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Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Sciences Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Unit of Study Outline HES5380

Engineering Management II
Semester 2, 2013

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Unit of Study Outline

Unit of study code Unit of study name Teaching Term/Semester & Year Contact Hours (hrs/wk) or total contact hours Prerequisites Corequisites Credit Points HES5380 Engineering Management 2 2013, Semester 2 5 hours / wk
100 credit points must be completed

None 12.5

This unit of study aims to introduce you to core operations and business management concepts so that you will be able to identify opportunities that improve business process viability and performance.

Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to: 1. Generate a business opportunity idea for a product and/or service and apply basic marketing concepts to evaluate its market potential. (A3, A4) 2. Apply core operations management concepts to create and deliver the developed business. (K5, K6, S1, S2, S4, A1, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7) 3. Describe problem solving methods in operations management including quality management, maintenance and reliability. (K5, S2, S4) 4. Apply basic legal concepts to engineering professional practice including contract and business structure protocols and laws. (A1, A2, A5, A6) 5. Analyse and interpret business performance via basic financial reports. (K5, S4) 6. Describe micro and macroeconomics and its relevance to business management. (K5, S4) 7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate by presenting to an audience and responding to questions. (A2)

Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study

This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies: K5 K6 S1 S2 S4 A1 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice. Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context. Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications. Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems. Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing projects. Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability. Page 2 of 11

A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7

Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences. Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice. Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information. Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism. Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes. Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

The subject include following major components: Operations and project management Design goods and services Managing quality Operational decisions on processes, location and layout Inventory and supply chain management Just-In-Time and lean production concepts Engineering project manager roles, characteristics, traits, ethics Application of strategic management frameworks such as product life cycle, SWOT analysis Marketing and innovation, entrepreneurship Marketing mix, product, place, price and promotion PEST analysis Marketing segmentation Understanding of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship Market equilibrium and supply and demand concepts Major macro-economic factors such as unemployment rate, inflation etc and their impact on business environment Finance and accounting Principles of accounting, financial statements, analysis, cash management, financial expenditure, depreciation and budgets Cost accounting: product process, project overheads Standard and marginal costing Break-even analysis Project estimating, costing, budgetary controls Law for engineers Legal practice relevant to engineering projects and activities: torts, contracts, tendering, arbitration, breach of contract, contracts management Commercial law: sale of goods, intellectual property and its protection, product, professional and criminal liability, and trade practices

Learning and Teaching Structure 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorial per week. In a Semester, you should normally expect to spend, on average, twelve and a half hours of total time (formal contact time plus independent study time) a week on a 12.5 credit point unit of study. In a Term, you should normally expect to spend, on average, twenty five hours of total time (formal contact time plus independent study time) a week on a 12.5 credit point unit of study.

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Teaching Staff
Name John Panil Role Convenor/Lecturer/Tutor Room No. Phone No. 0128882370 Email Address Consultation Times By appointment via email By appointment via email E324 082~260885 By appointment via email

Kueh Sze Miang Piraiarasi Chelladorai



Blackboard Site for this Unit of Study Important information concerning this unit of study is placed on the Swinburne course management system (Blackboard), accessible via It is your responsibility to access on a regular basis the Blackboard site for your unit of study, the Announcements section on Blackboard, and any emails sent by the teaching staff to your student email address via Blackboard. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email address on Blackboard is set to your preferred email address. To set your email address on Blackboard, go to My Institution, click on TOOLS > PERSONAL INFORMATION > EDIT PERSONAL INFORMATION.

a. Assessment Task Details:

Assessment Task

Individual/ Group Task Individual

Related Learning Objective(s) 1,2,3,5,6 1,2,3,4,5,7


Due Date

Final exam Research Project Initial presentation Final presentation Final report Group tasks

30% 30% --(12%) (14%) (4%)

TBA by the Faculty Week 5:Initial

presentation during tutorials

(Group) (Individual) (Group) (Group)

Week 12: Final

report submission

Week 12: Final

presentation during tutorials Week 7 (1.5 hrs test) Submission of legal case study, Friday of Week 10 Week 12 (Friday)

Feedback Mid-semester Test Finance Case Study

Individual Individual

2,3,6 5

12% 12%

Legal Case Study Minor Activities & Participation

Group Individual

4 1,2,3,4,5,6

8% 8%

Week 9 (Friday)

