SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H723623
Module Leader Ares Argelia Gomez Gallegos
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

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


Project Management: concepts, principles and tools for planning, monitoring and controlling, estimation and budgets. Manufacturing Systems: the concept of a manufacturing system, system inputs and outputs, subsystems and design of manufacturing systems; process, product and cellular factory layouts, use of simulation techniques to evaluate the behaviour and performance of systems. Manufacturing Operations: the benefits and implications of group technology on manufacturing operations, coding and classification systems; make or buy decisions. Production Planning and Control: stock and stock control, forecasting demand, re-order point system, Material Requirements planning (MRP), Just in Time (JIT), capacity requirements planning, scheduling, purchasing/procurement, JIT purchasing. Maintenance and Reliability: introduction to maintenance, breakdown and preventative maintenance, condition monitoring, reliability theory, series and parallel systems, calculation of mean time to failure and mean time to repair. Quality Assurance: introduction to quality, definitions and terminology; quality management philosophies. Planning and Controlling Quality: variation and the need for control; supplier analysis; internal and external auditing, procedures; the importance of effective planning, Quality Function Deployment (house of quality), the role of inspection in quality control, inspection methods and human factors in inspection, planning for inspection.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:Plan, monitor and control projects.Understand the principles of Production and Operations Management and Manufacturing Systems.Be able to use tools and information necessary to make operations decisions in for example stock control or maintenance.Understand the principles, and the significance and importance of Quality Assurance

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be taught using lectures, tutorials, case studies, videos and will use GCULearn.

Indicative Reading

J R Meredith and S M Shafer (2013), Operations management, 5 th Ed., Wiley A Greasley (2013), Operations Management, 3 rd Ed., Wiley R D Reid and N R Sanders (2010), Operations Management (An Integrated Approach), 4 th Ed., Wiley B G Dale, T Van Der Wiele, J Van Iwaarden (2011), Managing Quality, 5 th Ed., Wiley J R Meredith and S J Mantel (2015) Project Management (A Managerial Approach) 9 th Ed., Wiley

Transferrable Skills

Study, research, numeracy, self learning, computer literacy, analysing, discussing, problem solving, experience of real and current engineering practice.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 35% Coursework 2
Exam (Exams Office) 2.50 70.00 35% Exam (Exams Office)
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 35% Coursework 1