MUT Electrical Engineering



MUT Electrical Engineering, our vision is that, we aim for the department of Electrical Engineering to be recognised on a regional, national and global scale for its academic programmes, innovative research, competent and sought-after graduates and partnerships with industry and government agencies. 



MISSION



The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering, in line with the Mangosuthu University of Technology’s 2020 strategic plan, is to:

  • Provide outstanding education to our diverse range of students from all backgrounds and races
  • Deploy programmes that meet both national and global demands for Electrical Engineering graduates
  • Guarantee professional, competent and self-reliant graduates that meet the exit level requirements as prescribed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) 

The Department of Electrical Engineering is committed to excellence in teaching and learning, community engagement, improved industrial partnerships and innovative research. 



PURPOSE OF THE COURSE – NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING        

The National Diploma in Electrical Engineering, delivers to our students the required knowledge and skills necessary for a fruitful career as an engineering technician in the fields of Electronics, Computer, Electrical, Process Instrumentation, Industrial Measurement, Testing and control, Telecommunications and embedded systems.

Our qualified graduates are typically associated with the development, manufacture, installation, servicing, and repair of engineering systems, products, and components with limited technical supervision and are able to report on these activities clearly and concisely.

This programme’s content has been developed to allow our graduates to register as professional technicians with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), to engage in further study in the field of Electrical Engineering and/or to qualify for competitive and rewarding work placements in the field of engineering. 

Our qualifying graduates are able to:

  • Solve well defined problems in the field of Electrical Engineering by adhering to the standards and codes of the Engineering Institution and applying broad-based engineering theory, principles, techniques, practical experience and the appropriate skills required
  • Solve Electrical Engineering problems involving modelling, numerical analysis and statistical analysis by applying basic knowledge of mathematics and basic sciences from first principle
  • Perform creative, procedural design and synthesis of components, systems, work, products and processes
  • Organise, synthesise and present information both professionally and understandably in a mode appropriate to the audience
  • Apply the knowledge they have gained in new situations both in the work place and in the community
  • Identify, analyse, conduct and manage an Electrical Engineering project
  • Make high-pressure, independent decisions taking into account the relevant technical, economic, social and environmental constraints
  • Work effectively as an individual or in a team and multi-disciplinary environment, showing leadership and performing critical functions
  • Translate and understand how engineering activity relates to health and safety, environmental, cultural and economic sustainability
  • Attain the requirements for registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a candidate Engineering Technician
  • Act professionally and ethically and take responsibility within his/her own limits of competence; and be able to exercise judgement that is commensurate with his/her knowledge and experience
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with engineering audiences and the community at large, using the appropriate structure, style and graphic support
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the appropriate engineering methods, tools and skills to experiment and solve technical problems 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Admission Requirements (three year diploma)

     NQF Level:                      6

     SAQA Credits:                 360

     Duration:                          3 years

I.        National Senior Certificate with rating codes:

English Home Language                          (4)

English First Additional Language (4)

Mathematics                                             (4)

Physical Science                                     (4)

II.        Senior Certificate or equivalent with a minimum subject-related symbol as follows:

Physical Science                                      C (SG) / D (HG)

Mathematics                                             C (SG) / D (HG)

English                                                      C (SG) / D (HG)

  1. III.N4 Engineering Sciences and Maths, plus a Matric Certificate or equivalent with English, with a minimum of 50% passes in English, Engineering Science and Maths.
  2. IV.NCV Entrance Requirements

NCV Level 4 with a minimum of a 50% pass in the following subjects:

Three fundamental subjects: English, Mathematics and Home Language and

A minimum of 60% in three compulsory subjects: Physical Science and any two Electrical-related subjects, preferably Electrical Principles & Practice and Electronic Control & Digital Electronics.

  1. V.An appropriate GCE, GCSE, IGCSE or Cambridge School Certificate with at least five subjects at GCE ‘O’ level including Mathematics, Science and English that has been passed with an A, B or C symbol. Three of the five subjects must have been passed at the same examination sitting. This applies to students from SADC countries.
  2. VI.N5 and N6 – Not considered for registration purposes but only for credit/exemption purposes. 

Please take note of the following:

Selection may be based on candidates passing a department entrance test, on merit and on the availability of spaces. Meeting the minimum requirements does not, in any way, guarantee admission. 

Students with technical college qualifications can apply to be considered for the granting of exemptions according to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as listed below, provided that they have passed with a minimum of 50% in every subject. 

LIST OF SUBJECT EQUIVALENCES

Technical/FET College Subjects                    University Exempted Subjects

Communication N4 and N5                            Communication Skills I

Mathematics N4 and N5                                 Mathematics I

Industrial Electronics N4 and N5                    Electronics I

Digital Electronics N4 and N5                         Digital Systems I

Electrotechnics N4 and N5                             Electrical Engineering I

Industrial Instruments N4 and N5                   Process Instrumentation I 

DURATION OF STUDY

The course takes place over three years and consists of four semesters (S1, S2, S3 and S4) of formal time (full-time study at the University) over two years, and two semesters (P1 and P2) of experiential time (in-service training) undertaken at an accredited training provider/employer over one year, in accordance with a prescribed syllabus, and subject to the University’s evaluation and approval. 

