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Course & Programmes

 

National Diploma: Engineering: Civil

Program Structure

Three year full time qualification:

Two years (four semesters S1 to S4) at the Vaal University of Technology

One year (two semesters P1 and P2) Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Purpose of the National Diploma: Engineering: Civil

The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: Engineering: Civil is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Civil Engineering Technician. It is intended to subsequently empower candidate Engineering Technicians to demonstrate that they are capable of applying their acquired knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values in the work environment in South Africa. It is designed also to add value to the qualifying student in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition.

Fields of study includes but is not limited to transportation, water structural, geotechnical, construction management and urban engineering.

Civil Engineering Technicians could be involved with construction projects such as reinforced concrete, structural steel, timber and masonry structures, roads, bridges, dams, canals, pipelines, water purification, sewage treatment, airports, railways, harbours, housing and services.

Career Opportunities

There is ample opportunity to attain job satisfaction and attractive financial rewards. Some past students from this department have senior positions at consulting engineering firms, construction companies, government bodies, local authorities and industry.

The following selections of careers are available:

Design Draughtsman, Project Official, Site Agent, Municipal Technician, Engineering Surveyor, Quantity Technician, Designer, Laboratory Technician, Contract Manager, Project Planner, Estimator, Quality Controller or a Geo-technician.

Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

Communication Studies 1

EDL

Computer Skills 1

Mathematics 1

Surveying 1

Drawing 1

Applied Mechanics 1

Construction Materials 1

Communication Studies 2

EDL

Surveying: Civil 2

Mathematics 2

Management: Civil 1

Drawing 1

Theory of Structures 2

Construction Methods 1

Semester 3 Semester 4

Communication Skills 1

Management: Civil 2

Transportation Engineering 2

Geotechnical Engineering 1

Structural Steel & Timber Design 3

Structural Analysis 2

Water Engineering 2

Documentation 3

Transportation Engineering 3

Geotechnical Engineering 3

Reinforced Concrete & Masonry Design 3

Structural Analysis 3

Water Engineering 3

Second Year

This year is devoted to experiential training in industry. Structured guidelines exist and evaluation is done through prescribed reports, supervision and monitoring visits.

Engineering Practice: Civil 2

Engineering Practice: Civil 3


Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Civil

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

One year full time or two years part time qualification.

Purpose of the Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Civil

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Civil is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Civil Engineering Technologist. It is intended to subsequently empower candidate Engineering Technologist to demonstrate that they are capable of applying their acquired knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values in the work environments in South Africa. It is designed also to add value to the qualifying student in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition.

Admission Requirements

National Diploma: Engineering: Civil with an average of at least 65%.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc.

Curriculum

Transportation Water

Traffic Engineering 4*

Pavement Technology 4*

Transportation Planning 4*

Earthwork Design 4

Construction Materials Technology 4*

Geometric Design 4*

Transportation Technology 4*

Project Management 4*

Hydraulics 4*

Construction Materials Technology 4*

Reticulation Design and Management 4*

Project Management 4*

Waste Water Treatment Technology 4*

Water Treatment Technology 4*

Hydrology 4*

Earthwork Design 4

Structural Urban Engineering

Structural Analysis 4*

Construction Materials Technology 4*

Theory of Structures 4*

Project Management 4*

Reinforced Concrete Design 4*

Structural Steel Design 4*

Pre-stressed Concrete Design 4*

Earthwork Design 4

Solid Waste Management 4*

Pavement Technology 4*

Reticulation Design and Management 4*

Earthwork Design 4

Construction Materials Technology 4*

Geometric Design 4*

Urban Planning and Design 4*

Project Management 4*

* Compulsory


Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Civil

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

At least one year full time research, concluded with a Masters Dissertation.

Purpose of the Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Civil

The purpose of this qualification is to develop a student into a researcher, able to conduct independent research with minimum guidance in a chosen field of Civil Engineering. The outcomes of the research will contribute to knowledge production in the specialisation field. It also promotes a lifelong learning approach and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields.

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Civil.

Proof of successful completion of a Vaal University of Technology approved course in Research Methodology.

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

Doctor Technologiae: Engineering: Civil

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

At least two years full time research, concluded with a Doctoral Thesis.

Purpose of the Doctor Technologiae: Engineering: Civil

The purpose of the qualification is to develop a researcher who will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in a specialised area of civil engineering and technology. To develop a researcher in civil engineering with advanced abilities, to independently apply civil engineering design, synthesis, and related principles, to specific problems of society at large. One of the main objectives in this process is to develop an advanced capability to conduct engineering research of an original nature. It also promotes a lifelong learning approach and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields.

Admission Requirements

Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Civil.

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

Assessment

The department follows the assessment strategy of formal written examination. The year mark is compiled from a series of not less than three tests and / or a practical mark. The year mark for admittance to the formal examination is 50%. Weights for calculating the year mark as well as the final mark will be reflected in the Learning Guide. All tests, assignments and practical work done during a particular semester, will help learners learn and understand the work.

Some subjects follow the assessment strategies of Continuous Assessment (CASS). All marks obtained during the semester will make up the learner’s final mark. Each subject’s Learning Guide will indicate which tests and activities will contribute according to a pre-determined weight, to the final mark.

Work Integrated Learning

The National Diploma: Engineering: Civil has a formal Work Integrated Learning component of twelve months. This takes place at a Vaal University of Technology accredited employer (company). The student has the responsibility of finding suitable placement after which the student will register for the two semesters of practical. In co-operation with a mentor, the learner will provide progress reports at regular intervals.