Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical

Qualification code: NDEMC
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62388
APS/AS: 18
Rules:
Students must have access to a computer, printer and the necessary software for two hours per week. Also see the requirements for IT related study units. For Computer Aided Drafting I (CAD161S), students must have access to the following: Pentium 486DX (or higher) with at least 16 MB RAM, connected to printer MS Windows operating system, with AutoCAD program (Version 13 or Student Version 13). Students that have successfully completed MCP101E may apply to be exempted from MME1PRA and MME2PRA. To align the new Diploma to the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) documents, the curricula for Mechanical Engineering has been restructured as indicated above. Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a compulsory component towards the completion of this qualification. Students may do MCP101E and MCP201E sequentially, that is, MCP201E after MCP101E or simultaneously by registering for both modules in the same year
Purpose statement:
A career in Mechanical Engineering will expose you to machines, vehicles, ships or aircraft. As part of a mechanical engineering team you will become involved in design, development and manufacture of a wide variety of components and systems. You will also be exposed to and eventually be responsible for organising the running of industrial installations and/or process plants. 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
BSM1501 - Business Management IA
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
MME1501 - Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering I (Theory) Co-requisite:MMEPRA1
MMEPRA1 - Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering I (Practical) Co-requisite:MME1501
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
ELE2601 - Electrical Engineering II (Theory) Pre-requisite:ELE1501 & ELEPRA1
Co-requisite:ELEPRA2
ELEPRA2 - Electrical Engineering II (Practical) Pre-requisite:ELE1501 & ELEPRA1
Co-requisite:ELE2601
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
MAT2691 - Mathematics II (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT1581
MEE231V - Mechanical Engineering Design II Pre-requisite:MED161Q
MEG101T - Maintenance Engineering I 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
THD2601 - Thermodynamics II (Theory) Pre-requisite:PHY1501
Co-requisite:MCA1PRA
THDPRA2 - Thermodynamics II (Practical) Pre-requisite:PHY1501
Co-requisite:MCA1PRA

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CAD161S - Computer Aided Draughting I Co-requisite:MED161Q
EMA2601 - Engineering Management II (Module A)
EMA2602 - Engineering Management II (Module B)
MCP101E - Mechanical Engineering Practice I
MEA351A - Mechanical Engineering Design III Pre-requisite:MEE231V
MME2601 - Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering II (Theory) Pre-requisite:MME1501
Co-requisite:MMEPRA1
MMEPRA2 - Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering II (Practical) Pre-requisite:MME1501
Co-requisite:MMEPRA1 & MME2601
Group B. Choose any 3 from the following groups of modules
FMA3601 - Fluid Mechanics III (Theory) Pre-requisite:FMC2601
Co-requisite:FMCPRA2
FMAPRA3 - Fluid Mechanics III (Practical) Pre-requisite:FMC2601
Co-requisite:FMCPRA2
Group C.
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
Group D.
SOM3601 - Strength of Materials III (Theory) Pre-requisite:SOM2601
Co-requisite:SOMPRA2
SOMPRA3 - Strength of Materials III (Practical) Pre-requisite:SOM2601
Co-requisite:SOMPRA2
Group E.
THD3601 - Thermodynamics III (Theory) Pre-requisite:THD2601
Co-requisite:THDPRA2
THDPRA3 - Thermodynamics III (Practical) Pre-requisite:THD2601
Co-requisite:THDPRA2

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MCP201E - Mechanical Engineering Practice II
Group B. Choose any 2 from the following groups
FMA3602 - Hydraulic Machines III (Theory) Pre-requisite:FMA3601
Co-requisite:FMAPRB3
FMAPRB3 - Hydraulic Machines III (Practical) Pre-requisite:FMA3601
Group C.
MOM3602 - Theory of Machines III (Theory) Pre-requisite:MOM3601
Co-requisite:MOMPRB3
MOMPRB3 - Theory of Machines III (Practical) Pre-requisite:MOM3601
Group D.
SOM3602 - Applied Strength of Materials III (Theory) Pre-requisite:SOM3601
Co-requisite:SOMPRB3
SOMPRB3 - Applied Strength of Materials III (Practical) Pre-requisite:SOM3601
Group E.
THD3602 - Steam Plant III (Theory) Pre-requisite:THD3601
Co-requisite:THDPRB3
THDPRB3 - Steam Plant III (Practical) Pre-requisite:THD3601
Group F. Choose any 1 from the following. Note: Theory and practical modules count as 1 subject.
ELE3601 - Electrical Engineering III (Theory) Pre-requisite:ELE2601 & ELEPRA2 & ELE2PRA
Co-requisite:ELEPRA3
ELEPRA3 - Electrical Engineering III (Practical)
MAT3700 - Mathematics III (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT2691
MEA361B - Machine Design III Pre-requisite:MEA351A
MEG291X - Maintenance Engineering II Pre-requisite:MEG101T