You will study modules such as:
Research Methods: Application and Evaluation
This module will advise, guide and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and developing an overall research plan. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate and apply different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, and methods of data collection and analysis.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
The core activity of any organisation is its operations, and the performance of the organisation is determined by how well these operations are managed. This module takes a detailed look at the decisions engineering managers need to make about operations in manufacturing and service organisations. In particular you will focus on the notion of supply chain management and the competitive benefits that may be gained from the adoption of supply chain and logistics perspectives. On completion, you will be equipped with an understanding of the concepts, methods, techniques and tools that enable you to analyse and implement solutions to operations and supply chain management issues in engineering and manufacturing organisations.
Environmental Risk and Responsibility
You will evaluate how the professional actions, decisions and leadership of others have a local impact as well as wider implications for the environment and the sustainable future of the planet. This module will be delivered online for students joining the course in January.
You will also choose one module, such as:
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
This module will investigate the application of latest developments in advanced manufacturing technologies and rapid prototyping (RP) techniques. It will develop your knowledge and ability to critically analyse various processes such as EDM, water jet cutting and laser-based technologies. The module will also focus on newer technologies targeted at micro/nano scale manufacturing. In addition, sustainable and environmental aspects and their relevance to the manufacturing sector will be discussed.
Enterprise Systems and Project Management
In today’s globally competitive environment, an organisation will find it very difficult to operate and survive with silo information systems. Organisations need to be agile and flexible, and will require the same from their information systems. These systems need to have integrated data, applications and resources from across the organisation. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, such as SAP and Oracle, integrate data across - and are comprehensive in supporting - all the major functions. This module provides a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around ERP systems as used in industry. Topics covered include understanding ERP systems; the planning, design and implementation of ERP systems; ERP functions such as sales and marketing, manufacturing and material management, accounting and finance; ERP software selections; and managing ERP projects.
The module also provides insights into key areas of project management to enable you to work within or to lead a project team. You will gain a critical understanding of the latest advanced techniques and strategies for project management, including project management life cycle, management tools, management and reporting methods, and team building.
Negotiated Module: Solving Engineering Management Problems
You will undertake a significant work-based project to solve a complex engineering management problem within or beyond your own operational area at work, using academic methodology and applications. Your tutor will advise you if you need formal postgraduate study to support your technical development as part of this module.
The Negotiated Module encourages you to engage with a specific aspect of professional practice that should complement or extend your academic studies at masters level. The module includes aspects of negotiation, project management, target setting and implementation of objectives situated in practical experience and realised in the context of work-based learning. The alignment of the agreed project aims and objectives with the required learning outcomes is integral to the successful completion of this module.