|12240252||Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 128|
The BEngHons (Engineering and Technology Management) degree is conferred by the following academic department: Engineering and Technology Management.
The stipulations of Faculty Regulations for honours degrees apply mutatis mutandis.
Any specific module is offered on the condition that a minimum number of students are registered for the module, as determined by the head of department and the Dean. Students must consult the relevant head of department in order to compile a meaningful programme, as well as on the syllabi of the modules. The relevant departmental postgraduate brochures must be consulted.
The curriculum is determined in consultation with the relevant heads of departments. A student is required to pass modules to the value of at least 128 credits.
The degree is awarded on the basis of examinations only.
The admission requirement for the BEng (Hon) degree is a BEng or equivalent qualification. A selection procedure takes place prior to admission to the honours degree. Selection takes place as stipulated in the respective departmental rules. (click here)
A student passes with distinction if he or she obtains a weighted average of at least 75% in the first 128 credits for which he or she has registered (excluding modules which were discontinued timeously). The degree is not awarded with distinction if a student fails any one module (excluding modules which were discontinued timeously). The degree must be completed within the prescribed study period.
Minimum credits: 128
The research project is the capstone of the MOT programme. It comprises an independent research study into an area of technology management, applying the principles learned during the programme. Although this is a research project of limited breadth and scope, it nonetheless has to comply with the requirements of scientific research on post-graduate level. The total volume of work that is to be invested in this module by an average student must be 320 hours. Normal requirements for assessment that include the use of an external examiner apply to this module.
Engineering Economy assists the engineer in making a wide range of decisions. These decisions involve the fundamental elements of monetary cash flow, time, value of money, project life and the interest rate. Engineering Economy calculates the net present worth, future worth, annual equivalent worth and the internal rentability of the cash flows of the alternatives under consideration. By applying these values in different ways, the most economical alternative can be identified. Calculation of these values for a cash flow takes into account the effective interest rate, inflation and the income tax payable.
In an increasingly competitive and fast changing business world the management of technological innovation is a key function of organisations that want to prosper. It is therefore important that engineers, scientists and managers understand the fundamental principles of technology and innovation. This module addresses aspects such as the activities and tools of technology management and the processes and dynamics of innovation as important contributors to the creation of new knowledge, products and processes.
This module addresses basic project management concepts, principles and techniques. The module is aligned with both the U.S. Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) as well as PRINCE2 methodology developed in the UK. Scheduling of projects is a core element of project management and IPK780 covers project scheduling in somewhat more detail and at a more advanced level than the other topics.
The aim of the module is to develop the learner’s ability to identify and solve problems in a way that display critical thinking and the application of quantitative methods. The module focuses on project initiation, planning, monitoring and control. Specifically the development of a project plan, different scheduling techniques, earned value, decision making and basic risk management. A deliverable of the module is a project plan (including project scope, WBS, schedule, risk management plan and cash flow) for a project in the learner’s work environment.
A company's ability to remain competitive in modern times hinges increasingly on its ability to perform systems engineering. The technology and complexity of a company's products appears to steadily increase and with it, the risks that need to be managed. This module provides specialised knowledge to apply systems engineering by understanding the tools, processes and management fundamentals.
The ISO 55000 standard (under development) defines an Asset as “something that has potential or actual value to an organisation”. The value will vary between different organisations and their stakeholders. Value can be tangible or intangible, financial or non-financial. Asset Management is defined as “the set of coordinated activities that an organisation uses to realise value from assets in the delivery of its outcomes or objectives.” Realisation of value requires the achievement of a balance of costs, risks and benefits, often over different timescales. The overall objective of this module is to apply the basic principles of planning, organisation, leading and control to the management of assets, in particular engineering assets. This includes aspects such as support, operation, performance evaluation and continual improvement. Current standards (e.g. ISO 55000), guidelines (e.g. PAS-55) and other government documents on asset management are also addressed in this module.
Technical solutions can overcome various problems confronting the world, but new business leaders need to emerge by identifying these potential opportunities that can lead to sustainable enterprises with more employment opportunities. The module highlights the role of technology innovation and strategy in entrepreneurship, the development of business models and plan, the lean start-up principle, legal aspects and venture leadership. Entrepreneurship is an intellectual discipline in its own right with its own systematic methods and techniques that can be learned and mastered through professional practice and hard work. This module will equip you with the fundamentals of technological entrepreneurship that can be applied in new ventures or your existing career.
The ageing of production assets, process plants, assembly plants, power generation systems and mining machinery, as well as the increasing cost of maintenance has prompted many organisations to view the management of the maintenance process as a higher priority. Neglecting maintenance will cause rapid deterioration of assets and have a negative impact on the company's bottom line. The management of maintenance requires a professional approach due to the complexity of the resources, modern technology and processes involved. The main focus of this module is to establish a holistic focus on the maintenance process, and to enable students to analyse the improvements required using first principles, and other related techniques. A major outcome is the development of a maintenance configuration.
Operations management develops the ability of students to think about the transformation processes in organisations in a global way. The emphasis is on learning how to improve operating systems significantly through maximising throughput and minimising costs. The understanding of operating systems is developed from a flow- as well as an effect-cause-effect perspective.
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