MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Asset Maintenance Systems DL

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH68032
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

This unit involves;
 Studying topics and applications which broaden and enhance the degree/PDP unit in which students are likely to hold a BEng Honours degree.
 Studying different engineering topics and applications which enhance the prime content of the programme.
 Studying multidisciplinary (engineering) topics.
 A balance of study of technical (50%) and non-technical content (50%)


At the end of this module the student should be able to;
-Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and principles underlying the design, organisation and operation of an effective maintenance system.
-Generate and justify selection of the most appropriate maintenance processes and options based on plant type, geometric configuration and the operating environment of the equipment
-Differentiate between the various elements of a maintenance system and integrate the various elements into a complete system.
-Explain / describe the potential opportunities and threats that may accompany the currently trending fourth industrial revolution through initiatives such as industrial internet of things (IoTs) or e-maintenance or autonomous maintenance or smart maintenance


1 Introduction to the concept of “System” as applied to Maintenance
2 Critical relationship between systems and organisations
3 Exploring a Model Maintenance system
4 Maintenance Option selection, Planning and Scheduling Processes
5 Issues of controlling the Maintenance management System
6 Maintenance Spares and Logistics Processes
7 Maintenance costing Processes
8 Understand the potential role of maintenance and asset management within the premise of Industry 4.0
9 Investigate the pros and cons of computerised maintenance management systems and possible improvement opportunities

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Report 50%

Feedback methods

Immediate verbal feedback on workshop outcomes. Written feedback on assignments

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Project supervision 36
Tutorials 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 50

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Akilu Kaltungo Unit coordinator

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