Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The curriculum overview is based on information from the Engineering Council of South Africa’s accreditation visit to the department in 2007 (Van Rensburg, 2007). In summary, the three main objectives of the Industrial Engineering programme are:
a) Providing a graduate with a qualification in the field of engineering.
b) Providing specific knowledge and applied competence in Industrial Engineering.
c) Providing programme contents that satisfy ECSA’s requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

Tables 1 and 2 give the programme contact time and programme content respectively for the Bachelor’s degree.

Credits per semester module are based on the computation of the “contact periods” and “contact hours”. In general, four contact lectures per week (each fifty minutes long) will be an eight credit module. Five or more contact lectures per week can constitute a sixteen credit module per semester.

As defined in the previous paragraphs, one can group BPM competencies in three main areas. In the following table (Table 3), course modules have been allocated to each of these competencies across all four years of study. It shows that the first year focuses on optimisation (basic sciences and mathematical sciences) to provide a proper engineering foundation. In the final year the focus shifts more to business engineering than to optimisation or business architecture.
Table 3: BPM Competency Structure for Curriculum

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