Module Overview

Industrial Engineering

The aim of this module is to: Provide the learner with an introduction to practical and theoretical aspects of Industrial Engineering. Establish the optimum way of carrying out operations, particularly manual operations, with a minimum of operator fatigue and risk of repetitive strain injury. Develop the most efficient way of doing a job to ensure fast and consistent results that satisfy market requirements and quality assurance standards. Provide an introduction to analytical evaluation of operation management type problems. Provide the student with a systematic methodology of work measurement and work-study. Provide the student with an introduction to occupational ergonomics. Develop analytical skills through case study analyses. Enable the student to consider sustainabilty in all industrial engineering decisions.

Module Code

MECH H3018

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to Industrial Engineering

Historical Background, Technological Society, Specialization of labour, Standardization and Interchangeable parts, Mass Production/Mass Consumption, Chronology of Industrial Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering and Ergonomics

Manufacturing models, Process engineering, Bills of material, Break even analysis, Manufacturing classification, Principles of manufacturing systems, Occupational ergonomics, Work Design.

Scheduling and Group Technology

Assembly lines, Job Shop/Flow shop scheduling, Dispatching rules, Bottleneck scheduling, Flow shop sequencing, Group technology, Coding schemes, Binary ordering algorithm.

Work Study

Introduction to work study, Method study, Work Measurement, Work study procedure, Industrial psychology, Outline process charting, Flow process charts

Work Measurement/Time Study

Decomposing jobs into elements, Rating, Standard Performance, Calculation of basic time, Work content and standard time, Relaxation allowances.

Linear Programming

Introduction and requirements, Practical implications, Problem formulation, Graphical solution method, Iso-profit line method, Corner point solution method.

Assembly Line Balancing

Introduction to line balancing, Cycle time and efficiency, Workstation groupings, Allocation heuristics.

Engineering Economy

Time diagrams, Interest factors, Present principal sum, Future principal sum, Monetary acquisition comparisons.


Forecast classification, Influence of product life cycle, Qualitative and quantitative methods, Naïve approach, Moving average, Weighted moving average, Exponential smoothing, Trend adjustment, Least squares, Coefficient or correlation.

Facilities Layout

Movement study, Worker type flow process chart, Multiple activity chart, Layout strategy, Layout metric comparators, Relationship diagram, CRAFT, Travelling salesman problem, Sub-tour contraction, Greedy heuristic, Partial enumeration, Quadratic assignment problem.


Sustainable design including cradle to cradle design considerations and the 4 'Rs' ofsustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Regulation. The materials cycle. Design for Disassembly( DfD) : theory and calculation. The triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

Learning and Teaching Methods:

This module is made of class lectures, a case study, projects, and in-class tests. 

The Indicative Syllabus:

  • Introduction to industrial engineering
  • Manufacturing Models
  • Group Technology
  • Line Balancing
  • Layout strategy
  • Time Study
  • Linear programming
  • Location Strategies
  • Ergonomy
  • Sustainability
  • Forecasting
  • Facility Layout

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50