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ME50361: Engineering management for sustainable value

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Group presentation (CW 25%)
  • Individual assignment (CW 75%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to equip students with some key skills they need to create lasting value in a holistic sense.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
* Define sustainable value in holistic terms.
* Define and critique appropriate techniques that can be used to assess sustainable value, including but not limited to those based on economic models, lifecycle thinking and systems analysis.
* Evaluate organisations, products, services and activities in terms of sustainable value.


* Critical awareness of current issues and frameworks (T, A)
* linking theory and practice meaningfully (T and A)
* Showing how engineering management can make a meaningful contribution to a contemporary business or societal issue, recognising the relationships between engineering management and wider considerations of strategy, policy and society (T, F, A)
* an ability to conduct in-depth research into value creation. (F and A)
* an ability to manage and work in teams with an awareness of issues such as culture, gender, working styles etc. and to use these to the benefit of the individual and the team (F and A)
* the facility to communicate including presenting and marketing themselves and their ideas; preparation and production of effective business plans and reports.(F and A).


* Motivation: Legal, Moral, Financial and Societal aspects of value
* Systems and lifecycle thinking
* Dealing with real world challenges such as power, uncertainty, and the political implications of measurements and targets
* Industrial case studies, introducing exemplar products and the illustrating approaches to sustainable value.

Programme availability:

ME50361 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering School of Management


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