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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

OENG5300M Engineering Management Project

45 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Ian Fouweather

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Jun, 1 Jan to 30 Jun (6mth)(adv yr), 1 Jul to 31 Dec, 1 Mar to 31 Aug, 1 May to 31 Oct, 1 May to 31 Oct (6mth)(adv yr), 1 Nov to 30 Apr, 1 Nov to 30 Apr (6mth)(adv yr), 1 Sep to 28 Feb, 1 Sep to 28 Feb (6mth)(adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students will have met the entry criteria for the Online MSc in Engineering Management

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is designed to help students develop and demonstrate the skills required to carry out a substantial individual project in a chosen aspect of Engineering Management. Core skills for conducting the individual project are first developed through guided online learning.


Students will develop and apply the skills needed to conduct a significant engineering management project. Firstly, students will work in a small group and carry out a detailed study of a given management problem in order to develop the research, communication and analytical skills needed for independent project work. Students will then carry out a detailed study of a chosen engineering management problem or challenge, from a number of relevant business perspectives such as strategic management, innovation management, operations management, project and risk management, business planning and management, finance, marketing, safety, sustainability and human resource factors, as appropriate.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
• investigate and define an engineering management problem and use available resources to develop and evaluate potential solutions;
• demonstrate an understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering;
• demonstrate project management skills including time planning, working to deadlines and producing deliverables;
• demonstrate proficiency in written communications;
• understand how to make use of a wide range of information sources;
• develop communication skills and the ability to reflect on their progress by working with the project supervisor;
• demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the business principles and commercial drivers which influence engineering management endeavours (or activities);
• use appropriate tools and methodologies to determine the success or otherwise of new products, ventures, infrastructure investments, as appropriate, in their chosen industrial or commercial sector.

Skills outcomes
By the end of this module, students should be able to:

• Analyse an engineering management or organisational problem in depth, applying knowledge of appropriate management principles
• Propose solutions to a problem, or create a business development proposal, identifying and applying appropriate data gathering and analysis skills
• Demonstrate proficiency in a chosen area of Engineering Management, applying relevant skills to a significant project

Transferable skills:
• Work effectively in cross-cultural, collaborative settings;
• Demonstrate the ability to structure a logical and coherent argument, drawing on relevant theories;
• Utilise a range of academic skills to make effective judgements;
• Enhanced digital literacy skills.
• Effective communications skills, both verbal and written


In the first part of the module students will be guided through the following via online learning materials supported by synchronous and asynchronous group discussion with the module leader:
Alternative approaches to research and the analysis of management
Stages in undertaking research for a project
Research strategies and techniques
Designing and executing a research project
Searching and reviewing the literature
Data collection and analysis
Effective engineering business communication and presentation
Writing a project proposal and a dissertation

Individual project:
Students should identify an engineering management challenge or opportunity, which may be, for example: a product innovation venture; a business development built around a core enabling technology; a fundamental change to an existing market, operational or resourcing issues, business case analysis, legislative changes, the evolution of a market in response to economic, cultural or other shifts.

Students should collect, analyse and present relevant data on both the technical and business aspects of their chosen project; this will include, as appropriate, market statistics, relevant legislation, standards and environmental laws, resourcing and financing.
The project report and presentation should demonstrate that academic principles from both engineering and business have been applied to the study; that sufficient and appropriate data has been collected; that the interpretation of the data has been rigorous; and that this has resulted in a clear set of justifiable conclusions.

All project titles are subject to approval.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning71.007.00
Supervision Meetings61.006.00
Group learning72.0014.00
Independent online learning hours28.00
Private study hours395.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Private study

Students will work through bespoke interactive learning resources and reflective activities in the VLE relating to the case study.
Background reading on supporting technical & business aspects
Project research work using on-line resources, journals, and trade publications.
Preparation of the reports & presentation.
Preparation of the progress logs, reports & presentation
An asynchronous discussion forum will be maintained that runs throughout the module to allow students to ask questions of the supervisor(s), enabling answers to common questions to be shared with the group.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Preparatory project proposal; group discussions; supervision meetings

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportIndividual project report 12000 words100.00
VivaFinal project viva0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will be required to answer questions on their final submission in a virtual meeting with the assessor. This meeting is not formally assessed but will contribute towards assurance that the work presented is the student’s own.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:24:06


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