Module Catalogue

MEC3106 : Production, Quality and Innovation

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Steven Tay
  • Lecturer: Dr Eugene Wong
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


To develop an understanding of theory and the applications of: manufacturing systems; project management; the supply chain, and quality. The wider role that engineers play in the global economy will be introduced, encompassing intellectual property and sustainable development through innovation.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Design and operation of manufacturing systems (DOMS), batch production, mass production, production planning control.
2. Supply chain management, logistics, strategic sourcing, economic order quantity (EOQ) modelling.
3. Quality: group technology, cellular manufacturing, lean manufacturing, six-sigma.
4. Innovation: sustainability, engineering in the context of the global economy, intellectual property.
5. Project management: defining deliverables, scheduling, the critical path method (CPM).
6. Communication: delivering technical information to a lay audience, interpersonal cohesion, professional conduct.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture63:0018:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture152:0030:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Oral Presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:3064:30Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion102:0020:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures outline the fundamental theory with further reading recommended. The emphasis is placed on "student-driven" rather than "instructor-driven" learning. The tutorial sessions are intended to be an open forum for discussion within pre-allocated groups. Considering that a high number of hours have been allocated to guided independent study, it is important that the students manage their time effectively over the duration of the semester.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Unseen examination on four topics: DOMS, Supply Chain Management, Quality and Innovation
Oral Presentation301A15Group presentation.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Group reports on selected case studies (Max 10 hours). 2 x 10 page reports
Report1M15Individual project logbook (Max 10 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

End of Semester examination assesses ability to call on awareness of key issues and literature.

Seminar presentations, reports and logbook assess team and individual engagement in learning and personal research as well as ability to convey that orally and in writing.

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 30):

(1) 50% written examination

(2) 50% coursework assignments and presentations

Reading Lists