Managing engineering projects is one of the most complex tasks in engineering. Consider the mass production of millions of cars, sending a man or women into space or extracting oil or gas from deep below the surface of the earth. Bringing the materials and skills together in a cost effective, safe and timely way is what engineering management is all about.
This unit introduces students to engineering management principles and practices, and their strategic implementation.
Topics included in this unit are: the main concepts and theories of management and leadership, fundamentals of risk management, operational management, project and operations management theories and tools, the key success measures of management strategies, and planning tools.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to investigate key strategic issues involved in developing and implementing engineering projects and solutions, and explain professional codes of conduct and the relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities.
By the end of this unit students will be able to:
1. Examine the application of management techniques, and cultural and leadership aspects to engineering organisations.
2. Explore the role of risk and quality management in improving performance in engineering organisations.
3. Investigate the theories and tools of project and operations management when managing activities and optimising resource allocation.
4. Perform activities that improve current management strategies within an identified element of an engineering organisation.