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Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Undergraduate – Course

Commencement year

This programme entry applies to students commencing this programme in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the ‘Cluster information’ section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business, Engineering and Technology.

Module codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code 3677

Credit points 604

Abbreviated title BEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Managing faculty Business, Engineering and Technology

Admission and fees https://www.msa.ac.za/Course/bachelor-engineering-electrical-electronic-engineering/


  • Course type

    Comprehensive
    Single degree
    Bachelor’s


  • Standard duration

    Minimum 4 years (FT) in the mainstream programme /
    Minimum 5 years (FT) in the extended programme
    Students at Monash South Africa have a maximum of six and seven years, respectively, to complete this programme.


  • Mode and location

    Contact mode of delivery
    On-campus (Monash South Africa)
    Laboratories off-campus


  • Award/s

    Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Description

The Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering provides graduates with the basic skills, knowledge and insights to reach a deeper understanding of managing the built environment through the application of the principles learnt in the tertiary phase. The programme fulfils the exit level requirements as prescribed by the Engineering Council of South Africa.

The typical learners in this programme will be students who have demonstrated competence in mathematics and science. The learner should have sound analytical skills, creative instincts, and a penchant for the solving of complex engineering problems. Graduates may take on positions within private consultation firms and development laboratories, large and small private enterprises involved with the design, development, production, and marketing of electronic systems, subsystems, and components of products. Opportunities may also be available in government and non-profit organisations. Private consulting positions or creating opportunities in an Entrepreneurial role are further options. Graduates may also choose to peruse a career in academia, either as a discipline-specific lecturer or researcher. The programme includes for a prescribed level of understanding and knowledge of the mechanical discipline which is in practice closely associated with the role of the Electrical and Electronic engineer.

The programme will be offered in two streams; namely the 4-year mainstream programme and the 5-year extended programme. The purpose of the extended programme is to offer students the opportunity to complete the first two years of the mainstream programme over a period of three (3) years. The credit allocation will therefore be spread over three years and allow the student to make a smooth transition into tertiary education.

Outcomes

The programme was developed according to the Whole Qualification Standard that is prescribed by the Engineering Council of South Africa. The exit level outcomes (ELOs) defined below are stated generically and may be assessed in various engineering disciplinary or cross-disciplinary contexts in a provider-based or simulated practice environment.

Upon completion of the programme, the following ELOs will be satisfied:

  • Exit-level Outcome 1: Problem solving
    Identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex engineering problems creatively and innovatively.
  • Exit-level Outcome 2: Application of scientific and engineering knowledge
    Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural sciences, engineering fundamentals and an engineering speciality to solve complex engineering problems.
  • Exit-level Outcome 3: Engineering design
    Perform creative, procedural and non-procedural design and synthesis of components, systems, engineering works, products or processes.
  • Exit-level Outcome 4: Investigations, experiments and data analysis
    Demonstrate competence to design and conduct investigations and experiments.
  • Exit-level Outcome 5: Engineering methods, skills and tools, including information technology
    Demonstrate competence to use appropriate engineering methods, skills and tools, including those based on information technology.
  • Exit-level Outcome 6: Professional and technical communication
    Demonstrate competence to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with engineering audiences and the community at large.
  • Exit-level Outcome 7: Sustainability and impact of engineering activity
    Demonstrate critical awareness of the sustainability and impact of engineering activity on the social, industrial and physical environment.
  • Exit-level Outcome 8: Individual, team and multidisciplinary working
    Demonstrate competence to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary environments.
  • Exit-level Outcome 9: Independent learning ability
    Demonstrate competence to engage in independent learning through well-developed learning skills.
  • Exit-level Outcome 10: Engineering professionalism
    Demonstrate critical awareness of the need to act professionally and ethically and to exercise judgment and take responsibility within own limits of competence.
  • Exit-level Outcome 11: Engineering management
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles and economic decision-making.

