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ENG3003 Engineering Management

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

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Examiner: Bob Fulcher
Moderator: David Thorpe

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: ENG2002


Engineers have a sound educational base in the theory and application of technology, and they are well placed to play important roles as managers in manufacturing, construction and other engineering industries. Many engineers take on managerial roles during their careers, some within a short time of graduation. It is therefore essential that graduate engineers have an understanding of the basic principles of management and their application in engineering organisations. Graduates also need an appreciation of the social environment within which they will practice, particularly those aspects of the law and ethics pertaining to the engineering profession.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. review and analyse the role of engineers as managers;
  2. understand the planning process and distinguish the different types of organisational planning;
  3. evaluate the various forms of organisational structure, the principles of organisational design, and the role and functions of human resource management;
  4. evaluate the major leadership styles and the characteristics and methods of effective leadership;
  5. evaluate the characteristics of effective management control, including elements of operations and financial control;
  6. know and apply the fundamentals of contract law to simple contract cases; describe the common types of contracts used in engineering; and describe the typical documents contained within an engineering contract;
  7. select and justify procedures which may be used to achieve a resolution between conflicting parties in a contract;
  8. distinguish and discuss the social and legal responsibilities relating to product liability and professional negligence;
  9. determine appropriate methods of protecting intellectual property for specific situations;
  10. review the Australian industrial relations system and discuss how industrial grievances may be resolved;
  11. identify and contrast the purposes and structures of the learned and industrial bodies within the Australian engineering profession;
  12. apply the concept of ethics, and select and justify suitable ethical guidelines for specific situations, using as a basis the Institution of Engineers, Australia, "Code of Ethics";
  13. understand and apply workplace health and safety, and risk management practices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Engineering Management 10.00
2. Planning and Decision Making 10.00
3. Organising Process 10.00
4. Leading Process 10.00
5. Controlling Process 10.00
6. Law, Contracts and Engineering Contracts 10.00
7. Ethics 5.00
8. Product Liability and Professional Negligence 5.00
9. Resolution of Technical Disputes 5.00
10. Protection of Intellectual Property 5.00
11. Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration 5.00
12. Structure of the Engineering Profession in Australia 5.00
13. Workplace Health and Safety, and Risk Management 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Schermerhorn, J R, Davidson, P, Poole, D, Simon, A, Woods, P & Chau, S-L 2011, Management: foundations and applications, 1st Asia-Pacific edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bartol, K, Martin, D, Tein, M & Matthews, G 2011, Management: a Pacific rim focus, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, North Ryde, NSW.
  • Beder, S 1998, The new engineer: management and professional responsibility in a changing world, MacMillan Education Australia, South Yarra, Vic.
  • Davidson, P, Simon, A, Woods, P & Griffin, R 2009, Management, 4th Australasian edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, QLD.
  • Johnston, S, Gostelow, P & Jones, E 1999, Engineering and society: an Australian perspective, 2nd edn, Longman, South Melbourne, Vic.
  • Samson, D (ed.) 2001, Management for engineers, 3rd edn, Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 80.00
Directed Study 14.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 32.00
Private Study 11.00
Tutorials 16.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CASE STUDY 2 ENG PRACTICE 300 30 19 May 2014
PART A OF 2 HOUR CLOSED EXAM 300 30 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. The 2 hour examination is in two parts. Part A requires an Examination Answer Sheet. Part B requires an Answer Booklet. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. This is a communication benchmark course and a major component of the assessment of this course will be associated with the demonstration of communication skills.

  11. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //