Course Title: Manufacturing Strategy and Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Manufacturing Strategy and Planning

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Songlin Ding

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6198

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will study the variables by which manufacturers may choose to compete and the implications of the choice for the design and operation of the manufacturing system. The particular emphasis will be on the principles involved in planning and controlling material flow in the manufacturing system. The course will conclude with coverage of capital investment appraisal techniques. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems
• Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

3. Analysis
• Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Relate concepts of material flow to various planning strategies
  2. Design / plan the material flow system in manufacturing, relating the system design to a company’s manufacturing strategy
  3. Determine the context and competitive focus of a manufacturing operation in the context of a manufacturing strategy
  4. Implement methods of capital investment appraisal


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include lectures, in-class discussion and presentation, and project based individual and group work. 

Course material will be presented using a mix of lectures and classroom discussion of selected case studies. It is essential that you prepare for these discussions by studying the case material beforehand. Tests of your comprehension of the cases will form part of the subject assessment.

You are expected to draw on, and contribute from your own professional experiences, and to supplement the lectures with independent study using available library resources.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be a reference book, lecture materials and Blackboard

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 task






Class tests



Project report 1



Project report 2