Manufacturing Systems

Subject MCEN90011 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours lectures, 8 hours tutorials and 7 hours of labs
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

MCEN90012 Design & Manufacturing 1

MCEN90013 Design and Manufacturing 2

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit


Subject Overview:


This subject is primarily concerned with manufacturing processes, and production systems, including traditional and advanced technologies. Technology can be defined as the application of science to provide society and its members with those things that are needed or desired. Manufacturing is the essential factor that makes technology possible. Economically, manufacturing is an important means by which a nation creates material wealth. Wherever possible this subject takes a quantitative approach based on engineering science. The subject also provides valuable links to mechanical engineering design and an understanding of engineering materials.


Topics covered in this subject may include principles, performance characteristics and process selection of manufacturing processes (machining, metal forming, casting and moulding processes, finishing operations and fabrication methods; ceramics and powder metallurgy; electronic products; nanofabrication); also manufacturing systems and manufacturing support systems (flexible manufacturing, lean manufacturing, quality systems, Toyota Production System, materials requirements planning, automation).

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject the student is expected to be able to -

1 - Explain the effect of the relevant variables on the performance of various processes and their process capabilities
2 - Perform basic analyses of for 'classical' and practical turning operations; forming, casting and welding
3 - List and explain in-depth the function of the major components of manufacturing systems and how they interact with engineering design and clients
4 - Analyse the efficiency of some basic productive systems


Two 2-hour end-of-semester examinations (65%).
Three laboratory assignments throughout semester, not exceeding 2,000 words per student (20%).
One assignment not exceeding 2,000 words per student (10%) due in week 10 of the semester, one in-class test (5%) during week 7 of the semester.

ILO1 will be assessed 5% by coursework and 20% by examination
ILO2 will be assessed 10% by coursework and 15% by examination
ILO3 will be assessed by test (5%) and examination (20%)
ILO4 will be assessed by coursework (10%) and examination (15%)

HURDLE - Students must obtain a mark of at least 40% for all continuing assessment tasks to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Groover, M.K., Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing – materials, processes and systems, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2010.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have the following skills -
• Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
• Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
• Capacity for creativity and innovation
• Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
• Ability to manage information and documentation



The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratories that will feature student-centred hands-on activities.


Groover, M.K, Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing - materials, processes and systems, 4th edition, Wiley, 2010

Additional notes on LMS

Lecture slides

Tutorial sheets

Laboratory sheets


Mechatronics engineer

Manufacturing engineer

Manufacturing manager

Mechanical engineer

Operations manager

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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