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ENG8206 Whole of Life Facilities Management

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying

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Examiner: David Thorpe
Moderator: Bob Fulcher


Facilities such as buildings, civil infrastructure, transport systems, manufacturing plants, power stations, port, airfields and production lines are complex aggregations of a large number of diverse physical assets. Such facilities, and the assets that constitute them, require to be operated and managed so that they achieve the best balance between meeting the requirements of stakeholders and maximum economy in operations, maintenance and renewal. This requires an understanding of asset operations and maintenance processes, and of supporting information systems.


The aim of this course is to equip the manager of technological and engineering facilities with the skills to manage complex engineering facilities in a manner that optimises their operations, maintenance and renewal. Building on the strategic asset management principles developed in ENG8104 - Asset Management in Engineering Environment, and the principles developed in the other core Master of Technology Management courses, this course is operationally oriented and includes operations and maintenance strategy formation and evaluation, demand forecasting and management, performance of facilities, maintainability, performance modelling, maintenance and rehabilitation management, costing, and information management.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. assess and model the life cycle performance of complex engineering facilities for a range of usage and maintenance scenarios;
  2. develop, select, justify and utilise best value operations, maintenance and rehabilitation systems and processes for these facilities;
  3. manage maintenance, renewal and replacement of assets within facilities for best balance between stakeholder requirements and economy of operations;
  4. assess and manage the information requirements and systems that support the optimum management of these facilities.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to whole of life facilities management 5.00
2. Principles of operation and management of facilities 15.00
3. The facility life cycle 10.00
4. Operation, maintenance and renewal strategy development 10.00
5. Reliability of facilities and their components 10.00
6. Preventive and routine maintenance and their scheduling 10.00
7. Performance evaluation 10.00
8. Special topics - reliability centred maintenance, total productive maintenance, safety critical systems, etc 10.00
9. Facilities management information systems (including CMMS) 15.00
10. Future issues in whole of life facilities management 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Lutchman,R 2006, Sustainable asset management: linking assets, people, and processes for results, DEStech, Lancaster, PA.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Hudson, WR, Haas, R & Uddin, W 1997, Infrastructure Management - Design, Construction, Maintenance, Rehabilitation, Renovation, McGraw-Hill, New York, USA.
  • Kelly, A 1997, Maintenance strategy, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.
  • Palmer, D 1999, Maintenance planning and scheduling handbook, McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Stoneham, D 1998, The maintenance management and technology handbook, 1st edn, Elsevier, Oxford.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 38.00
Directed Study 50.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 400 40 16 Sep 2011
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain
    at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for each assessment item. Furthermore, at least 20% of the total marks for the course is allocated to explicit assessment of good communication skills.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances then a penalty of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late up to a maximum of ten working days at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The usual method of assessment submission for the Faculty is by written, typed or printed paper-based media (i) submitted to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mailed to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  5. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  6. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.59pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to USQConnect for this course.