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ME50368: Manufacturing and developing products and services

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 9 [equivalent to 18 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 180
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Individual assignment (CW 50%)
  • Exam (EX 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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 challenges facing industry in relation to product manufacturing, product and service development.
* Critically evaluate product development approaches and be able to lead activities to improve process efficiency, cost, lead time or productivity.
* 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, methodologies, processes and tools and how they 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.


* Communication skills (written and presentation) [F,A]
* Research and analysis of a company's product, manufacturing and service strategies, approaches and technologies [T,A]
* Application of concepts, models and tools to contemporary practice [T,A]
* Engaging critically with engineering and manufacturing principles and theoretical models [T,F,A]
* Applying self-direction and originality in tackling and solving engineering management problems [F,A].


* Strategy for international product and service development
* Product Development project portfolio and pipeline management
* Models of product and service development from early phase development through to product launch and lifecycle management
* Current and Emerging technologies, trends and processes in product and service development including manufacturing
* Tools and procedures for the analysis and management of manufacturing processes.

Programme availability:

ME50368 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering


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