Structure

The curriculum is constructed from the experience gained in existing national courses in each subject. The first two years are focused on the basic principles so that the Engineer will establish a mindset embracing fundamental formulae and laws that invariably are required to approach any engineering problem or challenge. The course then focuses on applying such principles to structured problems and further depth in the subjects to enable the student to gain practice and experience with the advantage of being able to measure progress against benchmarks (given solutions), so that the graduate will be equipped to tackle the real world problems with more certainty and confidence.

The degree utilizes a process of outcomes assessments which are based on eleven defined outcomes that have a strong alignment to the outcomes that apply when the Engineer either commences engineering practice or post graduate experiential training and proceeds to registration as a Professional Engineer.

The degree course combines academic and practical laboratory based activities that are designed to display the principles learnt in a physical environment. The faculty promotes the regular interaction of the students with the academic teaching and research staff as well as with the student peers working in groups to encourage skills in interpersonal relationships.

Each semester of the course requires a minimum number of credits to be earned for the student to proceed to the next semester.

The degree programme requires the students to be exposed very early to the role of engineering in the real world and to have first-hand experience of the value that engineering in the form of fundamental science and mathematics add to improving the quality of lives in communities. In particular the programme requires the students to interact with various community stakeholders and in the process they will be exposed to many non-engineering aspects such as social, environmental, safety and financial factors. The final year will require the student to undertake a research work based project to demonstrate the effectiveness of the 4 year programme. As part of this research work the student will be required to undertake an investigation in industry in the area where his/her research work can be applied and identify the improvement or optimization opportunities that his/her research can bring to the industry concerned.

On completion of the degree that graduate will be able to commence a rewarding career in many of the opportunities available to enhance both the profession and the economy of the country, while providing an assurance of an expected standard of living and the satisfaction of progressing through the a career in both a technical and managerial capacity.

Requirements

The programme consists of 604 credits and is spread out over 4 years, for the main stream programme, and 5 years for the extended programme.

The combination of modules were compiled with an objective to ensure that the programme has sufficient content of fundamental knowledge in mathematics and natural science so that the students are able to undertake engineering work that is based on solid knowledge of engineering principles. In addition more advanced and specialist modules are introduced in higher years of study where the students are provided with an opportunity to apply the basic engineering principles to solve more complex problems.   A student may not proceed to the next year if all the stipulated pre- and co-requisites have not been satisfied because he/she will require these requisites to be able to undertake the level of study required in the next year.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Curriculum (Mainstream) – Programme Code: 3677

Unit Code

1st Year (2018)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG1020Basic Mathematical Concepts

1

12

5

ZUG1021Basic Concepts in Physics

1

12

5

ZUG1022Engineering Design Graphics

1

16

5

ZUG1023Chemistry of Engineering Materials

1

12

5

ZUG1028Innovation & Creative Thinking

1

8

5

ZUG1024Java for Engineers

1

8

5

ZUG1029Basic Accounting and Analysis

1

12

5

 

2ND Semester

ZUG1025Advanced Mathematical Concepts

2

12

5

ZUG1026Basics of Electrical and Optical Physics

2

12

5

ZUG1030Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces

2

12

5

ZUG1027Chemical Reactions in Engineering

2

12

5

ZUG1031Multidisciplinary Applied Community Projects

2

16

5

ZUG1032Financial Accounting

2

12

5

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 80
Sem2: 76

156

Unit Code

2nd Year (2019)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG2025Differential and Integral Calculus

1

12

6

ZUG2036Fundamental Principles in Machine Dynamics

1

12

6

ZUG2030Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

1

16

6

ZUG2033Basic Analogue Electronics

1

12

6

ZUG2038Electromagnetic Theory

1

8

6

ZUG2034Financial Management for Engineers

1

12

6

ZUG2026C++ for Engineers

1

8

6

 

2ND Semester

ZUG2031Advanced Differential and Integral Calculus

2

12

6

ZUG2032Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

2

8

6

ZUG2037Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids

2

8

6

ZUG2029Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions

2

12

6

ZUG2039Digital Electronics

2

8

6

ZUG2040Economic Decision Making for Sustainability

2

12

6

ZUG2035Sociological Perspectives of Development

2

12

6

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 80
Sem2: 72

152

Unit Code

3rd Year (2020)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG3029Numerical Methods

