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ELEC3702: Management for Engineers

This unit of study aims to develop an understanding of the principles and practices of industry, to provide an overview of the various issues facing an industrial organisation, and of the basic approaches to their management, to understand the changing nature and effects of globalisation on Australia's economic performance, the competitiveness of Australian firms, and the generation of employment and wealth, to gain an insight into the importance of innovation at all levels and functions of all organisations, and of the ways of developing people-skills and organisational styles to promote innovation, to develop the broader skills required by employers of engineers, and to understand the objectives and roles appropriate to governments. The following topics are covered; Engineers and management, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Managerial decision analysis, Management science models, Behaviour of people in organisations, Human resource management, Strategic management, Accounting and management, Operations management, Marketing for engineers, Legal environment of business, Industrial relations.


Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC3702
Unit name Management for Engineers
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ENGG3005 or MECH3661
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Javid Atai,
Lecturer(s) Peter Seebacher ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final exam
Type B
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
In-class group presentation on a specified topic.
20% Multiple weeks 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quizzes
Weekly multiple choice through-semester quizzes.
30% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Quizzes: Weekly pre-class online quizzes (total 30%)

Group presentation: In-class group presentation on a specified topic (20%)

Final exam: Online Final Exam (50%)

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late submission of through-semester assessment tasks will not be possible.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Engineering management and communication Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 02 Strategic management Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 03 Microeconomics Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 04 Macroeconomics Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 05 Management decisions: analysis and models Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 06 Group dynamics and human resources Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 07 Financial management Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 08 Operations management Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 09 Marketing Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 10 Legal and regulatory environment Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 11 Managing engineering projects and risk Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 12 Technology innovation and entrepreneurship Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 13 Your Own Business Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. hold familiarity with a range of information pertaining to engineering management
  • LO2. participate in discussions that address the subject at hand in clear and concise terms to the extent required by the task or project
  • LO3. discuss engineering tasks concomitant with economic, social and environmental responsibilities and legislative and statutory requirements
  • LO4. participate in group activities discussing engineering management
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes of engineering management.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Some topics and assessment methods and breakdown modified to accommodate online classes and assessment.

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