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Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering 
91112  Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering 
North West University 
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
National First Degree(Min 480)  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
Undefined  588  Not Applicable  NQF Level 08  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
2024-06-30   2030-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

The primary purpose of the Degree: Industrial Engineering is to provide graduates with:
  • A thorough grounding in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, engineering modelling and engineering design together with the abilities to enable applications in fields of emerging knowledge.
  • Preparation for careers in Industrial Engineering and related areas, for achieving technical leadership and to make a contribution to the economy and national development.
  • The educational requirement towards registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
  • For graduates with an appropriate level of achievement in the programme, the ability to proceed to postgraduate studies in both course-based and research masters programmes.

    Industrial Engineering is an area of study which prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information and energy. Additionally the student is prepared to apply operational analysis of total systems and processes to a wide variety of engineering problems and the integration of human, physical, energy, communication, management and information requirements as needed. The training includes instruction in applied mathematics, physical sciences, the social sciences, engineering analysis, systems design, computer applications and forecasting and evaluation methodology.

    The aim of this qualification is to build into the curriculum the mastering of the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practicing industrial engineer.

    The Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering at the institution is to attend to the need of more engineers in engineering sector in South Africa. The Minister of Education has tasked Tertiary institutions to double the number of engineering graduates by 2020. This applies to the Faculty of Engineering of the institution as well. In order to achieve this growth target additional programmes need to be added to the existing complement of engineering programs already presented.

    Current research indicates that the world as a whole is moving from a traditionally product driven market to a services market. This presents unique requirements in terms of the analysis and design of such systems as traditional engineering specialities have difficulty in transferring product skills to system skills without considerable experience. From market research there is a large requirement for engineers with specialist skills in the design, development, analysis and optimisation of processes as it pertains to the services industry within South Africa.

    To this end a qualification in Industrial Engineering is proposed that will have a strong focus on systems and processes. A strong focus on systems engineering throughout the program will ensure that candidates are adequately exposed to the concepts, tools, and techniques that will be required to effectively function as industrial engineers within a services oriented industry. Furthermore this field of study will be unique to the institution and should attract additional engineering students. 

    It is assumed that learners have achieved:
  • The level of numeracy and literacy skills associated with the entry requirements into the qualification is assumed to be in place.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in place in the relevant medium of instruction at NQF Level 4.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL will be in accordance with the institutional RPL policy and will be dealt with on an individual basis. See the attached RPL policy.

    Access to the Qualification:
    For admission to Bachelor of Engineering Industrial Degree studies the following are prescribed minimum entry requirements:
  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4, with Mathematics and Physical Sciences. 


    The qualification consist of NQF Level 5 modules with 152 Credits, NQF Level 6 modules with 144 Credits, NQF Level 7 modules with 148 Credits and NQF Level 8 module with 144 Credits totalling 588 Credits.

    NQF Level 5 Modules (Total Credits 152):
  • Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, 12 Credits.
  • Mechanics, Oscillations, Waves and Theory of Heat, 12 Credits.
  • Introduction to Computers and Programming, 12 Credits.
  • Introductory Algebra and Analysis I, 12 Credits.
  • Professional Practice I, 12 Credits.
  • Engineering Graphics I, 12 Credits.
  • Process Principles I, 16 Credits.
  • Statics and Mathematical Modelling, 12 Credits.
  • Introductory Algebra and Analysis II, 12 Credits.
  • Programming for Engineers (C++), 12 Credits.
  • Materials Science I, 16 Credits.
  • Professional Practice I, 12 Credits.

    NQF Level 6 Modules (Total Credits 144):
  • Electrotechnics, 16 Credits.
  • Dynamics I, 8 Credits.
  • Differential equations and numerical methods, 8 Credits.
  • Analysis III, 8 Credits.
  • Linear Algebra I, 8 Credits.
  • Probability Theory, 8 Credits.
  • Understanding the Technological World, 12 Credits.
  • Professional Practice II, 12 Credits.
  • Workshop Practice (Vacation Training), 0 Credits.
  • Linear Algebra II, 8 Credits.
  • Numerical analysis, 8 Credits.
  • Dynamics II, 8 Credits.
  • Measure and Control, 16 Credits.
  • Engineering Statistics, 12 Credits.
  • Professional Practice II, 12 Credits.

