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Official Publications: UWA Handbooks 2014 - Units as at 9 March 2014
Unit details
GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice [PG]
6 points
Semester 1, Semester 2 (see Timetable)
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 benefit
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 appliedimplement a rigorous approach to analysing the project by applying a project
life cycle framework, which is recognised globally; (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. By analysing a real-world project students also enhance their interpersonal skills as they are required to take active part in group meetings, share group
coordination and leadership and learn how to negotiate and solve conflict. Finally, by researching such a project students have to liaise with key industry representatives which
gives 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'.
This comprises a group report on a real-world engineering project, a group oral presentation of this project, a group report on ethics applied to a real-world project and a final
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree 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 the course.
Associate Professor Cosimo Faiello
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: (GENG1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering or ENSC1001 Engineering
Challenges in a Global World) and completion of 96 points towards an Engineering degree
Incompatibility: CIVL4150 Engineering Practice, ELEC4332 Project Engineering Practice, MECH4400 Engineering for Sustainable Development
Contact hours
Unit Outline
lectures: 26 hrs; tutorials: 13 hrs
Hartley, S. Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice, 2nd edn: Pearson Education Australia 2009
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