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GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
This unit introduces students to relevant aspects of project management and engineering practice that they need to successfully transition from formal education to professional practice. As the industry becomes increasingly 'project focused', employers are seeking engineers who possess strong project management knowledge, skills and capabilities in line with sustainable principles and ethical standards, to be applied to 'real world projects'. The unit focuses on real world engineering projects and benefits the students significantly by enhancing their capabilities and employability skills. In the unit, students learn to (1) research and analyse a real world engineering project to which key concepts and theories of sustainable and ethical project management are applied—implement a rigorous approach to analysing the project by applying a globally recognised project life cycle framework; (2) identify and analyse the problems encountered in each stage of the project and establish relevant inferences; (3) provide prioritised recommendations based on the benefits and consequences deriving from them; and (4) analyse project stakeholders' input and influence and manage them accordingly. Students enhance their interpersonal skills as they are required to take an active part in group meetings, share group coordination and leadership and learn how to negotiate and solve conflict. Students also liaise with key industry representatives, giving them the opportunity to establish professional relationships.
Students are able to (1) evaluate sustainable project management theories while applying them to 'real world projects'; (2) evaluate problems relating to initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling projects while choosing appropriate theories to solve them; (3) understand how to align projects with organisational goals, while recognising the strategic significance of successful project portfolio selection; (4) identify key project stakeholders, while proposing effective response strategies to manage stakeholder pressure; (5) formulate effective communication strategies to correspond successfully with a wide range of project stakeholders; (6) recommend how to manage a team effectively throughout the various phases of a project, while proposing strategies to actively solve conflict among team members; (7) evaluate the main normative ethical theories, while applying them to specific 'real world projects'; and (8) assess, project risks, while formulating effective strategies to prevent potential risk impact.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group written project report; (2) group presentation (assessed individually); and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cosimo Faiello
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Data Science or the Master of Ocean Leadership or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Advisable prior study:
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering or ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
Contact hours
lectures: 26 hours; practical classes: 13 hours

Hartley, S. Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice, 2nd edn: Pearson Education Australia 2009

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