ENME418-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Engineering Management and Professional Practice for Mechanical Engineers

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


The development of engineering management skills is essential to practice as a professional engineer. Engineers carry out technical analyses, but technology is always embedded in the context of society, and usually also business. Engineers therefore need to be able to integrate their solutions and planning within these broader contexts. This course covers several topics in engineering management and professional practice: project management, professional engineering competence and careers, environmental and societal dimensions, cultural and societal expectations, biculturalism and worldviews, health and safety, ethics, risk management, product liability, torts, managing people, team and conflict, structure of organisations, financial budget, cashflow, marketing, vision and strategy, intellectual property protection, among others. The focus throughout the course is on the engineering contexts, including new product development and production engineering. The course develops students' ability to solve problems in these various other areas, and produce integrative solutions for prospective engineering ventures.

The relevance to professional engineering practice is summarised by Dr Andrew Cleland (past Chief Executive IPENZ-Engineering NZ) who stated, ‘As the institution that represents all professional engineers in NZ, we really want to emphasise that students need to learn engineering management skills if they are to operate as professional Engineers.  Engineers carry out technical analyses, but they need to understand how these analyses are treated in the context of the world of business – we are part of business more than we are part of science.  Many engineering projects founder because the quality of the management by engineers is simply not good enough.  IPENZ wants to see engineering graduates with a strong appreciation of the need for, and a good starting skill set in, many aspects of engineering management.

Graduate attributes - keywords:

This course contributes to the following Washington Accord (WA) and University of Canterbury (UC) graduate attributes: The engineer and   society (WA6: societal, health, safety, legal, cultural issues, risk management,) Environment and  sustainability (WA7), Ethics in complex professional decisions (WA8), Individual and team work (WA9: team function), Communication (WA10: communication plans), Project management and finance (WA11: contract law, project management tools, systems engineering, project costing), Lifelong learning (WA12: engagement with profession). Critically competent in a core academic discipline (UC1: professionalism), Employable, innovative and enterprising (UC2: solving complex problems, innovation process, cashflow, product route to market), Biculturally competent (UC3: Treaty of Waitangi, bicultural history, working with Māori values), Globally aware (UC5: professional mobility, worldviews, indigenous intellectual property)

Mechatronics Engineering students wishing to take this course must seek approval from the Co-Director of Mechatronics AND the ENME418 Course Coordinator due to content overlap with ENEL301.

Learning Outcomes

This course develops the following attributes in graduates:

1. PROFESSION: Understand the origins of complexity in engineering problems, and analyse the competencies necessary for an engineering practice area.
2. ETHICS: Discuss the engineering Code of Ethical conduct, analyse situations, and generate candidate response strategies.
3. HEALTH AND SAFETY: Recognise the principles in health and safety legislation, apply safety assessment methods to a complex situation, and create prospective solution plans.
4. ENVIRONMENTAL: Describe environmental considerations for engineering projects, apply life cycle and environmental impact assessment methods, review situations.
5. SOCIETY: Understand the bicultural history of Aotearoa New Zealand, explain the context and implications of the Treaty of Waitangi, apply methods of incorporating Māori values into engineering decision-making, contrast societal worldviews, create communication plan.
6. RISK: Understand types of risk in engineering, apply qualitative and quantitative risk preventative assessment methods, explain recovery processes, articulate human error contributions, generate solutions for engineering risks.
7. SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: Describe validation processes in systems engineering, apply project management methods, create project plans, determine life-cycle costing.
8. LAW: Understand the principles of contract law and liability, articulate the implications for engineering practice, analyse engineering projects for legal liability.
9. INNOVATION: Understand the cognitive business process of innovation, create a plan for route to market, analyse innovations for competitive advantage, understand the principles and processes of intellectual property protection, describe the principles of marketing.
10. MANAGEMENT: Describe the organisational design variables and contrast their effects on structure, describe organisational processes for common work streams and identify quality processes, recognise and interpret financial statements, identify the lean wastes in a situation.
11. PEOPLE: Identify personality traits and infer implications for team interactions, recognise types and causes of conflict in the temporal life cycle of teams. Identify key competencies for staff recruitment and create job descriptions and interview questions.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


60 points at 300-level in Mechanical Engineering

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 K1 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 08:00 - 09:00 Rehua 102 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Contact Person

Dirk Pons


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 5% A series of approximately weekly quizzes
Assignment 55% Set of assignments on each module
Final Exam 40%

Overall pass requirements: A pass in the course requires (a) an overall mark of 50%, (b) passing the ethics and bicultural assignment/exam questions and (c) Minimum mark of 40% required in the examination.

Textbooks / Resources

There are no prescribed books. Students will have access to electronic documents and course readers after enrolment.


Course related items and activities:

Students are required to interview an engineer in practice and make own arrangements for this activity (may be done by telephone).

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

* Harassment of any sort will not be tolerated.  Each UC student is here to learn and to experience a friendly and supportive community.
* It is every student's right to expect: respect and courtesy from staff and other students, including freedom from harassment of any sort; fair treatment; the ability to speak out about any issues that concern them, without fear of consequences for their safety and well-being.
* Furthermore, each student has the responsibility to: respect the rights and property of others; attend to their own health and safety, and that of others; and behave in a manner towards each other that does not reflect badly on the student body or the University.
* If you, or someone you know, has experienced harassment, please talk to your lecturers, directors of study, or head of department.

Dishonest Practice
* Plagiarism, collusion, copying, and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
* Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (test, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgment of the source.
* Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the named author(s).
* Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
* Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.

Do not engage in dishonest practices. The Department reserves the right to refer dishonest practices to the University Proctor and where appropriate to not mark the work.
The University regulations on academic integrity and dishonest practice can be found here.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering.

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