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Description: Assessment - Final Exam consists of a collection of questions, both qualitative and quantitative, that measures your commitment to this subject. This is a major assessment and you should achieve at least 35% of the assessment to be able to pass this subject. The exam date will be advised by the facultys administration. Assessment - Business plan project involves students to develop a business plan for a selected product. Students are required to provide a reasonably detailed investigation to produce a business plan for that product or service. They should apply their understanding of marketing and strategic management, process and product design and project management. They should also discuss the business and economic viability of their product. Alternatively, students could propose a related research topic to their tutors. Their research should have the potential to contribute to learning process for this subject. This assessment requires: Initial presentation A short talk (approx. 6 minutes) that introduces the topic, its importance and a plan to complete the project on time. Final report A detailed report on the outcome of the business plan project. Each group member should contribute approximately 1500 words. Final presentation A final presentation in which all group members should talk for approx. 5 minutes each. Group Task Report They consists of a groups organisational activities that show how a group plans, organizes, controls, records and communicates. Major elements of Group Tasks are group meeting minutes (outlining tasks that are planned, pending and or completed as well as required details) and Wiki (progressive communication via developing a website) on the Blackboard. The group meeting minutes should be collected regularly throughout the semester and stored as word documents files on the Blackboard (in groups private spaces using the file exchange facility). Further details will be posted on the Blackboard. Developing a Wiki page is optional in Engineering Management II.

Assessment Feedback Test is a small test that has been assigned to the week notified in the subject planner. It may contain multiple choice questions as well as questions that require descriptive answers. Assessment Legal case study provides an opportunity for students to test their understanding of some legal concepts. The details will be posted on blackboard. Please refer to the Subject Planner for its submission date. Assessment Accounting case study encourages students to apply their accounting knowledge to evaluate and report on a companys financial situation based on some given data. The details will be posted on blackboard. Please refer to the Subject Planner for its submission date. Assessment Minor Activities are small activities that should be genuinely attempted by students within a week of being given. The purpose of these small activities is to keep ongoing commitment to the Engineering Management subject. All assignments are equally weighted.

b. Participation Requirements
Attendance at all lectures and tutorials is expected and it may be taken into account in the review of borderline grades. However, attendance is compulsory where there is a peer assessment session (group presentation). 1 mark per session (up to four marks for whole semester) for individuals might be deducted per non-attendance.

c. Minimum Requirements to pass this Unit of Study: In order to achieve a pass in this unit of study, you must: Achieve at least 35% of the possible final marks for each Major Assessment Component plus an aggregate mark for the subject of 50% or more. If you do not achieve at least 35% of the possible final marks for each Major Assessment Component you will receive a maximum of 44% as your mark for the subject concerned. Major assessments are those whose their overall weights are at or above 15%

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d. Assessment Criteria: There are assessment-sheets for individual components of assessment tasks and they are available via the Blackboard. Students are strongly encouraged to review them at the start of semester. The basis of these guidelines is to encourage student to consolidate/demonstrate their understanding of the subject and make the major topics relevant to current environmental trends. e. Submission of Assignments: Guidelines and instruction for submission will be posted on blackboard and also will be discussed in tutorial classes. f. Extensions and Late Submissions:
Only in exceptional circumstances will (a) (b) extensions be granted late work be accepted without penalty.

Penalties for late work: 2 marks will be deducted for each day late up to a maximum of 3 days, after which it will not be accepted. Any part of a day will be counted as 1 day.

g. Assessment Results:
Assessment results will be published via the subjects Blackboard as soon as marking process including moderation is finalised. The Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences will strive to publish marks for work submitted during the semester (typically assignments and lab tasks) on Blackboard either in GradeCentre of as a pdf file under Assessment no later than two teaching weeks after the due date or date of submission, whichever is later.

If you are dissatisfied with an aspect of University assessment you should normally contact the member of the teaching staff most directly involved with the assessed work or the relevant Subject Convener. You have up to ten (10) working days to initiate an informal review of an assessment result from the date on which the result is published for laboratory reports and tutorial tests this means the day on which they are returned to you. This also applies to the final subject mark. You need to be aware that it is in your own interest to commence this process as early as possible so as to facilitate resolution in time for subsequent re-enrolment procedures. For more information about result appeals and other statutes and guidelines concerning assessment and appeals, see:

Students must retain all assessed material that contributes to the final result up until such time as the final results are published.

h. Groupwork Guidelines: A group project is the collective responsibility of the entire group (planning, execution and submission), and if one member is temporarily unable to contribute, the group should be able to reallocate responsibilities to keep to their planned schedule. In the event of a long-term illness or other serious problems involving a member of a project group, it is the responsibility of the other members to make the project supervisor aware of the situation straight away. Individuals must be able to demonstrate that they contribute to their group regularly in good faith. Please note that the Group Tasks related activities might be used as a basis to determine individual contributions. Group project reports must be submitted with the project cover sheet, signed by all members of the group. All group members must be satisfied that the work has been properly prepared and submitted. Any penalties for plagiarism and/or late submission might apply to all group members rather than individual members.

