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MECH4660: Engineering Management [not running in 2019] (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MECH4660: Engineering Management [not running in 2019] (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Kent, John
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: MECH3661 OR AERO3660 OR MECH2660 OR MECH4601.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop an understanding of the principles of management as applies particularly to the engineering and industrial settings. It aims to provide knowledge of the principles and tools that can assist communication, supervision, project management, team membership, decision making and risk management.

At the end of this unit students will be able to understand different management practices and approaches applicable to a broad range of environments. In the process they will develop greater skills in team work, written expression, and verbal presentation.

The concepts covered in this unit are from the following management areas:

Engineers and Management - including ethics, Communication and People in Organisations, Economics, Leadership, Managerial Decision Analysis, Marketing, Business Planning, Legal Environment of Business, Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Quality Assurance and Management, Operations Management, and Financial Management.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Mr Butler, Rhett
Timetable: MECH4660 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 1 13
2 Working in assignments and Major Project 6.00 13 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: Lectures/workgroup sessions/invited speaker seminars/tutorials. Note: due to availability of individual industry guest lecturers, these sessions are a combination of lectures/seminars/workgroups/tutorials. Due to the variations of availability for industry guest lecturers, there will be the occasional lunchtime lecture throughout the semester.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Students are expected to utilise management knowledge and skills acquired throughout the semester to present a feasibility study on some contemporary technology management problem relevant to engineering industry. Design (Level 2)
Familiarity with the Australian manufacturing and industrial environment through the regular interactions with lecturers from companies and regulatory bodies. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
In order to find solutions to the problems posed students will be shown methodologies by which they can, recognise the extent of information needed; locate needed information efficiently and effectively; evaluate information and its sources; use contemporary media and technology to access and manage information. Information Seeking (Level 2)
As part of their assessment students will be required to, use oral, written, and visual communication to further their own learning; make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding; use communication as a tool for interacting and relating to others. Communication (Level 3)
Presentations by invited industry lecturers will provide students with actual case studies from the profession. Professional Conduct (Level 4)
Students will learn to use basic project management tools in their management tasks. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

Design (Level 2)
1. The ability to acquire relevant data, process and analyse the information to manage some technology issue within the contemporary Australian industry.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Familiarity of the Australian legislative requirements for workplace safety and manufacturing efficiency. Ability to analyse Australian industry practices in the global context.
Communication (Level 3)
3. The ability to use various communication media to enhance self-learning; make effective use of communication skills to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding; and the ability to interact and relate to others
Professional Conduct (Level 4)
4. Fundamentals of management.
5. Risk management methodology, and decision making skills.
Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
6. The ability to use project management tools.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 Financial Statements Yes 20.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 5, 6,
2 Assignment 2 Australian Organisations in Crisis No 30.00 Week 10 2, 4, 5,
3 Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Course has two parts: Airline Simulation and Management Lectures.

Airline Simulation is a group project. Students are assessed on progress targets and on final report.

Management lectures have associated quizzes and a final exam.
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 . 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 for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Course introduction, Overview and Management Theory, Professional Ethics
Week 2 Overview of finance and accounting principles, financial statements
Week 3 Context of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics for the Business Environment
Week 4 Overview of Australian legal, regulatory and statutory issues for business
Week 5 Capital Decision Making Models and DCF analysis
Week 7 Marketing Management
Week 8 Overview of Intellectual Property , innovation strategies
Assessment Due: Assignment 1 Financial Statements
Week 9 Leadership
Week 10 Project management
Assessment Due: Assignment 2 Australian Organisations in Crisis
Week 11 Communication and Decision making
Week 12 Introduction to Contracts relevant to Engineering Projects & administering good outcomes.
Week 13 REVISION AND COURSE SUMMARY (to include examination overview)
Exam Period Assessment Due: Exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Medical Science 2016, 2017

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 14%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 21.5%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 4%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 46.5%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 14%

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.