Department: Chemistry

Diploma: Analytical Chemistry

3 Year Course

B Tech: Chemistry 1 year full time, 2 year part time

M Tech/MSc: Chemistry 2 year full time, 4 year part time

D Tech/PhD: Chemistry 3 year full time, 5 year part time 

  1. Admission Requirements

Subjects Diploma: Analytical Chemistry
NSC endorsement Eligibility for Diploma
Compulsory subjects Notes


Physical Science










Life Orientation Max 3
Any other 3 subjects 11
Total 26

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

  1. Curriculum

Diploma: Analytical Chemistry  

First year:

Semester 1 (S1)

  • Chemistry 1 (AACHA1C)
  • Physics 1 (APFSG1A)
  • Mathematics 1 (AMATH1S)
  • Applied Communication skills 1 (Module 1) (HKACX1A)
  • ICT skills 1

Semester 2 (S2)

  • Analytical Chemistry 1 (AAACA1B)
  • Analytical Chemistry: Practical 1 (AAACP1A)
  • Inorganic Chemistry II (AAICA2B)
  • Mathematics II (AMATH2S)
  • Organic Chemistry II (AAOCA2B)

Second year:

Semester 1 (S3)

  • Analytical Chemistry II (AAACA2B)
  • Analytical Chemistry II: Practical II (AAACP2A)
  • Physical Chemistry II (AAFCA3B)
  • Organic Chemistry III (AAOCA3B)
  • Inorganic Chemistry III (AAICA3B)

Semester 2 (S4)

  • Analytical Chemistry III (AAACA3B)
  • Analytical Chemistry II: Practical II (AAACP3B)
  • Physical Chemistry III (AAFCA3B)
  • Chemical Quality Assurance II (AACKV2B)

Third year:

Semester 1 (S5)

  • Chemical Process Industries I (EHCPA2B)
  • Physics II Theory
  • Entrepreneurial Skills 1 (BBENT1A)
  • Applied Communication skills 1 (Module 2) (HKACY1A)
  • Industrial Chemical Analysis II (AAIAC2A) OR
  • Chemical Industry: Practical 1 (AACNP1A)

Semester 2 (S6)

  • Chemical Industry: Practical II (AAPRP2A) OR
  • Chemical Industry: Practical I (AACNP1A)

2.1 B Tech: Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry IV, Inorganic Chemistry IV, Research Project IV, Physical Chemistry IV, Organic Chemistry IV. Admission Requirements: Diploma Analytical Chemistry or equivalent and a 60% average in final year chemistry subjects and mathematics 2/equivalent.

2.2 M Tech/MSc: Chemistry

Research Project by dissertation. Admission Requirements: B Tech Chemistry/BSc. Hons Chemistry or equivalent with an average of 60%.

2.3 D Tech/PhD: Chemistry

Research project by thesis. Admission Requirements: M Tech/MSc (Chemistry) or equivalent.

  1. What are the functions of an Analytical Chemistry Technician?

Analysis of samples by the wet methods or using analytical instruments, writing reports on analysis, developing methods for analysis, writing requisitions for purchasing instrumentation, managing of a laboratory.

  1. Career Opportunities

A career in chemistry offers challenging and exciting opportunities in both the private and public sectors. There is a continuous demand for trained analytical technicians. Position on entry level: Laboratory assistant; Middle level: Laboratory technician; Top level: Laboratory manager. Research opportunities are also available at Universities. Researchers and development scientist opportunities exists in the Science councils and related industries. Opportunities also exist in the academic environment to become lectures/professors.

