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Course & Programmes

 

National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation)

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: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation)

The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation) is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Process Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technician. A qualifying learner at this level is competent in process instrumentation operations, product development and problem solving. 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 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.

The qualifying student should have the ability to comply with the following Exit level outcomes:

  • Communicate, develop, maintain and implement process instrumentation values;
  • Develop, implement and maintain measurement systems in an industrial process environment;
  • Implement, commission and maintain process control loops and industrial network systems; and
  • Describe and implement the theoretical principles support the process instrumentation environment.

And be capable of:

  • Problem Solving;
  • Application of Scientific and Engineering Knowledge;
  • Engineering Design;
  • Communication;
  • Engineering Management; and
  • Application of Complementary Knowledge.

The qualifying student will have the ability to comply with the following specific learning outcomes:

  • Utilise applicable software to develop appropriate software systems;
  • Master effective oral and written skills to compile and communicate system specifications;
  • Understand, design and construct electronic circuits;
  • Master and implement logic, PLC and microprocessor principles;
  • Implement and maintain measurement and control systems and structures;
  • Install maintain and administer an industrial network operating system;
  • Design and implement an industrial field-bus configurations;
  • Master and describe the fundamentals of measurement and control systems;
  • Master and describe the fundamental electronic concepts supporting digital and analogue systems;
  • Master the basic principles of differential calculus, integral calculus, matrixes, domain analysis and charts;
  • Master the basic principles of electrical and physical science theory; and
  • Master the basic principles of project development and research.

Career Opportunities

The following are some areas of career opportunities: Fundamental process control; Design and maintenance; PLC programming and control applications: Industrial networks / Field bus systems and SCADA displays.

Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

Seven of the following subjects:

Mathematics 1*

Electrical Engineering 1*

Applied Communication Skills 1.1*

ICT Skills 1*

Physics 1

Process Instrumentation 1

Digital Systems 1

EDL*

Six of the following subjects:

Mathematics 2*

Electronics 1*

Electrical Engineering 2*

Applied Communication Skills 1.2*

Projects 1

Process Instrumentation 2

Digital Systems 1


Semester 3 Semester 4

Six of the following subjects:

Electronics 2*

Applied Communication Skills 2.1*

Digital Communication 2

Process Instrumentation 3

Mathematics 3

Digital Systems 3

Control Systems 2

Network Systems 2

Projects 2

Programming 1

Logic Design 3

Six of the following subjects:

Design Project 3*

Applied Communication Skills 2.2*

Electronics 3

Control Systems 3

Electronic Applications 3

Network Systems 3

Power Electronics 3

Industrial Electronics 2

Electronic Measurement 3

Programming 2

Operating Systems 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Experiential Training P1 Experiential Training P2

* = Compulsory Subjects


Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation)

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: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation)

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation) is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Process Control and Instrumentation 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: Electrical with an average of at least 65%.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc.

Career Opportunities

A successful candidate can pursue a career as a technologist in one of the following specialisation fields: Process Control design, development and maintenance; Industrial Network design and Instrumentation Project Management.

Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

Four of the following subjects:

Industrial Project 4*

Process Instrumentation 4*

Electronics 4

Digital Signal Processing 4

Signal Processing 4

Engineering Management 4

Network Systems 4

Micro Systems Design 4

Four of the following subjects:

Measurement Technology 4

Mathematics 4

Circuit Analysis 4

Digital Process Control 4

Opto-Electronics 4

Database Programming 4

Software Systems 4

 


Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation)

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 (Process Control and Instrumentation)

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 Electrical 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 (Process Control and Instrumentation).

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: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation)

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: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation)

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 electrical engineering and technology. To develop a researcher in electrical engineering with advanced abilities, to independently apply electrical 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 (Process Control and Instrumentation).

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.


 

National Diploma: Engineering: Computer Systems

The National Diploma: Computer Systems is an extended three and half year full time programme with five semesters class attendance and twelve months Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at an approved employer. This programme is only presented at the Vanderbijlpark campus. The exit level of the qualification is NQF 6.

Program Structure

Three and a half year full time qualification:

Two and a half years (five 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: Computer Systems

The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: Engineering: Computer Systems is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Computer System Technician. A qualifying learner at this level is competent in computer systems operations, product development and problem solving. 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 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.

The qualifying student should have the ability to comply with the following Exit level outcomes:

  • Communicate, develop, maintain and implement software systems;
  • Develop, implement and maintain hardware systems in the computing environment;
  • Implement and maintain network hardware and operating systems; and
  • Describe and implement the theoretical principles support the computing environment.

And be capable of:

  • Problem Solving;
  • Application of Scientific and Engineering Knowledge;
  • Engineering Design;
  • Communication;
  • Engineering Management; and
  • Application of Complementary Knowledge.

The qualifying learner will have the ability to comply with the following specific learning outcomes:

  • Utilise applicable software to develop appropriate software systems;
  • Master effective oral and written skills to compile and communicate system specifications;
  • Understand, design and construct electronic circuits;
  • Master and implement logic and microprocessor principles;
  • Implement and maintain hardware systems and structures;
  • Install maintain and administer a network operating system;
  • Design and implement an hardware network configuration;
  • Master and describe the fundamentals of operating systems;
  • Master and describe the fundamental electronic concepts supporting digital communication systems;
  • Master the basic principles of differential calculus, integral calculus and statistics;
  • Master the basic principles of electrical theory; and
  • Master the basic principles of project development and research.

Career Opportunities

The following are some areas of career opportunities: Fundamental digital logic design and maintenance, Micro controller / Microprocessor development, Embedded design, data network systems, Database systems, Software Engineering and Programming applications.

Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

Mathematics 1

Programming 1

Electrical Engineering 1

Digital Systems 1

Applied Communication Skills 1. 1

ICT Skills 1

EDL

Mathematics 2

Electronics 1

Network Systems 2.1

Programming 2

Digital Systems 2

Applied Communication Skills 1.2

 

Semester 3 Semester 4

Applied Communication 2.1

Network Systems 2.2

Electronics 2

Digital Systems 3

Programming 3

One Elective Subject

Applied Communication Skills 2.2

System Analysis 2

Logic Design 3

Network Systems 3.1

Design Project 3

One Elective Subject

Semester 5 Elective Subjects

Operating Systems 3

Database Principles 3

Software Engineering 3

Network Systems 3.2

Two Elective Subjects

 

Project 1

Process Instrumentation 1

System Software 1.1

Process Instrumentation 2

Electronics 3

Mathematical Applications 3

Semester 6 Semester 7
Experiential Training P1 Experiential Training P2

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Computer Systems

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: Computer Systems

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Computer Systems is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Computer Systems 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: Electrical with an average of at least 65%.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc.

Career Opportunities

A successful candidate can pursue a career as a technologist in one of the following specialisation fields: Networking, Software, Database or Embedded Control design and development.

Curriculum

Compulsory Subjects Elective Subjects (Choose 4)

Industrial Project 4

Functional Management 4

Hardware Design 4

Database Programme 4

New Technology Programming 4

Network Systems 4

Software Systems 4

Digital Process Control 4

Mathematical Applications 4

Database Administration 4


Assessment

The department follows the assessment strategy of formal written exams. 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: Electrical (Process Control and Instrumentation) 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.