This unit of study aims to introduce you to managerial principles so that you can function effectively and efficiently in modern organisational roles within a changing environment.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Analyse organisations and compare and contrast them in terms of their management decision making, structure and strategy, along with the environments in which they operate (K5, S2, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)
  • Apply and relate basic project management concepts to a given project (K6, S1, S4, A2, A6, A7)
  • Describe and appreciate the concepts of organisational behaviour, team dynamics and an understanding of self and other people (K5, A2, A6, A7)
  • Apply tools to manage and evaluate a project, including the Critical Path Method (CPM) (S1, S2, S4, A2, A6)
  • Describe the fundamentals of safety, compensation process, risk management and sustainability (K6, S1, A1, A4, A5)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
3.00 12 weeks 36
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
7.29 14 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Class ExercisesIndividual 5 - 15% 1,2,3,4,5 
ExaminationIndividual 25 - 45% 1,2,3,4,5 
Research PresentationIndividual 10 - 15% 1,2,4 
Research ProjectGroup 20 - 35% 1,2,4 
TestIndividual 10 - 25% 1,4,5 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


Introduction to engineering management 

  • Evolution of management thought and practices 
  • Understanding organisational structure and strategy 
  • Managing technology and its elemental parts 
  • Organisation, engineers and OH&S 

Engineering sustainability and society 

  • Engineer and society, environment, sustainability and community 
  • Basis for engineering ethics, professional practices, organisations and societies 
  • Green engineering principles 

Managing people and organisational behaviour 

  • Attitudes, motivation, leadership and morale within technical teams 
  • Organisation culture, change and group dynamics 
  • Interpersonal skills: self-awareness, listening, goal setting, providing feedback, running meetings, delegating, persuading, politicking, coaching, team building, conflict management, resolving conflict 

Project Management 

  • Project initiation-acceptance-definition 
  • Project scoping and work break down structure 
  • Project analysis-planning-scheduling-control 

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.