  1. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Head of Department of Chemistry:

Prof MJ Moloto

Tel: (016) 950-9603;
Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences Fax: (016) 950-9794 / 086 612 8940
Vaal University of Technology E-mail:
Private Bag X021 Website:

Department: Biotechnology

Diploma: Biotechnology

3 Year course

B Tech: Biotechnology

M Tech: Biotechnology

PhD Biotechnology 

1. Admission Requirements:

Subjects Dip: Biotechnology
NSC endorsement Eligibility for Diploma
Compulsory subjects Notes


Physical Science

Life Science











Life Orientation Max 3
Any other 2 subjects 7
Total 26

2. Curriculum

Semester 1: Microbiology I, Chemistry I, Biodiversity and Ecology, Calculations & Statistics I, English Development, Communication Skills 1 (Model 1)
Semester 2: Microbiology II, Biochemistry II, Analytical Chemistry:  Biological II, Disease & Immune Response III, Basic Computer Skills, English Development (Module 1), Communication Skills 1 (Module 2).
Semester 3: Microbiology:  Biological III, Introductory Genetics II, Microbial Biochemistry III, Fermentation Technology II, Communication Skills (Module 1)
 Semester 4: Food Microbiology III, Analytical Biochemistry III, Quality Assurance 1 (Biological), Bioprocessing III, Entrepreneurship, Communication Skills 2 (Module 2)
Semester 5: Biotechnology Laboratory Practice I
Semester 6: Biotechnology Laboratory Practice II

BTech: 60% average for core Diploma subjects

Masters: 60% for BTech/Hons

PhD: Masters in any Biotechnology-related field

3. What are the functions of a Microbiologist/Biotechnologist?

Quality control in enterprises such as the following:  water purification plants, food processing factories, dairies, pharmaceutical factories, sewerage plants, etc.  Liaise with chemical engineers and technicians in the fermentation and biotechnology industries.

4. Career opportunities

A career as a microbiologist/biotechnologist offers challenging and exciting opportunities in a variety of institutions.  There is a demand for trained microbiologists/biotechnologists.  Job designations may vary from laboratory assistant at the entry level to laboratory technician at the middle level and eventually laboratory manager at the top level.

5. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Head: Department of Biotechnology Tel: (016) 950-9648;  Fax: (016) 950-9794
Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences E-mail:
Vaal University of Technology website:
Private Bag X021

Diploma: Non-Destructive Testing

Three years full-time.


Purpose of the Diploma in Non-Destructive Testing

The art of material inspection complemented by the knowledge of the ‘inspection system’

The Diploma integrates the basic sciences – mathematics, chemistry and physics – with the applied sciences of metallurgy, fracture mechanics and the notion of quality assurance so that this knowledge can be used to make an informed decision on the state of a component and its continued use (for its intended purpose).

The different methods used in the inspection require in-depth theoretical understanding for them to be optimally applied, taking into consideration the various conditions under which the component operates. Analysis of the results obtained from these methods requires knowledge and continuous operational experience.  In the process of analysis, challenges are encountered in interpretation, and hence the capability to engage in research and development.

The Diploma is designed to be also applicable in inspection according to the different codes and standards of Non-Destructive Testing.  It is a progressive qualification and empowers the Diploma graduate to seek innovation in the application of the NDT methods that is grounded in sound scientific knowledge creation.  For example, understanding material characteristics of different metal components in machine design and the identification of locations of concentrated stress, hence likelihood of the initiation of fracture.  The Diploma graduates are thus well suited to be part of a team in the design stage of machinery.

The Diploma in Non-Destructive Testing empowers the student with a broad spectrum of knowledge, that is, theoretical concepts and information, which will be encountered during inspection in industries.  This knowledge is acquired through blended learning, practical laboratory experience and industrial work-based experiential training / work integrated learning (WIL).

The knowledge (expertise) of graduates is guaranteed to increase exponentially with experience, taking note that the world is already transforming into a ‘knowledge economy’.  This Diploma is therefore already addressing key requirements of an ‘inspection system’ for the present applications and projects into the future.

