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MSc(Precision Engineering)


Course Synopsis

Core courses

M6301 Advanced Metrology and Sensing Systems

Taught by Assoc Prof Zhong Zhaowei and Dr. Azizur Rahman

The course covers the following sections:  International standards, linear and geometric tolerances; Surface, mechanical and optical metrology; Pneumatic and hydraulic devices for measurement; Transducers for in-process and post-process measurements, piezo devices, signal handling and processing, computer-aided-metrology, residual stress measurement; Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and electron probe microanalysis.

M6303 Fundamentals of Precision Engineering

Taught by Assoc Prof Yeo Swee Hock and Assoc Prof Murukeshan Vadakke Matham 

The course covers the following sections:  History of precision engineering. Principles and definitions of precision machine design; State-of-the-art in research, prototyping and full production from ultra-precision machining through micro-engineering, microelectronics and molecular manipulation; Application of displacement transducers to machines and instruments; Tolerance technology.

M6304 Ultraprecision and Micromachining Processes

Taught by Assoc Prof Zhong Zhaowei and Dr. Qi Guojun 

The course covers the following sections:  Atomic structure, electrical and physical properties of atoms; Diamond turning, grinding and polishing; Effects of tooling, material and the environment on the surface characteristics of workpieces; Material removal using electron, photon, or ion beams; Molecular beam epitaxy, chemical and physical vapour deposition; Advanced sputtering and ion-implantation; Deposition techniques, process controls, and film characteristics.

M6328 Optical Engineering

Taught by Professor Anand Krishna Asundi and Assoc Prof Murukeshan Vadakke Matham

The course covers the following sections: Coherent optics: fundamentals, theory, fibre optics; Geometrical optics: paraxial optics, monochromatic and chromatic aberrations, computer evaluation of optical systems, spot diagrams, MTF; Light sources, detectors and imaging systems; Industrial laser applications and optical systems; Optical interferometry: applications to precision measurement; Optical materials and precision manufacturing of optical components.

Elective courses

L6003 Corporate Resource Planning

Taught by Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani and Mr. Sanjay Gandhi

The course covers the following sections: Supply chain management: issues and challenges, risk pooling; Value of information; Multi-echelon inventory management; Supply chain integration: push-pull supply chain; Supply chain drivers and metrics; SC performance measurement; Supply network design: pipeline inventory consideration in supply chains; Inventory-transportation trade-off; Supply contracts; Risks in global supply chains and supply chain strategies.

M6102 Advanced Materials Engineering

Taught by Assoc Prof Sunil C. JoshiProfessor Michael Khor Khiam Aik and Dr. Mohamed Lebbai

The course covers the following sections: Metallic materials and composites: metallurgical fundamentals and fracture, copper, stainless steels, advanced composite materials, heat-resistant superalloys; Selection and service performance of materials: materials selection in design, materials testing, failure of engineering materials; Polymeric materials: polymer synthesis and classification, engineering polymers, polymer blends, liquid crystalline polymers; Ceramic materials: functional ceramics, optical ceramics, magnetic ceramics, colossal magneto-resistant ceramics, case studies; Superconductors.  

M6141 Quality Engineering 

Taught by Professor Goh Thong Ngee 

The course covers the following sections: Quality concepts, statistical process control, process improvement, design of experiments, reliability, quality management systems and design, product liability; Case studies and examples of industrial applications will be used throughout the course; The course develops an appreciation of advanced quality engineering techniques and a perception of how quality can be built into all stages of a product lifecycle .

M6235 Advanced Manufacturing Processes

Taught by Assoc Prof Zhou Wei and Assoc Prof Liu Erjia 

The course covers the following sections:  Manufacturing processes; Nature and various methods of raw materials for shaping; Emphasis on the link between the nature of the process to the shapes, dimensions, and properties that can be achieved; Case study.

