT1581 in the 2nd semester, once they have done the first part of MAT1510.
Purpose statement:
To train a Civil Engineering Technician with sufficient academic knowledge and practical experience to plan, design, construct and manage projects in the Civil Engineering field. A qualified person with sufficient experience will be able to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) 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

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
AMC1PRA - Applied Mechanics I (Practical) Co-requisite:PHY1501
DRW1501 - Drawing I
ENN103F - English for Academic Purposes
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
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
PHY1501 - Elementary Mechanics Co-requisite:AMC1PRA (only applicable to NDECI), MCA1PRA (only applicable to NDEEN-MEC, NDEID, NDEMC)
SCV1501 - Surveying

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CMD1501 - Construction Methods I
CMT1501 - Construction Materials I (Theory) Co-requisite:CMTPRA1
CMTPRA1 - Construction Materials I (Practical) Co-requisite:CMT1501
DRW2601 - Drawing II Pre-requisite:DRW1501
MAT2691 - Mathematics II (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT1581
MCL1501 - Management: Civil I
SRC2601 - Surveying: Civil II (Theory) Pre-requisite:SRV1501 or SCV1501
Co-requisite:SRCPRA2
SRCPRA2 - Surveying: Civil II (Practical Pre-requisite:SRV1501 & SRVPRA1
Co-requisite:SRC2601
TST2601 - Theory of Structures II (Theory) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & AMC1PRA
Co-requisite:TSTPRA2 & MAT2691
TSTPRA2 - Theory of Structures II (Practical) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & AMC1PRA
Co-requisite:TST2601

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
GTE2601 - Geotechnical Engineering II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CMT1501
Co-requisite:GTE2PRA
GTE2PRA - Geotechnical Engineering II (Practical) Co-requisite:GTE2601
MCL2601 - Management: Civil II Pre-requisite:MCL1501
RCD3601 - Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Design III (Theory) Pre-requisite:TST2601 & TSTPRA2
Co-requisite:RCD3602 & SAN2601
RCD3602 - Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Design III (Project) Pre-requisite:TST2601 & TSTPRA2
Co-requisite:RCD3601 & SAN2601
SAN2601 - Structural Analysis II Co-requisite:TST2601, TSTPRA2 & MAT2691
TPE2601 - Transportation Engineering II (Theory) Co-requisite:SRC2601 & SRCPRA2 or TPE2602
TPE2602 - Transportation Engineering II (Project) Co-requisite:SRC2601 & SRCPRA2 & TPE2601
WEN2601 - Water Engineering II (Theory) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & AMC1PRA
Co-requisite:WEN2PRA
WEN2PRA - Water Engineering II (Practical) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & AMC1PRA
Co-requisite:WEN2601
Group B. Choose 1 from the following
PEC2601 - Engineering Practice: Civil II (Workplace-Based Learning) Pre-requisite:AMC1PRA & DRW1501& ENN103F & EUP1501 & MAT1581 & PHY1501& (SRV1501 or SCV1501) & CMD1501& CMT1501 & MCL1501& CMTPRA1
PEC2602 - Engineering Practice: Civil II (Project - Based) Pre-requisite:GTE2601, GTE2PRA, MCL2601, RCD3601, RCD3602, SAN2601,TPE2601, TPE2602,WEN2601 & WEN2PRA
Recommendation:It is recommended that students do the following modules before attempting this module: DCM3601, DCM3602, GTE3601, GTEPRA3, SAN3601,SSD3601, TPE3601, TPE3PRA, WEN3601, WEN3PJT, WEN3PRA

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DCM3601 - Documentation III (Theory) Pre-requisite:MCL2601
Co-requisite:DCM3602
DCM3602 - Documentation III (Project) Co-requisite:DCM3601
GTE3601 - Geotechnical Engineering III (Theory) Pre-requisite:GTE2601 & GTE2PRA
Co-requisite:GTEPRA3
GTEPRA3 - Geotechnical Engineering III (Practical) Pre-requisite:GTE2601 & GTE2PRA
Co-requisite:GTE3601
SAN3601 - Structural Analysis III Pre-requisite:SAN2601
SSD3601 - Structural Steel and Timber Design III (Theory) Pre-requisite:SAN2601
Co-requisite:SSD3602
SSD3602 - Structural Steel and Timber Design III (Project) Pre-requisite:SAN2601
Co-requisite:SSD3601
TPE3601 - Transportation Engineering III (Theory) Pre-requisite:TPE2601 & TPE2602 & CMT1501
Co-requisite:TPE3PRA
TPE3PRA - Transportation Engineering III (Practical) Pre-requisite:TPE2601 & TPE2602
Co-requisite:TPE3601
WEN3601 - Water Engineering III (Theory) Pre-requisite:WEN2601 & WEN2PRA
Co-requisite:WEN3PRA & WEN3PJT
WEN3PJT - Water Engineering III (Project) Pre-requisite:WEN2601 & WEN2PRA
Co-requisite:WEN3601
WEN3PRA - Water Engineering III (Practical) Pre-requisite:WEN2601 & WEN2PRA
Co-requisite:WEN3601 & WEN3PJT
Group B. Choose 1 from the following
PEC301C - Engineering Practice: Civil III (Workplace-Based Learning ) Pre-requisite:DRW2601 & RCD3601 & RCD3602 & MCL2601
Co-requisite:PEC2601 or PEC2602
PEC3602 - Engineering Practice: Civil III (Project Based) Pre-requisite:DCM3601 & DCM3602 & DRW2601 & GTE3601 & GTEPRA3 & RCD3601 &RCD3602 & SAN3601 & SSD3601 & SSD3602 & TPE3601& TPE3PRA & WEN3601 & WEN3PJT & WEN3PRA
Co-requisite:PEC2601 or PEC2602