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ZUG4020 – Maintenance and Reliability Management (Elective)

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2021 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2022 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 7


The module is aimed at providing students with the knowledge of the objectives and importance of maintenance and reliability in enhancing the performance of production machinery.  It also emphasise the interdependence of such diverse operational factors as maintenance, quality assurance, cost and reliability engineering.  Of particular significance is the use of computational systems in maintenance planning and scheduling, plus work control methods that use Statistical Process Control techniques.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand the principles of maintenance and reliability management
2Designing a RCM based maintenance programme
3Establish the root cause of failures by applying suitable problem solving techniques
4Determining life cycle costing of machine modules
5Establish computerized maintenance systems
6Apply Statistical Process Control techniques
7Employ appropriate Quality systems to enhance the value of maintenance


Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

The module objective is to demonstrate the effective use of modern maintenance systems and processes to enhance the equipment and machinery performance for improved productivity, without compromising on quality and safety aspects of operational work. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements. Tutorials in which students will do individual work (self-assessments; reflecting on learning aspects) and group work (PowerPoint presentations on aspects of the module, role-play and group discussions). Moodle, for sharing learning aids, to help students test their own knowledge through informal quizzes, and to administer short formal tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means tutorial work, assignments, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Strength of Materials under Complex Loading Conditions, Material Science and Properties, Advanced Design Concepts of Machine Systems, Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering