Engineering and design

Professional and Managerial Skills

Module code: H1041
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Class, Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module covers the technical communication, project and financial management skills, and the understanding of the importance of ethics required of professional engineers. In addition, it encourages a holistic view of the engineering degree programme and how it fits the graduate for their future career.

Teaching and learning methods include specialist lectures on technical communication and careers planning (supported by Study Direct resources and online exercises), lectures and workshops leading to a management group project based on a computer based simulation, and lectures and seminars based around case studies on the application of ethical principles.

Topics covered include:

  • technical reports and presentations
  • project planning and management
  • Gantt charts
  • financial management and control, cost management, application to projects
  • financial models and return on investment
  • risk management
  • professional ethics
  • health and safety
  • preparing CVs and career development.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe decision making in a technological context, including the identification and quantification of the elements of technical and management risk, and document the decision making process.
  • Identify and deploy management and project planning techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives within the commercial and economic context.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between science, technology and the well being of society.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering and justify an ethical standpoint in a peer group.