Electrical Engineering Practice I (P1) may be done after successful completion of S1 and S2 subjects. 

Electrical Engineering Practice II or Electronic Engineering Practice II (P2) may be done after successful completion of S3 subjects. 

CURRICULUM COMPILATION

  • The Diploma will be issued on completion of 2.0 credits of formal time taken from the offerings below, and 1.0 credits of experiential time (i.e. in-service training), for a total of 3.0 credits.
  • During experiential time (i.e. in-service training) the student registers for Electrical Engineering Practice I for P1, and Electrical Engineering Practice II for P2. Completion of 24 weeks of experiential time in accordance with the guidelines laid down in the student’s log book will generate a credit of 1.0. There are five specialisation fields, i.e. Electronic Communication (EC), Power Engineering (PE), Clinical Engineering (CE), Renewable Energy (RE), and Process Instrumentation (PI).

CURRICULUM SUBJECTS:



National Diplama: Engineering: Electrical (3208105)
CodeSubjects*C/O/ESemester/YearAssessment MethodCreditPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMS311Communication SkillsCS1CA0.05  
C0SEL01Computer Skills ICS1CA0.05  
MATEL01Mathematics ICS1EX0.1  
ELEN311Electrical Engineering ICS1CA0.1  
ELET111Electronics ICS1EX0.1  
DIGS211Digital Systems ICS1EX0.1  
MATEL02Mathematics IICS2EX0.1Mathematics I 
ELEN021Electrical Engineering IICS2EX0.1Electrical Engineering I 
DIGS221Digital Systems IICS2EX0.1Digital Systems I 
PROJ011Project ICS2EX0.1Electrical Engineering IElectronics IDigital Systems I 
PRIN011Process Instrumentation IES2EX0.1  
ECOM221Electronic Communication II S2EX0.1Electronics IDigital Systems I 
RENE021Solar Cells and PhotovoltaicES2EX0.1Electrical Engineering I 
BOSY021Bio System IES2EX0.1Digital Systems I 
ELEM421Electrical Machines II (PE)ES2EX0.1Electrical Engineering I 
PROG011Programming I0S2EX0.1Digital Systems I 
MATEL03Mathematics III S2EX0.1Mathematics II 
DIGS231Digital Systems III S2EX0.1Digital Systems I 
ELET121Electronics II S3EX0.1Electronics I 
PROJ021Project II S3EX0.1Project IElectronics IIDigital Systems II 
PRIN221Process Instrumentation IIES3EX0.1Process Instrumentation I 
RADE131Radio Engineering III (EC)ES3EX0.1Electronic Communication II 
WINE031Wind Energy Technology IIES3EX0.1Electrical Engineering II 
MEDE031Medical Equipment IIES3EX0.1Bio System I 
ELEM431Electrical Machines III (PE)0S3EX0.1Electrical Machines II 
COSY021Control Systems IICS3EX0.1Mathematics II 
DEPR031Design Project IIIES4EX0.1Project II 
PRIN131Process Instrumentation IIIES4EX0.1Process Instrumentation II 
SIPR031Signal Processing III (EC)ES4EX0.1Mathematics II 
RENE031Renewable Energy Systems:Analysis, Design and Application IIIES4EX0.1Wind Energy Technology II 
PROE031Project Management in Renewable Energy IIIES4EX0.1Project II 
 Medical Equipment IIIES4EX0.1Medical Equipment II 
ELPR231Electrical Protection III (PE)ES4EX0.1Electrical Engineering II 
ELDI331Electrical Distribution IIIES4EX0.1Electrical Engineering II 
ELEN031Electrical Engineering IIIES4EX0.1Electrical Engineering II 
ELET1331Electronics III0S4EX0.1Electronics II 
POEL031Power Electronics III0S4EX0.1Electrical Engineering IIElectronics IIMathematics II 
COSY231Control Systems III0S4EX0.1Control Systems IIMathematics II 
DIC0021Digital Communication II0S4EX0.1Mathematics IIElectronic Communication II 
*C=Compulsory; O= Optional; E=Elective; EX-Examination; CA- Continuous Assessment

National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical (four year programme) (3208105)

NQF Level      :           6

SAQA Credit   :           360

Duration          :           Four years 

The extended curriculum programme is offered to those students who do not meet the requirements for the National Diploma. 

