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MEC3204 Production Engineering

Semester 2, 2021 Springfield On-campus
Short Description: Production Engineering
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030703 - Industrial Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 October 2021


Examiner: Wijitha Senadeera

Other Requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: MEC2202


The design and organisation of methods used in manufacturing is of fundamental importance to a manufacturing firm. Methods may also be termed the management of a process, the way in which physical facilities are arranged to provide an environment which is inductive to efficient, fast transformation. A measure of this efficiency is the time in which the transformation occurs. Time being one of the critical factors involved in the measurement of productivity. The transformation process requires an exact knowledge of the size, shape and finish desired on the finished product. In manufacturing, the ability to measure accurately both size and form, is of paramount importance to the quality and performance of the end product. Because of the wide diversity of types of processes, materials and products associated with manufacturing, the management function of a firm must be highly organised, efficient and responsive to provide an environment capable of meeting the demands and needs of its customers. Engineers must keep abreast with advancing production and operations techniques to ensure that their products remain competitive. Computer technology has made tremendous inroads into the manufacturing scene over the past decade and firms must incorporate computer monitoring and control in their operations if they are to remain in today's manufacturing arena.


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

  1. analyse various techniques and carry out a range of practical tests associated with metrology;
  2. explain how the study of methods and work measurement can help the engineer solve many problems associated with the manufacturing environment;
  3. interpret how the functions of production planning and control operate in a manufacturing organisation;
  4. analyse the concept of inventory control and in particular, its application to the ordering and costing of materials in store;
  5. analyse and apply methods for equipment selection and maintenance;
  6. evaluate various layouts associated with manufacturing and explain when and how to apply them;
  7. outline the principles of operation of flexible manufacturing systems, group technology, just in time systems and computer integrated manufacturing;
  8. examine the applications of health and safety management in manufacturing organisations;
  9. evaluate various investment options using net present value.
  10. analyse different types of robots and their application characteristics;
  11. discuss various types of automated material handling systems and their applications in the manufacturing industries;
  12. discuss automated inspection and testing systems and their applications in the manufacturing industries;
  13. discuss various characteristics of automated production lines and their applications in the manufacturing industries.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Metrology: Linear Measurement, Angular Measurement, Limit Gauges, Machine Tool Testing, Gear Measurement, Screw Thread Measurement and Surface Finish Measurement 15.00
2. Production Systems: Method Study, Work Measurement, Group Technology, Flexible Manufacturing Systems and Just in Time, Equipment Selection and Maintenance, Production Planning and Control, Factory Location and Layout, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Occupational health and safety management, Net present value Industrial Robots, Automated Material Handling Systems and Automated Production Lines 85.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Galyer, JFC and Shotbolt , CR 1990, Metrology for engineers, 5th edn, Cassell, London.
Groover MP 2018, Automation, production systems and computer integrated manufacturing, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ.
Kanawaty, G (ed.) 1992, Introduction to Work Study, 4th edn, International Labour Office, Geneva.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 71.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 23 Aug 2021 4,5,8,10
ASSIGNMENT 2 300 30 04 Oct 2021 2,3,6,7,9,13
OPEN EXAMINATION - ONLINE 600 60 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Date printed 17 October 2021