Work Systems in Manufacturing
- One Semester or equivalent
- 36 hours Face to Face + Blended
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2023 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
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Aims and objectives
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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Apply skills for analysing work systems (K1, K4, A2, A4, S1, S2)
2. Describe basic skills for analysing human-machine systems (K1, K4, S1, S2, S3, A2)
3. Demonstrate the appreciation of work systems for current/modern manufacturing systems (K3, K4, K5, A2, A4, A7)
4. Discuss significant factors in the effectiveness and effectiveness of work system management (K3, K4, K5, A2, A4, A7)
5. Predict the impact of current techno/economic trends on manufacturing systems (K3,K4, K5, A2, A4, A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
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Face to Face Contact
Unspecified Learning Activities
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)
- 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
- Reading materials.
A list of reading materials and/or required texts will be made available in the Unit Outline