This topic introduces professional engineering practices related to project management. It focuses on the management of science and engineering projects, including the nature and types of science and engineering projects and current best practices in project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closing. The knowledge areas covered are: time, cost, scope, quality, HR, communication, risk, procurement and project integration management. Where relevant, it also addresses issues faced by practitioners and enterprises, communication techniques, understanding the business, culture and management of science and technology enterprises; and the responsibilities, roles, attitudes, values, priorities, judgement and work methods of practising professionals. A significant practical project will be offered to enable students to gain a hands-on experience.
This topic aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the management of engineering and technological enterprises and an appreciation of the role of professional engineers and technologists. It includes discussions on the principal internal and external issues affecting the management of an organisation and the tools and techniques to address them, with a particular focus on project management and the manner in which they are initiated, planned, and managed. This topic will also provide students with information such as OHS and Ethical standards to prepare them for work integrated learning (WIL) placements.