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COMP3219 Engineering Management and Law

Module Overview

This module will provide students with an introduction to management and law – knowledge and skills which can be applied to the operations of an engineering-based organisation. The learning outcomes address: managerial decisions, accounting for engineering decision-making, law in engineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, project management and project risk management. A range of case studies will be used to illustrate principles and provide examples. Where appropriate guest lecturers from industry will discuss their on-going learning from current industrial practice and project management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aim is to provide participants with an introduction to management and law applicable to the operations of an engineering-based organisation. Through joint coordination between the Faculties of Electronics and Computer Science, and Business, Law & Art, emphasis will be placed upon introducing managerial knowledge and skills specifically valuable for applying effective management techniques to engineering projects within the context of ethical & environmental concerns and the entrepreneurial, financial, team development and legal processes determining sustainable success in business. All learning outcomes below will be introduced, developed and assessed.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The nature, scope and impact of managerial roles, skills, ethics and decision-making, supporting effective project work and evaluation
  • Entrepreneurial characteristics and behaviours stimulating creative approaches and innovation in large organisations as well as in start-ups
  • Manufacturing, projects and systems management, operations management and quality management
  • The principles of Activity Based Costing, budgeting and financial control
  • Relevant costs and Investment Appraisal
  • Real Options and strategic management accounting
  • Price setting and management of product lines
  • How accounting aids the conceptualisation of an environmentally sustainable business model
  • Ethical management of measurement processes and the limitations of financial analysis
  • Legal systems relevant for engineering: contract law, intellectual property and tort
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse new products and technologies in light of management theory
  • Critically reflect on the role of management and legal systems in business
  • Work under time pressure to produce high quality work
  • Use library and other resources effectively, and apply bibliographical skills
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Define cost categories and overhead cost allocation
  • Practice accounting for projects and manufacturing/service processes
  • Recognise and explore key legal requirements for engineering, including; legal responsibilities, IPR, health & safety and some aspects of contract and insurance law (especially professional indemnity insurance)
  • Assess market needs and contribute to marketing strategies addressing market opportunities
  • Use project management techniques for coordinating resources, planning implementation, budgeting and assessing risks in engineering projects, appreciating how these support the achievement of engineering goals within the context of developing internal capabilities and evolving ambitions reflecting the commercial, social, environmental and regulatory environment.

Syllabus

The assignment will be based on the analysis of an engineering product or system created by the students. This will be introduced and discussed during the lectures. Faculty and alumni lectures and case studies will also be included to cover selected topics. Managerial Decisions Appreciating the nature, scope and impact of managerial roles, skills and decision-making, supporting effective project work and evaluation for continuous improvement. Introduction to business ethics and CSR. Marketing Introducing marketing – assessing market needs and contributing to marketing strategies, addressing market opportunities, price setting and management of product lines. Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial characteristics and behaviours stimulating creative approaches and innovation in large organisations as well as in start-ups; managing growth and change. Project Management & Project Risk Management Introducing factors affecting project implementation. Introducing project management techniques for coordinating resources, planning implementation, budgeting, assessing risks and achieving engineering goals within the context of developing internal capabilities and evolving ambitions reflecting the commercial, social, environmental and regulatory environment, and how these techniques are applied through engineering projects. Accounting for Engineering Decision Making Defining cost categories and overhead cost allocation; Activity Based Costing; Budgeting and financial control; Relevant costs and Investment Appraisal; Real Options and strategic management accounting. Accounting for projects and manufacturing/service processes; Ethical management of measurement processes; Limitations of financial analysis. Law in Engineering Introducing contract law with awareness of key legal requirements for engineering, including; legal responsibilities, intellectual property, formation of contracts, remedies for breach of contract and some main insurance law principles such as the duty of good faith and the cover provided by some specific types of insurance e.g. professional indemnity and contractors all-risks insurance.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study114
Lecture36
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Crowdfund SandPit SW. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 33%
Essay 33%
Test 34%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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