Special Topics for Engineering Management students

Four 'Special Topic' distance learning courses, ENGGEN 722-725, are offered as Engineering electives.

These courses are primarily intended for Engineering Management (MEMgt, MEPM and COMA-MESTU) students who have specific interests in the respective topic areas, are in full-time or part time employment, or have other special requirements. You will need to consult with and gain approval from the relevant Programme Director to take these courses.

To enrol in any of these courses, you are required to be currently employed, have suitable work experience, and/or have unlimited access to an engineering or technology-based organisation.

About the Special Topic courses

Each course consists of a series of prescribed, self-directed, weekly study modules. You will be required to access the respective course(s) through Canvas, the University's electronic learning management system.

Study material and instructions regarding assignments will be made available for enrolled students to download a few days before the semester commences. Students who are formally enrolled in a particular Special Topic course are advised to print their own hard copy of the study material, and use this throughout the study period.

The courses will be conducted entirely via distance learning, so you don't need to attend the University in person. You will complete your assignments and final assessments on Canvas at a prescribed test time, and be required to submit answers electronically within a specified time frame. Assignments and the final tests are designed as mini case studies, so you'll be asked to reflect on the study material and relate it to specific workplace situations.

You are responsible to regularly check Canvas – make sure your email is current, as any additional information or changes will be updated here.

Special Topics in Engineering Management

ENGGEN 722: Special Study in Engineering Management 1

(Semester One)

This course focuses on the management of the wide range of risks to which today's technology- based organisations are exposed. It aims to enable managers in these organisations to identify and manage risk within their own organisation, with a view to minimising adverse consequences.

This course provides management models and integrated frameworks that can be used to identify and evaluate risks, as well as a variety of qualitative and quantitative assessment, management and decision-making tools. It also covers risk management within the broader community framework, through the important areas of community perception and acceptance of risk, and communication.

Topics covered include: concept and types of risk, risk assessment, decision making under uncertainty, risk management tools, disaster management and recovery, risk perception and acceptability, risk communication.

Restriction: Students must be enrolled in the MEMgt, MEPM or COMA-MESTU programme.

ENGGEN 723: Special Study in Engineering Management 2

(Semester Two)

This course aims to assist professionals in delivering knowledge-based products, such as designs and reports, and effectively managing the delivery process. It examines the critical factors in establishing a professional practice, the planning and control of work, and the management of staff and resources.

The changing nature of professional practice client relationships, communication, negotiation, quality and risk management, and management of contracts are discussed.

Topics covered include: The professions today, intellectual property and the design process, the client relationship, communications, negotiation, quality and risk management, office management, project and contract management.

Restriction: Students must be enrolled in the MEMgt, MEPM or COMA-MESTU programme.

Special Topics in Technology Management

ENGGEN 724: Special Study in Technology Management 1

(Semester One)

Operations Management presents a comprehensive view of the management of production and the delivery of services. The management techniques covered in this course enable participants to apply operational frameworks that are appropriate to their industry and promote the competitive position of their organisation.

Skills are developed in the areas of product and service design, controlling and scheduling outputs, reliability, and quality management.

Topics covered include: The control system, economic aspects of product design, technological considerations, types of production, reliability, quality, production planning and control systems, materials management systems, job design.

Restriction: Students must be enrolled in the MEMgt, MEPM or COMA-MESTU programme.

ENGGEN 725: Special Study in Technology Management 2

(Semester Two)

Best practice is a practical approach to improving the competitiveness of an organisation. This course provides the manager with a set of tools and techniques to identify where improvements are necessary and how to take action to achieve them. It is closely related to quality management and to the business excellence frameworks that have been developed in various countries; but has significant differences from them.

Quality management focuses on meeting customer needs and on creating products and services that satisfy and delight the customer, including product strategy and design. The business excellence frameworks focus on business results and include strategic concerns. The course aims to improve what is already being done, but has a broader scope in that it covers activities and processes that affect all stakeholders, including employees and suppliers.

Restriction: Students must be enrolled in the MEMgt, MEPM or COMA-MESTU programme.