C&ENVENG 3078 - Engineering Management & Planning IIIA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course is intended to develop generic professional and project management skills that students require in practice. Topics include: time management; project management; project planning; communication skills; engineering economics; quality management; sustainability in the planning / decision making process; and optimisation, with applications relevant to civil and environmental engineering practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 3078
    Course Engineering Management & Planning IIIA
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Incompatible C&ENVENG 3011
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 1008
    Assessment assignments, tutorials, oral presentation, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Bernie Foley

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The focus of this course relates to how the technical skills acquired throughout the degree program are managed, controlled and applied in the professional environment.  It is intended that by the end of the course students will be able to:

    1.   Explain the role each PMBOK Knowledge Area and how they can be used to execute a project

    2.   Describe how project management risks are identified and controlled

    3.   Plan and manage a university design project using defined project management processes

    4.   Use MS Project as an effective scheduling and communication tool

    5.   Prepare and present an individual oral presentation to an audience of 30 - 50 people

    6.   Apply an integrative or systems approach to formulating and solving engineering problems

    7.   Carry out a comparison of large scale engineering projects using standard economic methods, at the master plan level

    8.   Optimise civil engineering problems using linear and dynamic programming

    9.   Critique, review and differentiate the work of peers in an objective and constructive manner

    10.  Describe the role and importance of diversity within engineering teams
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 - 8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 -10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6, 7, 8, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6, 9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The recommended text for this course is Dandy, G.C., Walker, D.J., Daniell, T.M. and Warner, R.F. Planning and Design of Engineering Systems (2nd Edition), Taylor and Francis, Oxfordshire, UK, 2008. This text is available on-line through the Barr Smith Library.

    Lecture slides/notes
    Most lecture presentations will be made available on MyUni.  The timing of their availability will be subject to the lecture content, the technical nature of the content and format of the lecture.  Lectures that are technical in nature or have a heavy content may be available prior to the lecture.  Lectures that are predominately participative or dependent upon student input prior to the lecture may only be available after the lecture.  It should be noted that the PowerPoint slides are not considered a complete replicate of the lecture, additional information not present in the slides is often given during lectures.  Technical aspects of the material covered in the course are available in the recommended text.  There are no printed lecture notes available for this course.

    MyMedia will be used to record lectures. However, they are not intended to be a substitute for lectures.
    Recommended Resources
    There are many other resources that are relevant to this course.  These resources are for those students who want to read further on particular topics and their content is not directly assessable.  Some of the material from these sources will be presented in lectures.

    Daellenbach HG. Systems and Decision Making - A Management Science Approach.  Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1994

    Meredith,D.D., Wong, K.W., Woodhead,R.W. and Wortman, R.H. Design and Planning of Engineering Systems, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1985.

    Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fourth Edition, ANSI/PMI 99-001-2008, Project Management Institute, 2008.

    Taha, H.A. Operations Research: An Introduction, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003

    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used for the course.  Course information, lecture slides, assignments and additional resources will all be available on MyUni.

    MyUni Announcements:  The announcement section will be used to notify students of important information, with critical announcements (changes to deadlines etc) also emailed to students.  It is  assumed and expected that students take note of these announcements.

    Discussion Board:  The discussion board will be used and forums will be set up for assignments.  The discussion board will also be used as a consultation tool for contact with the lecturer.  Questions for the lecturer of a general nature relating to the course or assignment requirements should be posted on MyUni.  This allows the responses to be viewed by other students with similar questions and  ensures that all students are given the same information. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of a set of integrated learning activities designed to provide you with the opportunity to achieve the course learning objectives in a supportive and relevant context.  The course has been designed for participation by students. 

    Activities within this course are detailed in this course outline and include lectures, guest lectures, online quizzes, tutorials, short talks and reflective assessment tasks.  The majority of these activities are designed to be participative and directed at peer oriented or problem based learning. Tutorials have a team based learning format.

    Two assessment tasks integrate the planning and management of tasks within other courses with assessment requirements in this course, providing a relevant and applicable learning environment. The greater the participation of students in this course the more practical and relevant the material will become.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. Please note that University guidelines suggest that the average (full-time) student should spend 48 hours per week to achieve a Credit. Consequently, the total workload for this course is 12 hours per week (144 hours in total) for an average student to achieve a Credit.

    Workload Summary
    Activity Contact Hours Private Study Hours Total
    Lectures 23 12 (0.5 hours per lecture) 35
    TBL Tutorials 6 12 18
    Short Talks
    Own 1 15 16
    Reviewing others 6 4 10
    MS Project
    Preparation of own 2 6 8
    Peer evaluation 1 2 3
    Project Plan - 15 15
    Online participation/quizzes - 15 15
    Exam 2 22 24
    TOTALS 41 103 144
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task % Individual/Group Submission Type Format Feedback
    Tutorials 15 Individual/Group In class scratch cards Team Based Learning (TBL) Instant
    Short Talks 10 Individual Presentation 1-2 weeks after presentation
    MS Project Schedule 5 Individual MS Project schedule Electronic Week 9
    Project Plan and Reflection 15 Group Electronic Electronic Prior to exam
    Participation/online quizzes 5 Individual Online quizzes Electronic Instant
    Exam 50 Individual Exam
    Compulsory lectures -1 Deduction of 1% for each compulsory lecture not attended
    *Refer to specific assessment requirements for times and specific requirements
    Assessment Related Requirements
    In order to pass this course students must obtain at least 40% in the exam. Students who obtain greater than 50% in the course but fail the exam hurdle will have a 45 F result recorded, and be offered an Alternative Assessment Exam.

    If students are offered an Alternative Assessment exam on academic grounds (including failing the exam hurdle) they will be required to pass the Alternative Assessment exam to pass the course, and can only receive a maximum grade of 50% in accordance with University policies (see the Policies and Guidelines section of this Course Outline).
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details for all assessment tasks will be made available on MyUni.
    Submission details for each assessment task are provided together with the assessment details on MyUni.  Submissions will be a combination of electronic submission through MyUni and hard copy  submission through the submission boxes outside of the School office.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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