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Strategy Execution for Engineers (ENGM90013)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENGM90013
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject emphasises the critical nature of Operations Management as an essential part of a competent engineer’s portfolio of knowledge and skills.


Topics include:

  • Clarifying how the core concepts of operations management (including both processes and projects) help organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantage
  • Managing the integration of technology, people, functions and operating systems to support the complex processes underlying the development and manufacture of products and the creation and delivery of services
  • How organisations develop their core processes and project management capabilities and manage through them and how new technologies alter their design and performance. Relevant issues include process ownership, project management skills, teamwork, stakeholder management and communication, performance measurement and change management concepts.

Intended learning outcomes


This subject aims to highlight the skills and competencies needed by engineers to ensure their ongoing contribution to an organisation’s operations and competitive position. These include:

  1. The role of Operations Management in various types of organisations and how leading organisations leverage this discipline as a sustainable source of competitive advantage
  2. Project and process management models and frameworks
  3. How to decompose and map an organisation’s core processes along the value chain and understand the role of new technology in process management
  4. The role and structure of performance measurement systems
  5. Managing the human capital in organisations and the role of teams in operations management.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Have an awareness of how business functions can be systematically integrated with strategic objectives by focusing on the provision of value to customers.
  • Be able to assume a supporting role in managing projects and processes in organisations of all types including technology intensive organisations.
  • Understand how change management programs can be integrated into an organisational wide improvement and performance management framework.
  • Be able to identify the fundamental drivers of sustainable organisational excellence.
  • Have the capacity to engage with current issues of significance in business and management.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of the importance and nature of performance measurement systems.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into one of the following streams of the MC-ENG Master of Engineering:

Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business), Master of Engineering (Civil with Business), Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business), Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business), Master of Engineering (Software with Business)



Non-allowed subjects


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


Additional details

  • Two group assignments consisting of 1500 words each (30% total, 15% each). Each assignment requires approximately 30-35 hours of work (60-70 hours in total). Due in weeks 5 and 10
  • Individual class participation throughout semester (10%). Assessed throughout the semester
  • Best five quizzes out of six (10 minutes each). Assessed every alternate week. (20% total, 4% each)
  • Final three-hour end-of-semester examination (40%).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO's) 1 to 5 are addressed in both group assignments, class participation, all quizzes and the exam

Hurdle requirement: The examination must be passed to pass the subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorGerardo Berbeglia
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours normally delivered as 1 x 3 hour lecture/tutorial per week
    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

    Semester 1 contact information

    Professor Gerardo Berbeglia


  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorPatrick Foley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours normally delivered as 1 x 3 hour lecture/tutorial per week
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Semester 1: Ian Rosewall

    Email: i.rosewall@mbs.edu

    Semester 2: Assoc Prof Patrick Foley

    Email: pfoley@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

Estimated 200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Managing Processes, Customised book prepared by Kannan Sethuraman and Gerardo Berbeglia, 2012, The University of Melbourne, McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.,

  • Subject notes


    The subject is delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies and workshop sessions.


    Students are provided with lecture slides, case studies, tutorial materials and solutions.


    Exposure to the tolls and techniques that prepare graduate engineers for leadership roles in operations management and business improvement.

  • 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.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 7 May 2019