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Programme: BEngHons Industrial Engineering

Code Faculty
12240012 Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Credits Duration
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 128

Programme information

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.

Admission requirements

Subject to the stipulations of the General Regulations, Reg. G.1.3 and G.54, a BEng degree or equivalent qualification is required for admission.

Other programme-specific information

An appropriate bouquet of 8 modules must be selected in consultation with the Head of Department to comply with the requirements for one of the following domains of specialisation:

  • Resource Optimisation      (RO)
  • Supply Chain Engineering   (SCE)
  • Business Process Management   (BPM)

Industrial Engineers are not allowed more than 2 appropriate modules from other departments.

Non-Industrial Engineers are not allowed more than 1 appropriate module from other departments.

A maximum of 3 approved modules may be selected from other departments

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. The examination in each module for which a student is registered, takes place during the normal examination period after the conclusion of lectures (i.e. October/November or May/June).
  2. A student registered for the honours degree must complete his or her studies within two years (full-time), or within three years (part-time) after first registration for the degree: Provided that the Dean, on recommendation of the relevant head of department, may approve a stipulated limited extension of this period.
  3. A student must obtain at least 50% in an examination for each module where no semester or year mark is required. A module may only be repeated once.
  4. In modules where semester or year marks are awarded, a minimum examination mark of 40% and a final mark of 50% is required.
  5. No supplementary or special examinations are granted at postgraduate level.

Pass with distinction

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).

Minimum credits: 128

BCS 780 is a compulsory module.

Core modules

  • Module content:

    Enterprise Engineering can be defined as the body of knowledge, principles, and practices to design an enterprise. Due to their complexity and the continuously changing environment, enterprises need new approaches, tools and techniques to deliver innovative products and services to new markets in competitive environments. This module offers an introduction to the engineering design process applied to the enterprise as a system, and present existing approaches for designing, aligning and governing the enterprise. Within the design paradigm, the module also offers research methods (e.g. design research and action research) that are relevant for doing research within the enterprise engineering discipline.


    The module covers:
    •Background on systems thinking
    •Systems design and systems engineering
    •Prominent approaches for creating an enterprise engineering capability (e.g. Zachman, The Open Group, Dietz/Hoogervorst).
    •Mechanisms and practices associated with different phases of enterprise design (e.g. enterprise modelling, languages, road maps, maturity assessment etc.)
    •Research methods and techniques to validate and extend the EE knowledge base
    •Case studies
    •Change management

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  • Module content:

    *This is a compulsory research module.

    The module affords an individual student the opportunity of studying a designated area of coherent advanced knowledge under the tutorship of a senior staff member of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Eligibility, topic and scope of the intended project must be determined in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

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  • Module content:

    Professionally, engineers are confronted with issues related to product quality and performance or organisational excellence. The intention of this course is to provide an overview of the domain of modern quality management and to equip the student with theory, methodologies and tools and techniques to improve and achieve product quality and performance excellence.
    The course covers the following topics;
    • Contextualisation: The History, Guru’s, Principles, Industrial setting and the Domain of Quality Management
    • Practices of improving and achieving product quality: Role in Industrial Engineering, On-line and Off-line Quality Control Practices
    • Frameworks of improving organisational excellence: National Quality Awards, ISO 9000 and other frameworks
    • Practices of improving performance excellence: Quality and Competitive advantage, Customer and Supplier relationships, People Empowerment and Motivation, Quality Leadership and Organisational change.

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  • Module content:

    A key objective of supply chain management is to develop competiveness and achieve a market advantage through the implementation of cross-functional processes as the mechanism to coordinate internal and external activities.
    The course aims to create an understanding of the importance of integrating key supply chain business processes and to develop the ability to analyse and implement such processes across functional and corporate silos. Standardised process definitions and practices, including strategic and operational sub-processes and key performance measurements, are considered.
    Course outline:
    • Customer Relationship Management Process
    • Supplier Relationship Management Process
    • Customer Service Management Process
    • Demand Management Process
    • Order fulfilment Process
    • Manufacturing Flow Management (Planning and Control) Process
    • Product Development and Commercialisation Process
    • Returns Management Process
    • Assessment of Supply Chain Management (SCM) Processes
    • Implementing and Sustaining SCM Processes
    • Supply Chain Mapping Approaches
    • Supply Chain Performance Measurement

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  • Module content:

    Review of MPC, Agile Manufacturing Processes, Models of MPC
    Section 1: Review of MPC Theories and Framework
    Section 2: Research Framework for Problems in Manufacturing Systems
    1. Mathematical Model based Problems and their techniques
    2. Estimation and Hypothesis based Problems and their techniques
    Section 3: Introduction to MPC Problems and sample Models
    1. Forecasting models
    2. Aggregate planning models
    3. Lot sizing and disaggregation models
    4. Finite Scheduling models
    5. Lean Manufacturing Models
    6. Basic Distribution and Replenishment Models
    7. Basic Supply Chain Structural Analysis and Performance Models
    Section 4: Agile Panning Problems and Techniques
    1. Multi-Level Master Scheduling Techniques
    2. Constraint Scheduling – (TOC theory, applications and optimisation)
    3. Lean Manufacturing Implementation (from Flow Lean to Process Kaizen )
    4. Introduction to CONWIP ideology
    5. Introduction to Demand Driven MRP

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  • Module content:

    To make students conversant with the concepts, tools and techniques of reliability engineering.
    Capita selecta from:
    • Introduction to Reliability Engineering
    • Reliability Mathematics
    • Probability Plotting
    • Reliability Prediction for Design
    • Reliability Testing
    • Reliability Growth
    • Maintainability
    • Reliability Management

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  • Module content:

    In recent years the boundaries between different simulation paradigms such as discrete event simulation, system dynamics and agent-based models have become less distinct. Improvements in computational efficiency also allow much richer and complex models to be built. This course introduces agent-based models (ABM) as a class of computational models that deal with autonomous agents and their interactions with other agents, and their surrounding environments. Course content covers basic theoretical foundations of ABM and then focuses on a few specific application areas where ABM is used for decision-making: pedestrian and transport models; production and logistics; as well as biology.

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  • Module content:

    Strategic design of supply chain networks, inventory management and supply chain integration. Framework for strategic alliances and third party logistics. Analysis and application of alternative supply chain reference models as the basis for modelling, analysis and improvement.
    Course outline:
    • Supply Chain Network Design
    • Strategic Management of Inventory
    • Supply Chain Integration
    • Strategic Alliances
    • Coordinated Product and Supply Chain Design
    • Supply Chain Modelling (SCOR, VRM)

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The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of students to familiarise themselves well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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