1. Admission Requirements:

(a) National Senior Certificate (NSC) Entry Requirements:

Subjects Dip: Non-destructive testing
NSC endorsement Eligibility for Diploma, or Bachelor’s Degree
Compulsory subjects Notes


Physical Science










Life Orientation Max 3
Any other 3 subjects 12
Total 27

(b) Senior Certificate (SC) Entry Requirements:

Compulsory school subjects:  Mathematics, Physical Science and English HG (E) or SG (D).

Points required: 26

(c) National Certificate (Vocational) (NC (V)) Entry Requirements:

Not applicable

2. Subjects

Semester 1

  • Chemistry 1(15)
  • Mathematics 1(12)
  • Physics 1(12)
  • Applied Computer Skills 1 Module 1(8)
  • ICT Skills(10)
  • Intro to NDT (Theory)(6)
  • Intro to NDT (Practical)(6)

Semester 2

  • Mathematics 2(12)
  • Physics 2 Theory(8)
  • Physics 2 Practical(4)
  • Drawing: Mechanical Engineering(12)
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing Theory(8)
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing Practical(8)
  • Radiographic Testing Theory(8)
  • Radiographic Testing Practical(8)
  • Applied Communication Skills 1 Module 2(8)

Semester 3

  • Magnetic Particle Testing Theory(8)
  • Magnetic Particle Testing Practical(8)
  • Ultrasonic Testing Theory(8)
  • Ultrasonic Testing Practical(8)
  • Introduction to Fracture Mechanics(12)
  • Metallurgy for NDT 1(12)

Semester 4

  • Advanced Methods of NDT Theory(8)
  • Advanced Methods of NDT Practical(8)
  • Eddy Current Testing Theory(8)
  • Eddy Current Testing Practical(8)
  • Quality Assurance 2(12)
  • Entrepreneurship 1(10)
  • Metallurgy for NDT 2(12)

Optional 1

Semester 5

  • Advanced Radiographic Testing Theory(8)
  • Advanced Radiographic Testing Practical(8)
  • Advanced Eddy Current Testing Theory(8)
  • Advanced Eddy Current Testing Practical(8)
  • Signal Processing(8)
  • Project(12)

Note: module credits in brackets.

Semester 6

  • Work Integrated Learning 1(60)

3. Aspiring students should take heed of the following:

  • Requirement for NDT Level Certification according to ISO 9712:2012 Non-destructive testing — Qualification and certification of NDT personnel
  • Requirement for NDT Level Certification according to Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A – Personnel Qualification and Certification in NDT
  • The Diploma in Non-Destructive Testing qualification does not replace the NDT industry requirement for NDT Level Certification, that is, Level 1, 2 or 3 for each of the NDT methods as applicable in the industry.  Students are thus required to obtain the NDT level Certification to operate within the industry.  The VUT is incorporating the NDT Level Certification training on campus for the basic methods for students who complete S5.
  • Service providers are in the interim providing the NDT Level Certification during university vacation periods – through Memoranda of Understanding [MOU] – to both past [completed S4 – National Diploma] and the present [completed S5] students.
  • Students enrolling in the Diploma in Non-Destructive Testing will therefore have to pass these NDT Level Certification examinations for them to be considered for industrial experience / WIL.


  • NB: All registered students will be subjected to Level Certification, which is the prerequisite to operate in the NDT industry and required by applicable codes, standards & specifications.

This requirement is comparable to the board examination required for Biomedical Technology graduates to work in the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS).

  • According to the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), the VUT as an education and training institution is not required to have its laboratories subjected to accreditation [ISO/IEC 17024 & ISO/IEC 17025] – Generic Brochure – ACCREDITATION OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT BODIES ENABLES CONFIDENCE AND TRUST

The objectives of SANAS are to:

  • accredit or monitor for Good Laboratory Practice compliance purposes, organizations falling within its scope of activity;
  • promote accreditation as a means of facilitating international trade and enhancing the Republic’s economic performance and transformation;
  • promote the competence and equivalence of accredited bodies; and

promote the competence and equivalence of Good Laboratory Practice compliant policies.

