Module Descriptors

Core modules

Engineering Statistics

This module supports students in the analysis of engineering information, presentation and analysis of data in the development of engineering models of the systems, and the use of data and theoretical concepts to make engineering decisions for products, processes designs and problem solving. The module develops a critical understanding of the statistical methodologies which underpin a range of engineering activities. The aim is to cover the common types of problems in engineering practice, with engineering scenarios and problems providing the basis for practicals, tutorials and computer classes.

Engineering Management and Corporate Strategy

The module enables students to evaluate how corporate strategy is formulated, analyse the need for strategic thinking in a rapidly changing economic and competitive environment, and appraise the objectives of engineering management.

Financial Management for Engineers

This module introduces the application to financial decision-making of economic theory and accounting procedures of use to engineering managers.  Topics include optimal management of a firm’s assets and financing requirements; financial decision-making; financial markets; risk; valuation; long and short-term engineering project financing; investing; and international and ethical implications.  The module will explore variations on the themes of time value of money and risk/reward, including the Efficient Market Hypothesis and its relationship to managers’ decision-making.

Organisational Behaviour and Business Leadership

The purpose of this module is to provide a solid understanding of individual and group behaviour in work organisations.  It examines the role of management in diagnosing behaviours and adopting practices that can improve organisational effectiveness. This will involve consideration of employees’ attitudes; motivation; learning and reinforcement; job satisfaction workgroups; organisational culture; leadership; communication; decision making; organisation conflict; change management; and management of stress. An emphasis is placed on Organisational Behaviour and Business Leadership in a mixed global environment.

Concentration/Elective modules

Reliability Engineering and Maintenance Management

The module will provide detailed knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of reliability engineering and apply these principles in the design, operation and maintenance of engineering systems. Students will explore advance probabilistic concepts and theories, define important reliability measures, and introduce related computational algorithms for the reliability analysis of engineering systems models. Practical skills in methodologies will be applied to life failure data analysis with a focus on reliability as failure mode avoidance.

System and Maintenance Management

Students will be able to understand the principles of engineering system maintenance management, and the various maintenance strategies, requirements and models including preventive and corrective maintenance. The module will introduce simulation methods for maintenance, condition monitoring principles and diagnostics, and real time fault detection.

Energy Management 1

The module will introduce the concepts and applications of modern energy management practices. Topics covered will include the need and impact of energy management, types and equipment used in energy auditing. It will also introduce the economic aspects of energy sourcing, purchase and use. The module will include economic assessments of alternative decision-making approaches based on present worth, payback period and life cycle costing, and the range of available financing options.

Energy Management 2

The module will include the identification, evaluation and improvement of systems that are major energy users. Topics include lighting; building envelopes; HVAC; electric motors and drives; boiler and thermal systems; industrial system; thermal energy storage; CHP and renewable energy systems; building controls and automation; and maintenance and commissioning.

Six Sigma and Quality Management

Students will acquire deep understanding of the theories and practices of Six Sigma and associated quality assurance and management principles and directly apply them to a variety of engineering products and service industries. Also will develop conceptual knowledge of total quality management philosophies.

Total Quality Management

The module will familiarise students with the latest thinking in Total Quality Management and best practice management. It examines in detail different models for managing quality and best practice throughout organisations to enable them to understand how organisations manage and improve processes to support policy and strategy and fully satisfy, and generate increasing value for customers and other stakeholders.

Supply Chain Management and Integration

This module covers a wide range of topics in supply chain strategies, design, planning, operations and development. Emphasis is mainly on the perspective of the supply chain integration process. Releasing value in business through relationship management, cost reduction and lean supply are also considered.

Global Supply Chain Management and Reverse Logistics

The module helps students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues influencing the management of the supply chain in global business environments. The focus of the module will be on strategic operations issues and decision support systems and frameworks. The module will also provide a strategic perspective on the value cycle from creation, through production, distribution and recovery.

Risk Analysis and Management

Students will acquire a thorough understanding of concepts and principles of risk analysis and management and their interaction with other activities. Students will learn how to apply these directly in a range of product and services industries.

Renewable and Sustainable Resources

This module emphasises the links between sustainability, improved performance and resource management in terms of what resources are used and the way they are used with emphasis on sourcing and using renewable materials.  It examines the principles of reuse, recycling and renewal in achieving sustainability in the built environment. It looks at the consumption of materials, energy and water and at the production of waste through the whole life cycle of the building.

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