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Unit of study_

ENGG5214: Management of Technology

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit is designed to develop competence in the management of technology. It will address all aspects of the management of technology, the nature and importance of technological change and innovation, within the context of the global knowledge economy, the management of the new product development process, the role of technology in manufacturing and service competitiveness, the role of IT in logistics management, supply chain strategies, and communication, and the characteristics of high technology markets.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGG5214
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

Sound competence in all aspects of engineering, and some understanding of issues of engineering management

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator John Currie,
Lecturer(s) John Currie,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Team Case Study Presentation
In-class presentation
15% Multiple weeks
Due date: 18 Aug 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 06 Oct 2023
10-15 minutes (allowing question time)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Technology Management Report
Individual written report
15% Week 04
Due date: 25 Aug 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 08 Sep 2023
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment Technology Management Tools Report
Group Written report
15% Week 06
Due date: 08 Sep 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 22 Sep 2023
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment Technology Management Literature review
Individual written literature review/report
15% Week 07
Due date: 15 Sep 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 06 Oct 2023
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Team Major Project report
Group written report
25% Week 10
Due date: 13 Oct 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 27 Oct 2023
6000 - 8000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Individual Reflection report
Individual written reflection report
15% Week 12
Due date: 27 Oct 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 03 Nov 2023
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Six Assessment Tasks to be undertaken in the UoS

Three group/team assignments & three individual assignments are listed.

Details above and on the Canvas LMS.

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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For more information see guide to grades.

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:

Assignments submitted after the time & due date without an approved extension will receive a 5% late penalty per day. They will not be accepted after a week following the scheduled time & due date.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction to the management of technology; 2. Issues for consideration in team formation Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 02 The evolution of technology Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 03 Technology management tools Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 04 Prediction of technologies Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 05 Competences to manage technologies Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 06 Technology strategies Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 07 Technology selection Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 08 Intellectual property strategy Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 09 Introducing new technologies Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 10 Emerging technologies Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 11 Disruptive technology management Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 12 Technology management overview Lecture (1 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.

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. demonstrate competence in working effectively as a member of a team, reflected in the successful design, management, and completion of a number of projects on the management of technology
  • LO2. Search for, evaluate and apply relevant information from a wide range of sources concerning the management strategies and technological challenges within engineering and other organisational environments as demonstrated in assessment tasks.
  • LO3. Employ superior written and verbal communication skills demonstrated through written reports and presentations designed for technical and general audiences.
  • LO4. Demonstrate knowledge of the technological forces and managerial issues shaping international engineering strategies and operations.
  • LO5. Analyse the strategies and operations of the management of technology as demonstrated through presentations and written reports.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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