4. Career Opportunities

NDT Technicians:  Perform inspections, monitoring, evaluations using non-destructive methods and quality assessment techniques.  This is achieved through both fabrication and maintenance inspections conducted in accordance with regulatory requirements (codes and specifications).  The technician can be part of an NDT department or unit within a company or as an independent service provider.

NDT Engineers:  Being part of a team involved in project development including design, fabrication and specifying inspection techniques and methods to be used to ensure product safety, reliability and longevity.

NDT Research and Development Professionals:  Working on improving the reliability of inspection methods and techniques.  Further developing new techniques to inspect the improved materials and products utilised in the industry.

5. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Head: Department of Physics & Non Destructive Testing Tel: (016) 950-9761; Fax: (016) 950-9794
Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences E-mail:
Vaal University of Technology Website:
Private Bag X021

Department: Information and Communication Technology

Diploma: Information Technology (3 year course – Full time)

B Tech.:  Information Technology (1-2 year course – Part time)

M.Tech: Information Technology (2-3 years – Part time)

D.Tech: Information Systems (2-4 years – Part time).


  1. Admission requirements

The minimum admission requirements for the IT Diploma are listed below (1.1).  for leaners not qualifying Foundation IT is a 4 year course where qualifying entrants first complete a year IT foundation and if qualifying are allowed into the 3 year IT Diploma stream.



Subjects Dip: Information Technology
NSC endorsement Eligibility for Diploma IT
Compulsory subjects Notes


Information Technology

Any other one subject

4                                              **










Life Orientation Max 3
Any other 2 subjects 7
Total 26

Note: Scholars who do not qualify for the National Diploma Programmes may

Apply for the pre diploma programmes.  Tel: (016) 950-9589. For more details on the pre

Diploma programmes see VUT website


1.2 Foundation IT is a 4 year course running on campus. The first year is a preparatory year where students will attend modules such as Fundamentals of Programming, MS Office, Internet and E-mail, Maths, Life and English Comprehension Skills.  This is to prepare the learner to enter the Information Technology Diploma (main stream a 3 year course).  A 60% pass rate for all modules are required as minimum entrance level to the IT diploma.


Foundation Requirements (NSC)
Subjects (Life skills included)
Compulsory Subjects
English 3
Mathematics OR 3
Mathematics Literacy
Life Orientation Max 3
Any 4 other subjects 14
Total 23 (with mathematics)
25 (with mathematics literacy)



Note: Only 1 other language will be counted ≥3

  1. Specialisation fields:

Access to an own computer is compulsory.

Computer specifications are available from the HOD/Secretary.


Subjects/Instructional Offerings:


1st Year:

Code Name
AIISX1C Information Systems I Mod 1
AIISY1C Information Systems I Mod 2
ASBDX1C Development Software I Mod 1
ASBDY1C Development Software I Mod 2
ASPLX1C Programming Logic 1 Mod 1
ASPLY1C Programming Logic 1 Mod 2
ERSYX1C System Software I Mod 1
ERCIY1D System Software I Mod 2
BBISX1A Inf. Technology Skills I (Entrepreneurship)
HKACX1A Applied Communication Skills 1
HKACY1C Applied Communication Skills 2
BAACY1A Accounting Skills I Mod 2
HLISY1A Inf. Technology Skills I (Law)

 2nd Year:

Code Name
AIISX2C Information Systems II  Mod 1
AIISY2C Information Systems II  Mod 2
ASBDX2C Development Software II Mod 1
ASBDY2C Development Software II Mod 2
AIBXT2C Business Analysis II Mod 1 (Theory)
AIBXP2C Business Analysis II Mod 1 (SQL)
AIBYT2C Business Analysis II Mod 2 (Theory)
AIBYP2C Business Analysis II Mod 2 (PL/SQL)
ERCIX2D Systems Software II Mod 1
ERCIY2B Systems Software II Mod 2
AIWMX2C Web Management II Mod 1
AIWMY2A Web Management II Mod 2
HKACX2A Applied Communication Skills 3
HKACY2A Applied Communication Skills 4

