Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Engineering: Industrial

Qualification code: NDEID
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62387
APS/AS: 18
Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a compulsory component towards the completion of this qualification. Students may do IDP101E and IDP201E sequentially, that is, IDP201E after IDP101E or simultaneously by registering for both modules in the same year.
Purpose statement:
The Industrial Engineering technician is involved in the investigation, improvement, design and implementation of integrated systems, comprising the optimisation of capital, plant, manpower and raw materials. The principles and techniques of engineering, industrial economics and management are utilised to design the systems to obtain the desired physical and economical results. 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.

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

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ELE1501 - Electrical Engineering I (Theory) Co-requisite:ELEPRA1
ELEPRA1 - Electrical Engineering I (Practical) Co-requisite:ELE1501
EWS121Q - Engineering Work Study I
MME2601 - Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering II (Theory) Pre-requisite:MME1501
MMEPRA2 - Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering II (Practical) Pre-requisite:MME1501
Co-requisite:MMEPRA1 & MME2601
PEI191V - Production Engineering: Industrial I
QUT151Z - Qualitative Techniques I
SOM2601 - Strength of Materials II (Theory) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & MCA1PRA
SOMPRA2 - Strength of Materials II (Practical) Pre-requisite:PHY1501 & MCA1PRA

Third level

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ATO331Q - Automation III Pre-requisite:MME2601 & MMEPRA2
EWS381G - Engineering Work Study III Pre-requisite:EWS271L, FLM271S, MAC1501 & MAC2602
FMA401V - Financial Management IV
IDP101E - Industrial Engineering Practice I
IDP201E - Industrial Engineering Practice II
MEE231V - Mechanical Engineering Design II Pre-requisite:MED161Q
MGP437U - Management Practice IV
OPR371S - Operational Research III Pre-requisite:PEI281S & QUT151Z