This PGDip in Industrial Engineering is designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills for a modern industrial engineering career.
In today’s complex and dynamic world, the skills of industrial engineering are more valuable than ever before. Industrial engineering is uniquely positioned to tackle many of the challenges faced by local and global organisations by improving service delivery, increasing competitiveness and addressing efficiency and capacity constraints.

 

 

Programme content

The programme consists of 10 modules. These modules include a strong foundation of the sciences associated with operations management, quality and process engineering. These skills are then strengthened with quantitative skills by teaching data and decision science and modelling and simulation. This is enriched with strategic skills in business process engineering, operational excellence and supply chain management.
Although the PGDip is a distance learning programme, careful design incorporates practical examples and case studies, group interaction and workplace learning to ensure that the diploma is relevant and practical and deepens engagement and learning.

FIRST YEAR

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Description

Industrial Thinking and Philosphies

The Industrial Engineer’s worldview is distinct from most other professions, including other disciplines of engineering. This course serves as the bridge to learn the Industrial Engineering – lens. Students will gain an appreciation for what Industrial Engineers do, how they do it, what value system they have and how Industrial Engineers bring, create, improve and sustain value.

Introduction to Software Engineering

Being able to create computer code is a key skill of the Industrial Engineer of the future. This course introduces the student to Software Engineering. Which will serve as the basis for future courses in data science, Simulation and modelling and Decision Support Systems.

Operations Excellence

Improving organisations makes use of well-developed improvement philosophies, including Lean, Six Sigma, Systems Thinking, and Theory of Constraints. This course introduces students to these philosophies, guides students through selection and execution and loops back to human factors for implementation.

Quality Management

Quality is a field of importance to all organisations, from primary industries like agriculture and extractive industries like mining, to secondary – processing and manufacturing businesses to tertiary service-oriented businesses. The importance of good quality in systems must be emphasised. This course equips students with a specialised skill set in the theoretical and practical tools necessary to manage quality in organisations and across value chains.

Decision Support Systems

Making strong, evidence-based decisions is a key competence of Engineers broadly. Basing decisions on strong data and analysis allows engineers to make better decisions, with broad impact. In this module, students are introduced to the key philosophies, tools, software and approaches to building strong evidentiary chains to make good decisions, and to back these up scientifically.

SECOND YEAR

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Business Process Engineering

Making businesses better is probably the most central role of the Industrial Engineer. Business Process Reengineering is a loosely collected set of philosophies and techniques that can be used to gain efficiency, productivity, profitability and overall business success. This course equips students with a general set of competencies to achieve this aim.

Introduction to Data and Decision Science

Evidence based decisions are better decisions. In the abundance of data and the overwhelming amount of information and opinion, gathering suitable data, processing it correctly to build valid evidence is a key skill of modern Engineers. This module equips students with the basic skills to start rigorously analysing data and communicating supported findings.

Operations Management and Supply Chain

Understanding operations and supply chains scientifically is one of the most important areas in which the Industrial Engineering skill set is of importance. This course equips students with the important skills that are used to deliver product to customer demand in an optimised, efficient, and high-quality way.

Modelling and Simulation

Complex systems can rarely be solved exactly - only optimised. Given the almost unlimited number of variables and conditions,  making use of models, representative tools that simplify reality, and simulations – approaches that reduce the need to run experiments in practice. This leads to lower cost, higher impact decisions in shorter time with the ability to test solutions through simulation before practically taking the high-risk steps of practical experimentation. In this course, students will be equipped with specific skills in model development, simulation coding and being able to apply these to understand and drive real world problems.

Engineering Investigation and Problem Solving

This course is the capstone project for this qualification. In this course, the student will have to identify and solve a problem in their working environment, making use of the skills gained in the other courses of this qualification to deliver an Industrial Engineering solution to a complex, real-world problem.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is targeted at individuals who aspire to advance their career or change direction by gaining specialised knowledge and skills in industrial engineering.
The programme is also designed for individuals without an appropriate undergraduate qualification in industrial engineering to transition to advanced postgraduate studies in industrial engineering.

Do I qualify for this programme?

In order to qualify for this programme you will need an appropriate bachelors degree or advanced diploma (exit level 7) within disciplines related to engineering.

Recognition of prior learning will also be considered.

Structure of the programme

The PGDip is a two-year, part-time, distance programme. The programme will also incorporate project work in organisations.

What can I do with this qualification?

Industrial engineering is a particularly broad discipline that opens doors to a wide range of specialties and contexts.  This postgraduate diploma will introduce students to some of the fundamental elements of the industrial engineering body of knowledge.  As a result, graduates from the programme will have access to jobs in these areas of speciality in a variety of contexts. 

For example, positions in data science, operations management and improvement, entrepreneurship, business engineering, decision making and supply chain. 
Contexts are broad and could include: mining, agriculture, health care, transport, manufacturing, retail, public service and government. 

This postgraduate diploma also provides a transition to a Masters degree in industrial engineering that could involve specialist research in any of these knowledge areas and contexts.

 

Contact us 

For application inquiries please contact Debbie Meyer at the UoDL (Unit for Open Distance Learning)

For more information on the programme please contact Salomien le Roux