DCU Home | Our Courses | Loop | Registry | Library | Search DCU

Module Specifications..

Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introduction in Engineering Management
Module Code EE470
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Stephen Daniels
Semester 2: Stephen Daniels
Autumn: Stephen Daniels
Module TeachersNoel Murphy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
A repeat written examination will be offered to students who need reassessment. The coursework as a whole will not have a repeat offered, but aspects of the coursework may be required to be reassessed at the lecturer's discretion.

This course aims to provide a strong understanding and knowledge of engineering management in product development, manufacturing and other industrial, commercial, and public contexts. Students will learn to recognise different types of engineering projects and the associated project frameworks and methodologies to use in project implementation. The students will develop an understanding of the connections between business strategy, economics, and engineering operations and gain an enhanced awareness of ethics and compromises related to engineering management. Core skills such as multidisciplinary project management, project costing, and communication skills are introduced. Students will be introduced to common pitfalls where projects fail and how to avoid them. The theory of key project management skills is core to this course and students will engage with the Six Sigma DMAIC 12 Step Process and the Change Acceleration Process (CAP) for leading effective change and stakeholder management  Challenge-based learning initiatives form an integral component of the pedagogy and assessment and the students will be introduced to tools and methods for engineering project execution.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate potential impacts of engineering projects and activities on society, the broader economy, sustainability and the environment including the context of legal and regulatory frameworks.
2. Demonstrate the application and impact of professional ethical principles in engineering practice.
3. Demonstrate the application of economic decision-making principles to engineering projects.
4. Effectively and inclusively manage projects in multidisciplinary and diverse environments.
5. Demonstrate awareness of risks and critical elements in engineering, and applicable tools and methods for efficient execution of engineering projects.
6. Demonstrate professional engineering management skills, including project management, project costing, and communication.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36The module will be timetabled for weekly 3-hour sessions which will involve lecturer-centred as well as student-centred activities. Attendance at and participation in these sessions will be necessary for effective completion of the learning outcomes of the module.
Assignment Completion60Project work using data from a real-world problem. There will also be a class test component of the continuous assessment.
Independent Study91The student will be expected to engage with effective self-directed learning outside the timetabled sessions so that they can gain the most benefit from the latter and effectively achieve the module learning outcomes.
Total Workload: 187

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Ethics, diversity and stewardship.

Project Costing and Management

Impact assessment

Managing Risk

Strategy and project economics

Challenge project

Group ‘pitch-out’

Six Sigma
Six Sigma DMAIC 12 Step Process

Organising for success
GRPI Project planning and resourcing tools

Change Acceleration Process
Process for leading effective change and stakeholder management

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentThe students will undertake a 12 step six sigma DMAIC project. They will apply the skills learned in class to a real-life problem. The focus will be on understanding and applying the theories developed in class.50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Matthew John Franchetti: 2015, Lean Six Sigma for Engineers and Managers, CRC Press, 9781482243529
Other Resources

This module has initially been developed for the ECEi4 and ECE4 class groups, and will also be offered on the MECEc programme.
Programme or List of Programmes
ECEIBEng Electronic & Computer Engineering
MCMECMicro-Credential Modules Eng & Comp
MECEMEng Electronic & Computer Engineering
MEQMasters Engineering Qualifier Course
SMPECSingle Module Programme (Eng & Comp)

My DCU | Loop | Disclaimer | Privacy Statement