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i. Plagiarism: Swinburne University of Technology defines Plagiarism as the action or practice of taking and submitting or presenting the thoughts, writings or other work of someone else as though it is your own work. Plagiarism includes any of the following, without full and appropriate acknowledgment to the original source(s): (i) The use of the whole or part of a computer program written by another person; (ii) the use, in essays or other assessable work, of the whole or part of a written work from any source including but not limited to a book, journal, newspaper article, set of lecture notes, current or past students work, any other persons work, a website or database; (iii) the paraphrasing of anothers work; (iv) the use of musical composition, audio, visual, graphic and photographic models, (v) The use of realia, that is objects, artefacts, costumes, models and the like. Plagiarism also includes the preparation or production and submission or presentation of assignments or other work in conjunction with another person or other people when that work should be your own independent work. This remains plagiarism whether or not it is with the knowledge or consent of the other person or people. It should be noted that Swinburne encourages its students to talk to staff, fellow students and other people who may be able to contribute to a students academic work but that where independent assignment is required, submitted or presented work must be the students own. Enabling plagiarism contributes to plagiarism and therefore will be treated as a form of plagiarism by the University. Enabling plagiarism means allowing or otherwise assisting another student to copy or otherwise plagiarise work by, for example, allowing access to a draft or completed assignment or other work. j. Assessment and Appeals Policy and Procedure The information outlined in the Assessment sections above is covered in more detail in Swinburnes Assessment and Appeals Policy and Procedure. Students must be familiar with the Policy and Procedure, found at OL/2007/19

The Policy and Procedure provides details about: Assessment issues such as the conduct of examinations, plagiarism policies and details explaining how to apply for a review of results and other appeals, and Student progress issues such as unsatisfactory academic progress and early intervention procedures, and Information for students with disabilities and special needs and procedures for applying for special consideration.

Students should make themselves familiar with all aspects of the Policy and Procedure, as failure to do so is not grounds for appeal. Student Feedback: Swinburne seeks student feedback in a number of ways, including through periodic Student Feedback on Units and Student Feedback on Teaching surveys, as part of the universitys approach to quality assurance and improvement. Possible improvement based on both student and staff feedback is considered by Unit Convenors, Unit Panels made up of relevant teaching staff, Program Panels, Faculty Academic Committees, and the Academic Programs Quality Committee, as appropriate.

The University executes safety drills without warning. Be prepared to follow instructions from staff and/or wardens to evacuate the building in a safe and orderly manner.

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All students are expected to respect the rights and sensibilities of their fellow students and teaching staff. This also applies in respect of the content of video and audio work submitted for assessment. The University had implemented anti-discrimination and harassment policies and procedures to promote a discrimination and harassment free work and study environment for all staff and students. The University had implemented anti-discrimination and harassment policies and procedures to promote a discrimination and harassment free work and study environment for all staff and students: Safety procedures in laboratories must be followed. For your own safety, bare feet, thongs and other open sandals are forbidden. Eating, drinking or smoking in laboratories is not allowed. A mature, sensible attitude and a healthy respect for the equipment is always required. Juvenile, illmannered or reckless behaviour will not be tolerated, and the laboratory supervisor has the right to exclude students from the laboratory should their behaviour constitute a danger to themselves or others. Such behaviour would result in forfeiture of all marks for that experiment. The playing of computer games is not allowed in the computer labs. Special Needs If you have special needs you should advise your Faculty and the Unit of Study Convenor by the end of the second week of the teaching period. In addition, you are recommended to notify the Equity Office if you have not already done so. See also the Sarawak Students with Disabilities and Special Needs Section of the Assessment and Appeals Policy & Procedure, at ecnum=POL/2007/19

Resources and Reference Material Prescribed Textbook Heizer, J. and B. Render, Operations Management. 8ed. 2008 Pearson-Prentice Hall. Atrill, P., E. Mclaney, D,. Harvey, and M. Jenner, Accounting An Introduction, 3e, 2006. Pearson. Reference books Tidd, J. and J. Bessant, Managing Innovation- Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change. 2009: Fourth Edition, John Wiley. Kaplan, J.M. and A.C. Warren, Patterns of Entrepreneurship. 2nd ed. 2007 John Wiley & Sons. Samson, D., Management for engineers. 3Rd ed. 2001: Pearson. Meredith, J.R. and S.J.M. Jr., Project Management: a managerial approach. 2006: John Wiley & Sons. Blanchard, B.S. and W.J. Fabrycky, Systems Engineering and Analysis. 4th ed. 2006: Pearson. Chelsom, J.V., Payne, A. C., and L. R. P. Reavill, Management for engineers, scientists and technologists. 2005: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cather, H., R. Morris, and J. Wilkinson, Business skills for engineers and Technologists. 2001: Butterworth-Heinmann. Chang, C.M., Engineering Management Challenges in the New Millennium. 2005:Pearson. Coulthard, M., Howell, A., and G. Clarke, Business planning the key to success. 1996: Macmillan Education`. Cooke, J.R., Architects, Engineers and the Law. 1997, The Federation Press, 2nd edition. Navarro, P., ed. What the best MBAs know. 2005, McGrawHill. Schaper, M. and T. Volery, Entrepreneurship and small business a pacific rim perspective 2004: John Wiley.
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HES 5380 Engineering Management II Semester 2, 2013 Tentative Schedule

