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MEng Mechatronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Engineering Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN20051
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

  This unit will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to project management and the project life cycle
  • An understanding of different roles within an engineering team
  • A basic understanding of how to estimate project costs and time
  • A basic understanding  of,  and  ability  to  undertake,  at  a  fundamental level:  project  planning  and  scheduling  of  resources  and,  project  control  using earned  value  analysis  (Gantt  Charts  and  Project  Plans).
  • Understand the  many factors  that  may  affect  the  outcome  of  a  project,  i.e. risks  and;  provide  the  tools  to  mitigate  or  transfer  these  risks  (Risk  Registers).
  • Engineering ethics
  • Legal Requirements (Introduction to the law and legal issues; The Concepts of Standard Forms of Contract; Employment law and liabilities; IP rights)
  • Health and safety legislation

 

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Embedded Systems Project EEEN21000 Co-Requisite Compulsory

Aims

The course unit aims to:

  • Provide a basic knowledge of management of Engineering Projects
  • Provide the practical skills to be able to produce a project plan and associated Gantt chart
  • Provide an introduction to current legislation affecting or related to Engineering projects

 

Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

Developed

Assessed

ILO 1

Summarize the key concepts in project management, including the theoretical principles and practical implementation key elements

In Lectures

Quiz/exam

ILO 2

Formulate a simple gantt chart for a team project, taking into account work breakdown and allocation of resources.

During assignment

CW

ILO 3

Assess the quality of a Gantt chart in terms of its breakdown of tasks and balanced allocation of resources, where the fundamental question is whether effort/cost for each task can be properly determined.

During assignment

CW

ILO 4

Discuss the general principles of project management

In lectures

Quiz/exam

ILO 5

Create Health & Safety assessment documentation and risk management plans

During assignment

CW

 

Teaching and learning methods

12 Lectures, 4 assignments and one Blackboard Quiz

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 50%
Written exam 50%

Online Examination:

This examination makes up 50% of the course unit assessment.

Blackboard Assignments:

This consists of 3 assignments at 10% each and one assingnment at 20% of the course unit assessment.

Feedback methods

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Recommended reading

Project management for engineering, business and technology

Fifth edition

John M. Nicholas (author), Herman Steyn (author)

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Work based learning 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 88

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Potts Unit coordinator

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