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ELEC3702: Management for Engineers (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC3702: Management for Engineers (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ma, Jin
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/6874
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG3005 OR MECH3661.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to develop an understanding of the principles and practices of industry. It provides an overview of the various issues facing an industrial organisation, and of the basic approaches to their management.

It examines the changing nature and effects of globalisation on Australia's economic performance, the competitiveness of Australian firms, and the generation of employment and wealth. This provides insight into the importance of innovation at all levels and functions of all organisations, and the development of people-skills and organisational styles as part of the Engineering Managers repertoire of capabilities.

The objectives and roles appropriate to governments in terms of regulation, law and consumer protection are explored to ensure that the Engineering Manager has a firm grounding in their duty of care including fiduciary and financial responsibility.

The following topics are covered; Strategic Planning, Operational Planning, Management Skills, Agility and Innovation, Start-Ups, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Managerial Decision Analysis, Management Science Models, Behaviour of People in Organisations, People Management, Strategic Management, Accounting and Financial Management for Engineers, Operations Management, Marketing for Engineers, Legal Environment for Business Industrial Relations
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Flower, Barry
Tutor/s: Not Applicable
Timetable: ELEC3702 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Independent Study (inc. completion of tutorials) 8.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Students, individually or in teams (self organised), will critically review and assess the lecture contents, additional reading and tutorials that week.

Tutorial questions are published (on Canvas) during the week they are assigned and answers will be published (on Canvas) within two weeks

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Students will be familiar with a range of information pertaining to engineering management.
2. Participate in discussions that address the subject at hand in clear and concise terms to the extent required by the task or project.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)
3. Discuss engineering tasks concomitant with economic, social and environmental responsibilities and legislative and statutory requirements.
4. Participate in group activities discussing engineering management.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes of engineering management.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Pair Assignment 1 Yes 20.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 5,
2 Individual Assignment 2 No 20.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 5,
3 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 5,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: 2-hour multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and calculation questions examination.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Management for Engineers,
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/6874

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction: Engineers and Management
Week 2 Lecture: Strategic Management
Week 3 Lecture: Microeconomics
Assignment 1 Explanation
Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
Week 4 Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
Lecture: Macroeconomics
Week 5 Lecture: Management Decision Models
Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
Week 6 Lecture: Decision Making under uncertainty
Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
Assessment Due: Pair Assignment 1
Week 7 Assignment 2 Explained
Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
Lecture: Operations Management
Week 8 Lecture: Legal Environment
Week 9 Lecture: Financial Management
Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
Week 10 Lecture: Regulation
Assessment Due: Individual Assignment 2
Week 11 Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
Lecture: Continuous Improvement + Agility
Week 12 Lecture: Continuous Improvement Part 2
Tutorial: Review of Assignment 2
Week 13 Overflow + Revision + Tutorial Revisions
Tutorial: Tutorial for completion in students own time
STUVAC (Week 14) This week is left free for independent study. text/plain
Exam Period 2-hour multiple-choice question examination. text/plain
Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Computer Engineering (till 2010) 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) (till 2012) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Computer) 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Science 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Law 2015
Electrical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Power) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Science 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Law 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications (till 2010) 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 40%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 28%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 32%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.