    NQF Level 7 Modules (Total Credits 148):
  • Engineering Economics, 16 Credits.
  • Advanced Statistics, 12 Credits.
  • Process Analysis and Design, 16 Credits.
  • Optimisation, 12 Credits.
  • Science, Technology and Society, 12 Credits.
  • Reliability Engineering, 16 Credits.
  • Project Management, 16 Credits.
  • Ergonomics and Usability, 16 Credits.
  • Systems Engineering, 16 Credits.
  • Systems Dynamics, 16 Credits.

    NQF Level 8 Modules (Total Credits 144):
  • Business Process Re-Engineering, 16 Credits.
  • Operations Research, 16 Credits.
  • Advanced Project Management, 16 Credits.
  • Senior Design Project, 24 Credits.
  • Risk Management, 16 Credits.
  • Management Information Systems, 16 Credits.
  • Operations Management, 16 Credits.
  • Senior Analysis Project, 24 Credits. 

    1. Identify, assess, formulate and solve convergent and divergent engineering problems creatively and innovatively.
    2. Apply knowledge of mathematics, basic science and engineering sciences from first principles to solve engineering problems.
    3. Perform creative, procedural and non-procedural design and synthesis of components, systems, engineering works, products or processes.
    4. Demonstrate competence to design and conduct investigations and experiments.
    5. Use appropriate engineering methods, skills and tools, including those based on information technology.
    6. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with engineering audiences and the community at large.
    7. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of project management activities for all project management functions during each life cycle phase.
    8. Apply the fundamental knowledge of Hydraulic steams applications to solve fluid machine problems.
    9. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the design and building of basic instrumentation and control systems for process control.
    10. Demonstrate an understanding of Elements of the employment law i.e. commencing employment, during employment, termination of employment.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
    The Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are embedded in the qualification and will be assessed appropriately. 

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Fundamental knowledge and insight into the properties of matter and compounds, molecular interaction, aqueous solutions, chemical equilibriums, acids and bases, formation of precipitates and electron transfer reactions is demonstrated.
  • The knowledge to write and name chemical formulae and balance reaction equations is applied.
  • Tendencies and relationships are explained according to the Periodic Table.
  • Skills in applying laboratory and safety regulations are demonstrated.
  • Chemical phenomena are observed and explained and calculations relating to these are done and results communicated scientifically.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Mathematical knowledge of the fundamental concepts like: force, work, energy, momentum, elasticity, simple harmonic motion, waves, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and the study of heat is demonstrated.
  • A variety of problems of the above-mentioned topics are solved.
  • Skills in the measuring, processing and reporting natural science processes selected from an area wider than Physics only are developed.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Polynomials, rational functions, partial fractions and complex numbers are explained.
  • Rational functions are resolved into partial fractions.
  • Basic calculations with complex numbers are performed.
  • Different mathematical functions as well as their limits, whether they are continuous or not and proofs of a representative sample of properties are calculated.
  • Both elementary- and non-elementary functions are differentiated.
  • Both standard and non-standard integrals are integrated through the use of appropriate selection of integration techniques.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • The suitability of some important engineering materials for certain applications on their properties is evaluated.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the engineering properties of materials and their basic testing, as well as the typical application in mechanical design of these materials is demonstrated.
  • Materials for simple mechanical designs are specified, taking cognisance of requirements relating to failure, corrosion and impact on the environment.
  • Experimental data is analysed and interpreted in the laboratory.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Techniques of differentiation for solving extreme value problems and definite integration for calculating lengths of curves, surface areas and volumes of revolution are applied.
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create graphic models of parts and assemblies are used.
  • CAD is used to create working detailed drawings of modelled parts showing the skill to add dimensions and annotations to manufacture the part.
  • Engineering software tools like Excel and EES are used to solve heat transfer problems.
  • Technical design solutions are created using sketching and CAD.
  • The applicable engineering tools such as the software package EES and the specialist flow network solver Flownex are used to solve problems.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Own points of view in class and in group discussions in written and oral presentations in a coherent and logical, ethically sound and value-based manner are presented.
  • Basic knowledge of learning strategies, academic vocabulary and register, as well as reading and writing academic texts in order to function effectively in an academic environment is demonstrated.
  • Sketches, drawings and a formal engineering design report are communicated in writing to the technical audiences.
  • Basic academic texts is interpreted and evaluated to implement academic conventions of appropriate academic genres in a coherent way to write accurate and appropriate scientific texts.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • An overview of the full life cycle of a product from inception to phase-out is presented.
  • Conceptual design of a product is performed.
  • Preliminary design is applied during product development.
  • Principles of general and acquisition management on a design project are used.
  • Capability to perform detail design is expressed.
  • Design guidelines and constraints to the design are applied.
  • The development specification and allocation of requirements to the design are interpreted.
  • Basic project management is performed.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
  • The right fluid machine for the right application is chosen.
  • The performance of a fluid machine is predicted given the performance of a scale model.
  • The performance of a fluid machine calculated, given the geometry of the machine, as well as the flow conditions before and after the machine.
  • The performance of fluid machines in flow networks is predicted.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 9:
  • The behaviour of induction motors is analysed.
  • Motors for mechanical applications are identified.
  • Skills in the designing and building of basic instrumentation and control systems are demonstrated.
  • The value of any property is calculated, given the values of two independent properties.
  • The First Law to open and closed systems is applied.
  • The principle of reversibility to analyse open and closed systems is used.
  • Real open and closed systems is analysed.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 10:
  • A well-rounded and systematic knowledge base of Labour Law with special reference to the principles governing the contract of employment; procedures required by legislative provisions, the individual and collective labour relationships and the influence of the constitution on these fields are articulated.
  • Problems are solved by analysing sets of facts, identify the sources of Labour Law applicable to a specific scenario, gather information and apply/integrate information coherently in the formulation of solutions with reference to an own argument/motivation to applicable Case Law and legislative provisions.

