Course Title: Management of Manufacturing Planning and Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management of Manufacturing Planning and Research

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Sabu John

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6007

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.15 (Bundoora East)

Course Coordinator Availability: Thursday 2 - 4 pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the tools necessary for the analysis and implementation of credible manufacturing and research proposals.  You will learn about business planning, strategic management, and research in an environment of a student-based learning platform.  You will learn to develop proposals, and explore collectively, the issues at critical steps of the strategic management process or research project. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Use appropriate tools to analyse manufacturing proposals
  2. Identify how strategic management can benefit an enterprise
  3. Undertake a comprehensive literature review
  4. Develop a research project plan and the key elements in undertaking that project

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, tutorials, classroom-based study analyses. Students will be involved in a combination of group work and individually guided activities possibly incorporating for example, assessment of case studies and critical analyses of bodies of literature.  

Overview of Learning Resources

All lecture Powerpoint slides, exercises and examples of previous tests and/or assessment in previous semesters are available from the RMIT Learning Management System (Blackboard).  Multimedia files related to the topics will also be uploaded to the respective weekly folders.  Except guest lectures (due to copyright restrictions), all lectures in this course will be recorded on Blackboard Collaborate.  

Lists of the current text books and recommended reading will provided on the learning hub, along with case studies, example journal articles and references to websites (often in the lecture notes.  A library tutorial will assist you with getting the most out of the material in the library and the relevant subject guide can be found at

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task:  Formative feedback on case study or literature review
Weighting 0%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 , 3

Assessment Task 2:  Strategic Evaluation Report and presentation
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs  1, 2
Description:  4000 word Group report of and presentation covering the case study. (Report 25% Presentation 15%) 

Assessment Task 3: Research proposal – group report and presentation

- Individual project proposal
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLO3, 4
Description:  Research proposal – 5000 word report and presentation (Literature review - 20%, Presentation –10%, Individual proposal – 10%)

Assessment 4: Class Test
Weighting 20% 
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description:  One hour test examining some of the key concepts of the course.