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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

Unit Outline

Engineering Management I
(Semester 1, 2017)

Please read this Unit Outline carefully. It includes:

PART A Unit summary

PART B Your Unit in more detail
PART C Further information

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PART A: Unit Summary
Unit Code(s) MME30001
Unit Title Engineering Management I
Duration One Semester
Total Contact Hours 48 hours
Pre-requisites 100 credit points
Co-requisites Nil
Concurrent pre-requisites Nil
Anti-requisites Nil
Assumed knowledge
Credit Points 12.5
Campus/Location Hawthorn
Mode of Delivery Face to face
1. Final exam (40%)
2. Tests (14%)
3. Individual Assignments (10%) [Minor
4. Research Project (36%) [presentation,
report, group activities]
Assessment Summary As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a
unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an
undergraduate student must have achieved:
an aggregate mark for the unit of 50% or more,
including at least 40% in the final exam (if
Students who do not achieve at least 40% for the final exam (if
applicable), will receive a maximum of 44% as the total mark
for the unit and will not be eligible for a Conceded Pass."

This unit of study aims to introduce you to managerial principles so that you can function effectively and
efficiently in modern organisational roles within a changing environment.

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this Unit should be able to:
1. Analyse organisations and compare and contrast them in terms of their management decision
making, structure and strategy, along with the environments in which they operate. (K5, S2, A1,
A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)
2. Apply and relate basic project management concepts to a given project. (K6, S1, S4, A2, A6, A7)
3. Describe and appreciate the concepts of organisational behaviour, team dynamics and an
understanding of self and other people. (K5, A2, A6, A7)
4. Apply tools to manage and evaluate a project, including the Critical Path Method (CPM). (S1, S2,
S4, A2, A6)
5. Describe the fundamentals of safety, compensation process, risk management and sustainability.
(K6, S1, A1, A4, A5)

Key Generic Skills

You will be provided with feedback on your progress in attaining the following generic skills:

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K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting professional
engineering practice.
K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a
sustainable context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A3 Entrepreneurial: Applies entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing
A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Introduction to engineering management
o evolution of management thought and practices
o understanding organisational structure and strategy
o managing technology and its elemental parts
o organisation, engineers and OH&S
Engineering sustainability and society
o engineer and society, environment, sustainability and community
o basis for engineering ethics, professional practices, organisations and societies
o green engineering principles
Managing people and organisational behaviour
o attitudes, motivation, leadership and morale within technical teams
o organisation culture, change and group dynamics
o interpersonal skills: self-awareness, listening, goal setting, providing feedback, running
meetings, delegating, persuading, politicking, coaching, team building, conflict management,
resolving conflict
Project Management
o project initiation-acceptance-definition
o project scoping and work break down structure
o project analysis-planning-scheduling-control
o specification, documentation, and monitoring
o project manager roles, characteristics, traits, ethics and risk management

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PART B: Your Unit in more detail
Unit Improvements
Feedback provided by previous students through the Student Survey has resulted in improvements
that have been made to this unit. Recent improvements include:
Introducing an alternative platform for wiki
Updating/Improving lecture slides on sustainability

Unit Teaching Staff

Name Role Room Phone Email
Pls make
Amir Abdekhodaee appointments
Convenor/lect/tutor ATC823 X5263
via email

Ms Deborah Dobbie Invited lecturer

Kourosh Dini Tutor ATC843 X3734
Farnaz Modaresi Tutor
Kenneth Igbo Tutor ATC730 X8424
Hassan Kalantari Daronkolah Tutor
Katherine Petkoff Tutor
Behrooz Bodaghi Tutor

Learning and Teaching Structure

Teaching Period
Activity Total Hours Hours per Week

Lectures 36 hours 3 hours Weeks 1 to 12

Tutorials 12 hours 1 hour Weeks 1 to 12
In a Semester, you should normally expect to spend, on average, twelve and a half hours of
total time (formal contact time plus independent study time) a week on a 12.5 credit point unit
of study.

