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MEC3017 : Managing Engineering Operations

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

To outline the principles and tools used in Project Management (PM), the design and operation of production systems (DOPS), and supply chain management (SCM) within the manufacturing environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module defines how to effectively manage engineering operations within the manufacturing environment. It is presented in three integrated components as noted below.

1.       Project management
i.       Project initiation: customer requirements; agreeing a project specification; constructing an initial project plan
ii.       Tasks definition: project deliverables; critical tasks; allocating resources to tasks
iii.       Scheduling and time management: object oriented project planning methods; Gantt charts; e-management techniques
iv.       Good PM practice: data management; recording project work (logbook); effective practice during meetings; risk management

2.       Design and operation of production systems
i.       Reprise: Types of Production
ii.       Design of Manufacturing Systems: Factory planning, Flow line balancing, Capacity planning, Theory of constraints
iii.       Operation of Manufacturing Systems: Scheduling, Resource planning (MRP, MRP II, eRP), Lean and Kaizen (PDCA, 7W, 6sigma, 5S, Error Proofing)

3.       Supply chain management
i.       SCM Functions, Strategy and management, Major trends in SCM
ii.       SCM in the non‐manufacturing sector,
iii.       Likely future developments in SCM

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Written examination (DOPS)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion172:0034:00Recommended revision time for the written examinations (DOPS).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture172:0034:00Formal taught sessions to the entire cohort introducing theoretical concepts, methods & applications
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion92:0018:00Recommended preparation time for the project management report.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00PC Examination (SCM)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion172:0034:00Recommended revision time for the PC examination (SCM).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills & practise
Guided Independent StudyProject work52:0010:00Individual project planning using the BEng (MEC3098) project as a case study.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity52:0010:00Reflection upon knowledge acquired during the Design for Industry (MEC3018) project.
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

An introductory lecture will be used to explain the rationale and structure of the module. Following from this, the
Scheduled two hour lecture sessions will be used to introduce theory, case studies, and practical examples to support the learning of all learning and skill outcomes for the module. Students will have the opportunity to raise questions and to receive formative feedback. The small group teaching sessions will be an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their learning in a more supportive environment, and hence to receive more bespoke feedback.

The reflective learning and project work sessions are an opportunity for the students to develop learning outcomes 1-6; and skill outcomes 1-3. This is aligned to the formatively assessed presentations; and summatively assessed project planning report.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A33Computer based assessment to assess the learning outcomes from the supply chain lectures
PC Examination602A33Closed book examination to assess the learning outcomes from the manufacturing lectures.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M34Individual project planning report based on Design for Industry (MEC3018) and BEng (MEC3098) projects (1500 words max)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MGroup presentation to assess and provide feedback for learning outcomes 1-6 and skill outcomes 1-3
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment Rationale and Relationship:

The project planning report will assess learning outcomes 1-6; and skill outcomes 1-3. The report will be split into two 750 word sections: 1) A critical reflective account of team project management focusing on the individual role pursued during the Design for Industry team project (MEC3018); 2) An individual project plan focusing on the BEng individual project (MEC3098) which should include a detailed object oriented plan and Gantt chart. The formatively assessed presentations give the students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning of learning outcomes 1-6; and skill outcomes 1-3 and will receive feedback at this stage.

For the written exam (DOPS), students will show their overall understanding of operational processes and how to rationalise them, calculate key indicators and balance process flows.

The PC examination (SCM) provides the most effective way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time constraint as required by industry.

For the purposes of professional body accreditation, in order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module
(40%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be
30%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 35%
(Undergraduate Progress Regulations):
(1) 33% Written Exam
(2) 33% PC Exam
(3) 34% Report

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