Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical

Qualification stream: Computer Systems
Qualification code: NDEEN - COS
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62386
APS/AS: 18
Compilation of curriculum: The following compulsory modules need to be completed: English for Academic Purposes. Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions. Mathematics 1, 2 & 3. Electrical Engineering 1 & 2. Electronics 1 & 2. Digital Systems 1. Design Project 3. Electrical Engineering Practice 1 & 2. 60 of the 360 credits must be level 3 subjects. For experiential learning purposes, students currently unemployed should contact the department.
Purpose statement:
Students will be competent to apply technical knowledge, engineering principles and problem-solving techniques in the field of Electrical Engineering by operating within the relevant standards and codes in collaboration with other members of the engineering team. 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.
Qualification offered until 2023, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

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.
DIG2601 - Digital Systems II (Theory) Pre-requisite:DIG1501 & DIGPRA1
DIGPRA2 - Digital Systems II (Practical) Pre-requisite:DIG1501 & DIGPRA1
ECT2601 - Electronics II (Theory) Pre-requisite:ECT1501 & ECTPRA1
ECTPRA2 - Electronics II (Practical) Pre-requisite:ECT1501 & ECTPRA1
ELE2601 - Electrical Engineering II (Theory) Pre-requisite:ELE1501 & ELEPRA1
ELEPRA2 - Electrical Engineering II (Practical) Pre-requisite:ELE1501 & ELEPRA1
EPR101E - Electrical Engineering Practice I
ICT1512 - Introduction to Interactive Programming Co-requisite:ICT1513
ICT1513 - Introduction to Web Design Co-requisite:EUP1501 (or XUP1501), ICT1512
ICT1532 - Network Technical Skills Co-requisite:ICT1531 (or XCT1531)
MAT2691 - Mathematics II (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT1581

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A.
DIG3601 - Digital Systems III (Theory) Pre-requisite:DIG2601 & DIGPRA2
DIGPRA3 - Digital Systems III (Practical) Pre-requisite:DIG2601& DIGPRA2
ECM2601 - Electronic Communication II (Theory) Co-requisite:ECMPRA2 & ECT2601 & ECTPRA2
ECMPRA2 - Electronic Communication II (Practical) Co-requisite:ECM2601 & ECT2601 & ECTPRA2
ECT3601 - Electronics III (Theory) Pre-requisite:ECT2601 & ECTPRA2
ECTPRA3 - Electronics III (Practical) Pre-requisite:ECT2601 & ECTPRA2
EPR201E - Electrical Engineering Practice II
ICT1541 - Business Informatics I
ICT2612 - Interactive Programming Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511) or ICT1511 (or XCT1511) & ICT1513 (or XCT1513)
ICT2613 - Internet Programming Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511) or ICT1511 (or XCT1511), ICT1512 (or XCT1512) & ICT1513 (or XCT1513)
ICT2631 - Operating Systems Practice Pre-requisite:ICT1531 (or XCT1531) & ICT1532 (or XCT1532)
ICT3611 - Advanced Graphical user Interface Programming Pre-requisite:ICT2611
MAT3700 - Mathematics III (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT2691(Not applicable to 90128, 90133,90134 and 90142)

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DPJ391U - Design Project III Pre-requisite:10 study units on level 1 or level 2 and 2 study units on level 3.
ICT3612 - Advanced Internet Programming Pre-requisite:ICT2612 & ICT2613
ICT3631 - Advanced Operating System Practice Pre-requisite:ICT2631 (not applicable to BTELN COS)
Group B. Choose 1 of the following groups of modules
BSM1501 - Business Management IA
BSM1602 - Business Management IB
Group C.
EMA2601 - Engineering Management II (Module A)
EMA2602 - Engineering Management II (Module B)