The BSc 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.
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.
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.
You 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 will gain entry to the programme through the accreditation of prior learning achieved through your work having at least five years' experience in the role.
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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 :
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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.