The minimum period of study for the National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical is usually three years. However, many students find themselves under-prepared and complete the programme in four, five or six years. To counteract this, a four year programme (known as the Extended Curriculum programme) has been designed to provide structured support to students over a period of four years. This programme was developed as a response to the well-known inequalities in South African society and to cater for varying levels of preparedness amongst our students. This programme ensures sufficient support for our students during the initial years of study while also guaranteeing the same exit standards as our three year programme.

Our four year programme addresses gaps and disparities in the education and life experiences of our students so as to better equip them to manage the National Diploma programme and also provides them with broad educational and life skills including mathematics, language literacy and subject knowledge. While students in this programme are mostly tutored separately in small classes during their first year, they undertake their studies and lectures as integral members of the National Diploma student group.
The first year of this programme is generic to electrical, civil and mechanical engineering, but in the first semester of their second year, students will join the S1 level of their chosen field, i.e. electrical, civil or mechanical engineering. From this point, the student will follow the same programe as the three year diploma programme. 

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE – ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

The purpose of this qualification is to build the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed for our students’ development towards becoming competent and ethical engineering technicians who are professional and competent with the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Our graduates are intended to subsequently demonstrate their ability to apply acquired knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values in the South African workplace as well as to develop a culture of continuous development within their own professional lives.

The content and delivery of this programme is required to meet certain quality assurance critera, governed by the ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa) as per their recommendations to offer a fully accredited qualification.  

Our qualifying graduates are able to:

  • Solve well defined problems in the field of Electrical Engineering by adhering to the standards and codes of the Engineering Institution and applying broad-based engineering theory, principles, techniques, practical experience and the appropriate skills required
  • Demonstrate well-rounded general engineering knowledge, as well as knowledge of technical language, procedures, principles and operations of one of the fields of Electrical Engineering
  • Develop a rigorous and critical approach to data collection and statistical analysis, using the standard methods from primary sources and journals using modern retrieval systems
  • Organise, synthesise and present information both professionally and understandably in a mode appropriate to the audience
  • Apply the knowledge they have gained in new situations both in the workplace and community
  • Identify, analyse, conduct and manage an Electrical Engineering project
  • Make independent decisions taking into account the relevant technical, economic, social and environmental constraints
  • Work both as a member of a team and independently on electrical projects
  • Translate and understand how engineering activity relates to health and safety, environmental, cultural and economic sustainability
  • Attain requirements for registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a candidate Engineering Technician
  • Demonstrate the capacity to explore and exploit educational, entrepreneurial and career opportunities and engage in professional development

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Admission Requirements

I.        National Senior Certificate with rating codes:

English Home Language                                                       (3)

English First Additional Language                                           (3)

Mathematics                                                                           (3)

Physical Science                                                                    (3)

Satisfactory achievement rating in their Home Language                 (4) 

II.        A minimum of 130 total credits, with a maximum of 60 credits with “Partial Achievement”, at NQF Level 4 or

III.        National Senior Certificate / Standard 10 / Matric Certificate

Mathematics                                       E (SG) or F (HG)

Physical Science                                E (SG) or F (HG)

English                                                E (SG) or E (HG) 

Please take note of the following:

Selection may be based on candidates passing a department entrance test, on merit and on the availability of spaces. Meeting the minimum requirements does not, in any way, guarantee admission. 

DURATION OF STUDY

Four years full time consisting of six semesters (one year foundation, S1, S2, S3 and S4) of formal time (full-time study at the University) over three years, and two semesters (P1 and P2) of experiential learning (in-service training) undertaken at an accredited training provider/employer over one year, in accordance with a prescribed syllabus, and subject to the University’s evaluation and approval. 

Electrical Engineering Practice I (P1) may be done after successful completion of S1 and S2 subjects. 

Electrical Engineering Practice II or Electronic Engineering Practice II (P2) may be done after successful completion of S3 subjects. 

CURRICULUM SUBJECTS:

The first year of foundation consists of the subjects listed below and then proceeds to the main stream (three year programme).

National Diplama: Engineering: Electrical (3208105)
CodeSubjects*C/O/ESemester/YearAssessment MethodCreditPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BASC001Basic Science I Foundation/1EX0.06  
C0SL001Computer Literacy I Foundation/1CA0.06  
FLS118Life Skills and Study Skills Foundation/1CA0.06  
DRAW001Drawing Foundation/1CA0.06  
MAT001Mathematics Foundation/2EX0.06Maths Foundation 
COMS001Communication Skills Foundation/2CA0.07  
ENCA010Engineering Calculations Foundation/2EX0.07  
ENSC001Engineering Science I Foundation/2CA0.07Basic Science I 
C0SL010Computer Application I Foundation/2CA0.07Computer Literacy I 
DRAW011Drawing I Foundation/2CA0.07Drawing Foundation 

WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING:

WIL (In-Service Training) (0,7 credits)

            Electrical Engineering Practice I (PI)                         0.500

            Electrical Engineering Practice II (PII)                       0.500 

CONTACT US

Email               connie@mut.ac.za or

Telephone       (0)31 907 7249