M6329 Micro Electro Mechanical Systems

Taught by Assoc Prof Miao Jianmin and Asst Prof Lau Gih Keong

The course covers the following sections: Development of MEMS; Definition of terminology, Operation modes, transducer and sensing theory; Basic design considerations, Choice of Damping factors, Management of Stiction, Design Rules, Design packages, Simulations, Optimisation; Review of basic fabrication processes; Introduction to advanced fabrication techniques. LIGA, electroplating; Micro-moulding, non-silicon substrates; Wafer bonding; Robotics. Vision systems, Wafer dicing and sawing; Chemical dicing; Packaging considerations, Damping, Dynamic Modal Evaluation, Reliability Assessment, Sensitivity, Bandwidth, Linearity, Cross-talk determination, temperature sensitivity; Assembly techniques including robotics; Open or closed loop operation; Force balanced sensors; Critical Damping, Minimising device limitations, CMOS control design; Case studies of commercial available devices as well as devices presently under development.

M6401 Product Design and Development

Taught by Assoc Prof Chen Chun-Hsien and Asst Prof Moon Seung Ki

The course covers the following sections: A multi-disciplinary approach to product design and development; Product development process and strategies; Need identification and product specifications; Generation and evaluation of ideas and concepts; Product architecture; Product aesthetics and form creation; Product semantics and identity.

M6421 Advanced Design for Manufacturing

Taught by Professor Lye Sun Woh and Dr. Ong Nan Shing

The course covers the following sections:  DFM principles and strategies; Classification system for manual, automatic and robotic assemblies; Evaluation of assembled parts; Analysing products for high-speed automatic assembly; Procedure for redesign; Design of parts for feeding and orienting; Vibratory and non-vibratory feeders; QFD process; Reliability analysis for product design; Selection of materials and processes; Design for repair and recycling.

M6423 Prototype and Rapid Prototyping

Taught by Dr. An Jia

The course covers the following sections: Introduction to prototyping; Soft and virtual prototyping; Fundamentals of rapid prototyping; Rapid prototyping systems; Rapid prototyping data format; Applications of rapid prototyping.

M6802 Engineering Measurements

Taught by Asst Prof Zhou Yufeng and Professor Anand Krishna Asundi

The course covers the following sections: Advanced principles of measurement that examine the static and dynamic characteristics of instruments; The design of measurement system through the application of sensing and signal conditioning elements for data acquisition; Overview of the operations of some specialised measurement systems which have important industrial applications; Advanced principles of measurements which examine the static and dynamic characteristics of instruments; The design of measurements system through the application of sensing and signal conditioning elements for data acquisition; An overview of the operations of some specialised measurements systems which have important industrial applications.

M6330 Optical Design 

Taught by Professor Anand Krishna Asundi  and Mr. Neeraj Lakhotia 
The course will provide the students the knowledge of optical design methodologies for optical components and system. It will also discuss the evaluation of these designs and their packagings. In addition, optical materials and design for manufacturing would be discussed. Finally, the design of some typical imaging and non-imaging optical systems will be exemplified.

M6331 Optical Metrology & Instrumentation

Taught by Assoc Prof Murukeshan Vadakke Matham

The course covers the following sections: Introduction to Optical Metrology, Optical Metrology - Fundamentals, Interferometers and Profilometers, Confocal and Phase shifting interferometry, Metrology of diffuse objects, Structured light, grating and moire methods, holography and speckle metrology, optical shop testing, Inspection, Imaging and Testing systems.  

M6815 Biofabrication

Taught by Assoc Prof Li Lin, Dr. Chong Siew Ling Karen and Dr. Chian Kerm Sin

The course covers the following sections: Introduction to tissue engineering; Cells, biomaterials and growth factors; Additive manufacturing techniques; Scaffold design and modeling; Biological guidance and patterning technologies; Organ printing. Medical device regulations. 

M6816 Laser Assisted Manufacturing

Taught by Assoc Prof Zhou Wei, Dr. Bi Guijun and Asst Prof Kim Young Jin 

The course covers the following sections: Introduction to lasers used in machining; Optics for laser machining processes; Laser material interaction--salient features. Materials science for laser processing; One, two or three-dimensional laser machining; Transport phenomena for laser materials processing; Advanced laser material processing and machining. Laser-assisted 3D printing; Laser safety and hazards.