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ME50362: Manufacturing and developing products and services

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Individual Assignment (CW 50%)
  • Written Examination (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to provide a solid grounding in product and service development, including emerging manufacturing technologies and best practice management techniques. The aim is to equip students with some key skills they need to make a success of any career which involves product and service development.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
* Outline contemporary political, economic and social drivers and trends that affect manufacturing, product and service development.
* Describe the process of manufacturing and how it varies according to product type, market size, organisational complexity and other relevant contextual dimensions.
* Apply a suitable theoretical model of product and service development to a contemporary example, providing appropriate critique.
* Give an overview of current and emerging technologies and how they affect manufacturing, product and service development.
* Provide in depth critique and research of a selected area of technology and/or management relevant to the unit.


* Communication skills (written) [F,A]
* Research and analysis of an emerging technology [T,A]
* Application of concepts, models and tools to contemporary practice[T,A]
* Engaging critically with scientific principles and theoretical models [T,F,A]
* Applying self-direction and originality in tackling and solving engineering management problems, including those with a social or ethical dimension [F,A]


* Strategy for international product and service development
* Tools and procedures for the analysis and management of manufacturing processes
* Models of product and service development
* Emerging technologies, trends and processes in product and service development including manufacturing
* Analysis of contemporary case studies.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50362 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering