KC7028 - Engineering Technology Management

What will I learn on this module?

This module is intended to broaden your knowledge and understanding of business and management considerations necessary in modern industry and research establishments.

A central theme of the module will be the use of complexity and systems science for evaluating and managing organisations. This requires several individual, yet linked, skills that must be applied if an industry, business or project, is to be successful and satisfy the internal and external constraints placed upon it. External constraints fall in the category of legislation, ethics and employment law. Internally, organisations need to encompass operational processes, management of change and innovation, whilst implementing a strategic approach to business success in a global context.

You will develop understanding of portfolio of management strategies and methods, to apply to diverse business contexts and dynamics. In addition, you will build up leadership skill, i.e. social and ethical awareness, to diagnose situations and to act in a contextually appropriate way.

How will I learn on this module?

The material will be delivered using lectures supported by seminars and directed learning. All materials and links will be provided to you via the university eLP. As a MEng student you will be expected to read or review all material and links, provided by the module tutor, to further enhance your understanding, application and potentially the questioning of current accepted approaches to management.

The nature of the seminars will vary depending on the material being covered each week, however they will discuss examples of business analysis that will relate to the activities required as part of the assignment. Opportunities for formative feedback, from the module tutor, on the individual tasks will be timetabled into the module.

The module will focus on management philosophies and systemic approaches to the analysis of operations, strategy and innovation in organisations, as well as on principles, rather than specific methodologies of project and risk management.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The main academic support will come via the module tutor however all taught materials and associated recommended links will be provided on the eLearning platform, including seminar exercises and seminar problems discussions. All contact sessions are opportunities to discuss with peers and tutors the formal material and further reading, and are intended to encourage questions, debate, seeking feedback on assessment and engaging in peer learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically analyse the commercial and economic environment facing a business and the strategic options available.

2. Critically discuss the methods, processes, practices and limitations relating to the analysis and management of operations, projects, risk and change within a business.
(UKspec EP1m, ET6m, ET2m, EP5m)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Understand and apply a complex systems approach and methodologies for business analysis, to develop advanced problem solving skills innovative solutions in an integrated organisational and business context.

4. Develop effective communication and interpersonal skills.
(UKspec D5m, D6m, D2m)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Develop self, social and ecological leadership and awareness skills and attributes.

(UKspec ET2m, ET3m, ET7m )

How will I be assessed?

There are two summative assessments in this module:
1. Business Organisation Analysis Assignment (50%)(3000 words). This will require the analysis of a business organisation's environment, resources, systems in use, ethical and legal issues. This assessment will be built up as a portfolio of tasks. These tasks will closely relate to the taught material and seminar exercises. This assessment will address module learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Feedback will be given in a written form.

2. Business problem exploration and report (50%)(2500 words)
This will focus on analysis of a business problem or issue and production of a management report. This assessment will comprise a portfolio of tasks. This will address module learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Feedback will be in a written form.





Module abstract

This module is intended to broaden your understanding of business and management considerations necessary in modern industry. The assessment for this module comprises a portfolio of tasks requiring the application of the acquired knowledge and skills to management situations.

A central theme is the use of complexity and systems science for diagnosing and managing organisations. Complexity science, combined with knowledge from the cognitive sciences, is transforming the field of management, to help us address the challenges and opportunities of globalization, advanced technology, and cultural change.

You will develop understanding of portfolio of management strategies and methods to apply to diverse business contexts . The module will allow you to experience management in practice through business games and scenarios. Thus, you will expand your confidence and interpersonal skills. You will build up leadership skills, i.e. personal, social and ethical awareness, to diagnose situations and to act in a contextually appropriate way.

Course info

UCAS Code H602

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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