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ENGG5203: Quality Engineering and Management

This subject is designed to support Engineers in the implementation of engineering tasks in the workplace. It addresses the use of quality control and management as well as systems assurance processes. It is designed to enable engineers entering practice from other related disciplines or with overseas qualifications to do so in a safe and effective way. The study program will include management of quality in research, design and delivery of engineering works and investigation, as well as of safe work practices and systems assurance.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code ENGG5203
Unit name Quality Engineering and Management
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

First degree in Engineering or a related discipline

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Peter Cafe,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Competency project reports weeks 4, 6, 13 and 15
Each of 10 pages maximum excluding appendices.
50% Multiple weeks 4 Progres reports on reflective learning
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation Team presentation assessment
Assessment of team quality
10% Week 07
Due date: 15 Oct 2020
2 hours attendance
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Assignment group assignment Team project stage reports
10 page with executive summary appendices attached may exceed 10 pages
20% Week 08
Due date: 20 Sep 2020
Team performance report on selected case
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz
online quiz.
20% Week 08
Due date: 22 Oct 2020
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Assignment: Personal development in quality engineering and management as semester case study. This will be based on a competency gap assessment conducted at week 3
  • Quiz: A knowledge pathways quiz that tests understanding of language, sources of knowledge and basic principles.
  • Assignment: Team based case study which develops each knowledge area in application to a real project for the course. The project wil be selected in week 2, teams of 6 to 8 will be established using team building techniques.
  • Participation: Student involvement in working with others and in feedback to others and teams on assessment of their engineering quality and practice in delivery of course outcomes.

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

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.

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

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

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 1. Workshop on individual competency, learning goals. constraints and opportunities; 2. Introduction to course, timetable, assessments and syllabus. Topics include definitions principles of engineering management, including Engineers Australia recognition criteria for engineering management chartered status Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 1.Workshop on application of risk and quality to the individual learning project for the semester. Individual competency baseline assessment; 2. Introduction to risk and quality assurance, standards and applications Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 1. Teamwork and communications principles, team building understanding individual and team behaviours, dealing with cultural diversity and ethical behaviour in teams; 2. Workshop on teams and building case study team; 3. Guest lecture (ethical practices) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO5
Week 04 1. Workshop application to case study; 2. Quality systems assurance, TQM and quality in projects and in products. Quality standards application and measurement. Tools and techniques Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 05 1. Guest lecturer OH&S; 2. OH&S standards and application. Legal framework, responsibilities to act, criminal sanctions for negligence; 3. Workshop application to case study Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 06 1. Social responsibility, professional behaviours, community obligations, environmental and sustainability practices in engineering; 2. Workshop on leading the community Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 1. Principles of contracts and contract law, types of contact and application to project delivery, managing design contracts and construction contracts, role of superintendent, duty of care Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 1. Quality audit of teamwork; 2. Managing (monitoring and controlling) quality, OH&S, environmental plans and in the delivery or manufacturing phase; 3. Workshop case study presentation and assessment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Application of quality assurance to project scope, OH&S, environmental and sustainability requirements in contracts, greenhouse gas emission principles and criteria Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Dealing with conflicts of interest and probity, management of intellectual property of potential suppliers and designers; understanding unjust enrichment, and application of international law to extra territorial contracts Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6

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.

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. apply quality assurance both in design and construction of engineering projects, including an understanding of both project and product quality. An understanding of quality control as well as principles and application of TQM to both project and manufacturing quality will be developed
  • LO2. apply sound engineering practice to management of Industrial Relations issues, the role of staff associations and user groups in design, certification and operation of engineering works as well as employment contracts and agreements
  • LO3. apply a professional approach to basic engineering contracts including professional services, design and construct, construction management, lump sum and alliance delivery systems. Outcomes will include pre-selection, tender and administration of contracts including application of assurance systems to quality, OH&S and environmental deliverables
  • LO4. apply the occupational health and safety act and awareness of liability and systems assurance, in regards to workplace safety in both the practice of delivery and product safety
  • LO5. communicate findings and recommendations derived from team work and assess the quality of team performance
  • LO6. apply a professional approach to ethical issues related to the engineering profession and the social responsibility of engineers. This outcome will include working in teams, leading teams, ethical behaviours related to intellectual and physical property rights, treatment of individuals in the workplace, understanding and practice of working in culturally diverse workforce, application of conflict of interest and probity principles to engineering projects and dealing with unjust enrichment practices and behaviours. The concepts of community above self and value for effort as well as sustainability of resources will be included.

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
Additional practical examples have been included.


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