C&ENVENG 7086 - Engineering Management
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code C&ENVENG 7086 Course Engineering Management Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Available to postgraduate Engineering students only Course Description This course includes group decision-making, the development of the individual, and the importance of communication and interpersonal skills in the engineering environment. Students gain an understanding of work preferences and personal interactions through self-analysis, experience and reflection. In addition students are introduced to a range of business management topics including, but not limited to, contract law, competition law and professional ethics. Assessment is through group projects, presentations, a competitive engineering proposal, a performance review interview and a written exam.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michael LeonardRoom: N231f, Engineering North
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Develop an understanding of the breadth of management and legal aspects in engineering 2 Identify cognitive and affective domain strengths and weaknesses 3 Recognise the dynamics of interpersonal communication and judiciously apply these skills in group collaboration 4 Apply different formats to create works containing effective, clear communication 5 Demonstrate ability to collaborate within a diverse group of people 6 Evaluate and synthesize multiple information sources 7 Assess client requirements and propose coherent feasible solutions 8 Develop confidence dealing with uncertainty 9 Practise a culture of professional development through reflection and peer oriented learning 10 Demonstrate the attitude of life-long-learning
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.3 1.5 2.2 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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) 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
6 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
3,4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,7,9 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
1,5 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
Required ResourcesTextbook: There is no specified textbook for this course. However a number of example texts that are relevant are listed below. Students are encouraged to research and locate relevant sources for their assigned and chosen topics. The sources may be traditional managment books, but equally could be taken from a broader pool of texts provided relevance can be shown.
Lecture notes: There are no formal lecture notes for this course. Lecture material will be made available on MyUni. Additional resources/notes will also be made available on MyUni as appropriate.
Course Profile: This course profile is a required resource and is discussed at length during the first lecture. It contains valuable information relating to the requirements of the course (including assessment). It is assumed that all students have read and understood the requirements outlined in this profile. Any changes to course requirements (including deadlines) will be communicated through MyUni announcements.
Recommended ResourcesThere are many other resources that are relevant to this course. The following is an example of the types of material useful in this course, the list is by no means exhaustive:
Adair, J. Effective Leadership, Pan, revised edition 1988
Adair, J. Effective Teambuilding, Pan edition 1987.
Black, Octavius and Bailey, Sebastian “The Mind Gym”, Time Warner, 2005. (www.themindgym.com)
Bolton, R, People Skills, Touchstone Book, Simon and Schuster NY, 1979
Covey, S.R. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Simon and Schuster NY, 1989
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, 2007
DeBono, Edward I am Right You are Wrong Penguin Books, 1991.
Edwards, J., Butler, J., Hill, B., and Russell, S People Rules for Rocket Scientists, Samford Research Assoc Pty Ltd, 1997
Gelb M.J., Buzan, Tony Lessons from the art of Juggling, Aurum Press 1995.
Goleman D Working with Emotional Intelligence, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998
Goleman D Emotional Intelligence, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1995
Hanna Paul You can do it, Penguin Books Australia, 1997.
Heider, J. The Tao of Leadership, Bantam Ed, 1988
Johnson, D.W. and F.P. Johnson Joining together: Group Theory and Group Skills 7th ed, 2001
Keirsey, D. and M. Bates Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament types, Gnosology Books, Del Mar, CA 1984. (also on a web site)
Mc Shane Steven and Travaglione Tony Organisational Behaviour on the Pacific Rim McGraw Hill 2003.
Messing Bob The Tao of Management An Age old Study for New Age Mangers, Dragon Books, 1992
Quilliam, Susan. Body Language, Carlton Books Ltd, 1995
Samson Danny, Daft, Richard Management Pacfic Rim Edition 2003.
Templar Richard The rules of Management, Prentice Hall Business, 2005.
Woodcock, M. and Francis D. The Unblocked Manager: A Practical Guide to Self Development, Gower 1982.
Online LearningCourse information, lecture slides, assignments and additional resources will all be available on MyUni. Given the nature of many of the lecture activities, slides are made available only after the lecture.
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.
