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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG2005 Module Title: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE0205
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: THORPE RB Prof (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Unseen examination








Qualifying Condition(s)


An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to company accounting and reporting, project evaluation and project management in preparation for working in a professional engineering environment.


This module also provides an introduction to the legal responsibilities of companies and employees to the health and safety of all in the workplace.  It serves as an introduction to techniques used by engineers to evaluate and reduce levels of danger in the work place.


This module also provides an introduction to concepts in team working and leadership, management styles, negotiation skills etc., in preparation for working in a professional engineering environment.


Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE1
Module Aims

To give the students an understanding of how engineering companies operate with respect to the law, financing, safety and project management and to introduce students to the skills of teamwork and leadership.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will  be able to:


·         demonstrate an understanding of company operation,


·         appraise company accounts,


·         evaluate project management,


·         analyse the profitability of projects or companies,


·         demonstrate an understanding of current health and safety legislation in the


·         apply sets of health and safety regulations to dangerous activities


·         analyse dangerous situations using fault trees


·         generate a list of hazardous possibilities using HAZOP


·         describe the key stages of a project and explain how techniques such as critical path analysis can help manage projects to a satisfactory conclusion


·         recall contemporary concepts and models relating to teamwork/leadership


·         function in an environment where the application of team-working skills is of importance


·         understand the importance of leadership/team-working skills in your future career development


·         analyse your own performance as a team member


·         communicate, lead, solve problems and work as a team member to a level that is appropriate for undertaking a professional training placement



Module Content

Organisation and Financing of Companies:


  • Types of company, elements of company law.


  • Sources of funding, classes and types of shares, share transactions, FT and other indices, dividends, yields, P/E ratios.


Introduction to Management Accounting:


  • Basic accounting concepts, interpretation of accounts, funds flow analysis, taxation. (CAI tutoring packages available)


The Company in Business:


  • Company structure, elements of product cost, manufacturing costs, general costs, fixed, variable and marginal costs, cost behaviour, marginal costing, break-even analysis, profit sensitivity analysis, budgetary control, variance analysis.


Project Evaluation:


  • Return on capital, payback time, discounting and net present value, comparison of alternatives, risk and uncertainty in investment.


Industrial Legislation:


  • Health and Safety at Work Act and associated Regulations e.g. COSHH, COMAH, DESERA, RIDDOR etc., employment and other industrial legislation


  • Systematic evaluation of hazard and risk:


  • Identification and quantification of hazards, fault trees, case studies and examples.


Project Management:


  • Co-ordination of activities, network analysis, resource use and control.


Teamwork/Leadership (week 15)


  • · Action-centred leadership


  • · Negotiation skills


  • · Time management


  • · Conflict resolution


  • . Meetings
Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hours of lectures (may include some tutorial work and in class testing)


36 hours on two marked coursework exercises (45% weighting to module outcome)


25 hours of independent learning and exam preparation


1.5 hour written exam (45% weighting to module outcome)


2-day Teamwork/Leadership intensive course in week 15 of the 1st Semester including lectures and practical activities (10% weighting to module outcome)

Total student learning time 100 hours.



Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading



Required Reading


Handy C, Understanding Organizations, Penguin Books, 1999. (ISBN 01401 56038)

Atrill P, Financial Management for Non-specialists, Prentice Hall, 2003. (ISBN 02736 57496)


Sinnott, RK, Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering Vol 6: Chemical Engineering Design, Ch 6. (ISBN 0 7506 6538 6)

Skelton B, Process Safety Analysis, Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1996. (ISBN 08529 5378X)

Adair J, Action-Centred Leadership, Gower, 1982


Adair J, Effective Leadership: how to develop leadership skills, Pan, 1988. (ISBN 03303 02302)





Last Updated

30 Oct 2009