SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624713
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

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, the student should be able to:1. Describe the main decision areas of marketing, marketing policy as applied to goods / products (AM1, AM5).2. Analyse management accounts and appraise capital investments (AM1,AM5)3. Demonstrate the concept of manufacturing system and apply group technology philosophy in industry (AM1, AM5).4. Describe the underlying principles of production planning and control, and evaluate inventory costs (AM1, AM5).5. Demonstrate the principles of forecasting and predict customer demand (AM1, AM5)6. Describe the principles of management and explain effective utilization of human resources (AM1, AM5). 7. Demonstrate the principles of industrial maintenance and product reliability and apply Monte Carlo simulation technique to evaluate the performance of systems (AM1, AM5).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The emphasis is on student centered learning through directed reading, supported by lectures and seminars. Videos case studies and computer software are used. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

G Freeman-Bell and J Balkwill ,1996, Management in Engineering - Principles and Practice, Prentice Hall Derek L Waller, 1998) Operations Management - A Supply Chain Approach, International Thomson

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) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Seminars (FT) 14.00
Practicals (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Open-ended Assignment - Case Study report of 2000 words
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written examination-3 Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-Term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours