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Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical 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 3678 (mainstream) and 3688 (extended)

Credit points 600

Abbreviated title BEng (Mechanical Engineering)

Managing faculty Business, Engineering and Technology

Admission and fees https://www.msa.ac.za/Course/bachelor-of-engineering-in-mechanical-engineering/


  • Course type

    Comprehensive
    Single degree
    Bachelor’s degree


  • 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 seven and eight 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 Mechanical Engineering

Description

The Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering provides graduates with the basic skills, knowledge and insights to reach a deeper understanding of managing the innovation and development 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 with large corporations, with small or mid-size companies and non-profit organisations. Other career options include consulting positions or entrepreneurship. The programme provides for a prescribed level of understanding and knowledge of the electrical discipline which is in practice closely associated with the role of the Mechanical engineer.

The programme will be offered in two streams; namely the four-year mainstream programme and the five-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 years. The credit allocation for the first two years of the programme 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 taking cognisance of the experience gained in existing 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 utilises 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 effective integration of knowledge and skills developed during the 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 optimisation opportunities that his/her research can bring to the industry concerned.

On completion of the degree, graduates 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 a career in both a technical and managerial capacity.

Requirements

The programme consists of 600 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. This will enable students 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.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum (Mainstream): Programme Code: 3678

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

ZUG1024Java for Engineers

1

8

5

ZUG1028Innovation & Creative Thinking

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

ZUG1027Chemical Reactions in Engineering

2

12

5

ZUG1030Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces

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

ZUG2026C++ for Engineers

1

8

6

ZUG2030Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

1

16

6

ZUG2033Basic Analogue Electronics

1

12

6

ZUG2034Financial Management for Engineers

1

12

6

ZUG2036Fundamental Principles in Machine Dynamics

1

12

6

ZUG2038Electromagnetic Theory

1

8

6

 

2ND Semester

ZUG2029Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions

2

12

6

ZUG2031Advanced Differential and Integral Calculus

2

12

6

ZUG2032Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

2

8

6

ZUG2035Sociological Perspectives of Development

2

12

6

ZUG2037Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids

2

8

6

ZUG2039Digital Electronics

2

8

6

ZUG2040Economic Decision Making for Sustainability

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

ZUG3030Material Science and Properties

1

8

7

ZUG3031Advanced Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

1

12

7

ZUG3032Strength of Materials under Complex Loading Conditions

1

12

7

ZUG3033Basic Concepts in Structural and Machine Design

1

12

7

ZUG3034Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 1

1

8

7

ZUG3035Software Engineering Principles and Practice

1

8

7

 

2ND Semester

ZUG3036Statistical Methods

2

8

7

ZUG3037Thermal Machinery for Industrial Application

2

12

7

ZUG3038Machine Dynamics for Engineering Systems

2

12

7

ZUG3039Manufacturing Techniques

2

12

7

ZUG3040Advanced Concepts of Machine Systems Design

2

12

7

ZUG3041Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 2

2

8

7

ZUG3042Communication for Development

2

12

7

 Total Credits

Sem1: 72
Sem2: 76

148

Unit Code

4th Year (2021)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG4015Control Systems & Automation (Elective)

1

12

8

ZUG4016Power Systems (Elective)

1

12

7

ZUG4017Mechanical Vibrations Analysis (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4018Mass and Heat Transfer (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4019Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4020Maintenance and Reliability Management (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4021Dynamic Behaviour of Fluids

1

12

8

ZUG4022Power Generation and Renewable Energy Systems

1

16

8

ZUG4023Entrepreneurship for Engineering

1

12

8

ZUG4024Project Management

1

8

8

 

2ND Semester

ZUG4025Design Project

2

36

8

ZUG4026Research Project

2

36

8

 Total Credits

Sem1: 72
Sem2: 72

144

 PROGRAM TOTAL

600

 

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum (Extended): Programme Code: 3688

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

ZUG1027Chemical Reactions in Engineering

2

12

5

ZUG1030Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces

2

12

5

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 52
Sem2: 48

100

Unit Code

2ND Year (2019)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG1024Java for Engineers

1

8

5

ZUG1025Differential and Integral Calculus

1

12

6

ZUG1028Innovation & Creative Thinking

1

8

5

ZUG1029Basic Accounting and Analysis

1

12

5

ZUG2030Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

1

16

6

 

2ND Semester

ZUG1031Multidisciplinary Applied Community Projects

2

16

5

ZUG1032Financial Accounting

2

12

5

ZUG2029Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions

2

12

6

ZUG2031Advanced Differential and Integral Calculus

2

12

6

 TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 56
Sem2: 52

108

Unit Code

3RD Year (2020)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG2026C++ for Engineers

1

8

6

ZUG2033Basic Analogue Electronics

1

12

6

ZUG2034Financial Management for Engineers

1

12

6

ZUG2036Fundamental Principles in Machine Dynamics

1

12

6

ZUG2038Electromagnetic Theory

1

8

6

 

2ND Semester

ZUG2032Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

2

8

6

ZUG2035Sociological Perspectives of Development

2

12

6

ZUG2037Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids

2

8

6

ZUG2039Digital Electronics

2

8

6

ZUG2040Economic Decision Making for Sustainability

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

ZUG3030Material Science and Properties

1

8

7

ZUG3031Advanced Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems

1

12

7

ZUG3032Strength of Materials under Complex Loading Conditions

1

12

7

ZUG3033Basic Concepts in Structural and Machine Design

1

12

7

ZUG3034Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 1

1

8

7

ZUG3035Software Engineering Principles and Practice

1

8

7

 

2ND Semester

ZUG3036Statistical Methods

2

8

7

ZUG3037Thermal Machinery for Industrial Application

2

12

7

ZUG3038Machine Dynamics for Engineering Systems

2

12

7

ZUG3039Manufacturing Techniques

2

12

7

ZUG3040Advanced Concepts of Machine Systems Design

2

12

7

ZUG3041Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 2

2

8

7

ZUG3042Communication for Development

2

12

7

 Total Credits

Sem1: 72
Sem2: 76

148

Unit Code

5TH Year (2022)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1ST Semester

ZUG4015Control Systems & Automation (Elective)

1

12

8

ZUG4016Power Systems (Elective)

1

12

7

ZUG4017Mechanical Vibrations Analysis (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4018Mass and Heat Transfer (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4019Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4020Maintenance and Reliability Management (Elective)

1

8

8

ZUG4021Dynamic Behaviour of Fluids

1

12

8

ZUG4022Power Generation and Renewable Energy Systems

1

16

8

ZUG4023Entrepreneurship for Engineering

1

12

8

ZUG4024Project Management

1

8

8

 

2ND Semester

ZUG4025Design Project

2

36

8

ZUG4026Research Project

2

36

8

 Total Credits

Sem1: 72
Sem2: 72

144

 PROGRAM TOTAL

600

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:

    1. A candidacy programme toward registration as a Professional Engineer
    2. Formal specialist study toward the Postgraduate Diplomas;
    3. Specialist coursework masters’ programmes;
    4. Research masters’ programmes leading to masters’ degrees with or without coursework components;
    5. With appropriate work experience, a Master of Business Administration or similar;
    6. In certain disciplines, progression toward the Government Certificate of Competency.

 

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