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Tentative Week by Week Schedule
(While no major changes in this schedule are envisaged, some adjustments might be required as we progress
into the semester, in particular for the number of minor activities and the timing of their distributions)

Week Week Teaching and Learning Activity Student Task or Assessment

Reading relevant chapters (C1, RBSC) and
Unit outline and why engineering (C1,C2 V)
Introduction to organizations and
management. (C 1, RBSC)

1 27 Feb Project management a quick introduction

(C1,C2 V)

Tutorial: overview of different

assessments, Group Task 1

Management yesterday and today (C 2, Reading relevant chapters (C2 RBSC) and
RBSC) (C3 V)

Project management: stakeholders and

2 6 Mar selection (C 3 V)

Tutorial: Using blooms taxonomy to

develop objectives, Group Task 2,
Recommended submission and update of
Meeting minutes #1
Reading relevant chapter (C3, C4 RBSC)
Environment and organizational culture:
The constraints (C3 RBSC)
Managing in a global environment (C4 Submission Feedback Report #1 by Friday
RBSC) night (via Group Lounge Wiki)
3 13 Mar
Project planning and management

Tutorial: Management case study (post

office or similar type scenarios), Group
Task 3
Social responsibility and managerial ethics Reading relevant chapter(C5, RBSC)
(C5, RBSC) Initial presentation
Finalise progress on Wiki with required
Test I Ongoing Assessment (first) by Tuesday
4 20 Mar night.
Tutorial: Student presentations, Group
Task 4
Test I (during the one hour lecture )
Recommended to submit and update Meeting
Minutes #2

Managerial decision making (C 6 RBSC) Reading relevant chapters(C6, C9 RBSC)

Strategic management (C 9 RBSC)
5 27 Mar
Tutorial: Case study, Group Task 5

Organisational structure and design (C 12 Reading relevant chapter(C15 RBSC)

RBSC) Explore current papers on OH &S

6 3 Apr Submission of Feedback Report #2 by

Occupational Health and Safety Friday night. (via Group Lounge Wiki)

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Tutorial: OH & S review, Group Task 6
Recommended submission and update of
Meeting Minutes #3

Communication, conflict and

7 10-12 Apr
personality in the work place
[Understanding individual behaviour
(C15, RBSC), Managers and
Communication (C16, RBSC)]

Project management and risk (C5 V)

Tutorial: Audit report activity

Semester 13-19 Apr
Communication, conflict and Reading relevant chapter (C15, C16
personality in the work place RBSC)
[Understanding individual behaviour
(C15, RBSC), Managers and
7 20-21 Apr Communication (C16, RBSC)] Finalise progress on Wiki with required
Ongoing Assessment (second) by Tuesday
Tutorial: Audit report activity

Invited speakers on career planning Reading relevant chapter (C7 RBSC)

and employability (during Thursday
lecture only)
8 Test 2 (during the one hour lecture )
Anzac day- 24 Apr Test 2
Tutorial: practice of presentation skills
Recommended submission and update of
Meeting minutes #4
Managing change and resilience Reading relevant chapters (C17, RBSC)
[Managing change and innovation (7, Find information on principles of green
RBSC)] engineering

9 1 May Managing sustainability I

Submissions of Feedback Report #3 by
Friday night. (via Group Lounge Wiki)
Tutorial: Overview of minor activities

Reading relevant chapter (C13 RBSC)

[Motivating employees (C17, RBSC)] Final Report (Finalised Wiki) by Friday
Preparing For Interviews Student final presentations during tutorial
10 8 May Managing sustainability II

Tutorial: Student presentations and

Recommended submission and update of
Meeting minutes #5

Reading relevant chapter (C18 RBSC)

Groups and teams
[Managing teams (C13, RBSC)] Submissions of Feedback Report #4
(Reflection) (via Group Lounge Wiki)
Recruitment process and performance
11 15 May
management Student final presentations during tutorial
[Managing human resource (C14, time.

