Archive for October, 2011

IET Accreditation for the MSc in AEM

October 18, 2011

MSc in Advanced Engineering Management

1         About the course

This course addresses current thinking in the field of Engineering. With the ever increasing demand for new products, the drive to use global industrialisation effectively and the burgeoning need to consider environment issues, courses such as this one is right for its time. The need to increase efficiency and cost effectiveness via effective management is essential in current competitive markets in order for a company to survive let alone prosper. The latest and future thinking in this area is considered by this course, subjects such as agile manufacture, logistics, simulation and modelling are important to enable the optimal control and design of whole factory systems and products. The Engineering evaluation of product designs can be made through rapid prototyping and how the international supply chain management of individual components can be made via the on-line community. This course is suitable for full time students who wish to further their studies in this field as well as part time students who may be working in industry and wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.

2         Aims and Learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of a full MSc Advanced Engineering Management programme, students will be able to demonstrate: –

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of it at, or informed by, the forefront of the Engineering and Technology field of study and professional practice.
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the engineering domain.
  • Conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the engineering and management field and evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

2.1           Skills and Other Attributes

On successful completion of a full Masters programme students should be able to demonstrate: –

  • They are able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
  • Continued advancement of their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
  • Qualities and skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations and independent learning for continuing professional development.

Course structure ~Full time mode

The diagram below shows the Full time course structure over 1 calendar year.

          Tri 1              Tri 2              Tri 3


Course structure ~Part time mode

The diagram below shows the Part time course structure over 2 calendar years.   


       Year 1                                          Year 2

        Tri 1             Tri 2                  Tri 1            Tri 2          Tri 3 

The course is taught in an integrated fashion with the first trimester concentrating on Process Control and the second trimester concentrating on New Product Development. The completion of each trimester accrues 60 credits towards the final Masters in a cumulative fashion i.e. 60 credits for PGCert, 120 credits for PGDip and 180 credits for the MSc qualification.

Trimester 1 (Process Control) 60 credits   

Simulation and Modelling

This subject investigates how modelling and simulation of industrial systems can increase productivity and reduce response time to market demands, through the application of discreet event simulation. Further investigations into the simulation tools available to optimise the manufacturing process will also take place as well as critically evaluate the statistical data a discreet event simulation package can produce via different datapoints including throughput, content, machine state, utilization and interpret the financial analysis data generated by a discreet event simulation package and defend a strategy of improvement.

Engineering System Control

This module investigates the design, programming and data capture for the management of distributed computer controlled industrial systems. Subjects studied include: Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), alarms, historical data capture, with reference to SCADA and other management systems, for example Open Communication (OPC) systems.

Engineering Management

The aim of this module is to develop the students’ understanding of the key concepts associated with engineering management which is concerned with the optimization of complex processes or systems. The focus will be on logistics and operations management in the context of engineering and the management of the international supply chain. This will also encompass the management of integrated systems such as human resources, finance, knowledge, information, equipment, energy and, materials, analysis and synthesis. The application of statistical analysis to Operational Research is also covered.

Trimester 2 (New Product Development) 60 credit points

Future Engineering

This module will examine the future state of engineering through a critical exploration of shifting social, cultural and technical context and emerging themes in design. Students research the principles of speculative technological futures and emergent engineering approaches in practice. By definition this module aims to review key topics each year based on case studies and new aspects of engineering. Current indicative examples include mass-customisation, advanced material science, generative design, open-source hardware, engineering for reusability, craft resurgence, anthropomorphic machines, shanzhai innovation and intellectual property.

Eco Engineering

This module will critically examine sustainability and sustainable development and their application in product design and the manufacturing process, including international supply change management and PAS 2050 implications. The student will develop their awareness of how the internet can be used to source products in an efficient, environmental and sustainable way through factory 2.0 scenarios.

Along with evaluate the application of AMTs and their impact on the environment.

Lean and Agile Engineering

The holy grail of being able to respond quickly to demands for new and improved products in the international arena,  while at the same time delivering the product on time at least cost with the optimal quality is vital. No amount of the latest technology will enable new or existing companies to prosper without proper Management and planning. Students will critically evaluation the underlining principles of lean and agile engineering from six sigma, CI, SMED, SCRUM, kaizen, Muda, 5S etc and estimate their importance within a engineering environment. The module will investigate the benefits of cellular manufacture, CADCAM, DFM, DFA .

Trimester 3 (Project) 60 Credit Points


  • Research Practice
  • Final Year Project or Dissertation

Course management team

The management team include:

Steve Wilkinson

Extension 27427

Duncan Folley

Extension 24741