NG4S258 Professional Engineering Management


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The topic area for this resit assignment is the same as that of the original assignment. Please review the feedback you received for your original assignment to inform your approach to your resit assignment.

You must submit a new piece of work. The subject area has sufficient breadth for this, with several potential areas for you to explore. Therefore, ensure that you do explore new areas, new sources of literature and different case study examples.

Assessment Task:

This assignment gives you the opportunity to explore the influence of management and leadership on the success of business organisations.

We have explored some of the attributes of engineering professionals and seen that organisations are made up of diverse groups of people. We have seen that organisations require high level missions and objectives that are delivered through strategies and tactics, and that managers need to coordinate the activities in line with what the organisation wishes to achieve. We have seen that one model for this is the open system. These activities are against the backdrop of a challenging macro and micro business environment.

Using case study examples from engineering organisations, discuss the influence that the approach to management and leadership have in the success or otherwise of businesses. Is there a particular method of leadership that is preferable, or is it dependent on the context? Critique the various leadership theories when applied to different engineering businesses and the environment that they operate in.

Remember to engage with literature and critique it as you apply it and develop your own conclusions from it.

The lecture material gives you areas to explore, and it is expected you will explore these areas and go beyond what has been covered in lectures in your own research.

Learning Outcomes to be assessed (as specified in the validated module descriptor

LO1  Define and apply a wide range of appropriate, well established management techniques and approaches applicable to technology and engineering related business.

LO2  Analyse and apply business and finance related data to facilitate effective decision making within an organisation.

The grade will be a combination of the following:

-Literature and case study research

-Critique of theory

-Application of theory

Presentation and referencing

Insufficient evidence of relevant research undertaken.

Insufficient application of theory.

Report lacking in originality. Insufficient evidence of engagement with and critiquing of theory and application.

Limited evidence of relevant research undertaken.

Limited application of theory.

Little originality in the report with only limited evidence of basic level of engagement with and critiquing of theory and application.

Relevant referenced research, but limited discussion.

Application of theory to context being studied.

Theory and application discussed, but needing more depth of analysis.

Originality in report with some evidence of engagement with and critiquing of theory and application.

Relevant referenced research undertaken and discussed with significant depth in the discussion.

Theory and application discussed, with evidence of depth of analysis in some areas.

Significant evidence of originality in the report.Handling and critique of theory and application demonstrates a depth of understanding.

Relevant referenced research undertaken and discussed with significant depth in the discussion to a very high standard.

Application of theory to context being studied to a level that demonstrates a deep understanding of the subject.

Evidence of originality throughout the report.  Handling and critique of theory and application demonstrates a very strong depth of understanding.

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