1

12

7

ZUG3020Advanced Analogue Electronics

1

12

6

ZUG3022Signals & Systems

1

8

7

ZUG3043Power Systems

1

12

7

ZUG3023Digital Systems

1

12

7

ZUG3024Instrumentation and Measurement

1

12

7

ZUG3035Software Engineering Principles and Practice

1

8

7

 

2ND Semester

ZUG3036Statistical Methods

2

8

7

ZUG3026Signal processing

2

12

7

ZUG3025Telecommunication Systems

2

12

7

ZUG3027Embedded Systems

2

12

7

ZUG3028Design Project

2

12

7

ZUG3021Power Electronics

2

8

7

ZUG3042Communication for Development

2

12

7

 Total Credits

Sem1: 76
Sem2: 76

152

Unit Code

4th Year (2021)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG4015Control Systems & Automation

1

12

8

ZUG4022Power Generation and Renewable Energy Systems

1

16

8

ZUG4023Entrepreneurship for Engineering

1

12

8

ZUG4024Project Management

1

8

8

ZUG4027Advanced Power Systems (EL Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4028Electrical Machines (EL Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4029High voltage Engineering ( EL Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4030Image Processing (EC Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4031Data Communications (EC Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4032Computer Networks (EC Elective)

1

8

8

 

2ND Semester

ZUG4025Design Project

2

36

8

ZUG4026Research Project

2

36

8

 Total Credits

Sem1: 72
Sem2: 72

144

 PROGRAM TOTAL

604

 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Curriculum (Extended): Programme Code: 3687

Unit Code

1st Year (2018)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG1020Basic Mathematical Concepts

1

12

5

ZUG1021Basic Concepts in Physics

1

12

5

ZUG1022Engineering Design Graphics

1

16

5

ZUG1023Chemistry of Engineering Materials

1

12

5

 

2ND Semester

ZUG1025Advanced Mathematical Concepts

2

12

5

ZUG1026Basics of Electrical and Optical Physics           2

12

5

ZUG1030Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces

2

12

5

ZUG1027Chemical Reactions in Engineering

2

12

5

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 52
Sem2: 48

100

Unit Code

2ND Year (2019)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG1028Innovation & Creative Thinking

1

8

5

ZUG1024Java for Engineers

1

8

5

ZUG1029Basic Accounting and Analysis

1

12

5

ZUG1025Differential and Integral Calculus

1

12

6

ZUG2030Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

1

16

6

 

2ND Semester

ZUG1031Multidisciplinary Applied Community Projects

2

16

5

ZUG1032Financial Accounting

2

12

5

ZUG2031Advanced Differential and Integral Calculus

2

12

6

ZUG2029Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions

2

12

6

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 56
Sem2: 52

108

Unit Code

3RD Year (2020)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG2033Basic Analogue Electronics

1

12

6

ZUG2034Financial Management for Engineers

1

12

6

ZUG2026C++ for Engineers

1

8

6

ZUG2036Fundamental Principles in Machine Dynamics

1

12

6

ZUG2038Electromagnetic Theory

1

8

6

 

2ND Semester

ZUG2037Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids

2

8

6

ZUG2039Digital Electronics

2

8

6

ZUG2040Economic Decision Making for Sustainability

2

12

6

ZUG2032Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

2

8

6

ZUG2035Sociological Perspectives of Development

2

12

6

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 52
Sem2: 48

100

Unit Code

4TH Year (2021)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG3029Numerical Methods

1

12

7

ZUG3020Advanced Analogue Electronics

1

12

6

ZUG3022Signals & Systems

1

8

7

ZUG3043Power Systems

1

12

7

ZUG3023Digital Systems

1

12

7

ZUG3024Instrumentation and Measurement

1

12

7

ZUG3035Software Engineering Principles and Practice

1

8

7

 

