KB7007 - Engineering Technology Management

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What will I learn on this module?

You will gain knowledge and skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in Engineering. In particular this is rooted around managing at the strategic level and the delivery of that strategy through projects. So you will learn about Strategic Management, Project Management including Project Definition and its links to Project Success through the Management of Risk as well as Planning and Control of projects. You will go through several critically selected case studies looking at several management aspects. In addition you will consider the role of Ethics in delivering a Business Strategy and in your role as a Professional.

How will I learn on this module?

You will engage with knowledge transfer through watching video lectures and guided reading. The application of this knowledge, as well as developing the ability to evaluate it and to make considered decisions, will take place through regular seminar work in which you will engage with the tutors and other students in discussion and formative feedback which will lead you to independent learning to inform the next session. The assessment of the module will also assist in this. You will be given a number of assessment opportunities in which your learning progress is assessed and through which you can develop and refine your understanding and decision making ability to enable you to deliver a final assessment which both demonstrates your learning and allows you to gain summative marks appropriate to your efforts and achievements.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module delivery will be a structured experience in which the lesson planning and learning engagement will be organised to allow you the opportunity to achieve the best you are capable of. Support will be available through electronic contact (eLP and emails) with the tutors and through face to face engagement in class and within the Department’s open door philosophy. You will be expected to use this support to reflect upon your own progress and to use this reflection to seek out further support to enable you to improve or to identify weaknesses which you can address. The learning in the seminar sessions will be carried out by fostering teamwork in a development environment and enhancing the students' knowledge of the subject matter through peer engagement. Teaching materials will be placed on eLP prior to their presentation and you will be encouraged to engage with them before attending the scheduled sessions.

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 Explain the background to problems in Strategic and Project Management within an engineering environment.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO2 Evaluate information and propose solutions to strategic issues in engineering business.
MLO3 Formulate and justify recommendations to solve Project Management problems

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO4 Critically analyse the role of the Engineering manager in performing in an ethical and professional manner

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

There will be 4 pieces of assessed work in the module. Three of these will be interim assessments at regular intervals (e.g. after 3 teaching weeks) during the teaching weeks. These will use a range of group and individual assessment methods. Feedback will involve summative marks as well as discussion and self-analysis to form the basis for, and to encourage, improvement. These assessments will count for 45% (i.e. 10%, 15% and 20% respectively) of the total marks for the module. The culmination of the assessment for learning process will be a single final assessment, carrying 55% weightage, in which you can demonstrate achievement of all the Learning Outcomes for the module. Because of the integrated nature of the assessments they will test all of the MLOs [1, 2, 3 & 4]

Feedback shall be delivered verbally during the scheduled sessions. Formative feedback on coursework portfolio (submissions will be provided to the whole class after submission of each portfolio element. Written summative feedback shall be provided on completion of individual report.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Engineers work in their professions within a managed environment or are managers themselves. To be effective and employable they need understanding of managing at the strategic and project levels and the ability to evaluate what is going on so they can make, support or criticise management decisions from a number of perspectives. In this module students will learn about Strategic Management, Project Management including Project Definition and its links to Project Success through the Management of Risk as well as Planning and Control of projects. In addition they will consider the role of Ethics in delivering a Business Strategy and in their role as a Professional. The Learning and Teaching strategy will engage them with video lectures and online resources, much guided and independent reading about theory and practice as well as seminars where they will develop and improve their abilities and skills through reflection, discussion and argument. They will also learn through the assessment programme which seeks to move them from passive gatherers of knowledge to active participants in management decision making through a series of assessment opportunities in which they will refine and improve their own approaches to solving management problems.

Course info

UCAS Code H304

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

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

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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