3rd Year:

Code Name
AIBAX3C Business Analysis III Mod 1
AIBAY3A Business Analysis III Mod 2
▪With AIBAY3A a candidate can REPEAT / REWRITE a max of 2 diploma modules

Choice of MAJOR subject:

Student choose one of the following subject groups as a MAJOR

ASBDX3C Development Software III Mod 1
ASBDY3A Development Software III Mod 2
AIISX3C Information Systems III  Mod 1
AIISY3A Information Systems III  Mod 2




Admission requirements:

NDip : Information Technology – 206010, 206008 Entrance requirements 60% Average on all Third year Diploma subjects.

(Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit)

Duration of course:

2 years part time study.


Subjects / Instructional offerings:

Information and Technology Management IV                      AIITM4A*

Advanced Information and Technology Management IV     AIATM4A*

Project Management IV                                                        AIPRM4A*

Strategic Information Systems IV                                         AISIS4A*

Research Methodology IV                                                    AIRES4A*

Project IV (2 modules)                                                         AIPRJ4B*

Software Engineering and Design IV                                    AISED4A

Development Software IV                                                    ASDEV4A

Artificial Intelligence IV                                                       ASART4A

Expert Systems IV                                                                               ASEXP4A

Computer Security IV                                                          ASSEC4A

Networks IV                                                                        ERNWK4A

Operating Systems IV                                                          EROPS4A

Database Administration                                                      AIDBA4A

Remarks: Ten modules must be completed. Two approved level four offerings may be taken from another discipline.

* Indicates compulsory subjects



Admission requirements:

BTech Information Technology – 306002 / 306017 and Research Methodology as a prerequisite with a 60% Average for all B-Tech subjects

(Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit)

Duration of course:

Minimum 2 years, maximum 3 years part time study.

Research project and dissertation


Admission requirements:

MTech Information Technology – 606002

(Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit)

What does the IT specialist do?

The person will find himself/herself in any of a wide variety of computerised environments. Responsibilities may include the maintenance of systems in use, systems analysis and design and/or programming of new systems, network administration, database administration and user support. The computer specialist communicates with management and the different users of the systems, which make the position an important link in the global set-up of the organisation. Management of IT functions is a possible position in the career development of the keen IT specialist.


Career opportunities

Computerisation of most facets of modern society creates a multitude of possibilities. In-service training includes the development of prototypes or systems and/or the supervised support of existing systems. The typical entry level is that of programmer with a quick advance to the level of senior programmer. Further promotions are to the level of Systems Analyst, Network Administrator or Database Administrator.


Career status

IT specialists can acquire membership of the Computer Society of South Africa.


Major expenses

Registration fee, Hostel (accommodation) fees, Tuition fees, Books, Pocket money, Travelling expenses. Access to a personal computer with relevant software is compulsory and will have a major impact on the success of the studies.


Bursaries and loans

Several bursaries and loans are available. Bursaries are awarded for academic, sporting and cultural achievements, as well as according to individual needs. The closing date for bursaries and loans is 30 September every year.


Registration and accommodation

Prospective students are advised to apply early in the year preceding registration for admission to the course and/or hostel accommodation. Arrangements can be made to visit the campus in this regard. The closing date is 31 October every year.



Student Administration

The Head: Student Administration

Vaal University of Technology

Private Bag X021


Tel:      (016) 950 9347

Fax:      (016) 950 9907

Information Technology specific

Head of Department: Information and Communication Technology

Vaal University of Technology

Private Bag X021


Tel:      (016) 950 9605

Fax:      (016) 950 9793


Study programmes may be altered without notification.

The Department of Co-operative Education assists in in-service training administration and placements.

Contact details: Tel: 016-950-9496, Fax: 016-950-9759,


The Institution makes every attempt to accommodate students with disabilities.

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