2ND Semester

ZUG3036Statistical Methods

2

8

7

ZUG3026Signal processing

2

12

7

ZUG3025Telecommunication Systems

2

12

7

ZUG3027Embedded Systems

2

12

7

ZUG3028Design Project

2

12

7

ZUG3021Power Electronics

2

8

7

ZUG3042Communication for Development

2

12

7

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 76
Sem2: 76

152

Unit Code

5TH Year (2022)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG4015Control Systems & Automation

1

12

8

ZUG4022Power Generation and Renewable Energy Systems

1

16

8

ZUG4023Entrepreneurship for Engineering

1

12

8

ZUG4024Project Management

1

8

8

ZUG4027Advanced Power Systems (EL Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4028Electrical Machines (EL Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4029High voltage Engineering ( EL Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4030Image Processing (EC Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4031Data Communications (EC Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4032Computer Networks (EC Elective)

1

8

8

 

2ND Semester

ZUG4025Design Project

2

36

8

ZUG4026Research Project

2

36

8

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 72
Sem2: 72

144

 PROGRAMME TOTAL

604

Progression to further studies

The exit-level outcomes ensure that a graduate of this programme, meeting these standards, would meet requirements for entry to a number of programmes including:

  • Systemic Articulation
    The B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering articulates vertically with cognitive master degrees and horizontally with cognitive bachelor degrees.
  • Specific Articulation
    The B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering articulates horizontally with the following qualification:
    Bachelor of Computer and Information SciencesThe B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering articulates vertically with the following qualification:
    MPhil in Computer and Information Sciences.
  • Additional horizontal articulation possibilities
    Students of the B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering may articulate to any of the Bachelor degrees offered at MSA, e.g. the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences.Graduates of this degree may also articulate to a related Postgraduate Diploma, e.g. the Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management. Graduates may however be required to complete a bridging course.Graduates may also enrol for the Bachelor of Laws, an advanced degree offered at MSA. Graduates may however be required to complete a bridging course.
  • Additional vertical articulation
    Upward articulation into the B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degreeStudents who do not meet the entry requirements into the BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree may be admitted to the MSA Foundation Programme. On successful completion of the Foundation Programme, students may be admitted into the B Eng degree.
  • Upward articulation from the BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degreeGraduates from the BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree may, with appropriate experience, enrol for the professional Master of Business Administration offered at MSA. It may also be possible to, with proven research capabilities, enrol for the M Phil in Computer and Information Science or the M Phil in Integrated Water Management. Graduates may pursue a coursework or research Master’s degree in a relevant field at other universities.In addition, the exit-level outcomes ensure that graduates of this programme meet the entry requirements to a candidacy programme toward registration as a Professional Engineer. The candidacy programme for professional engineering registration is operated by ECSA to admit graduates from ECSA accredited engineering degree programmes for registration as Candidate Engineers. The requirements for ECSA to accept the engineering programme for accreditation are as follows:
    • The programme must have the following knowledge areas:
      Mathematical Sciences
      Natural Sciences
      Engineering Sciences
      Specialist Knowledge
      Design and Synthesis
      Complimentary Studies
      In addition, the programme must have a minimum total of 560 SAQA credits that are distributed across these knowledge areas, at the proportion specified by ECSA;
    • There must be evidence that the development of the programme is based on 11 Exit Level Outcomes and the assessment method must be such that each student graduating from the programme has met all the Exit Level Outcomes;
    • The effectiveness of teaching and learning process in enabling the students to satisfy the Exit Level Outcomes; and
    • The effectiveness of the planning, resourcing, leadership, execution and sustainability of the programme.

The MSA degree programme was endorsed by ECSA on 25 November 2015, as sufficiently meeting the requirements for provisional accreditation (based on the above-mentioned list of requirements), which according to ECSA policy and rules, this provisional accreditation should take place after the programme has been offered for a minimum period of 2 years. For MSA the provisional accreditation will take place in 2020, and the regular accreditation visit will take place once the first cohort of students for the mainstream programme graduates in 2022.

On graduating from the programme, the student will automatically be accepted into ECSA’s candidacy programme, as candidate professional engineers as they would have graduated from an ECSA accredited engineering programme.

In certain disciplines, graduates could progress toward the Government Certificate of Competency.

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