KB5000 - Engineering Management & Economics

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment, such as professional skills, project management, industrial engineering, quality assurance, costing and finance. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development, such as; personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn theory and key concepts in lectures and we will use seminar tasks and online support to provide focused skill-development tasks to your knowledge and ability to make informed engineering decisions. Directed and independent tasks will give you the opportunity to explore some of the ethical and interpersonal issues likely to be encountered by engineering professionals. The use of guest lectures by practising professionals from within or external to the University will be incorporated as much as possible to reinforce the relevance and application of such content, especially in the professional skills element of the syllabus where such emphasis would be of most significance.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The direct contact with tutors in classes will offer you knowledge and the chance to discuss issues and develop what you are learning so that you can improve. This will be enhanced by the tutors giving you guidance on what else to read and engage with so that you can finally develop your own ability to seek out further information. This will include relevant literature and professional codes. The guided learning arising for the class contact will be supplemented by resources made available on our electronic learning platform.

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?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Assess and discuss the commercial and economic context of engineering processes.
MLO2 Evaluate a range of management techniques, select and implement, and reflect upon their success to achieve engineering objectives.
MLO3 Review, compare, select and apply appropriate quality control related issues within the context of engineering manufacturing organisations.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO4 Demonstrate an awareness of and ability to review the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities and understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Appraise and discuss professional expectations, ethics and career development opportunities and consider individual action to develop one’s own career.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

• Examination (70%, 2.5 hr) assessing MLOs 1, 2 & 3.

• Coursework (30%, 2500 words or equivalent) assessing MLOs 4 & 5.

Formative Assessments

Formative assessment will be achieved through in-class seminar tasks where students will work individually and with peers on activities related to the lecture content. Formative feedback can also be given electronically through the eLP where appropriate-


Summative individual written feedback will be provided within 20 working days of submission.





Module abstract

Have you ever stopped to think about how engineering organisations are run? How they make decisions about what equipment to buy, what products to make to gain the highest return, how they manage and implement projects, measure company success in both operational and financial terms, as well as what they and professional bodies expect of engineering staff involved?

This module will address some of these questions, giving you an insight into the management of engineering organisations, with special emphasis being placed upon financial aspects and management tools relating to quality control and project management.

It will introduce key professional engineering staff competencies relating to professional development and expectations, by placing yourself in the context of an early career engineering professional, highlighting career skills and issues pertaining to professional body membership and expectation as well as societal issues. Competence in these key topics will have direct impact upon your employability.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.


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