Module Specification

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Title ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS
Code ELEC352
Coordinator Dr W Al-Nuaimy
Electrical Engineering and Electronics
Wax@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 7.5

Aims

To introduce students to some of the tools and constraints associated with managing both small and large projects, and with some simple costing approaches.

To undertake a virtual project in small groups.

To encourage students to adopt a project approach to current and future tasks and to learn the language adopted by project oriented employers.

To instil an entrepreneurial outlook.


Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Co-requisite modules:

 

Learning Outcomes

(E1) Reflection on experiences, goals and objectives, building a reflective habit and building self-awareness through reflection.

(E2) Assess and compare personal skills and attributes to identify development needs.

(E3) Apply knowledge and skills to build a professional network, integrating programme learning, graduate attributes and professional experiences to construct a professional identity.

(E4) Prepare evidence to enhance employability while demonstrating positive behaviours and communicate appropriately at a job interview.

(LO1) Practical project management

(LO2) Practical risk management

(LO3) Practical cost management

(LO4) Formal meeting administration and record taking

(LO5) Teamwork and communications

(S1) Business and customer awareness basic understanding of the key drivers for business success – including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks – and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty.

(S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.


Syllabus

 

Introduction. What is a project? What is project management?

Projects, SWOT, the role of project manager Organisations, project planning. Work Breakdown Structure, budgeting, scheduling Gantt chart, PERT, critical path model, networks, slack and crashing Risk definition and evaluation.

Cost management: Introduction, financial vs management accounting.

Overheads, depreciation, batch costing.

Costing procedures and controls.

Decision making, fixed, variable and marginal costs.

Breakeven analysis, investment appraisal.

Discounted cash flow (DCF), Activity based costing.

Entrepreneurial skills: designing, launching and running a new business.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Due to Covid-19, one or more of the following delivery methods will be implemented based on the current local conditions and the situation of registered students. It is anticipated that both a) & b) will be in operation for semester 1.

(a) Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on Campus
Teaching Method 1 - On-line asynchronous lectures
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - Synchronous face to face workshops
Description: Group workshops to facilitate project work
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight

(b) Fully online delivery and assessment
Teaching Method 1 - On-line asynchronous lectures
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - On-line synchronous tutorials
Description: Group workshops to facilitate project work
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight
(c) Standard on-campus delivery with minimal social distancing
Teaching Method 1 - Lectures
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: On average one per week
Teaching Method 2 - Workshops
Description: Group workshops to facilitate project work
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 9

3

12

    24

48
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 27
TOTAL HOURS 75

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
End of Course Class Test Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Week 12      20       
Mid Semester Class Test Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  60 minutes.    15       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Group Coursework Project 3 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Week 11 - Semester 1  8 Hours    15       
Group Coursework Project 2 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Week 7  8 Hours    15       
Group coursework project 1 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Week 3 - Semester 1  8 hours of group wor    15       
Project Objective(s) Peer assessed  30 minutes         
Employability Skills activities      15       

Reading List

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