Course Title: Manage an engineering project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: CIVE5696

Course Title: Manage an engineering project

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

A.S. (Ahmet) Ertuncay. Program Coordinator
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Civil Operations
Tel : (03) 9925 8375
Fax : (03) 9925 4377

W.R. (Bill) Harding, Teacher
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Civil Operations
Tel. 9925 4443
Fax. 9925 4377

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDX010B Communicate and apply standard industry procedures and policies in an engineering design office

Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to apply the principles and concepts of project management to the engineering context. It includes typical documentation requirements, and procedures associated with commissioning and finishing a project and to draw up a Critical Path Method network for a project.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAX080B Manage an engineering project


1. Apply the concepts, specific technical terms and procedures used in project management.
2. Apply knowledge of typical project documentation
3. Draw up a network diagram and Gantt Chart and calculate the critical path for a project/process
4. Apply an understanding of procedures for tracking project progress
5. Apply understanding of the procedures associated with finishing and commissioning a project.
6. Use project management software

Performance Criteria:

1.1The importance of project management can be outlined.
1.2 The project management process can be outlined.
1.3 The project management environment can be outlined.
1.4 The acts and regulations that impinge on project Management can be outlined.
1.5 A specific project can be outlined, identifying the role of each of the major participants in accordance with Standard Engineering practice.
2.1 Typical documents needed before the start of a project Can be listed and their essential features described.
2.2 Typical documents to track and record project process and Costs can be listed and their features described.
3.1 The critical paths, early and late finish dates are calculated in accordance with recognised industry Practice
4.1 Typical reasons that may cause variations to the project Plan can be identified.
4.2The project review process can be outlined.
4.3 Project quality systems can be outlined.
4.4 The coordination of tasks and management of Contingencies and risk can be discussed.
4.5 Typical resource management procedures can be outlined.
5.1The procedures associated with finishing and Commissioning a project can be described.
6.1 Create a schedule using a typical computer software package relevant to project management and determine the critical path for a project

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

Refer to underpinning knowledge and skills for this unit in the description contained in the relevant course guide.

Teacher directed
1. Explain, using examples typical of the construction industry , the concepts, specific technical terms and procedures used in project management
2. Refer to samples of specifications, bills of quantities and drawings obtained from industry.
3. Illustrate the theory of critical path determination and Gantt chart construction using worked examples
4. Explain the principles of monitoring progress.
5. Outline the responsibilities of the parties when handing over a project
6. Demonstrate the use of software using MS Project

Student directed
1. With reference to sample contract documents, note differences between types of contracts esp. Lump Sum, Schedule of Rates, Cost Plus, etc.
2. Given a small project with cost items, sums and stages of partial completion, calculate weekly/monthly costs and costs to date.
3. Use basic principles to construct a critical path and a Gantt chart for a small construction project
4. Use MS Project to create same

Group based activities
Given a construction project, the group to discuss a selection of management procedures as seen from a superintendent’s and a contractor’s viewpoint. Focus to be on the contrast between the two. Groups to report back and collate ideas.

Teaching Schedule

See Online Learning Hub (Blackboard) for details of weekly schedule.
Refer also to the Learning Guide/Package.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



These will be given in class.
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for additional references.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

These tasks will be outlined in class.
Refer also to the Online Learning Hub (Blackboard) and the Learning Guide
for details of Assessment tasks.

Assessment Matrix

Element CoveredAssessment TaskProportion of Final AssessmentSubmission Date
1 & 32 Minor Assignments2 x 15% = 30%Two weeks after completion of topic
61 Minor Assignment (2 Parts)15%In class of that week
AllExamination55%Last Week

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