SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H724811
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. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 55%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 15%, which is represented by one of the Coursework assessments, whichever is most relevant to the work place.


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 sucessful completion of the module the student should be able to:1.Plan, monitor and control projects.2.Understand the principles of Production and Operations Management and Manufacturing Systems.3.Be able to use tools and information necessary to make operations decisions in for example stock control or maintenance.4.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. The students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the work place and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment. Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

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
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

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