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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will develop the students understanding of the context of manufacturing and the functional organisation of manufacturing with communications and control systems, project and quality management techniques, concurrent engineering concepts (e.g. design for environment, product life cycle, reliability) and Manufacturing system design and control such as workflow design, batch and flow processing and simulation tools. The module will be delivered in the context of contemporary industrial practices, where students will visit modern manufacturing facilities to experience the integration of the electronic, control and ICT systems that they have learned about in previous Technology Education modules.

Learning Outcomes

1. Construct Gantt charts to appropriately schedule and manage the tasks and deliverables throughout the phases of a design and manufacture project.
2. Describe at a high level, the quality attributes of a product and the impact that they have on its life- cycle, market share and manufacturing costs.
3. Employ statistical tools and methods to collect, present and analyse relevant data sets to inform the design specification and execution phases of complex projects.
4. Outline a reliability programme to identify and measure the appropriate design specification parameters to ensure the reliability of a conceived product.
5. Describe aspects central to quality management including; Process Capability, the Pareto Principle, x-R charts, sampling and just in time (JIT) manufacturing.
6. Apply Quality Function Deployment and Value Analysis methods to inform the design and manufacturing strategies of a product.
7. Integrate Design for Manufacture (DfM), Design for Assembly (DfA) and Design for Environment (DfE) principles into product and process design solutions.
8. Describe manufacture systems in terms of health and safety considerations and legislation, workflow optimisation, capacity management, scheduling methods and material resource planning.
9. Use appropriate ICT tools to identify, simulate, critique and report on industrial plant layouts with a view to optimising observed manufacturing systems.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial24Tutorials in flat classroom.
Laboratory24Practicals in Computer Laboratory
Independent Study77Independent learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The students will experience Industrial Site Visits and Case Studies of a range of manufacturing enterprises to contextualise the content of the module:

Industrial Manufacturing Systems and Practices:
Manufacturing strategies and expected outcomes; Product/Process Matrices; Manufacturing as a component within a functioning enterprise; Costing Systems for Manufacturing.

Project Management:
Construct critical path diagrams for the design and execution of detailed projects; Identify, Schedule and Monitor the critical phases of a design and manufacture project using industrial project management techniques such as lean and six sigma methodologies. (E.G. Fish bone diagrams, Gantt charts, work flow diagrams etc.)

Quality Management:
Pareto Principle, x-R Contorl charts, Process capability methods; Sampling inspection systems; The concepts of - Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Total Quality management and their impact on behavioural and organisational factors; Statistical methods for quality management and optimisation of manufacturing systems. Quality and Cost relationships within manufacturing; Reliability - Reliability features, Product testing, its impact on product quality, performance, life cycle, cost, sustainability etc.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Chryssolouris, G.: 2006, Manufacturing Systems: Theory and Practice. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9780387284316 ISBN-13 0387284311,
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