GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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 and frameworks and apply them to 'real world projects'; (2) identify and evaluate problems relating to initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling projects and choose appropriate frameworks and theories to solve them; (3) understand how to align projects with organisational goals and recognise the strategic significance of successful project portfolio selection; (4) identify key project stakeholders and propose effective response strategies to manage stakeholder pressure in both local and global projects; (5) formulate effective communication strategies (both written and oral) to correspond successfully with a wide range of project stakeholders; (6) recommend how to manage and lead a team throughout the various phases of a project, and propose strategies to actively solve conflict among team members; and (7) evaluate the main normative ethical theories and apply them to specific 'real world projects'.
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.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cosimo Faiello
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
the Master of Information Technology
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
the Master of Data Science
the Master of Ocean Leadership
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy; for pre-2012 courses: (GENG1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering)
completion of 96 points towards an Engineering degree
Advisable prior study:
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
CIVL4150 Engineering Practice, ELEC4332 Project Engineering Practice, MECH4400 Engineering for Sustainable Development
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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