    Integrated Assessment:
    A range of formative and summative assessment methods will be used to permit students to demonstrate their applied competencies.
    Formative assessment: Students will complete tests with a range of types of questions and tasks, write assignments and reports, do oral presentations, posters and team assignments.
    Summative assessment: Students will complete unseen examinations with a range of different types of questions.
    Integrated assessment: In the final year of study students individually plan, design and complete a project.

    In all modules the following Integrated Assessment methods will be used:
  • Individual and group assignments that may include one of the following types:
    > Solution of problems.
    > Investigations.
    > Simulations and Modelling.
    > Application of computer packages.
    > Designs.
  • At least three practical assignments are required for the completion of the non-mathematical modules. Practical assignments involve lab work, processing of data and interpretation of results. Lab reports, which the students have to complete either individually or as a group, have to be submitted for grading. Groups are kept small to ensure effective participation of all group members.
  • At least one of the practical reports in each module must be a full-length report while the remainder are so-called "short" reports. The full-length report is not only assessed for content but also for the writing ability of the student.

    In the design and synthesis modules the following methods of assessment are used:
  • A number of interim reports during the semester by which students' understanding of different sections of the work are assessed.
  • A design assignment involving the design of a complex system. The outcomes are assessed by means of a design report.
  • The execution of an engineering project involving research, design and experimental investigation and/or the construction of equipment. The outcomes are assessed by means of a project report, an oral presentation and a poster presentation.
  • Design assignments are usually done in groups while the final year project is done individually. 

    The RMIT University in Melbourne Australia offers a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)/Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design). The Degree equips learners with mechanical engineering and industrial. The design programme gives learners the technical and creative skills to engage at a professional level with the design and development of advanced manufactured products. The graduate stands an opportunity to be employed to work in mechanical and industrial design areas like biomedical, automotive and electro-mechanical product design.

