SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H624712
Module Leader David Harrison
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Technology Management 1

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to understand the design, planning, operation and control of operating systems and appropriate measures of economic performance; to develop an understanding of maintenance and reliability.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Marketing: Marketing research and its role in decision making with particular emphasis on its contribution to product planning and development. Marketing, planning and controlling; the identification of target markets; selecting an appropriate market strategy. Costing: Budgeting, standard costing, planning and reporting to management. Behaviour of costs and analysis for decision making; investment appraisal techniques; pay back period, present value, discounted cash flow. Manufacturing Systems: The concept of a manufacturing system, system inputs and outputs, subsystems and design of manufacturing systems. - Process, product and cellular factory layouts, selection of appropriate layouts for particular applications. - Benefits and implications of group technology on manufacturing operations. Coding and classification systems (e.g. Opitz). Production, Planning and Control: Stock and Stock Control, Re-order Point System, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRPII), Just in Time (JIT), Capacity Requirements Planning, scheduling, purchasing/procurement, JIT purchasing, forecasting demand. Human Resources Planning: Motivation theories, hierarchy of human needs, motivators and hygene factors, theories x and y, management styles and managing change. Maintenance and Reliability: Introduction to maintenance; breakdown and preventative maintenance, condition monitoring. -Introduction to reliability theory; product life characteristic curve, failure rate, Weillbull distribution, series and parallel systems, calculation of mean time to failure and mean time between failures. Simulation: Use of simulation techniques to evaluate the behaviour and performance of systems, Monte Carlo technique, use of a typical simulation package.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:On completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Understand the main decision areas of marketing, how marketing policy is developed and be able to analyse goods and markets. (AM1, AM5)2. Analyse simple management accounts and make decisions based on this. (AM1,AM5)3. Perform a simple investment appraisal. (AM1)4. Explain the concept of a manufacturing system and the factors to be considered when designing a manufacturing system. (AM1, AM5)5. Select an appropriate factory layout for a particular application. (AM1 , AM5)6. Explain the advantages and the implications of group technology. (AM1)7. Understand stock and its costs and the principles of how to control it. (AM1)8. Explain the principles of Material Requirements Planning, Manufacturing Resources Planning, Just in Time , scheduling and solve resource planning problems. (AM1, AM5)9. Understand the concepts and practice of purchasing. (AM1, AM5)10. Explain the principles of forecasting and be able to predict customer demand. (AM1, AM5)11. Understand how best to use human resources. (AM1)12. Simulate systems to analyse and improve their efficiency. (AM1 ,AM5)13. Understand the concepts of industrial maintenance and be able to calculate the reliability of mechanical, electrical and electro-mechanical products. (AM1,AM5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The emphasis is on student centred learning through directed reading, supported by lectures and seminars. Videos case studies and computer software are used.

Indicative Reading

Management in Engineering - Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition, G Freeman-Bell and J Balkwill, Prentice Hall, 1996. Operations Management - A Supply Chain Approach, 1st Edition, Derek L Waller, International Thomson, 1999.

Transferrable Skills

During this module the student will:- - develop an understanding of industrial management issues - enhance his/her study and research skills, for example, use of internet and library resources to search for information. - further develop numeracy and self-learning skills. - improve computer literacy by using. for example, word processing and simulation packages.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Lectures (PT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (PT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 18.00 35% Case Study report of 2000 words
Exam (School) 1.50 12.00 35% Mid Term Test - Unseen examination -1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.50 70.00 35% Final Examination - Unseen written examination-2½ Hours