Course Title: Measurement and Improvement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Measurement and Improvement

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Allan McLay

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99254416

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 56-3-81

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this subject students investigate measurement systems and analysis from three separate perspectives. The first module covers the principles of physical measurement, and the concepts of accuracy and repeatability. The second module investigates methods of measuring and analysing system performance. The final module looks at the role of software and IT systems in measurement systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Following this subject students will:
be knowledgeable in the theory of measurement
be able to apply the ’balanced scorecard’ approach
be aware of the interaction between quality and information technology

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is offered as three self-contained modules, each consisting of lectures and/or workshops. A different lecturer typically delivers each module, and each module is assessed independently.
Students are expected to carry out pre-reading for each class, and to read and think widely about the various topics - not confine themselves to the material delivered in the class. It is worth noting that students are expected to do at least 3 hours work outside class for every one hour of contact time.

Overview of Learning Resources

A detailed study guide is provided to assist learning and provide insights into key concepts. It provides detailed references to the prescribed text.
Balanced Scorecard by Kaplan and Norton, Harvard Business School Pr; ISBN: 0875846513

Overview of Assessment

Generally students will be expected to complete an assignment or project in each module and to sit a test. The test will be in the fifth week of the module and the project or assignment should be submitted at that time, although this is negotiable with the lecturer.