Course Title: International Engineering Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Engineering Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014


City Campus


172H School of Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Milan Simic

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 6223

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will explore implication of policy issues related to a firm’s strategy, organisational structure, manufacturing, materials management, marketing, R&D, human relations and financial management that arise in an international engineering and technological organisation.  You will study these impacts together with consideration of external influences due to economic, political and cultural environment in which the management of engineering companies working across country boundaries takes place.  You will develop, through case study analysis and idea sharing, new insights and methods leading to more effective strategic decision making in the practice of international management in a technological organisation. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
  • Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

4. Professional Practice

  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

5. Research

  • Acknowledge (clearly) your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Establish your theory on how globalisation of the world economy and the continually changing nature of international trade affects nearly every aspect of business decision making in technological firms.
  2. Explain the differences between the operation of domestic and international firms especially in relation to the complex competitive nature of global markets.
  3. Integrate effectively the engineering and technical skills that exist in different parts and locations within an international organisation.
  4. Apply your knowledge in relation to issues affecting international operations of their firm to strategic decision-making and tactical problem solving process.
  5. Demonstrate your knowledge and capability in the internationalisation process and be better prepared for personal involvement including the possibility of an overseas posting.
  6. Develop proposals and compile recommendation reports on internationalisation issues in different forms including individual work initiatives, market research analysis and presentation. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include: Lectures, tutorials, group discussions, case studies, self assessment questions and quizzes


Overview of Learning Resources

The series of lectures and associated study notes address and highlight a range of identified key issues associated with the management of engineering and technology-based enterprises with global interests.  In addition, students will also need to maintain a rigorous reading schedule of the recommended readings, as well as actively exploring other areas of current information about the key topics.  The assessment activities themselves are also a significant opportunity for active study and application of relevant theory and practice.

Except guest lectures (due to copyright restrictions), all lectures in this course will be recorded on Blackboard Collaborate. 

This course has a prescribed text. A list of journal articles will be used as reading materials.  Copies of these articles can be obtained from RMIT Library journal subscriptions.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

Assessment item:  Assignment 1 (group)
Weighting of final grade:  30%     
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2
Description:  Analysis of an international engineering company with branches in at least three continents.

Assessment item:  Assignment 2 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  40%     
Related course learning outcomes:  3, 4
Description:  Development of a strategy to manage an engineering discipline across different regions within the international company.

Assessment item:  Assignment 3 (group)
Weighting of final grade:  30%     
Related course learning outcomes:  5, 6
Description:  Develop a business proposal to establish a presence in a country where the international engineering company has minor works before but has no branch office at the time of proposal