ENME418-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Engineering Management and Professional Practice for Mechanical Engineers

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


The development of engineering management skills is essential to practice as a professional engineer. Engineers carry out technical analyses, but technology is always embedded in the context of society and business. Engineers therefore need to be able to integrate their solutions and planning within these broader contexts. This course covers professional engineering competencies, continuous professional development, engineering ethics, risk management, safety engineering, environmental impact assessment, life cycle analysis, socio-technical considerations, societal impact assessment, engineering implications of Treaty of Waitangi and biculturalism, systems engineering principles, project management methods, contract law, product liability law, health & safety legistation, intellectual property protection, innovation, entrepreneurship and route to market, cash flow and time value of money, financial reports, engineering psychology, managing teams & conflict, and writing an engineering applied research report.

Learning Outcomes

  • Washington Accord (V4) Summary of Graduate Attributes attained in this course:
     WA3 – Design/Development of Solutions
     WA4 – Investigation
     WA5 – Tool Usage
     WA6 – The Engineer and the World
     WA7 – Ethics
     WA8 – Individual and Collaborative Teamwork
     WA9 – Communication
     WA10 – Project Management and Finance
     WA11 – Lifelong Learning

  • Course topics with Learning Outcomes (and Washington Accord (WA) and UC Graduate Attributes) identified.

    1. Professional engineering career and Ethics in complex professional decisions
            1.1. Understanding complexity in engineering problems. Analysing core discipline competencies. Professional engineering membership (EngNZ). Lifelong learning (WA9, WA10, WA12) (EIE1, EIE5, GA2)
            1.2. The EngNZ Code of Ethical Conduct: Understand the code, the decision-making process (‘engineering judgement’) and evaluate ethical scenarios (WA8) (CE3, GA1, GA2)
    2. Engineering risk and safety, Environmental engineering and Engineering and society
            2.1. Understanding how and why health and safety is an ethical and legal obligation. Apply analysis tools (FTA, bowtie) to predict and diagnose complex engineering failures. Understand types of risk (WA4, WA6) (GA2)
            2.2. Describe environmental considerations, including the ethics of stewardship, the NZ legal perspective, and the consent process. Understand life cycle assessment (LCA) (WA4, WA6, WA7, WA10) (BCC5)
            2.3. Understand the of the Treaty of Waitangi contextually. Appreciate cultural worldviews. Evaluate: implications of Māori values for decision-making, cultural impact, and communication (WA6, WA7, WA10) (BCC4)
    3. Systems engineering and project management, Engineering law and Engineering innovation
            3.1. Apply project management methods to create project plans, develop a work breakdown structure (WBS). Describe systems processes: analysis, verification and validation (WA3, WA5, WA11) (EIE1)
            3.2. Understand the principles of law involving contracts & procurement, product liability, health and safety, consent process, intellectual property (IP) (WA6) (WA11, GA2)
            3.3. Identify types of IP and legal protection methods. Apply the VIRO framework to product and service differentiation.  Describe routes to market, principles of marketing and apply to new product development (WA3, WA4) (EIE5)
    4. Organisational management for engineers and Engineering Psychology – Managing People
            4.1. Comprehend financial budgets and statements. Calculate cash flow implications for a project. Undertake SWOT and PESTLE analysis for an engineering situation (WA9, WA10, WA11) (EIE2)
            4.2. Identify personality traits and infer implications for team interactions. Analyse teams using the circumplex model of Nestsiarovich & Pons and Tuckman’s model (WA9, WA10) (EIE2)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) 60 points at 300-level in Mechanical Engineering; and (2) EMTH210, ENME201, ENME202, ENME215, EMTH271, ENME203, ENME207 and ENME221.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Dirk Pons


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assesment 19 Sep 2024 60% Feasibility study
Final Exam 40%


For detailed course, policy, regulatory and integrity information, please refer to the UC web site, or see relevant Course or Department LEARN pages, (which are available to enrolled students).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

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