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Management and Leadership for Engineers (ENGM90015)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENGM90015
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This unit is for students to develop themselves through a better understanding of the theories important to engineering leadership and management practice. The focus of the unit is to integrate leadership and management theory and practice in the context of the real life professional engineering role in organisational and industrial settings.

Intended learning outcomes


At the completion of this subject, students are expected to:

  1. Have developed an appreciation and understanding of management skills needed by engineers to better develop and manage the implementation of solutions
  2. Be able to understand the consequences of the above solutions and their implementation on an organization’s financial, physical and human resources
  3. Have enhanced their management skills such as communication, negotiation, staff motivation, and development and performance management so they can execute the above solutions through others.

Generic skills

After completing this unit the student is expected to -

  • Understand different roles and role expectations of engineers and managers
  • Understand the purpose of management
  • Apply key management and leadership concepts and techniques that relate to communication, negotiation, staff motivation, development and performance management in an engineering context
  • Identify and execute the activities involved in the planning, organising and controlling functions of management
  • Understand the importance of interpersonal communication and how this influences relationships
  • Identify their own psychological and emotional responses to stressful organisational contexts and to better manage these responses
  • Understand how different leadership and management practices shape an organisation's performance culture
  • Understand the difficulty of attributing business success to any single management activity, and demonstrate an ability to analyse complex business problems; and communicate these ideas in a coherent and critically aware manner to key stakeholders
  • Better integrate 'self' into the team management and leadership processes of an organisation.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this sujbect and MGMT90004 Organisational Behaviour or MCEN90010 Finance & Human Resources for Engineers.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Personal diary (10%). Submissions due within weeks 1 to 10. Requires approximately 13 hours of work. Addresses Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) 1
  • Class attendance and engagement in all tutorials (10%). Addresses ILOs 1 and 2. Assessed throughout the semester
  • Group assignment of 2,500 words and brief oral presentation (30%). Assignment due and presentation assessed within weeks 7 to 12. Requires approximately 30 hours of work in total (per student). Addresses ILO 2
  • One three hour end of semester examination (50%). Held within end-of-semester examination period. Addresses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.

Hurdle: Students must pass all assignments and exam in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 contact hours
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


    Recommended texts and other resources

    Schermerhorn, Davidson, Poole, Woods, Simon and McBarron, Management, 5th Asian-Pacific Edition, (2014) Wiley.

  • Subject notes


    In this subject, these skills will be developed through an integration of theory and practice, using case studies to illustrate situations that confront professional engineers.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

Last updated: 3 April 2019