ELEC ENG 7164 - Business Management Systems PG

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course covers essential features of business management systems and ethical considerations for professional engineering practice. Topics include: 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; financial governance: Basic financial accounting and reporting including time value of money; Accounting for project planning and control; Relationship to project management; engineering governance and engineering management: Engineering planning and control; Engineering functional management; Lifecycle management, Product safety; Authorization of outputs; Ethics: Engineers Australia Code of Ethics, embeddding ethical considerations in BMS. This course uses written assignments as assessments and include a mix of group and individual work throughout the semester.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 7164
    Course Business Management Systems PG
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 4064, ELEC ENG 4100
    Assessment Assignments and workshops
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cristian Birzer

    Lecturer: Mr Alf Grasso
    Email: alfio.grasso@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli level 3, room 3.58
    Phone: 8313 6473

    Lecturer: Ms Catherine Irving
    Email: catherine.irving@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli level 3, room 3.45
    Phone: 8313 6492
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
    1. Recognise ethical considerations in engineering business management, using Engineers Australia code of ethics for professional engineers as a foundation.
    2. Articulate the role of governance, standards and processes and their interplay in Business Management Systems (BMS).
    3. Prepare professional standard documentation using templates, elements from a business management system.
    4. Demonstrate professional skills including participation in and running meetings; effective team membership and leadership.

    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: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3, 9, 10

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All learning resources are avaialble in MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    All learning resources are avaialble in MyUni
    Online Learning
    Relevant online learning resources are listed on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses lectures to deliver material. Workshops form a core part of learning activities. They are designed to enable groups to work towards the assessments and are a highly valuable part of the course.

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

    There will be up 24 contact hours throughout the course. Students are expected to spend approximately 130 hours of private study and working on the assessments.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course has approximately 10 weekly 1-hour lectures, delivered live online. There is a weekly 2-hour workshop for students to work with their team members towards the assessments. Teaching at the workshops will focus on specific aspects of the relevant assessment.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements.
  • 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 Weighting (%) Individual/Group Formative/Summative Due (week) Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Technology Plan 25 Group Summative 3 2-4
    Business Case 25 Group Summative 6 2-4
    System Safety Plan 25 Group Summative 9 2-4
    Ethics 25 Indivudal Summative 12 20% 1,3
    Total 100

    In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1a. i: An exemption from the stated requirement that group assessment activities total no more than 30% has been granted.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    All assessments are submitted electronically on MyUni. Refer to MyUni for details.
    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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    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.

    Course changes in response to SELT feedback are listed on MyUni.
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