The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Engineering Management is a one year 'top-up' degree specifically designed for those working in the capacity of a site engineering manager (building services or construction) or hoping to soon progress into this role. They will already have either a Level 5 qualification, such as a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma or other equivalent course in an engineering or construction discipline, or they will gain entry to the programme through the accreditation of prior learning achieved through their work having at least five years' experience in the role.
Studying on this professional and work-based learning programme will enable you to negotiate work activities and projects with your employer/workplace mentor that will count towards the achievement of your degree. This means that to undertake the programme you will need to be employed (or in unpaid work) in an engineering capacity on a construction site. Work-based activities and projects that you negotiate will provide evidence of your learning in the workplace towards the successful completion of the degree.
The programme has been designed to enable people who are currently working in the construction industry, including those with significant experience, to gain a university degree and contribute to their professional body membership. It is also specifically designed to enable existing and aspiring managers in the construction industry to gain recognition for their professional learning towards a degree qualification. The academic requirements of the programmes are met through the completion of current projects and work activities that candidates undertake in the workplace.
The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Engineering Management degree is provided by the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, which is an international leader in the field of professional practice and university level work-based learning. The principle of work-based learning is to build courses around the working and training practices of particular industries, sectors or employers, so that the learning that occurs every day as part of your normal training and practice can be assessed and recognised in an academic framework without the need for unnecessary duplication. In this way, this degree programme makes it possible to gain an honours degree at the same time as completing the requirements for a professional body membership.
A key advantage of this integrated degree is that individuals have full access to student finance, which is usually denied to managers undergoing training. For further information visit the website of the Student Finance Company.
This degree is specifically designed to develop the knowledge, practical skills and competences you will need to operate as an Engineering Manager. What you do and learn in your workplace will be assessed as part of the degree and the assignments you complete will be based on what you do at work.
The degree is comprised of the following modules:
Negotiated WBL Project (Professional Development Portfolio) - Compulsory
Designed to prepare you for professional body membership and enable you to produce evidence of your professional competence and develop an in-depth understanding of your industry environment - this will include the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct. Assessment will require a portfolio including a Learning Log that evidences the achievement of professional competencies and a reflective account of your engagement with a professional network.
SPECIALIST PROJECT MODULES
You will complete three Specialist Project modules that are designed to enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and competence in the key areas of Managing Cost and Risk, Managing Project Standards and Managing Project Delivery. The specific form of the required assessment for these modules will be negotiated and agreed with your employer / Workplace Mentor and Tutor. Typically, assessment will include a Reflective Project Report and Presentation or other relevant artefacts.
This module is designed to develop your ability to manage engineering budgets, cost, cash flow, profit and risk. This will include monitoring, interpreting and applying the results of analysis and modelling to support continuous improvement towards achieving the identified project objectives.
This module aims to develop your ability to manage and convert stakeholder expectations and end user needs into project outcomes. You will demonstrate your management ability to run an engineering function on site using the application of information from technical literature as well as the development of your awareness of quality issues towards continuous improvement demonstrating your knowledge of principles of design and construction and ability to communicate these to the wider team. This includes interpreting specs into safety, quality and performance standards. You will also be able to demonstrate the impact of various form of contract on outcomes.
This module will help you demonstrate your ability to manage change: develop and communicate short term plans; to organise, coordinate and schedule tasks and activities; to brief and prepare teams to meet targets; to monitor, interpret and apply the results of analysis and modelling in order to bring about continuous improvement; to plan, action, review and learn from executed work and to anticipate and adjust in the short, medium and long term.
Negotiated WBL Project (Project Proposal) - Compulsory
This module is designed to support the identification of a chosen area of engineering management practice that can be developed into your Engineering Management Project. You will develop approaches and methods that enable you to ask intelligent questions about your chosen area of practice and to formulate a proposal and plan for the Final Project. You will need to discuss and agree your project proposal with both your employer / Workplace Mentor and your Module Tutor.
Negotiated WBL Project (Engineering Management Project) - Compulsory
This module builds on your Project Proposal to implement your project plan and apply chosen inquiry methods towards achieving your negotiated project objectives. You will develop your proposal to further define the management problem or area of inquiry including identifying project constraints. You will be required to apply in-depth knowledge, understanding, critical, practical and personal skills towards the development of creative and innovative solutions in a practical context. The form of assessment will be negotiated but is likely to include a project report, presentation and/or other relevant artefacts.
The learning, teaching and assessment approaches used throughout your programme will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other students. Middlesex University will aim to give you prompt and constructive feedback on your learning as well as opportunities to reflect upon and learn from that feedback.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches, making full use of a company mentor and encouraged to participate in your local branch of the professional engineering body (for example the Institution of Civil Engineering) that best reflects your own personal professional discipline. The work-based modules are all designed to include a degree of negotiation concerning the specific approach to learning, teaching and assessment adopted between you, your employer and your tutor.
Blended learning approaches aim to put you at the centre of your development where you are engaged in all aspects of your learning and assessment. Your programme will require your participation in learning activities and engagement with your peers both individually and collaboratively. Learning activities will therefore occur both within and outside the classroom and in the workplace.
The programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools through myUniHub (e.g. online workshops, blogs, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of resources and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. Not confined by time and space you will be able to take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. Your tutors will provide specific support for your use of the virtual learning platform through myUniHub and the Web Helpdesk will be available provide support when you need it.
By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills that are highly valued by employers. These include, but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise. The University's Learning Resource Centre has a designated Work-based Learning librarian to assist with resourcing and supplying learning support material. Learning resources are available through myUniHub or through the Library 'Libguides' resource area. Access to resources such as essay writing, avoiding plagiarism, referencing techniques etc., are available through myUniHub.
The evidence of the achievement of professional competencies, technical skills, knowledge and understanding specific to the role of an Engineering Manager is provided through the completion of work-based projects. This integrated approach means that both knowledge and competence are assessed through the submission of evidence of learning from a variety of appropriate work-based projects. However, the outcomes of work-based projects are also formatively assessed by employers with specific reference to the professional competencies they also need demonstrating. Workplace mentors will confirm that specified competencies have been demonstrated and will supply the necessary feedback to inform how the candidate might further develop their level of professional competency.
Assessment is an important aspect to your programme, it is an integral part of learning and it is referred to as formative or summative. Formative assessment is developmental in nature and is designed to give feedback to students on their performance and how it can be improved. Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the intended learning outcomes to pass a module and results in the award of an appropriate grade that will count towards your degree classification.
Assessment may also involve self, peer or group approaches; for example, you may be asked to self-assess your own work indicating areas where you can see you have room to improve. Peer assessment could be in the form where students, individually or as groups, offer feedback on one another's work. The student may also be asked to demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept the equivalent of UK entry requirements from a recognised overseas qualification.
This exciting new programme will enable you to study for an honours degree while you are undergoing professional training in engineering management.
As an engineering manager you will be responsible for delivering the engineering strategy for the project and leading the engineering activities within your discipline. You will ensure efficient, on-target programme and assured technical capabilities and compliance.
Engineering managers are usually responsible for leading the engineering team, ensuring the optimum utilisation of engineering staff and equipment within the project's budget and to the HSE standards of the site. Reporting to the project director and liaising closely with the construction managers, the engineering manager will be responsible for reporting performance against plan/KPIs for engineering. Being a strategic leader you may be asked to create and implement the site plan for planned maintenance, continuous improvement, site utilities and oversee the production of the operating and maintenance manuals.