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UNISA Short Course in Industrial Engineering

UNISA Short Course in Industrial Engineering

University of South Africa Short Course in Industrial Engineering

Programme in Industrial Engineering (76837)



To support students with existing engineering qualifications to bridge over to Industrial Engineering


Target group

Students with an existing national diploma in any engineering discipline (except industrial engineering) who wants to register for the BTech in Industrial Engineering have to complete this programme first to assist them to reskill


Admission requirements

A National Diploma in Engineering: Mechanical, Civil, Electrical or Chemical or equivalent.




One year


Language medium



Registration periods

January to 15 February


Tuition method

Mixed mode: printed media, computer based training


Kind of assessment


Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies

Formative assessment:


Summative assessment:

A three-hour examination for every module


Operations Management (OPERMAN)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Operation strategy and competitiveness
  • Financial accounting (balance sheet, income statement, depreciation, cash flow)
  • Financial ratio analysis
  • Cost accounting (fixed costs, variable costs, overhead costs, basic calculations)



Product Design and Process Selection ()
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Product design and process analysis, selection and design in manufacturing and service industries
  • Total quality management
  • Waiting line management
  • Process capability and statistical quality control
  • Fundamentals of statistics
  • Control charts for variables and attributes
  • Fundamentals of probability
  • Quality costs
  • OC curves


Design of Facilities and Jobs (DEFACJO)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Job design and work measurement
  • Facility layout
  • Facility location
  • Strategic chain strategy
  • Lean production
  • Forecasting
  • Basic ergonomics


The Start-Up of the System (TSTRUTS)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Project planning and control
  • Life cycle of project management
  • Functions of project management
  • Financial analysis of project.
  • Project financing and communications
  • Project implementation
  • Project risk management


The System in Steady State (TSYSISS)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Supply chain strategy
  • Demand management
  • Inventory control
  • Sales and operations planning
  • Material requirements planning
  • Operations scheduling


Improving the System (IMPRSYS)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Operations consulting and reengineering
  • Synchronous manufacturing and theory of constraints
  • Business plan



Course leader

Mr N Ndou

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Office: Block C 5-034, UNISA Florida Campus

Tel: 011 471 2560

Fax: 011 471 2142




Programme administrator(s)

Mr S Chikumba / Ms N Nkambule

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Office C-536, UNISA Florida Campus

Tel: 011 471 2963

Fax: 011 471 2142

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