SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH723672
Module Leader David Harrison
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The underlying philosophy of this module is to take a critical in-depth view of the techniques of Production and Operations Management. It will also examine modern manufacturing technologies such as FMS, CADCAM and CIM. The aim is to further develop the student's critical understanding of: * the principles of Production and Operation Management and Manufacturing Systems * the tools and information necessary to take operations decisions, at strategic and lower levels * FMS, CADCAM and CIM their uses and applications, advantages and disadvantages and systems design and implementation


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Use of Operations Research techniques such as decision trees, transportation method, simplex method etc... Process design - project, job shop etc... product process matrix, work study. Forecasting demand for products and services - characteristics of demand, the forecasting process. Facility Location and Factory layout - quantitative and qualitative factors influencing the location decision, selection of appropriate layout for particular applications. Stock and Production Planning and Control - types and costs of stock, stock control systems, MRP reorder point, JIT job shop scheduling, assembly line balancing, purchasing, capacity planning. Modern manufacturing technologies - FMS, CADCAM, CIM and the strategic decisions on the application and suitability of new technologies to improve the manufacturing environment, as well increasing competitive advantage.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:* apply Stock and Production Planning and Control theories and techniques;* critically analyse operations data and make suitable decisions based upon that analysis;* prescribe the requirements for the implementation of new technologies and working practices;* determine where to locate a factory and select the appropriate factory layout for particular applications;* show critical understanding of how to make strategic operations decisions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

In line with University Strategy for Learning. To support the student learning experience this module's lectures and seminars are carefully structured to present a consistent and logical progression of issues and concepts. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action.

Indicative Reading

Operations Management, Concepts in Manufacturing and Services, R.E. Markland, S.K. Vickery and R.A. Davis, West, 2nd edition, 2014 Operations Management, A Supply Chain Approach, D.L. Waller, Thomson, 2nd edition, 2013 Systems for Planning and Control in Manufacturing, D.K. Harrison & D.J. Petty, Butterworth Heinemann, 2012 Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering, U. Rembold, B.O. Nnaji & A. Storr, Addison-Wesley, 2013

Transferrable Skills

Development of higher level cognitive skills including analysing and synthesising skills. Acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of the specialism informed by the forefront of the subject. D1 Specialist knowledge and application D2 Critical thinking and problem solving D3 Critical analysis D4 Communication skills, written, oral and listening D5 Numeracy D6 Effective information retrieval and research skills D7 Computer literacy D8 Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working) D9 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses D10 Creativity, innovation & independent thinking

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 86.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 6.50 15.00 45% Minor
Coursework 2 6.50 15.00 45% Minor
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 45% Examination