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Managers as Leaders (C18, RBSC )

Tutorial: Student presentations and

Foundations of control (C10, RBSC) Reading relevant chapter (C10 RBSC)
Operations and value chain management Unit review and communicate with the
(C 11, RBSC) convenor
Student final presentations during tutorial
12 22 May time.
Subject review / mini-exam

Tutorial: Student presentations and


a) Assessment Overview

Unit Learning
Outcomes that this Assessment Due
Tasks and Details Group Weighting
assessment task Date
relates to
Final exam Individual 40% 1,2,3,4,5 TBA by Faculty

>(3 hour written exam)

Tests Individual 14% 1,4,5
Test I (8%) Week 4:Test I

Test II (6%) Week 8: Test 2

Research Project Group 36% 1,2,4

Initial presentation ----- Week 4: Initial
presentation tutorial

Final presentation Individual 10% 1,2,4 Week 10-12: Final

presentation - tutorial

Final report (Wiki) Group 15% 1,2,4 Week 10: Final report.
(Friday 8 pm)

Group Tasks 11% 2,4

Feedback reports (5%) Weeks: 3, 6, 8 and 11
(Friday 8 pm, for a given
Wiki ongoing assessments (6%) Weeks: 4, Week 7
(Tuesday 8 pm, for a
given week)

Minor Activities Individual 10% 1,2,3,4,5 One week after

distribution of each
minor activity(will be
checked during
tutorial sessions on
subsequent week)
Assessment - Final Exam consists of a collection of questions, both qualitative and quantitative, that
measures your commitment to this subject. This is a major assessment and you should achieve at least 40% of
the assessment to be able to pass this subject. The exam date will be advised by the facultys administration.
Assessment Research Project requires students to develop an analysis of a selected organization. They
should identify and describe the major challenges facing that organization and provide solutions on how the
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organization should face those challenges. For further information, please see the Assessment section on
Blackboard. Alternatively, students could propose an Engineering Management related research topic to their
tutors. Their research should have the potential to contribute to the learning process of this unit. This
assessment requires:
Initial Presentation A short talk (approx. 5- 6 minutes) that introduces the topic, its importance and
a plan to complete the project on time.
Wiki ongoing assessment The progress of the students wiki pages are monitored via these
assessments. Please find relevant rubrics via Blackboard for more information.
Final Report A detailed report on the outcome of the research project. Each group member should
contribute approximately 1200-1400 words. Please note that the quality and regular completion of the
Final Reports components are part of assessment criteria for this assessment.
Final Presentation A final presentation in which all group members should talk for approx. 5 minutes
Group Tasks They consists of a groups organisational activities that show how a group plans,
organizes, controls, records, communicates and provide feedback to other group. Major elements of
Group Tasks are group meeting minutes (outlining tasks that are planned, pending and or completed)
and feedback reports (providing feedback to other group to enhance their wiki). Please note that the
quality and regular completion of the Group Tasks components are part of assessment criteria for this
Assessment Tests are relatively short tests that have been assigned to the notified weeks in the subject
planner. It may contain multiple choice questions as well as questions that require descriptive answers.
Assessment Minor Activities are small activities that should be genuinely attempted by students
individually within a week of being given. The purpose of these small activities is for students to keep an
ongoing commitment to the Engineering Management subject. All assignments are equally weighted.

Any SPECIAL exams granted in this unit may be assessed in ORAL rather than WRITTEN
A group should provide an initial presentation that achieves a satisfactory level (40% based
on the relevant marking scheme) even though the presentation does not contribute to overall
mark, otherwise, the group will fail in Research Project component of the unit. Groups with
unsatisfactory progress, however, will be given one further chance to repeat the assessment
within one week.
Specific assessment criteria for each assessment task can be found on the Blackboard site
for this Unit.
Attendance at all lectures and tutorials is expected and it may be taken into account in the
review of borderline grades. However, attendance is compulsory where there is a peer
assessment session (group presentation). 1 mark per session (up to four marks for whole
semester) for individuals might be deducted per non-attendance.
In special circumstances, group assessments might be carried out to evaluate individual

b) Minimum requirements to pass this Unit

As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum
standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:
o an aggregate mark for the unit of 50% or more, including
o at least 40% in the final exam (if applicable)
Students who do not achieve at least 40% for the final exam (if applicable), will receive a
maximum of 44% as the total mark for the unit and will not be eligible for a conceded pass.

