Core Module Information
Module title: Operations and Production Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11525
Module leader: Jawdat Tannous
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


Description of module content:

The role of forecasting in manufacturing engineering, methods of classifying forecasting methods, statistical forecasting techniques, methods for long, medium and short range forecasting.
Location strategy and its impact on the attainment of corporate objectives. Criteria for evaluating location decisions, computerised location and distribution planning. Consideration of the range of processes and equipment selection including quality and reliability issues. Facilities layout and layout patterns including job shop, batch, assembly lines and group technology.
Quantitative methods for aggregate planning, master scheduling and rough cut capacity planning. Materials requirements planning in terms of MRP, MRP II, JIT and Lean Manufacturing. Apply operations scheduling and production activity control techniques to a variety of production systems.
Importance of job design, design of the physical, social and psychological environments, design of work methods and work measurement.
Application of a range of quality improvement techniques including: pareto charts, histograms, cause and effect diagrams, SPC, and six sigma in a Total Quality Management framework.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: critically analyse the problem of forecasting product sales and other variables and consider the impact on
operations and productivity decisions;
LO2: evaluate alternative plant location decisions and recommend suitable equipment and its layout for a
range of manufacturing systems;
LO3: apply aggregate production, material requirements planning, operations scheduling and production
activity control techniques to a variety of manufacturing systems;
LO4: critically evaluate the range of factors that influence job design and establish appropriate solutions using given
LO5: apply a range of quality management tools and techniques to aspects of the production system.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jawdat Tannous
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods:
A blended learning philosophy is adopted on the module where the students are required to enhance their independent learner skills through an active approach to learning. The work to be undertaken each week is contained within a learning module. Each learning module contains face-to-face activities of lectures and tutorials where the main subject themes are taught. In addition each week in a learning module students will be ask to complete a range of directed learning activities which are based on active learning and encourage students to develop as independent learners. Guest lectures and company visits are used to enhance the engineering context of the module content and enhance students' understanding of the subject matter used by industry.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
The key skills are: a) Communication skills - oral and written skills through the work in tutorials and the submission of the report and online activities; b)Group work - through the requirement to work in groups during some tutorials and lectures; c) Networking Skills - through the use of guest lecturers and industrial visits; d)IT skills - students will have the opportinity to learn a couple of software tools which are used within industry.

Formative Assessment:
Students will be required to complete a number of assessed tutorials, marks for the assessed tutorials will contribute to the overall contenuous assessment mark.
weekly tutorial sessions will be used to asses the students understanding and attainment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment occurs in week 14/15 when students undertake a formal exam. Summative assessment also occurs with the submission of a written report and the completion of a number of assessed tutorials.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 10 1-5 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Report 30 1-5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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