ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT - 2017/8

Module code: ENG3169

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

BAKER MA Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

H100

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 70
Coursework COURSEWORK 30

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG2087 Project Management

Module overview

This module addresses engineering management in terms of informed decision making, based on technical, quality, commercial and legal requirements. Engineering activities are considered in the context of complex projects, organisational structures and economic/societal/legal/ethical constraints. Modern approaches for efficient and informed decision making are introduced, including the use of advanced project management, systems engineering, uncertainty management, quality management, company accounting, project evaluation and the management of intellectual property. Legal requirements, associated with managing risk and safety, are considered. The module hence provides key insights and knowledge in preparation for working in a professional engineering environment.

Module aims

A critical understanding of how engineering management depends upon informed  and ethical decision making, encompassing technical, quality, commercial and legal requirements and sustainable development and corporate social responsibility

An introduction to modern approaches for efficient management of engineering based activities, particularly associated with development of complex engineered systems

The ability to apply advanced project management techniques, including application of systems engineering and uncertainty/risk management

An introduction to various organisational models and the impact on project/business operations

An introduction to quality management, company accounting and financing, cost analysis, project evaluation and the management of intellectual property

A framework for personal and corporate professional and ethical behaviour, 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a clear understanding of how engineering management involves balancing technical, commercial, ethical and legal considerations (SM6m, EL3/3m, EL7m), P10m) KP
Apply advanced project management techniques, such as critical path analysis, resource levelling and uncertainty management, to ensure projects reach a satisfactory conclusion  (EL3/3m, P1, P8/P8m ) KCPT
Apply a systems approach for requirements capture and system concept design, deriving separate functional and physical architectures (D1, D2, EA4b/4m, G1 ) KCPT
Show awareness of legal requirements governing engineering activities, the working environment, safety and the management of risk (P5, EL5) KP
Show awareness of how projects can be evaluated in the context of sustainable development, environment impact and corporate social responsibility (EL2, EL4, EL6/6m, ) KCPT
Show awareness of the need for ethical standards when working in a professional engineering environment (EL1/1m) KPT
Describe alternative company structures, with associated operations and practices (P1) K
Evaluate the financial status of projects or companies, in the context of life cycle analysis and commercial risk (EL6/6m, G1) KCPT
Demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of quality in all aspects of engineering (P7) KP
Demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance and use of intellectual property (P5) KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Advanced Project Management


Networking methods, Activity on Arrow, Activity on Node, Critical Path Analysis, Total/Free Float
Time-limited and Resource-limited project planning, Resource Levelling
Organisational Structures, Impact of Organisation on Projects


Uncertainty Management and Risk


Quantifying uncertainty, Pessimistic-Likely-Optimistic, Central Limit Theorem
Project duration based examples, PERT, Event Probabilities
Quantitative/qualitative risk assessment


Systems Engineering


Systems Approach, Requirements Analysis, Functional Breakdown, Physical Breakdown, System Architecture, Verification and Validation


Organisation and Financing of Companies


Types of business, elements of company law, sources of funding, classes and types of shares, share transactions, FTSE100 and other indices.
The business environment, company ethos and structure, economies of scale.


Introduction to Management Accounting


Basic accounting concepts, interpretation of accounts, ratio analysis.


The Company in Business


Company structure, elements of product cost, manufacturing costs, general costs, fixed, variable and marginal costs, cost behaviour, marginal costing, break-even analysis, profit sensitivity analysis.


Project Evaluation


Return on capital, payback time, discounting and net present value, comparison of alternatives, risk and uncertainty in investment. Environmental impact and project sustainability.


Project sustainability analysis


Introduction to Design for Environment (DfE), Quantitative tools and standards for environmental impact assessment (Life cycle Assessment (LCA),  Carbon footprinting), case studies in environmental impact assessment, Introduction to concepts in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  


Quality Management


The ISO 9000 eight quality principles, ISO 9001- its context and value to the business.
Quality tools – affinity diagrams, process maps, fishbone diagrams, SWOT analysis.
Quality methods – Deming Cycle, Sigma Six, Statistical process control, Kaisen, Lean Manufacturing.


Intellectual Property & Patents


Different classes of intellectual property, national and international context, patent application process, non-disclosure agreement, value of intellectual property in business.


Industrial Legislation


Working Environment, Health and Safety
Identification, quantification and control of hazards/risks
Need for high professional & ethical conduct

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

introduce the key aspects of engineering management, through theory, reference to standards, real world cases and worked examples. This is delivered through lectures and tutorial classes, feeding into a large coursework assignment and final exam.

The learning and teaching methods include:


27  hours lectures
11 hours tutorial (in groups)
Project and Systems Engineering Coursework (40 hours)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of engineering management aims/constraints and the application of methods to inform associated decision making. The coursework allows students to demonstrate that they can use advanced project management techniques to predict project schedules, including the ability to manage uncertainty. It also allows demonstration of systems thinking during the initial definition of a project, by addressing a top-level project requirement and presenting a clear breakdown of the resulting requirements and solution architecture. The exam allows students to demonstrate understanding of organisational, commercial, quality and intellectual property aspects, together with application of financial assessment methods.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Coursework     [Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5]     (35 hours)   {30%}
Examination    [Learning outcomes 1,6,7,8,9]     (2 hours)  {70%}


Formative assessment and feedback


Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials
Written feedback is given on the coursework


 

Reading list

Reading list for ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng3169

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Aerospace Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.