  • Engineering, Society and Sustainability.
  • Engineering Mechanics.
  • Engineering Mathematics C.
  • Industrial Design Communications 1.
  • Design Studies 1 Industrial Design.
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials 1.
  • Manufacturing Systems.
  • Design Studio 2 Industrial Design.
  • Industrial Design Communications 2.
  • Mechanics of Machines 1.
  • Thermo-Fluid Mechanics.
  • Design Studio 3 Industrial Design.
  • Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Further Engineering Mathematics C.
  • Mechanical Design 1.
  • Thermo-Fluid Mechanics 2.
  • Design Studies 2 Industrial Design.
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials 2.
  • Mechatronics Principles.
  • Design Studies 3 Industrial Design.
  • Mechanical Design 2.
  • Design Studies 4 Industrial Design.
  • Design Studio 5 Industrial Design.
  • Thermo-Fluid Mechanics 3.
  • Solid Mechanics 3.
  • Dynamics and Control.
  • Design Studio 6 Industrial Design.
  • Mechanics of Machines 2.
  • Introduction to Computational Engineering.
  • Engineering and Enterprise.
  • Methods in Design Research and Practice.
  • Mechanical Design 3.
  • Applied Heat and Mass Transfer.
  • Remote Area Power Supply.
  • Computational Engineering 1.
  • Industrial Design Pre-Major Project 7.
  • Vehicle Power Systems.
  • Advanced Robotics.
  • Advanced Engineering Control.
  • Computational Engineering 2.
  • Industrial and Vehicle Aerodynamics.
  • Mechatronic Design.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  • Industrial Design Major Project 8.

    The Concordia University in Canada offers a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering which is integrated with the mechanical engineering department to allow learners a better understand of technical processes. The Industrial Engineering curriculum is therefore designed to give students the background needed to define and solve problems related to the conception, improvement, integration, and implementation of industrial systems.

    Industrial Engineering Core:
  • Mechanics of Materials.
  • Mechanical Analysis.
  • Thermodynamics I.
  • Transform Calculus and Partial Differential Equations.
  • Introduction to Production and Manufacturing Systems.
  • Simulation of Industrial Systems.
  • Production Engineering.
  • Lean Manufacturing.
  • Operations Research I.
  • Operations Research II.
  • Engineering Management.
  • Stochastic Models in Industrial Engineering.
  • Quality Control and Reliability.
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
  • Human Factors Engineering.
  • Facilities Design and Material Handling Systems.
  • Inventory Control.
  • Capstone Industrial Engineering Design Project.
  • Mechanical Engineering Drawing.
  • Programming for Mech. and Indu. Engineers.
  • Materials Science.
  • Manufacturing Processes.
  • Machine Drawing and Design.

    Learners select modules totalling 18 Credits from these:
  • Fluid Mechanics I.
  • Special Technical Report.
  • Safety Engineering.
  • Product Design and Development.
  • Introduction to Six Sigma.
  • Logistics Network Models.
  • Decision Models in Service Sector.
  • Advanced Concepts in Quality Improvement.
  • Topics in Industrial Engineering.
  • Modelling, Simulation and Control Systems.
  • Analysis and Design of Control Systems.
  • Advanced Programming for Mech. and Industrial Engineering.

    The qualification develop individuals with a diverse base of mathematical and scientific knowledge to design, improve, and install integrated systems of people, material, information, equipment, and energy. They also learn how engineering theories are applied in real situations. 

    Horizontal articulation possibilities include the following qualifications at NQF Level 8:
  • Bachelor of Engineering Honours.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Engineering Manufacturing.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Engineering Management.

    Vertical articulation possibilities include any Master's Degree in Engineering at NQF Level 9, on condition that the Modules in Research Methodology have been completed. 

    Each module is subject to moderation as described in the relevant Faculty Procedures. Summative assessment examination paper is moderated internally or externally for measuring the appropriate module outcomes at the appropriate NQF level. Internal moderation by a person that is not presenting the module is used for modules where the outcomes are not at an exit level. External moderation is used for all modules at an exit level of the programme. Non-exit level modules may be selected for external moderation on an ad-hoc basis, e.g. when an exceptionally low throughput is evident or when student feedback indicate that additional quality measures are necessary. External moderators are suggested by staff and approved by the School director, where after letters of appointment are sent. Exam answer papers are archived for ECSA audit purposes. 

    The assessor must:
  • Have a higher education qualification that is one level above the modules being assessed.
  • Be an experienced tutor with experience in the particular module. 

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