Courses and Requirements – Engineering
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Computer Systems

Department: Process Control and Computer Systems
Faculty: Engineering and Technology
Diploma: Engineering Electrical, B Tech: Engineering Electrical,
M Tech: Engineering Electrical MEng: Engineering Electrical and D Tech: Engineering Electrica l

  1. Diploma in Computer Systems

Offered as full time contact class for five semesters followed by one semester Work Integrated Learning (carried out through attachment to Industry). The student is encouraged to look for suitable Industry opportunities (Company).

Admission Requirements 

Subjects Diploma
NSC Endorsements Eligibility for Dip or B Tech Degree
Compulsory Subjects

Mathematics Physical Science English

Total

 

4

4

4

3 x 4 = 12

Note

3    3 = 40-49%

4    4 = 50-59%

5     5 = 60-69%

6    6 = 70-79%

7    7 = 80-89%

8    8 = 90-99%

 

Any other 4 subjects with a minimum of 3

Total

 

4 X 3  = 12

 

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Applicants with a National Certificate (Vocational) at NQF Level 4

National Certificate (Vocational) Compulsory Subjects Minimum APS %

3 = 40 – 49%

4 = 50 – 59%

5 = 60 – 69 %

6 = 70 – 79 %

7 = 80 – 89 %

8 = 90 – 100%

English 4
Mathematics 4
Physical Sciences/ Applied Engineering Technology 4
Any other three vocational subjects 5 x 3
Total 27

Applicants with a Senior Certificate

SC

National                  Senior Certificate

Compulsory Subjects English

Mathematics Physical Science

Any THREE other subjects excluding Life Orientation

Total

Minimum 4

4

4

3 X3 = 09

21

3 = 40 – 49%

4 = 50 – 59%

5 = 60 – 69 %

6 = 70 – 79 %

7 = 80 – 89 %

8 = 90 – 100%

All other equivalent qualifications/certificates will be treated ad hoc.

Note: Scholars who do not qualify for the Diploma Programmes may apply for the pre diploma programmes. Tel: (016) 950-9589. For details on the pre diploma programmes see VUT website www.vut.ac.za.

Diploma Programme Structure – Computer Systems

Semester 1: Applied Communications Skills 1.1, Engineering Chemistry 1, Engineering Skills 1, ICT Skills I, Mathematics 1, Physics 1, Social Intelligence 1. Semester

2: Applied Communications Skills 1.2, Computing Applications 2, Digital Systems 1, Electrical Engineering 1, Mathematics 2, Physics 2, Safety Principles and Law

1.

Semester 3: Applied Communication Skills 2.1., Digital Systems 2, Electrical Engineering 2, Engineering programing 1, IT Essential 1, Networks 1, Software

Engineering 1, Statistics 1.1.

Semester 4: Applied Communications 2.2, Electronics 1, Engineering programming 2, Mathematics 3, Networks 2 Operating Systems 1, Software Engineering 2,

Semester 5: Digital Communication 2, Digital Systems 3, Electronics 2, Engineering programming 3, Networks 3, Operating Systems 2,

Semester 6: Work Integrated Learning, Digital Systems 4, Electronics 3, Engineering programming 4, Engineering project 4 (WIL), Networks 4, Operating Systems 3, Software Engineering 3.

Baccalaureus Technologiae (B Tech)  – Admission requirements

All applicants must have a Diploma or National Diploma with the proviso of a 60% performance in those diploma subjects that will carry forward into the B Tech qualification, including 12 months, Work Integrated Learning.

Compulsory Offerings: Industrial Project IV, Hardware Design IV, Functional Management, Database Programming IV, New Technology Programming IV. Electives: (Choose any four from 🙂 Software Systems IV, Database Administration IV, Mathematics IV, Network Systems IV, or two from another relevant discipline.

Magister Technologiae (MTech)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: A minimum average of 60% must be achieved in Baccalaureus Technologiae. All students are required to attend a Programme in research methodology PROGRAMME DURATION: Minimum formal time is one year PROGRAMME STRUCTURE: A dissertation.

Masters of Engineering in Engineering (MEng Electrical)

Admission requirements: a BEng Degree or Equivalent level 8 qualification including the Postgraduate Diploma Duration of Programme: The equivalent of 1 year full-time study.

Programme Structure: This instructional programme comprises of a thesis only.

Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering: (DEng Electrical)

Admission requirements:

Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Electrical Engineering or equivalent Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

Duration of the programme: At least two years full time research, concluded with a Doctoral Thesis

Typical work environment for the Computer Technician

Hardware design and development using microcontroller systems. Data communications, design, installation and maintenance of network systems. Programming and data processing. Database applications. Design and development of fully engineered systems.

Career opportunities

The computerization of most facets of modern business and industry, together with the great demand for technical manpower creates a multitude of possibilities.

Career Status

The Technician can register for professional status with ECSA, the Control Board for Engineering Technicians.

Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Head of Department: Process Control and Computer Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021 Vanderbijlpark 1900 Tel: (016)950-9323; Fax (016)950-9727. E-mail: refilwem1@vut.ac.za website: www.vut.ac.za

Whilst every effort has been made to present the relevant information in this brochure, programme offerings may be subject to change in order to keep abreast with new developments in the higher education landscape. The institution therefore reserves the right to unilaterally change or amend any of the content/structures contained herein.

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