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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. Week No. / Lecture topic 1/ Lecture topic 2 1-4/ Management / Assignment & group activity 5-8 / Accounting / Visiting speakers 8-12 / Law / Visiting speakers

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.

Special Features

Previously, this module was run by the business school as MANG3067. This year we have moved the module ownership to ECS, to maintain a much closer alignment with your other taught modules. The same systems that you are used to will be used to host module and assignment information. Additional lectures have also been provided, to bring expertise from within electronics and computer science to address the importance and relevance of the management disciplines. Visiting speakers will include enterprise focused academics and ECS alumni working in management roles. In addition, a new assignment focus has been developed. Students will work in groups to create a product or service idea. This will be evaluated by your peers. This group project forms the basis for your individual assignments in the management and accounting topic areas. The objective is to increase the relevance and to encourage a more direct application of the management topics to the engineering disciplines.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study114
Lecture36
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Crowdfund SandPit SW. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

An individual report based on your group project submission of a crowd funding pitch for a new product, service or software. In groups, you are asked to: ¥ Create a new company idea with a product to sell (e.g. software, electronics product) ¥ Create a product picture & video & company description ¥ Pitch your new product to early adopters in the ‘crowd fund campus sandpit’ platform The assignment deadline is XXX. This will be weighted at 33% of the overall module marks. The word limit is 1500 words. Write a report analysing how your proposed innovation will be implemented and launched to market. Include a discussion of the following points: 1) Provide an outline description of the proposed innovation 2) Using the Marketing Mix as a conceptual basis, describe the strategy that you intend to employ in order to develop market share and profitability. Reflect on the success in the crowd funding platform. 3) Discuss relevant entrepreneurial characteristics and behaviours (of you personally or that exist in your team) that will drive the performance of your new company 4) Select and justify the project management method that you will apply to this project, discussing its effect 5) Describe your approach to managing risk in the project Submission guidelines for the coursework: 1. Font size 12, Times New Roman. Double spacing. 2. The introduction and conclusion sections should be clearly indicated. You can create subsections in the main body as warranted. 3. Harvard style referencing 4. The first page of the assignment should clearly state your student number, module title, assignment title and the word count. Do not include your name on the document, as they will be marked anonymously.

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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