Course Title: Manage an engineering project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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 Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Civil Operations
Tel : (03) 9925 8375
Fax : (03) 9925 4377

W.R. (Bill) Harding, Teacher
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
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
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
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

Week           Topics DeliveredElement /
Performance Criteria           
1, 2, 3 Introduction, Importance, Process & Environment of Project Management1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
4, 5, 6 Project Documentation2.1, 2.2
5 Minor Assignment 11.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4. 2.1, 2.2
7, 8, 9Planning and Monitroing Progress 3.1
10, 11, 12Tracking Project Progress4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
10 Minor Assignment 2 3.1
13, 14, 15 Finishing & Commissioning a Project5.1
15Minor Assignment 3 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 6.1
16, 17Application Software6.1
18ExaminationAll Performance Criteria



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Will be given in class. Refer also to Learning Guide/Package available on the Blackboard

Other Resources

All resources are available on the Blackboard for this course.

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.
They will consist of: 
Two Minor Assignments 2 x 15% = 30% Two weeks (approx) after completion of topic 
One Minor Assignment (2 Parts) 15% In class of that week 
End of course on-line supervised examination.
This exam is an open book exam using notes taken in class only. 55% Last Week.

Assessment Matrix


   EAX080B Elements & Performance Criteria

Assesments 6.1
Assignment 1 X X X X  X X         
Assignment 2        X       
Assignment 3         X X X X X   X
Final Exam X X X X X X X X X X X X X  X

Other Information

  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course related consultation.  Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours.  The estimated time is 12 hours outside the class time.

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.
Prerequisite units comprise part of the underpinning knowledge and skills.
A thorough understanding of the following project management principles and techniques as they are applied to engineering projects:-

Introduction to project management:- Simple and complex projects
Project team
Start and finish dates
Activities and durations
Plant and equipment
Project management elements
Time management
Cost management
Quality management
Risk management
Communications management
Resource management
Scope management
Procurement management
Integration of all elements
The project management process
Project life cycle
Progressive monitoring
The triple constraints of time, budget and quality
Finishing, handover, acceptance, audit
The project management environment
Projects within continuing organisations
Project applications and project application of management principles
Company and public authority organisation
Industrial relations
Quality control
Legal aspects
Types of contracts
Compliance bonds
Importance of project management
Brief history
Aerospace program
The mutual benefits to society, management, clients and workers of effective project management.
The low salvage value of unsuccessful or uncompleted projects, follies
Project management in Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Contract documents:- Different types of contracts: acts and regulations
Contract documentation
Contract administration
Contract variation

Graphical representation of projects:- The Gantt Bar Chart
The network diagram
The critical path
Case studiers in CPM
Simple specific examples not requiring computer assistance
Relevant computer software packages

Budgeting and tracking project progress:- Preparation and analysis of budget figures
Coordination, contingencies and risk
Problems and case studies
Simple specific examples
Examples of recording project status and costing
Relevant computer software packages
Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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Study and Learning Support:

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• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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