Engineering Project Implementation

Subject CVEN90045 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours per semester (Lectures: 2 hours per week, Tutorials: 1 hour per week, Consultations: 1 hour per week)
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge gained in the following subjects will assist learning:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects:

Credit will not be given for this subject and the following subject:

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Lihai Zhang


Dr Lihai Zhang

Subject Overview:


Project management provides an organization with powerful tools that improve its ability to plan, organize and manage resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. In undertaking this subject students will explore the principles and distinct technical skills of engineering management that are needed to implement a project. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in engineering project management, but is also of relevance to a range of engineering design disciplines where design for the total life cycle of the product or infrastructure should be considered. This subject is part of a trio of subjects that consider different aspects of infrastructure projects; Engineering Site Characterisation studies how to determine the character of a site for a infrastructure project, Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering examines how the a project relates to the broader social, political, economic and environmental context, while project implementation concentrates on the operational aspects of implementing a project.


Topics covered include key aspects of the management principles, project planning & scheduling, management systems & control and management practices to enable execution of the project in a timely and financially prudent manner.

Note: This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Utilise a range of management techniques, such as critical path method, program evaluation & review, time-cost optimisation, earned value and resource levelling, to enable execution of a project in a timely and financially prudent manner
  2. Describe the management principles with regard to project management process, organisation structure, professional ethics and Occupational, Health and Safety
  3. Explore issues in management practices with regard to building clients and stakeholders’ requirements, consulting engineering practice and management, specification preparation, and professional documentation
  4. Identify key issues in management systems and control with regard to quality management in the framework of ISO9000 series.

  • One 2-hour examination, end of semester (60%). Assesses Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 - 4.
  • Two assignments totalling 3000 words, due mid-semester and end of semester, requiring approximately 40 – 45 hours of work including preparation (30%). Assesses ILOs 1 - 4.
  • Attendance and contribution to discussion in tutorials during semester (10%). Assesses ILOs 1 - 4.
Prescribed Texts:

Management for Engineers (Danny Samson) 3rd Edition Longman 2000
Programming and Scheduling Techniques (Thomas E Uher and Adam S Zantis) 2nd Edition UNSW Press 2011.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.


Learning and teaching methods include lectures with the involvement of experienced industry professionals who present case studies in their area of expertise, computer laboratory based tutorials and consultation sessions.


Management for Engineers (Danny Samson) 3rd Edition Longman 2000
Programming and Scheduling Techniques (Thomas E Uher and Adam S Zantis) 2nd Edition UNSW Press 2011


Engineers Australia Career Development Centre

This subject invites experienced project managers from the engineering industry to present case studies and provides themes for the assignments.

Related Course(s): Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Spatial Information Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Civil Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Civil with Business)
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Master of Engineering (Spatial)
Master of Engineering (Structural)

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