Lecture (Fridays 2.30-5.30pm)
Tutorial 1 (Saturdays 9.00-11.00am)



Lecture Topic

Tutorial Date &Topic

Group/ Individual activities

1 2

13 Sept. 20 Sept.

No Lecture and tutorial for the week Understanding Business I Introduction to HES5380 - Engineering Management II- overall structure of the subject -Operations and Productivity (H&R Ch 1) -Innovation and Creativity (S&V Ch3) Tutorial 1 (wk 2) 21 Sept. -Briefing on group projects, assignments presentations & tests -Operations and Productivity based problems i. Group Task 1 ii. Minor activity 1; Find out current major economic sectors and activities (group)

27 Sept

Understanding Business II -Marketing Concepts (K&W Ch3) -Macroeconomics and Microeconomics -Strategic Management (H&R Ch 2)

Tutorial 2 (wk 3)-28 Sept. -Business Environment and Porters 5 forces -Strategic Management

i. Group Task 2 ii.Minor activity 2: Find out on various business models (group)

4 Oct

Operations Management I -Design of Goods & Services (H&R Ch 5) -Process Strategy (H&R Ch 7) -Managing Quality (H&R Ch6)

Tutorial 3 (wk 4) 5 Oct. -Process design -Discussions/exercise on Total Quality Management -submit minutes of Group task 1

i. Group Task 3 ii. Preparation for presentation of group project proposal


Operations Management II -Location Strategy (H&R Ch8) -Layout Strategy (H&R Ch9)

Tutorial 4 (wk 5) 12 Oct. -Location& Layout Strategy exercise -Project proposal presentation (1 group member) -submit minutes of Group task 2

i. Group Task 4 ii. Groups should by now decide on projects products or services and their business model

Finance and Accounting I -Introduction; Finance and Accounting -Different Accounting entities

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Finance and Accounting II -Measuring and reporting financial performance; Balance sheet and P&L statements Legal Imperatives I -Tort, Liabilities

Tutorial 5 (wk 6) 19 Oct. - Balance sheet and Profit & Loss statement exercise -submit minutes of Group task 3 No tutorial for the week

i. Minor activity 3: Find out on common form of construction contracts (group)

25 Oct

Mid Semester test (multiple choice questions)- 1.5 hour test (2.30 to 4.00pm)

1 Nov

Finance and Accounting III -Measuring and reporting cash flow -Analysis and interpretation of financial reports Legal Imperatives II -Contracts and Tender process

Tutorial 6 (wk 8) 2 Nov - Cash flow and Ratio analysis exercise -submit minutes of Group task 4

i. Work on individual assignment on Finance and Accounting

8 Nov

Finance and Accounting IV Cost-Volume Profit Analysis, Break Even analysis Legal Imperatives III -Professional Negligence

Tutorial 7 (wk 9) 9 Nov. -Cost Volume Profit Analysis exercise -submit group report on the 3 minor assignments (not exceeding 3 pages of main content)


15 Nov

Finance and Accounting V -Projected Financial Statements -Full Costing -Financing the business

Tutorial 8 (wk 10) 16 Nov - Legal case applications -Submit Individual assignment on Finance & Accounting

i. Work on group assignment on Legal case study


22 Nov

Operations Management III -Supply Chain Management (H&R Ch11) -Inventory Management (H&R Ch12)

Tutorial 9 (wk 11) 23 Nov -Supply Chain and Inventory management exercise

i. Prepare for Group project presentation. Note that each member of the group will give about 5 minutes presentation Page 10 of 11


29 Nov

Operations Management IV -Materials requirement planning (MRP) (H&R Ch14) -Just-In-Time and Lean Production (H&R Ch 16)

Tutorial 10 (wk 12)30 Nov -Group project presentation -Submit group assignment on Legal case study No tutorial for the week

Project report to be submitted at the end of presentation


6 Dec

-Maintenance and Reliability (H&R Ch17) General subject review


9 Dec

Examination week commences

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