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FEEG2006 Engineering Management and Law

Module Overview

This module provides students with an introduction to management, accounting and law applicable to the operations of an engineering-based organisation. Emphasis is placed upon introducing managerial knowledge and skills required to apply effective management techniques to engineering projects. This is set within the context of ethical and environmental concerns and the entrepreneurial, financial, team development and legal processes determining sustainable success in business. Students are taught and assessed individually and within groups to address managerial decisions, accounting for engineering decision-making, law in engineering, marketing, human resource management, entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, project management and project risk management. This module is linked to FEEG2001 Systems Design and Computing and SESS2016 Ship Structural Design and Production where group design projects provide the basis for assessing Project Management, Project Risk Management, Leadership and Teamwork skills. This supports the development of effective management and group working skills within the context of designing and delivering a challenging engineering project. Guest lecturers from industry are invited to discuss their current industrial practice and project management experience. Case studies are used to illustrate key principles and to provide examples.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to 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.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Appreciate the nature, scope and impact of managerial roles, skills, ethics and decisionmaking, supporting effective project work and evaluation for continuous improvement
  • Understand legal systems relevant for engineering.
  • Recognise and explore key legal requirements for engineering, including; legal responsibilities, IPR, health & safety, employment, welfare, social and environmental legislation.
  • Assess market needs and contribute to marketing strategies addressing market opportunities.
  • Appreciate price setting and management of product lines.
  • Relate managerial decisions to Human Resources Management including employee relations, performance management, personal and team development.
  • Pursue effective and ethical leadership and teamwork including briefing, providing feedback, negotiation, motivation and influence.
  • Understand entrepreneurial characteristics and behaviours stimulating creative approaches and innovation in large organisations as well as in start-ups.
  • Consider how to best manage growth and change. Understand factors affecting project implementation.
  • Understand factors affecting project implementation.
  • Consider options to organise and develop human, physical, financial and knowledge-based resources to address objectives in engineering businesses.
  • Appreciate manufacturing, projects and systems management, operations management and quality management
  • Define cost categories and overhead cost allocation.
  • Understand the principles of Activity Based Costing, budgeting and financial control.
  • Understand relevant costs and Investment Appraisal.
  • Appreciate Real Options and strategic management accounting.
  • Practice accounting for projects and manufacturing/service processes
  • Appreciate ethical management of measurement processes and the limitations of financial analysis.

Syllabus

Managerial Decisions: Appreciating the nature, scope and impact of managerial roles, skills, ethics and decision-making, supporting effective project work and evaluation for continuous improvement. Awareness of options to organise and develop human, physical, financial and knowledge-based resources to address objectives in engineering businesses. Case studies introducing the relationship between management and engineering; manufacturing, projects and systems management, with an introduction to operations management and quality management. 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 company and commercial law with awareness of key legal requirements for engineering, including; legal responsibilities, IPR, health & safety, employment, welfare, social and environmental legislation; Legal systems relevant for engineering. Marketing: Introducing marketing – assessing market needs and contributing to marketing strategies, addressing market opportunities, price setting and management of product lines. Human Resources Management: Introduction to human resource management including employee relations, performance management, personal and team development. Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Teamwork: Introducing the basis of effective and ethical leadership and teamwork including briefing, providing feedback, negotiation, motivation and influence.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. Note: Ethics and Social Responsibility will be embedded under each setting as appropriate.

Special Features

• The opportunity to apply knowledge within the context of developing group design projects within FEEG2001 Systems Design and Computing and SESS2016 Ship Structural Design and Production. • Guest lectures delivered by industry figures/ alumni/ visiting professors to provide a broader educational base and direct project based engineering experience.. Visiting students not attending in Semester 2 i.e. not attending the co-requisite modules where Project Management & Project Risk Management and Leadership & Teamwork are assessed in relation to the Semester 2 design project exercise in the co-requisite modules, a case study enabling analysis of project management and teamwork will be required which provides the opportunity to be assessed through the same form of summative coursework akin to the summative coursework assessing Project Management & Project Risk Management and Leadership & Teamwork in the context of Engineering.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

1. Lectures for the delivery of new material and concepts. 2. Guest lectures to provide input from industry. 3. Tutorials and workshops to discuss and reflect on the application of FEEG2006 within the FEEG2001and SESS2016 group design projects. The teaching pattern is summarised below. Semester 1 A twelve week lecture course, one single (45min) and one double (1hr 45min) lecture per week. The delivery dates for each subject area are flexible in order to allow for the inclusion of external lecturers. • Accounting for Engineering Decision Making (weeks 1- 4) • Management for Engineers (weeks 5 - 8) • Law in Engineering (weeks 9 – 11, 15) 3 x 45min Guest lectures ‘Setting Engineering Management and Law in Context’ are incorporated within the Semester 1 lecture course to support the taught content. These will be delivered by industry figures/ alumni/ visiting professors. Semester 2 • 6 x 45min lecture/ workshop sessions delivered every two weeks including: (weeks 1-12 (18-33)) • 1 x 45min Briefing workshop on applying Project Management and Teamwork to the FEEG2001 and SESS2016 group design projects. • 1 x 45min Review Workshop reflecting on the application of Project Management and Teamwork (learning from common issues arising from the coursework applicable to the FEEG2001 and SESS2016 group design projects.) • 1 x 15min ad-hoc advice session regarding the ‘Project Management, Project Risk Management, Leadership and Teamwork’ assessment and the application of these skills associated with the FEEG2001 and SESS2016 group design projects, is available subject to agreement and pre-booking by each group.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task114
Lecture26
Practical classes and workshops6
Seminar6
Total study time152

Resources & Reading list

Reading and case studies. Suggested reading and case studies will be provided during the lectures.

Teaching Notes. Module teaching notes for lectures provided weekly on Blackboard.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessment 3 - Online Journal - is reviewed on a group basis. A group mark is awarded for Submission of written report - Project Management, Project Risk Management, Leadership and Teamwork..

Formative

Journal

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  ( hours) 22%
Report 34%
Report 44%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules

Co-requisite module/s: FEEG2001 Systems Design and Computing, SESS2016 Ship Structural Design and Production

Co-requisites

To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

CodeModule
FEEG2001Systems Design and Computing

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

The costs associated with the printing and binding of reports are to be covered by each student group. (printing-and-copying)

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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