• PRFD3111
  • Professional Development

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Mechanical and Design Engineering

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Module Description

This module is directed towards students undertaking a course of study leading to the award of honours degree in manufacturing engineering. It is intended to give an overall view of the planning, execution and control of engineering projects, from a scheduling and management costing and accounting perspective. The module will also address the wider area of employer obligations including industrial relations, employment legislation and corporate governance. The module is structured as follows: Knowledge Breadth: This module will embrace the topics of cost nomenclature and behaviour, and financial performance measurement and recording systems. (1, 2) It will encompass project management systems (4) in the context of the overall design of the organisaton (5). It will also include aspects of human resource management, as well as ethical organisational behaviour. (6,7)* Knowledge Kind: The type of knowledge appropriate to this module is primarily concerned with planning (4), executing (5), controlling (2),and measuring (1) aspects of value creating organisations. Know-how and Skill Range: This module will introduce the learner to a broad range of skills (1 ? 4), that will enhance their capabilities as applied to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of an organisation. Know-how and Skill Selectivity: The learner will be capable of differentiating between the central themes of the module and choosing the most appropriate element of the module to apply in the particular context required. Competence Context: The learner will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a wide range of organisations, whether commercial (profit seeking), governmental (resource allocation) or voluntary (social). Competence Role: The student will be competent to execute multiple roles (1 ? 4), in various organisations, as either an individual or as a member of a team. Competence Learning to Learn: During the course of the module the learner will execute two research projects, (1 - 3, 5 -7), that will enhance their skills in research, collation, editing and presentation skills. Competence Insight: During the course of the module, the learner will have been introduced to various models of organisational behaviour, and will have applied these models during their research projects. This will lead to an understanding of the model behaviour, and will allow the learner to draw conclusions about past events or forecast future outcomes. (1 - 3, 5) * Related learning outcomes shown in parentheses.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to: Provide a fundamental description of management accounting systems Present a general introduction to management costing systems Give a practical overview of project planning, execution and control techniques Highlight the options and issues involved in organisation design Give an appreciation of employment regulatory and ethical affairs, and link these to risk management Provide an overview of the role of a manager, and the issues involved in people management

Indicative Syllabus

Business and legal environment.
Critical path analysis using traditional techniques - arrow diagrams, earliest and latest event times etc. Structured project management, from planning to achieving the project goal. Project planning and scheduling using Microsoft Project.
Effective Management.
Ethical aspects of economic and commercial activity.
Ethical issues in relation to consultancy practice including relationships with professional engineers, clients, employers, employees and society at large. Information confidentiality, professional negligence, legal liability, conflict of interest, including presentation and discussion of case studies. Importance of adherence to safety and other contractual elements of engineering and commercial activity, especially approaching project deadlines.
Financial accounting.
Formal / informal groups. Functional / dysfunctional groups. Group dynamics, authority, power and relationships within groups. Dealing with disputes, grievances, resistance to change. Conflict resolution, team building, creating cohesion and consensus. Brainstorming, networking. Group development and facilitation through workshops.
Groups in organisations.
Human resource skills for engineers. Negotiating, interviewing, listening, facilitating and leadership skills.
Management accounting.
Project Management.
Purpose of management accounting. Profit and loss account, balance sheet. Cost classification and flow, cost behaviour and estimation. Costing - job, batch and process. Cost / volume / profit analysis, relevant costs and management decisions. Treatment of revenue, cash, profit, contribution, taxation.
Relationships between commercial law and business. Irish and European law, sources, structures, E.U. directives and regulations. Contracts; types, consideration, capacity. Case law. Legal personalities, forms of business organisations. Formation of companies, memorandum and articles of association. Role of managers, directors, shareholders. Capital sources, entrepreneurship, business plans.
Role of the financial manager: the financing and investment decisions. The funding cycle of business. Sources of finance, including short, medium and long term.
Section A
Section B
The elements of successful people management - managing work, defining objectives, managing time, managing upwards, managing ambiguity. Role theory and resultant stresses. Motivation, hierarchy of needs, how needs change, psychological contracts. Leadership, leadership styles, are leaders born or made?

Total Contact Teaching Hours:36
Class Size:30

Pre-requisite Modules

Title Code
Eng Economics & Management PRFD2111

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