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MN50688: Engineering analysis practicum (engineering management)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 24      [equivalent to 48 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 480
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW60OR40
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail for this unit is currently being updated and will be added shortly.
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you must take MN50687
In taking this module you cannot take MN50327 OR take MN50457 OR take MN50178 OR take MN50512 OR take MN50425 OR take MN50421
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit is intended to allow students to conduct research based projects applying the skills, concepts, and techniques acquired in the taught programme to practice based business scenarios, including:
(1) a case study involving an actual management problem and
(2) a self-managed project.
First, the students will be presented with a current business problem for which they will conduct appropriate research, analyse data and present a viable solution. Second, the students will be required to run a project with set targets of time and budget. Thus, the unit not only encourages students to conduct research to think about and address actual business problems through a cross-functional lens, the unit also encourages reflection on common managerial issues such as project management and group dynamics.
The unit's objectives are designed for students to develop further their abilities to:
* Analyse data
* Make informed methodological choices
* Present findings of their investigation and analyses.

Learning Outcomes:
Assessing a 'live' business situation will require a multi-dimensional view of business, an appreciation of integrative firm activities and a cross-functional approach to the business problem. Presenting alternatives and a viable solution necessitates team dynamics and project management.
At the end of the unit, students will be able to:
* Plan and conduct a research project on practice based business issues
* Understand and critically assess the particular challenges confronting actual businesses
* Evaluate the need for and sources of relevant data
* Support their arguments with relevant empirical evidence
* Interpret the significance of findings from relevant sources of quantitative and/ or qualitative evidence to inform decision making.
* Develop viable alternatives and how they would contribute to management solutions
* Take initiative to act on perceived opportunities while considering various risk factors
* Create a plan for an activity.
* Carry out a plan, acting on any deviations from the intended outcomes.
* Reflect on the outcomes of an activity and the processes that led to those outcomes
* Present reflections in written and oral form.

Skills:

* Ability to select, analyse and present numerical or non-numerical data (F; A).
* Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (F; A).
* Reflective practice (F; A)
* Action research (F; A)
* Project Management (F; A)
* Management of teams/groups (F; A)
* Decision making skills (F; A)
* Presentation skills (F; A)
* Writing skills (F; A)

Content:
Briefing on case - this is intended to be a session which the company and lecturer manage.
* The company presents business problem describing an actual management challenge.
* Academic expectations of students are outlined;
* Company expectations are outlined;
* Groups are formalized and conduct of the project is established.

Case analysis
Additional content will be provided based on the subject matter of the case study.
Group formation (selected by DoS);

Case Briefing - this is intended to be a "live" session with presentation of a business problem describing an actual management challenge, and with academic expectations made clear to students. Assessing a 'live' business situation will require a multi-dimensional view of business, an appreciation of integrative firm activities and a cross-functional approach.
Case development workshop.
Poster presentations.

Self-managed project
Based on the project selection for each group, the content may take different forms, however it is expected that the following steps would be common to all projects:
Group formation; Identification of suitable project; project briefing (including academic expectations);

Conduct of self-managed project - Part of the requirement will be for students to have a record-keeping mechanism to keeep track of progress and to ensure project learning for later reporting.
Presenting findings back to peer group and lecturer - students will be given guidance regarding the criteria for a good project presentation.
Students will learn about other topical/skill areas depending on the specific objectives of the project and the circumstances of the team. This will be in consultation with the team's supervisor.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50688 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering School of Management

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