This unit of study aims to introduce you to the fundamental principles of Work Systems in Manufacturing, and to develop an understanding of the nature and application of these principles to Human-Machine Systems.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Apply skills for analysing work systems (K1, K4, A2, A4, S1, S2)
  • Describe basic skills for analysing human-machine systems (K1, K4, S1, S2, S3, A2)
  • Demonstrate the appreciation of work systems for current/modern manufacturing systems (K3, K4, K5, A2, A4, A7)
  • Discuss significant factors in the effectiveness and effectiveness of work system management (K3, K4, K5, A2, A4, A7)
  • Predict the impact of current techno/economic trends on manufacturing systems (K3,K4, K5, A2, A4, A7)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.17 12 weeks 110


Type Task Weighting ULO's
ExaminationIndividual 40% 1,2,3 
Project ReportIndividual/Group 45 - 50% 3,4,5 
QuizzesIndividual 10 - 15% 1,2,3 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Introduction to the role of persons in advanced manufacturing
  • Performance measurement and productivity in work place
  • Work systems
    • Manual work and work teams within human-machine systems, covering analysis of cycle times and workload
    • Work flow and manufacturing configurations, including sequential operations, cellular manufacture, assembly lines and logistics
  • Methods engineering and layout planning, covering operations analysis, motion study and work design, and systematic layout planning
  • Human factors of work, covering physical (work physiology and anthropometry) and cognitive ergonomics (human sensory system and information processing)
  • Human-machine systems, covering the allocation of physical and cognitive functions between human and machine, human supervisory control (vigilance in monitoring, troubleshooting degradation in performance)
  •  Work management, covering work organisation, worker motivation,  entrepreneurship and technology

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.