Short Title:Quality & Manufacturing Systems
Full Title:Quality & Manufacturing Systems
Module Code:QMAN H2002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This subject provides the student with an introduction to Quality and Manufacturing Systems. The student will also gain practical experience in the use of various Quality and Manufacturing Systems techniques.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Define various quality related terms.
LO2 Select improvement tools appropriate to specific situations.
LO3 Develop a quality audit programme.
LO4 Apply a quality cost framework to a manufacturing function.
LO5 Describe the requirements of a quality / environmental management system.
LO6 Explain the characteristics, advantages/disadvantages of different types of manufacturing systems, plant layouts and material handling systems.
LO7 Explain the advantages/disadvantages of the different Capacity Management strategies and develop PC-based solutions for typical situations.
LO8 Use various tools to analyse and solve typical activity scheduling problems.
LO9 Carry out Critical Path Method (CPM) analysis on a project.
LO10 Use PC-based project planning packages.
LO11 Discuss the basic principles behind, and elements of, Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems and Lean Manufacturing Systems.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
vocabulary, definitions of quality, quality control, quality assurance.
Improvement tools:
Histogram, pareto analysis; check sheet, cause and effect; flow diagram, scatter diagram.
Quality Audits:
Types of audits; audit schedule; audit reporting
Quality Costs:
Conformance and non-conformance costs; collecting and reporting; analysis; quality improvement strategy
Quality Management Systems:
ISO9000; Preparation of a manual and procedures.
Environmental Management Systems:
ISO14001/4; Applications, Guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques.
Classification of Manufacturing Systems:
continuous flow; mass production; batch production; job shop production; plant layout types (process based, product based, cellular); factors in selecting different material handling systems.
Capacity Management:
Matching demand with capacity (& problems therein); long, intermediate and short-term management; different strategies (manipulate capacity/demand, excess capacity); cumulative graphs. Computer based case study.
Activity Scheduling:
Importance; how to measure; scheduling tools (gantt charts, forward & reverse scheduling, sequencing algorithms, dispatching rules)
Project Planning:
Definition; networks and Critical Path Method; use of computer packages.
MRP/ Lean Manufacturing:
Materials Requirement Planning (MRP): definition, aim, when appropriate, main inputs and outputs, principle of operation and MRP calculations. Lean Manufacturing: aim, push vs pull production, kanban, continuous improvement.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Capacity Management: build an Excel spreadsheet to model a case study over 4 weeks (assessed during lab) and write a report analysing alternatives 6,7 7.00 Week 5
Continuous Assessment Quality Audits or Quality Costs: Develop an audit schedule and audit checklist for a manufacturing process (Individual written report) 3,4 8.00 Week 6
Continuous Assessment Project Planning: Network diagram exercise including calculation of critical path method 9 2.00 Week 7
Continuous Assessment Project Planning: Develop a project plan with use of PC based software (assessed during lab) 10 4.00 Week 10
Continuous Assessment Quality Management Systems: Develop a QMS procedure for a manufacturing process (Individual written report) 5 7.00 Week 11
Continuous Assessment MRP exercise: perform MRP calculations (assessed during lab) 11 2.00 Week 12
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11 70.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classwork 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lab Continuous assessment exercises 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Outside of class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Quality & Manufacturing Systems Course Notes
  • Roberta S. Russell, Bernard W. Taylor, 2011, Operations Management, 7th Ed. Ed., Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 0470525908]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Schmenner Roger 1996, Production / Operations Management: from the inside out, MacMillan Collins
  • Slack, Chambers & Johnston 2001, Operations Management, Prentice Hall
  • Heizer J & Render B 2001, Principles of Operations Management, Prentice Hall
  • Goetsch & Stanley 2000, Quality Management, Prentice Hall
  • Besterfield D, 2000, Quality Control, Prentice Hall
  • ISO9000, International Organisation for Standardisation
  • ISO1400/4, International Organisation for Standardisation
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAMEC_B B.Eng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering [Ab Initio] 3 Mandatory
TA_EAMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory