Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Research

Qualification code: 98236
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 99699
APS/AS: 60
*It is strongly recommended that students complete DSC4810, DSC4812, DSC4821, and DSC4823 or DSC4825 before attempting DSC4824 or DSC4826.Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, a printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to equip qualifying learners with a range of technical and scientific skills in Operations Research to pursue a career in Industry and Commerce. Upon completion of the qualification, learners will be able to: - Engage in critical and creative thinking and have a comprehensive and systematic knowledge base with a coherent and critical understanding of the principles, theories and research methods of Operations Research. - Apply appropriate operations research modelling skills and techniques to complex and real world problems and operate effectively in complex but ill-defined contexts. - Reflect on learning from individual experience and academic disciplines in relation to scientific, technological and economic realities, locally and globally. - Show efficient and effective information retrieval and processing skills and effectively present and communicate academic work. - Manage learning tasks autonomously, professionally and ethically and display a high level of intellectual independence.
This qualification will be presented online only.
Qualification offered until 2021, 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.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DSC4810 - Research Support Tools
DSC4812 - Forecasting
DSC4821 - Stochastic Modelling
DSC4824 - Introduction to Heuristics
DSC4825 - Financial Modelling 1
Group B. Choose 1 of the following
DSC4823 - Discrete Optimisation
DSC4826 - Financial Modelling 2 Co-requisite:DSC4821 & DSC4825