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c) Examinations
If the unit you are enrolled in has an official examination, you will be expected to be available for
the entire examination period including any Special Exam period. For the examination the only
calculator you are allowed to bring is the Texas Instrument 30XB MultiView unless advised
otherwise. No spare calculators or batteries will be available. The final exam is a closed book
d) Submission Requirements
Assignments and other assessments must be submitted through the Blackboard assessment
submission system (Turnitin).
Please ensure you keep a copy of all assessments that are submitted.
An Assessment Cover Sheet must be submitted with your assignment. The standard
Assessment Cover Sheet is available from the Current Students web site (see Part C).
Different forms of assessments have been incorporated in this unit. For further detail on
submission of each assessment, please consult with assessment section on unit Blackboards
e) Extensions and Late Submission
Late Submissions - Unless an extension has been approved, you cannot submit an assessment
after the due date. If this does occur, you will be penalised 10% of the assessments worth for
each calendar day the task is late up to a maximum of 5 days. After 5 days a zero result will be
f) Referencing
To avoid plagiarism, you are required to provide a reference whenever you include information
from other sources in your work. Further details regarding plagiarism are available in Section C
of this document.
Referencing conventions required for this unit are: Harvard or APA
Helpful information on referencing can be found at
g) Groupwork Guidelines

A group project is the collective responsibility of the entire group, and if one member is
temporarily unable to contribute, the group should be able to reallocate responsibilities to keep
to schedule. In the event of longer-term illness or other serious problems involving a member of
a project group, it is the responsibility of the other members to make the project supervisor
aware of the situation straight away Individuals must be able to demonstrate that they contribute
to their group regularly in good faith. Please note that the Group Tasks related activities might
be used as a basis to determine individual contributions. Group project reports must be
submitted with the project cover sheet, signed by all members of the group. All group members
must be satisfied that the work has been properly prepared and submitted. Any penalties for
plagiarism and/or late submission might apply to all group members rather than individual


Robbins, S., Bergman, R., Stagg, I., and M. Coulter (2015), Management 7, 12th Edition,
Pearson Education, Inc..

Verzuh, E.(2012), The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, John Wiley & Sons.

Recommended Reading Materials

The Library has a large collection of resource materials, both texts and current journals. Listed below are some
references that will provide valuable supplementary information to this unit. It is also recommended that you
explore other sources to broaden your understanding.

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PMI, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK Guide, Project
Management Institute, 2004.

Burke, R, Project Management: Planning and Control Techniques, Wiley, Burke, 2006.

Wysocki, RK, Effective Project Management, Wiley Publishing, Inc, 2007.

Burton, K, An Occupational Health and Safety Procedures, Tertiary Press, 2005.

Gray, CF & Larsen, EW, Project Management: The Managerial Process, Irwin McGraw-Hill,

Nicholas, JM, Project Management for Business and Technology: Principles and Practice, 2001.

Oberlender, GD, Project Management for Engineering and Construction, McGrawHill, 2000.

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For further information on any of the below topics, refer to Swinburnes

Current Students web page

Student Charter
Please familiarise yourself with Swinburnes Student Charter. The charter describes what students can
reasonably expect from Swinburne in order to enjoy a quality learning experience. As students contribute to
their own learning experience to that of their fellow students, the charter also defines the University's
expectations of students.

Student behaviour and wellbeing

Swinburne has a range of policies and procedures that govern how students are expected to conduct
themselves throughout the course of their relationship with the University. These include policies on expected
standards of behaviour and conduct which cover interaction with fellow students, staff and the wider University
community, in addition to following the health and safety requirements in the course of their studies and whilst
using University facilities.
All students are expected to familiarise themselves with University regulations, policies and procedures and
have an obligation to abide by the expected guidelines. Any student found to be in breach may be subject to
relevant disciplinary processes. Some examples of relevant expected behaviours are:
Not engaging in student misconduct
Ensuring compliance with the Universitys Anti-Discrimination, Bullying and Violence and Sexual
Harassment requirements
Complying with all Swinburne occupational health and safety requirements, including following
emergency and evacuation procedures and following instructions given by staff/wardens or emergency
In teaching areas, it is expected that students conduct themselves in a manner that is professional and not
disruptive to others. In all Swinburne laboratories, there are specific safety procedures which must be followed,
such as wearing appropriate footwear and safety equipment, not acting in a manner which is dangerous or
disruptive (e.g. playing computer games), and not bringing in food or drink.

