Post Graduate Certificate Course in Systems Engineering (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Stellenbosch)

Details of Programme


This programme is presented over a course of 1 year at Stellenbosch University in association with the Engineering Faculty.


1.   Block 1  [15 - 25 May 2017] Programme Management with Corne Schutte & Neels Fourie  

This module presents the essential elements of systems engineering by taking a lifecycle approach. The module introduces the most current, commercially successful techniques for systems engineering. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Requirements Engineering
  • General System Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Specialised Topics


2.  Block 2  [26 June - 6 July 2017] Systems Engineering with Theuns Dirkse van Schalkwyk

Programme Management is the coordinated management of a portfolio of projects to achieve a set of business objectives. It takes the output from a company strategy and translates this into a series of projects to effect the changes necessary to support the strategy.

  • Introduction
  • Organisational Structures, Organising and Staffing, Managing, Working with Executives
  • Importance of Communication, Time Management and Stress, Conflicts, Ethics
  • Converting Strategy into a Programme Framework
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Planning, Scheduling, Pricing and Estimating
  • Cost Control, Risk Management, Change Management and Benefits Management
  • Learning Curve Theory
  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Project Integration Management
  • Innovation Management
  • New Concepts


3. Block 3  [28 August - 7 September 2017] Systems Architecture with  James Bekker

This module builds on the system engineering module with advanced topics in systems architecture (conceptual design). Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of Systems Architecture
  • Synthesis of Systems Architecture
  • Advanced Topics


Where and How:

Students are required to attend classes for 3 x 2 weeks block release sessions. Classes take place at Stellenbosch University.



R 49 500.00 per person for the course.

Cost for travel and accommodation is not included.



Protea Hotel Stellenbosch, Technopark