MyMedia: Lectures will typically be recorded throughout the course. The lecturer will advise when and how the recorded lectures will be released. However, MyMedia recordings are made for revision purposes and are not considered as a replacement for attendance at lectures. Guest lectures are generally not recorded.
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 lecturers. 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.
Electronic Submission: Assessment tasks will typically be submitted (and returned) electronically.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of a set of integrated learning activities designed to provide the student with the opportunity to achieve the course learning objectives in a supportive and motivating context.
Each session has been divided into discrete blocks which allow a mix of lecture and student interaction. Students will work in groups to have the opportunity to interact with others and learn from different perspectives.
The course is structured such that the students are given the opportunity to learn course content through personal reflection, experience of the lecturers, guest lecturers, and their peers. The learning from peers will occur throughout group activities but also through the group management assignment. The group management assignment and team based learning (TBL) sessions have been developed as student and peer – orientated learning activities. This is consistent with the workplace, where the majority of skills are developed through working with peers.
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. Note that University guidelines suggest that the average (full-time) student should spend 48 hours per week to achieve a Credit. For a three unit course this equates to 144 hours for an average student to achieve a Credit.
Activity Contact Hours Private Study Hours Total Lectures 20 10 (0.5-1.0 review per lecture) 30 Critical Analysis Essay (5%) - 9 9 Learning a New Skill (4%) - 10 10 Interview (10%) Development Plan - 3 3 Interview Preparpation/Review - 3 3 Reflection - 12 12 Group Management Assignment (15%) Preparation 4 (group meetings) 10 (per person in group) 14 Review of other groups - 20 20 TBL sessions (6%) 4 - 4 Proposal assignment (15%) Preparation 4 (group meetings) 10 (per person in group) 14 Client meetings 1 - 1 Presentations 1 - 1 Exam (45%) 3 20 23 TOTALS 37 107 144
Learning Activities SummaryThe structured learning activities consist of face-to-face lectures, guest lectures, topical discussion, mentor meetings, an interview and opportunities for students to work on assignments in their groups.
Specific Course RequirementsThe course has been designed as an interactive course and students are expected to attend and participate in the structured sessions.
Guest Lectures are compulsory and all students are expected to attend. Students who are unable to attend these sessions are required to make alternate arrangements with the lecturer. All material presented is assessable. Details of guest lectures will be provided in advance.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes TBL 6 Group Summative 8 & 9 1. Reflection/Interview 15 Individual Summative 12 2. 4. 8. 9. 10. Assignment 15 Group Summative 6 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. 9. Proposal 15 Group Summative 11 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Juggling (New skill demonstration) 4 Individual Summative 12 10. Exam 45 Individual Summative Exam period Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 5. Total 100
This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i 1. c.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
ePortfolio - continue as per original plans (15% - individual)
1 week extension for the current group presentation (15% - group). Some groups have experienced issues with not being able to easily meet face-to-face.
Juggling - I have changed this so you can upload a video of yourself juggling. (4% - individual)
The "TBL" quiz will be changed to an individual multiple choice quiz (6% - individual).
The proposal pitch will be conducted online. I will release it at the scheduled date. You will have scheduled mentor meetings via zoom and I will require an online video submission. (45% - group, increased weighting up from 15%).
In place of an exam I will require you to write a short essay to critique an aspect of management (15% - individual)
Assessment Related RequirementsWhere the exam hurdle is not met students will receive a course result of the lesser of their calculated grade and the nominal grade of 45, Fail. An additional assessment exam will be available to eligible students. Students should refer to the Modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy for eligibility criteria.
This course includes peer assessment for the tasks undertaken within groups. Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment task(s) there is a requirement that all students within a group contribute to each assessment task. Where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic Honesty policy may be applied.
This course has an exemption from the 30% cap for group work as stated under Assessment Policy 1.i
Assessment DetailAssessment details and assessment criteria for each assignment is provided on MyUni.
SubmissionSubmission details for specific assignments are provided with the assessment details on MyUni. It is expected that all submissions are of a professional nature, have been self checked and are free of spelling and grammatical errors. A standard 10% per day late penalty will apply (unless specified otherwise on the applicable assessment requirements)
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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