You should regularly access the Swinburne Course Management System (Blackboard) available via Blackboard is regularly updated with important Unit information and communications.

All communication will be via your Swinburne email address. If you access your email through a provider other
than Swinburne, then it is your responsibility to ensure that your Swinburne email is redirected to your private
email address.

Plagiarism is the action or practice of taking and submitting or presenting the thoughts, writings or other work
of someone else as though it is your own work. Plagiarism includes any of the following, without full and
appropriate acknowledgment to the original source(s):
The use of the whole or part of a computer program written by another person;
the use, in essays or other assessable work, of the whole or part of a written work from any source
including but not limited to a book, journal, newspaper article, set of lecture notes, current or past
students work, any other persons work, a website or database;
The paraphrasing of anothers work;
The use of musical composition, audio, visual, graphic and photographic models,
The use of realia that is objects, artefacts, costumes, models and the like.

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Plagiarism also includes the preparation or production and submission or presentation of assignments or other
work in conjunction with another person or other people when that work should be your own independent work.
This remains plagiarism whether or not it is with the knowledge or consent of the other person or people. It
should be noted that Swinburne encourages its students to talk to staff, fellow students and other people who
may be able to contribute to a students academic work but that where independent assignment is required,
submitted or presented work must be the students own.
Plagiarism includes the submission of assessments that have been developed by another person or service
through contract, tender or online writing services.
Enabling plagiarism contributes to plagiarism and therefore will be treated as a form of plagiarism by the
University. Enabling plagiarism means allowing or otherwise assisting another student to copy or otherwise
plagiarise work by, for example, allowing access to a draft or completed assignment or other work.
Swinburne University uses plagiarism detection software (such as Turnitin) for assignments submitted
electronically via Blackboard. Your Convenor will provide further details.
The penalties for plagiarism can be severe ranging from a zero grade for an assessment task through to
expulsion from the unit and in the extreme, exclusion from Swinburne. Consequently you need to avoid
plagiarism by providing a reference whenever you include information from other sources in your work.

Student support
You should talk to your Unit Convenor or Student Services, for information on academic support services
available for Swinburne students.

Special consideration
If your studies have been adversely affected due to serious and unavoidable circumstances outside of your
control (e.g. severe illness or unavoidable obligation) you may be able to apply for special consideration (SPC).
Applications for Special Consideration will be submitted via the SPC online tool normally no later than 5.00pm
on the third working day after the submission/sitting date for the relevant assessment component.

Special needs
Sometimes students with a disability, a mental health or medical condition or significant carer responsibilities
require reasonable adjustments to enable full access to and participation in education. Your special needs can
be addressed by Swinburne's Disability Services, who can negotiate and distribute an 'Education Access Plan'
that outlines recommendations for university teaching and examination staff. You must notify the University
Disability Liaison Officer of your disability or condition within one week after the commencement of a unit of
study to allow the University to make reasonable adjustments.

Review of marks
An independent marker reviews all fail grades for major assessment tasks. In addition, a review of
assessment is undertaken if your final result is a marginal fail (45-49) or within 2 marks of a grade threshold.
If you are not satisfied with the result of an assessment you can ask the Unit Convenor to review the result.
Your request must be made in writing within 10 working days of receiving the result. The Unit Convenor will
review your result to determine if your result is appropriate.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcomes of the review you can lodge a formal complaint.

Feedback, complaints and suggestions

In the first instance you may discuss any issues with your Unit Convenor. If you are dissatisfied with the
outcome of the discussions with the Unit Convenor or would prefer not to deal with your Unit Convenor, then
you can complete a feedback form.

You are advised to seek advice from the staff at the Swinburne Student Amenities Association (SSAA) if you
require assistance with any academic issues.

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