ELEC ENG 4064 - Business Management Systems UG

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

Business governance and social accountability; Business processes and business process management; Structure and content of a business management system (BMS) covering all business functions, including OH&S; Configuration control of the BMS; Relationship to quality assurance; ISO 9001 accreditation; Quality management and reliability; Enablement of the BMS using IT; Importance of training in use of the BMS. More on financial governance: Basic financial accounting and reporting including time value of money; Accounting for project planning and control; Relationship to project management. More on engineering governance and engineering management: Engineering planning and control; Engineering functional management; Lifecycle management, Product safety; Authorization of outputs.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 4064
    Course Business Management Systems UG
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 4038 and STATS 4001
    Assumed Knowledge Completion of at least two years of an engineering degree
    Assessment Project work and assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Brian Ng

    Contact details for Brian Ng
    Email: brian.ng@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli level 3, room 3.35
    Phone: 8313 5054

    Lecturer: Mr Alf Grasso
    Email: alf@eleceng.adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli level 3, room 3.58
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Explain the role of engineering in the context of a business, and business in society.
    2. Explicate the Top-Down process of engineering: Society -> Corporation -> business units -> project
    3. Explain how governance requirements and ethics drive management processes.
    4. Elaborate on the role of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHAS 18001 in the development of a Business Management System (BMS).
    5. Explain the role of BMS elements.
    6. Apply selected basic BMS processes to the development of a product-service system.
    7. Outline the key elements of an engineering management system.
    8. Deploy key processes that govern workplace health and safety,  product safety and other regulations.
    9. Analyse and report on the ethical considerations that arise in the practice of professional engineering.
    10. Demonstrate professional skills including participation in and running meetings; effective team membership and leadership;  preparation of professional standard documentation based on templates from a business management system.

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Not applicable
    Recommended Resources
    Various resources will be notified during the course.
    Online Learning
    The course will be managed using MyUni. Course notes, assignments, and other resources will be made available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Course material will be delivered by lectures in a professional workshop style that requires continuing interaction, discussion and feedback from students. Workshops and tutorials are scheduled to discuss and plan the assignments. Students will work in design teams.

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

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lecture 12 lectures 12 24
    Workshops 12 workshops 24 48
    Assignment 1 - Technology Plan 15
    Assignment 2 - Financial Business Case 15
    Assignment 3 - System Safety Management Plan 15
    Assignment 4 - Eithcs  25
    Self Assessment and Peer Assessment 1
    TOTALS 36 143
    Learning Activities Summary
    The topics will encompass:
    • Technology planning
    • Governance and social responsibility
    • Regulations and reporting
    • Financial evaluation
    • Systems for business governance
    • Risk and safety management
    • System safety
    • The BMS in use
    • Engineering governance
    • Engineering management system
    • Other functions
    • The professional career

    Note: This schedule is subject to change in order to meet the availability of industry guest speakers
  • 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 activity Group or Individual submission Weighting Due date
    Learning outcomes addressed
    Assignment 1 - Technology Plan Group 25% Week 3 1-7,10
    Assignment 2 - Financial Business Case Group 20% Week 6 1-7,10
    Assignment 3 - System Safety Management Plan Group 25% Week 9 8,10
    Assignment 4 - Ethics Individual (Hurdle requirement 40%) 20% Week 12 9,10
    Self Assessment and Peer Assessment (SAPA) Individual 10% Week 12 10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The assessment regime is intended to be broadly representative of the professional work environment. For this reason, and because students will work in teams, students are expected to attend all classes and tutorial/workshops.

    Assignment 4 is a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in this assignment. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of each assessment task will be provided during the semester.
    All written submissions for formative assessment activities are to be submitted electronically on MyUni by 17:00 on the due dates.

    No late submissions will be accepted. All formative assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.

    Full details can be found on the School website:

    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.

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    SELT feedback from 2015 and actions to address any concerns arising from this will be posted on MyUni at the commencement of the semester.
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