MEEN40300 Business System Design

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a core module on the Master of Engineering Management programme. It is designed for postgraduate students based in industry and who have at least five years professional engineering work experience.

This module is delivered in an intensive format from weeks 6-12 of the trimester. Each week there will be a four hour workshop session (Friday afternoons).

The aim of this module is to learn how to apply practical business process modelling and business process redesign techniques, toolsets and approaches in the context of business and engineering projects.

Students will be exposed to a variety of business process design and modelling project case studies across the full life cycle from the initial strategies to the implementation of solutions.

It will detail the process, organisational and technology considerations including a number of specific change management case studies.

Finally it provides the students with an opportunity to practice these techniques in a simulated workshop environment using a Case Study.

There is a strong emphasis on learning through the practical application of the material covered. A number of the lectures include an opportunity for the students, in their course groups, to apply their knowledge to predefined exercises where they present their work to the class.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Discover the main concepts and issues in business modelling with respect to organisation, methodology and technology.
2. Illustrate the different approaches and toolsets employed on business modelling projects, the specific approaches required and lessons learned from case studies.
3. Select a business modelling technique to conduct a business modelling workshop to level three mapping.
4. Appraise various change management techniques for both project and solution support.
5. Develop skills in applying technology to support implementation of business modelling.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to Process Modelling
Business Process Re-engineering
Introduction to Process Change Management
Process Modeling & Technology

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning;
peer and group work;
case-based learning;
student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This is a core module on the Master of Engineering Management and the Professional Diploma in Operations Excellence programmes. It is designed for postgraduate students based in industry and who have at least two to five years professional engineering work experience.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Business System Design (EEME40070)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment 2 Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Assignment 3 Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Assignment 1 Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Recommended Reading:
"Reengineering the Corporation - A Manifesto for Business Revolution", Michael Hammer & James Champy, publisher HarperCollins.

Reference Reading (not required):
"Process Management - A Guide for the Design of Business Processes", Jorg Becker, Martin Kugeler & Michael Rosemann, publisher Springer-Verlag.
Name Role
Mr William Dolan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 23, 30, 33 Fri 16:00 - 17:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32 Fri 16:00 - 17:50