Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical

Qualification stream: Mechatronics
Qualification code: NDEEN - MEC
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62386
APS/AS: 18
Rules:
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.

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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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
DIG1501 - Digital Systems I (Theory) Co-requisite:DIGPRA1
DIGPRA1 - Digital Systems I (Practical) Co-requisite:DIG1501
ECT1501 - Electronics I (Theory) Co-requisite:ECTPRA1
ECTPRA1 - Electronics I (Practical) Co-requisite:ECT1501
ELE1501 - Electrical Engineering I (Theory) Co-requisite:ELEPRA1
ELEPRA1 - Electrical Engineering I (Practical) Co-requisite:ELE1501
ENN103F - English for Academic Purposes
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
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
MCA1PRA - Mechanics I (Practical) Co-requisite:PHY1501
MED161Q - Mechanical Engineering Drawing I
PHY1501 - Elementary Mechanics Co-requisite:AMC1PRA (only applicable to NDECI), MCA1PRA (only applicable to NDEEN-MEC, NDEID, NDEMC)

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COS1511 - Introduction to Programming I
DIG2601 - Digital Systems II (Theory) Pre-requisite:DIG1501 & DIGPRA1
Co-requisite:DIGPRA2
DIGPRA2 - Digital Systems II (Practical) Pre-requisite:DIG1501 & DIGPRA1
Co-requisite:DIG2601
ECT2601 - Electronics II (Theory) Pre-requisite:ECT1501 & ECTPRA1
Co-requisite:ECTPRA2
ECTPRA2 - Electronics II (Practical) Pre-requisite:ECT1501 & ECTPRA1
Co-requisite:ECT2601
ELE2601 - Electrical Engineering II (Theory) Pre-requisite:ELE1501 & ELEPRA1
Co-requisite:ELEPRA2
ELEPRA2 - Electrical Engineering II (Practical) Pre-requisite:ELE1501 & ELEPRA1
Co-requisite:ELE2601
EPR101E - Electrical Engineering Practice I
MAT2691 - Mathematics II (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT1581
MOM2601 - Mechanics of Machines II (Theory) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & MCA1PRA
Co-requisite:MOMPRA2
MOMPRA2 - Mechanics of Machines II (Practical) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & MCA1PRA
Co-requisite:MOM2601
SOM2601 - Strength of Materials II (Theory) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & MCA1PRA
Co-requisite:SOMPRA2
SOMPRA2 - Strength of Materials II (Practical) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & MCA1PRA
Co-requisite:SOM2601

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CSY3601 - Control Systems III (Theory) Pre-requisite:ECT2601 & ECTPRA2 & ELE2601 & ELEPRA2 & MAT3700
Co-requisite:CSYPRA3
CSYPRA3 - Control Systems III (Practical) Pre-requisite:ECT2601 & ECTPRA2 & ELE2601 & ELEPRA2 & MAT3700
Co-requisite:CSY3601
EPR201E - Electrical Engineering Practice II
FMC2601 - Fluid Mechanics II (Theory) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & AMC1PRA
Co-requisite:FMCPRA2 or FMC2PRA
FMCPRA2 - Fluid Mechanics II (Practical) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & AMC1PRA
Co-requisite:FMC2601 or FMC201U
INE2601 - Industrial Electronics II (Theory) Pre-requisite:ECT1501 or ECT151R & ECTPRA1 or ECT1PRA
Co-requisite:INEPRA2 or INE2PRA
INEPRA2 - Industrial Electronics II (Practical) Pre-requisite:ECT1501 & ECTPRA1
Co-requisite:INE2601
MAT3700 - Mathematics III (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT2691
MOM3601 - Mechanics of Machines III (Theory) Pre-requisite:MOM2601 & MOMPRA2
Co-requisite:MOMPRA3
MOMPRA3 - Mechanics of Machines III (Practical) Pre-requisite:MOM2601 & MOMPRA2
Co-requisite:MOM3601

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DIG3601 - Digital Systems III (Theory) Pre-requisite:DIG2601 & DIGPRA2
Co-requisite:DIGPRA3
DIGPRA3 - Digital Systems III (Practical) Pre-requisite:DIG2601& DIGPRA2
Co-requisite:DIG3601
DPJ391U - Design Project III Pre-requisite:10 study units on level 1 or level 2 and 2 study units on level 3.
EMM2602 - Electrical Machines II (Theory) Co-requisite:EMMPRA2
EMMPRA2 - Electrical Machines II (Practical) Co-requisite:EMM2602
PCE3601 - Power Electronics III (Theory) Pre-requisite:INE2601 & INEPRA2 or (ECT2601 & ECTPRA2 )
Co-requisite:PCEPRA3
PCEPRA3 - Power Electronics III (Practical) Pre-requisite:(INE2601 & INEPRA2) or (ECT2601 & ECTPRA2)
Co-requisite:PCE3601