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
E-mail: nndou@unisa.ac.za

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
E-mail: nkambule@unisa.ac.za / chikus@unisa.ac.za